Our Fitness Coaches
My career in fitness started in the military. As the designated “command fitness coordinator” of my command, I was in charge of the physical readiness of the entire crew. In addition to training, I did fitness evaluations to ensure that our nations finest were always up to the task of defending our country. This also put me in a position to be creative about helping people get back in shape, a skill that has aided me in my career to this day. After my military career I trained in San Diego for four years before moving to Chicago and opening my first (small) studio. After two years in the windy city I decided to pack it up and move back to my original home, Nashville. I opened Next Level Fitness in Green Hills and ran it for three years before deciding that Nashville needed something more, and expanded to mid-town Nashville. I believe we are responsible for using our strengths to build each other up, and I’ve worked hard to build an amazing, positive team and network to make that happen.
Certified Personal Trainer, Sports Conditioning Specialist, Performance Nutrition Specialist and Specialist in Senior Fitness by the International Sports Science Association. NFPT Certified Fitness Trainer and also top of class as a Health/Fitness major at Springfield College. If you are reading this, then it is safe to assume that you have a desire to better yourself. Whether it be your body, your health, your performance, or just your overall well-being, you have a goal in mind. Your success in reaching that goal is my passion.
It’s a passion that began when I was very young. I started training to augment my performance on the football field. That is when I got bit by the fitness bug. While successfully competing as a football athlete, I followed my passion for sports and physical performance, majoring in Health Fitness at Springfield College.
"Set Goals, Crush Goals, and Inspire the world around you to do the same. I truly believe that when we take massive action to become our best selves, we are taking part in making this world a better place." - Emily Emily brings her passion for health and fitness from Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a BS in Exercise Science, and is Certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She has a specialization in Women’s Fitness, Core Strength, and Endurance.
Emily’s positive energy encourages her clients to push through until they reach their break through. She believes that there is not a “one size fits all” approach to fitness, and works to create a unique training experience for each and every client.
Outside of the gym, Emily runs an online health and wellness business and empowers women across the country to take control of their health, wealth, and happiness.
Over the past 2 years, Emily has been so blessed to travel the country learning from industry experts and speaking on health and wellness panels. Her travels led her here to Nashville, TN where she is thrilled to plant her roots.
Emerging as one of the brightest in the fitness industry, Gerell works with an elite group of clientele from doctors, attorneys, musicians and collegiate athletes. Gerell holds multiple certifications in fitness training, corporate health coaching and Nutrition. Gerell has been featured in multiple news outlets and blogs most noticeably his recurring role as the fitness expert on News Channel 5 "Talk of the Town". Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, Gerell is a driven and passionate personal trainer who believes that there are no shortcuts to fitness. In 2016, Gerell released his first fitness dvd "Don’t Press Pause" a 20 minute H.I.I.T. workout. With experience in leading fitness events of up to 3,000 participants, one on one, small group and corporate training Gerell is sure to have something that will help you with your health and fitness journey so that you can live your best life ever! Known for his innovative and "high energy" style of training you are sure to achieve your goals while having fun, reaching new milestones and never repeating the same workout twice.
"AREAS OF SPECIALTY.
Muscular Strength and Conditioning. Body Toning and Weight Loss. Improving Coordination and Agility. Functional Training, including Correcting Muscle Imbalances, Improving Posture + Alignment and Flexibility. Holistic Approach toward Stress Management, Nutrition and Lifestyle via Health Counseling. “Fitness and Music are the medicines of life.”
Christian has been very active and involved in fitness his entire life. His love for sports and competition (football, basketball, tennis, golf and snowboarding), as well as helping people achieve their goals in life correlates with his passion in personal training and health counseling. His past career was in the corporate life of tech sales. His motivation to switch careers was due to his yearning to be face to face with his clients while having a direct and positive impact in their lives. “Improving my clients’ personal lives is extremely rewarding.”
Christian is a certified personal trainer from the National Academy for Sports Medicine. His many specific certifications include some notables: Certified CHEK Exercise Coach, Certified Health Coach, kettlebells, ViPR (Vitality Performance Re-Conditioning) and TRX. He has found that the best results his clients have experienced are through a good combination of strength and circuit training. This has resulted in positive gains in total body strength, toning and weight loss.
On a much larger scale, Christian attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2011 and became Certified Health Counselor. This well-rounded program covers not only a vast amount of nutritional studies but also looks at the lifestyle challenges that our society must overcome, specifically, choices made in one’s relationship, career, exercise, sleep and even spirituality. “Our world is confronted with a ton of emotional and physical stress and ultimately poor overall health. There is rarely one silver bullet that creates a healthy lifestyle but rather a well-balanced series of intelligent choices made in a person’s life. I enjoy discovering the problem(s) in my client’s situation and then solving their problems to ultimately make them a happier person. This not only improves their life but can improve their family/friends life as well.” The key to Christian’s success as a trainer are his strong communication and listening skills, motivating his clients, his likability and his ability to relate so well to his clients.
NASM Certification, National Academy for Sports Medicine CHEK Institute, Exercise Coach Integrative Nutition, Certified Health Coach MAT, Muscle Activation Techniques Kettlebells, Levels 1 & 2 Precision Nutrition Certification, Level 1 ViPR, Vitality Performance Re-Conditioning FMS, Functional Movement Screen Level 1 and 2 TRX, Total Body Resistance Exercise PDTR, Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing, Susquehanna University
“Prior to finding Christian, I had several terrible “trainer” experiences. I have been training with Christian for over a year and could not be happier. Not only is Christian an excellent and professional trainer with a ton of knowledge and experience but he designs my work-outs to be fun and customizes things so I am able to meet my ever-changing fitness goals without feeling like I¹m dreading the gym.” -Brittany
“I have been working with Christian for a few years, and have made great progress. I am leaner, much stronger, and have more energy than before. Christian has helped me work far harder than I could have by myself and it shows. He is constantly coming up with new and interesting workouts and his positive attitude and motivation always comes through.” -Thad
“I started training with Christian about a year ago, and can guarantee that he will be your favorite trainer when you work with him.He shows up. He’s on time. He has an individually created workout plan just for you. Anyone who’s worked with personal trainers before knows that these aren’t givens.
My fitness goals have changed significantly since I started working with Christian, and he’s kept ahead of me with training and nutritional plans that have really produced results. He has an amazing repertoire of ideas and techniques, so whatever your goals Christian will have a plan for you.
Lastly, Christian is just an all around great guy. Personable, easy to get along with. He really wants you to succeed and puts a lot of energy into making that happen. More than once I’ve hit the proverbial wall at the gym, and Christian knows how to help me work through that – even without my asking. That’s what makes him the best.” -Mark
CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER My name is David Harvick and my love of fitness, nutrition and health/well-being started at an early age. I have always been an athlete and enjoyed sports as part of my life. Starting as a youngster and through college, I participated in organized sports and discovered the benefits of keeping the body healthy and strong. Through out high school I was a four-sport athlete (baseball, football, basketball and track). When attending college I was fortunate enough to play baseball at the collegiate level while pursued my degree in Sports Medicine. I am a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer and possess my Corrective Exercise Specialist certification. I love working with both athletes and individuals who have specific goals they want to attain. I strive to teach every person I work with the tools, techniques and knowledge to reach their goals and maintain their success in the gym.
"I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer with a Fitness Nutrition Specialization and a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach Certification. I was always running around with the neighborhood kids and playing sports when I was young. I believe being involved at an early age helped develop the love and passion that I have today for being active. When I have an active lifestyle it makes me more confident, positive, I feel healthier and have more energy. Helping my body improve drove me to want to become a personal trainer, I want to help share my knowledge with others so that they can experience the positivity I have experienced.
I work with many types of clients and customize workout plans based upon their desires and needs. Whether its to lose weight, gain weight, build muscle, tone up, or just because they enjoy working out … I truly love helping anyone that is willing to make the decision to be healthy! With my experience I hope I can help my clients make healthy lifestyle decisions inside and out of the gym. I strive to maximize our time in the gym together to get the best possible results, and to help you reach your desired goals, whatever they might be.
CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER
Marisa’s love of weight training began in college while she was studying fashion design. After gaining more than 25 pounds during her first year due to poor eating habits and lack of exercise, Marisa was introduced to weight training by her brother. Her university had a state of the art workout facility for students and Marisa took full advantage of all that it had to offer. Losing most of the weight she gained, she quickly became convinced that in order to control her weight and enjoy eating the foods she craved, she would need to work out regularly.
Eager to learn more about weight training, Marisa worked part-time for two gyms while attending college. This gave her access to knowledgeable trainers and she began to learn more about shaping her own body. She became fascinated by what could be attained just by working with weights and a little cardio training.
Her friends were noticing and asking for help.
In 2004, Marisa decided that fashion design no longer met her needs, as she was more interested in fitness and body design. She also discovered she had a gift and a passion for helping others attain fitness goals and decided to become a certified fitness trainer. Soon after becoming certified, she began a more holistic approach to training, realizing that diet played a huge part in the process of getting fit. Adopting a more nutritious eating plan, she eventually turned to fresh juicing and a diet high in raw foods, which she still maintains. Her diet, exercise routine and lifestyle provide her with the energy and stamina she requires to train her clients and continue to work on her own physique. Marisa lives by her standards and is a role model for her clients.
In early 2011, Marisa became the proud mother of a very healthy baby girl, Zeta. Despite having gained 40 pregnancy pounds and undergoing a Caesarian section, Marisa was wearing her pre-pregnancy wardrobe at 8 weeks postpartum. She credits this accomplishment to her own workout routine prior to and during her pregnancy. Specialties:
· Functional training & general conditioning · Strength & muscle building · Core strengthening & balance · Body alignment · Weight loss · Prenatal & postnatal · Postmenopausal · Injury prevention. · Joint pain · Back pain
Certifications: ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer (International Sports Science Association) since 2004 BodyPump certified CPR certified BS in Exercise Science
Dani's journey started with very unhealthy habits and thinking what she was doing was the only option for her: Not eating well, not eating at all or overeating she never could figure it out. Once she became an instructor while still eating poorly, she became very unhappy. Finally she tried a program that worked for her and learned from scratch how to eat correctly and start being mindful of when to eat etc. Once Dani started this journey there was no going back. Even from there Dani then learned about specifically programming what she ate for what her activity level was by watching her macros. Over the past year she has lost more collectively and dropped an additional 9% body fat to add to making her total body percent fat going down 17%! There is no end destination, therefore Dani has been training clients from the start, and teaching students since from when she was 40 pounds heavier with the point being you can't wait to start living your life or being happy, you have to appreciate the journey and know each day you are getting better. Dani lives her life by the mantra "Fight for what you want" because It wasn’t all happy and exciting, at times she felt very helpless and trapped in her body during her journey.
Dani knew that this was her purpose in life, to become the best version of herself to prove to herself and anyone that ever doubted that women with her frame and structure could be an athlete, strong and a trainer CAN be a true representation of what strong and healthy are. She keeps fighting everyday for what she wants because she knows this journey and she knows you have it in you to be your best, we just have to start! Dani has set herself to the highest standard and lives accordingly. She practices what she preaches and loves what she does and wants nothing but success from her clients. With Dani’s unique perspective of actually living an unhealthy lifestyle to changing hers completely she can relate to you and truly understand how to make you successful and be the best you can be.
As a native Tennessean, I enjoy a multitude of experiences and surroundings, learning new ways to challenge myself physically and implementing new ways to move through life. I hope to share and teach others what I have learned. Thankfully, at a young age, I had the opportunity to experience many different ways the body can be used. I was involved in almost every sport imaginable and easily found an ambition for developing many additional forms of movement. I wanted to understand the basic principles of movement and how they could be applied in life and in athletic training. In high school, I began training for the many sports I was interested in. College was about the science behind the machine. I was able to practice fundamental movement based skills currently used in the strength and conditioning world while also experiencing new ways to keep me progressing forward. After college, I had the opportunity to meet and learn with professionals who really helped me take my knowledge and use it, along with my experiences, to help others. I considered that my real education. Click here to read about my training philosophy…
Angela McCuiston is a NASM-CPT, CES, SFS and CETI-CES (Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Senior Fitness Specialist and Cancer Exercise Specialist) and owner of Music Strong, a business that specializes in personal fitness training for musicians. Winner of the 2007 NFA Piccolo Master class, Angela received her Master of Music in Flute Performance from Florida State University and her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Tennessee Technological University. An avid performer, Angela is Assistant Principal/Piccolo of Sinfonia Gulf Coast of Destin, Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Nashville Flute Choir. She is also member of the 313th Army Reserve Band at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL, most recently completing a 16year tenure with the 129th Army Band in Nashville, TN. In addition to her solo performances, she has performed with such celebrities as Jamie Bernstein, Pink Martini, Chris Mann, Morgan James, Katherine Jolley, Nancy Griffith and Mary Wilson of the Supremes.
As a trainer, Angela maintains a studio in Nashville, TN and also travels to give her workshops and presentations, most notably presenting at the National Flute Association Conventions in Las Vegas, NV, Washington, D.C., Salt Lake City, UT and Orlando, FL. Among her recent workshops, she has traveled to present at Arizona State University, Florida State University, Stephen F. Austin University, Ft. Lewis University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga among others. Recently she was sought out by the Old Guard, Army Fife and Drum Corps as a special consultant to prevent playing related injuries. She has since taken up residence on the faculty of the Stetson University flute camp and has been sought out for numerous other positions including her recent appointment Fall of 2018 as Chair of the National Flute Association Performance Health Committee. Angela is constantly on the search for new research and her studies include The Alexander Technique, Barbara Conable’s “What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body” Body Mapping Class, Eva Amsler’s classes in Dynamic Integration in addition to live workshops with NASM, and in May 2019 will complete her level 1 certification in Neurokinetic Therapy. When she is not performing or training, Angela can be found teaching private flute lessons in the middle Tennessee area or riding her Trek road bike as many hours as there are sunshine. She recently completed her 3rd century ride and has a goal to ride between 5-12 centuries in 2019 and log 5,000 miles.ourney.
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, I studied at several of our state's institutions of higher learning before attaining an NCSF Certified Personal Trainer certification. In the interim I studied T'ai chi ch'uan and Gung fu, attaining the rank of black belt in the latter. Currently, I am studying Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing and wrestling. Elements of these disciplines as well as Olympic weightlifting, calisthenics and an emphasis on the restoration of mobility form the basis of the physical practices I teach-all of which is predicated on a personal understanding of the psychology of change necessary in the implementation and permanent acquisition of any new behavior. .