Meet the Team

Meet The Team

Huntington Harbour Athletic Club is proud to include these talented instuctors as a part of the team. Please visit Our Classes for a complete list of class times for the month.

Owner / Personal Trainer / Power Sculpt

“What is your health worth?” Pamela Ray, a true warrior for fitness, gets right to the point.

“What is your health worth, and what are you willing to do to be healthy?” She asks. “Getting healthy and staying fit isn’t easy, but when you invest in yourself that’s when you get the greatest return.”…

GROUP CLASSES

Hatha Yoga

Sacha de Nijs is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor that has been dedicated…

Dance Fitness/Spin

Since 1985, Linda has had the pleasure of helping others achieve their goals in fitness.  As a …

Spin

“Being born and raised in south Texas, I have always loved the outdoors and exercising.  Being…

HIIT/Barre-less Barre

I love fitness, being fit, helping others get fit! I believe that regular exercise and good nutrition is as good …

Senior Aerobics

“I love helping people get healthy, strong, and fit. I do that by teaching women and men how to safely…

Stretch and Balance

Steve Reece holds a prestigious degree in exercise physiology and specializes in “Mature Muscle”…

Spin

“Being born and raised in south Texas, I have always loved the outdoors and exercising.  Being…

PERSONAL TRAINERS

Personal Trainer

Steve Reece holds a prestigious degree in exercise physiology and specializes in “Mature Muscle”…

Personal Trainer

“I love helping people get healthy, strong, and fit. I do that by teaching women and men how to safely…

Personal Trainer

Joe Marino is a Huntington Beach based Personal Trainer, High School Strength and Conditioning Coach…

Yoga Personal Trainer

Sacha de Nijs is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor that has been dedicated…

Personal Trainer

I love fitness, being fit, helping others get fit! I believe that regular exercise and good nutrition is as good …

SPA SERVICES

We now offer on-site specialty spa services. To make an appointment contact and leave a message for Pam at 714-624-8945.

Massage Therapist

Massage Therapist

Licensed Esthetician

Licensed Esthetician

Licensed Esthetician

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Pamela Ray

“What is your health worth?” Pamela Ray, a true warrior for fitness, gets right to the point.

“What is your health worth, and what are you willing to do to be healthy?” She asks. “Getting healthy and staying fit isn’t easy, but when you invest in yourself that’s when you get the greatest return.” Pamela’s goal is to provide an environment that encourages people to do just that–get fit and healthy and stay that way. And it’s clear she leads by example.

Built like a super hero, this blue-eyed blond is confident that she can change your life. “That’s my superpower,” she says with a smile.

Health and wellness has been a mainstay of Pam’s life. She has been a competitive gymnast, professional cheerleader, and was selected as a finalist for the Miss Galaxy fitness competition but her love of fitness began at a young age when at 14 she tagged along with her dad to an aerobics class. “It was like a scene right out of a movie,” she says. “Sparks flew and an overwhelming sense of euphoria came over me. It was the most poignant moment of my life. I knew I wanted to audition to teach.” Within a week she was on the schedule, teaching aerobics.

While other girls were doodling the names of boyfriends in their notebooks, Pam was writing down ideas for the name of the gym she would own someday. Fast forward 34 years and on April 1, 2018 that dream came true. Warrior 4 Fitness was finally a reality.

She has been a part of the Huntington Harbor community for 24 of her 34 years in the fitness industry, moving here from Newburgh, Indiana in 1994. She began working at the Huntington Harbour Athletic Club as a Personal Trainer and Aerobics instructor and maintained that position under all three prior owners. Having taken the reins as proud owner she has completely remodeled the gym from top to bottom, upgrading and refurbishing the Body Master and Kaiser equipment and free weight arena, and using state of the art flooring throughout the gym.

Inclusivity is paramount for Pam, not only does she train athletes and Hollywood stuntmen she loves working with those who need her help the most: the injured. “I’ve given people who have no hope their life back,” she says with passion. “I had a client who came to me in a wheelchair whose doctors said he’d never walk again,” she pauses, “He danced at his 50th wedding anniversary.” And with her gym she strives to provide the same universality as with her personal training. She has created a place for all ages and fitness levels to enjoy and feel comfortable.

From a free weights room ready for Arnold, were he to make an appearance, to machines that rehab any joint replacement, the gym is fully equipped to meet anyone’s needs.

The class selection is diverse as well. “We have a great selection of senior classes, all levels of Yoga, Kick Boxing/Self Defense, Power Sculpt, Zumba and a fabulous Spin program.” She says proudly.

The atmosphere at the gym is wonderfully inviting. You are greeted immediately with a smile and by name when entering, and like a community within a community members are always looking out for each other. The instructors, all hand-picked by Pamela, are highly experienced and certified in their practice as well as in CPR, First Aid, and Defibrillator. “Only the best for my members!” she says beaming. “I want people to look forward to working out and I want to provide them the best atmosphere to get the highest quality, safest and most enjoyable experience.”

The remodel is complete and Pamela’s excitement to get new members in and welcome them to her Gym family is endearing and motivating. There are many options for gyms in the area, but, I have found my home here with Pamela and I know that she will always be here using her warrior for fitness superpower to motivate me on my journey to get fit and healthy and stay that way.

So ask yourself: What is your health worth? With Pam, it’s everything.

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Sacha de Nijs

Sacha de Nijs is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor that has been dedicated to practicing yoga diligently for the past 12 years and has been teaching for the last 7 years.

Through the practice of Hatha Yoga, her goal is to help facilitate practitioners to begin to create a relationship and understanding of themselves. She feels that is important to build physical strength, and flexibility as well as an open heart, mind and spirit. The hope is that students will be able to connect in this way to create a more intimate body awareness and consciousness to their immediate and greater surroundings so they will be able find balance in their lives from all the distractions and stress that they may experience. Although Sacha is serious about the practice of yoga she also likes to have fun and will often takes a light hearted approach to practicing and teaching.

Sacha has completed her 200 hr. certificate in Hatha Yoga in 2011 through an independent ERYT trainer and in 2013 she completed her 500 hr. advanced certificate also in Hatha Yoga through Anahata Yoga School. She has taken additional workshops to continue her education with yoga teacher trainer Erich Schiffman at Exhale studio in Venice CA in 2011 author of the book, Moving Into Stillness. She has also studied with Bryan Legere at Ventura Yoga Studio in 2009 on BKS Iyengar Great Yoga Wall level one workshop in 2009 and has her level one certificate in Reiki Share (energy healing). She teaches beginners and teaches in all levels classes (mixed group). She has experience teaching modified chair yoga and chair yoga.

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Linda Williams

Linda Williams

Since 1985, Linda has had the pleasure of helping others achieve their goals in fitness.  As a Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Trainer for over 33 years, she has enjoyed working with clients to achieve an active, healthy lifestyle. She is a past Sports Aerobics Champion, and was awarded Ms. Fitness Hollywood and Ms Fitness LA. in the 90’s.

In addition, she created taught, and perfected the winning dance routine for the 2nd place National Dance Champion at Stars National Dance competition in 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Today she uses her talents to develop amazing Hip Hop/Salsa style Dance Fitness classes that are easy to follow and torch calories!! You will have so much fun you won’t realize how hard you worked or where the time went! It’s time to WERK IT!!

CERTIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION

BS Cal State Fullerton, Physical Education (emphasis in Exercise Physiology)

NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer

NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Corrective Exercise Specialist http://www.nasm.org/

ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Personal Trainer

ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Group Exercise Instructor http://www.acefitness.org/

Madd Dog Athletics, Body Bike, and Precision Cycling Certified Cycling Instructor

“Dance With Me” Certified

AYSO U/12 Soccer Coach

 

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Susan Hogan

“Being born and raised in south Texas, I have always loved the outdoors and exercising.  Being an avid runner and competitive racquetball player as well as lots of other sports, spinning fit right in.  In 2006 I started my own salsa company and now have a presence in 3 large box stores in southern California as well as numerous independent stores.  On a day off from making salsa,  I took a spin class about 6 years ago and became instantly hooked, spinning 4 to 5 times a week  with barre classes in between.  I love music and dancing so incorporating that with exercise was a no brainer for me.  Teaching a fun spin class with great music that reaches all levels of ability is such a joy for me and the people that join me for that hour of fun make it even better.”

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Steve Reece

Steve Reece holds a prestigious degree in exercise physiology and specializes in “Mature Muscle”. Steve teaches weight lifting and exercises with a goal of strength retention and improvement. He believes in providing exercises to improve balance, posture, and deep breathing to his clients.

Steve specializes in working with individuals who are recovering from knee, hip or shoulder replacements. He also works with clients living with neural disorders and memory impairment. 

Steve teaches a Balance and Posture class every Wednesday 8:30am-9:30am, as well as a group circuit training for joint improvement Monday, Wednesday and Friday 12-1:00. This class is at an additional cost. Steve had 31 years of experience in working with individuals and groups. Steve graduated from Long Beach State University. Steve is a member of the Masons and Scottish Rite and is a proud grandpa.

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Lori Marino

“I love helping people get healthy, strong, and fit. I do that by teaching women and men how to safely and effectively lift weights to build a strong and fit body. I make fitness and nutrition PERSONAL for you.

I was born and raised on the beautiful island of Guam and then left for school where I obtained my BS degree in Biology from the University of Kentucky. I have been involved in sports and fitness all my life playing tennis, softball, swimming and bodybuilding. I had been a competitive bodybuilder for over 10 years and was a champion bodybuilder. My championship career includes the 2001 South Pacific Women’s Bodybuilding Champion, 2003 South Pacific Games Women’s Bodybuilding Champion and 2003 IFBB Women’s World Amateur Lightweight Champion. I have been a personal trainer since 2005. I am also a Precision Nutrition (PN1) certified nutrition coach.

I understand how challenging losing weight can be and how the rigors of dieting can play havoc on your mind and body. I also know that fast and extreme diets are not sustainable in the long run. I wanted to find a better way to help people lose weight and keep it in check, and at the same time, enjoy life with my family and friends. I think I have a great system to share and teach you.”

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Joe Marino

Joe Marino is a Huntington Beach based Personal Trainer, High School Strength and Conditioning Coach whose clients include competing bodybuilders, NFL and Elite Athletes, as well as the general population. Joe works with clients both on an individual basis and by groups using strength and conditioning training as well as functional training methods to reach his client’s long-term Strength and Performance goals. Joe is constantly striving to use innovative training techniques to constantly challenge his clients for continuous improvement in their sport or health needs. With over 35 years of experience in the fitness industry, Joe brings knowledge and excitement to every training session. Whether your goals are sport-specific, bodybuilding or just to get in shape, Joe’s commitment to your sports or fitness goals will help you achieve what you desire

Joe’s certifications and accolades:

• Studied at Cal Poly Pomona

• Member of National Strength and Conditioning Assn (NSCA Certified)

• Member of United States Weightlifting (USAW) Sports Performance Coach

• Head Strength and Conditioning at Marina High School Football – Huntington Beach

    ** 2019 NPC Masters California     State Bodybuilding Champion

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Sherri Bottano

“I love fitness, being fit, helping others get fit! I believe that regular exercise and good nutrition is as good for the mind as it is for the body.  I am not only a Certified Personal and Group Trainer, I also hold certifications in Nutrition, Spin, Barre, and Advance Kettlebell. My favorite formats to teach are strength based, HIIT, Circut training, Barre and Spin. In my spare time I like to lift and practice Muay Thai. I also enjoy the great outdoors.

Being in nature provides me with mental clarity. I appreciate the beauty and challenges she brings, showing we what my body is capable of. I get satisfaction pushing my body to the limit. I like to hike, climb, rappel, kayak, body boarding, cross country skiing and mountain biking, just to name a few. I also value my family time. Nothing beats sharing what you love with those you love, including my pups.

I am a married mother of 2 adult children. My Son is a Navy Veteran finding his way and my daughter is a college graduate and former NCAA Gymnast who lives in Sacramento. In addition to her 9-5 job, she teaches at a climb and spin studio. You’ll often hear me say, your body is like a vessel. If you don’t like the shape of it, change what you put in it.”

Either in a class setting or one on one incorporating a personalized plan with attainable goals, to show both physical and emotional growth, she would love to help you become your best self and is excited to be a part of the family at HHAC.

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Zach Panhorst

Zach Panhorst is a health and fitness professional with 15 years of experience. As an athlete growing up in Utah, and moving to Orange County in 2002, Zach appreciates the benefits of health, wellness and the outdoors. Zach started his business, One Tribe Fitness, 13 years ago in order to bring people together through health and fitness. He has worked as an in-home personal trainer and group fitness instructor for many years, helping his clients to become the strongest and healthiest versions of themselves. Most recently, Zach joined POWER Fitness, a private training facility in Newport Beach where he focuses on healing the body through corrective exercises and soft tissue manipulation, building a solid foundation in which to build mobility, strength and a healthy lifestyle. 

Education/Certifications: 

– Certified Massage Therapist

– Full Body Active Release Technique Provider (ART)

– Ortho-Kinetics 

– National Personal Training Institute (2003)

Focus:

Soft Tissue Treatment, Corrective Body Movement, Weight loss, Strength Training, Corrective Exercises  

Hours available:

Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 2pm

Fridays: 3pm – 7pm

Saturday: 9am – 4pm

Pricing:

60 mins: $120

90 mins: $150

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Ivan Alencastro

My name is Ivancy Alencastro and I have been a Massage Therapist for over twelve years! I provide a professional, clean, and unique massage environment, curated through years of experience, that brings relief to tense muscles, sore joints, stressed emotions and weary spirits.

I specialize in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Sport Massage, Reflexology, Chair Massage, Cupping Therapy, neck and shoulder pain relief, upper and lower back massage, and pre-natal massage.

I have a talent for soothing tension from the body with a massage tailored to your needs that will relax your mind and ease your muscles.

Education/Certifications-

Certified Licensed Massage Therapist

Physical Education -University of Fortaleza, Brazil

Massage Practitioner – California College of Physical Arts

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Crystal Salz

Healthy skin is always in, and I am excited to be your skin therapy trainer!
I was born and raised here in beautiful Southern California, and being fit has always been part of my life. With such great weather and sunshine all year long, taking care of our skin is just as important as taking care of our bodies.
My treatments are customized to individual skin types and needs using high-grade, professional products. By using the right topical ingredients and getting regular facials, I can help you achieve and maintain well-conditioned, fit skin.

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Karla Carbajal

I’ve been a licensed esthetician and certified lash artist since 2015.  I’m the owner and operator of The Mermaid Lash Lounge, established in 2017.
Services offered are customized Lash extension artistry, and airbrush spray tanning with contour. 
My life and business motto:
“Strive not to be a success but rather to be of value” – Albert Einstein 
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Chastity Nieto

Full Body Sugaring for Men and Women

Chasity Nieto is top in her field as a Medical Aesthetician and expert in the art of body sugaring for over 14 years. The ancient Egyptians gave us the safest and most lavish way to remove hair and lessen regrowth with minimal to no irritation. Safe for sensitive skin. All natural ingredients. Treatments available for men and women.