Trainers and Coaches

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VCC Team

Meet the Fam

American Family Fitness gyms at VCC is home to Glen Allen’s best personal training staff. It doesn’t matter if you’re training for your next marathon or just getting started at the gym, our world-class personal trainers are ready to help. You’ll work one-on-one with our personal trainers to create a workout regimen you’ll love to do week after week while you crush health and fitness goals. Sign up for your first appointment today by calling the gym.

Chris Hultquist

Personal Trainer & Fusion Coach

Chris Hultquist

Personal Trainer & Fusion Coach
“What we face may look insurmountable. But I learned something from all those years of training and competing. I learned something from all those sets and reps when i didn’t think i could lift another ounce of weight. What i learned is that we are always stronger than we know” Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Education

Longwood University, Exercise Science

Certification

National Academy of Sports Medicine; NASM

Experience

10 years in the Fitness Industry. USAPL Competitor, H.S volleyball

Specialty

Strength training, Body Image, Weight/Fat Loss.

Philosophy

Intelligent and efficient training – helping my clients achieve what they once thought was impossible and become the best versions of themselves.

Matt Elliott

Assistant Fitness Director
& Fusion Coach

Matt Elliott

Assistant Fitness Director
& Fusion Coach

"The more time you spend contemplating what you should have done... you lose valuable time planning what you can and will do." -Lil Wayne

Education

College of Charleston, B.S. Exercise Science

Certification

American College of Sports Medicine, ACSM

Experience

NCAA Division 1 Scholarship Swimmer, Rehab Setting Experience

Specialty

Sport Specific Training, Functional Mobility, Body Composition

Philosophy

Positivity and hard work fosters progress and results

Robyn Bernard

Personal Trainer & Fusion Coach

Robyn Bernard

Personal Trainer & Fusion Coach

Every day is another chance to get stronger, eat better, live healthier, and be the best version you can be. Do something today that your future self will thank you for!

Education

West Virginia University, B.S. Exercise Physiology / minor Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude

Certification

National Academy of Sports Medicine, NASM CPT, CES, FNS

Experience

NCAA Division I Full-Scholarship Gymnast, 10 years of USAG competitive gymnast, 4 years of Cross Training Experience, 5 years of Coaching Experience

Specialty

Strength Training, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Women's Health, Mobility, Goal-Setting, Behavior/Lifestyle Modification

Philosophy

Trust the Process

Nick Myers

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Nick Myers

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

I believe wherever focus goes energy flows. Don't just go through the motions, get the most out of all that you do to reach your full potential. You deserve to be the best version of yourself and see your life change!

Education

Massaponax High School

Certification

International Sports Science Association, ISSA

Experience

5 years in the Fitness Industry

Specialty

Motivation, accountability, fat loss, muscle building

Philosophy

Your attitude determines your altitude.

Bianca Ely

Personal Trainer

Bianca Ely

Personal Trainer

Exercise is about what your body can do. Celebrate what you are capable of and you will push yourself where you never thought was possible. You are much stronger, physically and mentally, than you think.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University B.A. of History

Certification

National Academy of Sports Medicine, NASM

Experience

5 years of weightlifting, 2 years of powerlifting, H.S. Cross Country and Track & Field, 10 years of soccer

Specialty

Strength training, Weight/fat loss, Behavior Modification, Eating Disorders

Philosophy

When it comes down to it, it's you versus you; you can always be better than the person you were..

Holly Cann

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Holly Cann

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Don't exercise because you hate your body, do it because you love your body. Exercising is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Exercising regularly can prevent diseases, injuries, and increase longevity and quality of life. Show yourself some love by taking care of the only body that you've got.

Education

Virginia Center Commons

Certification

American College of Sports Medicine certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Physiologist

Experience

Over 16 years of competitive swimming and coaching, Physical therapy Technician, Head research assistant at VCU RUN LAB

Specialty

Weight loss, Self-esteem, Competitive swimming bio-mechanics and water exercise

Philosophy

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try it

Samuel Douglas

Personal Trainer

Samuel Douglas

Personal Trainer

Do you want to look good and feel good? Absolutely! Simply reading this statement demonstrates your will to improve in at least one domain of your life. Start by building upon a sustainable diet and exercise regimen! Accountability will lead to discipline, which will inevitably lead to a routine you cannot live without.

Education

Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Levantine Arabic; National Cryptologic School, Computer Networking and Cryptology

Certification

National Council on Strength and Fitness, NCSF

Experience

Command Fitness Leader NIOC Georgia; Assistant Command Fitness Leader CIDU Monterey; Eight Years Competitive Swimming, Four Years Fitness and Coaching Experience

Specialty

Body Recomposition and Weight Loss; Resistance Training Methodologies; Aesthetics; Olympic Lifts; Mobility; Accountability

Philosophy

Specialization is for Insects.

Bambi Cocke

Personal Trainer

Bambi Cocke

Personal Trainer

I believe that we can make changes to improve health at any age. Improvements to human performance is not limited to young athletes and healthy adults, but is even more critical for "aging adults" for health and function in activities of daily living. Our strength is our life, and we must devote our heart, mind and body to this pursuit of a healthy life, well-lived.

Education

VCU, PhD Candidate: Rehabilitation & Movement Science, ABD VCU, MS Exercise Science VCU, Communication Arts & Design VA Tech, Visual Arts

Certification

National College of Exercise Professionals, NCEP

Experience

35 yrs in fitness, sports & academics as a Fitness Director, Rehab Specialist, University Adjunct Instructor & Strength Coach. Past Certifications: ACSM, NSCA, Titleist Professional Institute, National Arthritis Association, ACE, AFAA

Specialty

Strength & Balance Research in the Aging Adult, Golf Training, Jr. Coach

Philosophy

Better to take the risk than regret you didn't believe enough to take that chance

Laura Gonzalez

Personal Trainer

Laura Gonzalez

Personal Trainer

In order to change, whether it be outer appearance or an inside job, we need to step out of our comfort zone. Sometimes we even need to stay in that comfortableness until it passes but it always does. When it does, that's progress. Progress not perfection.

Education

Longwood University, B.A. in Theatre Arts

Certification

NCEP

Experience

Group Fitness Instructor 4 years, Competitive Gymnastics, Competitive Cheerleading, Competitive Diving

Specialty

n/a

Philosophy

To get uncomfortable is to see change happen.

Joe Claravall

Personal Trainer

Joe Claravall

Personal Trainer

I believe that proper nutrition and sufficient exercise are the keys to a long, happy, and healthy life. Being consistent with your routine is also an important factor. You will thank yourself in the future for choosing to optimize your body and mind today!

 

Education

Reynolds Community College, A.S. in Science

Certification

American Council on Exercise

Experience

High School & College Track & Field Sprinter (NCAA Division 3) / Brazilian Jiu Jitsu / 4 years in the Fitness Industry

Specialty

Bodybuilding, Strength & Conditioning, Sports Specific Training

Philosophy

"Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do." - Bruce Lee

Kinsee Stonebraker

Personal Trainer

Kinsee Stonebraker

Personal Trainer

I believe that exercise is something we do because we love our bodies, not to punish them. Everyday you have the choice to be great. Choose today to be the best version of yourself, set goals, and let me help you on your journey of achieving greatness!

Education

James Madison University, B.S. of Kinesiology concentrating in Exercise Science/ Coaching Education Minor

Certification

American College of Sports Medicine, ACSM - Exercise Physiologist

Experience

Varsity Softball First Team All- Conference, Region, Metro, State, Player of the Year, State Champion; Varsity Gymnastics Regional Qualifier on Floor and Vault, State Qualifier on Floor; 2 Years Coaching Experience

Specialty

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Weight Loss, Body Image and Positivity, Special Populations, Chronic Diseases

Philosophy

Never settle for less than what you are capable of, and you are capable of amazing things!

Amber Shaw

Fitness Manager & Personal Trainer

Amber Shaw

Fitness Manager & Personal Trainer

I believe that all people are capable of amazing things with the right mindset and a great coach. I never thought I'd be a college athlete, put on 80lbs after school and lose 100lb in 6 months out of pure determination. My greatest reward over the years has been coaching people to do the same. Are you where you want to be?

Education

Grace College and Theological Seminary

Certification

ISSA

Experience

Overall Champion Women's Heavyweight Bodybuilding/ 7 years Fitness Experience/ Div 3 Dual Scholarship Soccer and Softball

Specialty

Bodybuilding. Weight loss. Motivation. Accountability. Results.

Philosophy

If it was easy it wouldn't be worth it

Robyn Bernard

Personal Trainer & Fusion Coach

Robyn Bernard

Personal Trainer & Fusion Coach

Every day is another chance to get stronger, eat better, live healthier, and be the best version you can be. Do something today that your future self will thank you for!

Education

West Virginia University, B.S. Exercise Physiology / minor Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude

Certification

National Academy of Sports Medicine, NASM CPT, CES, FNS

Experience

NCAA Division I Full-Scholarship Gymnast, 10 years of USAG competitive gymnast, 4 years of Cross Training Experience, 5 years of Coaching Experience

Specialty

Strength Training, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Women's Health, Mobility, Goal-Setting, Behavior/Lifestyle Modification

Philosophy

Trust the Process

Chris Hultquist

Personal Trainer & Fusion Coach

Chris Hultquist

Personal Trainer & Fusion Coach
“What we face may look insurmountable. But I learned something from all those years of training and competing. I learned something from all those sets and reps when i didn’t think i could lift another ounce of weight. What i learned is that we are always stronger than we know” Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Education

Longwood University, Exercise Science

Certification

National Academy of Sports Medicine; NASM

Experience

10 years in the Fitness Industry. USAPL Competitor, H.S volleyball

Specialty

Strength training, Body Image, Weight/Fat Loss.

Philosophy

Intelligent and efficient training – helping my clients achieve what they once thought was impossible and become the best versions of themselves.

Matt Elliott

Assistant Fitness Director
& Fusion Coach

Matt Elliott

Assistant Fitness Director
& Fusion Coach

"The more time you spend contemplating what you should have done... you lose valuable time planning what you can and will do." -Lil Wayne

Education

College of Charleston, B.S. Exercise Science

Certification

American College of Sports Medicine, ACSM

Experience

NCAA Division 1 Scholarship Swimmer, Rehab Setting Experience

Specialty

Sport Specific Training, Functional Mobility, Body Composition

Philosophy

Positivity and hard work fosters progress and results

Nick Myers

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Nick Myers

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

I believe wherever focus goes energy flows. Don't just go through the motions, get the most out of all that you do to reach your full potential. You deserve to be the best version of yourself and see your life change!

Education

Massaponax High School

Certification

International Sports Science Association, ISSA

Experience

5 years in the Fitness Industry

Specialty

Motivation, accountability, fat loss, muscle building

Philosophy

Your attitude determines your altitude.

Holly Cann

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Holly Cann

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Don't exercise because you hate your body, do it because you love your body. Exercising is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Exercising regularly can prevent diseases, injuries, and increase longevity and quality of life. Show yourself some love by taking care of the only body that you've got.

Education

Virginia Center Commons

Certification

American College of Sports Medicine certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Physiologist

Experience

Over 16 years of competitive swimming and coaching, Physical therapy Technician, Head research assistant at VCU RUN LAB

Specialty

Weight loss, Self-esteem, Competitive swimming bio-mechanics and water exercise

Philosophy

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try it

Lauren Rinker

Fusion Coach

Lauren Rinker

Fusion Coach

To live your best life, you must be able to move through it with ease. Each day we are realizing more the effects that a sedentary lifestyle has on our bodies. Training shouldn't just focus on aesthetics but also on improving the quality of your day-to-day life through movement training. Train to move better so you can live a healthy and happy life.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, English Literature and Psychology, Magna Cum Laude

Certification

National Academy of Sports Medicine

Experience

6 years in the fitness industry teaching Group Fitness/Team Training, 4 years in fitness program management

Specialty

Group and Team Training

Philosophy

Train to move, move to live

Amber Clem

Fusion Coach

Amber Clem

Fusion Coach

After many years of trial and error with my own fitness journey I learned half of the battle in achieving goals is all mindset. My goal as a coach is to encourage clients to focus on creating a positive mindset that will help develop a healthy lifestyle.

Education

High School

Certification

NCEP

Experience

10+ years in Fitness Industry and 2 years Group Teaching

Specialty

Women's Health, Postpartum Training, Group Fitness

Philosophy

Adjusting Perceptions to create a changed Reality

Shannon Lawson

Fusion Coach

Shannon Lawson

Fusion Coach

I believe every body is a good body! Love and appreciate all the things your body can do!

Education

James Madison University, Theatre and Dance

Certification

NASM CPT, AFAA Griup Fitness

Experience

Over 20 years experience in dance and fitness instruction

Specialty

Group training, Aquatics

Philosophy

Strive for progress, not perfection!
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