July 1, 2016

Meet Our Team

Ed Courchesne, General Manager, Wethersfield

Ed started his personal fitness journey as a Cardio Express member about ten years ago. With the help of the staff and community of members at Cardio Express, he lost over 50 pounds and was hooked. After spending almost ten years in the retail management world, Ed was inspired by his own fitness success and by the environment that Cardio Express provided. He became a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and began working as an Assistant Manager with Cardio Express in 2015, ultimately advancing his career into a General Manager of our Wethersfield location. For Ed, there is no better feeling than accomplishing something you once thought was impossible of achieving. Whether it is reaching a new fastest time in a road race, hitting a new personal best for weight lifting, or conquering obstacles in an adventure race, he is always striving to take his performance to the next level. In addition to his focus on personal fitness goals, Ed loves the smiles on his members' faces when they realize the improvements with their health, happiness, and confidence as a result of a regular fitness routine. Ed lives by his favorite fitness quote..."The only bad workout is the one you didn't do!".

Katelyn Hettrick, General Manager, Southington

Katelyn joined the Cardio Express team as a General Manager in  2016 after being in the fitness field for more than seven years. Her fitness career started by simply being a member and coming into the gym two days a week and really falling in love with the entire gym experience. Swimming is an all-time passion for Katelyn having swam competitively throughout high school and during her first year in college. Over the past several years working in the gym, she has gained critical fitness and exercise knowledge that adds to her athletic swimming experience. Katelyn's favorite part about working at Cardio Express is being able to meet so many truly amazing members who have transformed their lives and bodies by committing to a fitness lifestyle. She makes a point to know her members' names and enjoys learning about their fitness goals to help them achieve fitness success. "I have such a blast coming to work because I get to be around my gym family. My members motivate me just as much as I help to motivate them." Her favorite fitness quote is "Strive for progress not perfection".

Katie Willette, General Manager, Mansfield

Katie has been with Cardio Express since 2012 in which time she has advanced her career from a full time Team Member, to an Assistant Manager, and now to a General Manager of our Mansfield location. Katie graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor Degree in Criminology. She has a TRX qualification, is certified as a Personal Trainer by the Athletics and Fitness Association of America, and most notably is certified as a STAR 3 Spinning Instructor. Katie lost 150 pounds Spinning and taking classes at Cardio Express. She built her career in fitness after she finally decided that she needed a positive change in her life. Inspiring members and being part of their fitness journey is Katie's favorite part about being a General Manager with Cardio Express. Katie loves fitness because of the confidence that it gives people. Her quote to workout by..."Unless you puke, faint, or die, KEEP GOING!"

Yuiza Ramos, General Manager, East Hartford

Yuiza came to Cardio Express just over one year ago with an extensive background in management and with a personal passion for fitness. With multiple degrees in various forms of martial arts, including a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Kempo Karate, Yuiza brings the same dedication and passion to her position at Cardio Express. You can find her motivating members and leading a dynamic team of fitness nuts as the General Manager in East Hartford. Since beginning her Cardio Express career, Yuiza has never felt so at home building relationships with members who in-turn enrich her life daily. In addition to her dedication to Cardio Express, Yuiza is actively training to fulfill her next big fitness goal of stepping on stage for a physique competition in 2017. Her favorite fitness quote..."If you always put a limit on everything you do, a physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them."