Strong By Nature
Strong on Center is an Outdoor Yoga and Fitness facility that was created to bring people together to get Strong in a safe, open environment.
Our philosophy was forged when our passion for fitness and wellbeing joined forces.
It is our belief that mindfulness, breath, and proper alignment are the key components to get Stronger and more Centered.
We offer small group classes and private training sessions to empower people of all athletic abilities.
I am Gary Smith, the co-founder of Strong on Center. I have been a personal trainer and massage therapist for the past 10 years. Before that, I was on a semi-professional football team and made it to the NFL Combine. Fitness has always been a part of my life and I believe that combining strength training and stretching is the key to living a healthier, more vibrant & youthful life. We bring that philosophy to life by providing both strength and conditioning classes complemented by flexibility and Barre classes. At Strong on Center, I teach private and group fitness classes to adults and kids. I enjoy empowering people of all ages to be their best and strive to be better. I train young athletes on and off-season to improve their performance on the field/court. I love training and I truly love waking up every day because I love helping people feel great about themselves.
Southern Connecticut - Exercise Science Major, 2007 Massage Therapy, EMT trained.
I am Kristen McGovern, the co-founder of Strong on Center. I teach YoLift, Yoga, and YoBarre at SOC. As a certified Health Coach, I offer nutritional counseling and 21-day reset programs to all of our clients.
I trained for and ran marathons for over a decade until an injury sidelined me from my running. I tried one yoga class and never went back. The synthesis of movement and deep connection with breath left me feeling so incredible, that I knew it would be something I would never stop doing. My Yoga classes combine traditional asana and pranayama with twisting, balance work, and core/abdominal integration, providing an opportunity to explore the spiritual through the physical. Since I was introduced to Barre, it has improved and increased my muscle tone and strength by utilizing the smaller muscle groups, creating long lean muscles. Combining strength training, yoga and Barre has made me stronger than I ever could have imagined.
200 Hour Yoga Alliance certification, Barre Certification, Y12SR 12 Step Recovery Yoga Certification, ISSA personal training certification, IIN Health Coach.
Judy Orr -Yin Yoga
When Judy first stepped onto her mat and realized what life changing principles and connections yoga has to offer she was hooked. After spending many years practicing different styles of yoga which included Bikram, Vinyasa, Dharma Mittra and Jiva Mukti, she began her journey as a teacher in 2013.
Judy completed Buddhi Power Yoga 200hrs Teacher Training Certification with Lyn Kehoe. Her teaching style has blossomed further from attending workshops led by inspirational teachers like Bryan Kest, Tao Porchon Lynch, Rodney Yee and Kathryn Budig.
She completed her 300hrs Spring 2017 at Kaia Yoga with Gina Norman.
Judy’s certifications include:
Foundations of Thai Yoga with Shai Plonski
Restorative Yoga with Jillian Pransky
Yin Yoga with Biff Mithoefer
Y12SR for Addiction
Reiki with Brett Bevell
Judy brings to her class humor, energy and lightheartedness. She combines a challenging Vinyasa flow with attention to breath, alignment and yogic philosophy. All while encouraging her students to practice their yoga off their mats and into their everyday lives.
Wendy Cahill - HIIT/Yoga
I have always had a passion for fitness & sports.
In my younger years I was a gymnast and runner. After college I became a television producer for ESPN International.
After having children I began working with a personal trainer. In addition, I practiced pilates and yoga.
Pursuing my own health and fitness goals led me on a path into the health and fitness industry.
During this time I earned my 200 & 300 hour yoga certifications at Kaia Yoga. Yoga and meditation has given me the tools and inspiration to help others and myself. For that I am truly grateful.
In 2018, I deepened my understanding of the physical body when I was trained and hired as a personal one-on-one stretch therapist or “flexologist” for StretchLab. I work with both individual clients and teach group flexibility classes.
For fun I enjoy family & friends, the beach, outdoors, and coaching recreational boys basketball.
Certifications: B. A Communication Sciences (UCONN), 500 Hour RYT Certification: Vinyasa, Yin, Y12SR (Yoga 12 Step Recovery), Restorative, Thai Yoga Massage. Flexologist (StretchLab)
Jen Mongeluzo - Pilates
Half Moon Pilates, Lolita San Miguel Master Training Certification Second Generation, AFAA, CPR, Spinning.Body Pump, Metafit
Lisa Sheehan - Restorative Yoga
Lisa Sheehan, MA, is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor for both adults (E-RYT) and children (RCYT) and a continuing education provider (YACEP). Her classes focus on mindfulness, meditation and gentle yoga for stress reduction and to soften, lengthen and relax the physical body. She is a registered Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor through UMASS Medical School Center for Mindfulness. MBSR is a globally renowned 8 week mindfulness program that includes yoga & meditation as tools for stress reduction. She holds specialized certifications in Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra Meditation. Lisa is the founder of Relax Into Meditation, llc with students ranging in age from 2-97! Several of Lisa's guided meditations and yoga can be found on the Insight Timer App. https://insighttimer.com/lisans