THE GYM MAPLEWOOD is a sports training center with a focus on family fitness. Our trainers and staff are committed to helping you achieve your fitness, health, and athletic goals.
We have lived in the SOMA area for more than a decade, we have kids who play sports, and we play sports ourselves. Our model is based on the needs of our families and the families we've gotten to know through our children, our teams, and our previous training facility, The Gym on Springfield.
Our training staff has more than 30 years of combined experience. We are on a mission to find the best trainers and coaches for our sports clinics and workshops. Our certified Functional Sports Therapy will provide healing therapy to balance your day to day stress and your fitness training.
Tim Reynolds has been a personal trainer for the past 20 years. He has trained clients of all fitness levels, from beginners to professional athletes. Some of his clients have worked with him for a decade or more. Tim began is training career at Peter Anthony Fitness in Soho and Tribeca, and then moved on to Body Reserve and Harbor Fitness in Park Slope, Brooklyn. In 2005 Tim opened his first Maplewood, NJ facility, The gym on Springfield. He'll bring all that he's learned through these experience to THE GYM MAPLEWOOD.
As a result of his long-time training experience, Tim has developed his own system of assessing his clients and helping them understand their bodies. He calls it The Neuromuscular Imbalance Postural Assessment, NIPS for short.
Rafal Kazanecki has been a strength coach and a personal trainer for over 10 years, working with all levels of clients, from beginner, to advanced clients. He previously served as the Head Coach Consultant for a professional volleyball team in Poland and also has worked as a strength coach for basketball and volleyball players in the U.S. Over the past 10 years he has trained clients at Motion Fitness in Millburn and the Gym on Springfield, among other facilities.
Rafal's clients have recorded great progress through his guidance and their hard word, one achieving 100lbs of weight loss in one year while maintaining her muscle mass and significantly improving her strength. Others have gained strength, improved their game, stayed injury free throughout prevention techniques or recovered through rehabilitation, Rafa'ls favorite training methods involve kettlebell, sandbags, and Olympic lifting techniques.
Benjamin -Paul Velarde
Sports Athletic Conditioning
Graduated with Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science and Concentration in Nutrition from The University of Scranton. During his time at the school, Ben assisted with the Strength and Conditioning Coach to help improve the performance for their Division III Athletic Department, and baseball/softball. Since his graduation, Ben specializes in strength/conditioning training and speed and agility movement patterns, for optimizing high level performance for each individual athlete he has worked with, whether through team and group trainings to 1-on-1 training. He has worked with young middle school, high school and college athletes from multiple sports background to professional athletes that play in the CFL, professional volleyball and soccer players that play overseas. Ben, who has a previous track of physical therapy, has used that experience with many of his athletes. He uses it to build programs for athletes to help bridge the gap between physical therapy and performance training.
Allison is a certified International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) personal trainer and yoga instructor, who approaches fitness holistically—with a focus on form, breathing, and alignment. Her training emphasizes the mind-body connection, and the daily attention to movement. She is passionate about fitness and general wellness, and is excited share this enthusiasm with her clients.
Allison obtained her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Laughing Lotus in 2006 and is currently obtaining a Masters Degree in integrative nutrition and herbal medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and floral design. She is excited to be a part of the Gym Maplewood.
Donna began playing softball at a very young age. She played competitively year-round from age 9 through 21. Grew up in Hillsborough, NJ, and went to Hillsborough High School, while there she was earned three varsity softball letters, was team Captain her senior year, led Hillsborough to the Group IV State Finals in 2014, winning Central Jersey Group IV State title, the Skyland Conference Championship, and the Somerset County Championship along the way. Also won Skyland Conference titles in 2012 and 2013, as well as the Central Jersey Group IV State Championship in 2013, named Third-Team All-State as a senior and Second-Team All-Group IV, two-time First-team All-Skyland Conference, All-Somerset County, and All-Area selection, batted .430 with two home runs, 11 doubles, 28 RBIs, and 25 runs scored as a senior. Posted a 73-10 record during her high school career. She went on to play Division I college softball at the University at Albany where she was the primary starting right-fielder for the Great Danes. She was a two time All-America East Conference Selection, two time America East Conference Champion and played in the Tuscaloosa Regional (Alabama) in 2017 as well as the Eugene Regional (Oregon) in 2018. She finished two of those seasons with a top three batting average on the team. She’s had coaching experience at the high school and showcase travel team levels, working as an assistant varsity coach for Rutgers Prep in 2019 where the team had their best season in over 10 years, as well as helping coach the Intensity-Catalano team, who travel around the country playing in competitive showcase tournaments against some of the best competition in the country.
Softball Pitching Trainer
Allison Kruk has been a Fastpitch pitching instructor for the past 14 years and trained students of all ages and ability levels. Allison began her softball training career through New Jersey Fast Pitch Camps and Clinics in 2005 and eventually branched out to provide private lessons and group organization lessons throughout the state of New Jersey. Allison is extremely knowledgeable about proper pitching mechanics and is able to adapt and/or modify body mechanics specific to the need of the student to ensure success. Allison obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Kean University in Therapeutic Recreation and her Master’s Degree from Rowan University in Health Promotion and Wellness Management.
Softball Hitting/Fielding Trainer
Salina Pellios is a recent graduate of William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. She played softball at a competitive level for more than 10 years and has five years of coaching experience under her belt. During Salina’s tenure, William Paterson held a Division III National ranking for three years, while competing for the NCAA Division III Softball Championship in each of those seasons. Salina was named to the second team all-conference team in 2016 and was a 2017 NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete, all while obtaining her degree in Public Relations.
Salina began her coaching career teaching basic hitting and fielding fundamentals between 2013-2017 at softball clinics working with a wide variety of talent at the amateur level. She specializes in all aspects of hitting, while focusing on advanced mechanics and improvement of power — all with an emphasis on consistency at the plate. Salina is a firm believer that everyone is different when hitting and that there is no tailor-made perfect swing. She works very hard to help every softball player she works with reach their maximum performance based on what fits them best individually.
Baseball Trainer - Pitching, Hitting, Fielding
Jesse Evans is a current student at County College of Morris earning his associates in Graphic Design in Spring 2020. He has played competitively since he was 8 years old. Was a 4-year varsity player at Columbia High School, where he was decorated three times, grabbing First Team All-County honors his Senior year while leading his team to a 23-4 record.
Currently a pitcher for the nationally ranked County College of Morris team.
Jesse became an instructor in 2014, starting off only doing lessons for friends and family. Since then, he has worked with several clients and has gained an appreciation for finding the strongest and most efficient ways to better his clients on the field. He has crucial knowledge on the proper mechanics of throwing, hitting, and how to maximize those tools in-game. His main goal is to improve any player that works with him and get them to the next level.
Baseball Trainer - Pitching/Hitting/Fielding
Eric has been playing competitive baseball for most of his life. He was the starting shortstop and pitcher for Columbia High School’s varsity team all four years, before being recruited to play for The University of Tampa (D2).
At Columbia High School, Eric was Team Captain, and MVP Honors. Single Season batting records - Hits (52), BA (.586) OBP (.752), and RBIs (42) All-State Team, NJ State All-Star Team, State Leader - XBH, Eric was recruited and played for a US International team going on tour in Europe. He was the first American pitcher to win a game in the new MLB regulation stadium constructed in Hoofddorf, Amsterdam.
Eric’s college career was cut short by a Freshman year shoulder injury. While making a diving catch at short, he came down tearing the labrum in his left shoulder, which required surgery for repair. He returned to playing his sophomore year, but was sidelined by a chronic back injury that ended his playing days.
Eric enjoys instructing in all aspects of baseball fundamentals, stressing to his students to simplify their approach as much as possible - less is more! It is also important for players (particularly pitchers) not to learn or work on skills that are above their developmental level.