The Whatcom Family YMCA personal trainers are nationally certified professionals who work to empower their clients. Personal training provides assistance for everything from activities of daily living to becoming fit and active. Whether you are just getting started and need support, diagnosed with a health concern, an athlete, or just looking to make your health a priority, personal training at the Y is for you! One hour sessions can be purchased individually or partner personal training is available. 

LESLEY JONES STEINMETZ - Bellingham YMCA OnlyLesley Jones-Steinmetz

I have trained many clients over the years and helped them achieve their fitness goals whether it is for general fitness, pre/post natal fitness, police/army fitness testing or endurance training for races. Whatever your goal, together with your commitment and my motivation, knowledge and experience we can attain your goals.

Life is busy, balancing a healthy lifestyle, work and family. Making time for fitness and taking care of yourself with good nutrition and fitness is essential for healthy living. There is no greater reward for me than seeing a client or class participant achieve their goal. I am committed to keeping up to date with the latest fitness and nutrition education so that I may pass on new information to clients.

Certified Personal Tainer:  NFPT, BCRPA, CAN FIT PRO, Pre/Post Natal

Group Exercise Instructor:  YMCA BCRPA, CAN FIT PRO, Stott Pilates

CPR & First Aid 

KEVIN KIM - Bellingham YMCA OnlyKevin Kim


I didn’t find my passion for fitness until January 1, 2014. I was that person that would make a New Year’s resolution goal to lose weight. I tried for over 5 years, until I decided that it was time to make that change.


When I started, I became obsessed with fitness. I fell in love with it because I was introduced to different ways to lose weight and become healthier. I have experience with power lifting, body building, CrossFit and Olympic weight lifting. Now that I am nearing 5 years with fitness as a lifestyle, I have lost over 90 pounds and getting stronger daily. 


My goal is to use my scientific background, experience in physical therapy clinics and many different aspects of fitness to make a complete plan to help people lose weight and get strong in a motivating, inspiring and safe manner. I am especially passionate in helping the older population improve strength and flexibility by creating a functional fitness plan.


Bachelor of Science: Kinesiology - Western Washington University

American Council on Exercise (ACE) - Personal Trainer

CPR/AED - American Red Cross

LUT GANIEF - Bellingham, Ferndale or Lynden YMCALut Ganief image

With over a decade in the gym setting, my love for health and fitness began when I was overweight and had low self-confidence. I love to share my knowledge and experience with others while always continuing to learn and stay up to date on current sports medicine research and pain science. 


I am proficient in Strength/Conditioning, Powerlifting, Olympic Weightlifting, Kickboxing, Boxing, and Mixed Martial Arts. With over 70 lb. weight loss, I have competed in multiple bouts in combat sports, and title holder of 2014 INT. CAN-AM  B.C Welterweight Kickboxing Champion. 


I enjoy teaching group self defense classes and training everyone from high level athletes to beginners looking to start their life of fitness as I once did. Taking the approach of the “Barbell Medicine” training principles and applying the Bio/Psycho/Social pain model to help guide training and injury risk management, I look forward to help you get stronger, leaner and healthier. I am grateful to be a part of the Y family and look forward to meeting you!


National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) - Certified Personal Trainer

CPR/AED - St. John’s Ambulance

ICA Combative Arts Purple Belt

KARIN MARTIN - Ferndale or Lynden YMCAKarin Martin

I have been active all of my life. I participated in high school sports and have played softball for over twenty years. I’ve kept active with running, yoga, martial arts, cycling and weight training. 

This brought me to the conclusion that since I’m so passionate about being fit and how much it adds to the quality of my life, maybe I could help others learn what it would mean to their lives. I completed the Ashmead Fitness Trainer Program in Seattle in November 2005 and began my fitness career.

In the gym setting, I have taught indoor cycle, weight training, small group fitness , as well as one-on-one personal training. I also enjoy working with older adults to help maintain or improve their strength and balance to keep them independent. You are never too old to start an exercise program. I’m very thankful for my rewarding career and happy to be working at the Whatcom Family YMCA.

American Council on Exercise (ACE) - Personal Trainer & Senior Fitness Specialty

SilverSneakers Classic, Yoga, Circuit, CardioFit and Stability Instructor


Schwinn Cycle Certified

CPR/AED & First Aid - American Heart Association

JENNIFER WILLNER - Bellingham, Ferndale or Lynden YMCA

Jennifer Willner

I have not had a lifelong love of fitness. Quite the opposite! I never participated in sports as a kid, all I wanted to do was ride my horses. Which was sufficient to stay reasonably healthy when I was young. But as an adult, I’ve struggled with my weight and certainly struggled with the motivation to do something about it.  


In 2017 my world turned upside down: Cancer.  After treatment ended, I could barely do any physical activity and was depressed and exhausted. Then I discovered LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. After my first 12-week session, I felt like a different person, both physically and emotionally. 


I am now in the best shape I have ever been in my entire life. I believe my personal experience puts me in a unique position to help others transform their lives too. I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to be of service to members as a Personal Trainer. You will find me to be a very enthusiastic and motivating fitness partner! 


YMCA Certifications: Group Exercise, Strength & Conditioning and LIVESTRONG Instructor

FiTOUR Primary Indoor Cycling Instructor

YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach

ASHI CPR, AED and Basic First Aid