We sometimes wonder if AAPT Instructor Ciaran Cribbs might actually be 5 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 settings ranging 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).
M.S. Clinical Exercise Physiology
(in process) Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts
B.S. Human Nutrition
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts
M.S. Exercise and Sports Nutrition
Texas Woman's University Denton, Texas
NYSED Teaching License
NYS Education Department
American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Providers
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist
John’s experience as a health and fitness professional spans two decades. He has worked for commercial gyms, a private training studio, and the rehabilitation department of a chiropractic practice. While he found working with clients and patients rewarding, he discovered that his true passion lies in the more academic aspects of the health sciences. Upon finishing graduate school, he soon learned that nowhere else was quite as comfortable as the front of a classroom. In addition to teaching here at AAPT, John is also a lecturer at Lehman College’s Health Sciences Department.
M.A. Applied Physiology
Columbia University New York, NY
B.A. Liberal Arts
New York University New York, NY
Swedish Institute: College of Health Sciences New York, NY
Medical Exercise Specialist
American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehabilitation Professionals
Certified Personal Trainer
American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric
Todd Smith is a successful educator and coach who brings over 22 years of experience to the fields of personal training, health club management, professional and collegiate coaching and training.
He has successfully presented to and trained groups ranging from just a few trainers to over 100 personal trainers and managers for organizations such as Equinox, New York Sports Clubs, Hofstra University, Long Island University and NSCA. Todd has developed a very engaging educational style that immediately get the audience’s attention and holds it. He takes very complex data and information, breaks it down and simplifies it for practical take-aways. His sense of humor makes him highly effective at bringing real world application to the classroom environment. His passion for learning and growing brings the best out of trainers, managers, athletes and clients.
He is a nationally certified trainer, educator and strength coach. In addition to teaching at AAPT he is the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Long Island University Women’s Swim Team. Todd current workshops include NSCA Prep Coursework, Introduction to Functional Movement Systems, Functional Movement Theory, Dynamic Warm-up, ViPR, Loaded Movement Training, Anatomy, Biomechanics, Introduction to Nutrition, Exercise Progressions and Programming, Programming and Periodization, Flexibility and Flexibility Assessment, Coaching, Cueing and Communication for Personal Training, Building a Personal Training Business, Value-Added Personal Training, Personal Training Sales and Client Retention.
B.S. Sports Management Execise Science
Slippery Rock University Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
NSCA – CSCS
Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
National Strength and Conditioning Association
United States Track and Field Level 1
Advanced Functional Movement Screening
Vitality, Performance and Reconditioning
NYC Provisional Teaching License
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 & 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” of fitness knowledge, and fitness, in America.
M.S. Exercise Science
University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA
Hamilton College Clinton, NY
Certified Personal Trainer
Certified Group Fitness Instructor, American Council on Exercise
Certified FMS Professional
Functional Movement Screen, Level I
Coach for A Matter of Balance Program
Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness
Stay Active & Independent for Life (SAIL) Program Leader
American Heart Association, Heartsaver First Aid
NYSED Teaching Permit (License Pending)
New York State Education Department
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 initially 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 over 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 the 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 (ACSM) and the American Physiological Society (APS) in the environmental and exercise physiology division.
Currently he enjoys resistance and cardiorespiratory training for health and fitness, reading fitness-related books, keeping abreast of the latest scientific research and teaching AAPT students how to become successful personal trainers.