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

Russ Yeager
Russ Yeager

Russ Yeager

Owner, Dunwoody Fitness Together


Bachelor of Science - Business - Auburn University

Masters of Accountancy - Auburn University

ISSA Certified Personal Trainer

CFT

CPA

IBNFC Nutrition Coach

Speaker

Author of "Live Longer, Feel Better, and Look Great Naked

Hello, my name is Russ! I remember growing up going back to school shopping for the "husky" pants. I hated it! I was always uncomfortable taking my shirt off and my confidence definitely suffered. My dad showed me how to lift weights when I was about 10 years old, and I was hooked! I quickly became obsessed with working out and fitness and studied everything I could get my hands on. I went the traditional route of going to college and getting a corporate job in accounting as a CPA, where I started to work my way up the corporate ladder.

However, I never lost my passion for fitness, and after winning an international physique transformation contest in 2002, I decided to turn my passion into my career. I became certified as a personal trainer and started working with clients part time in person and online. In 2006, I took the leap and quit my corporate job and opened my first Fitness Together Private Personal Training Studio. My team and I have helped thousands of women and men transform their bodies, health, and lives, and I’m not stopping until I help as many people as possible.

I am now 45 years old, run three businesses, and a dad of three amazing children. These increased responsibilities, combined with being told at the age of 35 that I had the hips of a 65 year old, I quickly realized that I need to do things differently than I had in the past! I still train hard and take pride in my physique, but like my clients who are mostly over 50, my main focus now is on creating the health, energy, vitality and longevity to do the things I love with the people I love most. Our passion, purpose, and expertise at Fitness Together is helping individuals in their 50's, 60's and beyond achieve the health, energy, vitality, and body they want and deserve so that they can enjoy the life they have worked so hard for, without working out hours every day and giving up the foods they enjoy.

If this resonates with you and you are ready for change, please click the link below to receive a complimentary private personal training session and functional fitness and health assessment to take the first step towards "turning back the clock" to maximize and enjoy the life you have worked so hard for!

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Chauncey McGee
Chauncey McGee

Chauncey McGee

Branch Manager, Dunwoody Fitness Together

Bachelor of Science - Exercise and Sport Science

Minor - Health Education

American Council on Exercise(ACE) - Certified Personal Trainer

LMT - Atlanta School of Massage

IBNFC Nutrition Coach

CPR and First Aid/AED Certified

Hello! My name is Chauncey!! I’m the Branch Manager at our Fitness Together Dunwoody location. I’m from College Park, GA and I have two wonderful boys Chauncey Jr.(CJ) and Chancellor who are 9 and 3 year olds. I work out 4 to 5 times per week with weight training being the core of my overall fitness program. I love the benefits of living a healthy and fun lifestyle because I have a ton of energy for myself, my kids, my family, friends, and my clients. I played football at Mississippi State University as well as Murray State University in which I graduated in 2000.

I am naturally wired with a strong passion for helping others. Growing up, I developed a passion for sports and fitness because I found it as an escape from my challenging living environment. Sports taught me a lot about life in terms of hard work, teamwork, sacrifice, persistence, perseverance, failure, and triumph. These characteristics run parallel with me being your fitness coach because I will help you face all of these emotions in the process of you becoming a healthier version of yourself. I became certified in 2000 and once I decided to no longer pursue my NFL dreams, I started living out my dream of helping as many people get healthy, live healthy, and improve their overall quality of life.

Over the last 20 years, I’ve been very fortunate to work with a full spectrum of clients from super conditioned athletes, to deconditioned, novice, older, or less experienced clients as well.

The best part about my job is the process of educating, supporting, cheering, conquering, and embracing the ups and downs of this process.

I’m proud to say I have been serving our amazing clients at Fitness Together Dunwoody for over 12 years and that no one fails on my watch! One of the reasons that I’ve been here at Fitness Together for so long is because our owner Russ and our staff have a common mission of helping our clients who are deconditioned, less experienced, novice, older, and sometimes injured get in the best shape of their lives. Although I’ve seen a lot of changes in the industry over time, the one thing that I love about personal training is that feeling I get when I can help someone change the quality of their overall life for the better. I would love to help you if you have injuries, are new or returning to exercise, feel unmotivated, deconditioned, less experienced, or just in need of a professional who understands the process of getting and staying in shape as an individual 50 and over. I look forward to meeting you soon!

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Merrill Dodge
Merrill Dodge

Merrill Dodge

Certified Personal Trainer, Dunwoody Fitness Together

Bachelor of Science - Mechanical Engineering

NSCA - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Hey there! My name is Merrill! I joined the Fitness Together family in October of 2018. I actually went to college for Mechanical Engineering but while I was there, I developed a passion for fitness. After graduating, I decided to pursue that passion and become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. I’ve worked with clients across the spectrum from youth athletes to physical therapy patients.

The best part of being a trainer are those moments when your clients recognize the changes they’ve made in themselves and they almost can’t believe it. Most of us start with an idea of what we think we’re capable of, but it rarely reflects our true potential. When you get to that moment where you’ve gone past what you thought could do, it changes you in a fundamental and powerfully positive way. My goal is to help as many people as I can get to that moment where they start believing that they have the power to change themselves and that it’s worth it to try! I have had the joy of helping numerous clients who thought they were meant to be in chronic pain forever, get pain free so they can enjoy the things they love to do. So if you think there is no hope for you, I promise you there is!

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Rasheen Holsey
Rasheen Holsey

Rasheen Holsey

Certified Personal Trainer, Dunwoody Fitness Together

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice

Minor - Sociology

AAAI/ISMA- Certified Personal Trainer / Master Personal Trainer

CPR and First Aid Certification

Hey there, my name is Rasheen! I joined the Fitness Together team in June 2018. I am from Savannah, GA where I attended college at Savannah State University. In October 2016, I decided that I needed to remove myself out of my “comfort zone” and moved to the lovely city of Atlanta. I obtained my personal trainer certification with AAAI/ISMA in February 2018. I have experience in strength training and conditioning in working with all demographics to increase their physical and mental performance to perform at a high level in fitness and life.

The best part about being a trainer that I love, is coming to work at Fitness Together EVERY DAY. I come in ready to train my clients with the mentality to be the “HARDEST WORKER IN THE ROOM” which leads to my clients coming in with the SAME MENTALITY! My passion for exercising started at the age of 11. EVERY morning when I would wake up, I would do 50 push ups and 50 sit ups. When I graduated from Savannah State University in May 2012, I was 280 pounds. I was out of shape and did not feel good about myself.

On May 5, 2012, I vowed to care about myself more physically and mentally. As I started my journey, I fell in love with the way my body began to change with the little changes that I made EVERY DAY. I began to feel better and THINK clearer. I became passionate about doing what I needed to do to attain my fitness goals. Today, I am 205 pounds and am in the best shape of my life. With my new found passion, I wanted to impact the world and help others achieve results that seem impossible to them.

Whether you are looking to transform your body, lose weight, become stronger, build muscle, tone up, run your first 5k, become more flexible and functional, rehab an injury, develop a healthy meal plan, or you just want to be able to walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded, I can help you achieve your goals.

Exercise is the best medicine and I plan on giving everyone a dose! Remember, “Doing a lot of the little things consistently will lead to you achieving remarkable results that once seemed impossible.” Thanks for reading my bio and can’t wait to meet you soon!

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Annabry Foman
Annabry Foman

Annabry Foman

Certified Personal Trainer, Dunwoody Fitness Together

CPR/AED & First Aid Certified

Cardio Kickboxing Instructor

Hello, my name is Annabry! I was born and raised in Washington, DC where I began my fitness career. After relocating to Atlanta, I joined the Fitness Together team in August 2019. I am currently pursuing my bachelor's in Kinesiology and will continue towards my Masters in Athletic Training at Georgia State University. Through the American Red Cross, I received certifications for CPR/AED and First Aid Care. I have also assisted many athletic trainers across the school system in Washington, DC, with rehabbing injured athletes.

Growing up, I was always the athlete of my siblings being a dancer for 10+ years, soccer player 2 years, track runner 3 years, along with other sports. I wanted to be active every day, stay in shape, and never lose the drive/hunger for the game. In my junior year of high school, I had a medical issue that was caused by terrible eating habits and soon cost me a few months away from the activities I loved to do. Before I knew it, I lost that drive.

As time went by, I began to see this as more of a blessing than a curse and an opportunity to restart with better eating habits and care for myself. I began to eat cleaner and found my love, not being on the field, but being behind the scenes working in rehab and caring for those that also have started to lose the same drive. Helping others find their passion, youth, or energy again is by far the best part when it comes to being a trainer. Getting to guide clients every step of the way and being that little bit of extra courage and motivation to make goals a reality is what keeps me passionate about what I do. Knowing the feeling of having an obstacle that seems too large to step over, I want to help every client not only face these obstacles that seem impossible to overcome, but never have that feeling of defeat again. REMEMBER, "IMPOSSIBLE" IS JUST A WORD MISSING ONE SPACE TO MAKE "I’M POSSIBLE!”

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Loui Clagett
Loui Clagett

Loui Clagett

Client Service Specialist, Dunwoody Fitness Together

Bachelor of the Arts - Musical Theatre


Hi! My name is Loui! I joined the Fitness Together Team in April of 2018. Though my background is in Musical Theatre from the University of Alabama, I fell in love with the Fitness Industry through my own personal journey of discovery in fitness and health. For much of my life, I was living a lifestyle that, if you pressed the fast forward button, would leave me extremely unhealthy, overweight, and incapable of living the life I now know and love. Creating a healthy lifestyle changed everything for me, but most importantly, my confidence and quality of life. I was blessed to make a connection with Russ and Fitness Together through a previous client of his, and I felt right at home. Fitness Together is literally designed for people who might not know how or where to start, just like I had been a few years before. I remembered going to the big box gyms and feeling out of place, uncomfortable, and like I was doing it all wrong. Here in the “FT Family,” it was a safe space for people to go on their own journey to ultimate confidence and quality of life but 1) Without the judgement and frustrations that I went through 2) With the guidance of professionals that know EXACTLY how to get the BEST and FASTEST results that will LAST. No other place that I could find had the same environment that Fitness Together could offer.

As an “old soul” with massive love and respect for my family and elders, I love working with and supporting our clients! It is so inspiring to see our clients transform into the person they were always meant to be, living out their Golden Years with confidence, vitality, and in ways that honestly make me and all of their peers, family members, and friends jealous! You know you are doing something right when you can think of no better future than living the life of your clients: With vitality, energy, confidence, being the envy of their friends, defying the clock, and they show every single day that age is truly just a number!

I love working for a company with a mission and a purpose and I am here to serve you! If you have any questions at all, please give us a call at 770-351-9111. I will be the friendly voice smiling and ready to help you on the other end of the phone!

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Gabby Thompson
Gabby Thompson

Gabby Thompson

Sales Specialist/Certified Personal Trainer, Dunwoody Fitness Together

NASM - Certified Personal Trainer

CDA

Licensed Cosmetologist

Hi! My name is Gabby Thompson! I was born and raised in California and moved over to the beautiful south in 2018 with my husband and beautiful little girl. I had the pleasure of joining the Fitness Together family in August of 2019.

Growing up in a sunny state, I was always involved in sports and outside activities. Fitness and being active was just a way of life. About 5 years ago, there was a turning point in my life that caused a lot of weight gain - and on my small 4’10” stature, that 40lb gain is not a small amount! I knew there was more for me in this life and that being a role model for my daughter was the most important thing.

After over 10 years in the beauty industry, I decided that the new route of fitness was my happy place. I started by being conscious about food decisions, committing to workouts, and connecting with a whole new group of friends and supporters to help motivate me through this new journey. I realized that I was becoming the person that I needed only a few years before. I decided to use my experiences to inspire others. Since changing my mentality, I have gotten into the best shape of my life as a busy mom and fitness coach, and even competed in 3 Physique competitions! Never before did I ever think I would even wear a bikini, nonetheless in front of thousands of people. But I did!!

Most of my clients never want to enter a fitness competition, but they do want to feel confident in wearing their favorite summer clothes and experience the energy and health that’s possible when you do things the right way. Seeing my clients go from feeling like there is little or no hope to really have a healthy body and lifestyle to doing things they never thought possible makes my heart smile. My passion and specialty is helping other women build that confidence in their body and within themselves.

What’s your motivation? What drives you? What pushes you to be the best version of yourself possible? For me- it’s my daughter. She calls me her Wonder Woman. That little girl watches every move that I make and I refuse to let her see me give up. I can honestly say that fitness saved my life. We all go through struggles, but we also have the power to overcome them. I am here to do my best to help guide people to be the best version of themselves.

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Kathryn Upchurch
Kathryn Upchurch

Kathryn Upchurch

Certified Personal Trainer, Dunwoody Fitness Together

Kathryn Upchurch

Bachelor of Science- Biology

Minor- Business

ACE- Certified Personal Trainer

CPR and First Aid/AED Certified

Hi! My name is Kathryn. I joined the Fitness Together family in July 2020. I am from Raleigh, North Carolina, went to college at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina and then moved back to Raleigh for 2 years. My original plan was to become a Physical therapist. After internships, working as a tech in a PT clinic, and some road-blocks, I realized that might not be the right path for me. I received my Personal Trainer certification and started training a few friends while working a clinical trials job. Soon I found that I loved training others and was ready to turn training into my career!

I have always found comfort and confidence in exercise. Growing up I played soccer on club and school teams, so I was always moving and staying active. When I got to college and stopped soccer, it was hard to push myself when I did not have a team around me anymore or a coach to tell me what to do. What were good nutrition and exercise habits, turned into unhealthy and lazy habits. After gaining the “freshman 15” and feeling exhausted all the time, I knew I had to make a change. This change did not happen overnight, but I knew if I didn’t make the change now my situation could spiral out of control. Even more than helping my physical health, I soon found that more than anything exercising helped me push through stress and strengthen my mental health. The gym is now my happy place! I have experience in many types of exercise from running half marathons to sports performance to strength training.

My goal is to help as many people as possible see the amazing benefits from living an active and healthy lifestyle. Regular exercising and healthy eating of course helps us look better, but it also helps with issues like anxiety, stress and depression. I would love to help you feel and look your best! Once you start dedicating time to yourself, I promise you will see amazing changes in your overall life!

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Gabrielle Williams
Gabrielle Williams

Gabrielle Williams

Certified Personal Trainer, Dunwoody Fitness Together

Bachelors of Science - Exercise Science

Minor - Holistic Medicine

ACE - Certified Personal Trainer

CPR and First Aid/AED Certified

Hi! My name is Gabrielle! I joined the Fitness Together family in August of 2020! I am a born and raised Northerner from Canton, Michigan but the south holds a true soft spot in my heart. I went to the University of Northwestern Ohio where I was a part of the volleyball team and completed an Associates degree in Medical Assisting and Health Technology. I then went back to MIchigan and attended Oakland University in Rochester, MI where I completed my Bachelors degree in Exercise Science and Holistic Medicine. While in school I also coached high school volleyball and track and field focusing on sprinters and hurdlers. During this time was when my love for coaching and training was solidified. I knew this was where I belonged and where I was the most comfortable. Which has now pushed me to want to be the best coach and trainer I can be.

Growing up, I was always involved in sports, I did ballet, played volleyball, and ran track for many years. I stayed moving and active all through my life and fitness was a no brainer for me, until I played my last volleyball game and it was then up to me to continue this lifestyle for myself. I knew I always had the drive and wanted to be the best but found that there were many roads to fitness and a healthy lifestyle outside of just working out and competing in a game. I was able to find the added on factor of nutrition and the mental health components that come with a healthy lifestyle. Over the years going from athlete to coach/personal trainer I have found it takes a strong balance of all three.

The best part of being a trainer is helping and being a part of each of my clients' journeys in finding their own individual “balance”. Educating, supporting, and discovering each specific person's path is what motivates and drives me to wake up each morning.

My goal as your trainer is to help you to not only excel physically but nutritionally and mentally as well! Contributing in creating your own personal health and fitness trifecta! The time is now! Always remember you may not be there yet, but you are closer than you were yesterday!

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