Soul.train. Owner; Certified Personal Trainer ACSM, NASM, Kettlebell, Crossfit level 1
As owner and founder of soul.train. A Mind & Body Fitness Studio, Jonathan Medeiros’ mission is to bring excitement surrounding fitness/wellness to the community. A lifelong resident of the Cambridge/Somerville area, it is important that the communities closest to him are able to benefit from his passion and knowledge of fitness.
First certified as a Personal Trainer in 2001, Jonathan has worked in both private training studios and large corporate gym structures. Right before opening soul.train., Jonathan worked as a Master Trainer and Fitness Service Manager for TSI. His current certifications include but are not limited to: ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), ACSM Advanced Trainer, NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, Kettlebell Concept Instructor, and most recently Crossfit Level 1 Instructor. He has also coached wrestling and football and still competes in football today.
His primary source of motivation has been watching is only sibling, Kristina, overcome every physical obstacle that she has been presented with. Kristina has Down syndrome but has been able to compete in sports, particularly gymnastics, at a high level. She not only has won over 100 medals competing in the Special Olympics, but also competed at the high school level for Cambridge. Proof that anything is possible when it comes to overcoming physical obstacles.
When building and designing soul.train. himself, he wanted to be able to deliver a wide variety of opportunity for functional movement training. His philosophy behind functional training (functioning outside of the gym) is improving overall quality of life while also reaching personal goals at the same time. Realizing that there are so many of genres of people and genres of training, Jonathan wanted to be able to reach everyone with soul.train. This is why the facility is designed the way it is called “soul.train.” There are two levels at soul.train., the top level is where the group exercise classes are held and is the “soul”, inspired by our yoga program. The downstairs or “train” is where most of the personal training takes place and is inspired by olympic lifts and kettlebells. Although a certain philosophy is kept, he is not limited by it when it comes to delivering specific training to whomever. His clientele ranges from teenage athletes to senior citizens who may be rehabilitating from injury and everything in between.
Yoga and Dance Instructor
Erica Bornstein is a yoga and dance teacher, choreographer, and lover of all movement. She fell in love with yoga at a very young age when she was introduced to it as a way to stay in top dancer shape, but later in life discovered it was so much more than that. As an adult, she developed a regular yoga practice, and noticed that it brought her to feel this sense of balance in her body and her mind. Other physical activity became easier, and she approached difficult situations in life with a much more open attitude. Erica found herself constantly talking to people about yoga, thinking about yoga, reading about yoga, so she decided to see what would happen if she registered for a teacher training in 2010.
Erica now is a full-time yoga teacher and could not be more thrilled to be a part of the incredible yoga community in Boston. Erica teaches an athletic vinyasa flow, with focus on basics and alignment, with some advanced options sprinkled in, and she encourages students to personalize their practice for their own needs. She teaches yoga with a sense of fun and creativity, always has a killer playlist, and her humor and playful spirit is ever present in her classes. Overall, Erica believes that yoga is an accommodating practice, accessible to all people, that requires only loving care for the body and the willingness to keep an open mind and heart. Her number one mission in life is to encourage everyone to love yoga, or at least to try it. Among her many teachers, Erica is indebted to Chanel Luck, Bonnie Argo, and Lynne Begier and is continually inspired by so many of the teachers in the local Boston yoga community who are truly amazing.
In addition to yoga, Erica wanted to find some way of keeping her foot in the door of the dance world, so she started teaching Zumba Fitness. Her Zumba classes are unique because of her extensive dance training which makes the choreography interesting and extremely high energy, so come prepared to WORK, smile and sweat during all of her classes!
Yoga Instructor & Marketing Director
Kristin started practicing yoga several years ago because she was bored and uninspired with her current gym routine and wanted something that challenged her physically but also offered a mental release from the stresses of everyday life. After just one class, Kristin knew that Yoga was what she was looking for. Hooked ever since, Kristin believes that her days are not complete until she has been on her mat. She feels that Yoga is truly so much more than just a physical practice, but rather a sacred time to work her body and mind in ways that she never thought possible.
Kristin’s teachings are influenced by many styles of Yoga including Vinyasa, Smart Sequence (Kula) Flow and Prana Flow. Her classes are fun and energetic and encourage freedom and expression through movement, while still emphasizing safe alignment. You will sweat, laugh, flow to some great tunes and will certainly leave with a sense of renewed energy and clarity that will radiate throughout the rest of your day. Kristin believes that Yoga is for every body and if you commit to your practice, the results can be life changing.
Kristin is a RYT 200 and pursued her certification from the Radiant Yoga School in 2010 under the instruction of Chanel Luck and Bonnie Argo. She also completed a Mentorship with Georgia Reath in the Winter of 2013. Always a student first, Kristin continues her studies today with Ame Wren, David Vendetti, Todd Skoglund, Georgia Reath, Joanne Flaherty and many other amazing and influential Boston area teachers.
Pilates and Barre Instructor
Katia is a licensed Zumba instructor, finally taking the plunge in January 2012 after taking Zumba classes for almost four years. She even sought out Zumba classes while living in Jordan! Katia’s love for Zumba stems from her childhood. She was raised internationally and exposed to various types of dance from calypso in Barbados, belly dancing in Jordan, to huayno in Peru. She danced to Latin beats at every middle school dance and every high school party and knows the words to (almost) every Zumba song.
Her classes are always high energy, upbeat, and will make you SWEAT as well as shake your booty! So come for a total body workout with Katia!
Group Exercise Instructor – “Sweat with Lauren”
Lauren grew up dancing and has taken her passion for dance and wellness and turned it into a successful career in group fitness. She teaches her popular signature class “Sweat with Lauren” that focuses on creating the long lean lines of a dancer. Her classes are filled with crazy high energy and she is known for her no weighted arm series and killer butt work. Lauren is pre and post natal certified.
Aside from teaching Lauren is a fitness model and has a successful YouTube channel!
Andrew began his journey into fitness as a rugby player in high school and carried that with him into his years of military service. Through 8 years of service in the Marine Corps, he became increasingly involved in the world of martial arts, earning a certification as a Martial Arts Instructor as well as a black belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. His exposure to martial arts has also included study in jiu jitsu, judo, and muay thai, and his study in all three has continued to inform his training techniques. Andrew has experience in both coaching and practicing diverse fitness modalities, including Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, Crossfit, bodybuilding, kettlebells, and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training).
Andrew believes that each relationship with a client should be tailored to fit that client’s needs. Because of this, clients can feel comfortable that Andrew will apply his entire body of knowledge to help them achieve their personal goals, while simultaneously balancing their training needs. Andrew relentlessly pursues furthering this body of knowledge, with a special focus on learning the most effective methods to highlight and correct both postural demands and mobility/stability weaknesses all over the body. He takes an analytical approach to utilizing the fundamentals of fitness modalities to inform a training style that is unique to each client’s fitness level and respective of their desires.
Zumba and Pilates Instructor
Maeve has has been dancing her whole life… growing up in jazz classes, cheerleading…and joining the Kickline team in college – dance has always been a major part of her life. Years later, fitness and dance are even more important to her. After a long and stressful day at work she knows there’s nothing like dancing it all away and getting in shape! She discovered Zumba and fell in love! By learning fun, sexy dance moves and burning calories, she soon forgot it’s a workout and began to think of it as a dance party!
Certified Master Personal Trainer NCSF, Kettle Bell Instructor KBC, Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach USAW, Certified in Pre/Post Natal Training
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