At the age of twelve, Ken first saw a classmate perform her gymnastics floor routine. Psyched by all the cool jumps and flips, he wanted to do them too. Over the next seven years his local YMCA gymnastic facility became his second home.
After graduating from Penn State–where he headed the cheer leading squad–with a degree in exercise and sports science and experience teaching K-12 physical education, he acted as assistant cheer leading coach. He went on to head Philadelphia’s Drexel University cheer leading squad.
At Drexel, he studied nutrition, became head strength training coach for all varsity sports and developed the universities wellness aerobics program. He also began working at the CIGNA Employee Wellness Center in Philadelphia, one of the top corporate fitness facilities in the country.
Berkeley coached and competed on his own sport aerobics team, Extreme Air, winning nationals in 1999 and placing 4th in the World Aerobic Championship.
Since 1998, Ken performed and toured with the Metropolitan Opera. In 2005 he began the acrobatic strength and balance act KENiMATTix currently performing around the country.Topic: Gaston Elias, Instructors