Norma Shechtman

Irvine, CA 92614

I have been a member of IDEA since it's inception and am very proud of that. My background of Education and Kinesiology is a perfect marriage that allows me to teach and educate my clients and classe. I love fitness and people and hope to share my love of both.

Verified Cert/Training
IDEA Author/Presenter
gymGO Professional
IDEA Member

About Me


  • Master's Degree, Kinesiology and Physical Education, Cal State Long Beach
  • Master's Degree, Education, Trenton State
  • BSc., Education, Penn State

Certifications / Trainings

ACE - Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Expires: Aug 31, 2023
ACE - Certified Personal Trainer
Expires: Aug 31, 2022
AEA - AEA Fitness Professional Certification
AEA - AEA Fitness Professional Certification
Pending Verification
LBDC - Reformer I, II, III
Pending Verification
AFAA - Primary Group Exercise Certification
Not Verified
NASM - Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
Not Verified
Beaming - Elite Trainer
Agency Unavailable
CorePower Yoga - CorePower Yoga 200 hour training course
Agency Unavailable
Unknown Agency - NESTA
Agency Unavailable
Unknown Agency -
Agency Unavailable

CPR Certified

American Safety and Health Institute
Agency Unavailable
Expires: Nov 30, 2021
American Safety and Health Institute
Agency Unavailable
Expires: Nov 30, 2021
AED/CPR Association
Expires: Nov 30, 2021
AHA American Heart Association
Expires: Dec 31, 1969
American AED/CPR Association
Expires: Jan 22, 2024
American Heart Association Heart Saver AED
Heartsaver AED CPR
Expires: Oct 29, 2016

AED Certified

American Safety and Health Institute
Agency Unavailable
Expires: Nov 30, 2021
American Safety and Health Institute
Agency Unavailable
Expires: Nov 30, 2021

Norma's Locations

Equinox Sport

1980 Main Street
Irvine, CA 92614

Additional Information


$80.00 / hr, Semi private and group

Payment Methods

Cash , Personal Checks

Years Experience


Awards & Accomplishments

  • 2003 ACE Group Fitness Professional of the Year
  • 1999 Sports Club/Irvine Instructor of the Year
  • 2013 Finalist IDEA Group Fitness Intructor of the Year
  • 2014 Alumnus of the Year CSULB Graduate Dept. of Kinesiology
  • 2018 Employee of the Month Equinox Sport club Orange County

Languages Spoken

English , Spanish



7 Ratings

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Stan S on Feb 08, 2019

    Well, it's been several years since I reviewed Norma and I want to update how I feel about her (I know other people who have taken her various sold out classes feel much the same way). First of all, she is an amazing, caring, extremely knowledgeable, and fun fitness professional. She is not just an instructor. Her level of expertise far surpasses just being labeled instructor. She has dedicated her life, through education and actual practice, for the well being of others through her positive approach to all levels of fitness. In my opinion, she is, unquestionably, one of the best fitness professionals in the world.

  • by Stan S on Aug 30, 2011

    In my opinion, there is no better fitness professional in this industry. I've taken a number of classes from Norma and, each time, she brings such knowledge, caring and expert instruction. Her classes seem to fly by and, at the end of the class, I always think, "Wow, what a great class that was." Besides all the awards she has been honored with, she has dedicated herself through education and the motivation to help other people. She is definitely one in a million.

  • by tiffany k on Apr 24, 2011

    Norma's academic credentials and experience are incredible. Her commitment to continual learning and growth as a fitness expert is a testament to her work ethic and genuine desire to help people achieve their fitness goals. She is an incredible teacher and motivator. I enjoy learning from her and working out with her.

  • by Reba Aghchay on Nov 23, 2010

    Norma is very knowledgeable, reputable, personable, and passionate. I always considered myself a workoutaholic but starting at Norma's cardio classes about 3 years ago became pivotal in achieving my goals. Working out with trainers can either be boring or intimidating but working out with Norma (be it hiking, running or cycling) is always an enjoyable "journey." Norma works hard to assess one's goal and personality. She then uses that knowledge with much clever to push the trainee beyond the comfort level. This very unique technique makes trainees accountable and dedicated to fitness and health. What makes Norma unique is not just her education and experience, it is her stunning ability to listen and the art of using the information to help us achieve our goals, be it fitness, health, weight or just gaining a balance in life through exercises.

  • by Aida Denham on Nov 20, 2010

    Norma is very inspirational in the way she leads her workouts. She thoroughly explains each exercise and the intended muscle group. Then she takes the time to work with each individual insuring their form is proper to accomplish the goal of the exercise. She knows everyone’s name and makes sure to encourage you during the workout. This just motivates the group as a whole and everyone gets more energetic. It doesn’t matter if it’s her Pilates, Spinning, Boot Camp, Treadmill, or water aerobics; she is great in all of them.

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