Penny Smart

Penny Smart, Dakota Personal Training & Pilates, Personal Training, Semi-Private Training, Pilates, Upper West Side

Bio

Owner

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 the stability ball, TRX, Pilates apparatus, Bosu ball, heavy ropes, and kettlebells.

Specialties

  • Interval training geared toward weight loss
  • Pre and postnatal fitness (including diastasis recti rehabilitation)
  • 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
  • PIA-Pilates
  • Resist-A-Ball-Master Trainer (former presenter)
  • Cycling Instructor-Multiple Certifications
  • AED/CPR

Meet The Trainers

Peter Mei

Dakota Personal Training & Pilates, Personal Training, Semi-Private Training, Pilates, Upper West Side

Bio

I 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
  • AED/CPR

Mike Wolford

Dakota Personal Training & Pilates, Personal Training, Semi-Private Training, Pilates, Upper West Side

Bio 

I’m an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist who can help you reach your fitness goals with mindful and sustainable life changes. Originally trained as a swimmer, I know what dedication feels like and can help you balance life and fitness without sacrificing workout quality with my combination of classic weight lighting, metabolic conditioning, plyometrics and HIIT workouts. I believe working out should be fun and try to make every session a positive experience for my clients.

Certifications Attained:

  • NASM -Personal Trainer
  • AED/CPR

Daisy Cohen

Dakota Personal Training & Pilates, Personal Training, Semi-Private Training, Pilates, Upper West Side

Bio

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.

Specialties 

  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Athletic Competition preparation
  • Metabolic Weightloss training
  • Older Adult training
  • Rehabilitative training

Certifications Attained:

  • NASM -Personal Trainer
  • AED/CPR

Damon Baram

Dakota Personal Training & Pilates, Personal Training, Semi-Private Training, Pilates, Upper West Side

Bio

Damon Baram brings almost 20 years of experience to fitness. He is certified by three of the leading organizations: ACE, NSCA, and NASM. He has three specialties: Yoga, Boxing, and post-rehab. He is a certified Hatha Yoga teacher by the Integral Yoga Institute. He weaves together his diverse background to customize each clients routine. When he is not training clients he has a Holistic medicine practice with a focus on orthopedic /sports injuries. He is a licensed NYS massage therapist and Acupuncturist.

Specialties 

  • Weight loss
  • Post-rehab
  • Boxing

Certifications Attained:

  • ACE
  • NSCA
  • NASM

Felix Odman

Dakota Personal Training & Pilates, Personal Training, Semi-Private Training, Pilates, Upper West Side

Bio

Studio manager since 2016

Felix is a former professional Dancer/Choreographer and has many years of teaching experience. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a Fine Arts in Dance.  He is a Certified Yoga trainer and teaches Vinyasa flow classes in different studios in New York. His workouts incorporate Power Yoga sequences, functional exercises and core strengthening and alignment re-education.

Specialties 

  • Yoga

 

 

Certifications/Degree’s Attained:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education
  • Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in Dance
  • Certified Yoga trainer