We sometimes wonder if AAPT Instructor Ciaran Cribbs might actually be five people rolled into one. After moving to the United States from Ireland, Ciaran earned his undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition, followed by a graduate degree in Exercise and Sports Nutrition, and followed by yet another graduate program in Clinical Exercise Physiology.
Ciaran is a Registered Dietician, a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, a Certified Personal Trainer, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a Certified Health and Fitness Instructor, and a Licensed Teacher. He has worked in variety of settings – from corporate (Citigroup) to clinical (Joslin Diabetes Center, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Cardiac Rehab) to community (Cooper Clinic) to fitness management (New York Sports Clubs) to educational (Northeastern, Texas WU, AAPT).
As a teacher, Ciaran cares deeply about bringing each of his students successfully through the curriculum that he is teaching. He has a truly unique talent for breaking down complicated concepts and dense study material into easily digested pieces for his students. Aside from his contributions at AAPT, Ciaran has also taught undergraduate courses, community seminars, employee training programs and occupational education programs in subjects ranging from Nutrition to Exercise Physiology to Public Health to Personal Training.
When he’s not teaching, Ciaran is also a competitive soccer player, a marathon athlete, a world-traveling hiker…and we think possibly also a gladiator or an astronaut (you really never know with Ciaran).
Rachel has more than 20 years of experience in the fitness profession. Working with busy professionals and active retirees, Rachel offers motivation, instruction and support to help her clients make the most of their exercise time. Rachel also works with older adults looking to maintain functional movement and balance for everyday quality of life. In 2011 Rachel was awarded the New York State Assembly Certificate of Merit in recognition of her “commitment to improving the lives and health of seniors through dynamic fitness education.”
Her own fitness journey began in high school. Since then Rachel has explored many fitness topics from a variety of different perspectives. Rachel began her career in worksite health promotion as a fitness center manager and has been an independent personal trainer and instructor since 2002. Throughout her career one constant has been the power of the fitness myth. Popular fitness myths are a major source of misinformation and a major obstacle to results. Rachel has authored two eBooks (The Fitness Paradox and Fitness Education for Consumers) with the goal of “Raising the Bar” in the field of physical fitness in America.
Since he was a teenager Norberto has been passionate about how the body responds and adapts to exercise. Growing up as a “fat kid” motivated him to pursue a career as a personal trainer to help others become healthier and achieve their fitness goals. Since then he has worked in the fitness industry for more than 10 years and has been an avid tennis player.
As Head Exercise Therapist at the Alternative Medicine Center for HIV/AIDS he prescribed exercise and provided exercise testing services for HIV patients with other diseases and disorders. He worked in the private setting for many years training people with goals ranging from performance enhancement to maximizing health and fitness. He also worked as fitness manager for the New York Sports Club where training his staff was what he cherished most. Norberto has also researched exercise in the HIV and substance abuse populations, and taught exercise-science related courses for five years at The Huertas College in Puerto Rico.
Recently he joined the faculty at Queens College where he teaches graduate and undergraduate nutrition and exercise science courses. Norberto is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine