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

TJ Wright
TJ Wright

TJ Wright

Studio Manager, Certified Personal Trainer

From the age of 4, my parents had me in some kind of sport. Football,
basketball, and baseball became my top 3 choices. I played up until high school, then I focused on just football and basketball. Going into college I hadn't decided which direction to go, career wise, and was not pursuing sports on a collegiate level.  Despite this I still kept physically active with weight lifting and recreational sports. I loved how it made me feel when I was active and wanted to help people feel the same way, so I combined an occupation and hobby into one. It also holds me accountable by practicing what I preach.


I want to teach people how to become better versions of themselves by setting goals and working towards them. There is no better feeling than setting and accomplishing a goal, except when you help someone else reach theirs. The look on that person's face when they hit their goals, knowing you played a part in their success gives you satisfaction like nothing else. There are many benefits in staying healthy and active.


Obesity is an epidemic across the world, especially in the U.S. I believe people are too scared to step outside of their comfort zones. They are afraid that others are going to judge them or are too ashamed that they let themselves get too out of shape. I want people to feel comfortable, knowing there are others like me who want to help by educating them on leading healthier lives; lives without a ton of medications, diseases, and an opportunity to live longer. This is why I became a personal trainer.

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Ashlie Jeffries
Ashlie Jeffries

Ashlie Jeffries

Lead Trainer, Certified Personal Trainer, Director of Human Resources

Hey, I’m Ashlie!  My journey in the fitness industry started on the opposite side of the spectrum.  I was overweight and suffered from chronic fatigue and joint pain.  As a pre-med major, I realized the medications I was taking didn’t really do anything to solve the problems I had.  I began working out and eating better which helped me not only lose weight but decrease my pain and fatigue as well!

To date I have lost more than 90 pounds and kept them off!  I’ve realized that consistency is the key when it comes to being successful with exercise and nutrition.  I decided to get involved in the fitness industry because I wanted to help change people’s lives like I was able to change my own.  I earned my degree in Health Education, I’m currently a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and have been training since 2011.

I like to mix things up in my workouts, giving the clients a good variety from session to session.  My routines focus on high intensity interval training (HIIT), weight loss and even include some kickboxing, but I also help people who need help with everyday activities.  I’m sure I can give you a safe and effective workout while offering a personal touch with my outgoing personality.

I believe there are many aspects to living a healthy lifestyle including physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual and I am excited to help you reach all your health and fitness goals!

 

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Mara Stratton
Mara Stratton

Mara Stratton

Certified Personal Trainer

Hello my name is Mara Stratton. I'm a certified trainer through the  National Personal Trainer Institute of Cleveland. I started this path of practice because I know what it's like to feel like "the one" who's out of shape. I know the feeling of discouragement with your health and feeling restricted due to being out of shape. Growing up I was home-schooled and my activity level went stagnant FAST since I didn't have a PE class or anyone pushing me to be active.  Let's just say I was a very out of shape fourteen year old and I got sick of it!  So, I started practicing Yoga.  From yoga I went to resistance training and from there I continued to educate myself in different ways to exercise and how to appropriately get myself active again.  I specialize in flexibility, balance, functional dynamic training, strength-endurance training, and cardio endurance. I know with my past experience and my education from NPTI I can absolutely help and encourage you to your health journey! 

 

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Ethan Smith
Ethan Smith

Ethan Smith

Certified Personal Trainer

Hey my name is Ethan! I’m a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and I love getting and giving a great workout! I played soccer and basketball growing up and always had a love for athletics and fitness. I started working out every now and then since the age of 13, but started to get more serious about going to the gym when I went to college. I have a Bachelors in Kinesiology, which is the study of human movement. With this major, and my love for fitness and community, my dream is to work with a company that uses health and fitness to help change the world around me, which brought me to Fitness Together! For me, a great workout is one that gets your heart rate up and makes you break a sweat. If the next day I don't feel that I worked out, then I could have pushed myself more. No great thing comes without an intentional effort! I like to frame my workouts for our clients around these principles, all while making sure our workout is fun and safe! It is my goal to want you to come back not only because you got a great workout, but because I did everything I could to make your session a highlight of your day! The team and I are excited to meet you and help you reach the specific goals you want to achieve in your health and fitness journey!

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Amanda Jeffries
Amanda Jeffries

Amanda Jeffries

Nutrition Specialist

Hi, my name is Amanda Jeffries!  I am a nutrition coach and certified personal trainer. My journey to health began when I was diagnosed as insulin resistant and was on my way to becoming a full-blown type 2 diabetic if I didn't make a change. I didn't want to go on prescription medication, so I sought out other options.  That’s when I began studying nutrition and exercise more closely.  With the changes that I made I was able to lose 40 lbs and am no longer considered pre-diabetic!

I've been inspired to help others find their way much like I did. I have my bachelor’s degree in Health Education and Health & Fitness. I have years of experience working with a physician’s assistant and medical doctor to provide nutrition recommendations for hundreds of patients. I want YOU to know that THERE IS HOPE!  I want YOU to know that YOU could do this too without having to turn to prescription medications.

Throughout my journey I've learned that education is the key.  I'm dedicated to educating YOU on how to live a healthy life!

 

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Corey Nielsen
Corey Nielsen

Corey Nielsen

Director of Marketing, Certified Personal Trainer

Hi there.  My name is Corey Nielsen and I have been a personal trainer and strength coach since 2004.  I have a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Physiology from West Virginia University and a Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University.  I have my personal trainer certification as well as my certification as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the NSCA.  I was a ballet dancer for 22 years and performed all over North America, including as a guest dancer with the New York City Ballet for a performance of Swan Lake, and as a guest dancer with the Houston Ballet for a performance of Cinderella.  Because of my years in ballet as well as with my education, I am prepared to work with you to overcome any physical limitation you may have.  I have trained people in order to get them ready to go on to become track stars as well as military personnel.  I have also helped people overcome torn rotator cuffs and ACL tears and I specialize with clinical cardiac rehabilitation.  No matter what level you are, I can help you get to the next one!

Cory Johnston
Cory Johnston

Cory Johnston

Certified Personal Trainer

Hello, my name is Cory! I love helping people in and out of the gym. My favorite is when people finally catch the “fitness bug” and adapt a fitness regime into their daily life. When I am not at work I love to be active and outside especially fishing on a warm summer day! One of my biggest passions is baseball. I am a former left-handed college pitcher and still hold many pitching records at my Former High school (Highland). I just love to be around the game, so I have coached at North Royalton, Wadsworth and Highland High Schools. Believe it or not, I still participate in fast pitch!  I enjoy playing in the summer and training in the winter months. This is one of my favorite hobbies because I love being in a team atmosphere and working at Fitness Together is the definition of a strong team!

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