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Fitness TogetherAvon
300 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT   06001
p. (860) 673-3993
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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

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!  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

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

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

Lyzz Davidson, BS, CPT

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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Evan Masley, BS

Evan Masley, BS

Fitness Coach

 

I’ve always had an active lifestyle growing up and playing many sports. As I’ve gotten older, exercise has become a significant importance in my life especially when it comes to long-term health. Graduating from UNH opened many opportunities for me to help others and teach people how to improve their overall health and well-being. Throughout my experiences, I have gained a great deal of knowledge working with clients from all types of backgrounds and providing them with the appropriate lifestyle changes.

I have spent the majority of my career working with special populations. I first started in a cardiac rehab program at UNH providing individual and group prescribed workout programs for all our recovering/at risk clients. I continued to branch out from there and completed an internship at Elite Sports Medicine in Farmington, CT working with young athletes recovering from orthopedic surgeries. Upon completion of this internship, I returned to UNH and worked in the Kinesiology department as a research assistant for the next three years. Our areas of interest included obesity, geriatrics and the decline in strength with age. 

Before joining the Fitness Together team in Avon, I worked as a personal trainer and medical wellness specialist in NH. In these roles, I would evaluate and assess body composition, cardiovascular health and fitness, muscular strength, endurance and flexibility for all populations. Then I would prescribe appropriate exercise prescriptions and leadership to help my clients achieve their goals. Through these experiences, I have been able to improve my skills as a trainer but also improve my skills working with all populations. Whatever your fitness goals are, I pride myself on providing you with the highest quality of care so you get those results. Seeing people want to make changes in their lives drives my passion. I am here to help you achieve your short term and long term health and wellness goals!

Outside of fitness, I enjoy playing soccer and tennis. I try and travel as much as possible. Most recently, I spent 6 months traveling in Australia and New Zealand. I enjoy the outdoors including hiking and camping. If it’s summer time, you’ll find me at the beach. If it’s winter, you’ll find me skiing the slopes!