Fitness TogetherBelmont
30 Church St
Belmont, MA   02478
p. (617) 484-9048


Monday - Friday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
By Appointment Only

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Our Staff

Get to know our friendly Fitness Together Personal Training Staff at Belmont

Paula Elbert


Paula has been working with Fitness Together since 2005. She earned a B.S. in Exercise Science from Bridgewater State College. Paula started in the health and fitness industry in a Physical Therapy setting. She was responsible for helping clients with injuries or surgeries carry out the appropriate exercises given by the Physical Therapists. After gaining experience working with clients who have had everything from hip and knee replacements to shoulder injuries, Paula decided to pursue personal training. It was a good fit and she has been training now for the past 5 years. Being active is a very important part of Paula’s life. She enjoys activities such as running, skiing, rock climbing and hiking. Not only does she enjoy keeping herself active but loves to help improve the activity level of other people as well. Whether it’s teaching a kickboxing class, a boot camp class or working one-on-one with clients here at Fitness Together, Paula does it all and has enjoyed every minute of it ….( well maybe not every minute of it but close). She loves working with people and wouldn’t have it any other way. “Getting to show someone they can do something they didn’t think possible and something they could not do 3 months ago is priceless. The human body is an amazing instrument and people need to treat it that way. Be good to it and it will return the favor many years to come.”

Brian Knowles

Assistant Manager

Brian graduated in the winter of 2008 from the University of Maine in Orono with a degree in business administration with a major in accounting. It did not take long for him to realize that his heart was not in it, so he did not pursue accounting. Instead he worked as a subcontractor in the Bar Harbor area while he figured out what he wanted to do with his life. After he completed a home fitness program and lost 30 pounds, it dawned on him that the fitness industry was for him. Shortly after deciding that a career in the fitness world was the way to go and he enrolled at the National Personal Training Institute. After a short stint as a personal trainer at Work Out World in Brockton, Brian was able to show his worth as a trainer and was hired at Fitness Together. He currently lives in Somerville.

Brian has been involved in sports his entire life, from school teams to intramurals in college. He has experienced the benefits of physical activities and team work which has helped to shape his character. He enjoys playing all sports but his favorite is basketball. With a father who is a chiropractor and a mother who is a nurse, personal training seemed to be a natural fit.

“Healthy living is a lifestyle made up of 2 things: Diet and Exercise. The trick is to find healthy foods that work and an exercise routine that is fun.”

Paul Kostopoulous

Head Trainer

Paul graduated from Mass Bay Community College in 2004 with an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts. After working in many different fields, Paul decided that he wanted to become a personal trainer. He went back to school at the National Personal Trainer Institute in Waltham and upon graduating in June 2011, he joined the FT Belmont team.

Paul is 30 years old and lives in Somerville. He has always been very athletic and enjoys playing sports such as hockey, basketball, baseball, and boxing. His own fitness has always been very important to him and he loves being able to help other people with theirs.

“Life is a sport… so train for it!”

Shane Preston


Shane is a senior at University of Massachusetts Boston pursuing a degree in Exercise Health Science. After having worked multiple different jobs, Shane realized his fascination with how the body functions. After doing insane amounts of reading and researching about fitness and nutrition, Shane changed his own nutrition and workout routines to drop 20 pounds of body fat.

 His transformation prompted him to become a personal trainer  with aspirations of helping people achieve their own personal fitness goals. Shane also has a passion for learning and practicing corrective exercises, which has fueled his desire to attend graduate school to obtain a doctorate in Physical Therapy in the future.

Shane has played sports his entire life. He is very active, and enjoys snowboarding any chance he gets , surfing, white water rafting, and hiking during the summer, watching and playing sports, and of course working out all the time.


                 “When I exercise, I wear all black. It’s like a funeral for my fat”


Caitlin McKenna


Caitlin started here at Fitness Together Belmont as a client back in the fall of 2008. Having hit a breaking point, she knew it was time to make some major changes. Training at Fitness Together was the answer.  The workouts were tough but the trainers made them enjoyable, but even more they helped me develop a love for health and fitness.

Fast forward four years and Caitlin had lost over 80 lbs. With having had such great success at FT, she decided to make a big change. With her personal achievement she decided what would make her happy would be to help others achieve their health and fitness goals, just as her trainers helped her to achieve her own. Caitlin enrolled at the National Personal Training Institute in Waltham and graduated in October 2013. With her new degree Caitlin was able to quit her dead end job and start as a personal trainer at Fitness Together Belmont. Caitlin is excited to be on the team here at FT Belmont and looks forward to helping others have just as much success as she has.

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.”

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