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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 13 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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Dan Giddings
Dan Giddings

Dan Giddings

Head 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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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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Anthony Emma

Personal Trainer

Anthony joined the Fitness Together team in April after beginning his career in Personal Training at a local area Gold’s Gym. Working out and strength training have become a vital part of his life, however that was not always the case. After going to college for radio production, Anthony began working as a union construction worker. Bad dietary habits began at this time along with a complete lack of exercise, resulting in significant weight gain. At around 26 years old, Anthony began working in the corrections field and was very unhappy with his rapidly climbing weight and how he physically felt. He began the process of healthy dieting and lots of running and dropped about 50 lbs in 4 years. Through the process he developed a passion with strength training at the gym along the way. He enjoyed training so much now that he left his previous career and has become a full-time Certified Personal Trainer.


 Anthony  will happily talk about his Boston Terrier, Betty, upon any request.

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Maddeline Kelchlin
Maddeline Kelchlin

Maddeline Kelchlin

Personal Trainer

Maddy is from Buffalo, New York and joined the Fitness Together team after graduating from the University of New Hampshire with an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and an ACSM recognized certification as an Exercise Physiologist. As a three-sport athlete always suffering overuse injuries in high school, Maddy wanted to find new ways to build strength and acquire knowledge on injury prevention.  Between her time at UNH and spending time in a cardiac rehabilitation program, Maddy found that the vast majority of people live a sedentary lifestyle and can all benefit, in some way, from exercise.  Maddy firmly believes that exercise is medicine, is a preventative measure for acute and chronic conditions, and works to integrate physical activity into people’s lives to keep them active, mobile and functional

Outside of work, Maddy enjoys hiking, skiing, playing ultimate frisbee and the piano.  Maddy spent a semester abroad in New Zealand doing lots of hiking and camping and studying Exercise Science.  She one day hopes to become a certified yoga instructor and wants to hike to Mt. Everest base camp.  Recent experience working at an outdoor-based preschool has taught her to love the outdoors and working with children. 

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Ivania Caceres
Ivania Caceres

Ivania Caceres

Personal Trainer

After working a couple of years as an assistant accountant at a corporation in Nicaragua, where Iva is originally from, she realized how much she hated the sedentary office job and decided to move to USA to learn English, her second language. While in the USA, she was diagnosed with High Cholesterol in her mid 20's. This was a wake up call for a big change.

Iva comes from a big family with diseases like High Cholesterol and Diabetes. Being diagnosed with High Cholesterol and knowing that she could manage it with big changes in her nutrition and exercise was the inspiration to become a  personal trainer. She therefore went to NPTI in Waltham and became a NASM certified personal trainer.

She worked for 3 yrs with a small PT company inside Gold's Gym and now she's part of our team. She loves the studio environment, the structure of the company, but most importantly the big commitment to keep clients accountable for their goals.

Now Iva in her 30's feels more youthful and healthier than in her 20's. She enjoys being outdoors doing sports such as rock climbing and hiking. She loves to cook, read, dance, laugh hard and loves authentic people around her.

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Manny Lopez
Manny Lopez

Manny Lopez

Personal Trainer

Manny has always lived for an active lifestyle.  It wasn’t until high school, where he understood the importance of staying committed to fitness and developed a passion for training his body.  During his junior year, he participated in a high school marathon team called, “Dream Far.” The team’s objective was to train for running an entire marathon.  While training, Manny encountered many physical and mental obstacles he had to overcome.  With perseverance and discipline, he managed to train throughout the whole year and successfully ran the Providence Marathon wholeheartedly.  Over the course of the next decade, he has run 3 marathons, 1 half marathon, and participated in multiple obstacle course races including “Tough Mudder” and “Spartan” races.

Overtime Manny’s passion of physical fitness grew exponentially.  With his personal experiences, he realized he was in-route for a lifetime of physical fitness.  It was not long thereafter that he realized his skills could be seamlessly applied to help others achieve their own personal fitness goals.  He then enrolled at NPTI (National Personal Training Institute) to educate himself for working with clients as a Personal Trainer.  After graduating in the spring of 2017, he continued his journey of physical fitness and immediately started his career with Functional In-Home Training as a Personal Trainer!  Here, Manny would instruct clients in 1:1 and group based forums.

He worked with clients of all ages and fitness levels for approximately 2 and a half years before he joined the Fitness Together Belmont team.  Manny applies his skills to motivate and bring positive energy to each training session.  Manny prides himself on understanding limitations and using his critical thinking skills to create an enjoyable, gratifying, and goal oriented training experience for any and all who train with him!

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Marckender Pierre Louis
Marckender Pierre Louis

Marckender Pierre Louis

Personal Trainer

For as long as he can remember he’s always been an active individual. Swimming, running, climbing, wrestling, playing soccer (football) and helping his grandparents with their farm; was an everyday part of growing up in Haiti. By age 4 Marckender moved to Miami and brought his athleticism with him.  Marckender has dabbled in a variety of sports. His favorite three are MMA, Basketball, and Tennis.  With his early athletic foundation he eventually met and surpassed expectations. During High school he was admired by many of his school’s athletic teammates.  He thought he knew what it meant to be in good health, and reaching top physical fitness, until he met Ms. White

Ms. White was a personal trainer that would come in every Wednesday after school to teach the students about fitness, nutrition and wellness.  She was an amazing teacher and better trainer. She was over 60 but looked as if in her mid-40’s.  Through her Marckender learned the importance of proper corrective exercise movements and nutrition.  He became a better athlete and his self-confidence sky rocketed. He decided then that he wanted to be a trainer. He got certified while in college and found himself working at MGH Charles River Park. He learned to work with many different types of people that all had different goals and limitation. His knowledge of corrective exercise, weight-loss, light rehab, and working with the elderly grew immensely.  Marckender enjoys helping people change their lives for the better; to help provide support and knowledge and build a healthy habit. Marckender is a strong believer of “hard work pays off”!

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