Personal Training (SH)

David May, Personal Training Coordinator
"I believe fitness is much more than being in great physical condition. It's about proving to yourself that you are capable of accomplishing incredible feats. It's much more than losing weight, or lifting 300 pounds; it's about never quitting. Showing yourself that whenever you think you're done—whenever you think that you have nothing left—you can still do one more. I am extremely passionate about inspiring others to achieve the goals they want to accomplish. For me, personal training is not just a service, but a means of helping and reaching out to others, because sometimes all we need is just a plan and some motivation." --David
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Working with a personal trainer is a great way to get in shape and stay in shape. Working out under the guidance of a personal trainer is motivating and an opportunity to learn the best ways to achieve your goals.

JCC personal trainers are dedicated fitness experts with years of experience and specialties ranging from personalized routine development and injury prevention to sports conditioning. Our trainers are certified professionals with education across a variety of disciplines including nursing, physical therapy, exercise physiology, athletic training, and several specialized therapies—skills that can match your interests, concerns and needs.

Whatever your goal, we can design a program to help you achieve it. Your trainer will monitor and update your fitness routine as you progress, ensuring that the exercises you perform are done safely and for maximum effectiveness.
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Meet Our Trainers

Bonnie Livingston

Bonnie Livingston is the South Hills JCC’s Fitness and Wellness Director with over 17 years of experience.  Bonnie graduated from Penn State University with a BA in Speech Communications.  Bonnie is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist.  She is also an AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor for Group Power, Kettlebell Cardio, TRX, Zumba, Senior Adult Fitness and YogaFit; an NETA Certified Pilates Reformer instructor; and a Certified Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches.  You will often find Bonnie encouraging all of her personal training clients as well as her group exercise participants with a smile on her face because her personal motto is, “There’s NO reason it can’t be FUN!”


Contact Bonnie at 412-278-1975 ext. 203


David May

David May is the South Hills JCC’s newest Personal Training Coordinator.  Dave played basketball and baseball at Ohio Dominican University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.  Dave is a nationally certified personal trainer through NCCPT/NASM and is Level 1 Suspension TRX certified and CPR certified.  His specializations include training athletes and bodyweight training.


Health, fitness, and personal training are more than a lifestyle for Dave; they are the difference between being energetic or lethargic, motivated or discouraged, and winning or losing.  Dave believes a healthy physical and mental life is the starting block to achieving your goals and ambitions.  Whether you need a little extra motivation, a friendly face or a high five, Dave will help you achieve your goals and get you to the next level.


Contact Dave at 412-278-1975 ext. 265


Tammy Bauer

After many years of working in Sales and Marketing, Tammy was looking for a career change to health and fitness. She enrolled in the California University Sport Management Program and will receive her BS in Sport Management in May 2014.  Tammy is a certified NASM Personal Trainer and a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance through the training program at Yoga H’om.  Tammy also received her Weight Loss Specialist Certification and her education will be ongoing with required Continuing Education credits.  Health and exercise is Tammy’s passion and she looks forward to sharing her knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm with others.


Contact Tammy at 412-278-1975


Michael Coppola

Michael Coppola is a new Personal Trainer at the South Hills JCC.  Michael received his Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Justice Studies from the California University of Pennsylvania.  Michael also has a Certification from the International Sports Science Association.

Michael believes that through strength training, any physical goal is reachable.  Whether your goal is losing weight, building muscle or improving overall self-confidence, it is all achievable by building your body from the ground up.  Michael will increase your belief in the process by educating and explaining strength training phrases and terms and using this vocabulary in your conversations.


Contact Michael at 412-278-1975


Ryan Elsass

Ryan Elsass is a Personal Trainer at the South Hills JCC.  Ryan has an AAS degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Stark State College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Mount Union.  In addition to his formal education, Ryan is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP).  He also has his certifications in CPR/First Aid/AED.

Ryan will discuss each client’s specific goals to better understand precisely what they wish to achieve and create an individual plan to reach those goals.  Ryan’s priority is motivating clients to work hard and achieve their goals.  The client always feels motivated when training with Ryan.  If you make the commitment, Ryan will help you make it happen. 


Contact Ryan at 412-278-1975


Scott Levy

Scott Levy  is a South Hills JCC Personal Trainer with over 2 year of experience.  Scott has a Liberal Arts and Science degree from the Community College of Allegheny County and is an ISSA certified trainer.  Scott has a passion for motivating each of his clients to reach their fitness goals and achieve results.


Contact Scott at 412-278-1975

Kenn McKenzie

Coach Kenn McKenzie comes to the South Hills JCC with a BS degree in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University and an MS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion, Emphasis Performance Enhancement from California University of Pennsylvania and has the following certifications:
CSCS-National Strength & Conditioning Association Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
PES-National Academic Sports Medicine Performance Enhancement Specialist
USAW-United States Weightlifting Coach
AFAA-American Foundation of Adapted Aquatics Instructor

Kenn is a specialist in sports performance enhancement and injury rehabilitation from pre-teen to professional to the individual desiring to improve themselves. Kenn was active in fitness and sports throughout high school, participating in football, track & field and powerlifting and later was a nationally ranked Olympic weightlifter. He coached at the USA Olympic Training Center and in Division I athlectics.

Contact Kenn at 412-278-1975 

Judy Ryave


Judy Ryave is not a new face in the South Hills JCC Fitness Department, but she recently accepted a new position as Fitness Coordinator and Trainer.  Judy graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Medical Dietetics and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise.  She holds additional certifications in Group Power, Group Kick, Group Active, Reformer, Kettlebell Cardio, Yogafit, Silver Sneakers and Pilates Mat levels 1 and  2 and props.  Judy’s passion is health and fitness, and she wants to guide others to improve physically, mentally and emotionally.  She believes exercise and healthy eating habits can help anyone of any age feel better.  If you have taken any of Judy’s classes, you know that she will encourage you to push to the end and praise you for giving it your all.


Contact Judy at 412-278-1975 ext. 217


Dean Seminatore 

Dean Seminatore is a South Hills JCC Personal Trainer and has 16 years’ experience with the JCC.  Dean graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BS degree in Physical Education and Sports and has an MS degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh.  Dean is a Certified Massage Therapist and has 14 years of Chiropractic Rehab Exercise experience and Cardiac Rehab experience.  Dean also has Certifications from CSCS, ACSM and NCBTMB.  Dean may seem laid-back and soft spoken, but he will hold you to your commitments and help you meet your goals.


Contact Dean at 412-278-1975