INNA KOPPEL -
OWNER / B.S.W / STARTING STRENGTH COACH
Inna Koppel is the owner of Woodmere Fitness Club in Woodmere NY, the first Starting Strength Gym on Long Island.
Inna holds a degree in social work, a knowledge base she continually calls on in a multi-generational training milieu in which grandmothers train alongside daughters and granddaughters. Her primary area of expertise is in coaching women, ranging from teens to late-life, and including perinatal training, with a special interest in the frail elderly. Inna helped to implement- in collaboration with neuroscientists- the first controlled trial of strength training in the dementia population.
Oralee sonnenblick -
Oralee is the backbone of WFC. She has been working with Inna for the last 7 years and has known her for almost her entire life. With a background in Accounting and a passion for helping others, Oralee has created an exceptional experience for her members and a rewarding working environment for her staff. In describing Oralee, Inna says "What I love most about Oralee is her ability to speak honestly, to solve problems in any area of life and the way she cultivates and brings to life any of my ideas. WFC wouldn't exist without her".
I love being part of the WFC family because I know that we are making a positive difference in the world. We do everything with honesty, integrity and heart. And that is what makes WFC such a special place. For me, Fitness means being strong physically and mentally; improving the quality of my life and yours.
RAINA BUTLER - class INSTRUCTOR & DIRECTOR OF WFC GIRLZ CLUB
Raina has a graduate level academic background in Education and Special Education. She applies her background to both her adult classes and her kids classes through the Girlz Club. Her goal in working with children and adults alike is to create a community of fitness and wellness under one roof. Her passion lies in working with children and giving girls of all ages a chance to experience fitness in a positive and fun way, encouraging girls to value themselves for what they can do.
Fitness is not about an age or number but a feeling of fun, inner strength, and a confidence in ones self.
Mozelle goldstein r.n., b.s.n- class instructor
Mozelle is a Registered Nurse working with children with cancer and blood disorders. She is also a CPR instructor with a passion for children's safety and well being and is a full time mommy with 3 beautiful children. Mozelle has a passion for fitness and the empowerment that comes along with being a strong female and is excited to be teaching at WFC and being part of such an amazing, strong, and supportive team!
Fitness has become part of my life, of who I am.To me it means health, strength and empowerment. MY kids see my commitment to keeping myself fit and healthy and in turn I want to do the same.
Vicki Spear - Barbell Coach
ALIZA ARYEH - CLASS INSTRUCTOR
Aliza grew up in valley village California, walking distance from various hiking trails and running paths. She always knew she wanted to maintain a lifestyle of health and fitness when she moved to NY in 2010. Luckily for the past few years WFC has not only allowed her the opportunity, but has opened new doors in the world of fitness - and in particular strength training - that she never would have imagined without experiencing it for herself! She's excited to share her passion for fitness with the community, and motivate people to get stronger and live a healthier lifestyle.
DEENA WARSHAW - CLASS INSTRUCTOR
Deena Warshaw joined the Woodmere Fitness Club family in August 2015. She will graduate from CUNY Queens College in Spring 2016 with a BA in Psychology and has been working in a neuropsychology lab there since June 2013. Deena also does research at Mount Sinai’s ADRC with hopes of ultimately receiving her PsyD. Coupled with her interest in psychology, Deena has a love for fitness and it brings Deena joy and feelings of accomplishment as she watches members get stronger and feel more confident in their own skin. Deena wants each member to feel like they have a safe haven to work on their fitness goals and ultimately, be happy.
What fitness means to Deena is unity and community. At WFC it doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from, or what your fitness level is. Taking care of ourselves to ensure the greatest quality of life is what's most important.
AMY HILLER - Barbell Coach,
YOGA & Roll and Restore INSTRUCTOR
Amy is trained in Kripalu-style yoga, focusing her classes on connecting movement and breath to build better body awareness. She holds certifications for teaching both adults (RYT200 with the Yoga Alliance) and children (Karma Kids yoga). Her goal is for members to feel stronger and more relaxed. She's been at WFC since 2011 and loves the inspiration and support from instructors and members alike!
To me, fitness means happiness, health, longevity and strength (mind and body).
Esther nahon - pediatric development
The MindInSync program at WFC, created by Speech and Language Pathologist Esther Nahon, utilizes an integrated movement and sensory approach to target Speech and Language goals. When all of the systems interact together and function properly children are better able to process and learn information from the world around them. Esther works as part of a team at Studio Inna collaborating with instructors and trainers to help children reach their full potential in and out of the classroom.
Fitness means happy and healthy in body and mind.
Nicholas D'Agostino - starting strength coach, b.s. exercise science
Nick graduated with B.S. in Exercise Science from Hofstra University in 2011. He is a Starting Strength Seminar Staff Coach, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has been helping people become stronger in a professional setting since 2010. As a competitive athlete, Nick has competed at the national level in both Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting. Also, Nick has been accepted and will be attending NYIT’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program starting in May.
Fitness to me is a concept that embodies a health focused lifestyle of freedom, hard work and self discipline.