Eli tragically lost his mother to lung cancer when he was 12 years old. Seeing this before his eyes is what ultimately motivated him to eventually pursue a career in health and fitness. Changing lives and motivating people through a customized and hands-on approach is what Eli does best.
A graduate of Hofstra University with a B.S. in Exercise Science. Eli grew up as a competitive wrestler, and believes that his experience in the sport has helped to supplement his knowledge in fitness and nutrition. Eli believes in being a positive role model to his clients and pushes himself to uphold the highest standards in fitness and nutrition.
Eli considers himself to be a “straight shooter” and will always be genuine and honest with you about your fitness needs, while also being able to understand and relate to your situation.
“The best personal trainer is not someone who knows the most exercises or who can give the hardest, most grueling work out. The best personal trainer is someone who knows how to develop a relationship and deliver a fine balance between what we want and what we need.”
Naomi has always led an active life and grew up playing sports that ranged from lacrosse to rock climbing. Since college, she has heavily invested in being a well-rounded endurance athlete. Naomi has experience in mid-long distance runs and triathletes. Naomi enjoys sharing about “pre-rehab” and preventing injuries for those looking for longevity and sustainabilityin their life. She is passionate about supporting our clients and encouraging them to reach their goals.
John is a former professional basketball player that played abroad for most of his career. His basketball career involved a lot of investment in his personal fitness and learning about how to workout effectively. He enjoys sharing his fitness knowledge with our clients and cheering them on as they strive to reach their goals. In his personal life, John is passionate about helping kids learn how to play basketball and optimize their natural talents in that field.
Vanessa is our front desk receptionist and she is often the first one to greet our clients as they walk through our door. She is an avid fitness enthusiast that loves to chat with our clients about their fitness and life experiences while saving time in her personal life for traveling and listening to music. She is currently a student at Southern Union and aspires to be a physical therapist one day.
Ben began his fitness journey in 2017 after a personal crisis from an unhealthy lifestyle and back injuries and stiffness from years of manual labor. In April 2017 he started doing DDPY (or DDP Yoga as it was then called) at 247 pounds. By then end of 2018 he was a certified DDPY instructor and down to 189 pounds! He says “These days I am comfortable and happy at 215 pounds and love to help inspire others to do their very best and reach their goals! I am a father of two awesome boys and a guitar player at my church and clean and sober!”
Katrina is our Director of Operations and oversees our employees, the new client experience, collects feedback from our clients, and implements upgrades/changes around the facility. Katrina has a B.S. and M.S. from Auburn University and has over 17 years of small business management experience. She enjoys getting to know our clients and making the AFS experience the best it can possibly be!