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  • Kaila Lea, Fitness Together Chapel Hill Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 7 Years


    • Double Major In Exercise Science and Gerontology
    • Certified Personal Trainer with The National Federation of Personal Trainers
    • Certified Cancer Recovery Specialist

    Kaila graduated from Barton College with a double major in Exercise Science and Gerontology. Kaila went on to attain an accredited personal training certification with NFPT (The National Federation of Personal Trainers) and an additional certification as a Cancer Recovery Specialist.  Kaila not only was a double major but also a scholarship athlete on the Barton Women's Basketball team were she was a team captain. Prior to attending Barton, Kaila also obtained a second degree Black Belt in Mixed Martial Arts. Needless to say Kaila understands and promotes the value of hard work and it's role in success in life.  Kaila's passion for personal training stems from a strong desire to help clients reach their health and fitness goals by motivating them in an encouraging and uplifting way.  Kaila know that the relationship and trust that is built between a fitness coach and client is key to long term, sustainable success. 

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    In her spare time Kaila loves spending time with family, traveling to the beach, making home cooked meals and of course playing and watching basketball!

  • Thurmond Buckelew, Fitness Together Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 6 Years


    • Degree in Exercise Science from UNC-Chapel Hill
    • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
    • ACE Certified Health Coach
    • UNC Safe Zone Certified

    Thurmond moved from California to North Carolina in 2012 and began his education at Durham Tech before transfering to UNC-Chapel Hill where he graduated with a degree in Exercise Science. As a 1st generation college student in his family, Thurmond felt very fortunate to be supported by the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program which oversaw his transfer to UNC-Chapel Hill and supported him during the process. Thurmond found his passion for personal training while at UNC-Chapel Hill. He was able to work with clients ranging from the more advanced, to those just starting out, to the neuro and cognitively diverse popultions. Thurmond has a personal goal to make health and wellness feel accessible for everyone. Thurmond is also a Certified Health Coach and understands the importance of coaching clients on the mental/emotional component of the fitness/wellness journey in addition to the nutritional and workout components.

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    In his freetime Thurmond enjoys cooking and baking, watching a good movie or playing a board game with friends. Being from California he is also a life long fan of the Los Angeles Lakers. Go Purple and Gold!!

  • BJ Morgan, Fitness Together Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 3 Years


    • BS in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University
    • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
    • CPR Certified
    • AED Certified

    Born and Raised on a small farm in Durango Colorado, BJ has always had a passion for living an active and healthy lifestyle. That same passion led BJ to attain a degree in Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University and a Personal Training Certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). BJ has an enthusiam for training and educating clients at all stages of their fitness/wellness journey and especially enjoys seeing them reap the same benefits that living an active and healthy lifestyle has afforded him.

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    Whether it's Hiking, Camping or some other activity, BJ loves to spend as much of his free time as possible in the beautiful outdoors!

  • Brian Kennedy, Fitness Together Chapel Hill Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 25 Years


    • BA Exercise and Sports Science
    • Certified Personal Trainer

    Brian graduated from East Carolina University in 1999 with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science. Brian brings almost 20 years of personal training experience to Fitness Together Chapel Hill. Brian delivers a level of enthusiasm with his training that very few can match and loves seeing his clients learn the joy of exercising and get the results they deserve. Brian has a special place in his heart for working with those with movement disorders as  his mother was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease over 20 years ago and has seen how exercise has helped her greatly.

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    In his free time Brian loves supporting ECU Sports, cooking, running and walking with his dog Cori, playing golf and spending time traveling with his wife to the beautiful beaches of NC and SC!

  • Shelby Hall, Fitness Together Chapel Hill Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 8 Years


    • BA Exercise Science
    • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
    • Functional Movement Screen Level 1
    • Y Balance Test
    • USA Track and Field Coaching Education Level 1
    • CPR/AED and First Aid Certified

    Shelby graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Go Seahawks!) with a Bachelor’s of Science with a concentration in Exercise Science. While a student, she was also a scholarship athlete with the Women’s Track & Field team, competing as a Heptathlete. She won silver her senior year at the CAA Conference Championships and is currently the second all around heptathlete to ever compete for UNCW. After her collegiate career as a Track and Field athlete, she is now a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) – one of the highest regarded certifying agencies in the world. Shelby is very passionate about helping others transform their quality of life through exercise as medicine, and lives to help others reach their goals by empowering them with the proper support, guidance, and resources to inspire and kick-start their journey to a healthier life.  Above all, the relationships built throughout her fitness career and journey has been invaluable and she cherishes that most! 

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    In her free time, Shelby loves spending time with her family. Outside of “family time” Shelby focuses on learning, playing, and trying to sharpen her Ultimate Frisbee skills.  Besides playing Ultimate Frisbee, she loves to be outside or near the water - including surfing, hiking, camping, horseback riding, paddle boarding, kayaking, and traveling. 


here’s how it works


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.


  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.