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

Russ Yeager
Russ Yeager

Russ Yeager

Owner, Johns Creek Fitness Together

Bachelor of Science - Business - Auburn University

Masters of Accountancy - Auburn University

ISSA Certified Personal Trainer

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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Justin Edwards
Justin Edwards

Justin Edwards

Certified Personal Trainer, Johns Creek Fitness Together

Bachelor of Arts – Sociology

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

Certified CPR and First Aid/AED Certified

Hey guys! My name is Justin Edwards, and I joined the Fitness Together family in August 2020. I am originally from Suwanee, Georgia, and went to college at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. After my collegiate career, I came back to Atlanta and went into management consulting for two years. While in college, my goal was to become a professional NFL player, but due to frequent injures, I decided to step away from the game I loved and find other work; and while I did complete two years of consulting, I realized that I wasn’t genuinely passionate about it, and wanted pivot my career in a way that could make a positive impact on my community. After much thought, I found that my true calling was in personal training! Over my amateur athletic career, I have obtained immense fitness knowledge from my amazing strength and conditioning coaches, which ultimately led to my success on the field. While I was not able to experience football at the highest level, I found that I loved helping others stay fit and active!

Where does my motivation stem from? Throughout my adolescent years, I suffered from obesity and resented physical exercise. As a teenager, I would sit around my house and play video games, eat junk food, and stay in the house all day. However, that all changed when my father began helping me embrace a healthier lifestyle. Not only is he responsible for introducing me to exercise, he also helped me to overcome my fear of revealing myself to others in a gym setting. This was imperative to my development because it taught me to accept myself for who I am and take the time to improve my physical appearance, rather than worry about what others thought of me! As a result, I grew increasingly confident in my body and athleticism; so much so that I was able to see positive changes in all other facets of my life. Conquering my physical and mental insecurities helped me to embrace fitness and lose over 50 pounds! Not only did strength training improve my physical health, but my mental health as well.

All in all, I am thankful for my backstory because it helped me to become passionate about physical fitness; it even saved me when I was at my lowest point. Therefore, I believe my experiences can inspire others to live their best lives. My goal is to strive to influence people to see the remarkable benefits of living an active and fit lifestyle. I understand the effects of exercising and healthy nutrition and I know what it takes to improve your physical appearance and stabilize your mind as well. As your personal trainer, I will remind you that you are one step away from changing your life forever!

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Thomas Dasta
Thomas Dasta

Thomas Dasta

Certified Personal Trainer, Johns Creek Fitness Together

Bachelor of Science - Exercise and Sports Science

ISSA - Certified Personal Trainer

IBNFC Nutrition Coach

Hello! My name is Thomas. I joined the Fitness Together team in 2009. I grew up in Gainesville, Florida. I have a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Florida. I have experience in training a wide variety of clients, but my specialty is working with adults 50-90, (yes, I have an amazing 90 year old client!) as well as teenagers. I’ve been in the fitness industry for over 15 years now.

The relationships I’ve developed with my clients is by far my favorite part of the job. And of course helping them achieve and exceed their goals and knowing I made a difference is a close second! I love to make my clients laugh and do my best to make exercise both fun and productive! My personal love for fitness came from the fact that I was actually a very skinny kid in grade school and had low self-esteem. Once I finally had the courage to really get into weight training at age 20, my whole life changed for the better! I went from a measly 128 pounds to 205 pounds of solid muscle in less than 2 years! I finally started really enjoying my life. I strive to bring this same love and joy of fitness to others!

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Gabby Thompson
Gabby Thompson

Gabby Thompson

Certified Personal Trainer, Johns Creek 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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Anthony Castillo
Anthony Castillo

Anthony Castillo

Certified Personal Trainer, Johns Creek Fitness Together

ACE - Certified Personal Trainer

NPC Physique Competitor

Hey there! My name is Anthony! I have been in the fitness industry for five years now. Throughout my childhood and early teen years, I was never physically active and I struggled to maintain a healthy body weight. Growing up with asthma, physical activity was such a struggle for me, I couldn't even walk a block down my neighborhood without having an asthma attack! Eventually, I started to be negatively affected by not only my physical health, but my mental health and body image. During my time in college, I was around the wrong crowd, and headed in a direction that was not sustainable for my health or well-being, so I knew that something had to change.

Fast forward, four years ago I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and my life changed forever! With the new physical demands I was faced with, I lost a significant amount of body fat, and ultimately fell in love with fitness entirely. I learned to push myself past my limits in the gym, and was rewarded with incredible results like finally feeling the way I now know I was meant to feel, and feeling proud and confident of the man staring back at me in the mirror.

This gave me the desire to push myself even further, and I began competing in men’s physique bodybuilding shows. My new found love with fitness has evolved me into who I am today! The passion, the drive, the connections I've made with people was and still is to this day one of my reasons I choose Fitness Professional as my career.

Fitness is a journey and while everyone’s journey is unique, there are certain core success principles that apply to everyone, which I love sharing with my clients, especially when they are brand new to exercise, or feel like they have failed with everything else. I know it’s only a matter of time until they start seeing and feeling positive results and then I have them hooked on the lifestyle!

The feeling I personally achieved by completely transforming my body, health, mindset, confidence, and lifestyle is what gives me my purpose to help our clients make the changes most important to them. I love working at Fitness Together because all of the coaches here truly work as a team to support our clients. I believe that you are 100% capable to achieve everything and anything you want, and I am here to be by your side and guide you every step of the way! Now, let’s take that first step together!

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Loui Clagett
Loui Clagett

Loui Clagett

Client Service Specialist, Johns Creek 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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Annabry Foman
Annabry Foman

Annabry Foman

Client Sales Specialist/Certified Personal Trainer, Johns Creek 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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