MEET THE FACULTY, BOSTON
BACK TO TOP Ted Bertini, Academic Coordinator & Faculty Instructor
Ted has been involved in the health and fitness field for over 20 years, and like our faculty members tend to be, he is a bit of a superman. We’re still trying to figure out how he manages to cram so much into a single workday and still have the creative energy that he brings to every class.
Ted began his career with an undergraduate degree in Health Education, which he then followed with a graduate degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology. While he was a graduate student at Northeastern University, Ted also worked as Lab Director for the university’s outpatient maximal stress-testing laboratory. In this position, he supervised lab technicians conducting a full range of fitness and body composition assessments, including maximal stress testing, pulmonary function testing, underwater weighing, skin-fold testing, health history screening, and exercise assessment interpretation. Ted was also responsible for the instruction of undergraduate Exercise Physiology students conducting classroom experiments in the testing lab.
After finishing at Northeastern, Ted became the Physical Fitness Director for several area YMCAs, overseeing staff recruitment and training, along with wellness center expansions. During his time with the YMCA, Ted was also selected to be a Faculty Level Instructor for the organization’s newest baseline Fitness Instructor training program and was responsible for bringing the program back to Massachusetts.
Today, Ted is an AAPT Faculty Instructor and Academic Manager, an AHA CPR Instructor, a YMCA Personal Fitness Director, Healthy Back Instructor, and Strength Training Instructor, a practicing Personal Trainer, a full-time Operations Manager for a tech company, and a family man. Ted specializes in fitness programming for special populations, including youth clientele, senior clientele, those with metabolic disorders, kidney disease, cardiac maintenance needs, and other special health concerns. Ted’s favorite color is orange.
BACK TO TOPTracy Morin, Faculty Instructor
Tracy comes to AAPT with over twelve years of experience working in fitness and wellness. She is an educator, personal trainer, entrepreneur, self-confessed "neat-freak," and a Master of Human Movement Sciences, among other things.
As a personal training guru, Tracy’s professional expertise extends from training floor to management to classroom. Her field experience has brought her into all areas of personal training—private one-on-one sessions, group fitness, personal training management, and club operations. Meanwhile, Tracy’s academic drive has seen her through both undergraduate and graduate degrees in sports, fitness and exercise science. She began her professional career as a researcher at Old Dominion University, where she worked as a Graduate Assistant while pursuing her M.S.Ed. Degree in the University's Department of Human Movement Sciences. After graduating Summa Cum Laude, Tracy moved back north and began capturing recognition in both gym and classroom settings.
Today, Tracy teaches undergraduate courses in health, wellness, diet and exercise in Salem State University’s Sport and Movement Science Department. She has also served the university in the Wellness Center where she managed fitness programming and operations. Alongside her work with Salem State, Tracy is a Teaching Associate for the American College of Sports Medicine’s Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT) workshops and the co-owner/manager of a private personal training studio called Extra Effort Fitness in Salem, MA.
In a nutshell, if you can't find Tracy on the gym floor as a personal trainer, look for her in the classroom—those are the two places where she spends most of her time. She loves the AAPT educational concept of combining classroom lecture with practical lab experience, and you will find her to be an energetic, engaging instructor who will challenge you to test theories and to be an active participant in class.
BACK TO TOP Robson Nascimento, Faculty Instructor
Robson has been in the fitness industry for 34 years, and has been involved in athletics for even longer. He holds a Master’s Degree in Human Movement, with specialization in Health & Fitness and Sports Medicine, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education.
Formerly a Practical Skills Examiner for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health and Fitness Specialist (HFS) certification exam, Robson has achieved select recognition for his expertise in fitness assessment, exercise prescription and training application. Robson’s expertise in exercise theory has also made him a sought-after presenter—he has lectured in Sweden, Italy, Brazil and the United States on topics relating to health, fitness and sports training.
Originally from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Robson’s passion for exercise science began early as a youth soccer player. Robson describes spending hours upon hours in the library across the street, pouring over books on exercise science. His goal was to learn as much as he could to help improve his own athletic performance. The research paid off, and as a young teenager, Robson was already playing competitively for Brazil. His team won the World Championship in youth soccer, and Robson’s soccer career continued into the professional realm. When it came time for Robson to begin college and choose a major, the choice was easy—he chose a Physical Education program at the University of Rio de Janeiro. As a new college student, however, Robson soon found that he didn’t have the time for both professional soccer and school. Faced with the choice, he again chose school, and the rest, as they say, was history.
Today, Robson is an accomplished fitness academic, trainer and teacher. His passion still lies in the science of exercise, along with how that science translates into everyday application. His enthusiasm for the subject is infectious. Beyond teaching at AAPT, Robson works as a Master Trainer for Boston Sports Clubs, writes a weekly fitness column for a local Brazilian newspaper, and continues to play soccer in a local league of ex-professional players. His team made it to the league finals this year, and they won.