Rome Y adds to fitness program leadership


The Rome branch of the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley has added the following fitness professionals to its leadership team to strengthen and expand its Wellness Department to better serve its members and community:

Michelle Neverusky-Brindeau
Healthy Living Coordinator

An Ironman triathlete, Neverusky-Brindeau is an AFAA (Athletics and Fitness Association of America) Certified Personal Trainer. She earned 32Group Fitness certifications in cycling, cardiovascular training, dance, strength and mind-body (including yoga and meditation). Prior to joining the Rome YMCA, Neverusky-Brindeau was a full-time director and instructor in private health clubs in Miami, Fla.

She has two passions, helping others reach their health and fitness goals and teaching French. After living and working in Miami and Vendome, France, where her daughter was born, Neverusky-Brindeau and her family relocated to the Mohawk Valley. A certified French teacher at Rome Free Academy, she holds master’s of fine arts and education degrees.

“The Rome YMCA has hit an all time high, offering a wide variety of group fitness classes and athletic programming for the entire family,” Neverusky-Brindeau said. “With ongoing investments in state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment, as well as experienced trainers and instructors, the Y is much more than a gym.”

“Recognizing Rome’s diverse populations, we are building our fitness programs and training facilities to help all our members become healthier and reach their fitness goals,” she added.

The Rome Y offers strength training for teens and adults, boxing programs, boot camps, indoor cycling, dance, Zumba, Silver Sneakers, aqua fitness, and yoga as well as group sports.

Janice Keown
Wellness Program Leader

Keown is a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the (ACSM) American College of Sports Medicine. After earning a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, she pursued a master’s certificate in personal training.

She holds additional certifications in personal training, functional fitness, boot camp, HIIT, BOSU balance training, and group barbell strength training. Her health and wellness background includes classes in general and fitness nutrition.

“High intensity fitness and interval training are my passions,” Keown said. “ Since joining the Rome Y in 2018, my focus as a personal trainer, wellness coach and boot camp instructor has been to help the Y increase the number of strength classes and expand fitness opportunities for the community.”

In her spare time, Keown enjoys road cycling, hiking and walking with her golden retriever and cheering on her children while they play hockey or soccer.

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