Personal Trainer Westlake Ohio - Max Strength Fitness

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Jeff Tomaszewski

Jeff Tomaszewski is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University (Case) with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sports Medicine and a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology. He is a certified Athletic Trainer though the National Athletic Trainers Association and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

He began his career as a clinical Athletic Trainer for Ohio Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine and served as the Medical Coordinator for the National Youth Sports Program at Case.

Jeff then left his career in physical therapy to pursue a Master’s degree and become the Assistant Athletic Trainer/Professor at Case in 2000. Shortly after obtaining his Master’s degree he formed MaxStrength Fitness in May of 2007 in Westlake, Ohio, which has grown into Cleveland’s premier personal training facility. A second facility was opened in May of 2017 in Willoughby, Ohio to help fulfill his life’s mission of helping as many people as possible live a high quality of life into their golden years.

Jeff is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Cohort 5 and is currently and active member in the Entrepreneur Organization’s Accelerator program and serves on the board.

He is a student of marketing, world-class customer service and providing the most efficient, effective and safe mode of exercise.

Along the way Jeff has also obtained Professional Status as a Natural Drug-Free Bodybuilder solely using the methods and systems implemented at MaxStrength Fitness and he continues to use these systems to help countless clients achieve their health and fitness goals.

Jeff is married to Jodi Tomaszewski, who is a partner at Dworken & Bernstein, LLP and has three beautiful daughters Emma, Chloe and Paige. When he is not busy transforming his client’s lives through health and fitness Jeff enjoys spending time with his family splashing in the pool, taking walks and bike rides or any other adventure they can dream up. He also loves golf and any outdoor sports! Not to mention, rooting on the Browns, Cavs and Indians

1.What is your favorite food?

Filet Mignon

2.What is your favorite channel or tv show?

3. What is your favorite movie?
A Few Good Men

4. What is your favorite outdoor activity?

5. What is one thing on your bucket list?
Golf at Pebble Beach

Brian Stroh

Brian Stroh

Brian found his true passion in life when he took up strength training over 25 years ago. In any of the gyms or clubs he belonged to he found a natural inclination to want to help others. So it only made sense to leave his accounting career behind in pursuit of becoming a full time exercise practitioner at MaxStrength Fitness. Brian is driven by the challenge of finding the right exercises and teaching the correct form and intensity for each person to promote an improved quality of life. When he is not at work, Brian loves spending time with his two amazing kids Gracie and Olivia. Together they enjoy watching movies, staying active by hiking or going to the playground, or just hanging out at their family cottage. Looking for a personal trainer in Westlake, Ohio, contact Brian today.

1. Why did you choose to work at MaxStrength Fitness?
For me the idea of motivating someone to challenge themselves is what keeps me engaged here. Not only are there the obvious long term benefits to consistent, productive exercise but the immediate effects from a challenging workout can be even more rewarding. I consider each workout an opportunity to help our clients experience that same feeling.

2. What is your favorite food?
Crab legs

3. What is your favorite channel or tv show?
The Office

4. What is your favorite movie?
Lord of the Rings

5. What is your favorite outdoor activity?
Seeking adventure and intrigue.

6. What is one thing on your bucket list?
Travel the world


Matt Zych

Matt joined MaxStrength Fitness in May of 2014. He is originally from Des Plaines, Illinois, and was brought to the Cleveland area to attend Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. At BW he was an Exercise Science major and a part of the Men’s Varsity Swimming and Diving team. When he’s not working at MaxStrength he can be found working out or enjoying a nice drive through the Cleveland MetroParks. He keeps busy and active on the weekends by playing oddball sports such as flag football, disc golf, bowling, and ultimate frisbee! Looking for a personal trainer in Westlake, Ohio, contact Matt today.

1. Why did you choose to work at MaxStrength Fitness?
I like working at MaxStrength fitness because of the atmosphere, and the wellness aspect! I like coming to work and being able to have a relaxed and fun conversation with my coworkers and all of the clients, whether or not I train them on a daily basis. Everyone knows everyone, and gets to know everyone, and that aspect makes it exciting to always be engaging with clients and coworkers. As well as the fact that I am here to help people with their fitness and wellness goals, and enjoying seeing the results pay off for others!

2. What is your favorite food?
Outback Steakhouse (Steak, Sweet Potato, Ceasar Salad)

3. What is your favorite channel or tv show?
Gameshow Network

4. What is your favorite movie?
Nightmare on Elm Street (1980’s)

5. What is your favorite outdoor activity?
Frisbee Golf or Paddleboarding

6. What is one thing on your bucket list?
Visit Australia

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Victor Jackson

Victor joined MaxStrength Fitness in May 2015. He has been in the fitness industry in New York City for over 6 years where he worked with busy professionals, collegiate and high school athletes. Victor has also trained individuals with numerous injuries, as well as pre and post surgery. He received his B.S. in Exercise Science from Manhattan College where he also played Division 1 basketball for the Jasper’s. When not working at MaxStrength you can find Victor doing anything outdoors, at various sporting events, and just spending time with friends and family. Also in his spare time, Victor trains JR Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers, making sure he stays at his optimal health for the long season.

1. Why did you choose to work at MaxStrength Fitness?
The opportunity to help numerous individuals in a safe, controlled environment in a productive amount of time is very intriguing. Why be good at a lot of things instead of being great at one? One thing MaxStrength will do is get you stronger. Each workout is an opportunity for me to have profound change in someone’s life. Since I have started here, Jeff, and his team, and the clients have taken me in like family and have all pushed me to be great. The learning is unbelievable. If we aren’t learning we are dying. The knowledge and passion that everyone has here can’t help but rub off on me, and it gets me excited to come to work everyday. I’m a results driven person and the fact that MaxStrength has results that back it up gets me motivated to help each person that walks through the door.

2. What is your favorite food?
Chicken Parm or Salmon

3. What is your favorite channel or tv show?
Food Network and Judge Judy

4. What is your favorite movie?
Blue Streak

5. What is your favorite outdoor activity?
Swimming and Basketball

6. What is one thing on your bucket list?
Sky Diving


Stan Kellers

Stan Kellers has over 30 years of experience in sports medicine, including 15 years at the Cleveland Clinic. Responsibilities included operating a patient based Athletic Performance Center, consulting to the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, local universities, and the Cleveland Ballet. For the last 17 years, Stan was the strength and conditioning coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers. As a lifelong Cleveland resident, earning his masters degree from Cleveland State, he considers himself fortunate to have unique career opportunities in his hometown. By joining the MaxStrength Fitness team he has been able to continue that streak. Stan is thrilled to become an integral part of a unique business that provides the most effective training system that he has ever encountered. In his free time, Stan enjoys cooking and spending time with his family. Looking for a personal trainer in Westlake, Ohio, contact Stan today.

1. Why did you choose to work at MaxStrength Fitness?
I work at MaxStrength Fitness so I can apply the most unique and productive strength training system available, in a motivating yet friendly atmosphere. I particularly enjoy the opportunity to help a variety of people improve their fitness levels and quality of daily living. The one-on-one sessions allow me to practice my craft with the utmost skill providing the client with a highly effective safe workout.

2. What is your favorite food?
Veal Marsala

3.What is your favorite channel or tv show?
The King of Queens

4. What is your favorite movie?
The Godfather

5. What is your favorite outdoor activity?

6. What is one thing on your bucket list?
Travel to Italy with my family

Nanci Ickes

Nanci has 10+ years of experience in Health and Wellness for the following companies: Health Fitness Corp., Curves, the Cleveland Clinic, Greater Cleveland YMCA, and Wellness IQ. Her responsibilities included implementing weight loss programs, instructing group exercise courses, administering health assessments, and more. She grew up locally and furthered her education at BGSU and graduated with a Bachelors in Health Promotion, then earned her master’s in Public Health from Indiana University- Bloomington. As her passion for health grew she traveled abroad to study international health in France and Switzerland earned 3 certificates from the American Institute of Preventative Medicine, in smoking cessation, weight management, and stress management. She’s held an ACE group exercise certification, and currently holds NCSF’s Personal Trainer Certification. Nanci is thrilled to be a part of the MSF team, and looks forward to cultivating new relationships with the MSF family. In her free-time, Nancie enjoys going to the beach, playing with her niece and nephew, and learning new life skills.

1.Why did you choose to work at MaxStrength Fitness As a previous client, I’ve personally experienced the benefits of MSF workouts and its clinically designed approach allows a maximum result.  I was drawn to the safe, effective, and efficient workout for any age, any level of fitness, and those of us who want to maximize our time. Also, MSF allows me to help each of you reach your optimal health!

2. What is your favorite food? Pineapple

3. What is your favorite channel or tv show? None —> haven’t had cable in 4 years

4. What is your favorite movie? Young Frankenstein & The Other Guys

5. What is your favorite outdoor activity? Jogging by the lake

6. What is one thing on your bucket list? Become fluent in French


Colleen Donahue

Colleen joined MaxStrength Fitness in September of 2014 as Chief Experience Officer. She has over 15 years of sales and marketing experience for companies such as Sterling Inc. and Donatos Pizza LLC, and joined MaxStrength after taking some time off to stay home with her 2 children, Hannah and Chase. She’s passionate about nutrition and eating whole foods, and shares her own recipes on MaxStrength’s Facebook page. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, hiking, and camping.

1.Why did you choose to work at MaxStrength Fitness?
I wanted to join the team at MaxStrength Fitness because I believe in what we do here, and Jeff has amazing vision for the future of the company! My coworkers make the day enjoyable and I love the relationships we form with all of our clients. It truly feels like a big family.

2. What is your favorite food?
Surf and Turf

3. What is your favorite channel or tv show? Friends

4. What is your favorite movie?
Elizabethtown (any Cameron Crowe movie really)

5. What is your favorite outdoor activity?
Camping and Hiking

6. What is one thing on your bucket list?
Through-hike the Appalachian Trail

Candice Bukky

Candice graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Sociology.  She started her professional career at the Lake County Sheriff’s Department and later moved into the paralegal field.  After several years of sitting at a desk, she knew she needed a healthy career change.  She started personal training in August of 2011.

Athletics have always played an important role in Candice’s life.  She played four sports through high school, was a collegiate softball player, a kickboxing instructor, and an avid skier.  With that being said, her first few training sessions at MaxStrength Fitness challenged her to a physical and mental degree she had yet experienced during exercise.  She was immediately hooked!  Her passion in training others to reach their strength and fitness goals’ continues to grow with each session.

Something you may find interesting about Candice is that she gives herself a challenge every year on her birthday.  She has backpacked around Australia, went vegetarian for a year, rode her bicycle across the United States, participated in the Polar Plunge, shaved her head for the St. Baldricks Foundation, and donated her hair to Wigs for Kids.

1.What is your favorite food? I love cheese!  At a party, you can locate me either on the dance floor or by the cheese and crackers!

2.What is your favorite channel or TV show? I don’t watch a ton of TV but when I do…  I gravitate to HGTV…  which leads to Chip and Joanna Gaines…  which leads to me asking my husband to make me something or knock down a wall.  So, basically I don’t watch a ton of TV because my husband hides the remote!

3.What is your favorite movie? Easy one – A League of Their Own!  Runner up – Would have to be Shawshank Redemption.

4. What is your favorite outdoor activity? Hiking.  I grew up on a Christmas Tree farm so I find comfort walking through the trees.

5.What is one thing on your bucket list? One day, I will kayak across Lake Erie!

Yvonne Barricelli

Yvonne joined the MaxStrength Fitness team in April 2017. She is a NASM certified personal trainer, an American Red Cross CPR/AED Instructor, and an AFAA certified Group Exercise Instructor. She is a mom of 4 and enjoys doing obstacle course races in her spare time, currently training for her first Spartan race. You can also find her cheering on her favorite basketball team, the Cleveland Cavs!

  1.  Why did you choose to work at Max Strength Fitness? I have spent years in the gym working to improve my health and fitness and when I heard about this type of training I instantly wanted to know more. The ability to maximize my results in less time is perfect and allows me to spend more time having fun with my family. Who doesn’t want that??

As a trainer I have seen countless injuries that occur from things like form discrepancies or even simply overtraining and this protocol is the key to preventing them all. I love coming into work every day and being able to help others achieve their health and fitness goals in the safest and most effective way possible. I am honored to be a part of such an amazing team!

2. What is your favorite food? Anything chocolate!

3. What is your favorite channel or show? Scandal

4. What is your favorite movie? Love and Basketball

5. What is your favorite outdoor activity? Paddleboarding

6. What is one thing on your bucket list? Visit Hawaii

 Stephen Zbornik

Discovering strength and conditioning training when I first enter high school it quickly became the focus of all my free time.  After graduating high school I attended community college for a year and a half until realizing I didn’t have a clear direction and was wasting money. Always being a hobby I never really had the confidence to pursue exercise science as career. While working various jobs, I put myself through welding and fabrication school. After graduating I worked for various shops down in Athens, GA. This really helped my realized what I didn’t want to do. The work was extremely punishing and was effecting my health which was the exact opposite direction I wanted to move in. Enough was enough and through my pursuits and desperation I made the decision to do what I love. I came home to Bay Village, got a job at my local YMCA, and decided to take the first step and get my personal training certification. A couple of weeks later I found the opportunity at Max Strength Fitness and the rest is history.

1. Why did you choose to work at MaxStrength Fitness? 

When I first heard about the protocol that Max Strength uses I was skeptical. But after my first couple meetings with Jeff and going through the hiring process it became clear to me that this protocol is the most practical and effective when it comes to working with the general public. I loved how throughout the whole hiring process Max Strength gave me more than enough reading material and information to get me in gear with what we are doing and to keep learning in general. The wealth of knowledge here is unbelievable especially when comparing it to your normal commercial gym. Everyone at Max Strength is more than pleasant to work with. I can not think of a better place to start my career in exercise science or a better place to be a personal trainer.

2. What is your favorite food?

I cant think of anything specific. I love to cook in my free time and anything new that I can learn to cook usually takes that place for a while.

3. What is your favorite TV Show? 

Better call Saul

4. What is your favorite movie?

Eyes Wide Shut

5. What is your favorite outdoor activity?


6. What is one thing on your bucketlist? 

Make millions of dollars.


 Jimmy Kenosh

1.Why did you choose to work at MaxStrength Fitness?

When I came on my interview everyone was very friendly and as soon as you walk in you get a different feel than the typical “gym”. This training is unlike anything I had ever been exposed to before and the way that it all works blew my mind. I knew it would be a challenge but I like challenges. After shadowing clients and trainers and seeing that one on one experience that they give the clients I knew that this was a place that I wanted to be.

2. What is your favorite food?
Anything that has grilled chicken in it

3. What is your favorite channel or tv show?
How I Met Your Mother

4. What is your favorite movie?
Anything Comedy or even Stand up comedy specials

5. What is your favorite outdoor activity?
Pick up game of any kind

6. What is one thing on your bucket list?

Go to a Game 7 event in one of the 3 major sports teams in Cleveland

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