Make Real Connections
Research has shown repeatedly that team-based activities is more sustainable and promotes greater achievements than training by yourself. Kenzai uses the same team work philosophy to help you stay committed to your health goals. We believe this team-based approach is the key to your success.
With Kenzai you’ll have several layers of community support. You’ll be placed into a small virtual group of 10-14 people from around the world led by one of our certified trainers. There will be opportunities to get to know your teammates and the common goals you share. We encourage you to take part in the social contract by participating in the group introductions and reading/ commenting on your teammates’ blog posts. It’s a great way to see how other people navigate the challenges of their Kenzai training and to build camaraderie with other on a similar experience.
Beyond your own team, there will be other teams all going through the same course. You’ll also find the larger Kenzai community engaged and active on the website. It is our experience that the the more you engage with the community, the stronger your social safety net will be when training gets difficult.
Multiple Ways to Connect
Group Activity Stream
View an aggregated list of activities of your teammates and engage with them through comments and responses.
Status Updates & Blogs
Keep a personal blog about your fitness journey and share your thoughts with the Kenzai Community. Stay accountable to your fitness goals by posting weekly updates and sharing your experience with your teammates.
Have a training question? Post it on the Q&A forum where a member of our training staff will get back to you, normally within 12 hours or less.
Your trainer can be reached privately using our internal message system if you have any specific concerns or questions. Group messaging is also available for team-based communications.
MEET OUR TRAINERS
Kenzai trainers have deep understanding of human motivation and have collectively spent thousands of hours coaching people to build sustainable lifestyle changes and a thriving, healthy body.
All of our trainers are certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and many hold advanced credentials in wellness, health, and human psychology. Assistant Trainers are recent Kenzai graduates who offer invaluable peer support to keep you motivated through your training program.
“ It’s not the great one-time effort that fosters lasting transformation. Rather it is a series of small victories stacked up again and again over time that leads to a profound state of well being. But all that woo-woo to the side: Do the work. Get the results. Plain and simple.”
Ward Willis, MS, CPT
CredentialsWard is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer with advanced specializations from NASM in Neuromuscular Stretching, Balance Training, Mental Toughness Training, Core Training, Speed, Quickness, and Agility Training, and Cardio for Fitness. He’s also a CPR/ First Aid certified.
He holds a Masters degree in Counseling from University of Southern Maine and Bachelor degree in Nursing from University of New Hampshire
“ Pursue the intrinsic rewards that come from you fitness and wellness endeavors. They will continue to grow and feed both your body and soul. Whereas the external validation needs to get bigger and bigger to keep you motivated.”
Thomas Doyle, CPT
CredentialsThomas is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer with advanced specializations from NASM in Neuromuscular Stretching, Balance Training, Flexibility Training, Core Training, Cardio For Performance, and Cardio for Fitness. He’s also a CPR/ First Aid Certified, certified Yoga Teacher from Bikram’s Yoga College of India, and certified in Positive Behavior Support.
He holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science from Ithaca College.
“ One of the secrets to developing a lifelong habit of health and fitness is to If to enjoy what you’re doing - or at least enjoy how it makes you feel. And maintain a flexible and open-minded stance. What works for you at this stage in your life might morph and shift over time. Keep reinventing your routine again and again as your needs, responsibilities and interests change.”
Malia Hirschmann, PhD, CPT
CredentialsMalia is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer.
She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Masters degree in Clinical Health Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago Medical School, and Bachelor degree in Psychology from Middlebury College.
“ Act your way into a different way of thinking. Motivation is more of an outcome, and less of a cause. Your actions are the engine, and YOU are in the driver’s seat!”
Brett Kuhnert MPA, CPA
CredentialsBrett is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer and CPR/First Aid certified.
He holds an MBA degree from New York University Institute of Technology, Master degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University, and Bachelor degree in Psychology from University of Illinois.
“ Your body can do amazing things, but it’s just as important as to meet it where it’s at and be kind to yourself! Small consistent action trumps any go-big or extreme action plan.”
Cecilia Aiello, MSW, CPT
CredentialsCecilia is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer and CPR/First Aid certified.
She holds a Masters degree in Social Work from New York University and Bachelor degree in History from University of Pennsylvania.
“ Putting extra time and energy into our health and fitness is not selfish. When we are feeling great and functioning at full capacity we are able to give the best of ourselves to our family and community.”
Kim Benson, MA, CPT
CredentialsKim is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer. She has a Certificate of Clinical Competence from American Speech and Hearing Association.
She holds a Masters degree in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences from University of Colorado Boulder and Bachelor degree in Speech Language Pathology from Ithaca College.
“ Perseverance, balance, and guilt-free is my personal approach to health and fitness. I think everyone has their own battles to fight, and I love being there as a trainer to support in any way I can.”
Jess Swarbreck, CPT
CredentialsJess is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer. She’s a Kettlebells and TRX certified instructor by the Jordan Training Academy, Watt-bike Certified Instructor, and Ski instructor (Level 2- CSIA).
She holds a Diploma in Nutrition and Health from BCNH College of Nutrition & Health. She’s currently taking Bachelor degree in Nutritional Therapy (in progress) from University of Greenwich.
“ Your mind is the strongest muscle you have. To train your body you need to first train your mind. I believe that whatever body you were born in, you have the capability of improving it if you can master your own self talk. My coaching style is a mixture of tough love kick ass with a sprinkle of dry British humour to make sure you’re still smiling through the tears!”
Sharmali Arumugathasan, CPT
CredentialsSharmali is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer, certified behavior change specialist, and CPR/First Aid certified.
She holds a Bachelor degree in Honours French from King’s College London.
“ It’s never too late to get started on a healthy lifestyle. Make a daily commitment to stay on the path you’ve chosen and avoid excuses when you stray.”
Kim Murch, MA, CPT
CredentialsKim is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer.
She holds a Masters degree in International Relations from The George Washington University and Bachelor degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University ILR School.
“ Only you can make it happen. Each individual has to set goals and work towards them. I love being able to help people achieve those health and fitness goals, but you have to do the work. Progress not perfection day after day. It’s a lifelong pursuit.”
Elissa Imran, CPT
CredentialsElissa is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer and CPR/First Aid certified.
She holds Bachelor degree in Economics from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
“ Everyone deserves to be in good shape and have great health. Taking the time to achieve that goal is one of the greatest acts of love you can show yourself, and those close to you. So be the change, work on yourself, and the world will become a better place. After all, who else are you going to work on? Someone else? ”
Nathan Belle-Isle, CPT
CredentialsNathan is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer and CPR/AED certified by American Red Cross.
“ We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. (Aristotle) I used to believe in one-hit wonders in my pursuit of fitness, but really, it's about the tiny humble daily decisions - fruit over fruitcakes, sit-ups over bottoms-up, bear crawl over pub crawls!”
CredentialsAdelyn completed Half Ironman, Spartan, marathon and ultra trail running race. She’s a varsity Netball and Basketball player.
She holds a Bachelor degree in Business (Marketing) from Nanyang Technological University. She has a Professional Diploma in Fashion Design from London Centre for Fashion Studies
“ I’m no Zen master, but I know that consistent, daily, dedication to my health makes me feel stronger, happier, and translates into being a better worker, husband, and a dad. ”
CredentialsEd is a soccer coach and former collegiate-level soccer player.
He holds a Bachelor degree in English & Literature from University of California Davis.
“ Strong mind, strong body”
Jenny Haddle, MS
CredentialsJenny is a Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness and Nutrition specialist. She completed numerous 5Ks, a few 10Ks, half marathons and one full marathon.
She holds a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Ecology from University of Florida and Bachelor degree in Anthropology, University of Georgia.
“ Finding balance in life always comes back to mindfulness. Whether eating clean, active living, self care, jumping rope, building community, shopping the perimeter, sleeping, working, raising children, or training for a marathon … each and every action we take requires presence in the moment to examine and understand ourselves, and to achieve our intended goal(s). ”
Kate O’Brien, MA
CredentialsShe holds a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Ecology from University of Florida and Bachelor degree in Anthropology, University of Georgia.
“ You are the master of your mind and body. Wellbeing is an ongoing process that starts within, and we all have the ability to set our minds to reach our fitness goals by investing and nourishing the amazing, adaptable, and powerful body we have. Sometimes we just forget and need a little kick on our butt to make it happen ”
Jorge Padilla, CFP
CredentialsJorge is a CPR/First Aid certified. He’s a Tennis Instructor Level I by RPT and a three-time Tennis Team Champion of US College Big South Conference.
He’s a Certified Financial Planner ™ (CFP®) with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Winthrop University.
“ You are never too old to get fit and get in shape. ”
CredentialsAngela is a CPR/First Aid certified. She Completed numerous 10 km's, half marathons, and 2 marathons. She is also a high school coach for various athletics teams.
She holds a Bachelor degree in Physical Education and Biology from Liverpool Polytechnic. She’s a Youth Mental Health First Aider, Mental Health First Aid Australia.
“ Fitness is not a binary state of being: fit or not fit. It’s fluid, always changing. All you can do is your best in your circumstances to progress towards a fitter self, but sometimes that means you slide a few steps backwards and that’s okay. Practice self-love, and then take several more steps in the right direction when you can. Your limitations, whether they are physical, mental, or just life getting in the way, don’t have to define you. ”
CredentialsMiranda holds a Bachelor degree in English Literature from Nazareth College of Rochester.
“ Health and Fitness to me is another experience of embodiment just like being, breathing, grieving, laughing, eating, and all the other things that come with this human experience. ”
Mark Read-Smith, MS
CredentialsMark is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner from Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. He’s a certified Pilates Instructor at the Pure Pilates of Asheville and a
certified Yoga Teacher at the Yogaphoria.
Mark holds a Masters degree in Counseling from Appalachian State University and Bachelor degree in Social Work from Appalachian State University.
“ Good results come from discipline, hard work, and the desire for change. For me “being healthy” is less about having a “six pack”, and more about taking the right decisions to ensure you live a long and healthy life. ”
CredentialsScott holds a Bachelor degree Russian Language & Literature (Hons) from Birmingham University. He’s a recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.
Frequently Asked Questions
- With your blog, you make a public commitment to the Kenzai community. No one trains in the shadows.
- Your trainer will be working closely with you, encouraging (and sometimes prodding) you to not give up and be your best.
- Every week you upload a body photo, visible to your training team. This keeps you motivated to stay on diet and keep up with your workouts.
- We also give you the chance to recruit a few special people from your life to support you through the ups and downs of your training journey. Each week these Boosters will receive a mail explaining what challenges you’re going through.