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Jake Weiner

Founder & Head 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.

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Samantha Gruen

Trainer - ZUMBA/Yoga

Samantha Gruen is a pediatric occupational therapist currently working with children and adolescents with varying neurological, musculoskeletal, and developmental disorders. She thoroughly enjoys teaching movement and helping to bring awareness to one’s body and mind. Samantha has a background in dance and yoga and her dream has always been to teach movement and exercise to people with special abilities.

 

She is grateful to get to live her dream with ZOOZ. She loves working with our athletes and seeing their motivation and determination every week. She is looking forward to seeing you in her next Yoga/Zumba class! 

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Tahlia Silverman

Trainer & Social Media Manager

Tahlia Silverman 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.

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Antonio Johnson

Trainer 

Antonio Johnson is a proud Southern California Native! He has worked 10 + years in education 7 years specifically working in a moderate to severe special education classroom. Antonio is currently working towards my teaching credential in moderate to severe. He graduated from California State University Northridge where he received his double major in Spanish/Chicano studies in 2017.

 

His love for fitness started in Highschool while playing football. He loves training friends and spreading good habits of working out consistently and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He heard about ZOOZ fitness through one of his CSUN professors and had to join the team. He loves working with individuals with disabilities because they are the population with the most need of support and inclusion into society, as well as being the most marginalized and innocent population you can work with. 

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Shahar Weiner

Director of Operations

Shahar was born and raised in Israel and is married to Jake. 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. 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. 

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Jordan Bricker

Lead Trainer

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!

Coach Tyler

Tyler Watts

Trainer

Tyler Watts 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!”  

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Mariana Vasquez

Trainer 

Mariana Vazquez 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. 

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17650 Ventura Blvd. Encino, CA 91316

818.646.6914

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