Yakira Apfel, CFSC, is an ACE Behavior Change Specialist, Pronatal Pre/Postnatal Specialist, KBCU Level 1 Kettlebell Pro, CFSC Coach and FIT’s founder. She loves music, laughing and creating a space for women to find ownership and strength. Likes to say things such as, “HEELLL YEAHHH” and “LET’S GOOO.” She lives on Long Island with her husband, kids, a dog and many Amazon boxes.
Shiffy’s love for fitness started at a young age. Growing up with a physically disabled mother, Shiffy’s mom wanted her kids to do the things she couldn’t do. Shiffy swam, danced, did gymnastics – she moved, and fell in love with movement. As her mother said – if she couldn’t do it, she wanted to at least be able to watch. Shiffy started working out more intensely at 17, and began teaching fitness at age 20. Shiffy got her Zumba certification in 2010 and Personal Training certification through W.I.T.S (World Instructors Training School, Oakton college) in 2011. From 2010-2019, Shiffy went from working the front desk at a local studio in Chicago, to teaching 100+ women how to squat, to training new instructors how to teach safe, effective and fun classes. A year and half ago, Shiffy moved to New York and has built an extensive roster of private training clients. She’s excited to bring her love of movement and passion for pushing limits to the women at FIT.
Rachel is an ACE-certified GFI who began her fitness journey decades ago, but only learned to love it five short years ago (…at FIT). In the last 6 months, Rachel’s turned her love for push ups, STRENGTH FLOW, and that post-workout high into a profession, where she can now pay that feeling forward to others. She has dreams of vacationing in Hawaii, Thailand and Japan and nightmares of working out in bright light. Her fitness goals include becoming a better surfer and to never run a marathon. She brings her sunny attitude, sense of humor, and positive energy everywhere she goes, and she can’t wait to inspire you to do your best to some funk rock and witty jokes. Let’s go!
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