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  • Francis, Manager/Certified Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 16 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

    • 7 Years

    Credentials

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

    My name is Dan, and I am from Silver Spring, Maryland. I began my exercise kick in high school to improve my athletic abilities in sports. The science of exercise piqued my interest which led to me pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland. During my program I became a certified personal trainer and had the opportunity to work with a diverse university population that solidified my life lifelong passion in fitness and wellness. After graduation, I became a boot camp coach and supervisor utilizing my education and skills. This experience allowed me to oversee personal trainers and to instruct and educate proper techniques, biomechanics and effective workout programs. Last April, I joined the Fitness Together (FT) team. What I like about FT is the holistic and collaborative approach with our clients’ health and fitness goals. An FT client will experience a team that works together to provide a professional service and attention that meets their goals. The passion I have is to improve and extend the health of as many clients as possible by creating meaningful relationships.

    in my free time I like to
    I like to exercise and research new workouts for clients. I love history, especially ancient mythology and past American Presidents. In addition, I enjoy listening to fitness related podcasts. Currently, I am reading books on Malcolm Gladwell and Ernest Hemingway. In the entertainment world I am a big nerd on the Marvel comic movies and Star Wars. Classic rock, Michael Jackson and 80s music is a favorite. Recently I have started enjoying Korean pop and rock.

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  • Mark, Certified Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 4 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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  • Steve, Certified Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 6 Years

    Credentials

    • Personal Training Certification - NASM

    Hello, my name is Steve. I grew up in Sacramento, CA. and currently live in Jessup, MD. Retired from the Navy in March 2020 as a Senior Chief and began work as a government contractor in the Cyber-Security field where I worked for a few years before pursuing my career in personal training. During my time in service, I had the opportunity to train recruits at the Navy’s boot camp in Great Lakes, IL. This is where I developed a passion to help my recruits achieve their health and fitness goals. I have faced challenges with fitness because of arthritis in both shoulders and degenerative discs in my back. This is where I learned to overcome the physical limitations that challenged my body and drove my desire to become a personal trainer. What I love about Fitness Together (FT) is the personalized programs and the attention to detail the trainers deliver. FT gives me the opportunity to share and teach the lessons I’ve learned from my personal journey of physical challenges and with the recruits I assisted. The last five years working with physical therapists and personal trainers has taught me proper techniques, safety, body mechanics and how important body movement is. Personal training provides my delivery of service care and the Fitness Together franchise brand is providing the opportunity and dream to own and operate an FT studio.

    in my free time I like to
    I like to work out with various modalities, love kettle bell workouts, plyometric training, balance and stability work. I love to stay current on all things Star Wars, a nerd at heart! Also love to spend time gaming on my PS5, my game of choice is any in the NBA 2K series, it gives me a chance to “Be like Mike”! My preferred genre of music is anything from the 80’s, pop, rock, rap, country, I love it all!

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  • Christopher, Co-Owner/Certified Personal Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 7 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

    • 10 Years

    Credentials

    • Personal Training Certification - NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine)

    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!

  • 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 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.