Meet the team

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Daniel Yeadon,

Membership Consultant &

coach

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, CrossFit L1 Trainer, OPEX Level 1 Associate Coach

Dan started at Steel Beach Gym in 2011 as an intern training to be a fitness specialist.  He worked with numerous adults on improving their nutrition and weight through personal and group training.  He's taken his knowledge on training and applied it to his current role as a Membership Coordinator for Steel Beach Gym.  Here, he works with individuals on getting them started at the gym and providing the best options.

His experience includes as BS. in Applied Health Fitness from Plymouth State University, three years of work in Physical Therapy, as well as being in the fitness industry since 2011.  

What is your favorite thing about Steel Beach Gym?

It's mingling it up on the floor and smiling with all the members that come 

and meeting new people that walk in the door and seeing them get fired up about starting

Dan is available for one on one adult personal training.  Dan is also a coach in our adult group personal training program at Steel Beach Gym.

justin lawrencE, Coach

ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, Reiki L 1 & 2

Justin is a graduate of Western Connecticut with a Bachelors in science focused on health promotion and exercise science.

"In my career as a trainer, I have been granted many opportunities to work with individuals of all age groups.  My experience has made me adaptable to all different body types and walks of life.  My unique experience allows me to really tap into what will guarantee success to achieve goals.  With my experience as a Youth Development Instructor for Physical Development, I learned to educate early childhood ages in the importance of physical fitness.  In addition, my many years as a fitness instructor working with seniors has given me insight in the importance of physical fitness and how everyone should strive to be active their entire life.  I look forward to the opportunity to help in any way as your trainer at Steel Beach Gym."

What is your favorite thing about Steel Beach Gym?:

The friendly staff!

Justin is available for one on one personal training.  Justin is also a coach in our adult group personal training program.  Additionally, Justin teaches the Wednesday morning Active Aging- Senior Fitness Class as well as a children's fitness class on Monday & Wednesday mornings.

crystal davis,

Coach

When in your life did you feel you got serious about training as opposed to just working out?

As an athlete in high school, and knowing I wanted to work in emergency services, fitness has always been part of my life.  After going through a really tough time in 2019... I stepped up my fitness game and truly found my passion.  I love being able to help people strive for their goals in a positive way!

Favorite exercise?:

The big three!  I loves always challenging myself! Every time I surpass a PR, it is truly an overwhelming, prideful, and successful feeling.

Least favorite exercise?:

Pulls ups, benching, honestly anything I struggle with... but that is what drives me  A year ago, I couldn't do a pull up and it frustrated me... Noe, I can do multiple and want to just keep challenging myself!

What is the wallpaper on your phone right now?:

It's an amazing natural pool in Texas... I love to travel and see what the world has to offer!

What's your most frequently used emoji?:

The crying/ laughing face!I love to smile and love to laugh.  Keeping people around me that have positive energy is so important.

What is your favorite cheat food?

I love Asian foods!  Whether is sushi or Chinese or hibachi.

What superpower would you want to possess?

Teleportation!  I'm always in my car!  

If you could travel anywhere outside the U.S. where would you go and why?

I would love to do a Mediterranean cruise!  I love new places, the history, the gorgeous views of the ocean along the coast lines... that would be my dream vacation!

Corey Andrew,

coach

B.S. Exercise Science

I have been training myself and finding methods of perfecting my own exercise regimen since I was 15 years old, starting out like everyone else doing push-ups and sit-ups in my basement during commercial breaks.

Trial and error is probably the most effective way of finding out what truly works for your own body.  But, if you hire a personal trainer who has done this for years, in addition to implementing those methods to clients over the years (finding out what works and doesn't work on others) then you find yourself in good hands.

I have several clients who have lost a considerable amount of weight.  Two 100 pound weight loss clients, (one within a year, the other in exactly 6 months) in addition to many 50 + pound weight loss clients.

Main training focus:

Diet and resistance training

Bodybuilding

Personal goal:

First is to become a professional bodybuilder and work my way up to the Olympia stage.

Fitness in a general sense is something I am doing everyday.  Whether that is consistently eating my 6 meals everyday, working out, training my clients, researching new methods of diets and exercise, or giving free advice to my friends, family, and anyone who reaches out.  This is something I will do with a smile on my face because of my confidence in knowledge and confidence in sharing this knowledge with others.

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Jamie kingsley,

General Manager

Hobbies/ Interests:

 

the mountains, the ocean, my friends & family, live music, baseball, hockey and the gym.  

Favorite Food:

 

Portuguese

What is the last song that you listened to?:

 

"Angela" - the Lumineers

Something about me that you may not know:

I have worked at Steel Beach Gym for over 19 years!  I am a mother of 2. 

I love power lifting and the sound of a blues guitar.

If you could visit anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

I would love to bring my children to Europe when they are older to visit parts of Italy and to see my mother's village in Portugal.  The art, history, beauty, cuisine and personal heritage are all reasons that I would love to visit once again with my children.

If I were at the airport right now, I would hop on a flight out west and visit Yellowstone National Park with my family.  

What is your favorite thing about Steel Beach Gym?

1. The energy. 

Every day I am fortunate enough to walk into work to be greeted by the most wonderful members, many whom I've known since I was 16 years old when I first started working here!  My colleagues are the best of the best people.  I have had such a great opportunity to work with so many good people and knowledgeable professionals over the years.  Our staff is truly a team and a little family.  We support each other and encourage each other both personally, professionally and in the gym.  We work daily to create that same atmosphere in our gym community with the members.  The sense of camaraderie at Steel Beach Gym is real. 

 

2. The size of the gym and how much we offer for our members.

 

With 3 floors of space we have been able to dedicate entire floors of space for functional movement, cardio and weight lifting.   I think it's wonderful to have access to our 5,000 square foot ground floor for functional movement and power lifting and Olympic lifting.  We also have a whole floor dedicated to cardio with over 70 pieces of cardio equipment.  In addition, our main weight room is the heart of the gym.  I love the energy on that floor and interacting with members during their lifts.  We also have a women's only center and a private yoga & pilates studio along with access to our group exercise room.  The gym is massive!  It's never crowded and there is so much to get involved in.  We offer kids programs, athletic development training, group exercise and dance classes, boxing and self defense, personal training, program writing, we have a barbell club where members can power lift and Olympic lift with the guidance of a coach, massage therapy, tanning, spray tanning and more and more everyday.

I am so thankful to work in such a positive environment where we truly practice what we preach so to speak which is, "We are here to help every member achieve a healthier lifestyle."

Christina lynch

Hobbies/ Interests: 

Working out, skiing with my family, watching my kids play sports, going to the lake in the summer.

Favorite Food:

Good pizza!

What is the last song that you listened to?:

Lose Yourself - Eminem

Something about me that you may not know:

I can squat over 200 lbs, make killer eggplant parm and am a huge New Kids On The Block Fan!

If you could visit anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

Italy, because it's my heritage and of course the food!

What is your favorite thing about Steel Beach Gym?:

Steel Beach Gym is where I started my fitness journey!  I had the opportunity of training with the most amazing coaches.  I am so grateful for the knowledge they shared with me.   I then was given the opportunity to teach Zumba here and fell in loves with being an instructor and helping people!  In 2017 I was offered more of a full time position working in the office, helping with sales and the front desk.  I love talking with members.  I love all of the staff here and the energy that fills the gym!

Brandon Lirio,

Director of training

Brandon is a US Air Force veteran with Professional Qualifications as a bodybuilder with the PNBA and NGA.

A life-time natural bodybuilder, he strives to spread his passion of fitness through community outreach and education in the field.  He is the director and head coach of Battleground Fitness, another pillar of fitness in Connecticut and around the world with clients in 17 separate countries on 4 continents.  He has helped hundreds in their fitness journey and his contestants have a stellar track record for competitors in both bodybuilding and powerlifting, including dozens of national qualifications and pro card attainments, on top of those seeking to find their best form through his general fitness transformations.

Brandon is also the owner of Battleground Nutrition, one of the east coast's premier supplement superstores, including the location right here at Steel Beach!

Additionally, he himself has competed all over the world, most recently being awarded his third consecutive Mr. Natural Olympia title in Las Vegas in 2020, which added to his incredible pedigree of being named Mr. Universe...TWICE!

Currently finishing his Masters in Exercise Science and Sports Nutrition through AMU after having completed BA in Business Management through Southern Connecticut State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  Brandon regularly writes fitness articles and training advice for multiple sources including the legendary Ironman Magazine.  He also holds certifications as a "Master Trainer" with the ISSA as a Certified Fitness Trainer, Specialist in Sports Nutrition, Bodybuilding Specialist and Strength and Conditioning.

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Ron Remeika,

Coach

Strength & Conditioning Coach

The reason I got into training, was because of my love for lifting when I was younger and the cast that I struggled so much without proper coaching and information.  It's what helped make my life goal making it so others never have that problem.

13 years in the field, 10 years coaching lifters.

Education background:

BS in Exercise Science from SCSU

USAW1 Olympic Lifting Coach and referee

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS through NSCA)

Student taught exercise nutrition as an undergrad at SCSU

Guest speakers for exercise science/ strength conditioning courses at SCSU and CCSU

Main training focuses:

Powerlifting

Throwing/ power development

Sprints/ jumps

Outside of powerlifting and throwing, I've also worked with/ ran programs for:

Highschool lifting, NFL combine prep, Professional volleyball, Pro baseball, Pro hockey, and even Pro ultimate frisbee

Sport/ background

Highland Games (top end amateur) for 10 + years

Top 10 in New England last 5 years (2nd 2018 New Hampshire New England Championships)

I eat , sleep, and breath lifting.  I'm researching, reading, and learning literally everyday.  What I pride myself in is how all the info translates: meaning practical application, or quickly narrowing down what an athlete needs.

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