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Bios from the best group fitness instructors in Charleston!

Group Fitness Instructors

Stephanie Ayala

Stephanie Ayala is a Salvadorian fitness professional born and raised playing sports in Los Angeles, California. She has worked in the health and fitness industry over 6 years managing and operating gyms in Dallas, TX, experienced in training and instructing small and large groups of all levels and ready to share her passion for nutrition & fitness with everyone! A WBFF Professional Athlete who won two titles this year and currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina.

  • WBFF Pro Fitness Model World Champion 2017
  • WBFF Pro Fitness Model USA Champion 2017
  • (ISSA) Fitness Nutrition Certification

Travis Dawson

Travis is originally from Ohio and immediately after graduating high school he joined the United States Marine Corps where he served 10 years in the infantry. While in the Marine Corps Travis became a Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor and Combat Conditioning Specialist. In 2012 Travis became a CrossFit Level 1 Instructor. After getting out of the Marine Corps in 2013, Travis became a personal trainer for ESAC and a CrossFit Instructor for CrossFit 829 and Pale Horse CrossFit. Travis has experience training clients for weight loss, increased athletic performance, olympic lifting and powerlifting. He loves educating his clients and pushing them out of their comfort zone. Anything can be done with hard work and determination!

Amy McNeil

Amy found her home in SC only 2 years ago but considers Charleston home. Before moving to Charleston Amy lived the gym life working in both group fitness and personal training for 8 years. Basically living in the gym 6 days a week watching others change their lives by pushing themselves, finding new strengths, and accomplishing goals. She’s a mother to two girls and loves showing them how strong you can be. She loves a challenge and is always looking for new adventures to undertake. The beach is her happy place but the gym and working out is where here heart is at home. She believes you should always have fun and you can accomplish so much more then you think.

Claire Smith

Claire Smith is a Charleston native, mother of two and has been active in the fitness world since 2009 when she saw the need to get healthy and fit. She is a graduate of The College of Charleston and was a preschool teacher prior to her career as a trainer. Her personal trainer certification is through the American Fitness Professional & Associates. Earning her certification as a nutrition consultant is her current plan. Helping others to reach their fitness goals is her passion. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her sons, reading, and watching college football. Go Gamecocks!

Kerry Mchugh

Kerry Mchugh is a master trainer who has been working in the fitness industry operating, managing gyms and training clients across the nation for over 20 years. His extensive background, experience and support allows his clients to reach their full potential physically and mentally. His passion comes from helping others achieve what they once thought was impossible.

  • WBFF Certified Prep Coach
  • (AFAA) Personal Training Certification
  • (ISSA) Fitness Nutrition Certification

Jackie Pappas

Jackie Pappas has a BS in Kinesiology-exercise science and is Precision Nutrition level 1 certified. Originally from Long Island NY Jackie has found her niche with instructing group fitness training classes. Nothing fires me up more than encouraging people past their limits in a group setting! My goal is to make it fun, but challenge people at the same time! I love providing motivation for others!

Dylan Keim

Dylan Keim is ACE certified and a graduate of the Sports and Fitness training program at Trident Tech. He is a Charleston native and his passion for the fitness industry started when he started working out with friends. Now, Dylan loves to share his exercise knowledge so others can see improvements in their strength, physique, and life in general.