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 comes from the over twenty years of experience she has in the industry. She began her fitness career right out of college at a local fitness facility. She started as a Sales and Marketing Manager, but seeing a need for female trainers, Karen soon earned in Personal Training Certification through AFAA. Her true passion was found. Karen has worked with clients of all ages, enjoying 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 is 5K races, triathlons, and mud/obstacle courses. As a class instructor, Karen gives participants the same attention she give 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 lead 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 transformed 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. Joanna wants her clients to feel powerful and happy about the work they are doing and what they are putting into. 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 having 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 the 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 individual on and off the field became his driving force to become a fitness instructor and he started earning coaching certificates towards that goal. The certificates Carlyle earned allowed him to work with various group; young, elderly, athletes and non-athletes. Today, Carlyle is a certified personal trainer, group and spin instructor, who continues to further his education in the fitness arena. He believes as a fitness instructors you can never stop learning and developing, and is focused on helping individuals maintain a healthier lifestyle. Whether it’s group or individual training, Carlyle has the ability to motivate individuals to perform to their greatest potential and ability. Leaving these individuals with a positive feeling knowing that they have accomplished their fitness goals. Carlyle is driven by his passion to help others no matter what level of fitness they are, whether it is a top athlete or everyday working people. Carlyle’s motto is: through hard work, dedication and time, all goals set can be achieved.

Nikki Auriemma

NPTI Nutrition Consultant
Certified Spin Instructor

During college, Nikki began incorporating weight training into her workout regime. Having previously been a high school athlete, she had always enjoyed working out, but found new passion within challenging her body’s limits in order to grow. She enjoys working with others to discover this same satisfaction through ongoing progress. While training at the National Personal Training Institute, Nikki was able to acquire the skills necessary to share her passion for fitness with others for, through spin, group, and one-on-one instruction.

“Pain is weakness leaving the body.”

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. This class works to create long, lean muscles through Pilates, ballet, cardio and body weight exercises. Each class is a full-body workout and will incorporate a mixture of light weights, Thera-bands, Pilates balls, Barre and floor work.

Andre Myrie

NASM Certified Personal Trainer
AAAI 2 Master Trainer
TRX Certified Trainer

Andre has been into fitness for 8 years. Prior to fitness, he was out of shape. He joined Bally Total Fitness right before his 21st birthday and the rest was history. His expertise range from bodybuilding to athletic training. He is proficient in TRX Suspension Training. Andre believes the mental aspect of fitness is the important key to your goals. Andres’ mission is to educate others the importance of exercise and to carry on your experience within your life journey.

Evette Halligan

With a fitness career spanning 25 years, Evette’s philosophy is to integrate intervals of cardio, strength and flexibility in to every workout. She will motivate you to push for your best during every class with a “make it fun attitude!” Evette joins the Pulse team in January and will be teaching HIIT conditioning and Yoga/Pilates.

Raymond Murphy

Ray has been a certified spin instructor since 2003. An avid road cyclist, Ray’s classes capture the true spirit of real outdoor riding and are designed to improve your physical fitness as well as impart skills to improve any level of rider, whether you ride competitively, socially or just for fun with your kids.

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 various 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, no matter what their fitness level may be.

Saffid Gaynor

Mad Dogg certified, I’ve been an indoor cycling enthusiast for 20 years, but fitness has been a part of my whole life. The playlist is everything to me! While I have definite favorites, you’ll always hear a soundtrack that compliments the specific ride profile. I love instructing new riders, to show them that anyone can excel at this addicting and fun class! My goal is that when you walk into each workout, you know exactly what you are working for; so that all of your effort has a purpose and is driving you to succeed

Carly Goldberg