Personal Trainers

Increase your results with a personal trainer!

The New Orleans Athletic Club is dedicated to helping you get the most out of your workouts. We have the most experienced, diverse, and personable training staff in the city, and we’d love to amp up your workout by pairing you with trainer best suited for your needs.

If you are new to personal training or unsure of which trainer to contact, contact us and our staff will walk you through the process and suggest a trainer to get you started


Lonnie ArroyoDonny DukeJoe EverettTessa IzdepskiGreg Jennings – SwimDanny NavarTim Good – NASM Certified TrainerJennifer Pearl – PilatesMatthew SabellaShanda DomangoMichael ‘MJ’ BrownBrandon ChapotonDanielle FisherJonathan KaufmanMark LanpherBridget Keller-QuiñonesSantiago Pandolfi – Boxing

Lonnie Arroyo is a graduate Holy Cross High School and attended Louisiana Tech University on a Track and Field athletic scholarship. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fitness and Wellness in 2001. Lonnie has been a Certified Personal Trainer since 2000 and became a Personal Trainer at the NOAC in 2001. In 2015, he graduated from Blue Cliff College as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Lonnie is also the owner of Function 4 Performance where he provides soft tissue treatment sessions.

Lonnie places great value on continuing his education in order to stay on top of the most advanced and most effective training strategies. Lonnie strives to give his clients the tools and knowledge they need to increase their performance and to maximize their potential by: develop strength, flexibility, endurance, coordination, mobility, stability and balance.

His clients range from professional athletes, committed fitness enthusiast, “weekend warriors”, chronic pain sufferers, and beginners. He has the knowledge and experience to have an impact on individuals by utilizing advanced techniques that have eliminated pain, improve performance and restore healthy movement for his clients.

At any age you can learn the most efficient way to reach your goals by training smarter and have an effective safe workout.

Contact Lonnie at (504) 301-7600 or for Training, Stretching Movement Evaluation Sessions.

• Certified Personal Trainer (NESTA) National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association
• Certified (CES) Corrective Exercise Specialist, (NASM) National Academy of Sports Medicine
• Certified (FMS) Functional Movement Specialist
• Certified Gray Institute 3D Maps, Movement Analysis and Performance System
• Certified (PRI) Postural Restoration Institute, Primary Course Myokinematic Restoration
• Certified (FST) Fascial Stretch Therapists, Stretch to Win Institute
• Licensed Massage Therapist LA-8097 , Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy
• Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP)
• Certified Hawk Grips Techniques (IASTM) Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
• Certified (ART) Active Release Techniques, Full Body Certified
• Certified (ART) Active Release Techniques, Complex Protocols
• Certified (ART) Active Release Techniques, Nerve Entrapment
• Certified (ART) Active Release Techniques, Biomechanics, Walking & Running
• Observation and training Project Walk (Spinal Cord Injury Recovery) Austin, Tx

Donny is a 1999 graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a BS in Fitness & Wellness/Pre Physical Therapy.  As a Lifetime Certified Trainer through NESTA, he has flourished at the NOAC for over 16 years while displaying his proficiency in:

-weight loss, strength training, rehabilitation, and sport specific conditioning

This diversity has afforded Donny the privilege of being voted among the top 3 trainers in New Orleans by Gambit Magazine for the past 8 years. One of his clients was just named to the USA Today Freshman All American Collegiate Football Team. Whether your goals are to play collegiate football, compete in your first triathlon, or simply lose weight and feel better, Donny has the experience to get you there!

Contact Don at: (504) 214-0558

Joseph Everett is a native New Orleanian and has been a personal trainer at the New Orleans Athletic Club for over 21 years. Joseph’s family operated a health food store for over 30 years, which exposed him to the fitness industry at a very young age. Joseph acquired several certifications: The American Council on Exercise (ACE), The Aerobic and Fitness Association of America (AFFA) and National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA). Joseph possesses a vast knowledge of physiology of the human body and in addition to personal training has aided many clients in physical rehabilitation. Joseph is knowledgeable in many aspects of the fitness industry including but not limited to:

-weightlifting, nutrition, gym equipment drafting and design, boxing, shotokan karate & judo.

-meeting your goals, whether you have aspirations of bodybuilding or just want to get in shape or lose a few pounds.

-structuring a program to meet your goals and take you to the next level of fitness.

Joseph possesses a passion for helping people achieve their goals and prides himself in helping one reach their goals while succeeding in making it an enjoyable endeavor.

Contact Joe at: (504) 439-9882

Tessa Izdepski graduated from LSU in 2006 with a degree in Kinesiology, focusing on Human Movement. She has been a personal trainer ever since.  Her studies included coursework in anatomy, physiology, neurology, and exercise sciences, amongst other related topics. She is also a lifetime athlete, playing soccer and running track and cross country throughout her youth and young adulthood. The combination of her athletic experience and educational background make a great platform for an excellent, well rounded personal trainer. Her personal training style focuses on:

-movement and full body exercises

-mixes of plyometrics, resistance training, cardio, and balance and agility in her routines to maximize physical gains

-fast paced, interval setting that has been proven to be most effective for weight loss

She has had great success with her clients, many losing 20, 30, 40, and even 100 pounds! She has also helped clients train for athletic competitions, models trim up for photo shoots, and the elderly to maintain balance and muscular tone. Her clients range from athletes, to expectant mothers, to gin drinkers, and everyone in between. No matter what your goals are, she will help you meet them. Staying fit in the Big Easy CAN be done!

When she’s not busy whipping people into shape, Tessa can be found traveling… or not found, rather. 41 states, 23 countries, and counting!

Contact Tessa at: (504) 615-8139

Greg Jennings began his swimming career teaching children 3–18 years old in Baton Rouge. Greg taught the basics of freestyle and backstroke while soothing fears and making swimming enjoyable and safe. Over the years he began teaching adults of all ages, helping them gain control and comfort in the new environment of the pool. During this time he joined the competitive coaching staff, teaching even the most experienced children and adults the fine points of swimming. Greg would always make it a point to instill the joy that comes from incorporating swimming into a healthy and active lifestyle. If you are someone who:

-has never moved through the water besides standing on your toes

-knows how to swim but want to improve your technique and fitness level

-is looking to prepare for a triathlon

-wants to feel light and weightless while still getting a great workout with minimal stress to your joints

Greg can help you achieve your goals!

(337)288-4246 or send any questions or inquiries to

Danny Navar began working as a personal trainer in the spring of 2007after he received his master’s degree in neuroscience at LSU Health Sciences Center. His thesis focused on understanding the neural mechanisms associated with meal termination. After receiving his personal trainer certification, he began training individual and group clients at Lakeway Athletic Club and New Orleans Athletic Club. Currently he works primarily out of New Orleans Athletic Club where he trains clients as well as himself. Danny emphasizes a complete, yet individualized fitness routine for his clients and himself by:

-focusing on cardiovascular and muscular fitness, flexibility, balance and coordination, and proper body composition

-basic goals for most include increased functionality, diet awareness, and becoming a more active person.

His own fitness goals include building strength and power for sports, maximizing flexibility, conditioning for sports, maintaining proper weight and body composition, and improving quickness and agility. Danny has been resistance training for most his life and has competitive experience in Olympic and power lifting. He participated in wrestling and football in high school and still enjoys competitive and recreational sports. When not in the gym or being active; Danny enjoy movies and music, traveling, watching sports, reading, beer brewing and consumption, and of course just relaxing.

Contact Danny at: (504) 231-4200


Tim Good is a NASM certified trainer and a long time member of the NOAC. Tim has acquired over twenty years of personal weightlifting experience that translates his successes and passion for the sport into personalized training programs to answer each clients needs and goals. Tim offers small group classes as well as one on one sessions. Tim’s certifications and education include:

-National Academy of Sports Medicine(NASM), Certified Personal Trainer

-NASM Weight Loss Specialist

-TRX Suspension Training Course Instructor

-Krav Maga Self Defense Level 1

-Volunteer Coach with Rocksteady Boxing, a program designed for Parkinson’s patients

Contact Tim at: (504) 343-8356 or

Jennifer V. Pearl – Pilates Method Alliance Certified

Jennifer graduated from the University of Vermont with a small business management degree. In her senior year she and three other students opened a Bagel store. Over the next 12 years she helped grow the company to 10 stores in 4 states with over $4m in revenue. Seeking a life change, she took a sabbatical in 2000 and traveled to India where she studied yoga. Upon her return she received the 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification with an emphasis on the Iyengar style.

After teaching yoga for several years she became interested in the core strength aspects of Pilates. The principle of lengthening the torso away from the pelvis while engaging and strengthening the deep abdominals gave her much relief from chronic low back issues. She credits Pilates to keep her healthy for tennis, walking, biking and skiing/snowboarding.

Jennifer is certified with the Physical Mind Institute and the Pilates Method Alliance. She has continued her training with Brent Anderson at Polestar Pilates, Ellie Herman in San Francisco and various PMA workshops & conferences.

Pilates is a practice that can be enjoyed by any body regardless of physical conditioning, it can be practiced anytime and anywhere while standing, sitting or lying down. The benefits are a flexible spine, length of the body and strength of the transversus abdominis and pelvic floor muscles, all are crucial to an independent healthy life.

Jennifer specializes in:

  • Clients who want to increase their abdominal strength, address low back pain and gain muscular length and strength
  • Clients seeking improved balance
  • All ages and athletic abilities who want to increase coordination and mind/body connection
  • Post surgery re-hab with guidance from your Physical Therapist

Contact Jennifer at 504-258-5724

Matthew Sabella started weight training about nine years ago. As he learned more about exercise and weightlifting, he also became interested in the health and fitness industry. Eventually he received a job at the Lakeway Athletic Club as a personal trainer and aquatics instructor. He received his first personal training certification through the International Alliance in April of 2004. He is also certified in personal training through AFAA as well as sports nutrition, aqua aerobics and personal training through the Exercise Science Alliance.

Matthew began working at the East Jefferson YMCA in October 2005 as a Personal Trainer and Floor Manager. In 2009, he competed in hid first two body building shows and placed fourth out of seven contestants in both shows. Matthew feels very fortunate to have worked with some of the most respected people in our area such as Buford Jordan, Troy Bourgeois and Mackie Schilstone. By taking aspects of each of their particular styles of training, Matthew feels that he was able to develop his own unique style. His specialties include:

-Weight Loss and Toning, Muscle Mass Development and Bodybuilding, Strength and Sports Specific Training such as Speed, Balance and Agility.

Matthew’s goal is to instill the same energy and excitement that he has for exercising into his clients. He believes if you develop a passion for fitness it becomes a lifestyle that you will never give up.

Contact Matthew at: (504) 812-4218

Shanda Domango trained in Dance, Fitness, Nutrition, and has established and choreographed the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s (ULL) first Hip Hop dance team – Infinity. While at ULL, Shanda taught Hip Hop at P.J.’s Dance Art School and choreographed and danced for recording artists such as Wentrell Thomas, New Cupid (of the Cupid Shuffle), and Dawn Richard of Danity Kane (formerly Diddy Dirty Money). While in Los Angeles, Shanda attained a Master’s in Arts Management from Claremont Graduate University and her Personal Training Certification with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. Merging her love for dance and fitness, Shanda traveled as one of the leading performers and choreographers of SWEET MANGO and toured her renowned Hip Hop Cardio classes around the country. Shanda has worked with clients across the country from Los Angeles to New Orleans in achieving:

-Weight Loss, Lean Muscle Gain, and Increased Energy

-Creatively designed workouts for clients that are fun, challenging, and encourages growth.

Shanda is known for her passion, motivation, and energy as a Dancer, Personal Trainer, and Health Coach. She currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana where she runs, a company that provides Dance, Nutrition, and Fitness healthy active lifestyle services to corporate, community, and private groups and individuals.

Contact Shanda at: (504) 975-0815 or

Michael MJ Brown is and ACE Certified Personal Trainer with over 6 years of training experience  with Specialties in Weight Loss Management, Sports Conditioning, Strength and Flexibility and Senior Fitness. MJ has work in fitness and athletics for a variety of professional, Collegiate, and minor league sports teams including LSU Track and Field, Tulane University Athletics, San Jose State University Athletics, and the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans. Skilled in working with all fitness levels, MJ can help increase you overall health and strength, and help with soreness and stiffness in joints and muscles. If you’re interested in weight loss, athletic performance, living a better healthier life then call MJ and he’ll be more than happy to help you on your fitness journey.

Contact MJ at: (504) 250-4952 or

Brandon “Chaps” Chapoton is from Kenner, a Navy veteran, and former Division 1 Track and Field Coach whose clientele include celebrities, elite/professional athletes, executive professionals and everyone in between. He works with each client on an individual basis (offers group training as well), focusing on achieving sustained results through stimulating and continually varied workouts. He is recognized for his expertise in functional training and his commitment to developing and implementing innovative fitness techniques. With over 10 years in the fitness industry, Brandon’s’ dynamic approach, boundless energy and humor only add to the effectiveness of the experience his clients enjoy. With a client list as diverse as his training methods, Brandon emphasizes strength training modalities that can be transferred from the gym to daily life, from training camp to championship game.

Brandon has earned his degree in Kinesiology (Fitness and Human Performance) from Southeastern Louisiana University. He was chosen Most Outstanding Undergraduate by his professors (out of 600+ students), published 1 academic/2 entertainment journals/magazine articles, and was awarded 1 of 2 Graduate Assistant positions available in the SLU Kinesiology Department. Brandon holds countless Sports Performance and Strength and Conditioning certifications from USTFCCCA and USATF.

Cell: 504-858-4406 (call or text)



Danielle graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing. While at Southeastern on a full scholarship for dance  and  a member of the SELU Lionettes dance team, Danielle spent her time working at Chuck’s total Hammond Fitness and as a journeyman for a local private investigative business. After her tenure at Chuck’s she really discovered her love for fitness.

Danielle went on to get her first group exercise certification in Pilates and Yoga in 2004. In 2005 Danielle went back to college and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Photojournalism and Science. Learning and education has always been a favorable adventure for her.

In 2006 Danielle became a member of ISSA and obtained her first Personal training license. It is then her career took off. She became specialized in FNS (Food nutrition specialist,N.A.S.M), CES (Corrective exercise specialist,N.A.S.M), Functional & Flexibility Training (ACE). She has maintained her CPT through N.A.S.M since. She went on to work at Genonive inc. based out of Harahan in 2009, where her role was to scientifically design a nutritional plan for clients based off of their DNA. Their she worked with NOLA’s very own sports caster Christian Garic, where she helped him reach a healthy goal weight while reducing fat and maintaining muscle. His plan was one that was intricate due to his busy and traveling lifestyle. She achieved many awards and was asked to speak at highly recognized events such as IHRSA and Europa conventions.

In 2013 she was hired on by the renowned Gold’s Gym as a Fitness Director. She was awarded 2 years in a row the #1 Personal Trainer in the Southeast Regions of Gold’s district.

Danielle’s extensive knowledge in the fitness field has given her a passion like no other. Some of her many strengths come from working  with athletes and Sportsman alike from youth to Senior. Pre and Post natal fitness regimen.

Pre and Post -bariatric surgery fitness plans, Weight loss, Strength Training, Speed and Agility, Muscle building and Corrective exercise.

Danielle’s overall genuity and thirst for helping her clients achieve their goal are sure to be a hit.

For more information Contact Danielle Fisher at 504-444-5705 or email her at

“For over twenty five years, I’ve been helping people get into the bodies they desire, beginning with my own.” – Jonathan Kaufman, the “Everyday Fitness Guru”.

“Now I work hard to help others achieve results by unlocking their own genetic potential through resistance training.”

“I was overweight till the age of 15. I had a 48 inch waist and weighed close to 375 pounds. I was sick and tired of being “sick and tired” and decided to BE BETTER.”

Always motivated, Jonathan began a study of fitness and exercise that continues today.

Having lost over 150 pounds and encouraged by his father’s own military history, Jonathan joined the United States Army Reserve (1986). He completed the U.S. Army Medical Specialist Course (300-91A10) at the Academy of Health Sciences at Fort Sam Houston,Texas (1987). Following this training, he was assigned to the 854th Combat Engineering Battalion, Stewart Air Force Base, Newburgh in Upstate New York. Jonathan assisted in conducting fitness testing and physical training for the battalion.

Honorably discharged from service in 1990, Jonathan became one of the first ACE Certified Personal Trainers in 1992.

In 1993, Jonthan received a license in Massage Therapy from the prestigious Swedish Institute in New York City, the oldest massage school in the United States and a part of the Educational Department of the University Of The State Of New York.

Jonathan has owned and operated independent personal training companies in New York and Florida. He has worked closely with leaders in the fitness industry such as Steve Kass, CEO of American Leisure Corporation, Phil Kaplan of P.A. Kaplan and Associates and R.J. Rice of French Riviera Health and Fitness/Parks Health and Fitness, divisions of Rice Industries. He now joins the New Orleans Athletic Club, the oldest operating health club in the United States.

Jonathan is currently certified by the
• NCCPT (National Council for Certified Personal Trainers), (2012 – 2019)

Holds Licenses in Massage Therapy from New York State (Lic. 006296),(1993) and the State of Louisiana (LA7102), (2012)

And has received certifications from;
• TRX – TRX Suspension Training and Sports Medicine Suspension Training (L2) , (2012, 2013) • ACE Certification (American Council on Exercise), (1992 – 2008)
• Certified High Intensity Resistance Exercise Specialist, HITuni. (2017 – )

Hear Jonathan’s podcast “TEMPLE TALK” with the EVERYDAY FITNESS GURU on iTunes.


BUILD STRENGTH, IMPROVE BONE DENSITY and PREVENT MUSCLE LOSS with a science based, researched driven workout that delivers the results clients want with only 30 MINUTES OF EXERCISE ONCE (1X) A WEEK!


I grew up in Upstate New York in a family that was centered around the gym. My father used to wake me up at 530 so that he could take me to get a workout in before high school. I used to run a lot. When I was in my early 20’s I was a distance runner that weighed about 145 pounds.  I consider myself a true ectomorph with Arnold aspirations. When I was about 24, I decided that I wanted to get big, so I changed my fitness focus. I was able to put on and steadily keep 50 pounds of muscle.

I graduated in 2010 with a BS in Chemistry from the University of North Alabama. After realizing that I hated the job market and the carcinogenic chemicals that I was being exposed to I decided to turn to something I am passionate about -fitness! I became certified with NASM November 2017. I am also about to start writing the monthly fitness column for the local NOLA magazine Flame.


My career began as a collegiate Indoor volleyball and Beach Volleyball player. Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, I began my journey in the field of collegiate strength and conditioning at Middle Tennessee State University. My desire to play at the collegiate level and learn under some of the best Strength Coaches around brought me far from the island of Puerto Rico, which I call home. I had the opportunity to work with an array of athlete’s at MTSU and the University Southern Mississippi. These experiences later on lead me to Tulane University and the wonderful city of New Orleans. Desiring to further expand my knowledge and experience in the field, I began personal training as I pursued my Master’s Degree in Kinesiology. I specialize in:

* Improving and/or restoring function through the use of manual therapy, corrective movement/postural alignment.

*Overall lifestyle improvement. I consider all aspects of the human body, regarding the system as a whole, in order to get to the root cause of the problem areas, issues, or injuries.

*Mobility/Flexibility work

*Nutrtion Consultation and Mobile Body Composition Assessments.

*Weight Loss, Lean Muscle Gain, and Increased Energy

* Individualized workouts for clients that are tailored to meet the needs of each client.

*I address musculoskeletal imbalances,  postural discrepancies, strength, as well as overall function and health. Utilizing a thorough evaluation process and assessing each patient’s health history, I design a highly detailed program that is tailored specifically to address the patient’s goals and disparities. Whether you’re a stay at home mom, a 9-5 desk worker, an athlete, an elder, or someone simply looking to enable a healthier lifestyle, I will serve as a beneficial solution to your needs.

-Cell: 727-741-2491


Boxing has been an essential part of Santiago’s training for over fifteen years, whether it was on a competitive level, recreational, or just part of his daily routine. He has spent countless hours learning new techniques, drills, and improving form, which has then naturally lead him to teach others the skills and knowledge that he learned. From people that never laced up a glove before to competitive fighters.

Boxing sessions focus on one-on-one pad work, boxing technique with the bag and boxing conditioning.You will gain strength, hand-eye coordination, endurance, and confidence in a full body workout.


Phone: 504-230-9417