Create lifelong healthy habits and improve your overall well-being with personal training. Personal training is provided by certified, trained professionals who will evaluate your individual fitness needs, design a plan of action, and motivate you to reach your fitness goals. Your personal program will include an individualized format and instruction, continuous program progression (if desired), strength and cardiovascular endurance exercises, pre- and post-operative conditioning, and proper stretching to improve flexibility.

A personal program can teach you correct form, help with recovery from injury or illness, train for a specific sport, or just get you acquainted and comfortable in the fitness room. Our trainers come from diverse backgrounds and bring with them a unique set of specialties and skills. They are certified by a nationally recognized organization and hold current CPR and first aid certifications.

To make an appointment with a Personal Trainer or get more information about services available, please call Sheila Leijon at (775) 832-1330 or email

Personal Trainers

Janice Cuadros

IFTA & ACE Certified Personal Trainer; Group & Aqua Fitness Instructor
Janice has lived in Incline Village area for years.  Prior to joining the fitness staff at the Incline Village Recreation Center, she was a medical technologist.  As a medical technologist her background was to help people after they were sick.   Now she enjoys helping people before they become ill or hospitalized. Fitness and exercise has always been a part of her everyday life and she likes helping to make it a part of other’s lives.  She invites everyone to live happier and healthier. Janice is an avid tennis player, skier, hiker and cyclist.

vanessadiazVanessa Diaz

Expert Rating Personal Trainer Certification 
Vanessa was born in El Salvador and relocated to Tahoe at the age of two! She graduated from Chico State with a BS degree in Computer Science and competed in Track and Field and Cross Country. She continues to compete and coach running, while expanding her fitness training repertoire. Vanessa is a certified Personal Trainer, and is currently pursuing additional certifications in  TRX  Suspension Training and Spin.  “Fitness is about so much more than exercise.  It’s a catalyst for positive changes, and it affects every aspect of your life.” 

Robin Elley

ESA Personal Trainer, Pilates, YogaFit Levels 1,2,3, IFTA Aqua Fitness and Barre Certified Instructor 
Robin started as a fitness instructor in 2001, earning her Personal Training Certification several years later. A yoga teacher and Senior fitness instructor for many years, she incorporates a blend of core, strength training with a focus on flexibility and balance. She has extensive experience with clients of all ages, who have specific needs, including those new or returning to exercise, those rehabbing injuries and or surgeries, those with restrictive conditions, mental challenges, heart conditions, Parkinson's disease, MS, cerebral palsy, and back problems, to name a few. Her goal is to safely make strength, flexibility and balance training a fun, lifelong habit for her clients. 

sue headshotSue Jenkins 

ACE Certified Personal Trainer, London Central Fitness Instructor, Ibbta Barre Certification Level 1, Yogafit Level 1, Speedo Aqua Fitness, Step Reebok, TRX, Zumba And Strong By Zumba, 55+ Fitness Certified Instructor
Sue came to Incline with her family via Northern California arriving in the USA in 2011 from the United Kingdom.  She has a son and daughter at Incline High.  Living most of her working life in London, Sue studied for a European Community Studies 4 year degree at University College Cardiff, Wales, and then worked in London for an Independent film producer in the British Film Industry for 10 years.  Sue comes from a strong ballet and modern dance background.  She teaches cardio strength, tabata circuit, flex core balance, 55+ fitness, aqua aerobics, yoga fit and stability ball classes at the Rec Center.  Her love of fitness and health originated in dance and aerobics but Sue enjoys all types of fitness, and believes cross training is not only the way to enjoy variety when exercising, but is the clear path to building a balanced, healthful body and  lifestyle.  Aside from fitness, Sue enjoys spending time with her family, travel, movies, reading, birdwatching, paddle boarding and tennis. She currently plays singles for Incline's USTA 3.5 women's team.

denise headshotDenise Jezycki

NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Behavior Modification, Fitness Nutrition, and Weight Loss Specialist, TRX Certified Trainer, PSIAA Certified Ski Instructor, Titleist Performance Institute Level 1 certified, and a BA in Psychology
Denise graduated from Incline High School in 1982 and has recently moved back to make Incline Village her home. While at IHS, Denise was a 3-sport varsity player and went on to college to play both Volleyball and Basketball at UOP. Being back in Incline allows her the opportunity to enjoy the many different activities that this wonderful place has to offer, such as: mountain biking, hiking, golfing, snow shoeing, swimming, yoga, lifting weights, snow skiing, water skiing, running, road biking and more. An avid golfer, Denise is completing her certification as a Golf Fitness Specialist and is looking forward to helping men and women get to the next level in the great game of golf. Denise has been assisting people on their health and fitness journey for the last 6 years. She enjoys helping individuals reach their goals who are having a difficult time doing so on their own. Denise has the ability to analyze each client’s individual situation and harmonize their training to match their lifestyle and goals. 

trever headshotTrever Lojka

NASM Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist, Metaboliq RMR & Vo2 Max/Sub-Max Testing  
Trever grew up in the suburbs of Salt Lake City and graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Organizational Speech Communication.  Throughout the years, fitness has always been a passion that drove the pursuit of boating, scuba diving, skiing, backpacking, and numerous other activities that eventually led to becoming a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant.  After moving across the country in pursuit of personal growth, Trever found himself here in Incline Village in 2013 and now calls this community home.  Being able to work as a personal trainer and nutrition consultant has been a great avenue to help people build a foundation that will promote growth through proper education, motivation, practice, and consistency.  Throughout his years of training both personally and professionally, Trever has employed a variety of training styles and is comfortable working with clients ranging from those looking to lose weight, gain weight, post-surgery, corrective programing, and athletes looking to push their boundaries. 

trish headshotTrish Mckowen 

NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, FMS Functional Movement Screen, Titleist Performance Institute Level 1 Golf Fitness Trainer, K-Motion 3D Golf Level 1, TRX Functional Trainer, TRX Group Trainer, TRX Rip Trainer, Spinning Instructor, Bio-Impedance Body Fat Analysis, Diamond Peak Ski Team Coach, BA In Journalism
Trish recently moved back to Tahoe bringing over 25 years in Fitness to the Rec Center, 20 of those years as the owner of Fit Moves Personal Training. Her love of fitness is rooted in her upbringing here in Incline Village where she excelled as a competitive swimmer and alpine skier. As a trainer she is fully invested in helping her clients reach and surpass their health and fitness goals having worked with teenage athletes looking for sports specific training, to weight loss clients seeking a complete transformation and post-surgical joint replacement clients hoping to recover and restore full function. Her latest fitness passion in helping golfers uncover mobility and stability problems utilizing the FMS/TPI Golf Screens and 3D K-VEST technology with the goal of creating an efficient, consistent golf swing. Trish’s priorities are the same for every client; realistic goal setting, progression and measurable results. Trish believes that people often need help to create positive change in their lives, to discover their own “personal power and self-motivation” and to uncover that place inside where real lasting transformative change is possible. “Inspired by your journey, dedicated to your results.” 

march headshotMark Marelich

Expert Rating Personal Trainer, Plant-Based Nutrition Certified, BS Finance & Economics - Summa Cum Laude
Mark was born and raised in Incline Village. A four-sport athlete at Incline High, his soccer team won the State Championship in 2002, and was named Male Athlete of the Year as a senior. Playing baseball at California State University, East Bay, he led his team to the Regional Semi-Finals in 2008 and had a grand slam in the tournament. Mark also played baseball professionally for 3 years in Austria; and in his last year won the Batting Title as the best hitter in the country. Currently he manages his family’s long-standing business, Incline Boat Storage, in the summertime. As a personal trainer in his “off-season,” Mark hopes to inspire his clients towards a healthy and fit lifestyle - inside and outside of the fitness arena. 

dave norehadDave Norehad

Third Generation Student/Trainer in the Lineage of Master Cheng, American College Of Sports Medicine Certified Fitness Instructor
Dave Norehad has studied and taught Tai Chi for over 12 years under the guidance of Master Willie Lim of Classical Dimensions, based in Arizona. Dave’s Tai Chi Chuan l Chi Gung Training will focus on the Yang style short form, developed and introduced to the western world by Master Cheng Man Ching over 50 years ago. Dave is a third generation student/trainer in the lineage of Master Cheng and is also an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Fitness Instructor. 

lou headshotLou Phillips

BS Health Education, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer 
Lou Phillips holds a B.S. in Health Education and is currently pursuing his MA in Public Health with an emphasis on the health and fitness of older adults. Since 1992 Lou has been certified by The American College of Sports medicine (ACSM) in health assessment and exercise prescription. He is a life-long sports participant with competitive experience in events from bodybuilding to triathlon.  He will guide you enthusiastically through and to your goals whether they are rehabilitation, performance or re-shaping. 

Sandy Soli

AFAA Certified Personal Trainer and IFTA Aqua Fitness, Zumba & Spinning Certified Instructor
Sandy has lived most of her adult life in Incline Village. She is an avid skier, hiker and mountain biker. Sandy has a passion for life, fitness and overall fun. She loves to motivate people!!!  Her enthusiasm for fitness is infectious and attracts people to her classes and trainings. If you choose fitness and exercise as your path to a healthy life, but need some help, Sandy will assist you on your journey! She is very creative and enjoys developing and implementing new exercise and fitness programs for the Incline Village Recreation Center membership and community. 

Ashley personal trainAshley Wood

PGA Of America Professional, Master Of Science- Kinesiology
Ashley is the Head Golf Professional at the Incline Village Mountain Golf Course. She is a PGA of America Professional and a certified fitness professional. Ashley grew up in Incline Village and enjoys skiing and golfing. She earned a spot on the Division I women’s golf team at San Diego State University (SDSU), where she served as team captain while earning a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology in 2009. Ashley continued her education at SDSU and received a Master's degree in Kinesiology with emphasis on athletic development and sports psychology.   

Nutrition & Stress Counselling

nikki headshotNikki Dean

E-RYT 500, Success Coach, Essential Oils Educator, Writer, CES, BS, International Yoga, Meditation And Mindfulness Presenter/Instructor
Since 2003, Nikki has been coaching students ranging from cancer patients to professional athletes. With a mission to help others reduce daily stress, live intentionally and experience more success, Nikki inspires others through motivational speaking, as well as live and online health and fitness challenges. She passionately shares her knowledge of essential oils as evidence-based, natural, effective solutions for increased health, happiness and prosperity.  Nikki is also a certified Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) teacher, a Cancer Exercise Specialist, and holds a B.S. in Communications from Cornell University. Originally, from New York, Nikki has traveled the world but found that Lake Tahoe, CA is her true home. When she is not practicing yoga, Nikki can be found hiking, paddle boarding, skiing or just breathing in the fresh mountain air.

hill headshotJill Whisler

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and is Certified by American College of Sports Medicine
Jill’s nutrition philosophy is simple…No one “diet” fits all, but a healthy, nutritional regime is built upon whole, fresh, minimally processed foods. Nourishment is getting the right balance. Cooking, eating patterns, timing of meals, exercise, sleep, stress management…all play a role in your health! Jill creatively looks at the big picture to your health. She gets it! As a working mom of three, she knows how busy life can get, so she can help share tips to help you succeed and set you up for success! What’s her passion? Weight management, sports nutrition, heart health, food sensitivities and nutrition challenges with children. Wondering what it’s like to work with her? Why, it’s fun of course! Are you ready to sauce up your nutrition habits? Ready to try something new? Interested in learning more? Book a session with Jill today!

To make an appointment with a Personal Trainer or get more information about services available, please call Sheila Leijon at (775) 832-1330 or email

Fitness Attendants/Rovers

Bryan Garcia and  Peter Salazar are available to provide an overview of all the Rec Center offers during a 30 minute Rec Center Orientation Tour. To learn how you can maximize your workouts and improve your health and wellness make an appointment for a free Fitness Room equipment orientation and tour of the Rec Center by calling 775.832.1330.