Our Team

coach cliff
Cliff started his love for movement at a young age. Spending most of his summers at a camp in Wyoming running around the sage brush and into the mountains. When Cliff began high school he continued his physical expression in organized sports which took him to school at Cornell College where he wrestled and played soccer. After receiving his bachelors in Kinesiology Exercise Science, Cliff went to Northwest Missouri State University for his masters in Applied Health Science and Wellness. While attending Northwest he threw the javelin for the track and field team. Cliff has worked with a wide range of populations and ages including elementary, middle and high school students as ell as collage age and professional athletes. He is excited to be working for PopFit kids and wished it was around when he was growing up.
Amy Blitz is Founder of Blitz Your Body -a personal training company based in NYC. Graduate of the American Academy of Personal Training and certified through AFPA. Previous Fitness Director at one of the busiest gyms in lower Manhattan before starting her own company. Specialty certifications include group training, TRX supsension training and pre/post natal fitness. Amy is a runner, Spin instructor, gym junkie, sometimes yogi and fitness model.
Tommy Schutz is an actor, producer and fight choreographer. He is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where he majored in drama and is now a founding member of the New York film production company Foolish Gentlemen Films. His stage combat certifications include unarmed, broadsword, and rapier-dagger and is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors. Tommy is a firm believer in healthy living by staying physically active and believes when such habits are formed early in childhood, they become second nature and exponentially easier to carry into an adult life. Certified NASM Youth Fitness Specialist.
Megan is a graduate student at SUNY Downstate Medical Center studying Occupational Therapy. She began her love for movement at a young age, taking dance classes throughout her childhood and then as an adult studying at Martha Graham Dance Center. She continued to better understand movement by taking a personal training course at the American Academy of Personal Training. Megan has been working with children for 10 years teaching dance classes. When she is not studying or teaching at PopFit Kids she leads an active lifestyle participating in yoga, biking, and hiking. Megan enjoys sharing her passion for health and fitness with the children of the PopFit Kids programs. This is where how she combines her love for movement and a healthy lifestyle with her knowledge of science and muscles. It is Megan’s joy to teach children how to lead healthy and fit lifestyles.
Courtney McKoy has spent the last 10yrs working with children in the day care industry. After having to overcome minor physical injuries herself, fitness became her passion. Attending American Academy of Personal Training gave her the education and certification she needed to combine her passion for fitness and her love for children to start a new career. Courtney is now working as a Popfit Kids coach helping kids get fit and healthy one dinosaur walk at a time.
Rocky Douangchanh was born in Los Angeles and raised in the Bronx. He is currently a student at the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York majoring in mechanical engineering. Rocky has worked 8+ years in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, teaching children the basics of plant and animal life through various activities. He is a passionate educator and a firm believer in living a healthy lifestyle. He is dedicated in using his knowledge in education and fitness to guide or motivate those willing to live a healthier way. Rocky hopes to make an impact on the lives of others through his influences and teachings. Certified NASM Youth Fitness Specialist.
coach zuly
Zuly first got into working out a little over 7 years ago and has been a certified personal trainer for the past few years. Initially hooked by her then mentor and trainer Jose Garcia, Zuly began a routine fitness regiment working out at a small neighborhood gym in the Bronx that had just enough equipment to get her going. With her on going love for exercising and new found passion for staying healthy, she started eating better and planning a healthier diet - which included switching from a candy craving sweet tooth into healthier options like fruits and nuts.

Always around her school age nieces and nephews, Zuly would share her love for exercise and began showing them some fun age-appropriate workout activities - just for fun. They loved the movement and enjoyed being challenged. Soon after Zuly knew she wanted to bring her passion for fitness and healthy living to kids around the city. Following a sweaty Boxing session at a gym in Tribeca and a little kismet later, Zuly found PopFit Kids. She teaches all age groups with a speciality in PopFit Kids Jr. programs where loves getting kids super excited about staying active and being healthy - she says its the best job in the world.

Yuko was born and raised in Japan. She moved to New York City 3 years ago to expand her professional career and pursue her passion in personal training, cheer leading and dance. With more than 16 years of experience performing a variety of dance styles including jazz, hip hop, ballet, baton twirling and gymnastic, Yuko used this experience to be selected as a Finalist for a NFL Cheer leading squad. Yuko’s experience also includes adolescent and adult dance coaching, mentoring and providing effective leadership skills to her students. Yuko received a Bachelor of Arts while in Japan, and a degree in Advanced Personal Training from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences located in NYC. She is continuing her education within personal training with an emphasis on designing exercise programs that not only maximize children’s physical health but also improve their emotional, behavioral, social, and physiological well being. Yuko is a Certified NSCA Personal Trainer, TRX instructor, and Kettlebell Instructor. Her next personal challenge is to learn Olympic lifting skills.

Maria Puglisi was born in a small town in Wadsworth, Ohio. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance with a Business Minor from The University of Akron as well as her Pilate’s Certification and currently received NASM Children’s Fitness Specialist Certification. She grew up competing in Dance as well as other various sports. Presently she lives in NYC where she danced at an internship with Broadway Dance Center and various freelance works with Alvin Ailey Company, Q-Pittman, Tracy Anderson, Gotham Gym, and The New York City Film Academy. A few months back she was a featured dancer on Good Morning America and just ended the North American Tour of “Alvin and the Chipmunks.” Maria began her love for fitness at the young age of six through dance and various other sports. She currently has been sharing her fitness passion for ten plus years teaching youth and adults from body sculpt, nutrition, to boxing. She is excited to be a part of the PopFitKids team and can’t wait to share so much with the youngsters of the world, there is so much to learn!

Katrina has been a fitness professional, specializing in getting youngsters to move for the past 10 years here in NYC. When she's not teaching and coaching those ages 3 - 93, she can be found in the rehearsal studio creating stories through movement & music.