all of our trainers at the body shop are highly qualified personal trainers. take a moment to get to know some of them.

our trainers

kurtz f. reader

kurtzcertified personal trainer / co-owner
Kurtz has been involved in changing people’s lives through fitness for over 9 years.  His education includes a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology from Shepherd University in West Virginia (where he played college football) and certified with internationally accredited International Sports Science Association (ISSA) as a Personal Trainer.  He is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician and is hoping to attain his Paramedic’s License shortly. Kurtz’s comprehensive knowledge on fitness and ability to work with all types of individuals, from a complete novice to an elite athlete, will help you achieve your personal fitness goals.  Through his hard work, dedication, and motivation, he promises to continue making a difference in people’s lives one client at a time.

monica pirez


luis f. ruiz

luiscertified personal trainer
Luis has been a part of the Body Shop team for more than 2 years and has been involved in fitness for more than 8 years. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Military Sciences with the Venezuelan National Guard and received his Master’s Degree in Geographic Information Systems while with the Venezuelan Armed Forces University. He was also a Spinning Instructor for Mad Dogg Athletics in Caracas, Venezuela; and a Fitness Instructor for Miami-Dade Community College. He is currently certified with International Fitness Association (IFA) as a Certified Aerobics Instructor and Personal Trainer. Luis’ commitment to fitness and strong desire to help other’s achieve their personal goals, has made him a vital part of the Body Shop team.  Together with Luis’ intense, military style training, we are sure your journey with him will be invigorating and rewarding.

alessandra bacic

alessandracertified personal trainer

Alessandra is a certified personal trainer that has been working in South Florida for over 5 years. Her education and passion for fitness started back in Brazil where she completed her college education in Physical Education and her Master’s Degree in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Special Populations – which includes diabetics, overweight individuals, elderly, prenatal woman, individuals with back problems and individuals with hypertension (high blood pressure). Alessandra firmly believes that everyone has a passion, and a goal. Her passion is to help you find yours! Alessandra’s extensive background and absolute enthusiasm for fitness will provide you with the perfect one-on-one approach to help you set goals to make getting "fit" your new passion. Taking this journey with her support will encourage and challenge you to make those positive lifestyle changes.

ivy plata

ivycertified personal trainer
Ivy has been a part of the Body Shop team for about a month and a half and has been involved in fitness for more than 3 years. She has done group training, cross fit, sports specific, boot camp, and partner training. She received a Bachelor’s Degree of Exercise Science from Arizona State University and is also certified from ACE, as well as APE. Ivy was a Personal Trainer for 24 Hr Fitness, as well as a Cross Training Coach at Ultimate Fitness and Rehabilitation in Arizona. She is committed to fitness and her own personal goal is to help other’s achieve healthier lifestyles as well improve their fitness levels. Ivy is excited to be part of the Body Shop Team and looking forward to further her career and experience, while providing Fitness Education. With her experience and personal drive for fitness, we believe Ivy will be a vital part of the Body Shop Team.