Roberta (or as we call her, Berta) brings tremendous knowledge and 11 years of direct personal training experience to \ki'netik\FITNESS. She moved back into the State College area after spending a year in Colorado running her own in-home personal training business.
Berta is a certified personal trainer with NASM and is also a Corrective Exercise Specialist. She attended Penn State and graduated in 2006 with a BS in Kinesiology followed by attending California University of Pennsylvania for her Masters in Exercise Science and Health Promotions.
In keeping with the values of \ki'netik\FITNESS, Berta consistently runs half marathons and has also done two full marathons, two Tough Mudder races and a Warrior Dash.
"What I find exciting is working with people new to exercise, just returning, or looking for a challenge in their current program. My goal is to make everyone feel better and more confident with each session."
You'll find Berta coaching all kinds of \ki'netik\ large and small group classes as well as many personal training clients.
Missy brings over 25 years of experience and knowledge in the fitness industry, plus 9 years of personal training expertise and enthusiasm to \ki'netik\ FITNESS. She believes that each person is unique with specialized needs, and coaches her clients with a focus on both the physical and emotional benefits of conditioning. Missy is the nurturer among the group and gives us daily encouragement in all forms including her many quotes written on the \ki'netik\ inspirational chalkboard!
Her experience, knowledge and motivation provide encouragement to reach personal goals and adopt a healthier lifestyle. A Certified Fitness Trainer, she has provided personal training services to clients in multiple settings since 2002.
Missy has experience as a competitive bodybuilder, appearing in many events in 2003 and 2004, and earned her Pro Card in 2004. She also is a licensed Real Estate Agent in State College since 2000.
Always on the go, Missy is forever keeping herself, and others busy doing something! Running, hiking or sending a random text to encourage someone to get back on track, Missy truly lives a healthy and active life.
Missy, her husband John, and their sons Parker, Tyler and Toby reside in State College, Pa and are natives to the area.
You'll find Missy coaching any one of our indoor or outdoor boot camp classes as well as several personal training clients.
Bill Hessert began at \ki’netik\ FITNESS as a member in March 2011. Talk about drinking the “\k\ool-aid” – since then, Bill has lost nearly 70 pounds and went from doing his first ever 5k in 2011 to completing five marathons and several more half-marathons. To celebrate his 50th birthday, Bill ran Walt Disney World’s inaugural Dopey Challenge in January 2014, which consists of a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon in just four consecutive days!
This transformation prompted Bill to make a career change – he received his personal trainer certification from the very well respected, National Academy of Sports Medicine in May 2013, when he officially became a member of the \ki’netik\ FITNESS coaching staff. Bill obtained his run coaching certification from Road Runners Club of America in June 2014.
As Bill likes to tell others, being a fitness coach gives him the perfect opportunity to “pay it forward.” “Being part of the \ki’netik\ community transformed my life in ways I never thought were possible,” he says. “Being able to help others reach their goals is just my way of saying thank you.”
Bill also has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lycoming College, a master’s degree in journalism from Temple University, and sometimes finds some time to do a little freelance writing. He, his wife Jennifer and their English setter pup Remy live in Patton Township.
You'll see Bill coaching both indoor and outdoor boot camp classes for \ki'netik\.
Buddy is entering his fourth year as Bellefonte Boot Camp (Outdoor FUNctional Training) Coach. He has a Health and Physical Education degree from Lock Haven University and has been teaching H & PE for the past 22 years, four years in PG County, Maryland before moving to Bellefonte the past 18 years. He earned a Master’s Degree from California University of PA, focusing on Exercise Science and Human Movement, which opened the door to becoming our Bellefonte Boot Camp Coach.
Buddy lives in Bellefonte with his wife Jennifer and two children, Mia and Trevor. They are a very active family who enjoy recreational activities, working out together, athletics, and having fun together.
Buddy’s family also has a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Chase Utley, a German Shepherd named Casbah, and three cats; Oscar, Analeise and Mario.
Taylor Parsons joined the \ki’netik\ FITNESS team in 2016. Known for her inventive and challenging workouts, she is a valuable part of the coaching staff.
Taylor is originally from Wingate, PA and attended high school in the Bald Eagle Area where she participated in soccer and softball. Taylor continued her softball career at Saint Francis University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology in the Fitness Concentration.
While at Saint Francis, Taylor participated in the Army ROTC program where she received a scholarship, contracted, and was commissioned upon graduation as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. She is a Medical Services Officer with a unit based in Fairview, PA, and the Ground Ambulance Company. Taylor is a Platoon Leader and in charge of approximately 30 medics. She has participated in many trainings around the U.S. during her short Army career and looks forward to many more. As for civilian jobs, she has coached softball at both the college and high school level, and interned with Penn State University in their Strength and Conditioning Program. Taylor plans to go back to graduate school and begin her coaching career. She is very happy to be a trainer at \ki’netik\ FITNESS and enjoys endorsing and motivating people to lead a healthy lifestyle.
You'll see Taylor motivating the large and small group workouts as well as participating in the Tier One group.
Isaac Russo joined the \Ki’netik\ FITNESS team at the end of 2016. He is an ACE certified personal trainer with over 2 years of powerlifting and 3 years of bodybuilding experience. This experience allows Isaac to spot and correct our members on form and ensure that the exercises are done correctly for best results.
When not in the gym training others or taking a class, Isaac keeps the active values of \k\ FITNESS by competing in physique competitions, 5ks, and mud runs. Both Isaac and fellow trainer Kyle Kinley along with some fearless \Ki’netik\ FITNESS members participated in the June 2017 SAVAGERACE. In September 2017, Isaac will be competing in his second physique competition.
“What I love about Kinetik is our clients' drive and determination. It really inspires me to push my own limits everyday.”
You'll find Isaac teaching large and small group classes as well as one-on-one personal training.
Brandon "Kope" Koppenhaver
Brandon "Kope" Koppenhaver joined the \ki’netik\ FITNESS team in 2014 as a Penn State intern. He enjoyed the people and the classes so much, that he officially joined the team and took over the Port Matilda bootcamp class.
While his childhood was filled with athletic pursuits, especially martial arts, Brandon did not focus on fitness and personal training until he was deployed to Iraq with the Marine Corps in 2009. Brandon is a 12 year veteran of the Marine Corps and is currently a Correction Activities Specialist and Ninja Warrior instructor for kids in addition to his coaching at \ki’netik\ FITNESS. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology/Fitness Studies from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Sports Science in Sports Administration from Lock Haven University.
Brandon enjoys recreational activities, athletics, and having fun with his wife, Nicholle, three sons, Junior, Wyatt, and Zeke, and his two chocolate labs.
Brandon seems to do it all at \ki’netik\ FITNESS. You can find him at dawn with our bootcamp classes, pushing our Tier One classes to their max, motivating the large group and small group classes and striving for the leaderboard for our monthly fitness challenges.
Kyle Kinley joined the \ki’netik\ FITNESS team in 2017.
Kyle is a certified personal trainer through Ben Greenfield's Superman program and through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). While being relatively new in the health and fitness industry, his extravagant passion for learning and teaching anything related to improving health makes him an old pro.
After finishing his associate's degree in architectural drafting and design, Kyle decided to travel the world. He first discovered his passion for health, fitness, and longevity on a 2015 trip to Phuket, Thailand. During this trip, he trained in the martial art of Muay Thai at the Tiger Muay Thai camp for 3 months. Upon returning home, he decided to share his passion and earn his certification. Everyone at \ki’netik\ is thrilled that he did!
Kyle was born and raised in Bellefonte and has always enjoyed being physically active. When not training at the gym, he enjoys outdoor activities such as Tough Mudders and Spartan races.
Kyle teaches our kettlebell classes on Saturdays.