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Meet Our World Class Instructors and Personal Trainers

Karen Arbegast

AFAA Certified Personal Trainer
G.E.A.R. Indoor Cycling
Golden Hearts Senior Fitness
Arthritis Foundation Program Instructor Certificate

Karen’s fitness expertise is from over 20 years of experience in the industry. She started out as a Sales and Marketing Manager before becoming a Personal Trainer through AFAA. Her true passion was found.

Karen has worked with clients of all ages,  creating programs for both the student athlete, and homebound senior alike. In an effort to continually challenge her clients and help them achieve their fitness goals, Karen has joined them in 5K races, triathlons, and mud/obstacle courses. As a class instructor, Karen gives participants the same attention she gives her personal training clients. She is committed to designing classes that are challenging and effective.

Karen is committed to educating herself on all aspects of the fitness industry. This desire has led to her continuing education in TRX suspension training, G.E.A.R indoor cycling, Golden Hearts senior fitness and the Arthritis Foundation program instructor certificate.

“Fitness is not about being better than someone else…it’s about being better than you used to be.”

Joanna Karangis

NASM Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Certified Youth Exercise Specialist
MADD DOGG Spin Instructor
CrossFit Level 1 Cert
Kettlebell Instructor
Boot Camp Instructor
Nutritional Coach
 
 
Joanna grew up playing sports, whether it was basketball or volleyball in Spanish Harlem. She never imagined a career in fitness.
 
After working in the Financial District in NYC, Joanna changed her career from a marathon runner to a Personal Trainer. A mother of three kids and a wife to a chef, Joanna always found clarity and strength in fitness. She aims to make her workouts feel good from the inside-out.
 
When Joanna is not training or instructing a class, she is either competing in CrossFit competitions, spending quality time with her children, adding morning runs with her husband or enjoying long hikes with her dog Hazel.

Carlyle Myrie

Certified Personal Trainer (NCEP)
Certified soccer coach (NSCAA)
Mad Dogg Spin instructor
CPR/AED Certified

Carlyle has always been involved in fitness while growing up. After earning a bachelor’s degree in PHED, Carlyle played professional soccer for a few years before branching off into coaching. Carlyle’s passion to help players on and off the field became his driving force to become a fitness instructor.

The certifications that Carlyle earned allowed him to work with various groups; young, seniors, athletes and non-athletes. Today, Carlyle is a certified personal trainer and group and spin instructor who continues to further his education in the fitness field. He believes as a fitness instructor, you can never stop learning and developing your art as a trainer.

Whether it’s group or individual training, Carlyle has the ability to motivate individuals to perform to their greatest potential and ability. Carlyle’s motto is: through hard work, dedication and time, all goals set can be achieved.

Arianna Cesa

Arianna is certified in Booty Barre Plus and Booty Barre Flex and Flow, as well as Aerial Yoga and Piloxing. She has a background in dance and has been teaching Barre for 3 years. Arianna’s classes are upbeat, challenging and not your typical Barre class. Her class works to create long, lean muscles through Pilates, ballet, cardio and body weight exercises. Each class is a full-body workout and incorporates a mixture of light weights, Thera-bands, Pilates balls, Barre and floor work.

Sharon Souflis

Sharon has been a certified personal trainer since 2008, Mad Dogg Spin instructor since 2012, & TRX certified since 2013. Sharon teaches HIIT, SPIN, and a variety of other classes. Her workouts are a balance of cardio, weight lifting, and body weight exercises. Sharon pushes her clients to work hard & have fun at the same time. She enjoys helping clients reach their fitness goals, regardless of age or fitness abilities.

Saffit Gaynor

AFAA-Certified Personal Trainer

Madd Dogg Spinning Instructor

TRX-Certified Instructor with Functional Training specialization
Kettlebell Training NPTI Instructor
Punk Rope Trainer (jump rope conditioning format)
CPR/AED Certified


A busy mom of 2 boys with a full-time job, Saffit believes in maximizing your gym time with challenging and addicting workouts – get in, DO WORK, get out! Saffit joined the Pulse team in January and brings her fitness passion to Pulse with Spinning, 30/30 Total Body Interval, and TRX Conditioning classes!

Carly Goldberg