While professionally as dancer for more than 10 years, Roger was trained in multiple dance disciplines: Ballet, Modern, Dunham, Graham, Horton, Middle-Eastern Dance and West-African Dance. Roger’s dance experience led him to become a Teaching-Artist. Working with organizations like Center for Modern Dance Education, Young Audiences New York, Young Audiences New Jersey, Art Horizons, New Jersey City University, and more, Roger has taught every age group from toddlers to senior citizens. As well as, taught every ability from autistic, deaf, paraplegic to athletically advanced dance students.
Through the years, Roger gained a passion for fitness and later turned that passion into a career. After becoming a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Roger started working for the Glenpointe Spa and Fitness (Teaneck, NJ). There he combined his fitness knowledge, his dance experience, and military experience (US Army) and taught group exercise class (World Rhythm and Military Pump). Roger has been expanding his fitness knowledge and perfecting his train technique with Magnus since 2012.
Griffin Samuels is a fitness coach who holds both personal training and corrective exercise specialist certifications issued by NASM. He obtained his English Degree at Dominican college, where he also minored in Education. Shortly after graduating,
He received his teaching certification for the state of New Jersey. Since the age of 17 Griffin has had a passion for health and fitness, and a desire to pass on his knowledge obtained from that passion.
Phil is a Level 1 Fitness Coach with Magnus Sports Performance. He earned his certification for personal training through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA).
He has been working in fitness for the past 2 years. His passion for fitness is combined with his experience as a high school teacher and youth swim coach for an ideal situation here at magnus. Phil enjoys empowering athletes through encouraging them to give their all in workouts. Having never had any success come easy Phil understands the necessity of hard work over the long term. This gives him the unique ability to assist athletes in understanding the long-term process and commitment necessary for improvement and high-level achievement.
Phil got his undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in philosophy in 2014 from Hartwick College. Phil’s journey with fitness began over fifteen years ago with his introduction to running and swimming. As a cross country runner and swimmer throughout high school and a swimmer in college Phil has a thorough knowledge of how heavy the demands of high-level athletics can be.
Currently Phil trains for strength and endurance and is hoping to have a half marathon PR come the end of the spring 2021.
Francisco L Collado is a Level 3 Trainer with >20 years experience. He spent most of his childhood growing up in the tough Southern Section of the Bronx. He attended James Monroe High School, where he played the sport he loved,Baseball, and he was even scouted by the New York Yankees at the age of 16. Unfortunately, due to an injury, his dream of pursuing a MLB Baseball career was forever postponed. After high school, he moved to the Dominican Republic and attended the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, DR.
After college, Frank began to pursue a fitness modeling career and was featured in many calendars, postcards, and magazines including Natural Physique magazine, Exercise for men, books titled Dios Latino, Iron Men Magazines etc. As part of his own training, he began to become interested in the idea of becoming a certified personal trainer to help improve the health and well-being of individuals through exercise, work ethic, and consistency. He quickly began working for Bally’s, Jack Lalanne, and New York Sports Club where he was highly sought after by his clients for his energy and charisma. After gaining experience with these organizations, he began his own business and founded Fytt4Lyfe which helped hundreds of people for a decade. More recently, he moved to Florida to work at the PGA National at Palm Beach Gardens where he trained many of the ITF (International Tennis Federation) players at the facility. We are very fortunate that Frank was moving back to the northeast and has joined our team. He is very passionate and dedicated to his craft, and you will feel his enthusiasm for helping people enjoy fitness at all ages and all their fitness goals.
Beaira Thomas is a level 1 fitness coach with Magnus Sports Performance. She has a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from Morgan State University; and is currently working towards her personal training certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
Beaira was a competitive track and field athlete from the age of 7 to 20 years old, competing on the AAU, USATF, High School and colligate levels. She competed in the sprints and long jump; she still currently holds the Montclair State University long jump school record, standing since 2012.
Beaira’s experience with coaching the youth began while she volunteered as a track & field coach with the club team she grew up competing on; continued to expand when she became a high school coach while living in Baltimore, MD; and later a speed and agility coach for a soccer program in NJ.
Beaira’s passion for athletics and health/fitness started at a young age and working at Magnus has allowed that passion to continue to grow and blossom on the professional level.
Beaira’s favorite thing about working with the youth is giving them the ability to learn and grow into confident athletes and individuals.
Her favorite thing about fitness is challenging individuals mentally so they can see results physically, as she believes the mind is the most powerful “muscle” to train.
Coaching mental strength is her favorite aspect of fitness and sports training.