Our Fitness Coaches

Jack Haynes,

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.

Jim Cipriani

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.

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During this time I really became somewhat obsessed with Anatomy and Physiology and achieved a number one ranking for my major within my class. While I received my education through classroom and course work, I also sought an education in the “real world,” working with athletes and fitness enthusiasts of all types at major health clubs. After college, I went on to get many certifications, including International Sports Science Association (ISSA), National Federation of Personal Trainers (NFPT), and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). For over 20 years now, I have been helping individuals from all walks of life create measurable results in their physiques and performance. I am now considered a respected authority within the fitness community. I have published numerous articles for magazines and websites, appeared on radio shows, conducted seminars, and am the owner/head trainer of Nashville’s premiere fitness service, Cutting Edge Personal Training. My on-going mission in life is to help individuals achieve a fit and healthy body, perform at their highest levels, and achieve a greater sense of energy and well-being. If you desire any of these things, together we can make it happen!

Dallas Stephens

Dallas is a NASM certified trainer with a specialization in Corrective Exercise. She has a passion for helping others learn how to not only gain muscle and lose fat, but also gain a love for health and fitness.

In her teens and young 20’s, she began her modeling career in Chicago which led to battling an eating disorder and feeling lost when it came to taking control of her body. She began researching fitness, workouts and the best ways to be fueling her body. Amidst much trial and error, she overcame her disorder and found a love for fitness and optimal nutrition. She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue fitness modeling and has worked with brands like ASICS, Reebok, New Balance, and Adidas. She has coached both private and group fitness classes at F45 West Hollywood, finding a passion for High Intensity Interval Training, Resistance Training, and Circuit Training. Though physical fitness is important, Dallas has realized how crucial good mental health is. In order to help others who may be struggling with eating disorders and other mental health issues, Dallas wrote her book “Mind Over Mouth” which dives into the importance of mental health and provides an outlook on diets and lifestyle habits.

She recently moved to Nashville to continue her love of teaching fitness. Her desire to make it more personal and build genuine relationships motivated her to pursue a training career at Next Level Fitness. Dallas is a trainer with a passion for helping people and for getting to know what drives you to become a better version of yourself. Her goal is to help you reach your goals inside and outside of the gym!

Gerell Webb

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.


Melissa Haynes

CFT, BS Kinesiology

I have a Bachelors of Science in kinesiology and am certified by the American Council on Exercise. I have been passionate about fitness since high school when I decided to take up running. It quickly became a great love of mine, and I was hooked for life. I decided at that time that I wanted to go into a field that would allow me to help others on their fitness journey. However, after some hard life circumstances, I began to use food restriction and over-exercise as a means of controlling the chaos. My freshman year of college things got progressively worse. I would exercise as much as possible, skip meals, lie to my friends etc. I transferred sophomore year to a different school and decided to run cross country. My coach tried to help as best he could, but after the season, things deteriorated even more. I was emaciated. My parents begged me to get an eating disorder evaluation. I figured they would tell me to eat a sandwich and send me home. Instead, they took my vitals and told me I couldn’t leave the hospital or I would likely die. My heart rate was bottomed out, my body temp was very low and all my organs were shutting down. I spent two weeks in inpatient and 5 more in an outpatient program. I finally recognized that I had a problem and needed help.

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It wasn’t an easy road after that. There were highs and lows and huge struggles, but every year it got a little easier. I realized I no longer wanted to be imprisoned by my mind. I craved freedom and joy...and it eventually came. I’ll never forget that first piece of pizza without fear, that first bowl of ice cream without worrying about how I was going to “burn it off.”

Strength training has been such a healing thing for me in my journey. Getting strong, feeling good and celebrating what my body can do has brought so much peace and contentment.

As a mom of two young boys, I clearly understand the importance of instilling positive messages of health and body image to them. My goal is to help others on their fitness journey as they reach for goals, find peace and discover the joy that health and wellness (in body and mind) can bring.

David Harvick

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.

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This one-on-one relationship is a key component in the personal training experience. Choosing a trainer is a big decision for most people, and I truly feel that personality is a big factor in this decision. In my work, I focus to make the training time both challenging and fun by combining out-of-the-box exercises, encouragement to reach goals, and attention to the way the client’s body responds and reacts. Every individual is unique, and I want each client to feel that I am personally doing everything I can to use their time productively to achieve RESULTS! This is a partnership and I want to help you take it to the “next level”. I have worked with all varieties of people – people who want to loose weight, who want to get fit, who want to change eating habits, who are recovering from an injury – and ranging in age from 11–80 years old, variety is the name of the game in this profession…I love that challenge! The two areas I specialize in are Corrective Exercise and Functional Training. Corrective Exercise is the correction of any muscle imbalances that may be preventing the body from moving in its natural and proper state. A startling statistic – 60% of individuals who hire a trainer get hurt within the first six weeks because their muscle imbalances are not identified and addressed. Functional Training is important because it prepares and strengthens the body for everyday use and activity. Not only does this reduce the risk of injury, it also allows for better muscular balance and joint stability. Whether you are looking to tone up or prepare for more extreme exercise, Functional Training is for you. Not to mention it will be beneficial, challenging and yes fun too! I look forward to seeing you in the gym and helping you achieve the goals you desire. TOGETHER we can certainly take it to the NEXT LEVEL! Always remember, two are stronger than one! “Two are better than one because they have good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up the other. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

Tara Koch

Bio coming soon!


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Eric Hartman

I am an NASM Certified Personal trainer with a huge passion for helping others find the love with fitness and nutrition that I have found over the last 15 years.

As a kid I underwent multiple surgeries on my feet and even though I played multiple sports, including baseball and lacrosse, it was a tough go for me while I was young, spending multiple portions of my life in casts and even my 6th grade year in a wheel chair all due to surgeries to “fix me”. I struggled heavily with being able to move well without pain even after all of the surgeries. Years later, in college I decided it was time to take control of my own well-being and even though doctors told me I would not be able to run without pain, I started researching ways to help myself move better and trained for triathlons. In the midst of this research and training trials I found weight lifting and absolutely fell in love with how it made my body and mind feel as I got stronger and began to move without pain, not to mention how my body composition changed! I decided I wanted to keep this learning going and be able to pass it along to those like me.

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I studied hard to earn my certification through NASM and still continue to learn everyday how to help myself and others get stronger, move better and feel confident in our bodies. I want to help you become the best self you want to achieve and I will be there every step of the way to ensure we do it in a fun, challenging and smart way!

Wolly Wolcott

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.

Christian Pitkin


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.”

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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


How to Get in Shape for a Wedding, According to How Much Time You Have, Men’s Fitness, January 2018 Bay Area Hikes with Kids, Bay Area Parent Magazine, September 2017

Dani Dyer

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.

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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.

Website: www.danidfitness.com

Nathaniel Edman

"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.

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