Our Staff (click picture to read more about instructor)
David Cascia
Owner & Operator, Fitness Therapy, Injury Rehabilitation

For almost a decade Elite Fitness has brought Carroll Gardens a constant and dedicated studio that has been part of the growth of our community’s commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

We have been able to adapt to the ever changing needs of our community members to allow them options that work in conjunction with their busy schedules.

From the overwhelming success of the childcare services. To the ever expanding Pilates, Yoga and Thai Yoga programming. We have become a main stay thanks to the tremendous support we have received while having to relocate on several occasions to accommodate our growing number of friends. Carroll Gardens is a wonderful place to live and work. We are happy to be a part of this caring neighborhoods journey.

Delfina Samu
Pilates- Mat, TRX - Core, Personal Training, Private/Group personal training

Delfina is a Pilates and Gymnastics instructor, she has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology and Exercise Science from Brooklyn College. She is trained in Pilates Equipment and Gymnastics and works with both young children and adults in personal & group personaltraining.

Her main objective is to help people achieve their fitness goals and ensure a great time while doing it.

She has experience working with people with injuries and is in the process of getting her post-secondary degree in sports medicine and rehabilitation.

Sonny Thai
Personal Trainer, Core Training, Cycling, TRX, Kettle Bells, Zumba Dance

Sonny grew up in Sydney Australia and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. He's a fitness professional and has been in the fitness industry over eight years. Sonny is qualified in personal training and group fitness/boot camp instructing. He later added sport remedial massage to his accomplishments.

Sonny loves the way the human body works and enjoys seeing the changes to an individual's fitness, confidence and body transformation.

Sonny's true passion lies in group fitness, where he gets to share in the party through heart racing workouts that are fun, contains laughter and of course sweating.

When Sonny's not working, he enjoys an active social lifestyle, such as heading out for a good run at the beach, kayaking, rock climbing or a delicious bite with some close friends. He also enjoys pumping beats ranging from Pop, RnB, Rock, Latin, Country and House that he can sing to. This of course depends on his mood and how he feels on that day. To chill out he'd rather have a massage, a dip in the water, cooking or enjoying a great view with an amazing cup of coffee.

Sonny's motto, "I believe everyone has choices in everything they do as long you stay positive and thrive for your goals. Nothing is impossible, there's always more than one way to reach it!"

Isaac Owens
Personal Training, Pilates, Strength Conditioning, TRX, Private/Group Personal Training

Isaac Owens is a man of many different hats. As a professional dancer and fitness fanatic, he allows each of his experiences to flow into the next.

Isaac believes in the benefits of a strong and balanced body, mind, and spirit to allow for more joy in our everyday lives and rewarding involvement in our communities.

Whether you're new to fitness, looking to jump back in, or want that competitive edge in your sport Isaac is your man. He is eager to share and is very excited to work with you soon!

Rocklin Thompson
Personal Training, Pilates, Strength Conditioning, TRX, Yoga, Private/Group personal training

Rocklin is a former Broadway dancer turned fitness coach. He enjoys the results and benefits that his clients receive from his training.

His Rockin' Body Boom class has been raved by many in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood as well as his "Rockilates" Pilates workout. Which has benefits for men and women.

His certifications range from pilates,yoga, strength and conditiong to TRX.

Take the time to schedule a consultation with him today and start training with this effective fitness coach.

Veronique Bond
Certified Personal Trainer, Body Sculpting, Interval Training

American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer

Veronique aka "V" is a Certified Personal Trainer with ACE.

Veronique believes that fitness should functional, progressive and fun!

Her classes focus mostly on interval and circuit training which allows participants of all fitness levels to work at their own pace and get an efficient workout.

The goal is to have fun and work hard!

Victor Reyes
Personal Trainer

Victor Reyes is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist(CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association(NSCA) and certified through Precision Nutrition for nutritional counseling.

Victor's training focuses on weight loss, strength training and sports performance.

Victor also has speciality certifications in kettlebells, sandbags, and TRX suspension trainer.

Victor believes in working hard and having fun on the journey towards your results and goals.

Calvin A. Rollins II
Pilates Instructor

Calvin is a Pilates instructor who uses contemporarily designed classes to restore the natural curvature of the spine, strengthen the body and improve posture.

He has an extensive background in dance and encourages people to be physically active in their everyday lives. He is experienced in Pilates equipment and offers creative private sessions for those seeking a tailor-made fitness experience.

Bree Frazier
Certified Personal Trainer, Yoga Instructor, Pre/Post Natal Specialist

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer

training:

Trigger Point Therapy, Progressive Bodyweight Training, Pre/Post Natal Exercise

Bree is a 200hr RYT Yoga instructor and personal trainer by profession.

Growing up in Bangkok, Thailand, horseback riding and dancing were a staple in her life teaching her the importance of movement and staying active.

She is trained in hot yoga from Absolute Yoga Academy in Thailand. Thai culture made Bree aware of Yoga’s mobility and strength benefits at an early age. Her instructions focus on proper alignment and posture; making sure students reach their full stretch within each asana safely.

Bree is also a NASM accredited personal trainer. Her interest in personal training stemmed from her yoga practice as she found herself yearning to be stronger to improve certain poses.

She likes working with clients looking to increase their strength and overall tone, and older clients that want to increase their mobility. She wants to help clients become aware that lifting weights will not make them bulky, but will keep them fit and toned.

Shannon Haick Violante
Vinyasa Yoga

I'm a former worry wart turned Yogini …now a peaceful warrior seeking deliberate stillness, peaceful edges and freedom to shine from the inside out.

I'm originally from Niagara Falls, NY. My Bhakti (devotion) at that time was at the Falls and my serenity was the Niagara Gorge. My connection to yoga started when I was 13 years old. I would stand on my head and talk on the phone … I didn't even know it was yoga … I just knew it felt right.

More recently, I followed my love and moved to NYC in 2003 and after six years of searching to find my peace, I finally found myself at Sonic Yoga where I completed my 200 Hour certification with Lauren Hanna, Johanna Aldrich & Will Duprey. Now laughing at myself and finding myself happy and free I joined the Shiva Rea tribe working on my advanced certification in the 500 hour Prana Flow program.

The child in me is silly and laughs and plays with our yoga practice, the Kapha in me enjoys melting and surrendering to the earth and the New Yorker I've become craves peace from the everyday hustle.

Florence "Flo" Cabre-Andrews
Iyengar Yoga

Florence Cabre-Andrews, affectionately called Flo, committed to the practice and teachings of yoga when she became a mother. It helped her parent with more mindfulness.

She is an E-500hr RYT and holds prenatal as well as children's yoga certifications.

She teaches alignment based classes and is currently enrolled in the Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York Teacher Training.

Her practice has deeply transformed her life, helping her find more joy, stability and faith in finding the spiritual in every day life.

Before yoga, Flo earned the equivalency of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama after studying at the "Theatre Atelier Paris sud" (TAPS) with Sarah Sanders.

Mike Sherman
Cycling

Colette Lenaghan
Cycling

Originally from Glasgow, Scotland Colette has lived in the United States for 17 years.

She's a full-time history teacher and football (soccer) coach and player. When she is not playing football, she loves to watch sports and support the mighty Tottenham Hotspur and the famous Glasgow Celtic!

Colette is a Schwinn certified Spinning Instructor and a graduate of Byklyn Cycling mentorship program.

Colette's spinning class is energetic, fun and I always have one or two 80’s throwback tunes in the playlist! Her goal is to ensure the class is exciting and it keeps you physically challenged. Let’s Go Team Awesome!

Caitlin Lavelle
Personal Trainer, Open Yoga, Pre-/Post-Natal Specialist

certifications:

NASM CPT, NASM CES, TRX STC/RIP, RYT-200, ACE GFI, CPR/AED

training:

Yoga Tune Up® Roll Model Method ®, Animal Flow I and II

I'm Caitlin. I work with curious, intelligent and passionate women ages 25- 45 who want to transform inside and out by helping them reach and surpass their health and fitness goals.

I'm a certified personal trainer and registered yoga teacher who tailors a 1:1 yoga and/or pre-/post-natal program for clients at home or at the studio.

I specialize in unlocking mental and physical obstacles through corrective exercise/yoga tools and consistent, progressive programming.