Welcoming, Jillian DeRisi: Jillian isn’t new to the NAC but she’s your new Group Exercise Director!

Jillian’s most used emoji is “the chicken of course!” .. you’ll learn why below!

Jillian-DeRisi-head-shotI am Jillian DeRisi.  I graduated from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Political Science. Following college I worked in the Advertising industry and then moved into the Public Relations and Marketing field. I married my amazing hunk of husband, Bob, in 2008.  After the birth of our first child, Luca (5) I went back part-time to an emergency service coordinator position.  During that time I started to take an interest in fitness, as the gym became my “sanctuary”. Like many moms I found sweating for an hour without your little one crying is therapeutic.  Before baby #2 Amelia (3) I decided to stay home full time to raise our family.  As my children grew so did my love of fitness and I decided to become certified as a group exercise instructor. As an instructor I still continued to take classes and fell in love with barre and the “barre shakes” (if you’ve never felt them you don’t know what you’re missing!).  I was trained in Barre at Barre Focus Fitness in University City.  Barre enticed me to deepen my knowledge of the “powerhouse” leading me to receive my Pilates mat certification.

I began at the NAC in March of 2013.  I immediately felt a strong sense of community in the group classes here as well as through out the facility.  The NAC has provided me with more educational opportunities such as Kamagon and Schwinn Cycle training. Barre is still by far my favorite thing to teach, you have to try it at least once in your life!

Currently I have been participating in Team Training at the NAC.  I love letting someone else torture me and encourage me to push my limits and our trainers are good at it!

When I’m not at the NAC I’m usually at our Washington Crossing home my husband, Bob, and I built this past year with my family, playing outside working in our garden or taking care of our chickens!  Omlettes anyone?

I feel blessed to have the opportunity to help people lead healthy lives by doing what I love.  “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”- Confucius

We’re excited to have you on board Jillian!