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PERSONAL TRAINING STUDIO

Fitness TogetherBelmont
30 Church St
Belmont, MA   02478
p. (617) 484-9048
Fitness Together$99 to $199
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HOURS OF OPERATION

Mon - Fri   6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sat   7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Sun   Closed

By Appointment Only

Our Staff

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

Paula Elbert
Paula Elbert

Paula Elbert

Co- Owner

Paula has been working with Fitness Together since 2005. She earned a B.S. in Exercise Science from Bridgewater State College. Paula started in the health and fitness industry in a Physical Therapy setting. She was responsible for helping clients with injuries or surgeries carry out the appropriate exercises given by the Physical Therapists. After gaining experience working with clients who have had everything from hip and knee replacements to shoulder injuries, Paula decided to pursue personal training. It was a good fit and she has been training now for the past 11 years.


Being active is a very important part of Paula’s life. Paula enjoys many activities but the main one she loves is running. She has run over 6 marathons including Boston and NYC. One of her goals is to do some oversees marathons including Berlin and London.  Not only does she enjoy keeping herself active but loves to help improve the activity level of other people as well. Whether it’s teaching class or working one-on-one with clients here at Fitness Together, Paula does it all and has enjoyed every minute of it ….( well maybe not every minute of it but close). She loves working with people and wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Getting to show someone they can do something they didn’t think possible and something they could not do 3 months ago is priceless. The human body is an amazing instrument and people need to treat it that way. Be good to it and it will return the favor many years to come.”

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Brian Knowles
Brian Knowles

Brian Knowles

Manager

Brian graduated in the winter of 2008 from the University of Maine in Orono with a degree in business administration with a major in accounting. It did not take long for him to realize that his heart was not in it, so he did not pursue accounting. Instead he worked as a subcontractor in the Bar Harbor area while he figured out what he wanted to do with his life. After he completed a home fitness program and lost 30 pounds, it dawned on him that the fitness industry was for him. Shortly after deciding that a career in the fitness world was the way to go and he enrolled at the National Personal Training Institute. After a short stint as a personal trainer at Work Out World in Brockton, Brian was able to show his worth as a trainer and was hired at Fitness Together. He currently lives in Somerville.

Brian has been involved in sports his entire life, from school teams to intramurals in college. He has experienced the benefits of physical activities and team work which has helped to shape his character. He enjoys playing all sports but his favorite is basketball. With a father who is a chiropractor and a mother who is a nurse, personal training seemed to be a natural fit.

“Healthy living is a lifestyle made up of 2 things: Diet and Exercise. The trick is to find healthy foods that work and an exercise routine that is fun.”

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Sarah Punter
Sarah Punter

Sarah Punter

Head Trainer

Sarah graduated from Advanced Aesthetics in 2008 while living in Canada. While she was working as an Aesthetician, her goal was to solve the problem that the client had. Instead of pushing products, she worked with the clients to improve their health. Thus, helping to prevent the problem in the future. She decided to change careers when she moved to Boston. Sarah went back to school and graduated from the National Personal Training Institute. Upon graduating in 2015, she joined the Belmont Fitness Together Team and attained her NASM and Fitness Together Certifications.

Fitness is a huge part of Sarah’s life. She enjoys weight training, running, biking, hiking, and competing. Sarah is also very passionate about nutrition. Sarah is always pushing herself to new limits and making goals. Sarah loves helping people look and feel their best!

Respect your body, fuel your body, challenge your body, move your body, and, most of all, love your body!” 

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Meghann Hjulstrom
Meghann Hjulstrom

Meghann Hjulstrom

Personal Trainer

Meghann first experienced the benefits of physical activity as a child, competing in gymnastics into her teenage years. During college, she discovered yoga and enjoyed the similar combination of strength and flexibility the practice provided, as well as its emphasis on form, alignment, and functional movement. Since then, she has learned to apply those same techniques to activities such as strength training and running, which helped her to overcome past injuries and achieve fitness goals including her first half marathon.

Outside of her previous career in corporate training, Meghann completed her 200-hour yoga teaching certification through Boston Yoga School, graduated from the American Academy of Personal Training, and received her NASM certification. During this time, she decided to dedicate herself to health and fitness fully and become a personal trainer, combining her experience teaching others with her passion for wellness. Meghann loves supporting and empowering her clients to make health a priority, achieve their own goals, and discover how much their bodies can do!

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Dan Giddings
Dan Giddings

Dan Giddings

Personal Trainer

Dan has been practicing and training clients for 6 years.  He graduated from Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management.  He soon thereafter realized the Physical Fitness Industry was calling his name.  After completing his internship, Dan began working with clients at a YMCA as a Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, and Fitness Coach. After experiencing most all the YMCA had to offer, he expanded his horizons, first by obtaining certification as a Personal Trainer by the American College of Sport Medicine, and next by becoming part of the Fitness Together Team!

He has a life-long goal of being physically active and has a deep love for sweating!  On the weekends, you will find him in the woods of the Harold Parker State Forest where he enjoys shredding the trails on his mountain bike or on a trail run.  He also enjoys early morning canoe trips, and fishing on the pond accompanied by his dog, an English Pointer named Zeke.  He has been playing Ice Hockey ever since he could walk; to say that he has a love for the game is an understatement!  He played collegiate ice hockey for 4 years, currently skates 2-3 times per week and coaches the North Reading, MA Boys Varsity High School Ice Hockey Team during the winter months. 

Dan likes to utilize meditation techniques and Yoga to relax and relieve stress during or after long days.  He believes strongly in living an outdoor and active lifestyle, especially in this technological age when living a sedentary lifestyle is becoming more prevalent.  He believes every person can improve themselves every day!  Becoming better than you were yesterday is a goal that Dan strives to achieve each day when he wakes up!

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Jesse Bradstreet
Jesse Bradstreet

Jesse Bradstreet

Personal Trainer

Jesse is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a degree in Exercise Physiology, and is an NSCA certified strength & conditioning specialist.  Jesse grew up in southeastern Connecticut; he first became interested in the fitness industry when he started working out with his high school wrestling team to get stronger and less scrawny.  He loved the workouts so much he joined the team and greatly improved his overall fitness.  Jesse also discovered a love for the outdoors and hiking through his local Boy Scout troop, of which he is now an Eagle Scout.  After a brief stint as an English Education major, he began taking courses at a local community college, and enrolled at the local gym with his grandfather and uncle, where he began writing exercise programs for them and discovered a passion for helping others achieve their fitness goals. 

During his time at UMass Lowell, Jesse discovered an interest in functional strength training and in helping clients achieve and sustain their long term goals.  While at school, he volunteered, interned, and worked at a variety of physical therapy settings, including one that blended physical therapy with personal training.  Here, Jesse gained experience working with a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions, and with prescribing therapeutic exercise.  

Jesse loves spending his time reading and learning about a number of topics including exercise and nutrition, and he also enjoys hiking mountains and camping.  His goals include hiking as many 4000 foot mountains in the northeast as possible, and to never stop improving as a fitness professional. 

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Belinda Hines
Belinda Hines

Belinda Hines

Personal Trainer

Belinda was always active, participating in various team pursuits and other athletic hobbies, but did not make the connection between her activities and personal training as a career until after a few detours.

Belinda graduated with a degree in hospitality management from Johnson & Wales in 2013. After a few years in the hospitality industry in and around New York City, she realized she had gained 15 lbs, wasn't able to commit the same amount of time and energy to activity as she had before her degree, and was eating in a haphazard, unhealthy way (grabbing burgers and energy drinks on the go, rather than actually planning meals, was likely a big factor in her weight gain.) Unhappy with her lifestyle and its consequences, Belinda searched for a fresh start.

Belinda left NYC and moved to Boston, where she took up indoor rock climbing. Climbing combined both physical and mental challenges, which was exactly what she needed to push her even further, and she soon found herself looking at a career in the fitness industry. Belinda enrolled in the American Academy of Personal Training, and graduated in November 2017. As soon as she graduated, Belinda began working as a trainer at various gyms and studios, and finally found her way to our team here at FT Belmont.

Belinda believes that - just as she did - we all should constantly strive to challenge ourselves both mentally and physically, with a constant goal of being the best version of ourselves we can be, and she is enthusiastic about helping others to on their path to being their own best selves.

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Lisette Tamkei
Lisette Tamkei

Lisette Tamkei

Personal Trainer

Lisette is a certified Personal Trainer, specializing in mind-body fitness and functional movement. Lisette’s goal is to help her clients gain body positivity, while helping them to reach their full potential with strength, endurance and/or cardio.

After experiencing the life-changing impacts of exercise, not only physically but also mentally, Lisette left her career in IT to pursue her passion of helping others to achieve their fitness goals.  She graduated from the American Academy of Personal Training (AAPT) in Boston and obtained her certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

Through her collaborative approach to personal training, Lisette will support you to refine and strengthen your existing skills, and help you to incorporate strength-training strategies into your regular routine.  Whatever your goals, Lisette will work with you to design a program to support your continued progress in fitness and in your daily life.

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