Sara Dimmick, founder and co-partner of Physical Equilibrium has been a personal trainer since moving to NYC in 2000. She has coached triathlon and running clients since 2006, many of whom have qualified for national and world competitions. Using her knowledge of injury prevention and post rehabilitation fitness, Sara designs effective and safe gym programs for her clients to excel and stay injury-free. She also teaches group classes in strength training for endurance athletes, family workouts with kids, and other total body strengthening classes for adults.
Sara is a recognized thought leader on health and fitness and has contributed to numerous media stories, both nationally and regionally. She is an avid triathlon competitor, having completed everything from sprint to half-ironman distances throughout the country as well as running and marathon races. Her most exciting race was competing in the world-renowned Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon several times.
Becoming a mom was the driving force behind the creation of Physical Equilibrium's FamFit series, fitness classes for kids and families.
Sarah Currie, MS RD CDN and co-partner of Physical Equilibrium, is a Registered Dietitian, personal trainer, and triathlon coach. Specializing in post-rehab training, she incorporates her extensive knowledge of anatomy and nutrition into her work with clients who want to improve performance, lose weight, live a healthier lifestyle or who are managing clinical illnesses.
Currie received her B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound in Washington State. She earned her M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from New York University in 2008 and completed her Dietetic Internship at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. She currently teaches Nutrition Diet and Health at the Swedish Institute in their Advanced Personal Training Associate's degree program.
Currie began lifting weights in high school. While competing as a short sprinter for her collegiate track and field team is where she learned to power lift. Post-college she competed in numerous endurance events and has completes more than 10 triathlons, two marathons, and one century ride. In the past few years Currie has shifted her sights from endurance training to body building. She has returned to her roots as an avid weight lifter and is participating in local figure competitions on stage. She is passionate about helping clients get strong and lean through proper strength training and nutrition strategies.
Brandon Acevedo brings over 20 years experience in health and fitness to Physical Equilibrium. During his career he has helped many clients obtain their fitness goals through a progressive fitness approach that strongly reinforces form, posture, and technique. Although resolute about proper mechanics, Brandon's sessions are creative, dynamic and fun. He aims to create functional bodies that are beautiful, streamlined, and balanced, and those that enhance self-image actualization, self-awareness and an overall zest for life.
In addition to his personal training certifications, Brandon is skilled in various injury prevention techniques. He has also studied Jeet Kune Do, Jujitsu, Muay Thai martial arts, boxing and modern dance. In addition, Brandon has competed in over a half a dozen natural bodybuilding competitions.
It is through these experiences that Brandon has learned how to create an aesthetic physique utilizing proper nutrition, training and recuperation. From bodybuilding and fat loss, to posture, core strengthening and flexibility, Brandon’s extensive background and focus enables him to help clients achieve any and all fitness goals.
Rachel Bennett is Physical Equilibrium’s first yoga instructor. Having initially experienced yoga at a small Brooklyn studio over twelve years ago, Rachel immediately knew that she was destined to practice and teach it for the rest of her life. Rachel earned her certification from Yoga Works in 2008, and has since taught at Equinox, New York Health and Racquet Club, New York Sports Club, The Educational Alliance and Reebok Sports Club. Rachel has also studied Jivamukti Yoga, which she credits as deepening her desire to practice and teach.
Born in New Hampshire, Rachel’s love for moving and the outdoors began when her family moved to upstate New York at age 11, and she found her groove dancing. Rachel went on to complete summer dance programs at the New York City Ballet and Boston Conservatory and later attended Hunter College, where she graduated with a dual degree in Dance and Writing.
Rachel is a strong believer that through the constant practice of yoga, magic happens. Cells in the body get more oxygen and become happier, the liver is detoxed, muscles are toned, bones are strengthened and the nervous system is soothed – all leading to a healthy body and mind. It is Rachel’s greatest honor and passion to teach the ancient art of yoga to her clients, and to see them become stronger, flexible, happier and centered.
When she is not teaching, she is writing, dancing, and advocating for people living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Jesse Barnett is New York City based dancer and Pilates instructor. Jesse grew up studying dance in his hometown of Yorktown, Virginia where he was first introduced to Pilates through his classical dance training. Like many dancers, Jesse practiced Pilates alongside other movement modalities as a way to supplement and improve his technique, but more recently, Pilates has become a true obsession matched only by his love of dance. After graduating with a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College, Jesse became a certified Pilates instructor through The Kane School, where he was trained in contemporary Pilates approaches, including training in movement anatomy, biomechanics, and touch techniques.
Jesse’s background cultivated a general fascination with movement in all forms. In addition to dance and Pilates, Jesse enjoys studying a variety of movement activities including swimming, weight lifting, and yoga. His hope is to share his knowledge of movement with athletes and non-movers alike so they can learn to move to their fullest potential.
Using a combination of classical Pilates exercises and contemporary modifications, this class will focus on improving skeletal alignment while simultaneously strengthening the surrounding muscles. Exercises will challenge the body as well as place an emphasis on quality of movement. By doing so, this class aims to create stronger, smarter, and more efficient bodies both in and out of the studio.
An accomplished practitioner of integrated medicine and a seasoned physical therapist, Carla's approach to alignment, fitness, and healing injury is transformational. Her methodology fuses cutting edge physical therapy and sports rehabilitation with ancient wisdom from yoga, pilates, and meditation. Carla works with people privately and in groups from all walks of life - business leaders, professional athletes, dancers, yoga teachers, artists, movement junkies and non-movers alike, ranging in age from 20-90. Her signature movement training corrects bad habits and strengthens optimal posture, while simultaneously calming the mind and nervous system, enabling deep healing in the body.
Carla's signature class, Align Movement, uses a flowing movement sequence to re-estrablish optimal posture while reducing stress, anxiety, and body pain. Her skillful precise guidance and detailed physical assits ensure a body-changing experience with consistent results: better posture, less pain, increased strength, and a deep understanding of your body. Align Movement is a revolutionary functional movement class for strength and vitality!
Lauren graduated from Point Park University with a BFA in Dance. As a professional dancer, she was a member of METdance in Houston TX, Parsons Dance in New York, and an artist of GroundWorks Dance Theater in Cleveland OH. Lauren is a fully certified STOTT Pilates instructor on all equipment, with over 7 years experience teaching private and group classes in Chicago, New York, and Cleveland. Her experience includes working directly with physical therapist to transition post-rehab clients back to regular exercise. She is also trained in Active Core (now Pilates Suspension), Core Align, Cardiolates, barre class, and kettlebells. With a special interest in the science behind movement, she likes to focus on alignment for optimal results, and loves the way Pilates can be catered specifically to anyone and their needs.
Julia Halpin has been working with Physical Equilibrium for 6 years. She is certified as a personal trainer by National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). In addition to personal training, she is also a Post-rehab Conditioning Specialist, and holds credentials in Pilates, Yoga, Kettle Bells, TRX, nutrition, and pre/post natal fitness.
With over 14 years of experience and education in the field of health and fitness, Julia has developed an intricate understanding of human body movement. Julia specializes in post rehab conditioning, helping those who have been injured, transition from physical therapy to a regular fitness routine and learn how to manage their injuries. She also works with recreational athletes focusing on cross training and injury prevention in order to improve their game. And she frequently works with new mothers, helping them regain core strength and overall fitness through strength and cardio training.
Julia takes a holistic approach to workouts because she believes fitness is not just about the workouts; rather that it is a combination of exercise, nutrition, daily activities, home life, hobbies, etc. She always takes the time to understand her clients' lifestyle in order to design a program that fits them, whatever their goals may be.
Julia has an extensive background in dance, with training in ballet, contemporary jazz, Latin ballroom, swing dancing, and acrobatics. She performs as a soloist in local showcases and cabarets, as well as produces her own shows and music videos. Since that first day in ballet class at the age of 10, she has never stopped moving and loving to move!
Whether her client's goals are general fitness maintenance, weight loss, or reaching peak performance, Eve's approach to personal training always combines strength training, cardiovascular conditioning, balance, speed and agility work through challenging and varied fitness regimens.
Eve began her lifelong commitment to becoming a well-conditioned athlete at a young age. Learning to ride horses in a converted garage on the Upper West side of New York City, Eve's passion and commitment to the sport took her to compete on a national level. Transitioning from horses to bikes, she worked as a bike messenger in NYC for seven years while also competing in local bike races on weekends.
Weightlifting for close to 20 years, Eve had the good fortune to be trained and mentored by some of New York City's top bodybuilders. Due to the stresses of hard and diverse training on her body, Eve has been exploring both biomechanical rehabilitation methods as well as a neurological approach to treating the body's system as a whole.
Holly Ledbetter came to New York to pursue a BFA in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts where she began studying yoga under TaraMarie Perri and has since completed her 300-hour teacher training through the Perri Institute for Mind and Body. After a diagnosis of bilateral hip dysplasia, she was made to reassess her priorities for a body now experiencing chronic pain. Her yoga and meditation practices rapidly deepened and she continues to be amazed at the body’s ability to work with its own limitations in harmony with the mind. Holly is also involved with the social meditation group in the Shambhala tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. This practice of intentional speech and listening, holding caring space for others, and focusing full-bodied attention on another person, is not separate from, and has deeply informed her teaching practice. She loves the ocean, cycling, and peppermint tea. Originally from Seattle, WA, Holly takes the vibrant qualities of adventure and nature into everything she does.
Holly's classes celebrate each practitioner’s unique harmony of mind and body as well as the strong, sustainable community that is inherently created through the practice of yoga. Though her teaching practice focuses on wholeness, contentment, and ease, Holly values inviting your full experience into the room – life is certainly not always easeful! All yoga classes taught by Perri Institute teachers are rooted in a safe, alignment-based, breath-focused, mindful-flow style and are appropriate for anybody interested in cultivating sustainable pathways of the body and mind. Classes are thoughtful and detailed, educational and expressive, as they flowingly pair energetic imagery and anatomical themes. New practitioners create stable foundations, experienced yogis refine and re-connect, and those in between explore and experiment within the range of your body and mind's remarkable capacity.
Sarah Lorraine is an eight year veteran of the health and fitness industry. As a versatile personal trainer, Sarah specializes in strength training, transformations and sports specific training and has served a diversity of clients, including attorneys, corporate executives, investment bankers, fitness competitors, dancers, models, actors, musicians, runners, doctors, and many more.
Growing up in upstate New York. Sarah benefitted from daily opportunities to be active and explore. She credits her mother, who was involved with running and healthy eating, as her primary motivation to embrace a healthy lifestyle from very early on. Sarah went on to excel at field hockey in both high school and college, which reinforced her passion for being active and fit.
Key to Sarah's success is her fervor, compassion, and a deep understanding of the need to balance fitness goals with life commitments. She genuinely enjoys creating tailored workout routines and nutrition programs that fold easily into each client’s unique lifestyle, fitness level, nutritional needs, and evolving goals. Sarah believes that exercise and nutrition are a life choice; in order to create-and sustain-your body’s optimal fitness level, your workout and nutritional program needs to be personal, realistic, inspiring, and tailored to your needs, goals, and specific life circumstances.
Exercise has always been part of Cody Matherne’s life. As a child waiting to be picked from his mother’s restaurant for school in the morning, which was conveniently near a gym, he would spend a majority of his time in the gym. He would use this time to observe and ask questions about exercise routines and nutrition tips. This was the beginning of his journey and after 15 years of exercising on his own he decided to pursue his passion to help others get into shape.
He attended the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences where he earned an Associates Degree in Exercise Science Summa Cum Laude and Honorary Valedictorian of his graduating class. In addition to his Bachelor’s in Business from LSU, Cody plans to earn a Masters Degree in Physical Education and become a PE teacher. His long-term goal is to help address the obesity epidemic by helping kids develop better exercise habits.
As a trainer, and athlete, he enjoys helping anyone who is interested in reaching their physical potential, whether it be playing sports or living a health lifestyle. His belief is all exercises programs should be scientific, evidence based, and effective. The quality of the movement is more important than quantity.
Michael Okech is a personal trainer with Physical Equilibrium. One of the things he enjoys most about working with his clients is the opportunity to educate, empower and positively impact their lives.
Michael’s committed and positive approach enables his clients to test their physical and mental limits. His strength lies in his ability to motivate each client to find enjoyment in exercise through programs that are fun, challenging, and lead to great results. He realizes that this doesn't come easily to everyone so he tailors his programs so that there is something that appeals to each client.
After finishing his university degree, his passion for sports and fitness inspired him to become a personal trainer, concentrating on weight management, body sculpting, cardiovascular conditioning, endurance training and sport specific training and movement integrity. Michael is a firm believer in continuing education and is working on becoming a Level III Certified in Fascial Stretch Therapist.
He has been a competitive rugby player for over a decade, playing in Kenya, the US, the United Kingdom, France, and Vancouver, Canada.
When not working with his clients to achieve their fitness, movement and flexibility goals, Michael plays rugby explores different forms of movement such as dance and martial arts or is focusing on his quest to reach “the end of the internet.”
Cherry Reins was a ballerina for many years. Her favorite role was the ballet Isotopes, choreographed for her at Harkness Dance Theater. Cherry has been teaching Pilates for 20 years, for New York Sports Club, Sports Club LA, and the corporate employees of Ralph Lauren. Pilates is Cherry's passion, and she loves sharing this wonderful movement modality with her students!
Elliot has been intrigued by the body from a young age, first wanting to learn how to manipulate the muscles to grow bigger, faster, or stronger before learning that health and physical fitness go deeper than the surface. After spending 4 years in the United States Marine Corp, he decided to give his passion a shot and pursue a career in personal training. He enrolled in the Advanced personal training program at Swedish institute college of health sciences in May 2014 and graduated 2yrs later with an associates degree in occupational studies. In college is where he first met Sarah Currie and learned of Physical Equilibrium. After graduation from Swedish, he worked at Equinox for a year, and now joins our Physical Equilibrium team. He enjoys strength training most, helping clients get stronger week after week, as well as functional training to help them perform better in their every day lives. He also genuinely enjoys helping clients change their physical appearance through consistent hard work in weight training and encouraging them with basic nutritional support. He is certified through the NSCA as a Certified Personal Trainer(CTP), as well as holding certifications in pre/post natal, Kettlebell lvl 1, TRX suspension training, and ViPR training.
Claire Shorenstein is a Registered Dietitian (RD, CDN) with a Master's degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University, and a RRCA certified coach. Claire coaches the Gilda's Club NYC Marathon charity team and sees private running and nutrition clients at Physical Equilibrium. She counsels a wide variety of nutrition clients, with specialties including weight loss, sports nutrition, chronic disease prevention and management, pre- and post-natal nutrition, and general healthy eating. Claire collaborates with her clients to create individualized, sustainable plans that allow them to achieve their nutrition and exercise goals without sacrificing all the joy in their lives!
Claire is an avid distance runner with over 20 years of personal running experience and has competed in numerous solo and team events from the 5km to 50-mile distance. She particularly enjoys trail running and thus far has completed three trail ultra marathons and nine road marathons, including two Boston-Qualifying times. Other running accomplishments include finishing the Boston Marathon in 2013 and 2014 and winning 1st place in the female relay division at the 2013 NYC Triathlon (2nd place in 2014 and 2015) as a member of team Dietitian Divas with Physical Equilibrium co-owner Sarah Currie.
Claire, originally from California, attended Yale University and received a B.A. in Humanities and a M.M. in Oboe Performance. After more than seven years in the corporate world and a year-long solo trip throughout South America, she switched career paths to pursue her longstanding interests in nutrition, running, and health. In her spare time, Claire can be found running around NYC or on local trails with her husband, experimenting in the kitchen, exploring new restaurants, and writing about her experiences on her website, Eat for Endurance. Follow her adventures on her Instagram/Twitter account, @eatforendurance.
Myra Thibault joins Physical Equilibrium as a veteran New York City fitness instructor and personal trainer. In addition to her fitness certifications, Myra is uniquely trained in the Lotte Berk Method, one of the first ballet barre workouts in New York City. She has been teaching the Lotte Berk Method at Exhale Spa's in Manhattan and the Hamptons since it's inception in 2003.
In 2008, Myra teamed up with Michelle Austin, founder of "The Fluidity Bar", to teach her system at several gyms throughout New York City, including, The JCC, The Printing House Gym, Bally's and New York Health and Racquet.
Myra's interest in health and wellness began as a young girl while growing up in Rhode Island. And though she never considered herself a jock, she joined the cross-country team in high school, which expanded her interest in fitness and athletics. She soon found herself frequently in the pool, on the track or on the dance floor.
Myra earned a BFA in Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She continues to pursue acting and loves that her background in movement and dance has helped her to not only live a healthy and balanced life but also to inspire and teach others how they can too.