Meet the Team
Mike is a born and raised New Yorker and Central Park has been his “backyard” since before he could walk. A former high school and college athlete, being active has always been a way of life and Central Park has always been the go-to venue.
Since becoming a professional Fitness Trainer in 2007 using the park instead of a crowded stuffy gym was always Mike’s choice. The more time he spent in the park the more curious he became about its history. During research he found the details and information so fascinating that he decided to take it further and get certified as an official New York City sightseeing guide and combine his passions of fitness and NYC history and created Fit Tours NYC.
A farm girl from Ground Rush Farm in Culpeper, Virginia, Elena is thrilled to bring her sense of play to the 5k Fun Runs and to Power Hour! Elena comes from an active family. She played soccer in high school, four years of Junior Olympic Volleyball, and four years of Varsity Volleyball, where she led her team as floor captain. Since moving to NYC in 2012, she’s worked as an independent personal trainer – fusing her book knowledge of exercise science, corrective exercise, strength training, plyometrics, agility, and dynamic movement with her physical experience as an athlete.
Elena is thrilled to be apart of the Fit Tours Team! She loves sharing the melting pot of stories and human moments encapsulated in Central Park, especially in the beautiful mornings when the light shines through!
Elena is supportive, encouraging, energetic, always up for a challenge, and loves to laugh.
Meredith has been a proud member of the Fit Tours tribe for over three years, and loves getting to hang out with cool people from all over the world during her 5K tours in Central Park! Additionally, she is a yoga teacher who strives to help people feel strong, present, and more embodied through movement. She proudly runs Yoga With Meredith – a private yoga business that brings customized yoga lessons into people’s homes, apartments, and workspaces. Additionally, she teaches group classes at the Prenatal Yoga Center and at various corporate offices in NYC. She is currently continuing her education at Columbia University in the Exercise Physiology graduate program.
Outside of teaching, Meredith loves hiking, backpacking, learning how to keep plants alive in her apartment (she’s still working on that), continuing her studies of anatomy and biomechanics, and generally being outside whenever possible. You can find out more about Meredith and what she offers at www.yogawithmeredith.com
Bonnie Flannery moved to NYC in July of 2017 after graduating from Elon University with a BFA in Music Theatre and a minor in Sociology. Bonnie has always had a passion for fitness and is finalizing her in Pilates Certification this Spring. She loves working at fittoursnyc and feels so lucky to be able to share Central Parks history with her runners.
Gabi is thrilled to be a part of the Fit Tours Family! She recently received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University. Born and raised outside of Boston, she has always been extremely active. She has participated in half marathons, 10Ks, and 5Ks, throughout high school, college, and post grad. Combine her love for running with her background in the performing arts and her ability to be chipper at 8 in the morning, and you have one great tour guide! When Gabi moved to New York, Central Park immediately became a second home to her and she can often be found running in the park when she’s “off duty”. She loves the beauty, history, and stories that come from Central Park, and she is delighted to share this with the members of her tours.
Anne Vipperman Cohen
Anne is currently earning her Masters in Nutrition and Exercise at Columbia University to become a Registered Dietitian. To balance out the time she spends sitting for school, she enjoys being up and on her feet running and biking through NYC parks with friends, playing volleyball, doing yoga, volunteering in food pantries, and cooking. She is passionate about empowering and supporting people to enact sustainable, healthy changes to live in line with their values and goals. She is extremely excited to be a part of Fit Tours NYC because it allows her to blend knowledge with fitness to cultivate a unique and personal experience for everyone taking her tours!
Sam is an actor, singer, dancer, and videographer living in New York City for 3 years. Sam has toured nationally and performed internationally in musicals and on cruise ships. He is excited to be joining FitTours as he has always had a passion for fitness. Running in the park is always a beautiful experience and he is excited to share it with others.
Anna is a 200 hour RYT Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher and a Modern Dancer
in NYC. She completed her B.F.A in Dance from Rutgers University Mason
Gross School of the Arts plus a year of studying dance at the Jerusalem
Academy of Music and Dance in Israel. Her yoga certificate is from OM
Factory NYC. In 2018 Anna officially moved to the big apple from the
farmlands of NJ. She loves that she gets to call Central Park her backyard!
She is Deaf.
Kiah is an artist, activist, yoga instructor, and NYC transplant from the Midwest. She got her 200hr RYT from Yogaview in Chicago, but her yoga practice has it’s roots in lifelong meditation and movement practices. She is thrilled to be a part of the Fit Tours family where her Sunrise Yoga Walks can be a celebration of nature, breath, body, and connecting to the present — yoga in the wild! Outside of Fit Tours, Kiah teaches privates and small groups with a focus on individualized approaches and building unique practices. She strives to bring access and inclusion to every aspect of her work, learning and creating with disabled artists and fitness professionals along with other diverse communities to provide the best experiences for all.