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STUART - Chris Bertorelli has joined the YMCA of the Treasure Coast as the director of wellness at the Richard C. Geisinger Sr. branch in Stuart.
Mr. Bertorelli's responsibilities will include increasing Y membership, improving the quality of fitness training, and introducing new wellness and fitness opportunities to the community.
With an extensive background in fitness training, athletics and leadership, Mr. Bertorelli is a good fit for the Y mission and the Y team.
"Working with the Y is the perfect place for me in my career," said Mr. Bertorelli. "I am so energized by the members and the mission of the Y. The trainers and instructors are some of the best in the area and it is truly my honor to be a part of an organization with such an important mission of service."
Mr. Bertorelli spent most of his academic years competing in wrestling, baseball and rugby. After holding two Florida high school wrestling championships, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he became a team leader with the 2d Recon Battalion.
After his military tour was completed, he picked up his glove to play baseball again. He was soon playing in the Carolina State League for the Florida Marlins AA affiliate team.
Mr. Bertorelli comes to the Y with 20 years of professional fitness experience.
"There are some programs out there trying to do kids' fitness," said Mr. Bertorelli. "However, these recreational programs just don't have the resources needed to make a true impact. That's what drew me to the Y. With the facilities that we have and the amount of kids and families that I am able to impact, I feel that I can make a real difference here."
Mr. Bertorelli currently holds a master personal training certification with the American Sports and Fitness Association.