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  • Brian Knowles, Manager

    Years of Experience

    • 12 Years

    Credentials

    • Bachelor's Degree - Business
    • National Personal Training Institute 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 avoid most chronic health issues. 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's Degree - Sport Management
    • 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's Degree - 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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  • Manny Lopez, Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 4 Years

    Credentials

    • Bachelor's Degree - 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

    • Bachelor's Degree - 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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  • Julianne Eppley, Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 2 Years

    Credentials

    • Master's Degree - Sport and Exercise Psychology
    • Bachelor's Degree - Exercise Science
    • ACE Group Fitness Instructor
    • MBSC Certified Functional Strength Coach

    Julianne grew up in western Pennsylvania and moved to Massachusetts in 2014 to attend Smith College. There she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and was a four-year member of the varsity rowing team. After graduating, she continued to work with the rowing team as an assistant coach. The following year, she moved to North Carolina to attend UNC Greensboro and received her Master’s Degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Julianne made her way back to Massachusetts after graduate school and began coaching. She has worked with both kids and adults, and she enjoys pushing them to be their best. She loves seeing their hard work pay off – either in sports or their everyday life!

    in my free time I like to
    Outside of work I enjoy reading, spending time outside (especially the beach), doing the New York Times crossword puzzle, and hanging out with my kitties, Allie and Maisy.

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  • Megan Gallagher, Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 5 Years

    Credentials

    • Bachelor’s Degree – Exercise Science
    • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

    Growing up in Massachusetts, Megan was always climbing trees. That eventually lead her to the world of competitive rock climbing and a love for fitness. While going to Springfield College, she had the opportunity to learn from some amazing mentors and grow as a trainer. During her senior year, she interned in the biomechanics lab at Southern Connecticut State University. There, Megan gained experience involving human movement with a focus on running injury prevention. After graduation, she moved to CT and worked at a physical therapy clinic and conditioning center as a personal trainer for 5 years. Life brought her back to Massachusetts in 2022 when she started working at Fitness Together. Megan passionately believes fitness and health should be accessible to everyone regardless of age or ability. She can’t wait to work with you and help you achieve your goals!

    in my free time I like to
    I love spending my free time hiking, rock climbing and being outdoors. I come from a family of scuba divers, so vacations are often spent underwater. In my down time, I love watching a good sporting event, cooking, and hanging out with my two ginger cats Winston and Theo.

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  • Ethan Collins, Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 2 Years

    Credentials

    • Bachelor’s Degree – Environmental Science
    • Master's Degree - Physical Education
    • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

    Ethan is from New Jersey and is a former College Baseball player. As a college pitcher, Ethan trained consistently for most of his life. Through his experience with his own trainers and mentors, and after realizing the great impact training has had on his own health, he became excited to share this experience with others. Before joining the FT family, he was a Physical Education Teacher in the Boston area. He loves to talk fitness and inspire clients to reach new heights.

    in my free time I like to
    Outside of work, Ethan enjoys flying his drone, hiking, painting, video games, and staying active. He hopes to visit every National Park in the U.S. and is always excited to see new place and hear interesting stories.

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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...

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.