Petaluma Valley Athletic Club has brought together an experienced team of Personal Trainers dedicated to developing individual fitness programs that are proven to deliver results.
Each of our personal trainers is equipped with the professional knowledge and practical expertise to help you meet your goals, whether these are measured in pounds and inches or how you feel. When you train with Petaluma Valley Athletic Club, you train for life. MEET OUR TEAM »
Certified Personal Fitness Trainer
Certified Pilates Reformer Trainer
Group Fitness, Mat Pilates, and Indoor Cycling Instructor
Bachelor of Science, Biology and Chemistry (1989)
Master of Science, Healthcare/Research Administration (1991)
Sonya joined the instructor team at Petaluma Valley Athletic Club five years ago. She has over 20 years of experience as a corporate business woman, aerobics and fitness instructor, and fitness company owner. She developed and implemented fitness program profiles for communities and Air Force Bases in Massachusetts, Texas, and California. Sonya has competed in numerous triathlons and adventure races in Northern California, placing first and second in her age group and gender. Sonya has worked as Fitness Director for PVAC since February 2005.
“Personal fitness is a balance that exists between mind, body, and soul. Optimal health happens when all three thrive in harmony. The journey to find this balance is ongoing and, regardless of our age, the process gives us the opportunity to continually grow and learn.”
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer
Director of PVAC Biggest Loser Program
Jennifer’s goal is to help you learn what is necessary to improve your quality of life. She combines healthy eating and proper form with exercise techniques to maximize your results. She specializes in weight loss by using strength training, core conditioning, cardio, balance and flexibility.
She will help you find enjoyment incorporating what you learn into a lasting lifestyle. She understands what is necessary not only physically but also mentally and emotionally to help you reach your goals and learn the tools for sustainable and lasting results.
Jennifer has lost nearly 70 pounds the healthy way, by combining exercise, body movement and healthful eating. She is motivated and passionate about teaching others from her own experience. Jennifer is committed and ready to give you the personal attention you need to help you reach your full potential.
LEARN – MOVE – LIVE
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
Jensen is a Certified Personal Trainer of the National Academy of Sports Medicine and NASM CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist). He is experienced in personal training for all ages, shapes and sizes, with a specific background in weight loss. Specialized in the five pillars of fitness: strength training, scientific core conditioning, balance, cardio, and flexibility, Jensen offers a systematic approach to health and fitness, helping you reach your goals. You can expect to experience yourself changing mentally and physically, establishing self confidence as well as self respect. Experience a birth of the new you, the person you see yourself becoming, a change that is not only attainable but sustainable.
At the age of 21, Jensen accomplished a personal weight loss of 100lbs. following his own diet and exercise program. Jensen is inspired at the deepest level in helping other people believe in themselves and reach their fullest potential.
NASM Certified Personal Fitness Trainer
Rehabilitative Exercise Specialist
Vic is a certified rehabilitative exercise specialist and personal trainer who has studied under Meir Schneider, PhD, LMT. Meir runs the SF School for Self-Healing and his world renowned method of rehabilitation has helped many people overcome various chronic and debilitating injuries.
Vic specializes in functional movement and strength training, rehabilitation, and natural vision improvement.
Functional training consists of training movement patterns, not just muscles. This includes challenging the nervous system by training postural muscles, improving how you muscles work together, making you aware of muscles you never knew you had, and getting you to use them properly. Once functional, there is no limit to the array of opportunities available to you.
Vic has been certified through the International Sports Sciences Association, Baylor Sports Medicine, Chek Institute, and is now certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Certified Personal Trainer
Jessica’s entire life has been an expression of movement. She began studying classical ballet at age seven and went on to work fourteen years as a professional dancer, singer, actress and model on stage and television in such places as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Paris, Rome, Japan, and The Bahamas.
During her fifteen year career as a personal trainer, Jessica has worked in large gyms, elite training facilities and private home gyms in the United States and abroad. In the past five years her yoga practice has greatly enhanced her life and her unique insight into the art and science of movement.
Jessica’s method of training is very personal, targeting an individual’s health and fitness goals while addressing the total well-being of each client. Her clients experience improved flexibility, strength, and agility in every aspect of their lives from daily activities to recreational and competitive sports. They exude greater confidence and enhanced mind body awareness while achieving the results they desire.
“As you become healthier and more balanced physically, you do mentally and emotionally as well, because the body and mind are interconnected. My style of training is very inspirational and intuitive; it’s the result of my lifetime of experience, my love and study of the body in motion and a conscious effort to live each day as fully as possible.”
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Certified Pilates Reformer Instructor
Certified Pilates Mat and Yoga Instructor
Bachelor of Science, Nutrition & Exercise, 1988
Masters of Science, Kinesiology, 2005
Venona has over 25 years of experience in the dance and physical education industry. She performed professionally in Japan, and then taught, choreographed and performed with Lake Tahoe Community College dance and drama department for 10 years.
Along the way, Venona studied nutrition and exercise physiology and branched out in many directions. She first became certified as a personal trainer in 1988, while attending CSUH, when the field was very new and personal training was just emerging as a career. She has been successfully been working in the fitness field since then, personal training in mostly small, private fitness studios in the last 9 years. She teaches yoga, Pilates, weight training and body conditioning classes, and uses aspects of each of them in her personal training programs.
Venona specializes in a balanced, individualized training program combining elements of Pilates, yoga and strength training to help you realize your optimum level of wellness. She works with men and women of all athletic abilities and especially those who are new to the gym atmosphere. If this is your first time in a gym, or you are uncomfortable with the equipment, she will guide you through a complete program and work with you to give you the basic confidence and skills necessary to fulfill your goals.
Certified Personal Fitness Trainer
Certified Nutrition Consultant
Certified Lifestyle Fitness Coach
Al is Petaluma Valley Athletic Club’s Certified Master Personal Trainer. Al graduated from the National Personal Training Institute, and has over 25 years of medical background; working with UCSF, Stanford and California Pacific medical centers in their organ transplant departments along with experience in immuno-genetics, clinical laboratory and nursing departments. Physically active his whole life, Al became an avid runner at the age of 40 and has competed in several 10K, 12K, half marathons and 200 mile relays; proving that it is never too late to get into the best shape of your life.
“I train my clients to train themselves, enabling them to take charge of their own physical health and creative wherewithal to keep their routines effective, fun and full of variety.”