Meet the Master Coaches
Meet the Master Coaches
Meet the Precor Master Coaches. Our Master Coach team contributes to content and course development for Precor, and delivers premium onsite continuing education coursework on our equipment. Read their bios below and click on their names to learn more about their training backgrounds and inspiration.
Brian McKenna - Ireland
A Master Instructor in The SPINNING® Program and Precor Master Coach in Ireland, Brian holds a BA and National Diploma in Recreation and Business Studies and Diploma in Biomechanics with over 20 years in the industry. He is a former Inter-County Gaelic Footballer and currently trains in road cycling and spinal rehabilitation based on personal experience.
Carla Sottovia - Dallas, TX USA
Carla is an International Veteran Leader in the Fitness Industry with more than 30 years dedicated to helping individuals achieve their path to personal wellness, fitness, and overall quality of life. She is currently the Director of Fitness & Personal Training Education for the Cooper Fitness Center (Dallas, TX), as well as the founder & President for MWOVE EDUCATION. Carla was the IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year in 2005 and the Program Director of the Year in 2014.
Cat Booker - United Kingdom
Cat is a Master Instructor for Spinning® in the UK & Ireland, and has been instructing classes at Fitness Fiesta since 2011. In addition to special events, Cat has her own Spinning® Studio, Functional Training and Pilates, Personal Training & Biomechanics Studios where she works with her small team of coaches and physical therapists. As a Master Coach for Precor and Pilates Diploma Course Director, Cat is working in the industry on a daily basis, as well as delivering education and developing her role with the worldwide Spinning Master Instructor team. Her background is in marketing and brand management which aligned with the start of her full-time career in the health, wellbeing and fitness industry.
Elsa Monterd Meneses - Mexico
Elsa is a Master Coach based out of Mexico and has several years of experience as a fitness professional. She has a B.S in Psychology and is also a Master Trainer in Pilates and Functional Training. Elsa has worked with Precor for over 4 years delivering training experiences to fitness professionals throughout Mexico and surrounding regions. In addition to her passion for training, she also has a love for dance and has practiced ballet, tap and jazz for over 16 years.
Erica Tillinghast - Seattle, WA USA
Erica is the Global Education Manager for Precor. Erica develops training curriculums for Precor and leads the worldwide Master Coach team. She travels globally as an educator, coach, and industry presenter, and contributes to product development initiatives at Precor.
Gavin is a certified personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, pilates and Spinning® instructor and business owner based out of Basingstoke, Hamshire UK. He has worked in the fitness industry for 14 years and has been a Master Coach with Precor since 2015. His drive and passion stem from an interest in improving the physical ability and capabilities of others through fitness and education.
Hayley Hollander - Chicago, IL USA
Hayley is the Fitness Director for Midtown Athletic Club, Co-Founder of Advanced Training Performance, Faculty Member for PTA Global, international presenter, author, and Precor Master Coach. Hayley holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Physical Education with a Minor in Mathematics. After 17 years of training Hayley lives and strives off of ‘moments of clarity’, and instances to grow beyond measure. You can find her latest in work in 4 DVDs at ideafit.com, and the Programming PTA Global’s Group Training Solution.
Jeff Groh - San Diego, CA USA
A passionate movement educator, Jeff is an ACE Medical Exercise Specialist, an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and a fellow of the Gray Institute. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and is an educator for ACE, Precor and the YMCA of San Diego.
John Meeks - Greensboro, NC USA
John has over 20 years experience in the fitness industry. He has worked for 10 years as strength and conditioning coach with multiple youth athletic teams and clubs and has assisted with over 50 athletes attending Division 1 schools. He is the head coach and co-owner of 2 CrossFit gyms in North Carolina, and is a Precor Master Coach. He is also the Director of the War of the WODS, one of the largest CrossFit competitions on the East Coast with over 1200 competitors.
Luis Cornier - Brooklyn, NY USA
Luis is the Group Exercise Director at Clay Fitness in New York City and Precor Master Coach. As a strength and conditioning coach, personal trainer, and performance enhancement specialist, his mission is to create a holistic environment that promotes a movement culture. Luis has been featured in multiple industry and national publications, holds multiple certifications, and was a Division 1 college athlete.
Mario Maiello - Australia
Mario has been involved in the fitness industry for over 20 years. He represents Australia as a Precor Master Coach and brings a true passion for functional fitness and training to each workshop delivered. Mario is driven by the ability to inspire and work with fitness professionals at a variety of facilities across Australia.
Mary Edwards - Dallas, TX USA
Mary is the Fitness Director and a Professional Trainer at the Cooper Fitness Center in Dallas, Texas. Mary coaches a range of populations, including teens, elderly, athletes, and weight loss clients. Her passion is educating people about exercise and program design and thus, assisting in improving their life through fitness and wellness. She has proudly served as a Precor Master Coach since the inception of the team in 2015.
Matthew Cottle - United Kingdom
Matthew is an international Power Plate® Master Trainer, Precor Master Coach and Health and Fitness enthusiast. Since 2002 Matthew has worked his way through lifestyle consulting, personal training and management. After working as a Mentor to thousands of Personal Trainers, he now specializes in all elements of fitness education and presents across the United Kingdom.
Omar Castillo - Mexico
Omar is a Master Coach based out of Mexico City, Mexico. For more than a decade, he has been helping people achieve their health goals as a personal trainer at Sport City, Mexico’s largest fitness chain. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience as an instructor for RTS®, Muscle Activation Techniques™ and as a Precor Master Coach. He is also the only foot and hand M.A.T.-RX™ Certified Practitioner in his country.
Sandro Morelli - United Kingdom
Sandro is a Senior Master Instructor for SPINNING®, personal trainer and Precor Master Coach. A former competitor in triathlon and Olympic distance as well as active cross country mountain bike racer and road biker, Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong Instructor and creator of the Perpetual Motion Training HIIT workout. An Italian native living in London, Sandro is co-director of Athleticum and a cycling escape company with training camps for road cycling and trekking in Portugal, and Italy.
Sarah Morelli - United Kingdom
In addition to her role as a Precor Master Coach, Sarah is an International Presenter and Master Instructor for Spinning®, SPINPower®, Peak Pilates® and Power Plate. She is a Biomechanics Coach with over 27 years of experience in the fitness industry. Sarah has worked in various aspects of fitness from management to managing boutique studios around London’s Covent Garden, Soho and Chelsea. Sarah is also a former IFBB pro-fitness athlete and celebrity trainer and is working towards the development education programming as well as inspiring events that will raise the bar in the industry.
Sylvie Patrick - Miami, FL USA
Sylvie is a Master Coach for Precor, TP Therapy, Power Plate and Evidence Based Fitness Academy. Her motivation is to guide health professionals on the exciting path toward becoming successful instructors with an eye toward giving every student the motivation and confidence to teach new classes and use new technologies.
Toby is a personal health and fitness coach from Salesbury, Wiltshire in Southern England where he owns and operates a health and beauty suite called The Body Lounge. He holds over 10 fitness certifications and has been working in the industry for a total of 17 years. Toby has been working with Precor for 9 years on several projects and became a Master Coach in 2015 delivering AMT TeamFit and Queenax onsite training workshops.
Tonya Gutch - Dallas, TX USA
Tonya is a guest lecturer for the Cooper Institute and a professional fitness trainer at the Cooper Fitness Center in Dallas Texas. Tonya has owned and operated a personal training business, trained professional athletes, and coached national and world fitness champions. Tonya’s competitive edge has earned her gold medals in the AAU National and World Aerobics Championships, as well as three gold medals at the National Aerobics Championships on ESPN. Tonya has been involved with the Precor Coaching Center since its inception in 2015.