Our Mission is to be the most results-driven Training Studio in the world and to motivate, educate, and inspire our clients to be their all-time best. Meet our team.
Dan Griffin, BS, NSCA-CSCS
Owner, MASTER LEVEL TRAINER
Certification/Degree: NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, EMERY Behavioral Medicine Certified Weight Managagement Specialist, MedX Spinal Rehab, Reebok RNT, CPR/First Aid Certified, BS-Exercise Sport Science, University of Florida.
Training Specializations: Weight Loss; High Intensity Strength Training; Sport-Specific Training; Group Training
Hobbies/Special Interests: Sports – any and all; Exercise; Home Improvement; Fishing; Music; Playing With My Two Kids
Philosophy on Exercise: Train like an athlete.
Quote: “Commit. Train. Live the Sweat Life!”
Art Waters, MS, NSCA-CSCS, NASM-CES
Owner, MASTER LEVEL TRAINER
Certification/Degree: NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, EMERY Behavioral Medicine Certified Weight Managagement Specialist, CPR/First Aid Certified, MS-Phys.Ed/Sports and Fitness, University of Central Florida.
Training Specializations: Hypertrophy; Body Transformation; Sport-Specific Training
Hobbies/Special Interests: Gator Sports, Playing Pick-Up Games (football, softball, whatever), Lifting weights, Spending time with family.
Philosophy on Exercise: You get out what you put in. Make exercise/physical activity a lifestyle.
Quote: “If exercise was easy, everyone would be doing it!”
Morgan Smith, BS, ACSM-CPT
Certification/Degree: ACSM Certified Personal Trainer; BS – Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, University of Florida
Experience: Achievements with a multitude of populations, including ages from 18-75, persons with special needs and disabilities, novice lifters, and experienced athletes.
Training Specializations: Group training, strength training, shape and toning
Hobbies/Special Interests: Going to concerts, foodie, museums, football (GO JAGS)
Philosophy on Exercise: Great overall health is the key to having an awesome life. Exercise is just one piece of the puzzle of a healthy well-being! It is essential to being able to do anything, from activities of daily living to high intensity sports, to staying focused and being energetic.
Quote: You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. — Maya Angelou
Rob Johnson, BS, CPT
MASTER LEVEL TRAINER
Certification/Degree: ACE Certified Personal Trainer, CPR Certified, BS – Kinesiology, Indiana University.
Training Specializations: Muscle Growth, Strength, Performance, Rehabilitation.
Hobbies/Special Interests: Backpacking, Camping, Mountain Climbing, Motorcycles, Guitar, Music.
Philosophy on Exercise: Creating a healthy lifestyle through challenging the mind and body, eating clean, and having fun.
Quote: “The quality of one’s life can be dictated by the harmonious functioning of physical and mental strength.”
Zach Brehm, BS, NASM-CPT
Certification/Degree: NASM Certified Personal Trainer; Master of Education – Curriculum Instruction, American College of Education; BS – Physical Education, Western Illinois University; CPR/First Aid Certified.
Experience: Five years teaching Physical Education.
Training Specializations: Strength and hypertrophy training, weight loss.
Hobbies/Special Interests: Working out, doing stadiums, playing basketball, UF sports, tailgating, Fantasy football.
Philosophy on Exercise: Train hard, be patient, and the results will follow.
Quote: You can observe a lot just by watching. –Yogi Berra
Brandon Johnson, BS, PTA Global-CPT
PERSONAL TRAINER & INTERN
Certification/Degree: PTA Global Certified Personal Trainer; B.S.- Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, University of Florida; CPR & First Aid Certified
Experience: Over five years of experience as a Certified Personal Trainer, working with University of Florida Department of Recreational Sports and YouFit Health Clubs at the level of Master Trainer. I have worked with an array of clients, varying in age, fitness level, demographic, aiming to achieve holistic fitness and longevity.
Training Specializations: Hypertrophy, Weight Loss and Management, Functional Training, Sport-Specific Performance, and Program Design.
Hobbies/Special Interests: Recreational Resistance Training, Recreational Video Game Entertainment, Meal Prepping, Mindfulness Reading and Meditation, UF Athletics, Cinematic Experiences, Traveling, and Musical Experiences.
Philosophy on Exercise: To know my philosophy, know my story: I was an overweight child and by the age of 16, I found myself weighing 350 pounds! I was disgusted with the way I looked, fatigued constantly, and was having difficulty enjoying life. I made it my goal to take control of my health, become nutritionally aware, and start exercising regularly. After making outstanding lifestyle changes, I lost over 150 pounds in 1 year! I vowed to not stop there. I began Resistance Training regularly and gained 15 pounds of lean muscle mass. I majored in Applied Physiology Kinesiology at the University of Florida to dive deeper into exercise science. I am very zealous about fitness and the impact it can have on our health - I've now decided to pursue a Masters of Science in Human Performance here at the University of Florida.
As your Sweat Life Coach, I want to help you reach your fitness goals, push past your physical limits, and ultimately promote your longevity.
Quote: 1) “Today is my tomorrow. It's up to me to shape it, to take control and seize every opportunity. The power is in the choices I make each day. I eat well, I live well. I shape me.” 2) “Trust the process.”
Chris Pregony, BS, NSCA-CSCS
MASTER LEVEL TRAINER
Certification/Degree: American College of Sports Medicine-Health Fitness Specialist, EMERY Behavioral Medicine Certified Weight Managagement Specialist, B.S. Exercise Science from the Univesity of West Florida, CPR Certified. Aerobics and Fitness Association of America-Certified Personal Trainer.
Training Specializations: Weight Loss; Strength Training; Sport-Specific Training; Functional Training, Group Training, shape and toning
Hobbies/Special Interests: Sports, outdoors,running, biking, writing, music, life
Philosophy on Exercise: “Exercise is no different than anything else in life, you get out what you put in”.
Quote: “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” – Winston Churchill
Travis Kossol, BS, NASM-CPT, FRCms
MASTER LEVEL TRAINER
Certification/Degree: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Functional Range Conditioning mobility specialist, Athletes Acceleration Certified Speed and Agility Coach; BS – Sport Management, University of North Florida
Experience: I’ve worked successfully with clients ranging from professional athletes to stay-at-home moms, and from 6 to 84 years old.
Training Specializations: Mobility, Sports Performance
Hobbies/Special Interests: Being outside, Playing/watching sports, Grilling
Philosophy on Exercise: Health is the single most valuable thing in the world. Fitness and nutrition build the foundation to a heathy life.
Quote: “Exercise is a human invention used to compensate for the fact that we’re not doing what we’re supposed to be doing.” – Dr. Andreo Spina
Stephen Gainsburg, NSCA - CPT
PERSONAL TRAINER & INTERN
Certification/Degree: NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, Pursuing A Degree In Sport Management At The University Of Florida.
Training Specializations: Muscle Gain, Weight Loss, Strength Training
Hobbies/Special Interests: Cooking, Working Out, Watching Sports, Reading, Going To Concerts
Philosophy on Exercise: Everyone is born with physical gifts. It’s up to you to show to them to the world.
Quote: “To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.”- Gene Tunney
Christine Lindner, LMT
Certification: Licensed Massage Therapist (MA89776)- Florida School of Massage
Experience: My client base is very diverse. I work with clients of all genders, ages and athletic abilities.
Training Specializations: Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, Advanced Sports
Hobbies/Special Interests: Cooking, hiking with my husband and dog, reading
Practice/Philosophy: I believe that effective massage can be gentle. I work with the body, not against or through it, to provide relief to my clients. I am a lifelong student, continuously seeking knowledge about the body and looking for unique ways to approach discomfort. My interest in working with women’s health also makes me a go-to resource for low back and pelvic pain.
Quote: “A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” – Saint Basil
Cassie Catania , LMT
Certification: Licensed Massage Therapist (MA86022)- Florida School of Massage; Certified in Thai massage through the Bodhi Sangha School of Thai Massage.
Experience: Advanced sports massage training from an internship working and traveling with University of Florida athletes.
Practice/Philosophy: Cassie’s massage therapy practice is a combination of a wide variety of modalities and each session is tailored to the unique needs of the client. She is dedicated to providing bodywork that helps relieve chronic tension patterns and that aids each client to function optimally. She believes that the human body seeks freedom of movement and has an innate capability to heal itself.
Hobbies/Special Interests: Cassie discovered her passion for movement in aerial arts, which she has been practicing since 2011 and performs professionally. Cassie's other interests include acroyoga, learning different forms of dance, and she is currently studying to become a Pilates teacher.
Misha Patz, NASM-CPT
Certification/Degree: NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Experience: Over 2 years and just under 2,000 hours of training experience working with ages ranging from 5 to 87-years-old. I have worked with a wide variety of fitness levels including children, injury-recovering adults, Division 1 athletes of 7 different sports, and Olympic Track athletes.
Training Specializations: Weightloss; Hypertrophy; Sport-Specific Training; Corrective Exercise
Hobbies/Special Interests: Gator Sports; Beach Volleyball; Reading; Traveling; Painting; Spending time with my family
Philosophy on Exercise: The body is the greatest account to invest in. By sowing seeds of discipline through consistent training and nourishing nutrition, one will reap the rewards of a healthy and energy-filled lifestyle which are sure to follow.
Quote: Whatever the mind of a man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill
Sarah Tannen, RDN, CSOWM, LDN
REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST
Degree: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (ND6729) – Florida State University Bachelors of Science in Dietetics, Minor in Business; Dietetic Internship completed at Emory University Hospitals
Certifications: Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management (CSOWM); Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management
Experience: Over five years of clinical experience working with all age groups with various medical conditions including but not limited to, diabetes, heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, wound healing and weight management.
Hobbies/Special Interest: Cooking, brunch, working out, teaching Zumba, spending time with family, friends and my dogs, traveling, food puns
Practice/Philosophy: As a Registered Dietitian, I strive to provide evidence-based nutrition information that is individualized for each client. I want to inspire and motivate my clients on their health journey and give them the right tools and education for them to succeed. I believe in making a lifestyle change rather than making a quick fix.
Quote: “Everything in Moderation, including Moderation.” –Oscar Wilde
Larry Nguyen, NASM-CPT
NASM Certified Personal Trainer, CPR Certified, Pursuing a degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a specialization in Exercise Physiology at The University of Florida
Three years of powerlifting at the competitive level. I have worked with multiple powerlifters during their prep for a competition and their offseason as well as individuals who want to improve their physique through weight loss or hypertrophy.
Powerlifting, Olympic Weightlifting, hypertrophy, weight loss and general fitness
Powerlifting, modifying and racing cars, PC Gaming, hiking, basketball
Philosophy on Exercise:
When you enjoy doing it, it’s no longer working out. So have fun doing it!
“The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100%” - Arnold Schwarzenegger