Our List of Instructors and Trainers (click picture to read more about instructor)
*All Instructors and Trainers are Independent Contractors
Ben Glassman
Personal Trainer


Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Certified Personal Trainer

Ben Glassman received his Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Personal Training certification in 2011.

Ben's career pursuit is built out of a lifetime of athletic competition. A former high school tennis star and triathlete, there is no sport in which he will not attempt to excel.

Ben’s personal training philosophy is developed from his study and practice of Pilates, bringing a mind-body connection to every work out. Whether it’s gaining muscle, losing weight, recovering from an injury, or general fitness, Ben will work with you to develop the right approach and lead you on your way to a better body.

A licensed Coast Guard captain and avid sailor, his love of the ocean is equaled by his passion for fitness.

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Connecticut, Ben has always considered New York home.

Jennifer Owens Phillip
Personal Trainer, Group Fitness, Cycling


National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer

Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Group Exercise Certification, Mad Dog Certified Spin Instructor

Jennifer Owens Phillip has been described as an energizer bunny in the numerous gym classes she teaches a week. She has always been an active person but a few years ago realized that her passion is in group fitness. She enjoys the encouragement and excitement that occurs in a group fitness class. She does not discriminate and loves classes of all types. The more energetic the better!

Realizing her love of fitness, she obtained her AFAA Group Fitness certification and her Spinning certification. She also obtained her fitness instructor certification from Hunter College’s fitness instruction program. She currently teaches Spin, HIIT, Boot Camp and Body Sculpting.

Jim Crawley
Personal Trainer


National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Certified, MMA Certified, Sports Nutrition Certified

Schwinn Certified Cycling Instructor

Born in Wichita, Kansas, James J. Crawley “Jim” grew up in a small suburb playing football, baseball and wrestling. He eventually went to a small community college on a wrestling scholarship. He excelled as an NJCAA wrestler for two years. From there he went on to Wichita State University, on a rowing and theatrical scholarship. He was an NCAA Division 1 rower three years, two years as Captain. Jim received his Master’s degree in Public History from Wichita State University, in 2009 and ultimately earned his MBA from Baker University in 2012.

Returning to his passion for physical fitness, Jim received his Personal Trainer certification from National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) along with Corrective Exercise, MMA Conditioning and Sports Nutrition certifications in 2015.

In addition to his Personal Training credentials, Jim is a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, certified Spin and Pilates Mat instructor.

Jim stands by his motto, “It doesn't matter how fast you go, as long as you don't stop. Persistence and consistency.”

Michael Castiglione
Personal Trainer


National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Stretching, Cardio Kickboxing


Pre/Post Natal Exercise

After working as a fireman and paramedic for 16 years, Michael has shifted his focus from intervention to prevention, where he can help clients use fitness to feel better both physically and emotionally.

Michael's focus is about correcting form and balancing integrated movements with strength and conditioning training to help clients feel successful in everything thing they do from handling life's everyday tasks to excelling in interactive sports.

He is certified by NASM as a Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. He also holds certifications in stretching, pre- and post-natal care, cardio kickboxing, and nutrition. You can expect to be given individualized and challenging exercises to help you succeed in reaching your goals.

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!"

Terrell Ray
Personal Trainer


National Council of Sports & Fitness (NCFS) Certified Personal Trainer

Terrell is a former collegiate and professional European basketball player turned personal trainer. He received is Personal Trainer certification from National Council on Strength and Fitness.

Growing up he dealt with obesity and got into the fitness industry to help others reach their fitness and health goals.

Terrell likes to keep my workouts upbeat and current, no two workouts will be the same. He incorporates multiple body parts into each set of exercises. Terrell's Athletes Workout is inspired by the same training methods he's used for both amateur and professional athletes.

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.

Stefanie Steel
Certified Group Fitness Instructor


Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Group Exercise Certification

Stefanie “Stef” Steel is an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor and professional model. Stef ran and competed for the Brooklyn College Cross Country team for 3 years, and as a former college athlete, she as an excellent understanding of biomechanics, proper form, and how to create a balanced training regimen.

As a professional model [fitness and lifestyle-centered], Stef maintains a rigorous exercise schedule. After working closely with a personal trainer and several months of study for certification in Group Fitness, Stef has since come to understand the human body as a kinetic chain that is both malleable and limitless; all of her workouts focus on creating a solid foundation.

A performer, theatre actor and runner at heart, Stef incorporates a good deal of cardio, strength, HIIT and thrill into her classes. Stef’s style of instruction and class formats are based on functionality and all classes are created with one goal: curate and create STRONG, kinetically-sound athletes. Stef believes in the glory and wonder of a GREAT group fitness class.

Staten-Island born, but Brooklyn bred, Stef promises to awaken your inner athlete!

Julia Arenson
Vinyasa Yoga, Board Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula


Doula Association of North America (DONA)

Julia Arenson has been practicing Hatha yoga since childhood and has been a certified yoga instructor for 21 years.

She was raised in a family of yoga teachers and practitioners and was first certified through the Sivananda Vendanta tradition in 1997. She is also certified in “Anatomy and Breath-centered yoga” through Leslie Kaminoff of The Breathing Project, prenatal yoga through Janice Clarfield and Mommy and Me” yoga through Baby Om. She is a DONA-trained post-partum doula and specializes in prenatal yoga and Parent-Baby and kids yoga.

Her ever-evolving practice has also been inspired and influenced by the strong alignment principles of Iyengar and Anusara as well as the flowing Vinyasa style of Jivamukti yoga. Julia has had extensive experience in teaching diverse populations, body-types and levels. She has taught movement and Hatha yoga to people of all ages and body types including the injured and elderly.

Julia's classes are flowing, engaging, compassionate and restorative with an emphasis on proper alignment and the yogic principle of seeking both stability and ease within each posture.

She lives in Brooklyn with her 11 year old son. She is also a dancer.

Shannon Haick
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.

Tessa Wright
Open Yoga, Pilates

Tessa has been involved in dance and yoga for over 18 years. She passionately studies a variety of techniques and combines them for a unique experience. Tessa received her certification in 2009 at the Integral Yoga Institute under the teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda. The Integral Yoga technique consists of a series of steady comfortable postures that help to calm the mind and tone the body.

Tessa is experienced with working with dancers, office employees, and beginners to utilize the benefits of this ancient art form. Whether one on one or in a group setting, Tessa strives to make every student feel comfortable as though the class is catered to them. Students have plenty of room to fully stretch and ambiance is kept to a minimum allowing the student to focus within. Her class times range from 45 minutes to over an hour. Each class includes a warm up, strength building postures, gentle stretching, deep relaxation, breathing practices and meditation.

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


National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer


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.

Elite Fitness Studio

111 Union Street (at Columbia Street)
Carrol Gardens, Brooklyn 11231

Tel: 718 596 0006

Monday through Thursday:

5:30 am - 10:00 pm


5:30 am - 8:30 pm


7:00 am - 7:00 pm