The BrownStone Physical Therapy team is proud to introduce our dedicated training staff:
Transform & T2
My first love of fitness was in bodybuilding. My influences and inspiration were women like Rachel McClish and Gladys Portuguese. With the help of great trainers and coaches I was able to compete in natural bodybuilding and as soon as I began competing I was hooked! For ten years I competed and now act as a judge in bodybuilding and physique competitions. I have competed against, judged and trained some of the best in my 20 years as a personal trainer.
I knew first hand how transforming yourself into a healthy and strong person can make you feel and I wanted to share it with other people. I became a trainer soon after my first show.
I understand that maintaining a healthy lifestyle isn't easy. I was not a natural athlete when I started and have never been the type of person who "can eat whatever they want." I've had to control my diet like most people and built my physique around learning the balance between food, weight lifting, and cardiovascular exercise; skills and knowledge that I love teaching and sharing with others.
Through the years I have developed programs like Transform that encompasses that balance. I am currently in my 11th Transform session and am thrilled with its success. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a clients face when they achieve a personal best! Those are the moments that continue to inspire me to inspire others.
My transition from an athlete to trainer was something that I never planned, nor thought would become a reality. I have been passionate about fitness since I was 14. This was my first introduction to a weight room. After about 6 months of hard work and 25 pounds later, I realized how training off the field could translate to better performance on the field. Since then, I have been hooked. Whether that training was for the football field, wrestling mat, or power lifting platform, I was constantly looking for more ways to improve.
In late 2008, I was looking for another way to train myself and the wrestling team I coached. A friend of mine mentioned CrossFit. I started doing some research on it and began to try the workouts. Realizing that this program was more complicated than I originally thought, I decided to attend CrossFit Rochester, a gym that is owned by Joe Celso. Joe and I became good friends. He taught me a ton and I even ended up representing his gym as a competitor at some sanctioned CrossFit regional competitions.
In 2011, and several certifications from CrossFit and USA Weightlifting later, I decided to give training my own clients a run. It’s been 3 years since I started and I couldn’t have made a better decision. I currently work with clients from ages 13 to 67. Regardless of their point in life, everyone has a goal. I feel that it’s important to identify what that goal is and create a plan to achieve it.
It has been said life is a journey, not a destination. I feel that fitness is a key element to make that journey as enjoyable as possible.
Romy Barbato is a certified Stott Pilates instructor and trained on the Reformer and Chair. Stott is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by Joseph Pilates. Stott is recognized as The Professional's Choice by studios, fitness facilities, and the consumer market worldwide. Romy originally found Pilates to be a great way to help overcome an injury and alleviate back pain. She creates a fun atmosphere in her classes, welcoming all levels of fitness and offering modification and challenge for everyone. She lives in Victor with her husband and two sons.
Beginners are welcome! Pilates exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints. This involves placing more emphasis on pelvic and scapular stabilization, and integration of all the parts of the body into one. Everything can be modified to allow the technique to be appropriate for many different body types and abilities, making it great training for all other forms of exercise and for everyday life in general.
Emily’s path to fitness started with a record-setting 50-mile crossing of Lake Ontario by kayak at age 14. She raced her way to 3 Junior World Championships by the age of 17 in both sprint kayaking (500 meters and less) and marathon kayaking (12 miles). Shoulder surgery in 2006 put her career on hold for a year, but Brownstone PT facilitated her rehab and she won a National Marathon Kayaking Championship in 2007. With sights set on the Beijing Olympic Games, she moved to the Olympic Training Center in San Diego and placed 5th at Olympic Trials in 2008. She went on to race on the World Cup circuit and at World Championships, with a best finish of 11th in 2009.
Emily came home to Fairport in 2011 to finish her degree in English Literature at SUNY Geneseo, and began training and competing at CrossFit Rochester (including at NorthEast Regionals in 2013 on a team with Stash). Emily loves a challenge, and she continues to compete in CrossFit, Olympic weightlifting, canoeing, and kayaking.
Emily is a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach and CrossFit Level 1 Trainer who has has been coaching classes at VooDoo Fitness for 2 years. She credits Stash with not only helping her find a fun, balanced approach to her own training, but also finding an open-minded approach to coaching. For Emily, the best part about being a coach at VooDoo Fitness is empowering girls by teaching them how to [safely] lift heavy barbells!