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Michelle Renney reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
5
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I have been very pleased with every aspect of this gym. From the trainers, other members and how Allen makes a point to say hello and encourage!! I tried BBC and found it didn’t suit me and especially when it came to the price of membership!! Just as many classes available and 1/2 the price...So glad to have found this treasure!!’

Lisa Uber reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
5
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I absolutely love the fact that every time you go, you will always be doing a different, while very effective, workout! I get bored super easily working out - but not here! Love the variety, the instructors, and the people attending! Everyone is so supportive!!! If you are looking for a gym - give this one a try!

Tina Robbins Barton reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
5
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There isn't a better gym out there.. These guys work hard to bring us the newest most effective way to get and stay strong/fit. Fitness One is also the friendliest gym I have ever been to.

Jason Milam reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
5
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Personable trainers, intense workouts and a variety of classes will get you where you want to be. Allen does an awesome job on the Krav classes! Never had one class disappoint.

Bill Byrd reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
5
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The best coach's and trainers. The best martial arts systems and methods. The best members. Nuf' Said' ! :)

Dr. Charles Rawlings reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
5
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Allen is more than those- much more. He is insightful, resourceful, intuitive, energetic and optimistic. in short- a force to be reckoned with. How do I know? I have been trained and counseled by Allen for almost five years. At first I was merely interested in the physical development side of Allen but then it developed into something much deeper- something rare between modern males. Don’t misunderstand, under Allen’s tutelage I was able to earn my Black Belt in Krav but the education did not stop there. Allen has an intuitive feel for a person’s psyche and needs. You have a problem; Allen typically has a practical solution. You have an emotional set back, Allen is there to stop the slide and move you forward. You have a physical goal or even slide back, Allen is there to push you forward or to stop your slide backward. Allen has the knowledge, he has the capability and he has the wherewithal to improve almost anyone that seeks his help. Ask Allen to be your coach- both physical and lifestyle- you will be a better person in a very short period of time.

Renee Kennedy reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
5
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Where do I even begin...I'll start by saying I live 45 minutes from Fitness One and yet I still go there! Why? Because I've never experienced a workout like the one I get a Fitness One. I've tried several different gyms and nothing even comes close! The energy, the encouragement, the feeling you have after a work out is incredible. I've done cardio at a box gym that is closer to my house, and when I've looked at my fitness tracker, I got so frustrated because I had only burned half the calories in the same amount of time that I would at Fitness One. The kick boxing classes are a huge stress reliever for me too. In 45 minutes you burn so many calories and leave feeling like you've really accomplished something. My energy level is better, my clothes fit better, and I'm getting tone. Whatever your fitness goals are they can help you. I absolutely love this gym!

Mark Stewart reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
5
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Great classes and instructors. They have a variety of classes to fit your personality and fitness goals. You will find top of the line equipment and knowledgeable staff. They offer aerobics, weight training, boxing and martial arts classes.

Rebecca Barber reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
5
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Omg Ashley was a great trainer I really enjoyed my first day of the 21 rapid weight loss boot camp I look forward to many more and I definitely recommend this place !! Can't want to go back it definitely kicked my butt hahaha

Melissa Parks reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
5
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I have been going to Fitness One for over a month now. This is one of the best commitments I have ever made. I love the variety of classes and all the instructors. From day one I jumped right in and have felt right at home. When I first visited I met Ethan and told him I had never really participated in classes before. I could see the commitment and strong belief in him for fitness. He's one of the biggest reasons I joined. For several years I have been running and doing workouts at home. I wish I had known about Fitness One a long time ago. I am looking forward to my journey here and seeing how much I improve.

Carlee Demaris reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
5
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My experience at Fitness One has been amazing and it has exceeded my expectations in the 4 months I've been going there! I need something that pushes me because I won't push myself hard doing my own workout. I get excited to go to class and I'm always in a better mood after I workout! My kids also love going into child care while I workout! I am very happy I found this gym and have become a regular there!

Tricia Krentz Davis reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
5
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This is the best place ever! Allen and the staff are really invested in their clients success and are helpful to make sure you achieve your goals. The classes, nutrition information and trainers kitchen site has helped me exceed the goals I set for myself. There is no other "gym" like it

Jonathan Rigsbee reviewed Fitness One in Kernersville, NC
5
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Allan and his staff do a wonderful job at helping each member find their "place" at Fitness One. The family type atmosphere at Fitness One is incredible and works to hold you accountable, as well as motivating you to achieve levels you never thought were possible. No matter where you are on your fitness journey, you will certainly get there faster at Fitness One than at any of the big box gyms!

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Certified Personal Trainers in Kernersville, NC

Allen Branch CPT, SCS, SNS, NASM-PES

Allen Branch is a Certified Personal Trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist with the NASM and co-founder of Fitness One with his wife, Olinda. He is also a Sports Nutrition Specialist, Sports Conditioning Specialist and has been certified in Resistance Training Biomechanics by the World Renown Cooper Institute in Dallas. He also holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from Villanova University. He was trained by the legendary Bruce Lee student Joe Lewis in Kickboxing, and holds Black Belts in 6 styles of martial arts, with his highest a 7th Degree. He is also the founder of American Martial Arts Systems, a hybrid martial arts system taught all over the world. He is currently planning the release of his long awaited science based training program for ages 40 and up called Project49.

Olinda Branch

BA Education, Certified Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Specialistm

Olinda has been teaching for 25 years, and is well known as one of the finest fitness instructors in the region. Olinda's classes include boot-camp, circuits, yoga, strength, Pilates, mat works and kickboxing.

Olinda is certified in teaching kickboxing, yoga, mat science, step and pilates. She has a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Kickboxing under Joe Lewis. She is the co-founder of Fitness One, manages the enormous Fitness One class schedules and trainers and is sought after personal trainer for her expertise in multiple disciplines. This has earned her the nickname "The princess of pain."

She earned a Gold Medal in the 1998 AAU Nationals in Russian Combo, and is also a certified Biggest Loser trainer.

Hugo Zapata LMBT, B.S. Kinesiology

Hugo is a massage therapist at Fitness One performing deep tissue, myofacial release, sports massage, trigger point, swedish, cranial sacral, reflexology, assisted stretching, cupping, prenatal, joint mobilization and compression release.

He is available during all hours and weekends for massage therapy on location at Fitness One in Kernersville N.C. You can schedule a free consultation by contacting Hugo at 336-918-1210.

Ashlie Reid

Ashlie has been a personal trainer and group exercise instructor at Fitness One for the last 10 years. She is the head of our 21 Day Rapid Fat Loss Bootcamp, trainers our new member intro sessions and keeps our office in line. :)

Dr Ewa W Czajkowska PT, DPT, Cert DN. Board Certified Geriatric Specialist.

Ewa is a licensed physical therapist with a Masters degree in physical therapy from the University of Rzeszow, Poland and a doctorate degree from College of St. Scholastically. Ewa specializes in training clients with specific needs and conditions. In addition to personalized training assistance Ewa offers clinical treatment including dry needling, kinetic tapping, cupping, joint manipulation and soft tissue mobilization.

Katie Holbert

Certified Personal trainer

Katie is a Certified Personal Trainer, small group boot-camp trainer and co-founder of "The Trainer's Kitchen" premiere online food prep and planning program

Jennifer Bowman CPT, Group Exercise, Metabolic Effect

Jennifer is a high energy, motivating group exercise and bootcamp instructor with a passion for people! She is also certified teaching yoga and cycling. Her classes are fun, upbeat and an awesome workout.

Bonnie Longhitano

Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor

Bonnie handles admissions and intros at Fitness One, and is usually the first trainer new members will come in contact with. offers one on one personal training, small group sessions and group exercise classes.

Allison Pyrtle

Personal Trainer, Boot-camp Leader

Allison is a Group Exercise Instructor certified through AFAA, Personal Trainer and boot-camp leader. She teaches circuits, strength, Pilates based classes and yoga. She is co-founder of the SMART START program created alongside Olinda Branch to help new clients work gradually into a fitness program, learning to eat properly and learn good exercise form.

Alaina Byrne

Certified Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor

Alaina is the leader of the Bikini Body Bootcamp at Fitness One, works as a Personal Trainer and teaches group classes. Alaina specializes in results based personal training and works with clients individually and in small groups.

Todd White

Martial Arts Trainer and Teacher

Todd White holds black belts in multiple martial arts including karate, hapkido and Taekwondo, in a career that has spanned over 30 years. He holds his highest as a 5th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. Todd was a National Karate and Taekwondo competitor and is now leader of the Kids martial arts and training program at Fitness One.

Katia Yurko

Katia is a Certified Yoga Instructor completing the Charlotte yoga teacher training certification in 2011. Katia teaches a unique blend of Yoga and intervals for fat loss called Fit Flow, as well as more traditional yoga in her other classes.

Jon Phipps

Krav Maga Instructor

Jon is a Krav Maga Instructor at Fitness One with over 30 years experience teaching martial arts. He is a holder of multiple Black Belts and also leads the little ninjas program of 4-6 year olds. Jon has black belts in karate, kickboxing, hapkido, the Joe Lewis Fighting System and is the Senior student and recognized co-founder of American Martial Arts Systems.

Ethan Wall

Ethan is a Certified Personal Trainer, Kickboxing Instructor and 3rd Degree Black Belt in Martial Arts. Mr. Wall is a specialist in strength training, conditioning and is the lead Instructor of the Fitness One Men's workout program. He is available for personal training as well as group exercise and martial arts classes.

Alex Rice

Alex is the highest ranking female black Belt in the American Martial Arts System at Fitness One, under Allen Branch. She holds Black Belts in Kickboxing and Israeli Krav Maga, and brings a fire to her classes that is fun to watch and an awesome class to take! Alex currently teaches Sport Kickboxing, Krav Maga and fitness Kickboxing classes at Fitness One as a passion and a hobby!

Sean Pardue

Personal Trainer, Boxing Coach

Sean is Certified Personal Trainer and boxing coach at Fitness One. He has helped trained professional fighters in our camp, is a professional golfer and up and coming Axe throwing competitor. Sean is currently starting a kids only boxing training program to help teach young ones respect, discipline and self-esteem through boxing.

Samantha Dencher Branam

Communications and In-Training for Personal Training, Bachelors in Mass Communication. Sam is a new addition to our team! You may see her in the office or helping with classes. She has an extensive exercise, media, and office management background and is excited to be working in the industry where her passions lie. She has experience with horse-back riding, fencing, dance, gymnastics, rock climbing, weight training, soccer, cycling, and cheerleading. She is growing in her fitness journey through achieving her personal training certification via NASM, as well as for group and kickboxing.

Candi Wallace, Certified Personal Trainer

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Danny Akers

Boxing Coach and Trainer

Danny Akers is a former World Boxing Champion with the IBF and WBA. Undefeated in his amateur and professional career, Danny brings a level of boxing experience to those in our boxing club that is unmatched anywhere in the Triad.

Noel Echevarria-Boxing Coach

Noel is a Professional fighter and boxing coach/trainer at Fitness One. Noel brings his unique style of training and fighting to the Fitness One team, offering professional level workouts and training for clients of all ages.

Tim Taylor Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Group Trainer, 4th Dan Black Belt

Tim is a Certified Personal Trainer with 25 years of martial arts experience in kickboxing, Taekwondo and hapkido. He has been working as a trainer at Fitness One for over 3 years in kickboxing and martial arts, and started working with group classes last year. Tim brings a level of expertise to the striking, kickboxing and cardio workouts that is hard to find from a trainer.

Andy Dence, M.S., B.S CPT, NSCA Certified

Andy spent a little over 10 years in the U.S. Army where he developed a passion for personal achievement through fitness. During time in the military, he learned how to design individual and group sized programs redefining the familiar cookie-cutter structure and creating a well defining model enabling physical improvement. I was injured while serving and was medically separated. This gave me the opportunity to gain a sympathetic understanding to how exercise can be used as a valid treatment for those suffering from injuries or sickness.

Bruce Pahl

Bruce in 1997 became a Certified Personal Trainer. His experience includes Manager & Trainer at Gold’s Gym & Health Unlimited in Delaware and Nutrition Consultant & Manager at Vitamin Health Centers. In 2004 Bruce earned his 3rd Degree Black Belt & Full Instructor Certification in Bruce Lee’s style of Jeet Kune Do & Filipino Martial Arts.

Past clients have included men, women & teens of all ages specializing in building strength, cardiovascular health, functional fitness & fat loss. Bruce has also coached competitive athletes, U.S. military, FBI & law enforcement personnel.

Melissa Glass

Melissa Glass. Social media manager and content creator, group fitness instructor, BA in English. Melissa manages Fitness One’s social media channels and teaches a range of classes, and is a certified BARRE Instructor. Mel has 5 years experience teaching group fitness in Charlotte NC. She joined the Fitness One team to bridge her enthusiasm for social media with her passion for fitness. If you ever have a question about health, fitness, or nutrition, let Melissa know and she will bring the information to our channels!

Angie Traxler-Group Exercise Specialist

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