Statesville Family YMCA Personal Trainers

Statesville Personal Trainers


Tara Boyd

Tara started her health & wellness career in 2008 as a Group Fitness Instructor at the Statesville Family YMCA. Tara has been involved with many programs including Homeschool PE and the LIVESTRONG®  at the YMCA. To stay in shape, Tara uses a variety of exercise techniques like interval cardio, group exercise classes and weight training. Her primary wellness philosophy is that all people, regardless of age and ability, should have access to programs which strengthen spirit, mind and body. She says that “the best part about my job is that I have the opportunity to make a difference in peoples’ lives every day”. Tara currently teaches a multitude of group fitness classes and is instrumental in the launching of Les Mills BODYPUMP™ classes in early 2013.

Motto: “Just keep moving!”

Tori Cearlock

I am a wife and mother of two wonderful children. My goal is to not only help people reach their fitness goals, but to include overall health. I am an encourager by nature so that gives me the tools to get people moving and to keep them there. We should all strive to take the best care of our bodies, they are the temple in which God dwells.

Motto: 1 Corinthians 3:16. Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?


Crisi Cooney

Crisi started her health and wellness career in 1989 as a personal trainer in the Chapel Hill area. She assisted with university research projects while at Chapel Hill, one of which set new standards for pregnancy & exercise. She also coached summer league swim teams. After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi, Crisi returned to NC with a career in the fitness industry and eventually to Hickory where her experiences included Cardiac Rehab, Diabetes education, Work Hardening & a job as a Fitness Director. Among her many opportunities to work with athletes, Crisi wrote a chapter for the 1994 Auburn University Football Training Manual. Many of these same roles were resumed after moving to Statesville in 1995. Since joining the YMCA team in 1996, Crisi has worked as a fitness trainer, personal trainer, children’s group fitness instructor and most recently, as a Livestrong at the YMCA instructor. To stay in shape, Crisi enjoys running, cycling vacations, and resistance training.

Motto: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Kasey Kerley

Kasey has always been active and loves the outdoors. She loves running, hiking, wakeboarding and lifting weights. She regularly competes in area running events and is currently training to run a half-marathon. She works in out-patient physical therapy and has done so since 2004. She loves spending time with her two dogs, whom she refers to as her “4-legged children”. Kasey’s knowledge with rehab is a huge plus for those trying to overcome an injury or recover from surgery.

Motto: “Sweat is fat crying”


Mandy Shelton

I have always enjoyed being active and love spending time outdoors.  Over the last several years I have really become very fitness oriented. I have completed many fitness programs such as P90X, Insanity, T25, Les Mills Combat, and a few others. I started running in 2011 and have completed several half marathons and many 10Ks and 5Ks. I am the VP of a non-profit organization called Faithful Steps, in which we work to strengthen the community through faith and fitness. I have been married for 5 wonderful years to dairy farmer Paul Shelton and we are proud new parents to our 4 month old daughter, Savannah. I decided to get my personal trainers certification to further my own knowledge, share my passion of fitness and help others live a long and healthy life.

Motto: “Work hard…play hard! & Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”

Amanda Troutman

Amanda has always had a love for fitness from being an athlete her whole life. Avid volleyball and basketball player, she also received a softball scholarship to play Division II softball for Lenoir-Rhyne College. Amanda has always had a passion for teaching others and taught and owned her own dance studio. In 2011, she received her certification for Personal Training and since has touched many lives physically and spiritually. She also has been a mentor for many years in helping disabled/mentally challenged kids/young adults achieve personal goals and just being a friend. Her brother is among this group and she is very passionate for this. She joined the Statesville YMCA staff in 2009 as a Zumba Instructor and brought the electric energy to the group fitness schedule. To stay in shape, Amanda uses a variety of exercise techniques like interval cardio, group exercise classes and weight training. Her primary wellness philosophy is there is always a way to do an exercise including modifications and if your body feels good, then your spirit and mind will feel good as well!

Motto: “You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” Babe Ruth

Gina Williams

Originally from Pennsylvania & has a BS degree in Dental Hygiene; Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness & Cycle Instructor, also certified in Les Mills® RPM/Body Pump. Loves all types of classes, is a wife and mother.

Motto: “Being fit is one of the greatest investments in yourself.”