Our Studio Location

PERSONAL TRAINING STUDIO

Fitness TogetherBallantyne
Hunters Crossing (up the hill from Harris Teeter)
16151 Lancaster Hwy
Charlotte, NC   28277
p. (704) 341-8802
Fitness Together$99 to $199
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HOURS OF OPERATION

Mon - Fri   6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sat   6:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sun   Closed

Our Staff

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

Chavanne Scott-Hellner
Chavanne Scott-Hellner

Chavanne Scott-Hellner

Owner/Operator; Performance & Optimization Coach

Chavanne brings a wealth of experience, energy, and devotion to her Fitness Together Ballantyne team. Her work focuses on proactive healthcare, total human optimization, and building a community of clients that consistently strive to achieve optimal levels of health & fitness that improve their quality of life physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, & spiritually. Health & fitness isn't just a career for Chavanne; it's a lifestyle! That transcends to all of the people she is privileged to work with. She greatly values results and relationships and most loves when people experience the joy and freedom of moving well. As the Studio Owner/Operator, she leads with the mindset of "Thin rulebook. Thick culture." She graduated from LSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and minor in Dance Theater. Her professional certifications include: ACSM Personal Trainer, ACE Group Fitness, and RYT 200 Yoga Teacher certification. Her continued studies over that last decade include: Kettlebell training, Slight Edge Performance techniques, and Maximal Human Optimization. 
Chavanne was voted the Best of the Best Personal Trainer by Charlotte Magazine for 2018. Alongside that prestigious title, Fitness Together studios were also selected as the Best of the Best Fitness Club. 
 
What Chavanne's teammates say about her: "Chavanne is a hunter of excellence. She is a very influential leader and helps people tap fully into their greatness. Her standards and values cultivate inspiration and creativity so people thrive, build confidence, and enjoy life!" 

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Carlos Grillasca
Carlos Grillasca

Carlos Grillasca

Performance & Nutrition Coach; Lead Trainer

Carlos brings a wealth of  knowledge to Fitness Together in the discipline of physical fitness. His certifications include Strength & Conditioning, Kettlebells, Martial Arts, Yoga and Pilates. Carlos’ experience provides him with the tools necessary to work with clients of any age and ability level. It also allows him to introduce his clients to various styles of fitness training so they optimize movement, function, and sport both inside and outside of his strength room
Having a personality that people gravitate to makes Carlos’ chosen profession as trainer ideal!  His goal is to see people succeed at their goal.  His workouts are focused, varied, and professional with a twist of fun included!  “Always learning” is what Carlos prides himself on. 
 
What Carlos' teammates say about him: "Carlos has the ability to break down and teach movement so his clients stay safe while helping them gain access to ranges they never thought possible. We see his clients improve and gain strength as they train harder and/or get older rather than regress because he has the skill set to leverage fitness as an agent to "fix" biomechanical dysfunctions." 

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Diane McNinch
Diane McNinch

Diane McNinch

Performance & Nutrition Coach; Lead Trainer

Diane has been a personal trainer with Fitness Together since 2006. She has a passion for fitness and leads by example. Diane earned her BS in education from Hofstra University where she was a competitive gymnast. She earned her MS in Sports Management and exercise physiology from New York University. Combining her competitive nature with a wealth of experience and a ton of energy, Diane motivates her clients to stick to their exercise program! When not in the studio, she enjoys time with her husband Jason and her dog Sadie!
 
What Diane's teammates say about her: "She can turn a frown upside down with her positive energy and deep care for others. We see her clients walk away from sessions with a "lightness" about them because she balances giving clients what they need in a session with what they want."

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Ryan Neely
Ryan Neely

Ryan Neely

Health & Fitness Specialist; Lead Trainer

Ryan began a discipline of working out as a young man which quickly evolved into him becoming a fitness fanatic. His dedication to living a healthy and fit lifestyle make it easy for him to motivate and encourage others to do the same. He has been with the team since May 2015.  Ryan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with his Masters in Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology concentration). He attended school to become a Physical Therapist but ultimately chose this path so he could impact clients taking proactive steps toward their healthcare. He believes in helping his client's meet their goals by improving their cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. His use of various different exercises ensure that each workout is different and never the same. He also believes in having a close relationship with his clients; as they are on their fitness journey together!  
 
What Ryan's teammates say about him: "Ryan is the type of trainer that walks the walk. The consistency in his own life influences the consistency of the clients he trains. His dedication and devotion to his fitness discipline reflects in his success with people and the respect and admiration of us (his teammates)."

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Suzanne Desmond
Suzanne Desmond

Suzanne Desmond

Health & Fitness Specialist; Program Director

A fitness enthusiast for decades, Suzanne brings her passion for exercise and well being to her clients. Combining traditional strength training with balance and stability work, she helps her clients achieve their fitness goals by keeping the work varied and intense. In addition to her Bachelor's degree, she has completed the WITS personal training program, NASM Personal Training certification, Yoga RYT 200, and Functional Range Conditioning L1 certification. She is also trained in basic fascia release techniques and kinesio taping.
 
What Suzanne's teammates say about her: "Suzanne's level of knowledge helps clients connect to their body and biology in a deep way. This creates an awareness and understanding of how good we are designed to feel and move."

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Christina Madden
Christina Madden

Christina Madden

Health & Fitness Specialist

Christina is a positive and outgoing person that leads a very active lifestyle. She enjoys snowboarding, yoga, kayaking, hiking, and many other outdoor sports & activities. Christina's passion for health & fitness and love for learning has allowed her to grow and develop professionally and personally. This continues to impact the clients she trains because workouts stay variable, relevant, and FUN!  As a result, clients experience rapid results and develop a great appreciation for what improved health and fitness does for their life. In addition to being an ISSA certified Personal Trainer, Christina completed her Yoga RYT 200 and is now working on her Yoga RYT 500.
 
What Christina's teammates say about her: "Christina is someone that the team and clients can lean on to get the job done. She is a master of simplifying hard work and shows up prepared and ready for action! Her courage to take action and persevere empowers those she serves to do the same so they also achieve their goals and make dreams become realities."

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Aaron Szemkus
Aaron Szemkus

Aaron Szemkus

Fitness Specialist/Strength & Conditioning Coach

 

Aaron Szemkus began his fitness journey at an early age, which led him into bodybuilding and a lifetime passion for  health and fitness. His enthusiasm for exercise transitioned into helping others in their own personal fitness journeys. He studied at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has his certifications through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), ATS Corrective Training, Kettlebells, and Strength and Conditioning. Aaron motivates his clients by always trying new things and adapting to his client’s specific needs, wants, and desires. As a young professional, he is eager and excited to always help and develop relationships with others.

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Ali Harpp
Ali Harpp

Ali Harpp

Health & Fitness Specialist

Ali has a passion for helping and guiding her clients to reach their health and fitness goals, which shows through her vibrant personality. Her love for fitness started as a young athlete which led her to SUNY Plattsburgh where she graduated with a degree in Fitness & Wellness Leadership. On top of her Bachelor's degree, Ali has earned certifications in Spin, Pilates and PiYo as well as her personal training certification through ACSM. As a young professional, she is very passionate about continuously expanding her knowledge base and is always learning new ways to get optimal results with her clients. She sees a lot of value in getting to know and forming relationships with her clients as they take on their health journey together.
 
What Ali's teammates say about her: "Ali has a confidence that comes from a place of genuine humility. She is action oriented, energetic and super perceptive. Because she is such a strong and dedicated team player, her support and expertise give everyone she works with that extra edge."

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Gina Huaylinos
Gina Huaylinos

Gina Huaylinos

Health & Fitness Specialist

Bio coming soon. Stay tuned!