Gayle is an AFAA Certified Trainer and has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years. In 1995 she started teaching group fitness classes and has taught everything from Insanity to Pilates and Group Cycling to Barre!
Early in her career she was a personal trainer part-time while also working as a Social Worker in a mental health center in Key West, Florida. Her last Social Work job at Duke was with a multidisciplinary team that focused on disease management and prevention for diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma which helped her understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle. In 2005, Gayle left Social Work to pursue her passion in the fitness industry full time.
She believes that fitness and wellness need an integrative approach for a healthy body and mind. Gayle has worked with an extraordinarily diverse population ranging from 3 to 93 year olds! She has helped many people prepare and recover from joint replacement surgery (including knee, shoulder and hip), and has worked closely with mental health professionals, physicians, physical therapists, acupuncturists, and chiropractors to ensure a safe and positive experience for their clients. Gayle has also trained youth athletes, competitive horseback riders, runners, and golfers among others to help them achieve performance goals.
Gayle believes in functional exercises that utilize the whole body and enhance quality of life. She specializes in Pilates and feels that it is an exercise modality that prevents injury and enhances the ability to do other physical tasks and sports well. She is also certified in TRX Suspension Training and Kettlebells and has been certified in a variety of modalities to stay current with industry standards. Gayle believes each session should be fun and variable to maintain results, alleviate boredom, and help each client meet their goals.
When Gayle is not personal training or teaching FIT Circuit and Pilates classes, she loves to see live music, go to the beach and mountains, and spend time with family and friends.
Gayle lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and two girls, ages 8 and 9.
Born and raised in Carrboro, NC, Colin graduated from UNC Greensboro in 2005 with a degree in Commercial Recreation and a minor in Business.
As a competitive basketball player, he developed a passion for fitness and an understanding of the central role exercise plays in not only physical fitness, but mental and emotional fitness as well. Following his passion, and a desire to assist others in striving for optimal health, he attended the National Personal Training Institute, graduating in 2009.
With over eight years of personal training experience, Colin has finely tuned his training philosophy by working with a wide range of individuals, including but not limited to fitness novices, athletes, seniors, pre/post op, diabetes, arthritis, obesity, muscle dystrophy, parkinsons, and many other challenging situations. Constantly learning and developing his training skill set, Colin recently earned a Personal Training Certification from the nationally accredited NASM (National Association of Sports Medicine) and is currently pursuing a Corrective Exercise Specialist certification.
When he is not helping people reach their fitness goals, he enjoys being outdoors as much as possible (especially the beach!), playing basketball, rooting for the Tar Heels, and spending time with his family and friends.
Lauren is an Orthopedic Exercise Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council On Exercise. She got her start as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer while acquiring her Exercise & Sport Science Degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Her internships at Duke Diet and Fitness Center and Shane Diet and Exercise Resorts allowed Lauren to learn how to integrate exercise, behavior change, nutrition, education, medicine, and fun into a wellness plan for individual clients. Her Personal Training work in several commercial gym settings introduced Lauren to a wide range of clients from ages 12 to 85 and gave her the opportunity to learn how to adapt fitness programs to all levels and skill sets.
Lauren's own interests in activities like strength training, yoga, Pilates, OCR (obstacle course racing), running, and gymnastics give her clients’ training programs a unique focus on physical form and function.
Lauren helps her clients build strong, functional, resilient bodies for life. She is a creative biomechanics nerd who loves breaking apart movements with each client to help them move the best for their body and sports. She has guided her clients through pre- and post-op fitness programs for back, hip, knee, and shoulder surgeries. She also has experience with creating adaptive exercises for people with chronic neuromuscular and autoimmune diseases. Every challenge is an opportunity for change, for innovation, and for fun!
In addition to exercise instruction, Lauren is also an amateur home chef with an experimental palette and interest in healthy family meal preparation. Her background in sports nutrition means her approach to healthy eating is flexible and non-restricted. Follow her menu photo journaling on Instagram for inspiring recipe ideas.
Lauren is a native of North Carolina and grew up in Hillsborough. Outside of work, you can find Lauren spending time hiking along the Eno with her fiance and dog, cooking, eating, reading, watching sports, trying out new fitness classes in the Triangle, and spending time with her family and friends. She loves to travel to the mountains in the cooler months of the year.