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Short Pump Team

Meet the Fam

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Joe Marro

Assistant Fitness Manager, Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Joe Marro

Assistant Fitness Manager, Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

I believe that working out should be enjoyable. It’s not a punishment for bad habits. It is how we show love towards our body. Take care of your body it’s the only one you got. The investment in your health is an investment towards your life.

Education

Associates in Science, COA

Certification

NASM

Experience

3 years in the Fitness Industry

Specialty

Overall Health & Wellness & Group Fitness

Philosophy

“You don’t need a new day to start over, you only need a new mindset.” Hazel Ozbek

Rachel Roche

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Rachel Roche

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

I believe that we have an infinite potential to find success in our every day. One positive thought in the morning influences a positive mind. A positive mind brings about positive actions, which further lead to a happy and successful you. I believe falling in love with yourself unconditionally is the first step to leading a happy, healthy life.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University, Class of 2016 B.A. of Exercise Science

Certification

ACE

Experience

5 years club volleyball, 4 years long distance running, Hands on learning at VCU

Specialty

Body Image, Weight loss, Endurance Training

Philosophy

If you believe it, you can achieve it.

Jo Beardsley

Personal Trainer

Jo Beardsley

Personal Trainer

I believe that every day is full of opportunities, and it is what you do with those opportunities that determines your future.

Education

Houghton College, B.S. in Physical Education; SUNY Fredonia, M.S. in Education

Certification

ACE CPT

Experience

College Athlete: Soccer and Basketball, Women’s Professional Soccer (W-League), 6 years in the fitness industry

Specialty

General Fitness and Sport Specific Training

Philosophy

Finding the kid in us all

Corey Iglesias

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Corey Iglesias

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach
No one ever achieved success over night; baby steps are the building blocks to achieving your goals and dreams. Wake up every day with a purpose and a desire to be the best “you” you can be. Never sell yourself short because hindsight is 20/20.

Education

B.S. Health Physical Education & Exercise Science

Certification

ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist

Experience

Intern Commonwealth Sports Medicine, Intern University of Richmond Strength & Conditioning Men’s Basketball/Tennis/Woman’s Soccer/Field Hockey, High School Division 1 Athlete Wrestling/Track and Field/Swimming/Power Lifting

Specialty

Exercise Physiology, Cardiac and Musculoskeletal Disability, Disease Prevention & Maintenance, Injury Prevention, Power Lifting, Weight Loss & Management, Body Image, Sport Specific Training

Philosophy

“I can’t” is not a viable answer until you try.

Dana Gigliotti

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Dana Gigliotti

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Dare to be Remarkable! You can have anything you want in life. Including a happy, healthy lifestyle and a fully functioning body. Believe in yourself and we will make it happen together. We are all awesome and YOUR TIME IS NOW!

Education

University of Maryland, B.S. in Business Administration

Certification

National College of Exercise Professionals, NCEP

Experience

20 years competive tennis, United States Tennis Association Coach 10 and under

Specialty

Personal Training, Partner Training, Small Group Training

Philosophy

Do small things with GREAT LOVE and amazing things will happen.

Brad Atkinson

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Brad Atkinson

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

I believe that more people need to move and play instead of isolate and tone. Research and get to know your body more. Discover new movement patterns that will create a resilient body. You don’t move. You barely move. All you need to do is move.

Education

Longwood University

Certification

ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist

Experience

5 years in the fitness industry

Specialty

Human Performance and Injury Prevention

Philosophy

Live life dynamically. MOVE. MORE

Andrew Ling

Personal Trainer

Andrew Ling

Personal Trainer

I believe that everyone should work hard to be better today than they were yesterday. Hope for the best but train so that you can handle the worst. Lift heavy. Run Fast. Move well. Be Happy.

Education

N/A

Certification

NCEP Certified Personal Trainer, TRX Suspension Trainer, TRX Functional Fitness Trainer

Experience

5 years serving with the Army National Guard Infantry. 1 year training recruits with the Army National Guard in Physical Fitness. 1 year in the Fitness Industry.

Specialty

Functional Fitness, TRX, Strength & Conditioning

Philosophy

Embrace the Suck

Jelani Dandles

Personal Trainer

Jelani Dandles

Personal Trainer

I believe with faith and determination an individual can accomplish more than they ever imagined. If you are looking for change, search within yourself. In all things, never stop believing and never give up!

Education

VCU: Doctor of Physical Therapy Candidate; University at Albany: B.S. - Business Administration; Master's in Public Administration (MPA)

Certification

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) - National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA)

Experience

NCAA Division I-AA Football: All Northeast Conference (NEC) Defensive Back; 5 years training a variety of fitness levels - from sedentary individuals to elite professional athletes

Specialty

Sports Specific Training, Motivation

Philosophy

Stop making excuses and make a change!

Jane Duke

Personal Trainer

Jane Duke

Personal Trainer

I believe that a healthy body starts with a healthy diet and proper exercise. It's never too late to improve the quality of your life.

Education

Having made a decision to live a healthy life as a young teen, I have spent my life learning to to keep my mind and body in the best health possible.

Certification

Nasm, TRX

Experience

2010 Trainer of the year. Land to water training and ages from 11 to 90 years of age.

Specialty

Post- rehab and seniors

Philosophy

You are what you eat.

Meagan Freiwald

Personal Trainer

Meagan Freiwald

Personal Trainer

If you treat your body like a vehicle for your mind, there's nothing you can't do in this life. Healthy living is a mindset and once learned, it can only be enriched for the rest of your life! You just need to embark on the journey!

Education

George Mason University, Graduate Certificate in Nutrition; Old Dominion University, B.S. of Biology

Certification

American Council on Exercise, ACE

Experience

10 years in the fitness industry: Weight loss/gain, Muscle mass gain & strengthening, Nutritional planning & advising, Malnourishment prevention, Injury prevention, Group exercise coaching, Yoga, Posture assessments, Endurance racing

Specialty

Holistic results program design, Nutrition, Body confidence, Body composition, Weight loss & Weight gain, Muscle building & Strengthening, Posture assessments, Injury prevention

Philosophy

Desire is what gets you started, motivation keeps you going.

Aryn Daugherty

Personal Trainer

Aryn Daugherty

Personal Trainer

Life is all about choices. I live to inspire individuals to be the best they can be, and to show them that everything is possible if you choose to believe in yourself and are willing to put in the work..

Education

Virginia Tech, B.S. of Human Nutrition Foods and Exercise Science

Certification

American Council of Exercise, ACE; Functional Movement Systems, FMS

Experience

4 years as a physical therapy technician, Virginia Tech fitness facility supervisor, and over 5 years of personal training

Specialty

Rehabilitation programming, biomechanical correction, weight loss and nutrition specialist, female muscle toning, pre and post natal exercise, adolescent exercise, lean mass building

Philosophy

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Joshua Wright

Personal Trainer

Joshua Wright

Personal Trainer

"Discipline your behavior & take control of your mind. Self discipline is loving yourself and doing what is in your best interest. Win the war in your own mind and success will follow."

Education

N/A

Certification

National College of Exercise Professionals, NCEP

Experience

E-5 Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps. Trained fellow Marines to meet USMC standards for Physical Fitness Test & Body Composition. Personal 12+ years weight training & 25 lbs muscle gain.

Specialty

Body Building/Physique, Weight Loss, Strength & Conditioning, Power lifting, Sport specific training.

Philosophy

If your not making someone else's life better then your wasting your time.

Benjamin Snyder

Personal Trainer

Benjamin Snyder

Personal Trainer

I believe in having fun while helping people reach for their higher potential. That said, don't just aim for the bare minimum, or even just to do pretty good. Aim to always improve on what you are doing. Even if that means being a ditch digger, be the best ditch digger you can be.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University, B. S. of Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science

Certification

N.S.C.A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Experience

1 Year in Fitness Industry, 3 years in HS Rowing, 2 years training Parkour, Strength Training

Specialty

Strength and Conditioning, Powerlifting, Muscle mass gain

Philosophy

The master has failed more times than the beginner has ever tried.

Annie Hoilman

Personal Trainer

Annie Hoilman

Personal Trainer

I believe in flexible consistency. The choices you make MOST OFTEN will drive your results. Making small and sustainable changes in your daily routine will add up to big rewards in the future. Actively choosing to stay consistent MOST of the time leaves some wiggle room for deviations in your plan SOME of the time!

Education

John Tyler Community College A.S. General Studies

Certification

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM); National College of Exercise Professionals (NCEP)

Experience

2 years competitive track & field; 2 years as an exercise professional

Specialty

General health & fitness, resistance training, weight loss, motivation, confidence

Philosophy

Yes, you are allowed to have fun.

Christine Plassmann

Personal Trainer

Christine Plassmann

Personal Trainer

Consistency is important. Show up, put in the work, and you will see results. Achieving fitness goals is an ongoing process. Once those goals are reached, set the bar higher. These consistent actions towards a goal allow for flexibility. Take a vacation and eat the birthday cake, life's too short not too. But life's also too short to not try for your wildest dreams.

Education

MTSU: B.S. Business, AB Tech: A.A. Baking and Pastry Arts

Certification

ACE

Experience

2 years Personal Training, 1 year Physical Therapy Technician, 15 year personal fitness journey

Specialty

Strength training, Conditioning, Functional movement, Building confidence

Philosophy

Show up, put in the work, and make it fun!

Ben Teets

Personal Trainer

Ben Teets

Personal Trainer

My body is not a temple or a fortress, it’s a vehicle. Low grade fuels and neglect of routine maintenance lead to breakdown. Time, effort, and attention to detail improve performance and increase the lifespan.

Education

Jefferson College of Health Sciences, B.S. in Health Sciences

Certification

ACE, Certified Personal Trainer

Experience

10 years consistent barbell training.

Specialty

Strength and Conditioning, Weight Loss, Behavior Change

Philosophy

Keep your blood clean, your body lean, and your mind sharp.

Damon Jefferies

Personal Trainer

Damon Jefferies

Personal Trainer

The human body is simply amazing, more capable and complex than the most sophisticated machine. Most people, however, never scratch the surface of what it can do, and I think that is a terrible shame. You only get one body, let me teach you how to maintain and improve it, and you will discover you are capable of incredible things!

Education

Harrisburg Area Community College, A.S in Exercise Science

Certification

ACSM CPT

Experience

10 years competitive swimming, HS soccer, mountain biking

Specialty

Overall fitness, weight loss, strength and conditioning

Philosophy

If you want something you will make the time for it, if not you will only make excuses.

Joe Marro

Assistant Fitness Manager, Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Joe Marro

Assistant Fitness Manager, Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

I believe that working out should be enjoyable. It’s not a punishment for bad habits. It is how we show love towards our body. Take care of your body it’s the only one you got. The investment in your health is an investment towards your life.

Education

Associates in Science, COA

Certification

NASM

Experience

3 years in the Fitness Industry

Specialty

Overall Health & Wellness & Group Fitness

Philosophy

“You don’t need a new day to start over, you only need a new mindset.” Hazel Ozbek

Rachel Roche

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Rachel Roche

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

I believe that we have an infinite potential to find success in our every day. One positive thought in the morning influences a positive mind. A positive mind brings about positive actions, which further lead to a happy and successful you. I believe falling in love with yourself unconditionally is the first step to leading a happy, healthy life.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University, Class of 2016 B.A. of Exercise Science

Certification

ACE

Experience

5 years club volleyball, 4 years long distance running, Hands on learning at VCU

Specialty

Body Image, Weight loss, Endurance Training

Philosophy

If you believe it, you can achieve it.

Corey Iglesias

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Corey Iglesias

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach
No one ever achieved success over night; baby steps are the building blocks to achieving your goals and dreams. Wake up every day with a purpose and a desire to be the best “you” you can be. Never sell yourself short because hindsight is 20/20.

Education

B.S. Health Physical Education & Exercise Science

Certification

ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist

Experience

Intern Commonwealth Sports Medicine, Intern University of Richmond Strength & Conditioning Men’s Basketball/Tennis/Woman’s Soccer/Field Hockey, High School Division 1 Athlete Wrestling/Track and Field/Swimming/Power Lifting

Specialty

Exercise Physiology, Cardiac and Musculoskeletal Disability, Disease Prevention & Maintenance, Injury Prevention, Power Lifting, Weight Loss & Management, Body Image, Sport Specific Training

Philosophy

“I can’t” is not a viable answer until you try.

Dana Gigliotti

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Dana Gigliotti

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Dare to be Remarkable! You can have anything you want in life. Including a happy, healthy lifestyle and a fully functioning body. Believe in yourself and we will make it happen together. We are all awesome and YOUR TIME IS NOW!

Education

University of Maryland, B.S. in Business Administration

Certification

National College of Exercise Professionals, NCEP

Experience

20 years competive tennis, United States Tennis Association Coach 10 and under

Specialty

Personal Training, Partner Training, Small Group Training

Philosophy

Do small things with GREAT LOVE and amazing things will happen.

Brad Atkinson

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Brad Atkinson

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

I believe that more people need to move and play instead of isolate and tone. Research and get to know your body more. Discover new movement patterns that will create a resilient body. You don’t move. You barely move. All you need to do is move.

Education

Longwood University

Certification

ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist

Experience

5 years in the fitness industry

Specialty

Human Performance and Injury Prevention

Philosophy

Live life dynamically. MOVE. MORE

Allison Ray

Fusion Coach

Allison Ray

Fusion Coach

I believe you can’t get anywhere in life without hard work, failing, and struggling. It’s those that get back up when their down, try harder, and don’t quit that see results. Don’t ever throw in the towel, use it to wipe your sweat and keep going! Push yourself past your limits!

EducationUniversity of Oklahoma, B.S. of Earth Science

University of Oklahoma, B.S. of Earth Science

Certification

American Council on Exercise, ACE

Experience

3 years in the fitness industry

Specialty

Bootcamp, Athletic training, general fitness,

Philosophy

“I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And THAT is why I succeed” - Michael Jordan
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