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Jennifer Maraist

Jennifer Maraist was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. Today not only is she a female entrepreneur, founder of Triumph Fitness, but also a wife to Brett, and her most valuable role as MOM to Angel Grayson and 1 year old Avery Elizabeth.

After graduating from The University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor’s degree in Dance Performance and Choreography, Jennifer became interested in how the human body performed thus pursuing a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology. During this time, she found herself 45pounds heavier and as she says, “uncomfortable in my own skin” – Jennifer knew that this wasn’t the way she was meant to live. Between her ongoing interest in how the body performed and her own journey of being unhealthily overweight, she started dabbing into ways to exercise and eat right. This lead Jennifer on a path to figuring out not only who she was but, becoming the most authentic version of her. Through her health journey and recently her fertility journey, she has learned many ways of how to overcome adversity.

By gaining the COURAGE to open Triumph Fitness this has led to many opportunities to help others live their best life through a healthy lifestyle. What motivates Jennifer the most is when she sees the “Light bulb” moment go off for people- or specifically when a person “Triumphs” through adversity. As Jennifer puts it “yeah, the 5-10 pound weight loss is great, but it is so much more gratifying when a person gets out of their own way, starts living the life of their dreams and is truly happy”

Certifications and Education

  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1
  • B.A. Dance Performance and Choreography

Brett Maraist

Brett was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and found his purpose on this earth after graduating from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Engineering. He has a scientific mind and is fascinated by biomechanics, the study of humans in motion. Although after college, he felt like he was called to do more and be more through the power of inspiring others. He is now determined to not just help people reach their fitness goals but to inspire them to be successful and fulfilled. Along with his wife, Jennifer, they persevered and opened Triumph Fitness to make that vision a reality!

Certifications & Education

  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • B.S. Biological Engineering

Sophia Rabinovitz

Sophia Rabinovitz is a personal trainer, yogi, and dancer who works with all ages and abilities to help them reach their fitness goals. She believes in the power of movement to not only increase physical fitness and improve overall health, but to also heal trauma both physical and mental. Sophia has spent the last ten years training, teaching, and performing throughout the Northeastern United States and parts of Europe. She holds a Masters in Dance from The University of Surrey and is certified through the American College of Sports Medicine, Yoga Alliance, ABT Barre, and Tribe Team Training. She is also the Artistic Director for Artivism Dance Theatre- creating socially and politically motivated works through dance and theatre. Sophia loves to joke, play, work hard, and break a sweat; while simultaneously encouraging her clients to move at the pace that is beneficial to their own bodies. She believes in the mission of Triumph Fitness and cannot wait to work with people from all walks of life as they take their first steps towards TRIUMPH!

Certifications & Education

  • M.A. Dance Culture
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified
  • ABT Barre Certified

Cristina Lowery

Cristina Lowery is from Atlanta, GA and a mother of 2 beautiful girls. After struggling with her weight her whole life Cristina woke up one day ready for change. She committed, lost over 40 pounds, and found her purpose. She then went on to become a Kickboxing Instructor, Bootcamp Coach, and an American College of Sports & Medicine Certified Personal Trainer. Working in the fitness industry for 6 years she believes in challenging yourself and truly discovering what your body is capable of. She has completed multiple Road Races including Half Marathons, 11 Spartan Races, and just recently took on the Challenge of an IronMan 70.3. As a coach she knows that change truly starts between the ears. Change your mindset to “I CAN” and YOU WILL. She enjoys helping others reach their fitness goals and becoming the best version of themselves. Cristina truly believes in the mission at Triumph Fitness and The Tighten Up Exclusive and can’t wait to help anyone who is ready!

Certifications & Education

  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

Kyla Exsterstein

Kyla Exsterstein began her wellness journey with us shortly after our grand opening. Since then she has become an active member of the staff acting as our promotions and community coordinator. She is currently enrolled at the University of New Orleans as a Phycology major. She has an extensive background in dance and cheer, as she is currently the head cheer coach at Riverdale High School. She is inspired by the act of caring for others. She whole-heartedly believes in the success of others, and believes that with a healthy mindset anything is possible. She is interested in all things fitness, and cannot wait to see where working with Triumph Fitness will take her in the future.

Certifications & Education

  • B.S. Psychology

Kady Tassin

Kady Tassin was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and took up an interest in fitness while preparing for an extensive dance team audition. Shorty after that, she fell in love with the process of transformation and what the human body is capable of. She has worked as a dance instructor teaching jazz, contemporary, and hip hop for 7 years. She also coordinates a stretching and conditioning summer intensive for dancers that want to take their abilities to the next level. Kady is a Barre Instructor certified through the American Barre Technique Association and is currently expanding her love of all things heath and wellness by studying for the ACE group fitness instructor certification.

Certifications & Education

  • ABT Barre Certified

Carmen Medine

Carmen was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. she served in the U.S. Army for 3 years as a 92A (Automated Logistics Specialist). She also served in Kuwait for 6 months in 1998 and was honorably discharged in 1999.  During her service in the Army, she earned The Army Commendation Medal for her diligent duty throughout her enlistment. She also earned The Army Achievement Medal for her support and accomplishments during her deployment to Kuwait for Operation Desert Thunder, with the 209th Military Police Company. Afterwards, she received her Paralegal Certificate at UNO in 2003 and in Political Science at UNO, a Bachelors Degree in 2010. On top of all that, she is an outstanding certified Zumba® Instructor that has a zest for life like no other and strives to make every moment one of a kind! She looks forward to helping you keep fitness fun!

Certifications & Education

  • Certified Zumba® Instructor
  • B.A. Political Science
  • Certified Paralegal