Tabata Training

Justin Killeen, M.S.

Early in 2012, I was driving around Amherst, Hadley, and Northampton looking for local gyms that may be hiring. I was a (relatively) experienced trainer, recent UMass graduate, and circumstances led me to stay in the area longer than I originally anticipated.
I came across a small gym called “Energia Studios”, nestled in next to Hillside Pizza on Route 9. To be quite honest, I think it was because I was getting a slice of pizza for lunch that day. I was intrigued by it, but each time I returned (not for pizza!), the lights were out and the door was locked. Finally, frustrated, I left my resume taped to the door.
Several weeks later, I got a call back, interviewed, and was hired as the personal trainer. I began two other jobs as well. Eventually, I decided that none of it seemed right for me. On a whim, I started “Pioneer Valley Fitness”, what was a mobile or on-site personal training business. I began to really grow as a personal trainer, working with dozens of people out of their homes and workplaces, emphasizing functional movement and injury prevention. Concurrently, I trained the other half of my time at Energia, as I began to get to know and truly embrace the clientele. It was the one job I just couldn’t leave.
Finally, the opportunity presented itself for me to become Spin certified.
From there, it seems as if the rest is history! In that time, I’ve completed my Master’s degree, purchased and and worked to re-brand the first studio, while recently opening our second location, “50/50 Fitness/Nutrition”. I can, without a doubt, say that none of it would have been possible without some truly amazing people who have been there to help and support me from day one. This new brand really embodies our shared vision for the future, and I’m extremely excited to be given the opportunity to present it to you.
So, with all that being said, welcome to the community!

 

 

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Justin  Killeen’s Certifications:

  • ASCM Certified Personal Trainer
  • NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • TRX Suspension Training
  • Certified Spinning Instructor
  • Functional Movement Screen – Level 2 Certified
  • Exercise is Medicine – Level 1 Certified
  • CPR/AED

Jamie Cocco

Locally grown, Jamie is a hardworking, Dream Big person on a mission to help others reach their biggest goals. As a Certified Fitness Professional and Spin Instructor, he aims to bring opportunity, energy, enthusiasm, creativity, and focus together to build a great experience in the community. He has a wonderful girlfriend, two amazing children, and a rock pet his older son made him that sits on his desk at home. In his spare time he coaches kid’s soccer, exercises often, leads teams of young entrepreneurs, and runs workshops on communication, leadership, and team building.

Jay McWilliams

Jay McWilliams has a passion for understanding how the body works on a functional level and helping people move better. Jay finds it incredibly rewarding to help people overcome limitations and meet their goals. As Director of Personal Training and Strength Programs, Jay enjoys working one on one with clients in personal training, leading the Targeted Training Programs and Outdoor Fit Camp, as well as coaching and training other personal trainers, and overseeing the assessment process. Jay uses a well-rounded training approach with an emphasis on proper posture and movement and corrective exercise. Jay truly enjoys being a life-long learner and is continually finding new ways to help meet the diverse needs of his clients.

Jay has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Science from George Williams College. In his free time he enjoys hiking, camping, and backpacking with his wife Rose, gardening, and playing with his puppy Felix.

Certifications:

  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified Spinning Instructor
  • First Aid CPR/AED
  • ACSM Exercise Is Medicine Level 1
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach
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