Founder & Lead Trainer
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.
Trainer & Social Media Manager
Tahlia is a fitness, dance and yoga instructor. She is trained in classical ballet and has taught dance and yoga classes to a wide variety of ages and abilities over the past 10 years. She volunteered for the Friendship Circle for several years and found a special connection working with individuals of all abilities.
She is excited to combine her love of movement and working with the special needs community alongside the awesome coaches and athletes at ZOOZ Fitness. Tahlia has also taken on the role of our social media manager and loves highlighting ZOOZ athletes and their hard work.
Thomas was born in London, United Kingdom, and has spent most of his life traveling back and forth between Europe and the United States. He found a passion for soccer at an early age, and after playing competitively while living in Germany, he now uses his love and knowledge of the game to help kids develop their talents on the field.
Currently studying at Cerritos College, Thomas is pursuing a degree in Kinesiology with the hopes of working in the field of Physical Therapy to help people regain function after injuries. He is so grateful for the opportunity to get to know and learn from the wonderful athletes at ZOOZ Fitness.
Leilani came to United States when she was 16. She is a California State University Northridge Graduate with her bachelors degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Adapted Physical Education. She has 20 years plus years working with students with disabilities in Education. She is now an Adapted Physical Education teacher servicing several schools in the San Fernando Valley.
Her goal is to create a Fitness/Dance community inclusive of individuals with special needs. She wants to create an inclusive environment for Individuals with special needs that fosters FUN, social inclusion, self-realization and overall well being while achieving their fitness goals.
As a Zumba Instructor, she picks music that ignites the dancer in you and delivers choreography that is fun and easy to follow. She is motivator and a true advocate of the Special Needs community.
Director of Operations
Shahar was born and raised in Israel and is Jakes wife. Shahar served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a singer in the army orchestra.
She has spent the past 10 years working in various companies as a travel consultant, salesperson, program director, and trip organizer. She is a master at logistics and organizing programs and teams.
Shahar is a classically trained Opera singer and has traveled the world singing in over 14 countries. She brings her talents and passion for helping others to ZOOZ Fitness as our Director of Operations. Shahar is a huge asset to the company and continues to ensure that ZOOZ Fitness can continue to help each and every athlete.
Tyler was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. While serving active duty in the United States Marine Corps he discovered the importance of fitness and living a healthy lifestyle which drove him to get certified as a personal trainer. Tyler graduated with honors from California State University Northridge in 2021, obtaining his bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology. With an emphasis in applied fitness, relevant coursework included strength and conditioning, nutrition, and adapted therapeutic exercise at the Brown Center of Achievement. Tyler is currently pursuing his Doctor of Chiropractic at Southern California University of Health Sciences.
Tyler specializes in several modalities including TRX® and corrective exercise. During his career as a personal trainer, he has had the opportunity to work with athletes of all ages including children and seniors with special needs. Tyler believes that everyone can improve themselves physically and gain self confidence leading to a higher quality of life. “The greatest aspect of working at ZOOZ Fitness is the staff and the motivation of our athletes!”
Mariana was born in Mexico City. She studied Nutrition in college but she always wanted to be involved in sports and exercise so she came to the United States to pursue her masters degree in Kinesiology in one the most beautiful schools in California, Cal State University of Long Beach.
Mariana had one year of experience in cardiac rehabilitation hospital as an exercise physiologist and loved to help people to gain back their confidence and cardiovascular health. She is passionate about sports, actually, she rides her road bike a lot and is very proud of climbing Mount Baldy Mountain.
She is excited to work with ZOOZ athletes, also to share her passion about exercise and to help motivate athletes to go the extra mile.