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Personal Training Studio 111 Chinquapin Round Rd, Ste 201
Annapolis, MD 21401

Personal Training Success Stories

Get Inspired, Get Results. *Individual exercise results may vary.

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Avery Nelson

National Sales Executive

A little over a year ago I had the pleasure of meeting Avery, she came to me to change her lifestyle. She wanted to improve her health and lose weight like most of our clients. She began coming in regularly and with the exception of the occasional work trip or vacation has been faithful to the process and maintained a consistent frequency. We also had many talks on good nutrition and she quickly started to become more aware and make better foods choices.

Another Before and After

Avery has now lost 75lbs*, and looks terrific!! The best part is, she’s not satisfied yet! She wants to continue to push her body and her mind (after all 90% of this whole process is wrapping your mind around the idea of this new lifestyle). It has been a privilege to watch her mold herself into this new lifestyle she has been chasing. It is these moments that make leaving the corporate world behind so worth it. I want to thank her for believing in the process and continuing to fight even when things got tough and I very much look forward to watching her continue to set new goals and push herself further and further!!


Bruce White


Before and After

Since I began training with Fitness Together about six months ago, I have enjoyed personal training sessions with both of you as well as with Sean, all which were very rewarding.  As you know, Stephen Shemler has been my primary trainer and I cannot say enough good things about how well he has worked with me.  I was a reluctant client.  Having never worked with a physical trainer before, I was a bit concerned about whether my goals were even rational, much less reasonable.  Each one of you has made me feel like your most important client, and I really appreciate the attention to my goals and the variety you have brought to my training program.

All of you have heard about my primary goals, the biggest of which is to overcome chronic back pain.  There were days when I questioned whether the training was working, but you encouraged me to stick with it and the results would come.  I am unable to express how pleased I am with my current progress.  Back issues I have struggled with for more than ten years have been virtually eliminated!*  My clothes are now three sizes smaller, my stamina has increased tremendously and I feel stronger than I ever have.*  Now I look forward to my second goal which is to be proud of the way I look when the clock strikes half-a-century within the next year.  Stephen has that on his radar for me and I am very happy with the progress so far.

Thanks for what you do.  It has made a tremendous difference for me!




It has been about eighteen months since I last wrote to express my pleasure with the progress I had made at Fitness Together and to let you know how much I appreciate the attention, support and encouragement that you and your staff have shown me.

The primary purpose of this update is to let you know what a tremendous difference Sean Flippo has made since becoming my primary trainer. The first six months or so that I worked with your team, I lost significant body fat, saw marked improvement in my lower back problems and raised my overall level of fitness in ways that I never thought possible.* Since Sean became my primary trainer, I have achieved physical goals so remarkable to me that I often have a tough time comprehending that I can actually do such things.

He cares. That is the most succinct way that I have been able to articulate why this has been successful. Sean listens to what I would like to accomplish, he suggests alternative pathways to get there, and designs exercise routines that keep me motivated and most importantly, get results! I can only imagine that training any number of clients day in and day out could get boring and could cause a trainer to lose focus. I have never seen that in Sean as each training session challenges me, pushes my limits and never lets me off the hook. I really do appreciate the whole Fitness Together experience.

Thank you to all of you for making me feel like your most important client.


Rhonda Johns

I never thought I’d be the kind of person who would feel the need to hire a personal trainer.  Come on, I ran a marathon!  Alas, I found out the hard way that once you stop running, you stop burning calories.  And once you keep eating, you stop being thin.  Truth is, at 26, I wasn’t a stranger to exercise, but I was in a slump and I needed a change.

Sean was that change.  Working out with Sean was the best thing I think I’ve ever done.  I met with him every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning.  It was his job to constantly find ways for me to say, “That’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.”  I loved it!  I loved my workouts and for the past 9 months, I scheduled the rest of my life around them…instead of the other way around.  

For a foodie like myself, the biggest obstacle to getting to my goal weight was the inability to stop putting food (read:carbs) in my mouth.  I learned the hard way that it’s all but impossible to out-exercise a bad diet.  But as many times as I’d backslide and feel like I was starting over, Sean kept it real and kept me accountable--every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  I can all but imagine how much sooner I would have given up otherwise!  But I stayed consistent, and it was never too late to make a fresh start.  And as Sean would say to me consistently before every workout, it was never too late to “do this thing.”  So I did. 

As far as my results?  Well, the short answer to this can be summed up in two words: Clapping push-ups.*

But to elaborate, I actually started working out with Sean while I was rehabbing an injury I got while running.  The workouts Sean gave me were so demanding that before I knew it, six weeks had gone by and I was running again…and it was easy.  Sean made running feel easy.  Who is this guy??

It was only a matter of time before I was jumping rope like a (semi) pro and doing box jumps with four freaking boxes.*  After every workout I would be so giddy with excitement that I’d go into work and demonstrate what I did on top of the counters and behind the yogurt machines.  I never did manage broad jumps down the sidewalk.

I went from doing 20-minute walks on my days “off,” to running 5 miles before work, and longer on the weekends.*  I got enough confidence to train for my sixth half marathon and then go run it in my fastest time ever—with only running 3 days a week…tops!  I have more energy, more happiness, a new appreciation for all that I’m capable of (Box jumps with 5 boxes?  Maybe someday…). 

My results.  Have been.  Awesome.


Lex Birney


It has been almost one year since I began training at Fitness Together. During that time and after reaching my original goals, I underwent unexpected surgery, lost all that we had gained and then subsequently gained it again and then some!

During my entire experience, everyone here has been caring, enthusiastic and truly engaged in my fitness objectives and concerned for my well being.

As a result, I am in the best shape of my adult life and look forward to each workout in a strangely masochistic way. I have tried a number of other gym type memberships and have failed miserably each time primarily because of the inconsistency of the training and the difficulty of following a routine due to overcrowding on particular machines at certain times.

Finally, while there is a bit more cost initially in the program at Fitness Together, there is no question that the flexibility and, most importantly, the results and the time it takes to achieve them, are a much greater value when measured on a per dollar per visit per goal achieved basis.

A friend of mine commented that once you reach fifty it’s just a matter of slowing down your inevitable deterioration. If that’s the case, then Fitness Together is a time machine.


Carolyn Stemple

Director, Office Management

In April 2007 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and under went chemo/cancer treatment for over a year. The treatments were very rough since I was allergic to most of them. In addition, I developed severe heart failure from one of the cancer drugs in January 2008. As I am a very strong, energetic person, I continued to push myself through the entire ordeal. I realized with heart failure I needed to do as much exercise as I possibly could in hopes that I would get my heart function back to normal again. Therefore, I spoke to my doctor and he agreed. I found myself trying to workout at home but just didn't feel like it was doing enough. In March 2008 I received a newspaper from Annapolis and saw the article from Fitness Together. I read it, called for information, and talked to my doctor. Originally, I was reluctant, plus intimidated, because I was concerned I would not be able to complete the workout never having done anything like this. However, when I came in for my first session, I was so impressed and excited! After I was done, I knew this was what I was looking for. The trainers, Jeff, Price and Sean, are so professional and epitomize the word "team"! Their enthusiasm and passion for their jobs and clients are contagious. Their personalities emphatically support the "1 Client, 1 Trainer, 1 Goal" philosophy of Fitness Together. They motivate me to want to work harder and exceed my goals! Although the cost may be a deterrent for some, I now realize that your health is worth every penny because you just never know what may come next in your life and you need to be prepared both physically and mentally! Although Fitness Together provides me the opportunity to improve my health; Sean, Price and Jeff provide me the strong desire and motivation I need to continue! Thanks guys!!!!!!!!!!


Janis Markusic

Okay I admit it- I'm just not motivated to exercise. Getting in shape and staying in shape is hard work and, over the years, my lack of motivation resulted in weight gain and health issues. It wasn't until I committed to an initial 12 week exercise program with Fitness Together that I started to see a positive change in my health, my shape, and my overall attitude. Today, I have been with Fitness Together since February. Wow- in six short months I feel years younger, look better, reduced my stress levels, lost body fat and inches, and dropped a dress size.* Even my physician was impressed! I have to give credit to my trainer. Sean Flippo knows how to design a challenging workout that achieves results; and he makes it fun! The Fitness Together trainers are the motivation I need. Now I actually look forward to exercising... can you believe it?... and the results are definitely worth it.


Roni A. Kelley

CPA, Senior VP, Director of Accounting

A little over a year ago, I decided that I had to make a change in my life.  I was turning 39 and knew that I wanted to be in a different place physically, mentally, and emotionally.  I’ve always been a relatively small person, so I never really “had” to diet or workout.  However, underneath it all, I was what I like to refer to as “skinny-fat”.  More importantly, I couldn’t recall a time that I didn’t constantly feel fatigued, stressed, or easily agitated.  Over the past 15 years, I experienced chronic neck, shoulder, and back aches/soreness that sent me to the chiropractor regularly.  I focused so much time and energy on building a successful career throughout my 20s and 30s that there was no time left for taking care of me.  Over the years, I made several half-hearted attempts at starting a workout program, only to fail miserably for one reason or another - “I don’t have enough time; I’m too tired; I’m not seeing any results; I don’t know what machines to use/ what exercises to do/ how much weight/how many reps; or that gym is too crowded/a meet market.”  I could go on and on, but you get the idea. 

When I made the decision to give it another shot, I knew that it had to be different than what I had tried so many times before.  I started researching personal trainers online and found Fitness Together Annapolis.  I loved the concept - one client, one trainer, one goal - all in a private fitness studio.  I met with Jeff for an introductory session and really enjoyed it.  Needless to say, I signed up that day.  The private environment aspect of it was very appealing to me - no feeling self-conscious that other people are watching me workout, no waiting for someone else to finish on a machine, no dodging people standing around socializing, etc.  Every session is focused entirely on me and my workout, so it is also very efficient.  Sean has been my trainer since I started with FT Annapolis in January 2012.  He has pushed me far beyond my comfort zone both physically and mentally and has helped me to achieve things that I never thought possible for myself.  The workouts Sean puts together are very dynamic, so I’m never bored and neither is my body - this approach yields ongoing results and keeps me coming back.  I have joked to Sean that I must be suffering from Stockholm syndrome because I keep coming back for more abuse. ;P  All kidding aside, I always look forward to my workouts with Sean and he seems as invested in my success as I am. 

We’ve all heard about the benefits of exercise, but until you experience it first hand, you cannot appreciate how much it can transform your life and how addictive it is.  The physical and mental changes in me have been amazing.  I haven’t seen the chiropractor in over six months.  I have tons of energy.  My stress level has decreased considerably.* I sleep well.  AND I had to buy a whole new wardrobe - love that! 

One of my proudest moments came in December 2012 when I finished my very first half marathon in 2 hours 10 minutes.*  I can’t thank Sean and the rest of the FT Annapolis team enough for helping me to change my life.  Looking forward to more of that in 2013 and beyond with FT Annapolis!

Karen Brown

I heard about Fitness Together through a friend of mine.  I had previously been a member of a large gym and did not like the atmosphere.  I would go from machine to machine, not knowing what they did or how to use them.  I would faithfully workout but would not get my desired results.  I contacted Fitness Together and went for a consultation.  I loved the idea of "1 Client 1 Trainer 1 Goal" and purchased 24 training sessions.  At the end of 24 sessions I had lost 13 pounds 18.5 inches.*  I went from a size 12 to a size 8!*  I would have never thought I could get these results in just 12 weeks.  Everyone that works at Fitness Together takes the time to talk to you, answer your questions and motivate you.  Sean, my trainer knows how to get the best out of every session.  I am so pleased with my results I purchased an additional 36 sessions.  I wish I would have done this years ago, but as always the 1st step is the hardest.

Nancy Salisbury

I'm thrilled with the results that I have gotten from FT Annapolis.  So far I am down 2 sizes of clothes,* my confidence level has gone way up and my energy levels have significantly improved.  I feel like the knowledgeable trainers at FT Annapolis do an excellent job getting the most from me during every session.  Also, for the first time in a long time, I actually believe in my ability to lose the weight I want to lose and to get back in shape.


Rebecca Duncan

I joined Fitness Together Annapolis after seeing their commercial for a few months.  I figured this would be the way to go if I was serious about getting back in shape.  It would be a way to stay accountable and get honest feedback. Since Joining Fitness Together I have lost weight, my clothes are fitting a lot better, my strength and endurance has improved and I feel more confident in wearing clothes that fit me instead of hiding in oversized clothing.* Annie and the staff are a great encouragement to me.  I also appreciate that they hear you.  They will push you to the next level, but will listen and adapt if you are having an off day.  This is one of the best decisions that I made this year.  The encouragement, feedback, and accountability are helping me to stay focused toward a healthier life so I can be ready for whatever life brings my way.

Ann Whalen

FT Annapolis provides me with the ultimate solution to over-crowded health clubs, including a clean atmosphere, with state of the art equipment, and personal attention from their knowledgeable trainers.  Scheduling training sessions is easy as their staff is very accommodating to my schedule.  The trainers at FT Annapolis have helped me stay fit so I have the energy and stamina to keep up with my young children.  Whatever your personal goal FT Annapolis can help you achieve it!

Glenda Bland

I just wanted to take a moment to thank Fitness Together Annapolis for working with me over 3 months at the end of last year.  I began using the treadmill and elliptical last summer on my own in order to try and reduce my blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  Even though I quickly saw a drop in both and lost a bit of weight, I signed up with Fitness Together in order to take my commitment to getting healthier to another level.  At 62 years old, I wanted to prove to myself that I could get healthier, feel better and have more energy.  Stephen was motivating and constantly challenged me not cutting me any slack because of my age.  He created a series of exercises that gave me fantastic results.  I dropped 2 trouser sizes in the 3 months that I worked with FT and I didn't gain any weight during the Christmas season.*  What a great way to end the year!  Thanks Fitness Together!

Jack Grove

Before starting with Fitness Together I weighed 235 lbs and could not bench press 95 lbs.  After working with Fitness Together I am now down to a much more muscular 197 lbs and can bench press 155 lbs six times!*  I look and feel much better than I have in years and much of my success I attribute to Fitness Together.  I love the fact that I have a trainer that I am accountable to which keeps me from skipping workouts.  If you are having a hard time getting started call Fitness Together, you won't regret it.

Lisa Talley

In my first 6 months of working out with Jeff I lost 25 lbs and went from a size 12 to a size 4-6!! I’m 42 years old and in the best shape of my life.*  Joining FT has been one of the best decisions I have made in the last 4 years!  I love the fact that I actually have fun and enjoy working out.  I look forward to my Tuesdays with Jeff and Thursdays with Dan!

FT Annapolis Client

Since starting with Fitness Together my balance and flexibility have really improved.  I have lost inches all over and can now wear clothes I have not been able to wear in years.*  The trainers all take a personal interest in my results.

Amy Woomer

At Fitness Together Annapolis each workout is different and fun.  As I get stronger, my workout continues to get harder.  I love the personal attention that I get at FT.  So far I have lost 10 pounds and 7% body fat!*  My clothes fit better and I feel better about the way I look.  I now have faith that I will look amazing for my wedding In June.


I highly recommend this facility. I joined when I was my heaviest and my doctor had put me on blood pressure and heart medication the previous year. Through their workouts and talking about diet they not only helped me lose the 20 lbs I had gained, they also got me 10 lbs. below that.* The transformation from more fat to more muscle was so amazing that I started playing soccer again in my 50's!* More importantly, I am no longer a client because they taught me how to eat healthy and work out. Instead of going up to a 36" waist which I didn't want to do when I joined I am down to 32".* They did such a good job teaching me that I have been able to maintain my weight loss for over a year now. Oh, almost forgot to mention that I am so healthy my doctor took me off the med's over a year ago.* Awesome for me! Sean and his team are terrific! Can't thank them enough!

Vickie Winn

I joined Fitness Together Annapolis at the end of January.   I was at my highest weight ever and was sick and tired of the newest diet craze and gym memberships I never used.  So, I put Google to work looking for what I hoped would be a better solution:  a personal trainer.  Fitness Together popped right up.  Looking on the website I read testimonials from people that sounded just like me.  After speaking with Sean and getting all of the information I needed, I was ready to start. 

I have to be honest; I wasn’t too sure at first about the young trainer I was paired up with.  I mean, he’s young.  What could he know?  But, thankfully, I was proven wrong.  Joe Asselin turned out to be wise beyond his years.  Having dealt with weight issues of his own in the past he totally understood where I was starting from.  He worked with me to set obtainable goals and shared his knowledge of nutrition with me.  For 3 months he pushed me to do things I didn’t think I was capable of doing.  He cheered me on when I needed it and wagged a finger at me when I needed that too.  He’s kept me on my toes in the gym and encouraged me to do things on my own outside of the gym.  After 3 months, I hit every goal we set!*  I’ve got muscles I didn’t know even existed and the person I see in the mirror looks much happier! I’m not finished with this part of my journey.  Another 3 months and I’ll be there with the continued support of my trainer and the encouragement of Sean and the other trainers at Fitness Together. 

Best results of a Google search ever!