Heidi has worked for over 12 years in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, cycling instructor, group exercise coordinator, and fitness service manager. In 2009, she and her business partner, Maren Kravitz, opened their first Training Room location in Somerville, MA. Three years later, The Training Room expanded with a second Somerville location, and in 2018, a third location in Burlington. Heidi’s enthusiasm for fitness builds on her background in competitive basketball, volleyball, and track & field. She continues to combine her passion for strength and movement with her love of business, creativity and design to further develop The Training Room as a local lifestyle brand. Her mission is to provide the Boston area with the knowledge, tools and support to lead a strong, healthy, pain-free life!
In 2009, Maren and Heidi Shalek co-founded The Training Room, a boutique-style fitness studio with two locations in Somerville. Since then, Maren’s commitment to both her clients and the community has never wavered nor has her competitive spirit to challenge herself. As a personal trainer and fitness instructor, she strives to find the most effective method of training with limited time. Maren constantly challenges her clients with one basic principle: build a solid base through proper movement prior to loading weight. Simply stated: “You wouldn’t build a house without a solid foundation, so why treat your body any differently.” A Division I recruited athlete and graduate of Boston University, Maren has taught and coached in the fitness and athletic fields for 15 years. She began her career as a tennis coach and private instructor prior to obtaining her personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, followed by her SFG Level 1 Kettlebell Certification through StrongFirst. A former endurance runner and avid cyclist, she has completed 22 marathons, including the Boston and New York marathons, as well as the venerable South African Comrades ultramarathon, running the 56-mile course during an uphill year. She now combines her passion for travel with her readiness to test her fitness limits by cycling up mountains. She biked the French and Spanish Pyrenees in 2014, and fulfilled her dream of cycling the mountains of the Tour de France in 2016 summiting seven passes.
FMS, SFG II, SFL
Derek is a personal trainer certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. His personal training career was born out of his own successful weight-loss and transition into high-level triathlon training. He currently competes in Sprint, Olympic, and Half-Iron distance triathlons. He is also certified through Functional Movement Systems, and uses the FMS screen to help his clients optimize their movement patterns and performance for these events.
Tyler is a NSCA and FMS certified personal trainer. He has been working in the fitness industry as a master-level trainer for 4 years. He has worked with both general populations at major health clubs and athletes at sports performance facilities. He spent some time working in an out-patient physical therapy setting, and also spent a year training at Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning. Tyler brings a high-level of energy to his training and enjoys working with a wide range of client populations to help them achieve their fitness goals.
Chris comes from a background in the golf and soccer industries and is an NSCA and FMS certified personal trainer. He has been involved in sports and fitness since a young age as both participant and coach. It is this lifelong involvement that led him to a career as a personal trainer. An experienced long-distance runner, Chris is also a run coach for a national charity organization. Over the past 4 years, he has coached hundreds of participants–from novice to experienced runners–to complete half-marathon distance events in Las Vegas, Napa Valley, Virginia, Boston, and Kona.
Rich, a native of Concord, Massachusetts, has nearly a decade of coaching experience. Over that time, he has built a philosophy rooted in his own experiences, ranging from competitive weightlifting to an 85lb weight loss. He loves to make fitness fun and help people achieve their goals, whether they are weight loss, mastering the deadlift, or both. Personal training is his life–no really. On the side, he enjoys bowhunting, fly fishing and cooking.
Hua’s athletic career began at a very young age. By the time she was 17 years old, she broke the 100m (track) national record for Singapore and qualified for the Olympics. However, due to sudden and serious injuries, she was unable to compete. After a year of feeling as if something was missing, she set her sights on endurance events. Hua has since run the Boston Marathon 6 times with a PR of 2:48 and currently competes in Ironman triathlons, qualifying for both the 70.3 and Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Because of her personal experience with injuries, she knows the importance of good form and safe training; and is adamant about using them to help clients reach their goals. So whether you’re a high level athlete looking for injury prevention and performance or a weekend warrior looking for help, this “pocket rocket” is always willing and happy to help.
Fitness has been a part of Jenny’s life since high school. She’s an experienced mid- and long distance runner, having participated in multiple half and full marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2013. She discovered strength training in 2013, and it made such an impact in her life that she made a career change to help other people enjoy the same results. Her goal is to help her clients attain their goals and become the strongest, healthiest and happiest version of themselves!
Rob Colameta is a native of Everett, Massachusetts and recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where he earned his degree in public health. His passion for strength and fitness turned into an entire year spent at two internships- one at a private training facility and another with the University of Massachusetts football team as part of their strength and conditioning staff. Rob wants to help his clients thrive in the weight room because he knows it is one of the few places you can go to spend an hour improving your health. He attacks the fundamentals first, emphasizes consistency, and does his best to guide his clients to success both in and out of the weight room. On his free time, Rob is passionate about photography.
Kevin, a Certified Functional Strength Coach, has been part of the Training Room family since October of 2016. He received his bachelor’s degree from Fitchburg State University, where he majored in Exercise Sports Science (with a concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology) and played collegiate football. The latter experience has afforded Kevin with ample experience in sports conditioning and also injury rehabilitation, having torn his ACL prior to his junior season. After graduating, Kevin further honed his skills through a professional internship with Mike Boyle’s gym in Woburn. At the Training Room, Kevin has continued to work with individuals of all ages, bringing to bear an upbeat, accessible, and tailored coaching style. Kevin’s main passion is educating the community about healthy living and lifestyle adjustments in order to help reduce stress and improve both mental and physical well being. To him, every day is full of opportunity.
Rachel graduated from Salem state with a bachelors in psychology and is certified through StrongFirst with their kettlebell and barbell certifications, NASM, and FMS. Rachel is also a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner verified through the Nutritional Therapy Association. Rachel also coached gymnastics for 13 years before becoming a personal trainer in 2015.
Rachel’s goal is to empower her clients through training in the gym to improve their overall quality of life. She believes the training one does in the gym should be reflective of what they enjoy doing outside of the gym, whether that consists of being capable of getting down on the ground to play with your grandchildren or being strong enough to hike to the top of a mountain and everything in-between.
Ariel graduated from Quebec University in Montreal with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Ariel is a certified strength coach through the CFSC and has professional coaching certifications through U.S. Figure Skating & Skate Canada. She developed a passion for fitness during her career as a world championship level figure skater. Her personal mission is to help her clients perform at their highest level, athlete or not. Ariel enjoys working with clients of all ages and capabilities. She believes in prioritizing quality movement patterns, functional
strength training and cardiovascular development to help her clients achieve their individual goals. Ariel believes that training should always be challenging and fun. Her goal is to empower her clients to feel better and stronger every day.
Wes became a certified functional strength coach (CFSC) and joined The Training Room in 2018 to share his passions for health and fitness with others. His aim is to help other achieve their vision of a healthy lifestyle. Coming from an athletic background, fitness has always been a large part of Wes’ life. He knows firsthand how much positivity strength training can bring to daily routines. With this in mind, Wes provides encouragement and opportunity while empowering his clients with the tools to succeed on their wellness journey. When not training, Wes loves to ski, hike and garden. He also loves to cook and explore culinary adventures.
Brad is a native of Portland, Maine and a graduate of Merrimack College with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine. Brad went on to continue his education and will be graduating his master’s program in Health & Wellness Management from Merrimack in 2019. As a graduate fellow he is working on a corporate wellness program to implement at Merrimack. His undergraduate studies and strength & conditioning internships prepared him for a career in wellness. Brad joined The Training Room in September of 2018 and is excited to be working one on one with clients and teaching groups. Brad’s mission is to inspire and educate his clients on how to take care of their bodies through functional movements, strength training, and conditioning..