The mission, story and women behind Woodmere Fitness Club.
WHO WE ARE
The Fitness Club Built by Women, for Women
Our mission is to help women become stronger, healthier, and more confident. We deliver a high-energy and modern approach to fitness in an environment where you can comfortably be you.
Woodmere Fitness Club isn’t your average gym. It’s a growing, thriving community of women of all ages and abilities, nurtured by founder and owner Inna Koppel. With a degree in social work, Inna brings unique insight and an unmatched passion for coaching the club’s multigenerational members.
In fact, together with a team of neuroscientists, Inna helped design and lead a pilot study on the impact of strength training among frail and elderly women with memory loss.
Specialties: Starting Strength, Perinatal, works with older adults and osteoporosis.
Meet the Team
When you come to Woodmere Fitness Club to grow and thrive, these are the passionate people who will help you achieve you find strength, community, and confidence.
With a graduate-level background in education and special education, Raina brings her knowledge to adult classes and the WFC Girls’ Club. She’s passionate about building a fitness- and wellness-focused community based on positivity and fun, where girls value themselves and their abilities.
“Fitness is not about age or number, but a feeling of fun, inner strength, and a confidence in oneself.”
What she does: Class Instructor, Director of WFC Girls’ Club
Mozelle, a registered nurse with a B.S. in nursing, not only works with children fighting cancer and blood disorders, she’s also a mommy to three beautiful children of her own. Mozelle is passionate about promoting the safety and well-being of all children, as well as fitness and the empowerment that comes along with being a strong female.
“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.”
What she does: Class Instructor, Barbell Coach, CPR Instructor
Aliza grew up walking distance from various hiking trails and running paths in Valley Village, California. Knowing that she wanted to maintain a healthy, fitness-focused lifestyle when she moved to New York in 2010, she found herself at home at Woodmere Fitness Club. Aliza also surprised herself by embracing new fitness opportunities she never would have pictured herself doing before, particularly strength training.
What she does: Class Instructor, Barbell Coach
Coupled with her interest in psychology, Deena’s love of fitness brings her joy and a feeling of accomplishment. She particularly enjoys watching as members grow 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.
“To me, fitness is unity and community. At WFC, it doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, or what your fitness level is. Taking care of ourselves to ensure the greatest quality of life is what's most important.”
What she does: Fitness Instructor, Customer Service
Amy has been at WFC since 2011 and is trained in Kripalu-style yoga, focusing her classes on connecting movement and breathing to build better body awareness. She holds certifications for teaching both adults (RYT200 with the Yoga Alliance) and children (Karma Kids yoga). Amy is passionate about helping club members feel stronger and more relaxed, and she loves seeing the inspiration and support from instructors and members alike.
“To me, fitness means happiness, health, longevity, and strength of both mind and body.”
What she does: Barbell Coach, Yoga Instructor
With a M.S. and B.S. in exercise science, Chris is in the final year of his doctorate in physical therapy at NYIT. As a coach for more than 13 years, Chris is a Starting Strength Coach with a passion for helping people of all ages build strength and find the confidence to achieve their goals.
What he does: Starting Strength Coach
Strength and conditioning coach with a passion for strength training and martial arts. Danny has been studying martial arts since he was a child. He has a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo. After mastering that, he learned both Muay Thai and Kenpo and recently he has been studying Jiu-Jitsu.
“My goal is to help women get fit through boxing and learn proper technique."
What he does: Boxing Instructor, Strength Coach for Teens