Personal Trainers

Mark Ferland – Fitness Director/Head Personal Trainer/Class Instructor

What started as mere curiosity more than a decade ago quickly morphed into my greatest passion.  As I learned more about the science of training, nutrition and how to improve body composition, my desire to impact the lives of others by sharing this knowledge led me to pursue a career as a personal trainer. I spent three years coaching and teaching weight training to sports teams at Spaulding High School before deciding that I really wanted to train clients one-on-one in a more personalized setting.

                My main training philosophies are centered around strength training and core strengthening/conditioning. My belief is that by building a strong foundation you are building a life of physical and emotional wellness.

                I specialize in weight lifting, fat loss, HIIT conditioning, bodybuilding routines and physique transformations. I feel every client has their own goals and desires and I believe in creating programs that are progressive and personally tailored to each individual client.

                Trying to find a balance between everything life throws at you can be challenging. Sometimes this causes us to put our own health and wellness on the back burner. Even in my own life I struggle balancing my own fitness regimen with work, school, my awesome girlfriend and her two kids along with three very crazy cats. However, if you are willing to work hard, stay consistent and commit to at little “you time”  I know you’ll be extremely excited by the results we can achieve together!

My specialties are in:

  • Strength training
  • Fat loss and weight management
  • HIIT conditioning
  • Nutritional advice

My Certifications:

  1. NASM personal trainer
  2. NESTA physique and figure training specialist
  3. CPR/AED and first aid

Nichole Hren – Personal Trainer

Nichole Hren:

There was never a period in my life I did not do some form of exercise. I love working out.  I was a runner for years. I grew up playing tennis, running; biking and I enjoy a multitude of fitness styles. I love body weight exercises, circuit training, and sports training.

I love changing up my sessions as I love varied and challenging programs. Fitness should be a fun platform first which will naturally help you improve your health and well-being. Assisting others along a healthy path in life and seeing them thrive is what drives me to continue to train others!

Additional Certifications:

  • Ace Certified: Personal Trainer
  • First Aid/AED Certified


Pete Cathey – Personal Trainer

Pete Cathey:

A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Pete has over 25 years of experience in coaching.  Pete learned about training while rowing at Brown University, where he acquired a Biology Degree and then began instructing at his local gym.  Pete moved into full-time coaching, as an assistant coach at Brown and eventually as the head rowing coach at UNH for twenty years.  Pete has since transitioned to doing more varied training for a wide range of ages and fitness levels, with focuses on Total Body Fitness Improvement, Circuit Training, Strength Training and General Athletic Preparation.  Pete lives his belief that fitness improves lives, and can often be found working out at Wildcat, when he is not skiing, hiking, camping, rowing or off on a family adventure.

Additional Certifications:

  • Ace Certified: Personal Trainer
  • First Aid/AED Certified

Valerie Nesom – Personal Trainer & Group Fitness instructor

Valerie Nesom:
Valerie is a certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise. She is also a Group Fitness Instructor through the National Exercise Trainers Association and a certified Barre Instructor through Beyond Barre. Valerie started her fitness career training at the University of New Hampshire Campus Recreation Center in 2015 as a cycling and strength instructor.  She is a Nutrition student at UNH and plans to graduate in December of 2017. Valerie has been active all her life with an extensive dance background in ballet. She has a passion for dance and fitness and loves to incorporate both in her group fitness classes.  

Additional Certifications:

  • Ace Certified: Personal Trainer
  • First Aid/AED Certified

John Tavares – Personal Trainer

John Tavares personal trainer

John Tavares

John Tavares:

I’ve been involved with health and fitness for twenty years. Over the past four years I worked hard to pursue my personal trainer certification. My training approach is to discuss the needs and goals of the client, and to design and customize a personal program for each individual. My expertise promotes a strong core in a lean mass philosophy.

My training programs incorporate free weights, self body movements as well as stationary weight machines and cardio. I enjoy working with all ages and body types, whether it be bodybuilding, weight loss, or just keeping fit and trim. I keep workouts fresh and challenging with workout routines that incorporate new moves and ideas. I am also a wellness coach trained to help clients make good nutritional choices for optimal health. I look forward to training with all the new and existing wildcat members.

Additional Certifications:

  • First Aid
  • CPR
  • AED


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