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  • Michael Fennell, Personal Trainer/Operations Manager

    Years of Experience

    • 10 Years

    Credentials

    • B.S Specialized Studies in Philosophy and Human Dynamics, Ohio University
    • Associate’s Degree in Social Sciences
    • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
    • NPI Certified Posture and Goniometry Specialist
    • RYT Registered Yoga Teacher 200 Hours
    • Ketogenic Diet and Intermittent Fasting Coach

    Michael has spent the last 17 years learning about fitness training for athletes and the general population. The process started when he began exercising with a PT at the age of thirteen. His goals at the time were to improve psychomotor skills and athletic performance. This knowledge changed his health for the better; improving his energy levels and confidence; shedding his baby fat and improving his musculature. Michael’s hard work led to a scholarship at Ohio University. Throughout his three years as a student athlete, he was fortunate to learn under the direction of certified strength and conditioning coaches. His experience as an athlete left him eager for experience as a coach. In January of 2010, he received his PT certification through the ACSM, assuming the responsibility of creating an individualized, safe exercise program and guiding the client toward achieving their health and fitness goals. His training has taught him that the human mind is capable of accomplishing so much when it is pushed and receiving positive encouragement. Michael’s goal is to provide this encouragement for your best physical effort every time you step into a training session.

    in my free time I like to
    Michael enjoys distance running, coaching wrestling, yoga, strength training, scientific research, philosophy, holistic health remedies, and most of all dogs.

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  • Eva Meckley, Personal Trainer/Team Engagement Coordinator

    Years of Experience

    • 8 Years

    Credentials

    • B. S. Psychology, Christopher Newport University
    • ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Personal Trainer
    • PROnatal Pre/Post Natal Exercise Certified

    While Eva was getting her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, she conducted research in Sports Psychology, motivation, and mental health in relation to fitness. This experience showed her that exercise and nutrition play a huge role in one’s mental health and can be used as a tool to live a stress free, happy life. This experience and knowledge has served her well as she guides her clients to reach their full potential. Eva’s main sport growing up was swimming, the beginning of her love for fitness. She loved swimming because of the opportunity to compete against herself and clearly see herself progress in the sport. While in college, Eva started weight lifting and training at her university gym. She appreciated having the ability to share the confidence and joy that exercise brought her with her peers and now to her clients. Eva became a personal trainer for two reasons. First, she wanted to share her passion and knowledge for fitness to help improve her clients quality of life and guide them to live the healthy and happy life they desire. Secondly, her variety of experiences teaching and coaching allows her to effectively convey how to perform exercises safely.

    in my free time I like to
    Eva’s special interests are building strength through weight lifting, swimming, and training prenatal and postpartum women. Also, Eva loves playing with her puppy, a pug named Penelope!

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  • Nina Halbrehder, Personal Trainer/Client Engagement Coordinator

    Years of Experience

    • 18 Years

    Credentials

    • B.S. Kinesiology, California State University-Hayward
    • Mat and Reformer Pilates Certifications
    • Personal Training and Group Exercise

    Nina’s athletic endeavors started with swimming, diving, and Ice hockey. In college, her focus shifted to weightlifting, martial arts and triathlon training. She always found exercise enjoyable, but struggled with food, weight and body image. Gaining then losing 90 pounds several times in her life required intense activity. It also led to repetitive use injuries to the knees and spine requiring surgery and rehabilitation. Nina realized when she stretched and performed corrective exercises, she felt great. This is why her current exercise philosophy is rooted in Pilates, functional movement and therapeutic exercise. Nina strives to promote overall health and balanced living. Her ultimate fitness goal and philosophy is: Feed the mind good thoughts, Fuel the body with good nutrition and find fun in physical activity!

    in my free time I like to
    Nina enjoys cooking, creating art, cycling, rock climbing, paddle boarding and learning to fly airplanes.

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  • Talisha Brittingham, Personal Trainer/Social Media Coordinator

    Years of Experience

    • 10 Years

    Credentials

    • B.S in Sports Medicine & Fitness Technology
    • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
    • NESTA Certified Metabolic Conditioning Coach
    • Grad Student (Current)-Clinical Exercise Science

    Fitness for Talisha started once she joined the Air Force in 2008. From there, she became interested in bodybuilding and other training styles to become well-rounded. At her first base, she became an Air Force Physical Trainer, to stay on top of her own fitness, then lead trainer, and finally the supervising NCO of the gym facility and lead trainer. Talisha provided fitness test training for individuals struggling to pass, failed prior, and women returning from maternity leave. Talisha was in this role for 5 years before pursuing a degree in the field. She has interned at a CrossFit gym, physical therapy clinic, and as a strength and conditioning coach at Gallaudet University coaching deaf students and learning ASL in the process. Talisha became an exercise physiologist to understand how the body functions and elevation, medication, weather, sleep, stress, and nutrition affect training. For Talisha, it's not about fitness level, age, or gender, but how to get the most out of people through small changes. She helps people see that the only limitations are the ones we set upon ourselves.

    in my free time I like to
    Talisha enjoys writing short stories/poetry, backpacking, hot weather, rucking, Ted Talks, live music, podcast, reading peer-review articles, watching dogs do funny things on YouTube, and gratitude journaling.

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  • Charles Ruiz, Personal Trainer/Fitness Programming Coordinator

    Years of Experience

    • 5 Years

    Credentials

    • B.S in Kinesiology/Minor in History, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
    • Styku Certified
    • InBody Certified

    Born and raised in Alexandria Virginia, Chuck is a former dual sport athlete in football and lacrosse. Chuck is aware that as a personal trainer he has the ability to impact an individual’s lifestyle for the better by developing programs to increase his client’s physical activity levels, in order to have a positive impact on their overall health and wellness. He has worked with a broad range of clients including; children, adolescents, adults, older adults and special populations with chronic diseases & comorbidities. Chuck specializes in weight loss, strength and endurance training, speed and agility and functional training. He is a huge advocate of EXERCISE IS MEDICINE, he believes it’s not about who is the most fit but who can become the healthiest by adopting positive behaviors such as exercise that will ultimately impacts his client’s overall health and wellness.

    in my free time I like to
    In his free time, Chuck enjoys learning about the stock market and the different dynamic opportunities on how to invest your capital. When trading stocks, you are taking calculated risk that may evoke mix feelings such as ambivalence or ambiguity, but the rewards can be euphoric. This is what attracts him to the market, it “spices” his personal life. He is all about high risk, high reward, it’s how he lives his life!

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  • Heather Dennee, Personal Trainer/Habit and Lifestyle Coordinator

    Years of Experience

    • 21 Years

    Credentials

    • B.S. Kinesiology, George Mason University
    • B.A. Communication & English, Christopher Newport University
    • AmSAT Alexander Technique (Functional Movement Therapy)
    • EMT-B
    • Reiki Master
    • USAF National D License Coaching
    • Metahealth Lifestyle Prescriptions Health Coach
    • Precision Nutrition Certification
    • Specialization in youth athletes in mindfulness and functional movement

    Heather, AmSAT, EMT-B, graduated in 2014 from the Alexander Technique Training Center program in Charlottesville, VA. The Alexander Technique, a body movement educational method is used to improve flexibility, posture, and performance in addition to relief of chronic pain, tension, and stress. Heather is an accomplished collegiate soccer player and USAF National D licensed coach. She has developed and facilitated an individualized program for the players on her teams, providing support to increase speed and accuracy of responsive movement. Heather has been a Reiki Master since 2009. Reiki can be used in any situation where there is a desire and openness for healing. By gaining greater body awareness, coordination, freedom of movement, and strengthening the relationship between mind and body it can have a profound and positive effect. She looks forward to bringing out each and every authentic self and reducing chronic pain, stress, and enhancing performance and freedom of movement.

    in my free time I like to
    Heather enjoys other sports such as tennis, horseback riding, and has a Black belt in Taekwondo. Her hobbies include ballroom dancing, singing and playing guitar.

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here’s how it works

complimentary

signature fit evaluation

A complimentary signature process where we learn about your goals, health history, and take you through a mini workout so we have the information we need to begin building your customized program.

full body assessment

A comprehensive fitness assessment to collect baseline metrics that will help us track your progress.

personal training session

Meet your trainer in your private suite (or virtually) for your 1:1 session to begin your completely customized workout program.

progress checks

A comprehensive assessment every 6 weeks so we can celebrate your progress and set new goals.

WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING...

  • Knowledgeable trainers. Good customer service.

  • The knowledgable, friendly trainers who gear each session to the needs and desires of the client, meaning each session is valuable to me. The flexibility to train virtually meant I could train even while quarantined.

  • Conveniently located on my street...;-). Cleanliness of facility and equipment. Professional, friendly staff and trainers. Would for sure recommend!

  • Neeta is your best Ambassador "It's ok to publicly share my name (and/or company) to promote Fitness Together. as long as you do not show photos of my muscles! ha ha

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