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  • Malia Ball, Manager

    Years of Experience

    • 4 Years

    Credentials

    • PTA Global CPT
    • TRX
    • FMS

    Malia loves being a trainer at Fitness Together because of her ability to build relationships with clients and find the best approach for each person's need. She loves making people feel empowered, stronger, and better than when they walked in the door. Many clients struggle with weight and body image, including herself, which makes it very easy for her to relate to her clients. Being a part of the team at Fitness together is truly like being a part of a family. Change is hard. But when you do it with people you enjoy being around, it's very rewarding.

    in my free time I like to
    When Malia is not at work, she is usually either shopping or hanging out with her family. She is always looking for a new restaurant or winery to visit; ask for a recommendation. Go Pats!

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  • Mark Phillpott, Lead Fitness Coach

    Years of Experience

    • 19 Years

    Credentials

    • B.S. Kinesiology
    • NASM CPT
    • TRX
    • FMS

    Growing up in northern New Jersey, there was barely a field or court in town where Mark could not be found at some point during the year. Mark was inspired to study exercise sciences while rehabbing with an athletic trainer following a knee injury in high school. Since graduating from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2005, Mark has taken on a variety of roles ranging from personal training and physical therapy to athletic performance training where he coached numerous collegiate and professional athletes. Since joining Fitness Together in 2014, Mark has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work one-on-one with clients and watching them achieve their fitness goals. He also loves working closely with his fellow team members in a collaborative effort to deliver the highest quality, most individualized training available.

    in my free time I like to
    When not in the studio training clients or working out himself, Mark enjoys fishing, hiking, golf, spending time with friends, and attending as many Maryland sporting events as possible. Go Terps!

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  • Rachel Saunders, Fitness Coach

    Years of Experience

    • 7 Years

    Credentials

    • B.S. Education
    • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
    • TRX Certified
    • Kettlebell Certified
    • Precision Nutrition Certified

    Rachel, a local Washingtonian, is a mother of five and a certified personal trainer. She has a bachelor's in education and has spent over 15 years in Europe educating others. Rachel believes that all exercise should be functional and be useful in everyday life. The work that we do in the trainer’s room is practice for everyday living. She takes joy in passing her passion for a healthy lifestyle to others. Working at Fitness Together, allows Rachel to connect with clients and help guide them towards a sustainable healthy lifestyle.

    in my free time I like to
    In her free time, Rachel likes to ride and race her bike, lift weights, hike, and cook! She enjoys creating new and exciting meals for my hungry brood. As a mother of five, Rachel is always looking for ways to make sure her crew is eating nutritious meals that meet the demands of their growing bodies. Rachel believes our output is only as good as our input. Creating tasty, nutrient-dense meals is an integral part of daily living.

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  • Ryan Senior, Fitness Coach

    Years of Experience

    • 5 Years

    Credentials

    • B.S. Health and Fitness Management
    • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

    Ryan graduated from Washington Adventist University with a degree in Health and Fitness Management in 2017. Ryan is also certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Fitness and sports have always been a passion for Ryan. Prior to obtaining his degree, Ryan played professional soccer in Spain. He firmly believes that health is wealth.

    in my free time I like to
    Ryan enjoys all things high intensity and full-body functional. In his spare time, he plays in an adult soccer league and coaches youth soccer.

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  • Shanna Akanbi, Fitness Coach

    Years of Experience

    • 6 Years

    Credentials

    • AAAI Certified Personal Trainer
    • TRX Certified
    • FMS Certified

    As a former volleyball and track star, physical fitness has always been an integral part of Shanna's life. After numerous knee injuries, Shanna began to focus more on functionality and physical longevity over sport specific activities. This ultimately led her to study Occupational Therapy at Trinity Washington University and has continued to be the foundation by how she trains. Occupational therapy compliments her athletic training, allowing Shanna to do what she loves, supporting others in caring for their bodies.

    in my free time I like to
    In her free time, Shana enjoys binging on movies, music, and playing party games with her friends. Despite a bubbly personality, Shanna enjoys relaxing on the couch and playing with her cat Layla when not at the studio.

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  • Sam Keener, Fitness Coach

    Years of Experience

    • 4 Years

    Credentials

    • B.S. Exercise Science
    • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
    • FMS
    • USA Weightlifting Level 1

    Growing up a multiple sport athlete, Sam decided early on to pursue a career in fitness. Sam's first true professional experience occurred as an active duty U.S. Air Force airman while training her peers in preparation for their annual physical fitness test. Inspired by the experience, Sam chose to begin a career in fitness by earning a B.S. in Exercise Science from Colorado Mesa University in 2018 after leaving the Air Force. Joining the Fitness Together team in 2019, Sam loves working in the personal training atmosphere and pushing clients to reach their fitness goals. She believes that having a great team around her aids in a positive and fulfilling training environment for the trainers as well as the clients.

    in my free time I like to
    Having lived Colorado and California, Sam now spends most of her free time enjoying outdoor hobbies such as hiking, backpacking, camping, and snowboarding. Sam also spends countless hours training herself for pleasure as well as competition. Sam enjoys running marathons, Olympic weightlifting, and powerlifting. Lastly, Sam does her best to include her two dogs, Blaze and Wrigley, in as many of those activities as possible!

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  • Robert Gordon, Fitness Coach

    Years of Experience

    • 13 Years

    Credentials

    • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
    • NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist
    • MAT (Muscle Activation Technique)
    • Jumpstart
    • RX Suspension Training

    Originally from Birmingham, England, Robert studied electronics and pursued a career in the field for over 8 years. Unfulfilled, Robert decided to pursue his life long passion for fitness by reinventing his career in 2008. Robert works well with individuals of all ages, shapes, and sizes. However, he excels with busy parents, retired professionals, and "former athletes" looking to get back in the game. Robert has a deep passion for fitness and greatly enjoys teaching a healthy lifestyle to others. What he loves about Fitness Together is they have a great business model for client-driven goals. Robert feels the management team does their absolute best to look after the trainers. Most importantly, all the staff works well as a team and sincerely cares about their clients' success.

    in my free time I like to
    Robert loves researching and learning new things in the field of health, fitness, nutrition through podcasts, books, or blog posts. Setting an example for others is very important to Robert. He enjoys his personal strength training and conditioning work which consists of a mix of Olympic Weightlifting, traditional strength, and bodyweight training, as well as general running and sprints. Robert also enjoys roller skating.

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  • Sean Montgomery, Fitness Coach

    Years of Experience

    • 10 Years

    Credentials

    • B.A. Exercise Science
    • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

    Sean Montgomery was born and raised in Bethesda, MD by a family devoted to fitness and healthy lifestyles. After graduating from Walter Johnson High School, where he was a captain of both the football and lacrosse teams, Sean attended McDaniel College in Westminster, MD where he earned a B.A. in Exercise Science. Prior to joining our team, Sean coached at both the JCC and a local training studio in Virginia. He comes to FT with a wealth of experience working with people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Sean firmly believes that exercise helps develop the focus and discipline in life necessary to be your best self not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.

    in my free time I like to
    When Sean isn’t working you might find him surfing, hiking, camping, kayaking, biking, taking a yoga class, or going to a sporting event. Sean also enjoys volunteering with youth sports programs. His favorite professional sports team is the Washington Football Team.

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  • Julie Roth, Fitness Coach

    Years of Experience

    • 2 Years

    Credentials

    • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

    As an avid athlete growing up, Julie chose to pursue a fitness career in order to share the physical and emotional benefits of a healthy lifestyle with others. She has experienced first hand the joyful, stress free lifestyle exercise and proper nutrition enables. Julie's loves Fitness Together because of the warm, welcoming atmosphere she felt on her very first day!

    in my free time I like to
    When not in the gym, Julie enjoys taking her dog on long walks and hikes. Julie also sings and plays several musical instruments. Music allowed her unique travel opportunities to both Italy and Australia. She has even sung in the Sydney Opera House! Whenever possible, Julie loves visiting her 2 sisters and many cousins, conversing over dinner, and enjoying family game night.

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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...

  • You're doing great!

  • 1. Flexibility for scheduling sessions for times that work for me from week to week. 2. Trainers are friendly and change up the routine. 3. In time of pandemic we can do sessions remotely. 4. When I was looking for the right in-home equipment was provided with recommendations (and in a couple of instances free equipment/device for low-cost items).

  • Very professional, honest, simply great

  • The trainers and staff are very friendly and knowledgeable.

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