Steve Zarriello B.S., CSCS, TPI Certified
Steve Zarriello has been coaching in the Strength and Conditioning industry for almost 10 years. He began his career in the Strength and Conditioning field while still attending college at the University of Rhode Island. His interest in the field began as a hobby in high school, which eventually led to the pursuit of a formal education in Kinesiology. As a junior enrolled in URI’s Kinesiology program, he began an internship at Northeast Sports Training that he continued through graduation. Upon graduation Steve continued to coach at NEST while also working as an assistant Strength Coach at Brown University. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, as well as a Titleist Performance Institute certified coach. While Steve has worked with athletes and exercise enthusiasts of all ages and ability levels, his concentration is on working with golfers to improve their ability to play the game and to keep them pain free.
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Mike Lefebvre B.S., CSCS
Born in Warwick, RI and now living in Cranston RI, Mike graduated from Pilgrim high school in Warwick. He went on to graduate from Rhode Island college with a B.S in community health & wellness with a concentration in wellness & movement studies. When he was a kid Mike was always involved with sports, mainly football, basketball and baseball. He was always passionate about exercise and always knew that he wanted to help people in some way. While pursuing his degree in college he grew a strong interest for human sciences (anatomy, physiology, kinesiology) & biomechanics. He realized that a career that encompasses both exercise and human sciences would be a perfect fit for himself. He completed his internship here at Olympia Fitness where he received great hands-on experience in the field of strength & conditioning. After his internship he came on board to our team and has quickly learned how much of a difference he can make in his client’s lives. He’s very passionate about helping others reach their health goals as well as bettering himself each day. To Mike, there’s no better feeling than seeing somebody happy with their progress, because it’s an opportunity for that person to realize they CAN reach any goal they set out for themselves. Mike wants his clients to not only enhance their overall physical health status, but to also feel better mentally, socially, intellectually and emotionally. If he were to give someone one piece of advice it would be “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”
Maura Zimmer B.A., NSCA-CPT
Maura is a resident of Warwick, RI and a graduate of Brown University. She signed up to work with a functional training coach eight years ago, “just for the summer,” and hasn’t stopped since. Along the way she lost the nagging aches and pains, became a stronger person inside and out, and won two national championships in masters short track speedskating.
In 2016 she earned her personal training certification through the NSCA, motivated by the desire to be in a profession that fosters community and directly, positively influences a person’s life. She has a particular interest in assisting clients to become more mobile and develop core stability, in order to help people gain the physical, mental and emotional benefits of moving well, doing more, and reaching their fitness goals.
Brandon was raised in Providence, Rhode Island where he attended Classical High School. From there he went on to graduate Rhode Island College with a B.S. in Community Health and Wellness with a concentration in Wellness and Movement Studies. While at RIC, Brandon earned a minor in coaching and played for the school’s men’s soccer team in his final year.
During his final year at RIC, Brandon spent his internship at Olympia Fitness and Performance. He gained valuable experience and after graduation he joined Olympia Fitness and Performance’s staff as a trainer. After graduation he also earned his CSCS from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Along with training at Olympia, Brandon has experience in a variety of settings which include corporate fitness and a community setting while training at Brown University. Wherever the training is, Brandon enjoys working with a diverse range of people.
Whether they’re athletes or people who have never trained before, Brandon believes everything comes down to small consistent steps while trusting and trying to enjoy the process
Amanda Zarriello, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Amanda graduated from Sacred Heart University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and received her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Rhode Island. Besides her academic career, she participated in varsity sports in high school and went on to pursue track and field at the University of Rhode Island. Both her participation in athletics and her passion to help others have steered her to the field of physical therapy.
Amanda believes that skilled manual therapy can make an immediate improvement in someone’s pain and mobility. So over the past 6 years Amanda has dedicated her post-graduate studies learning the most advanced and evidence-based practice techniques, including trigger-point dry needling and spinal manipulation. She has worked primarily in the the outpatient orthopedic setting treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and sports related injuries. Her practice methods and values are rooted in collaborating with her patients, utilizing one-on-one hands on care, and treating the entire person.
In 2018 Amanda opened up her own practice in her hometown, Cranston, RI. Her goals are to continue to grow as a physical therapist, give back to the community she grew up in, and to provide the most innovative and comprehensive treatment plans to get her patients back to the active life they want to live.
Michelle Gauvin B.A., M.A., LMT
Having been interested in massage therapy for many years, Michelle realized her goal of becoming a certified and licensed therapist in 2008. Being an athlete (volleyball, snowboarder and paddleboarder) and gym-rat herself, she has a particular interest in treating the athletic community.
For Michelle, massage therapy is instrumental in dealing with the aches, pain, tightness, and soreness that are the consequences of playing hard and pushing our bodies. Receiving massage regularly will reduce the chronic pain of repetitive use injuries, increase your range of motion, free up constricted soft tissues, and reduce likelihood of injury. She understands her clients passion to keep going and wants to help them stay on their feet. Massage therapy is an important component of recovery in keeping the body healthy!
As of spring 2014, Michelle became certified in prenatal massage. When clients get pregnant they want to still be able to see their regular therapist and Michelle can make that happen 🙂