I’m Penny Smart, and I founded Dakota Personal Training and Pilates LLC in 2003. The following year, I became the proud owner of a beautiful private studio. I’ve designed our programs and our facility to be the most effective way for our clients to achieve their fitness, flexibility, and wellness goals. We always strive to make our facility and fitness training unique and intensely personal. Add it all up, and we’re among the most qualified, experienced, and enjoyable fitness professionals in the industry.

Penny Smart

I’ve been a fitness professional for the majority of my adult life. I’ve worked as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer and a presenter/educator for some of the finest gyms in NYC before becoming the proud owner of my own studio. I strive to address the individual as a whole including physical and nutritional well being, happiness, and overall level of energy. I keep my programs interesting using a variety of modalities including, but not limited to stability ball, TRX, Pilates apparatus, Bosu ball, heavy ropes, and kettle bells.

Specialties –

  • Interval training geared toward weight loss
  • Pre and post natal fitness (including diastasis recti rehabilitation)img_8730
  • Pilates programs geared toward core strength
  • Senior programs (I’m a certified trainer for older adults)
  • Exercising with Fibromyalgia
  • Exercise for those with eating disorders

Certifications Attained:
ACE-Group Fitness Instructor
NSCA-Personal Trainer
AFFA-Group Fitness Instructor
Resist-A-Ball-Master Trainer (former presenter)
Cycling Instructor-Multiple Certifications

Peter Mei

IMG_4955I conduct tailor made exercise programs for each individual to suit their needs. Fitness is not just about looking good, but more importantly, improving health and quality of life. I have been often asked what my expertise is in training, my answer, whatever it takes to correct your muscular imbalances, postural improvement, look better and feel better about yourself.

Specialties –

  • Rehabilitation via Pilates and corrective exercise methods
  • Weight loss programming
  • Boxing/ Kick Boxing
  • Sports specific training
  • Pre/Post Natal Training

Certifications Attained:
NASM certified personal trainer
NASM certified Corrective Exercise and Rehabilitation Specialist
BBU certified Pilates teacher
AOS certified Kettlebell instructor


Shalah Mapp

Shalah 2I am excellent in using proprietary functional training exercises that incorporate kettlebells, TRX, medicine balls, bosu balls, battle ropes and more. Functional fitness can be performed in any setting using multi-joint exercises that strategically train your body to move in unison and get you toned while improving quality of life.


  • Young Adults
  • TRX workouts
  • Sports specific training
  • Balance and agility training
  • Older Adults

Certifications Attained:
Kettlebell Concepts 101
Special Populations (Senior Citizen / Youth )


Daisy Cohen

daisy (3)With over 20 years in the fitness industry, I have worked in some of the most prestigious gyms in New York before making Dakota Personal Training my home.  I strive to make my workouts creative, functional, and effective.  Through my experience I have worked with vast populations ranging from competitive athletes to the geriatric population and many levels between.


  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Athletic Competition preparation
  • Metabolic Weight loss training
  • Older Adult training
  • Rehabilitative training

Certifications Attained:
NASM -Personal Trainer

Barbara Crean


With over 12 years of experience, Barbara brings a unique holistic approach to personalized fitness. She integrates a mind – body connection into her individualized training programs, so that her clients are able to realize their true fitness potential, while also achieving a greater awareness of their bodies. Barbara believes that lifestyle plays a critical role in achieving this success, and therefore works with clients to understand their body’s unique needs, by finding the right changes that will be most effective for both their current lifestyle, as well as the long term. Her approach is motivating, compassionate, and focused, so that results are experienced not only from the outside but also from within.


Paul Chek Holistic
Lifestyle Coac
NASM – CPT Pre/Post
ACE Yoga Sutra Pilates Mat and Machine Levels I,II,III


Ariel Brill


I specialize in weight loss, strength training, flexibility, and endurance. With over 3,000 sessions trained, I have assisted well over 100 clients in reaching their health goals. My workouts are a balance of intense training mixed with the release of everyday stress. I incorporate yoga techniques and stretching to make you feel great after each workout! I have a degree in clinical exercise science from Ithaca College. I love working with a variety of populations, even people who are new to exercise. Each workout will be a fun challenge for you. I am easy going and love what I do!


  • Kettle bells
  • Weight loss training
  • Circuit training
  • Yoga
  • Flexibility training
  • Massage
  • Trx

health fitness specialist from The American College Of Sports Medicine