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Our Staff

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

Rufus Ross, Manager/Owner

B.S. Exercise Science, UTK; ACE Personal Trainer; City View Magazine Best Of Award: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

My favorite exercise or body part to train: I really enjoy to training my shoulders/traps- it’s a good burn! You can really load up the bar with trap work!

My least favorite exercise or body part to train: Like most guys I hate training legs. However, I have the discipline to push through the pain! Working the legs burns a lot of calories and really revs up the metabolism.

What fitness means to me: Fitness to me means being healthy both mentally and physically. Exercise is a great stress reliever and I always feel great leaving the gym! It is all about feeling good and being happy!

Why my clients succeed: My clients succeed because I push them beyond what they ever thought possible. I set small, manageable goals for the clients in order to reach their long term goals! We work hard together but have fun at the same time.

For Fun: I am a United States Marine and spent 2010 in Afghanistan. I learned a lot over there and it made me appreciate what we have here even more. I have recently started getting into triathlons and even half marathons. I like to set a challenge for myself, train hard, and accomplish it.

   

 

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Elise Thress

B.S. Applied Exercise Science Austin Peay University; ACE Certified Personal Trainer

My favorite exercise or body part to train:  I have a love/hate relationship with rowing. I love it because it is an efficient way to work many muscle groups at the same time, but it whips me every time. I also love burning up my legs with some lunges. 

My least favorite exercise: My least favorite exercise is steady-state running on a treadmill. I don't find it to be as effective in improving fitness as circuit training. Since I have some knee pain I like to get in a great workout without putting a strain on my knees.

What fitness means to me: To me, fitness means leading a life in which I can perform my best at the things I love. I exercise because I feel confident, healthy, and I know I am preparing myself for a lifetime in this body.

Why my clients succeed: My clients succeed because I am intentional in creating their customized program, motivating during our sessions, and I hold them accountable for their exercise and nutrition at home. 

For Fun: For fun, I like to play ultimate frisbee, swing dance, and train my dog. I volunteer at the animal shelter in my spare time. I really enjoy doing Krav Maga, so don't sneak up on me! My "secret passion" is musical theatre.

 

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Cory Loomis

B.S. Psychology, Lincoln Memorial University AAAI Certified Personal Trainer

My favorite exercise or body part to train: I’ve grown to really enjoy training legs and have found they respond best to multiple training sessions a week. There are so many great leg exercises to choose from which allows me to stay challenged and motivated.

My least favorite exercise or body part to train: Really any type of arm exercise because they can get really repetitive. It’s a single joint movement so it can be harder to mix it up with different lifts and be creative. I’ve found the best arm results when I incorporate more bodyweight movements like dips and chin-ups.

What fitness means to me: Fitness to me means striving for continual growth and development both physically and mentally every single day. I’m a firm believer in continual progression, so it’s important that I maintain a high level of fitness in order to live a happy and healthy life!

Why my clients succeed: My clients succeed because I make sure to build a solid foundation of functional exercises and mobility movements that will best enhance their everyday life. My is to be a fitness guide for my clients and to bring the most value possible to them with their workouts.

For Fun: Anything that involves being outside or in the water. Swimming has always been a part of my life and it’s something I do to both relax and for aerobic exercise. I also love to go hiking, play golf, and attend sporting events.

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Evan Simpson

B.S. Kinesiology University of Tennessee; ACE Certified Personal Trainer; BLS

My favorite exercise or body part to train:  My favorite body part to train are my legs. For years I would ignore them and then I realized how satisfying it is to have a good lower body workout. I put in so much effort when working them out, and I always feel accomplished when I’m done!

My least favorite exercise: Anything that has to do with lower back. There just aren’t near as many variations of exercises that you can perform when compared to other parts of the body. Plus, back extensions make me dizzy!

What fitness means to me: Fitness to me is about working the whole body, both physically and mentally. Physical fitness is extremely important for overall health but without the mental toughness, you won’t reach your full potential!  

Why my clients succeed: My clients succeed because I give 100% effort and focus every time I train them. I’m passionate about what I do, and I just want everyone to reach their goals, so I will do everything I can to help them get there!

For Fun: Anything that involves exercise! Soccer, longboarding, hiking, biking, ping pong, Crossfit, racquetball. I also love to play video games and watch Netflix in my down time.

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Jamie Grigsby

B.S Psychology, King University NCSF Certified Personal Trainer, NCSF Sport Nutrition Specialist TPPT Self-Myofascial Release Techniques

My favorite exercise or body part to train: My favorite exercise is anything with the barbell, but deadlifts are definitely at the top of the list. The great thing about barbell work is that I’m able to develop my strength and cardio with the same lifts.

My least favorite exercise: My least favorite exercise is steady pace cardio, whether that’s running, rowing, or biking.

What fitness means to me: For me, fitness nurtures a balance between the body and the mind. Fitness impacts every part of a person’s life from climbing stairs and tying their shoes, all the way to feeling accomplished and impacting mood.

Why my clients succeed: My clients succeed because I listen to their wants and needs, then I create programs that are geared towards those goals. I want to provide my clients with the best experience that I can, so I’m always educating myself on all aspects of the fitness industry.

For Fun: If I’m not at the gym training clients, I’m at the gym trying to hit my own fitness goals. And if I’m not at the gym, I’m either with family, my dog and two cats, or spending time with friends.

Alexa Pontius

Licensed Massage Therapist

Massage Techniques: I consider myself to be a “Body Mechanic.”  I utilize a combination of modalities to loosen fascia and lengthen and release muscles so that “knots” (trigger points) dissipate.  This restores blood flow to the affected area(s) enabling the client to have better range of motion and alleviation of pain.

My favorite type of bodywork: I prefer modalities that release fascia (connective tissue) and trigger points, restoring both blood flow and balance in the body.  This breaks the pain cycle and creates better range of motion and muscle stability.

What fitness and wellness means to me: I believe sound nutrition is the core of wellness.  There are many foods that cause inflammation in the body, causing painful muscles and joints.  Exercise is a critical component as well because without movement the body becomes stiff and sluggish.  It is also important to take time to just “be” with no planned work or activities so that both the mind and body have time to rest and decompress.

Why my clients feel better: My clients feel better because I customize therapy sessions to fit each and every client.  No matter what shape a person is in by taking “baby steps” we can achieve both physical and nutritional goals.  I teach clients to become mindful of posture and stress and the importance of stretching between sessions so that there is maximum benefit from massage.

How do I stay active: I love to hike!  I also work in my yard and have play time with my dogs.  I challenge myself in the gym to stay both strong and agile.

 

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