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Get to know our friendly Fitness Together® Personal Training Staff at Avon.

Billy Pratt, BA, CPT, PAS, GIPS, CFMSP
Billy Pratt, BA, CPT, PAS, GIPS, CFMSP

Billy Pratt, BA, CPT, PAS, GIPS, CFMSP

Owner/Head Fitness Coach

 

Billy Pratt understands the importance of accountability and consistency in pursuing one’s physical fitness goals.  He is dedicated to helping his clients get in the best shape of their lives, look and feel as good as they ever have, and then to help them stay that way.

Billy began his physical training journey in grade school where he took Tae Kwon Do in order to learn self-defense.  Within three years he was teaching classes at his dojang  and receiving medals and trophies from competing in regional, state, and national tournaments.  Wanting to expand on his knowledge of mind-body coordination and self-discipline Billy soon set out on a path to learn more about physical fitness and conditioning. 

In 2006 Billy joined Fitness Together Avon. Prior to that he worked for a local gym chain dividing his time between teaching small group exercise classes and personal fitness training.  On June 1st, 2013 he acquired ownership of the studio from his boss (who was retiring from the field) after seven years of working his way from being a trainer, manager, and finally owner.

Transformation is what motivates Billy to motivate others.  His knowledge of anatomy, physiology and motivational psychology has enabled his clients to increase their fitness level, tone their bodies, decrease body fat, get stronger and improve their life style. His knowledge of nutrition and kinesiology has helped clients increase endurance & strength, improved flexibility and lead a more active and healthy life. 

Finally, Billy has a proven track record of helping clients accurately assess where they are now, where they need to be and working with them on a results-producing plan to get them into their optimal condition!  His latest success is single-handedly training a Team USA figure skater for both performance & aesthetics - she recently achieved an ongoing partnership in the #3 slot in the United States!  Helping clients to lose up to 80 lbs in 6 months, pass physical tests for police academies, help improve their conditioning for sports performance and injury prevention… this is what keeps him coming back to work each day.  If you’re ready for such transformation, don’t delay:  contact him today to get set up with the best fitness coaches in the Farmington Valley!

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Laura Ceplenski, BA, CPT, CFNS, CES
Laura Ceplenski, BA, CPT, CFNS, CES

Laura Ceplenski, BA, CPT, CFNS, CES

Fitness Coach

I didn't discover my love for health and fitness until the end of my Freshman year of college, when a friend persuaded me to come over to her residence hall to work out with her. That first “fitness experience” made me feel alive and invigorated in a way I had never felt before. Working out became a staple in my life at school and at home. It was something I could use as an outlet and as a stress reliever. It never occurred to me to become a personal trainer until I was halfway through my last semester of student teaching. Unhappy and in a career field I wanted no part of anymore, I found myself clinging to the only thing that brought me relief: the gym. I loved to work out and I love to teach. Why not teach people how to work out and live a fitter lifestyle?

It gave me a new kind of fire and drive and I pursued it with everything I had. I went to Branford Hall in Southington, CT, for Professional Fitness Training, completed the courses, completed my 120 externship hours at Fitness Together in Avon under Billy Pratt, and became certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. It was a long, hard road, but it is one I am exceptionally glad I took.

In addition to helping others attain their fitness goals, I am a bikini bodybuilder competitor and I have competed in two competitions.  It is a heavily-disciplined road of hard training and strict nutrition, but one I plan to continue traveling!  I have realized firsthand the benefits behind losing weight, feeling great, and moving in a fitter, more balanced body.  And you can too!

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Jeff Payne, BS, EP-C, LMT, CPT, CYI, CKI
Jeff Payne, BS, EP-C, LMT, CPT, CYI, CKI

Jeff Payne, BS, EP-C, LMT, CPT, CYI, CKI

Fitness Coach

As a graduate from the Exercise Science program at CCSU and the Massage Therapy program at Branford Hall, Jeff has a unique blend of skills that enable his clients to get the best possible results. He is very knowledgeable when it comes to working with clients who seek to lose weight, but is equally effective working with those who have had previous injuries.

Whatever your fitness goals may be, Jeff is an expert at helping you achieve them. Jeff is a supporter of functional exercises that help clients improve their ADLs (Activities of Daily Living). Jeff believes that a proper exercise plan should help you move better, look better, and feel better. A well devised dietary plan is also essential for achieving optimal results, and Jeff is very skilled at helping clients streamline their nutritional choices.   Working hard is important when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, but working smart is even more important. Jeff is someone who can help you make long term improvements to your lifestyle and health.   

In his spare time, Jeff enjoys working out, training in mixed martial arts, playing recreational football, hiking, rock climbing, and running. Jeff also currently runs the massage therapy program here at Fitness Together. If you are interested in booking a massage, check out commencewellness.com for more details.

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Lyzz Davidson, BS, CPT, CFNS, SFS
Lyzz Davidson, BS, CPT, CFNS, SFS

Lyzz Davidson, BS, CPT, CFNS, SFS

Fitness Coach

I know the struggle!  After graduating college and starting a career, I took the route many people take and became less active.  The result was I became 30 pounds overweight and had never felt worse about myself.  After resolving to change my lifestyle and never again be that heavy, I read up on as much as I could on proper eating and exercise technique so I could help myself.

After attaining my goals, I had to do a bit of soul searching to realize that this is what I really need to do in life - help others as I have helped myself.  So I studied to become a certified personal trainer; in the process of getting qualified I completed a 100-hour internship at Just Results Weight Loss Center and attended a Corrective Exercise live workshop in New York.

While I have helped many people lose weight and feel better, I realize my interest has branched out into the realm of corrective exercise modalities aimed at improving posture and moving more fluidly.  

My fitness interests include strength training, cardiovascular conditioning, and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training).  Outside of fitness my hobbies include hiking, traveling, and baking (healthy things of course).  I look forward to helping you look & feel your best!

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Mary Hurley, CPT, CES1, CES, HHC, Pn1
Mary Hurley, CPT, CES1, CES, HHC, Pn1

Mary Hurley, CPT, CES1, CES, HHC, Pn1

Fitness Coach

My mission is to help you take back control of your body and by extension your life through the use of appropriate exercise and nutrition specific to YOU.  I have worked at Coventry Fitness in Coventry, CT since the Fall of 2007, earned my personal trainer certification from ACE in December 2010 and became a Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in August 2013.  I first met with Billy Pratt towards the end of 2014 to gain some insight into how I can really make an impact in this field - when I saw his Fitness Coach ad in January 2019 I contacted him again because I really enjoy the idea of helping people in a fully-private setting.  Prior to this, I was a performing arts manager for 17 years with a crazy-busy schedule.  This experience allows me to help others with crazy schedules to build healthy habits in the midst of "chaos".  I believe that a healthy lifestyle is the best "medicine" one can take and it has the very best side effects of more energy, a leaner figure, and in some cases, a reduction in the need for medications that are frequently prescribed for conditions including anxiety/stress disorders, insomnia, heart conditions, high blood pressure, allergies, arthritis, diabetes and metabolic disorders.

I really enjoy training beginners and those returning to exercise after a period of being sedentary.  Whether you're returning from injury or illness, or even trying to manage anxiety & panic issues, I want to help you!

Outside of the training studio, I am a lead singer and play rhythm guitar & keyboards for the Highway 70 band, covering classic & contemporary country music.  My personal goal is, as a member of the "169 Society", to complete a road race in all 169 towns in Connecticut.  One by one I'm getting there!  :)

 

Christianna Fulford, MS, CPT
Christianna Fulford, MS, CPT

Christianna Fulford, MS, CPT

Fitness Coach

I started lifting weights in college as a way to stay in shape and feel better about myself.  Pursuing a degree in Exercise Science really fit my interests and I immersed myself in the field to the point where I learned that you can't "find" time to take care of yourself, you have to "make" it! 

I learned so much about exercise and its effects on the bodies of people with widely varying levels of activity.  As an intern at the Yale University athletic department I assisted college D1 athletes with strength & conditioning training and tracked their performance; I also worked as an intern at Yale Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation where I helped develop safe and effective exercise programs for patients with cardiac and pulmonary diseases.  

I joined the Fitness Together family in January 2019 because I really needed to start putting my skill set into practice with more people.  There's nothing I like better than seeing the smile on someone's face when they can get that first chin-up or stand up from the floor without having to hold on to something else!  I believe this kind of training is best done in a fully-private setting and that's one of the things I love about working with clients at FT.  It's the perfect fit for me because I really love strength training and helping people get stronger especially since pretty much all the research coming out is showing how important that is for any age - my philosophy is that getting stronger on the "Big 3" (Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift) has so much carryover into other aspects of your physical fitness and to functioning in general.  

Currently I enjoy spending what little spare time I have strength training (surprise right?) with an emphasis on bodybuilding & powerlifting, reading, and hiking (just being active outdoors in general).