Upstart Training
A Message From Our Founder
We at Innovative Fitness and Wellness believe each one of our clients deserves specialized individual attention. From the moment you enter our doors your fitness and wellness needs will be of the utmost priority to us. At our top of the line studio there is no fighting over machines and no one to make you feel uncomfortable. We believe everyone has at least one life changing goal when they decide to begin a workout or nutritional program. Whether it is to lose weight, gain muscle or just look good in a pair of jeans. It's all about reaching to obtain your goals, no matter how small or big they may be. Our motto speaks for itself and why so many people are asking; have you had the innovative experience?

Sincerely and God Bless,

William Mackie

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to provide unique and engaging personalized fitness, nutritional, and wellness programs and services to a diverse customer population. Our services are based on applicable methods that can be achieved and maintained long term in any lifestyle. Our services focus on goal oriented functional training, whole food consumption and other holistic wellness techniques. Our staff pledges to provide sensible, caring and results driven coaching service for all of our customers. In order to better accomplish the above objectives we will strive to keep our customers excited, motivated and engaged in achieving their goals. We are committed to fostering a sense of community and an internal support system with various healthy group-oriented activity programming.

Owner/Fitness Trainer: William Mackie

Will has been in the fitness industry for many years. He holds a bachelors and a Master's of Science degree. He is a nationally certified personal trainer through the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association (N.E.S.T.A.), the American College of Sports Medicine (A.C.S.M) and the International Sport and Fitness Trainers Association (I.S.F.T.A.)

In addition, Willam Mackie holds certifications in Cardio-kick boxing, Senior Fitness, and Pilates. He has a wide range of experience in many other types of fitness class instruction as well. He also has experience personally training an entire spectrum of ages, body types and goal aspirations with great success. He has also trained numerous highly recruited high school and college athletes. Will has written numerous online health and fitness articles, worked both as an independent fitness professional and as a program coordinator, trainer and class instructor. With the creation of Innovative Fitness and Wellness he is now able to help people achieve their health and fitness goals world wide with his knowledge and experience.

Massage Therapist:Lori Conchado

Lori Conchado is a licensed massage therapist who began her journey with a desire to heal with a gentle touch and aide her daughter in resolving a sports related injury which resulted from a rigorous training schedule while preparing for a marathon. Motivated to make a difference she enrolled in the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, where she became interested and participated in the Colchester and Middletown Marathons as a student member of the Connecticut American Massage Therapy Team (CTAMTA). She has since focused her practice on working with athletes and individuals experiencing a wide variety of ailments including IT band injuries, sciatica pain and rotator cuff injuries. Lori offers Deep Tissue Massage and Trigger Point Therapy, which are beneficial in reducing pain, increasing athletic performance and range of motion. In addition, she also offers a relaxing, restorative massage to reduce stress and well-being.

Our Personal Training Staff

Jennifer Gawlak - Jennifer's personal trainer, group exercise and multiple senior fitness and functional training certifications were earned through AFAA. Helping her clients feel and look their best is Jennifer's passion. She has been a personal fitness trainer for 10 years and working with seniors for even longer. She believes working out is not just for the young but that it is important for mature adults to exercise in order to maintain their health, mobility, balance and lifestyles. Jennifer is TRX certified and loves to instruct full body TRX classes and stretching. She specializes in functional fitness, strength training, fat loss and older adult fitness and flexibility. Jennifer is patient, caring and skilled in helping a variety of people reach health and fitness goals.

Marie Hughes - Marie is a Certified Personal Trainer through The American Aerobic Association and International Sports Medicine Association (AAAI/ISMA). Marie is a living testament of how one can transform there bodies and outlook on life. Marie was able to change her nutritional habits and find her passion for being physically fit which allowed her to lose a tremendous amount of body fat and increase her physical abilities dramatically. Though, she is not finished with her own journey, she has been able to use her real life experience and education to empower, inspire and help others achieve results that they never once thought possible. Marie enjoys working with individuals that are new to physical fitness and adopting a healthier lifestyle. She is more than happy to be your health coach that has been there before and can be in your corner to help guide you along your own health journey.

Robin Fontaine - Robin is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Council for Certified Personnel Trainers (NCCPT). You could say obstacle course racing (OCR) has literally changed Robins life, when a local OCR event ignited her passion for a new level of personal fitness and challenged her to become a better athlete. In addition to becoming a competitive Elite obstacle course racer and a certified Spartan SGX coach, Robin developed a strong desire to introduce others to the sport as well. She is a true testament to the phrase, "age is only a number." Robin has accomplished all of this at an age when people avoid being thrust out of their comfort zones. She inspires others to feel the excitement of life that can come from new and fun experiences at any age. Robin creates fitness programs that are unique, engaging for all levels of activity, and most importantly, effective!

Channing Harwood – Channing is a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Channing received his degree from Central Connecticut State University in Exercise Science in 2013, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Hartford. His interest in the fitness and wellness field began when he was an athlete at Xavier High School. Channing focusing on fat loss through strength training and fat loss programming, Channing also specializes in injury prevention and performance training.

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