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  • Francis, Manager/Certified Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 17 Years

    Credentials

    • Bachelors Degree - Exercise Science
    • Personal Training Certification - ACSM

    My name is Francis, and I’m excited to be back with Fitness Together after living in Atlanta almost two years. I got the call from Clark and Chris to join the team again. My journey with Fitness Together started back in 2012 in the Gaithersburg studio. In total, my career as a personal trainer is 15 years. I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience with a degree from Georgia State University in Exercise Science. I have clinical experience working in cardiac rehab, obese & orthopedic mobility mechanics. My passion is working with the amputee population. I enjoy helping my clients with their fitness goals utilizing education and motivational mindset. Challenges in my career are always welcomed. I’m a Florida native from Miami (Go Dolphins!) and I love Brazilian and Cuban food.

    in my free time I like to
    I love spending time with my wife and daughter. When they are not around I mountain bike, hike and dabble in the kitchen. I’m currently learning a third language, Portuguese.

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  • Dan, Certified Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 8 Years

    Credentials

    • Bachelor's Degree - Kinesiology
    • Personal Training Certification - ACSM

    My name is Dan, and I am from Silver Spring, Maryland. My fitness and wellness journey began in high school as a means to improve my health and manage my Celiac disease. This led me to pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland. In 2017, during my undergraduate program, I became a certified personal trainer for the university. I continued this career after graduation, working as an exercise boot camp instructor in Rockville, before coming to Fitness Together Gaithersburg in April of 2022. Since beginning my personal training career in 2017, I have trained over 160 clients from ages under 10 to over 80, and hundreds more through group classes. The opportunities that I have had to work with such a large and diverse population solidified my life-long passion for a personal training career. My ability to improve my clients’ quality of life, longevity and function is what drives my passion for and fulfillment from my career. I will help you add years to your life, so that you can add life to your years!

    in my free time I like to
    In my personal life, I recently moved to Gaithersburg in 2022 with my girlfriend, Faith. We enjoy trying new restaurants, walking through parks, spending hours in used-bookstores, and playing board games with family on weekends. I’ve started to really enjoy 60’s and 70’s music and I recently started learning how to fish.

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  • Mark, Certified Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 5 Years

    Credentials

    • Personal Training Certification - NASM

    Hello, my name is Mark. I am a native to Washington DC and Maryland. I did not play sports growing up, but I was very active participating in a variety of martial arts such as karate, kung fu and boxing. Throughout the years, I have worked in the fitness industry from retail sales to facilities management. During my experience as a trainer, I have had the chance to work with combat sports athletes preparing them for competition with proper strength and conditioning programs and technical coaching. My goal with clients is to help develop their own positive relationship with fitness. Aspire to inspire!

    in my free time I like to
    Work on a few art projects including self-publishing my own comic. I love to watch cartoons/anime, as well as play videogames. I also love to cook! Outside of martial arts, I like to train with calisthenics and gymnastics.

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  • Ryan, Certified Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 10 Years

    Credentials

    • Master's Degree - Exercise Science
    • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist - NSCA
    • Certified Personal Trainer - ACSM
    • Precision Nutrition Coach - Level 1

    My name is Ryan and I began my journey into the health and fitness field 20 years ago when I decided to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. Over the course of 10 years, I lost over 100 pounds and completed a half and full marathon, including the Marine Corp Marathon! Because of all the positive experiences I had with this new lifestyle, I enrolled in George Washington University, completing a graduate degree in Exercise Science. As a graduate assistant, I trained and worked with NCAA Division I athletes in basketball, swimming, water polo, volleyball, gymnastics, and squash. Over the last six years I have trained with the over-50 population, encouraging a healthy lifestyle at any age. Working with Fitness Together, I will be working with the best team of trainers to provide clients the best experience!

    in my free time I like to
    I love to run, walk with my dogs, and play ultimate frisbee. As a self-described foodie, I'm proud to say I love raw oysters and spicy foods and enjoy cooking, grilling and baking. I love to watch college and professional sports, and my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Indiana Hoosiers basketball, and Oregon Ducks football.

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  • Christopher, Co-Owner/Certified Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 8 Years

    Credentials

    • Bachelors Degree - Exercise Science
    • Personal Training Certification - ACSM
    • Exercise Physiology Certification - ACSM

    Hello my name is Chris! I am originally from Baltimore, MD and that is where I currently reside to this day. I have lived in Maryland my entire life, and I went to college on the eastern shore at Salisbury University. My Fitness Together journey began in January 2017 when I was hired as a personal trainer at FT Silver Spring, and I was immediately hooked. Early on in my career I was promoted to the Branch Manager position, which is a position I still hold today. As my experience and knowledge grew over the years about Fitness Together, I knew I wanted to be an Owner, and I made that the goal. In December 2021, Clark and I purchased the FT Gaithersburg studio, and we reopened the studio in January 2022. Over the years, I have developed my passion to be seeing the FT clients achieve, if not exceed, their lifelong health and fitness goals. I truly believe everyone is capable of achieving the goals they set for themselves. I look forward to seeing you achieve yours!

    in my free time I like to
    Spend time with my family and friends. I love getting to see my two nephews, and creating memories with them. I enjoy meal prepping and trying new foods. I also like to read books and listen to podcasts during my downtime. I also work out on my own at the CrossFit gym I belong to.

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  • Clark, Co-Owner/Certified Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 11 Years

    Credentials

    • Personal Training Certification - NASM

    Hi! My name is Clark, and I am the co-owner of Fitness Together Gaithersburg, as well as the owner of Fitness Together in Silver Spring. My Fitness Together journey started as a personal trainer in the FT Alexandria, VA location in 2014. I always knew I wanted to own a business, and when I found FT, I immediately fell in love and wanted to become a studio owner. I am such a believer in Fitness together that in January of 2022, my business partner and I, Christopher LaVeck, became owners of the Gaithersburg location. Since then, our amazing team has been helping our clients achieve their goals and become the healthiest version of themselves. I am convinced that you will also enjoy your Fitness Together experience, regardless of your goals because I am not only a studio owner, I am a client myself!

    in my free time I like to
    Spend time with my wife Amy, and doggo, Dakota. I am also an avid fisher and kayaker and enjoy anything having to do with the outdoors. I am a member of various FT committees on the corporate level, including the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee, the Producer to Leader Committee which focuses on helping coaches grow into leadership/ownership positions, and a member of the Fitness Together Franchisee Advisory Council which is a committee representing the entire FT Brand.

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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...

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.