Founder & Owner
Jake Weiner has been working with the special needs community for many years. He has worked with young adults with learning, emotional, developmental disabilities and other special needs in various settings such as adult vocational day programs, religious schools, 1:1 respite, non-profits, and summer camps.
Jake started ZOOZ Fitness out of a need to create exercise opportunities for those individuals needing that extra push or support. In all of his years of teaching, mentoring, and working with individuals with special needs, he realized that fitness programs and gyms were not set up to accommodate people of all abilities. Many individuals with special needs were living very sedentary lives, gaining weight, and not participating in any movement-related activities. ZOOZ Fitness was created to provide those adaptive, inclusive, and active programs for everyone regardless of skill or ability level.
Jake graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in marketing. Jake is a certified personal trainer and certified inclusive fitness trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD). Jake is CPR/AED certified and is a Certified Black Belt Instructor in the martial art of Judo.
Born and raised in Camarillo, CA, Jordan Bricker is a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor with a passion for changing lives with his knowledge of Exercise Science.
Jordan graduated from California State University, Northridge in May 2018 with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology. With an emphasis on Exercise Science and many courses involving Adapted Therapeutic Exercise, he is striving to become a Physical Therapist in the future.
Jordan has been working with College Students with ASDs, children and adults with disabilities and children with learning disabilities at the Brown Center of Achievement for the past two years. His experience in the field and love for the job makes him an outstanding addition to the team. Call us today to train with Jordan!
Hello, my name is Lincoln Tracey! I have 5 years formal training as a Licensed Vocational Nurse with an ABA certificate. I began my fitness journey 5 years ago while working for a teenager attending a summer camp called Camp Ramah. It was during this time that I learned all about ZOOZ and Jake's mission. I have been working with ZOOZ Fitness for almost 3 years now. The passion all the trainers give is evident in the smiles and joy our athletes display. One of the greatest things about ZOOZ Fitness is the connections our athletes make with each other as they encourage one another. My approach is to bring a challenging program to our athletes every Sunday and to help them feel more confident and more capable to tackle their week!
Hannah Lawnik is a triathlete, fitness & yoga instructor, and international adventure guide. She found her calling for Adaptive Sport & Fitness in 2012, while getting her degree in Kinesiology at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she started riding tandem bikes with cyclists who are blind & visually impaired. She carried that momentum with her to Camp Ramah, where she led running and movement 'boot camps' for the special needs campers & staff. Through these experiences, Hannah very quickly learned about the power of adaptive movement for the special needs community.
Now, Hannah works with athletes of all abilities in yoga, strength training, high-intensity interval training, hiking, and cycling. Her philosophy is "any movement is good movement," and she will make sure our athletes bring their best each and every day!
Hello, my name is Samantha Gruen and I am a pediatric occupational therapist currently working with children and adolescents with varying neurological, musculoskeletal, and developmental disorders. I thoroughly enjoy teaching movement and helping to bring awareness to one’s body and mind. I have a background in dance and yoga and my dream has always been to teach movement and exercise to people with special abilities. I am grateful I get to live my dream. I love working with our athletes and seeing their motivation and determination every week. It is truly my utmost pleasure working with Jake and the athletes of ZOOZ Fitness. With love and gratitude!