PETRO MARTYNYUK - FLEX5 FOUNDER, ACSM PERSONAL TRAINER & AADP HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH

Petro Martynyuk moved to the United States from Ukraine at the age of 16, barely able to speak English, but with a big dream to become successful. He was told he could not graduate from high school, get into a good university or get a well-paying job. However, he knew he could achieve more than others believed was possible. Through strong drive and determination, Petro attained these goals and went on to have a very successful career in finance, working for top firms in New York and London and now Charlotte. He leans on the lessons learned from his own life to instill internal strength in his personal training and health-coaching clients, so that through exercise and proper nutrition they are able to achieve their personal goals. By launching PetroFitness in 2012 followed by Flex5 Premium Fitness and Wellness Center opening in 2015 Petro is determined to reshape the fitness and wellness landscape of Charlotte area and beyond.

CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER AND HEALTH COACH

Petro Martynyuk has earned the highly regarded ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Personal Training Certification and TRX Suspension Training Group Instructor Certification. He is also a certified holistic health coach through the AADP (American Association of Drugless Practitioners). As part of his training through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition‘s cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program, Petro studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts.

These included:

  • Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine
  • Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center
  • Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University
  • Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating

PETRO’S HEALTH AND FITNESS PHILOSOPHY

Petro is a strong advocate of a Holistic Approach to Personal Training and Nutrition. He believes in gradually achieving results by making small changes to our lifestyles, rather than expecting overnight results from fad diets and workout gimmicks. Only by making the right Fundamental Lifestyle Changes can you produce Real and Lasting Results. It is then that you will become Healthier, Happier and Fitter.

PETRO IN THE MEDIA

 

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

"I have been with my husband Jason for 4 years. He as always been what you call a couch potato. About a month and a half ago he met Petro. I have NEVER seen him so motivated to work out. He has made a complete transformation in his eating habits, his energy level, and his overall mindset to get healthy. Petro is such a motivation for him, this man is amazing how he can push someone to do their very best and go beyond limits they never knew existed within themselves. He truly has a gift. My husband sends him pictures of what he's eating, and connects with Petro on progress daily. I'm so proud of him for his lifestyle change. And thank you to Petro for making Jason a better and healthier person.~ Angela Mobley, Charlotte, NC 

 I have to say that my wife's words about Petro are 100% true! He has a dedication to help people, and teach them how to live a healthy lifestyle! This is my 6th week training with him, and I'm down 14lbs!! Im seeing the positive changes in my body, and it's really a motivator. I know that my wife is tired of seeing me flexing, playing around when I'm walking around the house. "I'm sorry Angela, it will only get worse"! 

I was one of those people that had a million excuses, of why I couldn't workout: I don't have time, this hurts, that hurts, " blah blah blah"..
We don't make excuses for not having the time to pick our kids up from school, or going to work everyday, etc... We also make time for the things that we really enjoy! We only get one body! Stop making excuses, and make time for your healthy lifestyle!! ~ Jason Mobley, Charlotte, NC 

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Love this place and the Flex5 Team! joined the "Say I Do" series, or boot camp as it's called, in April 2016. I needed motivation to get in shape in a focused way. As I came to know Petro and the Flex5 Team, I was hooked. Each one of the fitness coaches are different but knowledgable, flexible, friendly and know how to push you without being obnoxious, like alot of 'trainers'. They allow you to alter any exercise to your level of fitness or comfort. There's no yelling and screaming to push yourself or do more sit ups. LOL. The space they have is newly renovated, stylish, practical and well equipped. The main advantages of this Flex5 is (1) flexibility (you can chose whatever classes or individual training sessions you want, (2) purchase one class, several or unlimited, combine classes and individual training, etc, (3) workout in a convenient uptown location, (4) take classes early am or after the typical work day. The coaches are accepting of everyone and make all feel comfortable no matter age, race, orientation, fitness level, etc. I have become a member of Flex5 and will continue my workouts beyond the series I am about to complete. ~ Jay Biles, Charlotte, NC

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I joined Petro’s ‘Say I Do’ class this spring after seeing how much my partner was enjoying it.  Admittedly, I’ve never been much of a super early morning person, so at first I was a little anxious that I would ever make it to the gym in time for the 6 am class.  But with a little advance planning the night before, I’ve shown up for every single one so far!  And I actually look forward to the workouts.  My goals are to get more toned but mostly to fit in a healthy high quality workout into my crazy schedule – and to make up for all of the time I spend in an office environment.   

The class I took is 45 minutes long but sometimes it feels more like 10 minutes because you are moving around so much.  Yes, they are intense…and fast paced, with very quick breaks between circuits.  Petro keeps a close eye on everyone during the class and moves quickly from one  participant to the next – correcting form (I seem to get corrected a lot ) – or suggesting a modification depending on the individual.  It’s like having a personal trainer at a fraction of the price.   At the end of the class, I have this Huge sense of accomplishment that I’ve kicked off my morning with an extraordinary workout and I’m ready to take on the day.  On Saturdays, we do yoga with the fabulous Victoria – a nice change of pace from the weekday circuit training -  but it is serious yoga – you will sweat!  

Overall, I’m so glad I met Petro and the Flex5 team.  I’ve really gotten a lot out of this experience so far and looking forward to more! ~ Dan Swift, Charlotte, NC

*****

I began my journey with Petro in January 2014, 4 months before my wedding. My goal was to lose 15 lbs to get ready. I had always been good about working out in the mornings when I was younger. I would go to the gym on my own every weekday. But as responsibilities with work got in the way, I found it more and more difficult to commit myself to getting to the gym on my own.
I had been watching friends post on Facebook about the boot camp classes they were taking with Petro, and the results they were getting. I had never done a boot camp, so I was a little nervous about signing up, not to mention the guys in the class were at least 10 years younger than I was - so there was that pressure.


I finally just bit the bullet and signed up. I'll be honest, the first few sessions were rough. But I made the commitment to tough it out - and I had the incentive of looking good for the wedding. 2 weeks in and I was looking forward to waking up early and getting to class, not to mention the peer pressure I knew I'd get, even if imagined, if I missed a class. By the end of the first 10 week course. I had dropped 20 lbs and I was feeling great. I decided to go for a second round. By the time my wedding came, I had dropped from 176 lbs to 155 lbs.


When Petro opened up Flex5, I signed up as soon as the class schedule was available. The structure of the class is perfect for me. I am up early, I get my workout in and I feel great the rest of the day. If you're looking for the structure of a group circuit workout, I highly recommend these classes. While some of the individual exercises will be repeated from time to time, each overall workout is different. When you add in Victoria's Yoga sessions, you've got a great value workout package. ~ Scott Bishop, Charlotte, NC

*****

Flex5 provides such an uplifting and butt-kicking experience all rolled into one. I can't say enough positive things about Petro and his staff. The classes are challenging, engaging, and rewarding! If you're looking for an experience to help put you back on track, sign up for Victoria's yoga or Petro's bootcamp. ~ Brandon Stanley, Charlotte, NC

*****

Love Flex5 and their wonderful team of instructors.  Just started my second Say I Do class series with Petro and it rocks!  Great workout completed in an efficient 45 min time frame.  Highly recommend this place and the high end facilities.  Ps- If you have a chance try out the Yoga classes.  One of the best I have tried in Charlotte. ~ Jeremy Carter, Charlotte, NC

*****

Fantastic gym with awesome trainers that are really there to help you grow and hit your goals, Mitch's Tabata class and Petro's Beach Body class helped me realize how much I needed their help! ~ Luke Drawdy, Charlotte, NC

*****

The boot camp classes are great! I've never been successful when I've tried to go to the gym and do things by myself. The group classes provide me the structure and motivation that I need to push myself to succeed. Petro's "Say I Do Beach Body Class" and Mitch's "Tabata" are challenging but leave you feeling great afterward. ~ Restin Drawdy, Charlotte, NC+

*****

I've been working out with Petro for about a year and a half, making the trek down to Uptown Charlotte from the Lake Norman-area two mornings a week.  But Petro makes it worth the drive!  He motivates me to push beyond my own limits.  I've become a stronger person, physically and otherwise, with his help.  ~ Kendra Sale, Charlotte, NC

*****

"Simply put, I've tried the rest and now I've found the BEST: Petro! I had given up on personal trainers until I met him. I'd grown frustrated by trainers who either weren't knowledgeable or weren't dependable. Petro knows what he's talking about and he's reliable & organized. His personal training sessions are informative and exhausting, which is exactly how I like them. It's clear he puts a lot of forethought into our sessions. I appreciate that. Petro targets his workout plans to his client's particular needs, so my routine is different than a routine of a client with different goals. That's important! My sessions are high-intensity, near-insanity, feel-like-I'm-about-to-pass-out workouts, but that's my choice! He takes a different approach with others. Petro pushes you without being overly aggressive, and he doesn't take himself, or fitness, too seriously. I started with his bootcamps and now I do personal-training sessions, and I'd highly recommend both if you're interested in pushing your limits and getting in the best shape of your life!" - Ben Thompson, 35, Charlotte, NC

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"Personal training with Petro is about as good as it gets. Every time I work out with him I leave completely exhausted but also invigorated to take on my day. Personal training is truly personal -- he listens to my requests and also pays attention to my abilities/weaknesses to tailor the best workout for me. Highly recommend." - Glen Powell, 36, Charlotte

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"6+ out 5 stars!!! Many superlatives come to mind when I reflect on my training experience with Petro. Frankly, there is no equal.
I began my journey towards overall self improvement a little less than 2 yrs ago. After being diagnosed and beating multiple cancers, battling depression, fatigue and a myriad of chaotic life altering events, I was determined to get back up and live life with a wholly positive attitude and a new perspective. I would be changing the way I think and along the way, the way I feel and look too.


I stumbled a bit the first year. A few trainers I sought out were not very motivating, and one never showed to our first session. Undeterred, I widened my net and found a gem of a website: flex5clt.com. I found his site to be professional and informative as well as inviting and inspiring. As soon as possible I set up an appointment to discuss my background, goals and expectations, and I instantly knew I had made the right decision. 


I started training with Petro sporadically due to my erratic schedule, and still managed results that exceeded my expectations. My customized routine demonstrated that he had listened and was aware of my initial limitations. Exercises ran the gamut from cardio and plyometrics to trx and weights. He also had me keep a food diary to pinpoint weaknesses in my diet and spur on results. I have thoroughly enjoyed my training and always leave smiling, although I'll admit to cursing him out on occasion. I've lost 50lbs since my journey began, and I don't get fatigued by the daily grind anymore. Petro always reminds me that I did all the hard work. I continue training with Petro and thanks to him, I have even taken a liking to yoga. My next goal is to amp it up and get Petro-fied!!!" - Alex Wiscovitch, 41, Charlotte, NC

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"Stop looking, you've found your trainer. I met Petro in late August when I signed up for his PowerX class at my gym. The class was incredibly difficult, but do-able with his encouragement, demonstrations, and if needed, modifications. But, to be completely honest, I hated him for a few minutes after class while I determined if I would be able to walk to my car. After I realized I could walk, I was hooked on that class and kept coming back. I've been working with Petro 1 on 1 for about 2 months now and have lost over 15 pounds. Petro's recommendations have slowly taken over my diet and I eat REAL food now. I'm not exactly sure how he got me to cook, but he did. He listens to me and makes realistic recommendations that work for my life. Petro answers my questions, encourages me, pushes me to work hard everyday, puts up with my *occasional* whining, and continues to challenge me at each and every workout. He certainly doesn't take it easy on me and I appreciate that. I fit into jeans I haven't worn in years. Co-workers stop me in the hallway to comment on how happy I look. I'm able to run now and truly enjoy it. My life has completely changed and I feel great! I've signed up for Petro's next Boot Camp and will also continue to work with him 1 on 1. If you're smart, you'll do the same thing..." - Melisa Palmer, 36, Charlotte

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Before working out with a personal trainer, I thought my workouts were pretty hard. I honestly didn't realize I wasn't really pushing myself until I started working out with Petro. Petro does a fantastic job of challenging you to maximize your potential. He is very patient and plans workouts around your individual fitness goals. He also makes recommendations to improve your diet which is just as important as the physical activity. Top notch in my book! - Chad Barringer, 39, Charlotte

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"Petro is absolutely fantastic! He is extremely knowledgable & an all around amazing person. He is very attentive, helping you channel a healthy lifestyle in your workouts, nutrition & day to day activities. If you are trying to improve not just your health, but also your happiness, Petro can do this for you. He genuinely cares about how you're doing and wants you to get healthy, not just lose weight. A remarkable individual that I highly recommend!" - Madison Ibarguen, 25, Charlotte

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"Over the past two and a half years, I have been removing toxic relationships and things out of my life that were unhealthy. The toxins were so bad that I was completely lost and had no idea. A few months ago, I met Petro. Under his guidance and direction, I have began the journey of life changing proportions. I'm having a total reshaping of the physical, mental and spiritual with his help at the age of 42 and am celebrating the successes daily. I am the strongest I've ever been with his personal training, bootcamps and nutritional awareness. And I give credit to Petro! Add in the recent, 10-Week "Say I DO" Transformation Series and he offers the triple treat. He will beat me for posting this but I believe that when there is something great out there making positive changes, you must share it!" - Dan Mauney, 42, Charlotte

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"Confidence builder - It only took me about 5 mins after meeting Petro Martyuyuk that I knew he would be a good match to be my personal trainer.  He has a unique way of engaging people by being very personable, making sure he gets to know you and your goals but also very engaged, you are there to work out so there is no wasted time.  I have learned so much from his guidance during my workouts.  Proper form is a must and he is excellent in show you how to execute the activities right way.  By the end of my workouts with him, I know I have been challenged but am excited about what I had accomplished.  He has helped me with an important goal I had which was to gain more confidence in knowing how to continue down my fitness journey even when I don't have him by my side.  My experience with Petro has been so positive that my husband (56yo) is now enjoying personal session with him as well!" - Maryann Decastro,  53, Charlotte

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"I've recently completed my first package of sessions with Petro as my personal trainer.  My workouts are challenging and rewarding.  Petro has created a total body workout for me while taking into consideration some limitations I have due to injury.    He gives encouragement  and dedication to each workout.  I appreciate the suggestions he gives me for diet and overall fitness.  I like  the renewed energy and confidence that I've attained since working out with Petro !  I'm looking forward to my next package of sessions!"  - Ralph Grier, 58, Charlotte

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"Mind, Matter and the Power to Transform. Petro makes no bones about being a hard-nosed fitness-instructor with a very hard work ethic and an engaging, endearing and even indulging personality.What makes his fitness sessions, boot camps and even exotic Caribbean fitness retreats amazing is his ability to entice you to dive mind, body and spirit behind living and being healthy.

I consider myself a fit person for 44 years old but Petro has indulged in my efforts to feel the best I can and make deliberate health choices be it food, workout or relaxation. Over time you feel like Petro is a friend who cares, not an instructor who teaches. There is no better motivation!" - Manoj Govindan, 44, Charlotte

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"Petro has changed my outlook on fitness. He not only has taught me the importance of fitness, but also how to achieve and lead a healthy, fit lifestyle.  His boot camps and one on one personal training have been things I look most forward to in my week. He worked closely with me towards achieving my goals every time I worked out with him. and always kept me accountable. Petro’s Fast & Furious boot camps are like no other workout! They are full of high intensity fitness activities that get your heart beating and blast the fat. One thing that has truly helped me create a healthy life style, was his healthy diet coaching. He helped me create a nutritious diet to accompany my fitness training. I have had an extremely positive experience working with Petro Martynyuk Fitness + Wellness and cannot wait to continue!" - Spencer Green, 19, Charlotte

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 "Over the years I have considered myself mostly a runner. I have run 6 marathons and averaged 40 miles per week. After running the Boston Marathon I decided I wanted to take a little break from running and was looking for a way to stay in shape. I met Petro and after hearing about his training philosophy I started working with him 1:1. Petro is different than any trainer I've had as he takes my fitness and goals very personally. He makes sure that I am not only focusing on the physical fitness but also my eating by reviewing my food journal and helps with other areas of personal development in my daily life. In addition to the personal training I have begun to join his various boot-camps which provide a high energy and fast paced group exercise session which provides additional variety, motivation, and camaraderie with other like minded folks. I never really understood what a "life coach" or "health coach" was but now I do and that is what Petro is for me!" - Josh Lemke, 31, Charlotte

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"One word could easily sum up this review, "WOW!" I am continually impressed by Petro Martynyuk and his fitness/wellness programming. He is the consummate professional with the expertise and knowledge that is proven to show results....I am living proof! Petro's personal training programming has taught me how to become accountable to lead a healthy life-style from a holistic approach. He is much more than a trainer, assisting to improve all aspects of my lifestyle choices (i.e. stress, work, relationships, etc.). Beyond the gym, Petro seeks to educate and motivate individuals about making healthy choices when eating (and understanding the "why" behind the choice). Since working with Petro, I have seen a significantly positive change associated with my overall well-being to perform at work and life at my highest levels of efficiency. Of course, I am also seeing a physical change to achieve an incredibly toned and beautiful body!" - Drew Trapp, 30, Charlotte

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 "Petro's boot camp and personal fitness training sessions are unbelievable. He allows exercises to be done in varying levels of ability when you are in a group session, and he is constantly engaged during the entire class/session. Petro emphasizes form regarding each exercise, he first demonstrates the exercise and kindly critiques (if needed) while you are performing the exercise. Don't let this have you thinking that the workout will not be high intensity or tough enough - Petro will work it out of you. You'll never leave one of Petro's sessions without feeling like you have achieved optimal exercise. By far, the best workout I've ever had!  I look forward to many more workouts with Petro and the knowledge I will gain by doing so" - Tyler Helms, 26, Charlotte

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"I had the pleasure of training with Petro in London. I was thinking it was just going to be a classic session of pushing weights but I was quickly shown otherwise. Petro did a great job of integrating functional movements into our training sessions - movements that a human would do naturally - which I really appreciated, given my previous experience with CrossFit, boot camp training, etc. He also pushed me to achieve physical results that I honestly thought I was not capable of. At the same time, however, he also coached me on diet, managing stress and drafting a fitness program specific to my goals.  If you're looking for someone who goes beyond the classic personal trainer job description to help you fulfill your fitness goals, Petro is the guy for you. He is a real life example of the mind and body that can be achieved when one dedicates himself.  Thanks for everything, Petro!" - Tommy Costas, 31, London, UK

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"I have done personal training a few times before but nothing like the one with Petro when he last visited London. He demonstrates a switch between high and low intensity always bearing the proper alignment in mind throughout the work out, keeping the energy always in high levels. Just like having your own personal boot camp. He introduces each time a combination of different exercises that suits your needs and goals and i was so pleased that he could take my back and knee injuries in consideration and work around them putting my health and well-being above all without missing out on a high energy workout nevertheless.  I really wish he was visiting London more often." - Irodotos Savvas, 36, London, UK

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DARLA LILLEBERG - FLEX5 FOUNDER, ACSM PERSONAL TRAINER, AADP HEALTH COACH & HASHIMOTO'S AUTOIMMUNE SPOKES PERSON

Darla is a Certified Personal Trainer, Holistic Health Coach and thyroid patient advocate. Following her heart, she chose to become a trainer and coach in order to empower other women like herself, who also struggle with autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.  Leaning on her own experiences and education, she founded Autoimmune Babe to provide guidance and support women through the necessary lifestyle changes that allow them to lose weight, have increased energy and thrive.  

Darla has over 8 years of self-study experience related to thyroid disease and autoimmune disorders through the various avenues of learning such as webinars, podcasts, health summits, interviewing functional medicine practitioners and pharmacists, in addition to hundreds of hours of research.  She has also been coaching clients one on one and has volunteered her time as a lead moderator in the Hashimoto’s 411 Facebook support group and website for the past 5 years.   

Darla’s own health challenges paved the way for her to better understand the pain, frustration and hopelessness one can experience from being unwell.  She as deep level of understanding and compassion for those who are just starting out on their own journey and feeling lost; not knowing where to begin.  Having put Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis in to remission herself, she has the first hand experience necessary to help you find your way back to wellness.

CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER &  HEALTH COACH

Darla has earned the highly regarded ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Personal Training Certification and is focusing on helping women with their weight-loss and total body strength goals. She is also a Certified Holistic Health Coach through the AADP (American Association of Drugless Practitioners).  As part of her training through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition‘s cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program, Darla studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts.

DARLA'S PHILOSOPHY

Darla is a passionate advocate of the holistic approach to wellness. She believes in gradually achieving results by making small changes to our lifestyles, rather than expecting overnight results from fad diets.

Only by making the right fundamental lifestyle changes can you produce sustainable, real and long term results.  That is when you will achieve whole body wellness.


CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

*****

Darla has been such a huge help me during this last year...I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's and was so scared and had so many questions.....she answered all my questions with great knowledge as well as compassion. With each question she answered she always made me understand exactly what was going on and backed up answers with articles or research to help me understand further as well. When I had questions about testing, foods, diet, symptoms , you name it she always helped me figure out what my next step should be. Along with all of the above she also helped me stay calm through all of it... She truly is God sent.  Marissa R., Staten Island, NY

*****

Unbelievable results!! Working with Darla has truly been a wonderful experience. She is extremely understanding, knowledgeable and was able to help me with any questions or concerns I had along the way. Living with Hashimoto's is so much easier now and I owe it all to her! This has taken such a HUGE burden off me and I have been very impressed with her program! I will definitely be referring her to all of my friends and family.  Brenda H., Kansas City, MO

*****

A good friend of mine referred me to Darla and I couldn't be happier! After battling with Lupus for so many years I finally have relief and peace of mind. Darla is one of the only individuals I've met since I was originally diagnosed that genuinely cares about you and your health. It's like working with an extended member of your family. Completely exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend her! Amber M., Seattle, WA

*****

Absolutely blown away with the service! If you are looking for someone who understands exactly what you're going through and can help you manage your autoimmune disease then this is it! Very knowledgeable and compassionate from the very beginning. Since I started working with Darla I feel so much stronger, more positive, and much more informed! Needless to say, I've tried other health coaches in the past and none of them compare. Thank you so much Darla!  Megan W., Little Rock, AR

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DR ZACHARY HURT - FLEX5 NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR AND ACCUPUNCTURIST


Zachary Hurt, ND LAc received his doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine as well as his masters in acupuncture from the University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute graduating with honors from both programs.


NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR AND ACCUPUNCTURIST

Naturopathic Medicine

Having studied extensively under the guidance of Dr. Peter D’Adamo while at the University of Bridgeport, Dr. Hurt had the invaluable opportunity to work as the resident physician for the Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine at the University of Bridgeport where he assisted naturopathic students in case-taking, physical exam, and formulating treatment plans. He is well versed in the Blood Type Diet and had the opportunity to assist in the development and implementation of Dr. D’Adamo’s newest program Opus 23, which analyzes genetic data from 23andMe. Dr. Hurt is also trained in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, receiving a certificate of completion in 2014 from Virginia Doran’s Luminous Beauty program. 


ZACH'S FITNESS AND WELLNESS PHILOSOPHY

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Dr. Hurt has a strong passion for helping others and strives to educate and empower his patients to be their own health advocates. When Dr. Hurt isn’t in the office, he enjoys lifting weights, playing the piano, cooking, and of course spending time with his fiancé Colin and his dog Willow.


DR. HURT'S HOLISTIC SERVICES

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

"Dr. Hurt gives the utmost attention to each patient he works with. His knowledge, care, patience and understanding far exceeded my expectations from any clinician.

He has given me hope in a situation I felt was beyond my reach. The time he takes to answer any question you might have at any time and the encouragement I have received are outstanding.

I would recommend Dr. Hurt to anyone and to anyone who knows that Standard Medical practices and Big Pharma have failed the population at large and knows that natural holistic healing is now gaining ground more than ever because it works." - Craig Fellows, Charlotte, NC

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"Zac at Flex 5 Wellness has been able to help me with several health issues including pain and anxiety through different modalities including acupuncture. With his huge knowledge of naturopathic medicine and ability to evaluate risks for chronic diseases, he has improved my health immensely. I trust 2017 will be a turning point in my wellness journey thanks to Zac!" - MG

 

 

 

 

VICTORIA MARTINEZ - YOGA TEACHER, PERSONAL TRAINER & AYURVEDA PRACTITIONER

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From a very young age, Victoria was always the chubby girl. She tried every diet and counted calories since she was 14. Then in her 20s, she reclaimed her body back and lost 45 pounds by spending hours in the gym and maintaining a rigorous diet. While it worked, it working hard and not working smart.

In her early 30s, after giving birth two healthy kids only 18 months apart Victoria had gained 70 pounds and spending hours at the gym was no longer an option. This is when she started discovering yoga and looking for healthier ways to maintain a good balance.

Her final path to health felt like a giant jigsaw puzzle with lots of missing pieces. As the pieces revealed themselves - nutrition, physical strength and endurance, mental flexibility, emotional wellness and spirituality, all pillars of Flex5 Method, - Victoria began to lose the weight in an almost effortless manner that she never experienced before.

YOGA TEACHER AND CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER

Today, Victoria’s life's mission is to share these techniques with Flex5 Family to empower them to gain optimal health. Like the rest of Flex5 Team, she is constantly learning about all aspects of lasting vitality, and has gained three nationally recognized certifications:

She continues vigorous self-study of Ayurveda, nutrition and the subtle body, more specifically the Chakra system. She is also in progress of getting certified in Nuero Kinetic Therapy as well as continuing to expand her yoga training.

VICTORIA’S HEALTH AND FITNESS PHILOSOPHY

Her philosophy is simple: YOU gain total health and wellness by creating a healthy balance between the physical body, mind and spirit. Easy said, less easily done and impossible to find at your neighborhood gym…which is where Flex5 Method comes in.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

I'm a TV meteorologist for Fox 46 in Charlotte, and went to Flex 5 after I had ballooned up to 280 lbs.  I've been training with Brian Mazhari and doing yoga with Victoria Martinez for a few months now.  The weights dropping off(down over 30 lbs), and I'm feeling and looking so much better.

Brian's a great motivator.  Very positive, but tough. He keeps the exercises different every time I come in, so I don't get bored.  But, I do get pooped.  My body is definitely changing shape.

I've never done yoga before, and was about as inflexible as a human being could get.  It's amazing the progress we've made.  While still not the most flexible man, I'm getting up and down with my kids like never before.  I had a constant pain in my shoulder that would give me headaches, and that almost never happens anymore.  She's been pushing me further and further, and I can even do the crow pose.

Petro layed the groundwork with an eating plan, and a way to live.  He came to my house, and cleaned out my kitchen, talked  to my wife, and made sure I was mentally ready to roll.  Plus, he showed me how to order when I do go out to eat.  They're hitting on all cylinders. ~ Brian Basham, Charlotte, NC

*****

I went to my first yoga class with Victoria as part of a work event and to be honest I was there to network. I knew I wasn't going to be good at yoga and I wasn't interested in just laying in a dark room and breathing deeply. After that first class I became addicted to the environment of the classes and then quickly to yoga itself. Victoria is amazing and her energy and attitude are both contagious. The love and joy you feel in her classes are 100% coming from her and it's addictive. I am thinner, stronger, and happier now than I was before that first class. If I could give more than 5 stars I would! ~ Alexandria Smith, Charlotte, NC

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Five months ago, I'd never met a yoga pose that I liked; then Victoria and her weekly Chakra Flow classes came into my life. Pretty soon,  my tree poses became less wobbly, my crow more confident, and Chaturanga Dandasana to up dog vinyasa was flowing smoothly.  Victoria is a patient teacher and her well thought out classes have been a perfect complement to my running routine. ~ Kelly Junk-Merritt, Charlotte, NC

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I am so happy that Flex5 was recommended to me a couple of months ago. Victoria's yoga classes are the best in Charlotte. Her practice includes incorporation of the Chakras, a variation of yoga poses and essential oils. She teaches a safe yoga practice which I find to be very important. Thank you Victoria for sharing your practice and positivity!!
Flex5 studio is clean and the staff is friendly. Not only are the yoga classes something I recommend everyone try, but they also offer personal training and group fitness classes. ~ Jorgia Pace, Charlotte, NC

*****

I started working with Victoria mid May. She is an excellent instructor, very knowledgeable, very encouraging. Through her guidance I have excelled beyond my wildest expectations… Especially for an old lady! I love that working with Victoria is a whole body experience… Fitness – using strength training, cardio, yoga and Pilates. Nutrition guidance without dieting… Spiritual and emotional wellness through yoga practice as well as learning how to use Essential Oils  for healing,  stress relieving and overall body wellness. I thoroughly enjoy my "total package "experience with Victoria in an exceptional environment!!!! Be the change!!!!! ~ Jo Carter, Charlotte, NC

*****

I cannnot explain how much I love coming to flex 5. I feel so comfortable working out there and actually look forward to working out now. It's very personable and the facility is amazing. I have also never been crazy about yoga, but Victoria has made me fall in love with it! Her classes are small and I leave feeling refreshed and happy every time I leave, and Brian has helped tremendously with my strength (prepare to be sore). Really the whole team works together to help you achieve your goals and their interaction together makes for a fun place to work out where you actually feel a part of them team. ~ Troy Jordan, Charlotte, NC

*****

I have used Flex5 for many fitness and health services, and I can't say enough about their staff. Victoria is an amazing personal trainer and person! She brings positive energy every where she she goes and truly makes you feel like you can do anything that you set your mind too...and with her guidance, knowledge, and support, YOU CAN! ~ Dawn Amerson Pugh, Charlotte, NC

*****

I got the pleasure of taking an amazing yoga session with Victoria. It was quite the workout, and the facility was beautiful and well maintained. As soon as you walk in, friendly staff like Darla greet you and ready to help you #BeTheChange. I am so impressed with Flex5 that I signed up for a Tabata HIIT series with Mitchell. ~ David Olivarez, Charlotte, NC

*****

I'm always a little hesitant trying out a new place, but from the moment I walked in for yoga I was met with such a warm welcome; everyone there is so nice!  I had mixed up the yoga schedule but Victoria was so great that I ended up staying for her aromatherapy seminar and loved it.  I had a great time, felt refreshed and learned a few things.  Now I can't wait to go back and try her yoga class! ~ Frankie Tellus, Charlotte, NC

*****

I always have such an amazing experience with Victoria! I have done aromatherapy and yoga with her; both were something you have to experience for yourself. I always leave feeling more centered and energized. ~ Jacob Ivins, Charlotte, NC

*****

I've been training with Mitch and Victoria for only two weeks and I am ALREADY seeing and feeling the results. I would recommend both of them for personal training and Victoria for Yoga.  I love how customizable their plans are and that they always have ME in mind when it comes to MY training. If I could give them 10 stars, I would. To top it all off, they are located in a brand new, state-of-the-art facility with private restrooms and showers. They will even do your grocery shopping for you! ~ Lukas Biebinger, Charlotte, NC

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I've been working out with Victoria for 7 months now. Through her Ayurveda sessions , she helped me navigate through an very difficult time in my life. After that, I've worked out with her through personal training sessions and her Chakra yoga class every week.Victoria and the Flex5 family inspires  you to be great and truly stands behind the #bethechange movement. I'm so grateful to have found this fitness family and I highly recommend Flex5 to everyone! ~ Mercedes Gatt, Charlotte, NC

*****

Victoria brings a new fresh yoga experience to Charlotte! Flex5 is a unique way to get out of the box and move towards a healthier life style! These guys are changing lives not just bodies! 🌟🌟Great new innovative way to think about a fit life! Victoria makes yoga fun and easy she helps push you to the next level! The whole staff is amazing and sincere about helping you live a healthier life. ~ Tracy Sanchez, Charlotte, NC

*****

Flex5 is the best place I've ever worked out.  The trainers are really knowledgable and created a workout program to meet my personal fitness goals.  I also really like the diversity of the classes and how well they accommodate my schedule. I am feeling great in my own skin (and in my bikini) :) thanks to Flex5! ~ Tracy Lee, Charlotte, NC

*****

Flex5 has amazing trainers, especially Mitchell. He's a great motivator and provides practical advice on how to start and maintain an healthy lifestyle with an upbeat attitude! I definitely recommend Flex5 for anyone who wants to #bethechange. ~ Kevin Ussery, Charlotte, NC

 

 

MACKENZIE GAINES - FLEX5 NASM CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER AND WELLNESS COACH

Brand new to Charlotte, Mackenzie Gaines grew up in Lexington, KY (go cats!) but fell in love with the Carolinas while attending Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.  A few barre classes and her first experience of the “runner’s high” was all it took to get Mackenzie hooked on fitness.  As she acquired a new appreciation for the infinite benefits of fitness and health, she was inspired to do more with her passion.

Mackenzie aspires to educate, encourage, and empower others to discover all they are capable of whether they are unsure how to take charge of their health, want to discover how to make fitness fun, or simply need an accountability partner.  She is grateful for the opportunity to be surrounded by like-minded people!

PERSONAL TRAINER &  WELLNESS COACH

Mackenzie graduated from Furman with a bachelors degree in Health Sciences, studying all aspects of wellness including: exercise physiology, anatomy, nutrition, and public health.  In addition, she obtained her personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).  She began to put her knowledge and contagious love for health and fitness to use, serving as a personal trainer to various Furman staff members and volunteering as a head running coach to girls ages 8-12 through Girls on the Run.

MACKENZIE'S PHILOSOPHY

Mackenzie believes that finding the time to achieve a healthy body and mindset is the best gift you can give yourself and everyone around you. Being healthy and fit is essential to dealing with everyday stress, keeping spirits high, and having the confidence and energy to reach your full potential.  The key to instilling a lasting, healthy lifestyle is to find what you love and what makes you feel your best.  This is where Flex5 can help you “be the change!”


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I can't speak highly enough of Flex5, and especially Mackenzie! I have been a fitness enthusiast, runner and yogi my whole life, but with a stressful job, and wedding around the corner, I came to Flex5 to get out of my fitness rut, and it has truly changed my life. I feel the best I ever have! Mackenzie has introduced a whole new fitness world to me that's not just hours of mundane running that I was used to. I'm challenged physically every time I come in, and even on days I can't she makes sure I have an at home workout or circuit for when I'm traveling for work. Mackenzie has become a true friend, and has helped me to not only grow to understand my body and fitness abilities, but has also been there to ease my mind leading up to my wedding, and provide advice along the way. ~Annie L., Charlotte

 *****

 In the less than 2 months that I’ve been training with Mackenzie at Flex5, I’ve achieved my initial fitness goals of losing weight, increasing my endurance and stamina, as well as gaining strength.  This would not have been possible without her individualized focus and patience with me, not to mention her constant encouragement and push for me to go beyond my comfort zone in order to realize real strength – strength that I used to have back in the day but, which fell by the wayside due to a long period of managing through life’s stresses and coping via super unhealthy eating habits.  No doubt her approach is reflective of the Flex5 team’s philosophy which daily reminds me that if one part of me is out of whack, then the other parts are impacted too. Focus on total health and well-being is paramount.  I’ve learned the value of mental, nutritional, physical and spiritual health.  I’ve tried things I’ve never done before such as acupuncture and functional fitness. Truly I’m amazed at how my life has improved by shifting focus to making my whole self healthier.  Much love, and respect, to Mackenzie and the Flex5CLT team. ~Mayen O., Charlotte, NC
 

*****

I would recommend Mackenzie to anyone!  Before training with Mackenzie, it had been years since I had gone to the gym.  Mackenzie made the transition easy, yet pushed me enough to allow me to reach my goals!  Workouts always went by quickly and I always left feeling accomplished!  She is very knowledgeable, energetic, and clearly loves what she does. ~ Robin S., Greenville, SC

 *****

My experience working out with Mackenzie was amazing.  I have lost weight on my own before, but have never found a way to keep the weight off. I feel that for the first time, Mackenzie provided me with the knowledge and resources necessary for me to reach my weight loss goals (in a healthy way) and maintain my progress.  Personal training was priceless. ~ Alicia M. (Greenville, SC)

 *****

Working with Mackenzie was a wonderful experience. She always greeted me with a smile and workouts were tough, but the time flew by. Both my strength and endurance improved dramatically while working with Mackenzie and I gained a whole new appreciation for exercise and developing a healthy lifestyle. Grateful for her services! ~ Todd M. (Greenville, SC)

 

JACK KIRVEN - FLEX5 NASM CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER AND ATHLETIC CONDITIONING COACH

Jack Kirven was born in Atlanta, GA and grew up in Augusta. He has always been athletic. Jack started competitive gymnastics at seven, adding ballet at twelve, and then pursuing Dance, Personal Training and Athletic Conditioning as a career. He is from an eclectic family of artists, scholars, scientists, and entrepreneurs. As a result, Jack has always explored broadly to understand how everything is interconnected. These collective experiences deeply shaped his wellness philosophy, and he helps his clients understand how and why each choice they make affects their health. In 2002 he earned both a PhD in Choreography from UCLA, and also the NASM CPT certification. He is currently certified through ISSA. For several years Jack was a high school teacher and university professor for Dance, Choreography, and Fitness. He also writes the Health & Wellness column for local newspaper.

PERSONAL TRAINER &  WELLNESS COACH

Jack has a keen eye for efficient movement technique and proper anatomical alignment, and is particularly fond of calisthenics, free weights, and athletic conditioning. He has performed, choreographed, taught, and trained across the United States and Europe. While seeking new opportunities to train, Jack found Flex5 by way of a search for holistic wellness. He was immediately excited to find a group of like-minded professionals and joined the team in December 2016 to help empowering clients to #BeTheChange.

JACK'S PHILOSOPHY

Jack reminds clients that there are no mysteries, short cuts, or easy fixes. It took time and habit to create one lifestyle. It will take time and discipline to adjust progressionally toward new choices. With that in mind, Jack focuses on the fundamentals while remaining encouraging and motivating. He believes strongly in journaling as a means of following progress toward long term goals, because the process is as important as the result. Jack finds that being generous with information helps clients to maintain their gains, by allowing them to understand how to implement their healthy lifestyles for years to come. He encourages clients to focus on goals, effort, and determination, not gimmicks, pills, or fads. 


CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

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“Jack’s dedication to his own development is inspirational. What surprised me was how that enthusiasm caught on with me too!” ~ Adam H., Louisville

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“Jack is very knowledgeable and inspiring. He helps set clear and attainable goals. If you want to learn how to develop great nutrition habits and a great exercise regimen then he is the guy to go to. You will see amazing results.”

— Allen D., Charlotte

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“Hire Jack! He is extremely knowledgeable about kinesiology, nutrition, and fitness. He is so much fun! He will get you motivated to make the changes you want to make.”

— Annie V., Charlotte

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“Jack is the Alton Brown of exercise. You know, the chef that not only tells you tips and tricks of cooking, but WHY they work - the science behind it all. In my time working with him I was equipped with the knowledge to achieve my goals and maintain them. Proper technique in the gym and proper nutrition in the kitchen are the basics to Jack’s goal of helping you live your best life. I am a better and healthier person because of his coaching. Your life will be better for it!”

— Clay S., New York City

*****

“I’ve had intense pain from Fibromyalgia for years, and it made it impossible to even get out of bed some days. Jack taught me stretches to help me on the days when that’s all I can do. But he also taught me how to make progress with strength, cardio, and diet. He showed me how to get up and down stairs without hurting my joints, and now I can go months without needing pain medicine. This is definitely a system that can accommodate you at whatever level you’re at. People who are out of shape or have other limitations can really benefit from this style of gradual training. ”

— David A., Philadelphia

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“It’s a struggle to lose weight. Jack’s approach is a complete program. It’s more than just counting calories, it’s a lifestyle. Jack kept me honest, especially when I wanted to give up and/or cheat. I recommend him to all my friends.”

— Sanna C., New Orleans

*****

“Jack knows more about nutrition, fitness, and total wellness than anyone I’ve ever met. His coaching doesn’t just change your health - it changes your life. If you’re looking for a wellness coach, look no further. His services are hands down worth every penny.”

— Valerie R., Greenville

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ANDREW GIORGI - FLEX5 PALEO/WHOLE30 CHEF

Andrew Giorgi is one of a large Italian-American family, his morals and values were instilled around a massive dining room table filled with fresh homemade food, lots of laughter, and love. Originally from a tiny town outside of New York City, Port Chester, NY, he started working at just 14 years old for a prestigious Westchester County Beach Club, as well as a local own made Ice Cream Shop.

During and following his Culinary and Pastry curriculum at Johnson & Wales University Providence, RI, he continued his passion for food working in Boston area bakery's and restaurants before he accepted an opportunity working as a Personal Chef for an elite Boston family.  Andrew was responsible for building nutritious meals for the family of 4, as well as any guests that were visiting for any occasion.

Following his time as a Personal Chef, he embarked on a new adventure with Whole Foods Market, which lead to a 5 and a half year career with ‘America’s Healthiest Grocery Store’, most notably the past 4 years here at Charlotte's South Park Location.  Andrew is humbled and excited to be welcomed into the Flex5 family.  14 years of food industry experience, working with an elite Fitness and Wellness team to provide Flex5 with a Food Program to help you #BE THE CHANGE.  


ANDREW’S HEALTH AND FITNESS PHILOSOPHY

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Andrew believes in balance, camaraderie, and the power of vulnerability.  When we love ourselves first and begin the journey to create our best self. It is only then, we become our best self for others.  Nourish your body to build Your best mind, body, and soul.  Surround yourself with a support group, and lean into the discomfort of knowing that in order for things to change – things must change.


CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

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ALISSA CARTER - MASSAGE THERAPIST, PERSONAL TRAINER AND REGISTERED MEDICAL ASSISTANT

It has been said that alternative medicine is the original medicine.  The greatest miracle on earth is the human body. It is stronger and wiser than you may realize!  This is what Alissa found to be an absolute truth during her journey to learn natural medicine and therapies. This  road to natural and whole health began during a very stressful and toxic period of her life living in Washington DC as a teacher of young children and children with special needs.  She taught the prescribed school system  curriculum but was startled at the inability for many children to learn that which was required because the children did not have a creative wholesome energy outlet and their diets were generally too poor for optimum learning.  She witnessed that many children were not given appropriate nutrition and exercise to be able to concentrate on their basic studies which also lead to hyperactivity and disease.  She quickly realized that the need for physical education was so important with the growing population of obese, unhealthy children and the parents and schools abused the use of food and sweets as a way to control childhood behavior issues.   She decided to help them start down a life of healthy habits and to help parents achieve behavioral goals by following prescribed nutritional plans that could last life long.

However, before she could completely begin to help others, she had to help herself become as healthy and physically and emotionally fit as possible.  The truth was that she was 90 pounds overweight and suffered from severe vertigo and depression, back and hip pain. She knew it was time to seek the insight of homeopathic healers and mentors. 

ALISSA'S JOURNEY TO FITNESS

The answer to feeling better laid within the modalities that most modern doctors knew nothing about nor agreed with or practiced. Her passion for wellness was restored through proper diet, supplements, meditation, yoga, massage, and a mastery over stress and anxiety. Through Ayurveda medicine and many healing modalities, including physical fitness, her body was healed and rejuvenated and was able to be a successful leader to adults and children from Maryland to Arizona, to Oregon and California.  Having experienced the journey herself, she became healthy enough to begin and continue to raise three children of her own no matter what the hardships that come her way.  She enjoys kayaking, hiking, hot yoga, gardening, social events,  and continuing holistic education. 

ALISSA'S EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION

Alissa has studied alternative medicine and holistic health modalities since 2002. She trained to be a yoga instructor with yoga fit and with Zumba Fitness.  She achieved her personal training with National Academy of Sports Medicine and corrective exercise.  She received her massage training and has spent countless hours learning and increasing her abilities to do energy work such as Reiki, reflexology, and emotional energy clearing.  Her spirit was happy in helping others feel as good as she did. Alissa truly believes that the body, if treated with love and care, given the appropriate "gas" can run like a well oiled machine.  Because she feels and sees so many people are looking for balance in their lives, her passion is to help others love themselves enough to achieve this balance.  She believes the best fitness is helping the body overcome obstacles as it moves through this life, like a construction zone, a work or a life in progress by moving forward.  

Alissa had orchestrated fitness charity events for children's cancer awareness, childhood obesity, and organizations such as the united way and her own organization "Julia's Rainbow" which has raised more than $15,000 in funds for children's obesity and cancer research. She was partner to a local "women's only" fitness center which empowered older women to become fit and healthy.  She now works in children's urology and pediatric medicine as an AMT registered medical assistant and is an advocate of doTerra essential oils.  She volunteers and churches and school hosting fitness classes and educational seminars. 

ALISSA'S PHILOSOPHY

Alissa believes that the way to harmony, is to balance every arena of our lives, and that this is a very hard task when we do it alone. True unconditional accountability to ourselves and to others creates the background for overall fitness.  She feels that physical, emotional, spiritual peace comes from being able to have the necessary skills and practice to balance ourselves in our bodies and mind. As a Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer and Registered Medical Assistant, she uses her experienced knowledge, skills, and abilities to help those of all ages be free from emotional situations all the way to sports injuries or just overall body weight reduction and fitness.  She uses a holistic approach to life.  Relaxation, massage therapy and meditation are her gift to give to you! "The power is in the present moment!  That is why it is called a gift!"  Come and experience it with her! 


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CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

I have been an IT professional for many years and spend time traveling.  I am very particular in choosing my massage therapist. Alissa is the best I've found.  She is very knowledgeable, grounded, and trusts me to know what I need.  She has always striven to learn new massage techniques to make her an expert in her craft.  I have come to trust the power of massage for the improvement of my health. ~ Jack G.

***** 

Alissa has a great awareness of the body and really understands how to promote healing within it.  I refer her to many of my friends who are athletes and are seeking relief from muscular tightness and pain.  Alissa is great at following up with me on giving me passive stretches to help with my piriformis and sciatica pain from playing hockey.  I enjoy coming to see her regularly. ~ John B.

*****

Alissa did an amazing job at making me feel comfortable and relaxed at each session.  She helped me get moving again after an ankle injury.  Alissa had been a trusted friend to me and my family for many years.  She enjoys the pleasure of helping others feel great.  I would recommend her to my extended family as well. ~ Lisa Cambell

*****

Alissa has a very comfortable, knowledgeable and low key approach to massage and fitness training.  She really listened to what my needs and goals were.  She uses her knowledge to not only help me feel great but also to explain why she feels we should proceed with a particular form of therapy.  I have enjoyed listening to her stories of how she became who she is, a great lady who cares about others.  She is open to my questions and I leave each session feeling invigorated and ready to continue my day with my grandchildren.  They appreciate having a healthy happy grandpa! ~ Charles P.

*****

I am an ex military officer.  I have suffered from over-use injuries and weight issues for most of my time outside of the military.  Alissa makes me feel relaxed from the moment I walk into the room.  She talks to me and prepares me for a massage.  You can tell that she really has an interest in not only what is going on with your body, but also cares about who you are as a person.  You find yourself feeling comfortable and assured that you will be receiving a great therapeutic experience.  I have taken much of her advice for nutrition, weight loss and exercise.  ~ Dwayne Wells

*****

I have been attending Alissa's yoga and fitness class at our church for almost two years.  She volunteers her time and energy to help us to learn how to properly use our bodies to make us stronger mentally and physically.  She conducts spiritual yoga classes but also incorporates fitness and dance.  We enjoy the meditation and prayer time.  I look forward to the fellowship every week with the other participants who have become regulars to her for a long time.  Volunteering time is what makes her so caring and special to us.  We love her style and enthusiasm.  She has also introduced us to essential oils and dietary plans.  I believe everyone should take advantage of some great health coaching like I have received with Alissa Carter! ~ Dawn W.

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PORSCHEA KIRBY - IFTA INDOOR CYCLING CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR & AFAA GROUP EXERCISE COACH

Porschea Kirby is an AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor, IFTA Indoor Cycling Certified Instructor and owner of Just Cycle, a boutique style indoor cycling studio. She first stepped into an Indoor Cycle class back in 2004 when one of her typical classes at the gym was cancelled.She heard the music coming from the cycle studio and thought, “that looks like fun!”  After 20 mins on the bike she looked to her left and right and thought, “How are they doing this?” and kindly walked out!  The ride was very challenging!

Fast Forward - 5 years later, she re-entered the cycle studio anticipating the challenge from the past, but this time that challenge was met with an overall love for cycling!  She fell in love with the euphoric feel of pushing her boundaries, challenging herself, and pushing outside her comfort zone! She loved it so much that she decided to get certified and begin teaching Indoor Cycling. She prides herself on being a motivator and encouraging people to push past their mental barriers to meet their greatness.

When she’s not on the bike, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, going to the beach, traveling and spending time with her family!  

PORSCHEA'S PHILOSOPHY

In life, we must remember to take care of our temple. We are not forever young in body (although we can be in mind and spirit). Therefore, we must eat well, stay active and maintain a healthy heart. She believes in the simplicity of eating foods from the earth (with minimal processing), the connection to nature and the energy you receive from simply being in its presence. 


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RHYA PACHIN - FLEX5 LICENSED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST (LDN, RDN, CLT)

Rhya Pachin, RDN, LDN, CLT became interested in nutrition and fitness as hobbies while struggling with hypothyroidism and a peptic ulcer in college. When her family members began to deal with autoimmune disease and severe food sensitivities, and were given no answers other than prescription drugs, Rhya began pursuing nutrition more seriously as a health coach. However, it wasn’t until several years later that Rhya took the plunge and left her successful management career to finish her Master’s Degree and acquire licensure as a Dietitian Nutritionist. 

LICENSED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST (LDN)

Rhya has seen great health improvements personally and with clients through the results of functional medicine, and so Rhya has applied this same integrative or functional approach to her nutrition practice. That means she applies evidence-based nutrition science to support the body as a whole instead of trying to address a single symptom or imbalance. By this method, the root cause of a health imbalance is identified and addressed rather than simply managed or suppressed. Rhya has also acquired additional training as a Certified LEAP therapist dietitian, which means she is trained to design and supervise custom elimination diets in support of patients suffering from IBS/IBD, fibromyalgia, food sensitivities, and other chronic inflammatory conditions.

RHYA’S HEALTH AND FITNESS PHILOSOPHY

Rhya has seen and experienced the power of nutrition in addressing health imbalances. She promotes eating real food first and correcting deficiencies only as needed with supplements. Rhya is passionate about empowering clients to discover their best personalized nutrition plan as part of their journey to optimum health.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

Since being diagnosed with Celiac Disease 4 years ago, Rhya has been a Godsend, guiding and educating me through the challenges of my disease.  With her practical and clinical knowledge, I have been able to not only lead a healthier lifestyle, but also my 5 year old daughter, who we decided to lead a gluten free life, as well.  Her compassionate nature has helped me through many questions, fears and some delicious gluten free recipes too! Thank you, Rhya, for your love and support for our family to enjoy healthy foods and lead a strong life! ~ Jennifer, 43, Charlotte, NC

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Thank you for the extra time you took the other day to help me come up with some breakfast and lunch ideas that will calm my IBS and still give me the nutrition I need and energy to get through the day. The probiotics you suggested have really made a difference, more than previous brands I’ve tried from the health food store. Thank you for everything! ~ Chris, 32, Charlotte, NC

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The food sensitivity testing and elimination diet you guided me through has been nothing short of amazing in terms of how it has impacted my life. I have no more pain from fibromyalgia as long as I adhere to the recommendations. I can hold my grandchildren again, and I am more active than I’ve been in a long time. I am so thankful to have crossed paths with you, and I tell everyone I meet that this was the best thing I ever did for my health! ~ Joan, 58, Charlotte, NC

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MITCHELL NEUGEBAUER - ACSM PERSONAL TRAINER, MEDICAL EXERCISE SPECIALIST

Mitch Neugebauer is originally from Akron, Ohio- but has been a resident of Charlotte and the surrounding area for over 25 years. Growing up, he was far from athletic, choosing to spend most of his free time reading books and playing video games. It wasn't until he was in his twenties that Mitch discovered that he actually did enjoy being active outdoors, when he fell in love with hiking and trail running.

As a career, Mitch has always taken to health and medicine. He spent four years as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in Charlotte, NC. It was here that he honed his anatomy and physiology knowledge, and discovered just how many of our illnesses and ailments we bring upon ourselves through our lifestyle choices. After deciding that he wanted to be on the front lines of disease prevention, he began training himself to be healthier and more fit. After meeting and training with Petro, he set a goal to get certified as a personal trainer

He obtained his Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification from The American College of Sports Medicine a few months later and joined the Flex5 team shortly thereafter.

Since joining the Flex5 team, Mitch has brought together his passion for medicine and his enthusiasm for fitness by obtaining the Medical Exercise Specialist certification from the Medical Exercise Training Institute. This unique certification makes Mitch one of a very small group of personal trainers that partner with physicians and other medical professionals to provide fitness education and solutions to people with a wide range of medical conditions.

 

MITCHELL’S HEALTH AND FITNESS PHILOSOPHY

Mitch believes that success in any fitness or training program begins in the mind with small but important changes in how you think about exercise, fitness, and nutrition. He knows that exercise can and should be fun and challenging, and that results come from true commitment to "Being The Change." 


CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

I've been working with Mitch Neugebauer at Flex 5 for the past few months, and have been impressed with his skill, professionalism, and empathy. I'm a "woman of a certain age" and was rehabbing after a lumbar microdiscectomy. I used to run before my back surgery but was afraid to do anything afterwards that could cause re-injury. Mitch is an EMT and a certified trainer, and has grown my work-outs over time. I am now stronger, better toned, and am even doing spinning classes!  I enjoy the 1:1 sessions and private work-out space. Flex5 is clean, with lovely shower rooms, new equipment, and great staff.  I am very happy I found Flex5 for my training! ~ Barbara Doyle, Charlotte, NC

*****

I have worked with Mitchell as my personal trainer on numerous occasions and he is extremely motivational and inspirational he makes me feel comfortable and normal. He pushes me to go the extra limit even when I feel like I can't. He isn't pushy or demanding but he makes it known that dedication is key to obtaining the results that you want to see. ~ Dayna Gaddy

In my view, it is a strategically assembled team with killer personalities and talents  - all blended together with common goals and state of the art facilities in uptown Charlotte.   Whether you have aesthetic or post-rehab functional goals, do a free consult and consider making Flex5 a part of your journey.    

I’ve been training with Mitch to slowly build up strength after a series of shoulder surgeries.  Mitch specializes in customizing routines and he focuses on making sure you realize the difference (safely) between perceived limitations and actual physical limitations. Godspeed, #BeTheChange ~ Jeff Lokant, Charlotte, NC

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Flex5 has amazing trainers, especially Mitchell. He's a great motivator and provides practical advice on how to start and maintain an healthy lifestyle with an upbeat attitude! I definitely recommend Flex5 for anyone who wants to #bethechange. ~ Kevin Ussery

The first thing I was impressed with was the location. Flex5 is located in a beautiful historic building right in the midst of uptown. However, you would never know once you enter the Flex5 facility, because they have the most up to date equipment. My first session was with Mitch and was great and developing a plan and working with me on exactly what I needed to achieve my goals. The Flex5 team really Looks for what's best for me and recommended teammates classes to diversify my workout so I won't get bored. ~ Patrick Motter, Charlotte, NC

*****

Fantastic gym with awesome trainers that are really there to help you grow and hit your goals, Mitch's Tabata class and Petro's Beach Body class helped me realize how much I needed their help! ~ Luke Drawdy, Charlotte, NC

*****

The boot camp classes are great! I've never been successful when I've tried to go to the gym and do things by myself. The group classes provide me the structure and motivation that I need to push myself to succeed. Petro's "Say I Do Beach Body Class" and Mitch's "Tabata" are challenging but leave you feeling great afterward. ~ Restin Drawdy, Charlotte, NC

*****

I got the pleasure of taking an amazing yoga session with Victoria. It was quite the workout, and the facility was beautiful and well maintained. As soon as you walk in, friendly staff like Darla greet you and ready to help you #BeTheChange. I am so impressed with Flex5 that I signed up for a Tabata HIIT series with Mitchell. ~ David Olivarez, Charlotte, NC

 

 

BRIAN MAZHARI - PERSONAL TRAINER & ATHLETIC CONDITIONING COACH

Brian Mazhari is a North Carolina native, born and raised in Charlotte, N.C. Brian grew up in an athletic household playing soccer, golf, football and track in high school, and college soccer at Wingate University where he studied exercise science and has always lived a life dedicated to health and fitness. While at Wingate University, Brian helped assist with the schools strength and athletic conditioning program as he worked with his soccer team, as well as the golf team and the football along side the schools head strength and athletic conditioning coach. He also was the only personal trainer for the University's student center where students could utilize him to get help in reaching their fitness and wellness goals.  With a passion to help others and drive for success, Brian combines his experience and skills to provide personalized fitness services and promote a healthier lifestyle. Whether you're interested in personal training, athlete development, or weight loss and toning, Brian and Flex 5 will help you to reach your personal fitness goals.

BRIAN’S HEALTH AND FITNESS PHILOSOPHY

Brian believes in order to see results, you have to be pushed a bit outside your comfort zone, yet enjoy what you're doing. Your workouts will be new and challenging, yet fun at the same time and should leave you thinking "I really worked harder than I thought I would today, but I really had a great time and I feel great!" He likes to motivate people and push individuals to work out hard in order to achieve their results. At the same time, Brian believes that being very compassionate is important as well. He focuses on the individual and what they are going through psychologically and helps them make little adjustments to see the change that they wish to see physically. He believes everything starts from the inside, out. If you don't have the right mentality and the right fundamentals, you won't see the results you wish to see. Brian likes to instill proper health and fitness fundamentals and a strong mentality for working out to help his clients reach their goals. He also is a big advocate on educating his clients so they will learn about their body and what to do when they are working out on their own. Everything Brian does ultimately comes down to making adequate lifestyle changes in order to get long term results. Seeing progress is a process and Brian has you trust yourself, and trust the process to know the results will come once the appropriate changes are made. 


CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

*****

I'm a TV meteorologist for Fox 46 in Charlotte, and went to Flex 5 after I had ballooned up to 280 lbs.  I've been training with Brian Mazhari and doing yoga with Victoria Martinez for a few months now.  The weights dropping off(down over 30 lbs), and I'm feeling and looking so much better.

Brian's a great motivator.  Very positive, but tough. He keeps the exercises different every time I come in, so I don't get bored.  But, I do get pooped.  My body is definitely changing shape.

I've never done yoga before, and was about as inflexible as a human being could get.  It's amazing the progress we've made.  While still not the most flexible man, I'm getting up and down with my kids like never before.  I had a constant pain in my shoulder that would give me headaches, and that almost never happens anymore.  She's been pushing me further and further, and I can even do the crow pose.

Petro layed the groundwork with an eating plan, and a way to live.  He came to my house, and cleaned out my kitchen, talked  to my wife, and made sure I was mentally ready to roll.  Plus, he showed me how to order when I do go out to eat.  They're hitting on all cylinders. ~ Brian Basham, Charlotte, NC

*****

I have been training with Brian Mazhari for almost a year and it's been amazing to experience significant improvement in my fitness levels and to see body transformation. Brian creates a tailored personal training plan to help you meet your specific needs and goals. When I first started training with Brian, I had knee issues that limited what I could do. With targeted strength training over time, I am now able to do movements that weren't possible before, without pain. Brian keeps the training sessions fun and continually introduces new activities and variations so I always feel challenged and engaged. In addition, I have recently started taking yoga classes with Victoria Martinez. I always leave her classes feeling calm, centered, and refreshed. Victoria doesn't just lead the class. She teaches, trains, and assists to ensure that you learn proper form and technique. She also incorporates Ayurvedic and aromatherapy elements into her classes.

I love Flex5's holistic approach to fitness. For them, it's truly about lifestyle and overall wellness: training sessions, yoga, nutrition counseling, massage therapy, and much more. What makes Flex5 so special is that they are truly building a community here. This boutique atmosphere allows clients and trainers alike to get to know one another and build relationships. It's truly a special place, and coming to Flex5 is one of the highlights of my week. ~ Jessica Crawford, Charlotte, NC

*****

Brian is an absolutely awesome trainer. He has so much energy and knows how to challenge me. He doesn't do cookie cutter, one size fits all fitness plans. He really listens and uses his knowledge to help you achieve your goals. Brian is a great motivator and even though it's hard work, we have fun doing it. I've been going to Flex 5 about 6 months & have truly enjoyed the whole experience. #BeTheChange ~ Meghan Green, Charlotte, NC

*****

I've been working out with Brian Mazhari for the last few months.  Brian always pushes me to my maximum potential, and never let's me cheat (even though I try).   Brian keeps my workouts interesting and unique.  There is always a good mixture of cardio and strength training.   I've seen good results working out with Brian, and have recommended him to friends that are interested in seeking a personal trainer. ~ Chad Barringer, Charlotte, NC

*****

I have been going to Flex5 and training with Brian for 6 months and it's been a great experience! He (and the whole staff) have been incredibly encouraging. Their whole outlook on fitness is not something I've encountered with other gyms. I look forward to the training sessions and although they are tough, I can feel the results - I'm definitely getting stronger every week. It's a great environment and Brian's methods have really pushed me to be better in my whole approach to health. ~ Eileen Holcomb, Charlotte, NC

*****

I've been training with Brian Mazhari at Flex5 since January and both Brian and Flex5 are great! Brian's workouts are varied and intense.  I stay interested in them because no two sessions are ever the same -- and he doesn't let me slack off! I plan on training at Flex5 with Brian for a long time to come. ~ Glen Powell, Charlotte, NC

*****

As the head Yoga instructor at Flex5 I obviously do a lot of yoga, but I also realize in order to be balanced I need to keep up with my strength workouts. That's why I love joining in on Brians bootcamps, booty burn out classes and HIIT sessions. He has the perfect combination of challenging workouts but also makes it fun and energizing!!! ~ Victoria Martinez, Charlotte, NC

Brian is awesome! He really learns your limits and then helps you outgrow them. He makes working out fun! Everyone at Flex 5 is so friendly. I highly recommend it. ~ Carolyn Smith, Charlotte, NC

*****

I am a man in my mid-fifties with a background in sports and physical fitness.  I have been using strength and fitness personal trainers in the gym for the past 15 years. My experience with Brian Mazhari as my personal trainer has been outstanding.  He is a very competent professional who trains by personal example.  His sessions are non-stop, intense and demanding, yet he ensures that they are safe and entertaining. I am very satisfied with the results he has helped me achieve. ~Greg S. 53

*****

I have trained with Brian about three times per week, for the past two months and have already begun to see results. I initially decided to hire a personal trainer because I wanted to lose weight and define my body with muscle and tone. Brian has done a fantastic job of whipping me into shape. He is personable, extremely knowledgeable and confident, but most importantly, he pushes me far beyond the limits I could set for myself. Brian has a very balanced dichotomy between being tough and pushing you to go as far as you can, while also being supportive and encouraging. Most of all, despite the fact that he can also be fun and friendly, Brian is incredibly professional and serious about his passion. 
I have very much enjoyed training with Brian and would certainly recommend him to anyone who likes to have their butt kicked :)~Marta O. 32

*****

I've been working out with Brian for about a month now. The workouts are always challenging but fun. I love the fact that we change things up constantly so that it keeps my body guessing. He explains the movements well and pushes me to reach my goals. If I feel like I can't get through a workout he is always right there to encourage me to push myself. I know with Brian I will get the results I am looking for and am excited to continue my fitness journey with such a dedicated trainer! ~Malia S. 33
 

*****

I have been training with Brian for roughly 2 ½ months. He was the trainer assigned to me at Gold’s Gym when I began. My main goals are to improve my muscle mass, flexibility and metabolism. Brian has great knowledge of body mechanics, muscle function and is capable of determining the individual abilities of his clients. His pleasant and positive attitude is a great asset to his willingness to work with his clients at their own levels. He instills confidence and encouragement to make you want to work further and apply yourself more diligently. Brian has greatly improved my strength and agility over the last 2 ½ months I have been working with him. I would recommend Brian to anyone who inquired of a personal trainer. ~Scott S. 54

*****

I have been training with Brian for about 6 months. Within the 6 months of training, my fitness levels have increased exponentially. I am not only getting stronger in the gym, but I continue to hit my physique goals. I would have not been able get the results I am seeing without his assistance. Brian will not only push you, he will challenge you every session. Workouts are intense, but enjoyable with his outgoing personality, and personal attention he gives. After training with him, you will become motivated to achieve your goals, and you will actually want to go to the gym. Brian is the best trainer I ever had! ~Melanie R. 25


 


 

HENNY KABLAN - REIKI HEALING THERAPIST

If you have ever shared a random smile on the street, a comforting embrace from a friend or loved one, or the welling of tears in an expression of joy, then you have experienced the essence that is Reiki. Its literal translation is Universal (Rei) Life Energy (Ki) and it is an energy healing system divinely gifted to a man of early 20th century Japan named Dr. Mikao Usui. Dr. Usui or Usui Sensei, as he was known to his students (sensei means teacher or master in Japanese), lived for the pursuit of knowledge and a greater understanding of the spiritual realm. He was well traveled with visits to the Americas, China and several European destinations, as well, and also studied various religions and philosophies including Christianity and Buddhism.

It was through this curiosity and love of the divine realm that led him to be blessed with Reiki during a penance of fasting and meditation in the mountains of Japan. The story told spoke of Usui Sensei’s desire to reach enlightenment by encountering death willingly. As his penance continued, he became weaker and weaker by the day until, during meditation, he was surrounded by light and felt a heaviness that entered his mind. That heaviness was the Master Reiki symbol that he perceived in his mind’s eye but he didn’t understand what it meant until he stubbed his toe and took a tumble coming down the mountain. When he went to grab for his foot, he noticed a warmth that poured forth from his hands healing his toe.

Reiki is life energy and it embodies the spirit of God through love. There are no religious affiliations as it speaks the language of the Divine and can be practiced by anyone, anywhere at any time. Being derived from the One Source, it is a means to balance your life and harmonize your body so that it may do what it was designed to do; Heal! It does this by balancing the seven chakras or energy centers located in your body and each chakra correlates to specific physical points, emotions, and thoughts. When one or more of these energy centers are under or overstimulated, the body becomes unbalanced.

I practice Usui Reiki and am a First Degree practitioner. There are three degrees in the current Usui Reiki system; First Degree, Second Degree and Master with the option to teach Reiki to others. I was attuned on the 24th of August, 2011 and have shared in many miraculous moments with my clients through this healing life energy. I am realizing my purpose in this lifetime and am honored to be named a healer. With the assistance of my lovely wife, Lauren, we hope to open our hearts to the world through a wellness center of our own when it is our time. Reiki truly is a blessing and it has enriched my life beyond measure. I hope that you will allow me the opportunity to share this gift with you.

Namaste!

TESTIMONIALS

Thank you for this time to be able to express my experience of receiving Reiki from Henny Kablan. All of our sessions together have been trades and one of the things that sticks in my thoughts is his professionalism that he carries whether is a client or a friend. His ability to connect with others is outstanding and that goes for multiple levels. In our past sessions Henny has always been effective and efficient in his work. After each session each evaluation of feelings that he observes have been precise and accurate.

There is no doubt in my mind that now more than ever he possesses the ability to continue a path of nurturing, caring and helping others become free and aware of their own ability. Henny is a born leader; to me he is living his legacy of helping others through his power of intuition. In all sessions his always been precise (I mention that again) something that not all have. As a massage therapist and former lead therapist I highly recommend Henny to anyone that will like to experience or have reiki session in a frequent basis. Feel free to contact if you have any question. Again thank you and have a blessed day. ~ Michael A. Mendez
 

*****

Henny is a very calming, caring person, and a gifted Reiki Healer! I have been given Reiki by Henny for stress relief and a sore neck.  I am happy to say that my neck pain was gone after only one Reiki treatment.  I also felt very relaxed and calm after each Reiki treatment. Henny would be an amazing asset to any wellness staff.  He is truly gifted! ~ Anne Harwood

 

JAMES ALEXANDER - BRANDING AMBASSADOR AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH

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James moved to Charlotte in early 2015 after spending the majority of his life in Houston, Texas. While studying Computer Engineering at the University of Houston, James discovered the true value of education, rather than a degree and after 3 years in college, left Houston to become a social entrepreneur as a Fellow for national education/employment technology non-profit, Innovate+Educate in addition to a blogger providing social insight into the human condition. Through both his roles James demonstrates and advocates for social relationship capital – the value of one’s personal network and what one can bring to the world to make it a better place.

As a brand ambassador for Flex5, James will be developing Flex5’s customer engagement and social outreach programs. In this role, James will bring Flex5 ethos to life through beautiful imagery, blogging and "giving back to community" programs.

JAMES’ HEALTH AND FITNESS PHILOSOPHY

As someone who has experienced both mental and physical setbacks early on in his life, James believes that feeling good – rather than looking good – is of utmost importance. Disciplined, healthy and self-aware practices of training, eating, reflecting and resting are key to his optimal performance on any given day.

All-Inclusive Holistic Fitness & Wellness Center in Uptown Charlotte.
Address :
428 E 4th Street, Suite 333, Charlottel, NC 28202 Email : href="mailto:info@flex5clt.com">info@flex5clt.com