Ava Ellensohn

Former IT business owner, Ava has a Master’s degree in management from St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Art, Russia.

Having been drawn to fitness for personal reasons, in 2006, a few years after coming to the US, Ava took on the challenge of starting a new career as a fitness professional. She learned physiology and anatomy - a whole new language - in English - a whole new language!

Since moving to Naples in 2012 she has been self-employed training privately and teaching classes at different locations.

In 2013 Ava became NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist and then Senior Fitness Specialist in 2014, and mostly focuses on functional fitness and working with active independent adults, 55+ age group. She wants her clients to be healthy and vibrant at any age, enjoy physical activity and be functionally fit to live long high-quality lives. “Fitness with Care” has become her trademark.

In 2016 Ava’s interest in a holistic approach to health motivated her to take a Fascia Release mentorship program with Jacqueline Glasgow, E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist, at Naples Yoga Center. Additionally, she obtained a certificate with Trigger Point Therapy as a trainer for myofascial compression techniques.

Because of her long-standing interested in nutrition, food and healthy cooking, Ava has recently completed the Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist program with Himalayan Institute. The ancient "Science of Life", was an “a-ha moment” for her explaining simply why “one size does not fit all” as far as diet and exercise.

Becoming strong from the inside out, bringing all the resources of our bodies to the task, living a more vibrant life - that is what Ava offers to her clients.

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About Me


Certifications / Trainings

ACE - Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Expires: 2023-06-30 07:00:00 UTC
ACE - Certified Personal Trainer
Expires: 2022-06-30 07:00:00 UTC
NASM - Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
YogaFit Training Systems Worldwide, Inc. - Level One: Foundations
Yoga Alliance - E-RYT 200
Pending Verification
EEI - senior fitness specialist
Agency Unavailable
Himalayan Institute - Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist
Agency Unavailable

CPR Certified

American Red Cross
Agency Unavailable
Expires: 2023-05-17 07:00:00 UTC

AED Certified

American Red Cross
Agency Unavailable
Expires: 2023-05-17 07:00:00 UTC

Liability Insurance

  • Hoffman Insurance

Additional Information


$90.00 / hr

Payment Methods

Cash , Personal Checks

Years Experience


Awards & Accomplishments

Languages Spoken




3 Ratings

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Carolyn V on Jan 30, 2017

    Ava has been my fitness instructor for over two years and I am delighted with her. Not only is she charming and a pleasure to work with, but more importantly, for me, she is constantly watching how I am doing my exercises so that I do not injure myself. I also love how she changes the routine so that it always feels fresh and new. She is a gem.

  • by Dotti Keagy on Mar 25, 2014

    I found Ava on this site and was thrilled to be able to work out with her in Naples, FL for three months before relocating to Fort Lauderdale. She devised programs that were mindful of my limitations (late 60s with lower disk problems, bursitis in one hip, and generally being out of shape) and I started to see toning results within a month!

    She motivated and challenged me without overdoing it, so I never felt inadequate. And we developed a comfortable friendship that made it all the more enjoyable!

    I would recommend her to anyone of any age and fitness level. I know she has clients who are quite advanced and in great shape, and some who are beginners and have a lot of weight to lose. She is incredibly versatile, knowledgeable and personable.

    When I moved, she provided me with online links to my specific exercises and even put together a couple of my programs that I can start using right away. I just wish I could still work out with her!

  • by Vince Taylor on Oct 16, 2012

    Ava was my personal trainer for 2 years (3x per week) right up until she moved to Florida. I was very sad to see her go because she is really fantastic! In my younger years I did a lot of heavy training so I can tell if someone knows what they are doing and Ava surely does. She was very attentive to making sure I got a great workout without going through a lot of pain (as you typically go through starting out). Ava knows what exercises work best for particular muscle groups and how to sequence them best in a workout. She is a wonderful motivator and can give a great massage/foam roll at the end. Ava even gave me fantastic nutrition input. She worked with both me and my wife during this time and we became fast friends. I lost 40 lbs (& still losing) and got in very good shape. I only wish she had stayed in Illinois longer!
    - Vince Taylor ([email protected] - write for to check my reference if you wish)