Meet Our Personal Trainers

Meet Williamsburg’s Best, In-Home Personal Trainers

The L Trainer team represents a new breed of informed, progressive, and caring personal trainers. We collaborate as a team to design and deliver comprehensive exercise programs tailored towards each client’s precise need.

Our Training Team Is Educated In:

  • Pre/Post Natal
  • Weight Management
  • Behavior Change and Lifestyle Management
  • Realistic Goal Setting
  • Aging and Exercise
  • Corrective Exercise and Post Injury

All education is accredited by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Camille Eroy-Reveles

Masters in Public Health

Camille Eroy-Reveles brings a wealth of talent, passion, and vision to her role as founder of The L Trainer. Originally from California, Camille came to New York City to complete a Masters degree in Public Health at Columbia University. Camille utilizes a Health Promotion approach in using exercise to manage chronic disease and improve vitality. She has worked in a number of fitness settings including commercial gyms, private studios, homes, physical therapy settings, and community centers.

Camille has been profiled in IDEA Health and Fitness Journal’s “Inspiring the next generation of fitness professionals.” She was the Personal Trainer for an Associated Press video segment “Exercising an Aging Population” and has appeared on a NY 1 news segment on regulating the fitness industry.

Camille is an esteemed Fitness Educator and has been contracted to provide continuing education to such groups as The American Academy of Personal Training, Equinox Fitness, Focus Integrated Fitness, CLAY Fitness, and American Leisure

Questions and Answers with Camille

What do you do to keep yourself fit?

I really enjoy taking group exercise classes. I typically take class 5 times each week. My latest addiction in Indoor Cycling, which is easier on my knees than running. I also foam roll daily and strength train 3-4 times each week.

 

What do you do when you fall off the exercise wagon?

I try not to be too hard on myself.

I have the tools to get back into a consistent program. My strategy is to focus on the immediate week ahead of me and plan workout sessions with friends or a trainer at least 3 times. It usually takes me a few exercise sessions to remember why I love being active and then it becomes habit once again.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about Personal Training?

That a personal trainer may be great or not great because of how he/she looks. Remember what works for one body may not work for the next. The best personal trainers typically are those that have spent the most time getting educated.

Why do you like working with the L Trainer team?

I love this team! It is a great feeling that I can go away for a week’s vacation and know that my clients will be in good hands with another L Trainer.

What can I do for 20 minutes a day to stay healthy?

Create a 5 song play list. Do the following circuit over and over until the playlist finishes. If you get tired, just sway to the beat and no matter what- don’t sit down!!!

  • 20 counts of dancing or jumping jacks
  • 10 sit to stands
  • 20 arm circles backward
  • 20 arm circles forward
  • Balance on 1 leg for 20 seconds and switch
  • 20 counts of dancing or jumping jacks

What advice can you give to new exercisers?

I am so excited that you are taking this step!

Please work with a personal trainer for at least 3 sessions so that you stay safe. If you cannot afford a trainer my advice is to start small and plan for movement 2 to 3 times each week for at least 10-30 minutes. If you can do this for 3 weeks, THEN increase the time or frequency of your workout.

 

 

Jesse Gonzalez

AAPT

Jesse Gonzalez comes from a background in HS and City League football teams, where his passion for sports and exercise took him to the next level in which he became involved with natural body building. His love for putting the body under it’s maximum threshold of strength and endurance coupled with the sight of tremendous results, lead to his love of helping others also reach their maximal physical potential.

Jesse’s interests include sports and youth training, and he has extensive experience designing exercise programs for children ages 6-14. Jesse prides himself in being able to work with all fitness levels, age groups, and fitness aspirations.

Questions and Answers with Jesse

What do you do to keep yourself fit?

I try to get at least 2-3 days of 30-45 mins of cardio with a minimum of 3 days of resistance training per week.

What do you do when you fall off the exercise wagon?

I look for goal oriented motivation to get me going again.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about Personal Training?

That as long as you work out on a consistent basis, you can eat whatever you like and not watch your diet.

Why do you like to work with the L Trainer team?

Mainly because we are not limited to training strictly at gyms. Plus the fact that our team is made up of great people.

What can I do for 20 minutes a day to stay healthy?

Throw some head rocking music on at home, and do a mixture of various exercises, such as push-ups (floor or off angled surface) Body-Weight Squats, jumping jacks, sit-ups, burpees, squat-jumps (if no injuries or issues), lunges, dips (off chair or other surface) and mountain climbers. Do about 3-4 sets of about 4 of these exercises, all till failure, mix it up to keep it fun.

What advice can you give to new exercisers?

For all those who exercise, there’s always a point where you may plateau, and this sometimes becomes a hurdle that many people may feel like there’s no need to keep going, because they see no further results. I recommend to push through this plateau phase, which happens to everyone, and continue to stay fit, and set new goals for yourself, which will keep you motivated and consistent in your workouts.

 

Lazaros Karapanagiotides

NASM

Lazaros grew up in rural New Hampshire as the “nerdy one” in the kind of extended family you might expect from first-generation Greeks.  Rather than having a focus on sports or exercise, he first took an interest in music and art. He never actually exercised or even stretched until college, where his posture and strength were finally starting to become a problem in daily life. He decided enough was enough and joined a gym with a group of friends who showed him the ropes.  Years later he felt stronger and better than ever and found himself the happiest he’d ever been – and it was all due to exercise.  He decided to start helping people the same way he had been once, and still loves every day of it.

Lazaros understands the position of both driven athletes and those without any exercise experience at all. His background in Corrective Exercise allows him to easily adapt to injuries and pain and plan programs around it well in advance. Above all else, he thinks we all deserve to see the beauty and strength of which our bodies are capable.

He is NASM certified as a Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist

Questions and Answers with Lazaros

What do you do to keep yourself fit?

I try to get in at least 3 to 4 days of resistance training, lifting big things up and putting them down again. Depending where my bodyfat is, I do about two or three days of Cardio for 30 minutes to an hour and bump that up if I’m not happy with what I see in the mirror.

What do you do when you fall off the exercise wagon?

I try to remember what got me into exercise in the first place, and if that doesn’t work I look for anything new to shake things up.  Sometimes I change the wallpaper of my phone for a little pep talk, or tell everyone my new goal so that I’m more likely to do it (rather than fail and embarrass myself).  But to be honest, I know bad days happen. Bad weeks, even. Nobody ever stays motivated forever. As long as you remember that, you never really fell off the wagon. You just hit a speed-bump.

I also have friends enlisted to help guilt-trip me into going to work out even on my laziest days. They’re an endless resource of motivation.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about Personal Training?

That a trainer’s knowledge ends with how to do a bunch of exercises. Most of the time, your trainer will see, hear and know much more than they ever tell you. They’re looking for a specific muscle to fire, or a certain tilt, or a thousand other variables to make sure you’re safe and sound. And their education never really stops; most trainers are constantly reading new articles or learning something new for a client seven days a week.

Why do you like working with the L Trainer team?

Aside from the fact that they’re some of the most genuinely kind and supportive people I’ve ever met, The L Trainer is exactly what the industry needed.  It’s a small team of strong trainers with good hearts and high standards – you couldn’t ask for more. Every member brings their own expertise to the table, along with personalities that just radiate energy and warmth. It’s an honor to work among them.

What can I do for 20 minutes a day to stay healthy?

There are a million different options available. Use whatever you know for now and whatever you have around you, combine them and change things up to keep your heart rate up.  If you have any sort of exercise equipment around, look up circuits on Youtube and toss some of those in. I suggest using exercises that hit the whole body first. Pushups, Squats, Burpees, Lunges.  The list goes on and on.  Plan for next time when you’re done!

What advice can you give to new exercisers?

First, that your life is going to get so much better from this point on. Stepping out of your comfort zone can be scary at first, but there’s no better feeling than looking back to see that you’ve really made it. You’ll see the world, and yourself, differently.

And second, I think the most important lesson I’ve ever learned is not to take extreme measures. They don’t often work, they’re largely unpleasant, and it burns you out even if you succeed. Too many beginners make drastic changes that make them miserable in the aim of improving themselves. What’s most critical is that you enjoy the small victories, the little improvements and steps that keep you happy while still pushing you forward.  Changes don’t happen instantly, they come little by little. Remember, you’ll probably want to keep this up for the rest of your life. It’s important that you enjoy it too.

Get a Personal Trainer if you can. Even if it’s a little out of your budget, put some money aside for at least a few sessions. You’ll learn so much in just a short time that might have taken you many years (and injuries) to learn on your own.

 

John Faison

Masters in Applied Physiology; NSCA, AHA

John, as a former competitive athlete and street dancer, has always been fascinated by human movement –
by not only the way we move, but how it is possible for us to do so. Whether propelling ourselves or
objects through space, or simply attaining stillness in the face of forces that would move us, the
mechanical and physiological principles that dictate how we move (or not) have always intrigued him.
This constant marveling at how the body moves has inspired John to not only seek understanding of the
concepts that govern such movement but to also teach others what he has learned.

In addition to assisting others realize their fitness & aesthetic goals here at the L Trainer, John also serves as Lecturer for the Health Sciences department at Lehman College, Lecturer for the Family, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences department at Queens College, and Lecturer for the American Academy of Personal Trainers.

John has 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry and holds the following academic credentials:

A.O.S., The Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences
B.A., Liberal Arts, New York University
M.A., Applied Physiology, Columbia University

Questions and Answers with John

What do you do to keep yourself fit?

What I enjoy most is resistance training, however, I do perform aerobic exercise a couple of times weekly. I also foam roll and stretch on most days.

What do you do when you fall off the exercise wagon?

I’m pretty critical of myself when I fail to adhere to my fitness regimen & the resulting self-loathing is enough to motivate me to refocus. Usually, when I fall off the wagon it’s because I’m having difficulty adjusting to a new schedule. It’s important for me to honestly evaluate what I can do under the given circumstances of the moment. If those circumstances dictate that I work out only three times per week instead of five, then I have to be Okay with that until my situation allows for something more ideal.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about Personal Training?

Most people don’t suspect that great trainers do so much more than make their clients work hard; the truth is that anyone can manage that. The best trainers aren’t simply trying to push you through a rigorous workout, but have immersed themselves in the empirical evidence that support every decision they’ve made about your programming. Many of us have taken countless classes, obtained multiple certifications, & perhaps earned advanced degrees in our field.

Why do you like working with the L Trainer team?

I consider it a privilege to work with people with whom there’s a shared philosophy. I’m constantly learning from my colleagues which only helps me to better serve our clients.

What can I do for 20 minutes a day to stay healthy?

Perform chair squats by standing from a seated position that is deep enough for your thighs to be parallel to the floor (or slightly deeper or higher) for 20 repetitions

Do thirty jumping-jacks

Lean against a wall with your knees bent and push your lower back into the wall (feel your abs contracting); hold for 5 repetitions of 5 seconds [the same exercise can be done on the floor with knees bent & feet flat if necessary]

Do 30 high knees for 15 each leg (running) or 50 high knees for 25 for each leg (marching)

Balancing on one leg, reach both hands over your head, place both hands on your hips, reach one hand to the opposite knee, perform the same movements in reverse, then after 10 repetitions repeat with the other hand to the other knee (as your balance improves reach the hand to the opposite foot)

Repeat this sequence for the duration of the exercise session. Take as little rest as possible between exercises.

What advice can you give to new exercisers?

Be patient. If you have a goal you’re working to achieve in six months, work up to it in monthly increments. Give yourself the opportunity to accomplish smaller goals on your way to achieving the bigger ones. This will help keep you motivated & avoid succumbing to frustration.