Fitness Manager/Master Trainer/Nutritional & Wellness Consultant
A Master Trainer and Wellness Nutrition Consultant with more than 15 years of professional experience, Joe Depena is the Fitness Manager at VP Fitness. He obtained an Associates Degree from CCRI in “Liberal Arts & Sciences” and also attended Scranton University with a focus on Business Administration. His extensive background in diverse training areas, include functional, strength, sport-specific, military, and special population training. Joe has received national recognition from Town Sports International for excellence as a personal trainer and fitness professionals such as:
- #1 Master Trainer at Town Sports International 2009-2011;
- Top Regional Performer – Town Sports International 2009
- Business Driver of the Year – Town Sports International 2009
Joe is a firm believer that, with the right attitude and the right motivation, anyone can lead a healthier lifestyle and accomplish even more than they thought possible.
Joe is certified by the National Federation of Personal Trainers and by American Fitness Professionals and Associates. In addition to providing personal training services for VP Fitness members, Joe is certified in TRX Suspension Training®, TRX Ripcord Training®, and ViPR Training®. In addition, Joe is a NASM corrective exercise specialist, and certified to work with seniors, youth, pre/post natal clients. He instructs group classes such as boot camp and boxing fundamentals as well as serves as a life coach and exercise program design specialist. He is also a Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC).
Operations Manager/Master Trainer
As Operations Manager and Master Trainer for VP Fitness, Stephanie Peltier ensures that VP Fitness members receive the exceptional service they deserve. She is a graduate of Woodbury College of Montpelier, Vermont. She oversees the team of trainers and works closely with clients to answer questions about membership benefits and resolve any membership issues that may arise. Stephanie is TRX and ViPR certified as well as a Schwinn Certified Spinning Instructor. She is also a Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC).
Stephanie joined the VP Fitness team after experiencing firsthand the effectiveness of Joe Depena’s approach to health and fitness. While always an active person, she struggled to geback in shape after the birth of her daughter until she began training with Joe. He helped her create a healthier lifestyle and, as a result, today she is more active, has more energy, and is in the best shape of her life. Most importantly, she feels better about herself.
Jervis is a Pro-Trainer from the University of Rhode Island. He has a Bachelors degree in kinesiology/exercise science. He has been certified through AFFA. Jervis believes everyone can achieve their goals they just have to want it more than they need it. Jervis has experience with working with D1 athletes to working with the elderly and individuals with developmental disabilities.
Group Class Instructor
Amy has been a certified Pilates, Spinning, Core, and Kick Boxing instructor for over twenty years. She has a Master’s Degree from Providence College and has made motivation and goal setting a focus of her career both in and out the gym. Her belief is that you can show people that working out can be challenging, but also fun. Her classes have always had a strong following because each one seems unique and dynamic!
Group Class Instructor
Kevin helps clients set goals and push their limits both mentally and physically to reach them. Kevin’s training styles vary from Military Style Bootcamp, Functional Training, Adventure Race Training, Obstacle Race Fitness, and Triathlon Training. Kevin is unique because he trains 24/7. He has been training for 20 years. Kevin is an instructor in CPR, AED, Oxygen Administration, & Lifeguard. He is certified through ACE (American Counsel on Exercise) & Spartan Group X.
Tabatha developed and established the exercise and nutrition program for Teen Challenge, where she facilitated crisis intervention for families and women with life controlling addictions. She is a leader at heart and has the opportunity to help countless women transform their lives. Tabatha obtained her personal training certification with AFFA, and began training. She has been practicing Yoga for 5 years and took her 200 hour training with Yoga Alliance in 2014. She successfully completed training and has been teaching Yoga for 2 years. When she left Teen Challenge, she managed Raffa Yoga and Urban Sweat in Cranston, RI. Currently, Tabatha Teaches Yoga at VP Fitness and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island. She loves to help people pursue health and wholeness by teaching people to create a balance in their lifestyle, mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Tabatha feels very blessed and grateful to live out the dreams in her heart.
Daniella is a certified Mad Dog Athletics Spinning instructor here at VP Fitness. 10 years ago, Daniella nervously walked into her first spin class and hasn’t looked back since. She fell in love with the energy, the sweat of the ride, the community, and the endorphin high she left every class with. As a professional horseback riding coach it was only natural for her to become a certified spin instructor which allows her to spread her love of the ride with others. She is a strong believer in the body, mind, soul connection and believes that fitness can bring so much more into one’s life than just physical health. She focuses her classes on connecting the mind and body in order to get the most out of each ride on a physical and mental level. Her mission is to spread kindness and compassion through fitness and hopes that everyone one of her class participants leaves each class feeling challenged, motived to continue to improve, and with a sweaty smile!
Romey is a dedicated boxing class instructor here at VP Fitness. He teaches cardio boxing, kickboxing and defensive boxing. Romey has been a passionate boxer since the age of 7 and spends his free time training young boxers. Romey enjoys helping others improve in all areas of their lives and keeping people looking and feeling great. He firmly believes that there’s always room for improvement and it’s only the first steps that are hard.