Trainers and Coaches

Meet our world-class training staff!

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.

Sharnice Deel

Personal Trainer

Sharnice Deel

Personal Trainer

You only get one body in life. Take care of it to the best of your ability.

Education

B.S. in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science

Certification

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, USATF Level 1 Coach

Experience

Sprints, Hurdling and Jumps coaching. Experience as a NCAA Division I track athlete. Fitness and Wellness Industry experience.

Specialty

Sports Specific Training, Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Weight Loss, Mass Gaining,

Philosophy

Learning how your body functions is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

Matt Elliott

Fitness Director
& Fusion Coach

Matt Elliott

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 that setting goals, giving your maximum effort to work towards them, staying focused even when life throws you curve balls, and accomplishing those goals is one of the best feelings ever. My goal is to help you be the best version of yourself and to help unlock your true potential.

Education

Massaponax High School

Certification

International Sports Science Association, ISSA; BFI Certified Boxing Fitness Trainer; Certified TRX Suspension Trainer

Experience

6 years in the Fitness Industry

Specialty

Functional Bodybuilding, Boxing for Fitness, Muscle gain, Weight Loss, TRX suspension training

Philosophy

Success at anything will always come from two things: Focus & effort, luckily we control both.

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

Jihan Garland

Personal Trainer & Fusion Coach

Jihan Garland

Personal Trainer & Fusion Coach

Power is not will. It is the phenomenon of physically making things happen. Become powerful.

Education

VCU Exercise Science Major

Certification

National College of Exercise Professionals, TRX Certified

Experience

3 years USAPL/IPF competitive power lifting (holding multiple state records),2 years Muay Thai, 2 years CrossFit, 3 years collegiate rugby, 5 years Greco-Roman/Freestyle wrestling, 8 years football, 3 sport specific +50 pound weight losses

Specialty

Mobility, toning, strength gain, muscle growth, fat loss, competitive power lifting prep.

Philosophy

Motivation gets you started, and habit keeps you going.

Stephanie Arreguin

Personal Trainer

Stephanie Arreguin

Personal Trainer
You're in the driver’s seat, I just called shotgun. I tell you direction, the speed limit, and when we need to fuel up on gas again; but you're in control. We may fight over music selection from time to time but it will be one great road trip, I can’t wait to make it to our destination.  

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University B.S. Health and Exercise Science

Certification

ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist® ACE: Certified Personal Trainer ACE: Certified Group Fitness Instructor

Experience

4 Years in Fitness Setting: Group Exercise, Personal Training, and Fitness Manager

Specialty

Strength and Flexibility training

Philosophy

Be strong, not by how much weight you can lift but by getting back up after falling

Cassidy Robertson

Personal Trainer

Cassidy Robertson

Personal Trainer
I have a passion for helping others find their love for exercising and living a healthy lifestyle. I believe anything you want to achieve is possible if you are willing to dedicate the time and determination.

Education

National Academy of Sports Medicine - Personal Training

Certification

NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Experience

2 years of fitness experience as a Fitness Manager.

Specialty

Strength Training

Philosophy

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

Alyssa Schlupp

Personal Trainer

Alyssa Schlupp

Personal Trainer
Life is crazy, right? It throws us punches but we can fight back by taking control of our health and habits. As a trainer, I’ll give you the gloves. It’s up to you to throw the punches. In other words: with the combination of your hard work and my knowledge, we are going to put up a great fight towards a better you.

Education

Bachelors in Exercise Science with Concentration in Clinical Applications Current Nursing Student

Certification

ISSA Certified Personal Trainer ISSA Sports Nutrition Specialist

Experience

5+ Years as a certified personal trainer, Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation intern, NPC nationally qualified bikini competitor

Specialty

Senior Fitness, Post Rehab, Metabolic Syndrome, Mobility, Strength, Weight loss/Body Composition, Active Release and Stretch therapy

Philosophy

“If you don’t make time for your wellness you will be forced to make time for your illness.” - Anonymous

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

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!

Matt Elliott

Fitness Director
& Fusion Coach

Matt Elliott

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 that setting goals, giving your maximum effort to work towards them, staying focused even when life throws you curve balls, and accomplishing those goals is one of the best feelings ever. My goal is to help you be the best version of yourself and to help unlock your true potential.

Education

Massaponax High School

Certification

International Sports Science Association, ISSA; BFI Certified Boxing Fitness Trainer; Certified TRX Suspension Trainer

Experience

6 years in the Fitness Industry

Specialty

Functional Bodybuilding, Boxing for Fitness, Muscle gain, Weight Loss, TRX suspension training

Philosophy

Success at anything will always come from two things: Focus & effort, luckily we control both.

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

Jihan Garland

Personal Trainer & Fusion Coach

Jihan Garland

Personal Trainer & Fusion Coach

Power is not will. It is the phenomenon of physically making things happen. Become powerful.

Education

VCU Exercise Science Major

Certification

National College of Exercise Professionals, TRX Certified

Experience

3 years USAPL/IPF competitive power lifting (holding multiple state records),2 years Muay Thai, 2 years CrossFit, 3 years collegiate rugby, 5 years Greco-Roman/Freestyle wrestling, 8 years football, 3 sport specific +50 pound weight losses

Specialty

Mobility, toning, strength gain, muscle growth, fat loss, competitive power lifting prep.

Philosophy

Motivation gets you started, and habit keeps you going.
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