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Bernadette Silva, MA, CRC, CPR-AED certified, Founder, has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Baruch College and a Master’s degree from New York University Steinhardt School of Education, with a Certificate in Rehabilitation Medicine. She is a member of the National Rehabilitation Association and the National Association of Service Providers in Private Rehabilitation. She has a private practice where she provides psychotherapy, life coaching and career counseling to individuals’ with/out physical or emotional health conditions. She worked as a Senior Therapist for Kessler Institute Traumatic Brain Injury Outpatient Rehabilitation Department and as a Senior Program Coordinator at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Payne Whitney Clinic Outpatient Vocational Rehabilitation Department. She consults for the Multiple Sclerosis Society and conducts seminars on career matters. Servicing clients in the healthcare field for over 15 years provided me with the understanding of what they are searching for emotionally. Working in rehabilitation medicine has enabled me to understand how important it is for us to protect and strengthen our bodies. Exercising has always been part of my life. I’ve trained privately for more than 10 years in various techniques such as boxing, strengthening, yoga, Pilates, Krav and I finally discovered the right workout that works best for us as we age. Combining sports drills while cross training with yoga and Pilates empowers the mind and body to feel stronger, younger and rejuvenated. It reshapes our bodies and pushes through limits. Real Body Bootcamp began in 2008 with a small group of women in the Montclair community, called the ‘Neighborhood Workouts’. We expanded and started to incorporate all levels of exercise for all ages and levels of fitness so that everyone can feel the benefits of the program. Being a mother of three I understand how pregnancy can change your body. I knew it was going to take a lot of work and dedication to get my body back. I feel strong enough to lift my kids without hurting myself. I also feel like I’ve taken years off my life. I truly find it to be a rewarding experience and get excited when clients tell me they are happy with their results.
The mind is a powerful tool, use it to push through limits and see positive results. Recent certifications include, personal training, IMX reformer, Piloxing.
For fun: I dance with my kids, jump on a trampoline, hike and ice skate with my kids.