Meet Our Team
Richard Portugal, Founder:
Richard has spent over 50 years personally involved in exercise, both aerobic and anaerobic. His interest has surpassed mere exercising to a study of training’s effects upon anatomy and physiology. The benefit of healthy stress on muscles led to further understanding of proper form and breathing techniques.
After graduating George Washington Law Center in 1971, Richard worked in the printing industry in sales for 25 years; he then joined the telecommunications industry in 1997 working for MCI, Inc. and World Com Inc. as Director, Northeast over four field teams in NJ and national telecom accounts. Retiring from telecom, Richard incorporated Fitness Senior Style, LLC in 2010.
Combining his business expertise with his love and understanding of proper exercising provided a balanced recipe for success. During volunteer work with seniors at the local Y, he realized his calling and created a new business approach for exercising seniors in their homes for balance, strength and cognitive fitness. Richard became certified as a Senior Personal Trainer by the American Senior Fitness Association in 2009. He was certified as a Parkinson’s Fitness Program Instructor by Delay the Disease in 2011 and in Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program in 2011.
Richard’s clients include healthy seniors (55 – 90 y/o) to seniors suffering from strokes, coronary disease, cancer, Parkinson’s, MS, bone and muscle injury, fibromyalgia, balance and strength issues, dementia, Meniere’s disease and Alzheimer’s.
Richard is published in various newspapers on a monthly basis featuring articles relating to senior issues and conducts senior seminars and classes at senior associations, senior resident homes, community groups and clubs.
Noreen Hensel, Personal Trainer:
Noreen has been involved in personal physical training and nutrition most of her adult life. Her passion for understanding physical fitness has been successfully employed to help seniors attain a maximum level of strength and balance. Certified as an Advanced Senior Personal Trainer by the American Senior Fitness Association, Noreen is also certified in personal training and nutrition by the National Personal Training Institute, and the TFW as an instructor for the Training for Warriors program.
During her formative working career, Noreen was involved in the dental medical field and learned firsthand about various senior health needs and issues. Now, a senior herself, she exudes a compassionate training style with an in-depth knowledge of fitness and exercise.
Frank Carabellese, Personal Trainer:
Frank is a triathlete who has had a lifetime involvement with running, bicycling, swimming and weight-lifting. Professionally, a Data Center Operations Manager specializing in resource, workflow and critical systems management, upon his retirement Frank wished to share his healthy lifestyle expertise with the senior community.
Certified as an Advanced Senior Personal Trainer by the American Senior Fitness Association, Frank has had personal experience with both stroke and Parkinson’s clients. Frank brings an exciting and refreshing approach to the training of the need based senior segment for strength, balance and cognitive fitness.