Cathy has always been interested in health and fitness, so she went back to school in 1999 to pursue her education in this field. Cathy came to PPT initially as an intern from Delaware Technical & Community College. She graduated in 2001 with a degree in Exercise Science, and has made her home at PPT ever since.
Cathy likes to focus on gentle motivation and encouragement towards fitness goals. In her own life, she has experienced the uncoordinated feeling of exercise and sports, but has persevered and found the importance and satisfaction of an effective workout. She has a special interest in strengthening and empowering those who, in the past, have found exercise and sports to be an unfamiliar and awkward environment. She will help you find your individual niche in the fitness center.
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer Fitness Center Supervisor
Matt Phifer is our Fitness Center Supervisor and a ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. He is a Delaware native who graduated from Delaware Tech with a degree in Exercise Science and is currently enrolled in the Exercise Science program at the University of Delaware. Matt is interested in working with people and helping them reach their fitness goals through science-based exercise. “There is no better feeling than knowing you helped somebody achieve a higher quality of life. That why I love working here, because we do that every day.” Outside of work, Matt likes to stay active by playing soccer, football, and golf with his friends and family. Feel free to ask him any questions in regard to the Fitness Center.
Amanda Brizzolara, CPT
Certified Personal Trainer
Amanda is one of our certified personal trainers as well as a physical therapist aide.
Amanda’s love for fitness began as a little girl when she enjoyed the thrill of Tae Kwon Do. At age 10, she laced up her first pair of figure skates, and years later she went on to tour professionally with Disney On Ice. Following her time with Disney, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business from Immaculata University and a certificate in Human Resources Management from Villanova University.
After 8-plus years working in Human Resources, Amanda, was eager to pursue her true passion; helping others improve their quality of life through functional fitness. In 2017, she obtained her personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and is currently working towards a specialization in corrective exercise. She also owns and operates a FIT4MOM franchise and teaches group interval classes and an 8-week fitness program.
Amanda brings a positive outlook, professional experience, and a commitment to helping others achieve their health goals. When Amanda is not training, she is busy chasing around her little ones, Alexander and Evangeline. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, lifting weights, cooking, and going to the shore. And, one of her goals is to get back onto the ice!
Certified Personal Trainer
Colton’s passion for fitness started when he was a young man being taught how to weight lift by his father and his uncle ex Mr Delaware. That passion only grew stronger after breaking his pelvis and fracturing a vertebra playing baseball and football. He went to physical therapy for a good portion of his life and found his calling to help people.
He received his personal training certification through the international sports sciences association(ISSA) and CPR certification through the American heart association. He specializes in strengthening the body and its flexibility as well as a positive body composition. He loves helping people achieve the best version of themselves.