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 it’s 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.
Gina’s fitness journey only started back in 2013 when she decided to run her first obstacle race. After that race, she decided it was time to get back into shape. 30 pounds lighter, she decided to quit her corporate job in 2014 in order to pursue fitness full time.
Gina has her NASM Certified Personal Training certification, as well as her Functional Nutrition Specialization Certification. In addition to working in fitness, Gina is also a NYS licensed tour guide. Her tours range from fitness tours, food tours, and even cocktail tours! When she’s not racing around Central Park or running around in the mud, she likes to bake funny designed cakes.
Meredith was born and raised in The Woodlands, Texas, graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in Acting, and is now happy to call New York City her home. She has been drawn to movement her whole life, starting as a competitive swimmer, then runner, then dancer.
Yoga started out as a fun way to breathe, sweat, and welcome the morning before a day of college classes, but her casual hobby developed into a way of life and she got her RYT 200 certification with Shivakali Yoga. Now she continues to breathe, sweat, and welcome the morning through her vibrant tours of Central Park, and invites you to join her on the journey!
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 and active family. She played soccer in high school, 4 years of Junior Olympic Volleyball, and 4 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.
Rikki grew up in the Southern Highlands just south of Sydney in Australia, making the move to NYC in 2011 after finishing High School. She spent the majority of her childhood outdoors, participating in every sport available to her. While still at School she represented in track & field, cross country running, triathlons, swimming, hockey, softball, touch football & AFL. In her spare time she plays tennis and loves mountain biking and boxing. She is also a qualified ‘learn to swim’ teacher and stroke coach and has worked as a professional dancer. Rikki is CPR/AED certified and has completed her USATF Coaching Education Level 1
Karyn’s passion to help others achieve their personal wellness goals started in 2010 when she graduated from CW Post with a BS in Nutrition. In early 2016, Karyn left the 9-5 corporate life to start her own wellness company, Happy Belly Strong.
Karyn is s a certified Health Coach and NASM Certified Personal trainer who believes that the key to good health starts with being happy. Movement is proven to increase happiness, and she knows there is no place better to move than the great outdoors. Karyn tries to spend as much time in nature as possible. When she is not leading the Power Hour or Core Tour classes in Central Park you can find her hiking upstate, traveling to different cities, and helping NYC achieve happiness.