A native of Midtown Atlanta, Lauren has been a fitness enthusiast her entire life, beginning with her love for soccer. Now an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Lauren believes that physical and mental wellness are strongly connected and incorporates this belief into her training style by building a trusting, encouraging environment for her clients. Because she previously worked in an office environment, Lauren understands that time outside of work can be limited and precious; therefore, she strives to design her clients’ fitness program with their goals and time constraints in mind. Outside of her time at the gym, Lauren enjoys taking her dog to the park, cooking delicious food, and traveling.
Kelsey is an Auburn University graduate with a BS in Exercise Science. Having specialized in exercise therapy, her focus is injury recovery and prevention and she often works with clients who suffer from chronic conditions. She has a unique background in dance, weight and flexibility training. Her sessions revolve around highly personalized, goal-based fitness plans that adapt to client body-type and physical ability. With all of her clients, no matter the level of fitness, she focuses on pushing them to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. She believes cross-training along with eating a clean balanced diet is the key to living a long life.
Michael Hobson is a performance fitness expert with over 15 years of industry leading experience. Using the knowledge and experience he has gained from a lifetime of athletics, he helps his clients to reach significant goals while avoiding injury. As a trainer Michael has worked with professional athletes and everyday fitness enthusiasts, to design individualized fitness programs for specific goal based training. As a coach he’s helped athletes move from amateurs to professionals, and professionals to champions. He has over 15 years of Boxing and Muay Thai experience working with some of the top coaches and pros in the world. Michael retired from competition in 2015 but continues to teach and help other athletes pursue their dreams. His fitness classes are unmatched and highly sought after. Always come ready to sweat.
Certs- CPT, SPN, TRX, RKB
“With positive energy and hard work anything is possible. No goal is ever too big to reach. So, If your goals don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough”
Proud owner of Fitness With A Friend LLC, Alec’s mission is to encourage a positive workout
environment that provides an unintimidating climate for people of all ranges of athleticism and
expertise to thrive and improve. Personal training calls for personal attention, which Alec
provides in the utmost for his clients, whom he considers his close friends.
That being said, Alec is more than capable of training the most avid and experienced exercise
enthusiast. Certified as a gold standard CSCS by the NSCA, Alec holds BS degrees in Biology
and Health & Exercise Science from Wake Forest University, where he competed as a Division
One cheerleader, drawing upon the skills he learned as a nationally ranked gymnast. Alec is an
Eagle Scout, actor, and certified tactical weapons specialist. He uses his diverse background
skill sets to accommodate his clients with multifaceted functional programming for effective and
fun workout design.
As his clients would attest, Alec’s unflagging dedication, emotional investment, and
inextinguishable smile are what set him apart from many other trainers in Atlanta.
“Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.”
Elle Ross is a passionate and motivated Holistic Fitness Coach, Best-Selling Author of her book “The Blueprint” & Speaker. She specializes in HIIT Strength Training and Nutrition. She herself went through her own transformation journey losing over 35 pounds. The gym was once a foreign place to her and she would have never imagined she’d be where she is today. She made the commitment to transform her life when she found out she was pre-diabetic along with other health concerns. Now gym-life, morning oatmeal, spinach and kale are a part of her daily routine. Since it has been her mission to inspire and create a positive impact on all those she encounters. She believes that it all begins with a desire and commitment to decide to change. Once you do, then you must become fully invested to transform into your best self. First we must shift our mindset and focus, accompanied with proper nutrition and a solid exercise routine. She designs her workouts to be fun, yet challenging. Sure to deliver results so you put in the work in the gym and most importantly, in the kitchen. Elle will be right there with you in person and in your pocket (with her B-FITwithElle App), coaching and rooting for you every rep and step along the way!
Amy is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist, and an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor.
Amy strives for improvement, not perfection, and applies the same concept towards her style of instruction. She sets goals for herself and others that are achievable through hard work and dedication. Amy will push you physically, while also challenging you to keep a positive mindset and motivate you to sweat with a smile. If you come to her class expect positivity, accountability, and the push you need to get you closer to your goals.
Raised in Florida’s Panhandle, Jonathan began making his mark in Atlanta 5 years ago. With a passion for fitness and a love for everyone around him he knew that helping people reach their fitness goals was something he wanted to do. He is an ACE Certified Trainer who loves breaking away from a traditional workout formula and enjoys creating a fun, unique workout routine that best fits each of his clients individually.
When Jonathan is away from the weights you can find him playing tennis, enjoying Piedmont Park, and spending time with his friends.
Johnnie Perry is a certified personal trainer (NASM) and nutrition coach (Precision Nutrition). He also loves pizza and red wine. He's been interested in building muscle and burning fat since he was a kid, but he never thought of pursuing a career as a coach. He earned a Finance degree at the University of Tennessee, an MBA, and worked for a mortgage company for over 10 years. During that time, he sat on his butt, gained over 25 pounds of fat, lost his confidence, and developed aches and pains. Then, he did something about it! He lost 25 pounds while enjoying his favorite foods. Since then, he's followed his passion. During the last four years, he's been helping busy people just like you lose fat, add strength and muscle, while gaining control of their lives.
Stephen Smith is the owner of VIVA FITNESS has been involved in the fitness industry for over 25 years, and a personal trainer in Atlanta since 1997. His educational and training background includes a B.S. in Physical Education/Health from the College of Charleston, a B.A. in Health Education from the University
of Kentucky, as well as a M.S. of Exercise Physiology from the University of Kentucky. Stephen holds both a personal training certification and group fitness instructor certification from the
American Council on Exercise.
In 2006, Stephen branched into the pageant field getting young ladies swimsuit ready in order to compete at both state and national levels for Miss America and Miss USA. His success with these young ladies has made Stephen one of the countries top personal trainers. He has trained every Miss Georgia since 2007, and every Miss Georgia USA since 2010, Miss South Carolina 2011, 2014, & 2015, and the current Miss America 2016, Betty Cantrell. Stephen currently coaches at Orange Theory Fitness, was a Nike Trainers here in Atlanta, and has been training and instructing group fitness classes for over 20 years.
Makecia Whitfield is from Ozark, AL and a graduate of the University of Alabama with a B.A. in English as well as a former member of the Alabama National Guard. She is also an IFPA (International Fitness Professionals of America) certified personal trainer. She’s been training for over 13 years. She believes building strength, improving flexibility, and a balanced diet are the keys to achieving a healthy lifestyle.
Craig was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. He grew up playing sports, specifically basketball. His talent and heart for basketball lead him to play collegiate hoops in South Carolina. It was here that Craig developed his passion for fitness and weight lifting during his many hours in the gym with the basketball team. Craig earned a B.S. in Exercise Science and is going on 6 years of being a National Academy of Sports Medicine (N.A.S.M.) certified personal trainer.
Craig believes that there is not one and only way to achieve health and fitness goals. He has what he likes to call a “liberal viewpoint” on nutrition and exercise, in that there are many tools in a toolbox to get the results you desire.
Henriette Steffensen has extensive experience in the fitness industry, and is a National Academy Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer and over the years (15) she has trained a variety of individuals with different fitness levels and goals. She focuses on strength training, weight loss/management, core training, functional training and healthy nutrition and lifestyle education and having fun while getting in shape.
Knowledge and Education is a large part of being healthy and getting in shape so you will not only be working out but you will gain understanding about how your body can work at its best.
PN1 ( Precision Nutrition )
Rick Twombley is an ACSM-certified personal trainer, and is one of the most sought-after trainers in Atlanta. Before opening Rick Twombley Fitness in 2011, Rick worked across the globe as a world-class dancer, actor, singer, choreographer and aerialist. At the age of 24, he won the prestigious Silver Leo Award in Choreography at the Jazz Dance World Congress in New York. He has appeared on Broadway and in film with celebrities such as Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Swayze, Liza Minnelli, Florence Henderson, and the legendary Carol Channing. Rick most notably portrayed Tarzan for Disney for over 5 years in Hong Kong, China.
Rick’s interest in fitness began when he studied as an aerialist with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. His subsequent work as a professional aerialist and acrobat required him to hit the gym more often in order to build his strength and endurance, and soon he was addicted to pushing the limits of what his body could do. Always on the move from one country to the next and not always able to find a gym, Rick developed his own fitness regimen in order to keep his body in top condition. He took elements from his dance background, mixed in some yoga and Pilates, and stirred in a creative dash of several other fitness disciplines, including Swiss Ball techniques, TRX-training, kickboxing and resistance weight training. His improved physique soon caused many people to approach him about his fitness habits and routines, so he began teaching his methods to friends, colleagues, and fellow performers. Before long, Rick Twombley Fitness was born!
Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it! No matter what age group Terry takes a safe and effective approach based on his client's goals and needs! Terry's approach involves functional training with high intensity cardio intervals and a good healthy diet! Terry has an exercise science degree from Marshall university and has been a personal trainer for a about 8 years now!