Ben Ilaria, Founder & Head Strength Coach
About: Ben has an extensive background in personal training, from years of privately training college students, to training people of all ages at luxury gym, Equinox. Ben has dedicated much of his time as a strength coach to help refine people’s form and technique to ensure he is keeping you safe while exercising. He also works in digital advertising, and hosts a weekly podcast called “Can We Talk About This?”
Certifications/Credentials: Certified Personal Trainer & Strength Coach (National Council on Strength & Fitness), Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
Specialties: Functional Training for General Fitness, Postural Health, Mobility Training, Sports Performance: Golf/Tennis/Baseball, Functional Independence for Older Populations, Powerlifting
Favorite Exercise: Barbell Front Squat
Favorite Pump Up Song: Caro by Bad Bunny
Paul Cassaro, Founder & Head Sports Coach
About: Paul lives and breathes sports and sports training. From competing in state-level track and field competitions, to collegiate rowing, powerlifting, and marathon running, Paul has developed himself into a well-rounded athlete. He has imparted his love of sports onto high-school track and field, football, and lacrosse athletes and helped them improve their form and performance. He is currently a coach for the YMCA Flyers Track and Field and Cross Country teams.
Certifications/Credentials: Certified Personal Trainer & Strength Coach (National Council on Strength & Fitness), Adult Pediatric CPR
Specialties: Sports Performance: Track & Field/Rowing/Football/Basketball/Cross Country & Distance Running/Lacrosse, Functional Training for General Fitness, Powerlifting
Favorite Exercise: Rowing/Erg
Favorite Pump Up Song: Best of My Love by The Emotions
Erin Wheatley, Head Yoga Instructor
About: As a Cranford native, Erin grew up with a very active lifestyle and always loved exercising as a tool to serve her mind and body. After years of running and various injuries, she turned to yoga to energize her body in a new way. After falling in love with this practice that had such a powerful effect on her, she completed her 200 Hour RYT training. She believes that yoga is for everyone and that we all have the potential to grow in this practice.
Certifications/Credentials: RYT 200, LMSW
Specialties: Yoga for Mental Wellness
Favorite Pose: Wheel
Favorite Power Yoga Song: The Rising by Bruce Springsteen
Jennifer Glavasich, Head Nutritionist
About: Jenn is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist and has been working in the nutrition field for 10 years. Jenn initially worked with a start-up company in NYC and focused on functional medicine. She then spent several years employed at a trauma center working with adult and neonatal critical care units, as well as patients with diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease. Jenn currently works full-time as an outpatient clinical dietitian with a focus on weight-management for clients.
Specialties: Weight Management, Disease Prevention, Maternal Health, Medical Nutrition Therapy (Diabetes, Heart Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease)
Favorite Food: Cheese enchiladas with verde sauce from Taqueria in Jersey City. “They are amazing!”
Fun Fact: “I am a low-key fan of Rod Stewart and have seen him live in concert four times.”