Meet Your Coaches

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 (Red Cross)

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 (Red Cross)

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

Ryan Albertson, Strength & Performance Coach

About: Ryan has been running his whole life. He started competing in road races in elementary school, ran for national championship programs in college, and continues to push himself today. With over 16 years of coaching and personal training experience combined, Ryan has worked with athletes and clients as young as 8 to 86. He has worked with youth and college athletes in multiple sports, a world record holder and Olympic medalists in track and field, and professional athletes in the NBA, MLB, and MLS. He’s passionate about teaching smart, safe, and progressive training that achieves results and sustainability for athletes and clients. He is currently a coach for boys’ cross country and track at Oratory Prep School in Summit.

Certifications/Credentials: Certified Personal Trainer (American College of Sports Medicine), High School Strength and Conditioning Specialist (International Youth Conditioning Association), Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED (Red Cross)

Specialties: Running Form, Injury Reduction and Strength Training, Sports Specific Strength and Conditioning, Functional Training for General Fitness, Posture, Mobility & Stability, Kettlebells, Powerlifting

Favorite Exercise: Running of course! And Kettlebell Turkish Get Ups

Favorite Pump Up Song: ‘Till I Collapse by Eminem

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.”