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  • Brian Knowles, Manager

    Years of Experience

    • 12 Years

    Credentials

    • Bachelors Degree in Business
    • National Personal Training Institue Certified

    Brian is from Mount Desert Island in Maine. He has always been drawn to the outdoors and physical activity, whether it was sports of any kind or hiking, biking or exercising. From a young age, Brian was exposed to health care as his father is a chiropractor and mother a nurse. After graduation from the University of Maine, Brian wanted to help people with their health like his parents, but in more of a proactive way. He wanted to help them discover that a healthy active lifestyle can help you avoide most chronic health isues. He moved to Massachusetts and attended the National Personal Training Institute. He was luckily introduced to PJ and Paula at Fitness Together Belmont and has been a member of the team ever since. Brian feels lucky that he gets to go to work every day doing something he loves and believes in.

    in my free time I like to
    Outside of work Brian enjoys family time with his wife Laura and kids Will and Riley. His favorite sports are Basketball, Flag Football and Disk Golf. He also enjoys hiking and going home to Maine and taking his kids to the same places he went when he was young.

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  • Dan Giddings, Asst. Manager

    Years of Experience

    • 12 Years

    Credentials

    • Bachelor of Science - Sport Management (Endicott College)
    • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist

    Dan is from North Reading Massachusetts. He enjoys the great outdoors and any type of physical activity! Dan has always had a passion for playing sports ever since he was very young. Everything from baseball to lacrosse to golf to kickball, yet, he always maintained a true love for Ice Hockey. Dan attended Endicott College where he played Ice Hockey and earned a degree in Sport Management. After college, Dan refused to hang up the skates as he transitioned his hockey career into coaching. Dan has been coaching the Varsity Boys Ice Hockey team at North Reading High School for 9 years and continues to do so currently. Dan has been a personal trainer for over a decade! He began working at Fitness Together Belmont in 2017 when he was welcomed to the F.T. family! Dan specializes in Strength and Conditioning but loves to motivate and guide any and all who are trying to reach fitness goals, creating a healthier lifestyle for the future. If Dan wasn’t a Personal Trainer he would have become an astronaut because he has always had a dream to walk on the moon!

    in my free time I like to
    During his off-time Dan likes to be physically active and to be outdoors. On the weekends you can find him mountain biking or roller blading with his dog named Zeke! Dan will re-charge and de-stress his body through meditation each day. He also likes to watch “Guy’s Grocery Games” to come up with new meal ideas for FOOTBALL Sunday’s!

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  • Maddy Kelchlin, Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 4 Years

    Credentials

    • Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science
    • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist

    As a tri-athlete always suffering from overuse injurie in high school, Maddy wanted to find new ways to build strength and acquire knowlege on injury prevention. She went to school and got her degree in Exercise Science. Spending time in a cardiac rehab facility and physical therapy clinic, she realized that the vast majority of people live a sedentary lifestyle and can benefit, in some way, from exercise. She believes exercise is medicine and wants to help people stay active, moblie and functional as a means to prevent chronice conditions. She joined Fitness Together Belmont in 2019 and loves the close relationships she has with the clients and the staff support.

    in my free time I like to
    In Maddy's free time she enjoys hiking, skiing, playing the piano and traveling. She also enjoys football on Sundays ( Go Bills!) and would someday like to hike Mt Everest base camp and become a certified yoga instructor.

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  • Manuel Lopez, Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 4 Years

    Credentials

    • Bachelor Degree in Psychology
    • National Personal Training Institute Certification

    Manny has been training here since 2019 and loves the welcoming atmosphere in the studio. He loves how friendly, warm and helpful the staff are to one another and the postive aura within the studio. He feels what sets this studio apart is whenever you want to learn, improve and develop new skills everyone from management to other trainers are there to give you a hand and help. He love the team approach and atmosphere that Fitness Together Belmont takes.

    in my free time I like to
    Besides working out, Manny's hobbies consists of listening to music, drawing, writing and playing video games. He also likes comic books and anime culture. When he is looking to spend some time being physically active, Manny loves to hike and play sports such as Basketball, Football and Soccer.

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  • Marckender Pierre- Louis, Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 7 Years

    Credentials

    • NASM Certified
    • NASM Nutrition Certified
    • Speciality in MMA style Training

    Marckender is a down to earth type of guy who doesn't expect perfection but also doesn't mind trying for it as well. Growing up his grandfather was a superhero to him. He was a farmer living in the moutains of Haiti. Though he was in his late 60's/ early 70's, he was a very solid guy. He moved well and he was very strong. He once had enough strength to pull and tame a young disobedient bull. Because of his grandfather he set out to learn how he could be as strong and healthy as he grew up and aged. He became passionate about Functional Strentgh training, Nurition and the positive impact of clean eating, and the very important aspect of recovery. He loves that here at Fitness Together Belmont there is a well balanced mix of structure and creativity. No two trainers are alike but that is what makes us great and loves the fact that there is so much open commuication between staff and management.

    in my free time I like to
    In his free time, Marckender loves to Workout. He loves to use working out as a stress reliever and he always feels good afterwards. Besides working out Marckender loves to read. Nothing beats a good book! Last but certainly not least he loves to spend time with his family and friends.

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  • Heath Herchenbach, Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 7 Years

    Credentials

    • B.S Exercise Science
    • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
    • Licensed Massage Therapist

    Heath is from Libertyville, Illinois where he grew up playing football and a variety of other sports. At Cornell College he discovered a passion for the sport of Ultimate Frisbee and a desire to learn everything about how the body moves. After graduating with his degree in Exercise Science he moved to Boston and kept active by playing Ultimate Frisbee and indoor rock climbing. He has been a personal trainer for over 5 years at both big box gyms and personal training studios. He joined the Fitness Together team in Belmont in 2021 and is excited to share what knowledge he can and learn everything from his fellow trainers!

    in my free time I like to
    Take my dog, Neptune, for long walks and runs at Beaver Brook and Rock Meadow. If I can run an obstacle course race I probably will and there isn't a backyard lawn game I won't play.

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  • Masha Proshutina, Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 9 Years

    Credentials

    • Bachelor Degree in Health and Physical Education
    • Master Degree in Exercise and Sport Science, MS Health Education
    • ACSM Certified PT
    • AFAA Group Exercise Instructor
    • CFSC Mike Boyle’s Strength and Conditioning

    Masha’s passion for exercise started in her childhood. She fondly remembers taking step aerobics with her mom and hoping that someday she can teach those classes. While in high school, Masha obtained a Group Exercise Instructor certification and never looked back. As her certifications and experience grew, she decided that being a Personal Trainer was the right career path for her. For the past 7 years, Masha was a Personal Trainer and a Group Exercise Instructor at the Mount Auburn Club in Watertown. She has a wealth of experience working with individuals of all ages, abilities and fitness levels. Building strong, understanding, and trusting relationships with her clients is one of Masha’s favorite things about being a Personal Trainer. She loves being around people, help them find joy in movement and achieve their health and fitness goals, big or small. Masha joined Fitness Together Belmont in June 2021, 6 short months after the birth of her son. She is excited to get back out there and is looking forward to working with such a great team of trainers!

    in my free time I like to
    In her free time Masha enjoys exercising, hiking, backpacking, travelling to places near and far, music festivals, and laughing with her son and husband.

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  • Ember Fortuna, Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 2 Years

    Credentials

    • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

    Ember is originally from Montana where she grew up in the town of Bigfork. She moved to Massachusetts 8 years ago after going through cancer treatment. It was during her treatment that she fell in love with health and wellness. Her love of fitness grew during her freshman year of High School where she ran track, cross country, and swam for the Burbank YMCA Bluefins. During that time, Ember participated in a total of 10 triathlons where she placed in 9 of them. Since then, Ember has found an even greater passion for weightlifting and helping others reach their fitness goals.

    in my free time I like to
    Go to the gym, spend time with friends and family, and travel.

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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...

  • Friendly people who care about helping you achieve your goals. FT helped me prepare to hike the Appalachian Trail at age 65. If you have the will, FT will show you the way.

  • The high quality training and nutrition advice at Fitness Together has helped me reach my fitness goals. I’ve lost 20 pounds and have a BMI of 22.8!

  • I have been working out at FT for a couple of years and it has made a dramatic difference in my health. I no longer need hip surgery and I am able to dance and hike again.

  • I started working out after having breast cancer and heading to osteoporosis. My primary goal with FT was to increase bone density. I now have normal bone density.