Personal Trainer Spotlight: Chase Pettey

sarasota personal trainersHow long have you been personal training?
Since I was 18.

How many days a week do you work out?
Everyday until I feel my body needs rest, I listen to how I feel and the amount of stress my body is taking on physically, mentally, etc.

What is your favorite workout?
I don't have a favorite workout/exercise, wherever I am weakest I focus on that and for the time being that becomes my favorite.

What is your favorite muscle (or muscle group)?
My favorite muscle group is back.

What’s your favorite thing to eat?
This changes but right now my favorite thing to eat is almond butter sandwiches.

What’s your go-to cheat meal?
Cheat meal is usually burgers with fries, pizza, or sushi.

What do you do when you’re not making everyone else look amazing at Def Fit?
I travel the world .... this is my ultimate goal in life is to travel the world and make it an adventure

What’s your go-to workout music?
My best workouts are done with any type of rock music.

What’s your pre-workout routine?
Pre workout routine is to eat 1 hour before, make BCAA drink and blast music on the way to the gym to get my head in the right place.

What’s your post-workout routine?
Post workout includes a protein shake and then a meal 30 min after that.

- Chase Pettey
"Chase Your Dreams"

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It's time to go Hardcore @ DefFit!

Sarasota Personal TrainerSarasota's fitness leader, Definition Fit, knows that to get a hard core, you need to go hardcore.

We have everything you need to get you into the shape of your life:

  • newly-expanded space
  • state-of-the-art equipment
  • top trainers in a variety of fields
  • personal attention
  • small group classes
  • Sarasota's only ISOPHIT

..and so much more!

Best of all, we guarantee your results here at Definition Fit. Time to go hardcore. Time for Definition Fit!

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Definition Fit's Member Feature: Joe Phillips

One day, soon after stuffing himself at Thanksgiving Dinner, Joe Phillips got sick and tired of feeling old and heavy! He took a good look at himself and realized that after his knee surgery he had come up with every excuse not to work out.

The days turned into months and soon it was a year or so since he hit the gym. The weight piled on, the pains got worse and then he decided he had enough! He called Coach Levi Root in early December 2016. The next day they started training.

Levi used his years of experience training high level athletes and began to develop a program for Joe to move more efficiently and to gain both strength and endurance. They moved slowly and precisely so there would be no more excuses not to work out.

Since then, Joe trains twice a week with Levi and they focus on a variety of muscle groups and do a combination of strength, speed, power and movement exercises as well as applying the principles of isometrics using the Isophit. In addition to his sessions at Def Fit, Joe runs 5 days per week.

He’s training for another Marathon this September and hopes to beat his previous 5 hour marathon time. Joe’s runs consist of speed work, repeats, tempo runs and long runs. He's following a plan that he and Coach Levi designed to get him to his goal. Joe says he will be happy just to finish as he knows he will cross that finish line 43 plus pounds lighter than when this journey began.

Joe’s focus was not on weight loss, but the weight started coming off week after week. At the time this article was written, he lost an astounding 43 pounds! He has added years to his life expectancy and is healthier and happier than ever. He takes good care of himself and takes Sundays off to rest and recover and gets plenty of sleep, uses ice, compression, ice baths and massage. Joe is sensible in his food choices yet he does not follow a particular diet. He burns the calories he consumes and then some.

Joe is still hot in pursuit of his goal and we are proud that he has chosen Def Fit and Coach Levi to help him get there! We are confident that Joe can and will crush it!



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Personal Trainer Spotlight: Melanie Gaffney

melanie gaffney 24 LHow long have you been personal training? I started my personal training career in 2007 -- the same year that my son Aidan was born.  I gained almost sixty pounds when I was pregnant (Aidan only weighed seven pounds, seven ounces, so I truly had my work cut out for me!)  I had always wanted to become a personal trainer.  When Aidan was only a few months old I began working at my local YMCA as a fitness instructor.  I studied for a year (all the while losing the baby weight and gaining some never-before-seen muscles) took the AFAA test, and became a certified personal trainer.  It has been an amazing decade of work experience, and I’m so grateful to be able to help others achieve their own fitness goals.

How many days a week do you work out?
Exercise is my meditation, so I try to do at least a little bit of something every day.  That being said, I consider rest to be just as important.  When I’m training for a race, I usually run about 5 days per week.  I do some type of weight training 3-5 days a week, with one day devoted exclusively to abs and core.

What is your favorite workout?
I really love running.  In fact, I just completed my 10th half marathon last weekend!  But, if I had to choose something besides running, I would probably say that my favorite workouts are ones that incorporate high intensity intervals.  I love feeling strong and capable.  I will often split my weight workouts so that I hit a different muscle group each day.  My favorite (and toughest) is always leg day.

What do you specialize in?
I believe every client is unique in terms of his/her fitness goals and preferences.  This is why I specialize in devising detailed and individualized workout plans.  Fitness is not a generic process, and what might work for one person could just as easily feel impossible for another.  It’s my job, therefore, to find the most effective way for each and every client to succeed.
I have had the privilege of working with clients ranging in age from seven to ninety-something.  I have worked with people who had a significant amount of weight to lose, and those who were trying to gain weight after recovering from illness.  I’ve worked with prenatal and postpartum women, folks with physical disabilities, post-rehab individuals, weekend warriors, and elite athletes.  I feel my greatest strength as a trainer is my ability to apply my knowledge in a way that will benefit each and every one of my clients.

What is your favorite muscle (or muscle group)?
As I said before, my favorite muscle group to work out is definitely legs.  But I’m proud of every muscle on my body!

What’s your favorite thing to eat?
Well.  This questionnaire is going to turn into a novel now.
In all seriousness, I really love food.  It’s hard for me to choose a favorite, although I’m pretty obsessed with peanut butter.

What’s your go-to cheat meal?
My boyfriend makes the best cheeseburgers.  Lately he’s been putting a fried egg on top ... It’s amazing.  Sometimes we’ll go to Cheesecake Factory too ... And cupcakes will always hold a special place in my heart.

What do you do when you’re not making everyone else look amazing at Def Fit?
Fun fact about me: I co-wrote and published two teen novels with NY Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann (aka my mom)!  You can order both books on Amazon, or purchase them at Barnes and Noble.  Yes, this is shameless self-promotion. ;)

So, to answer this last question, when I’m not at Def Fit, I’m at home writing.  I’m about 50 pages into my latest novel -- one that I’m writing on my own.  I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted about this project!
If I’m not writing, though, I’m spending quality time with the four creatures who are most important in my world (my little boy Aidan, my boyfriend Mike, and our two puppies Ernie and Elmo).

What’s your go-to workout music?
My music preferences are all over the place.  I listen to some pretty embarrassing stuff when I’m running.  (Britney Spears is all over my playlist.)  But so is Stevie Wonder, Rob Zombie, The Shins, Rage Against The Machine, Jack White, Bruno Mars, The Postal Service, KONGOS, Spoon, The Heavy, Kaleo, Kings Of Leon, Bassnectar ...
(The list goes on...)

What’s your pre-workout routine?

What’s your post-workout routine?
And also I often lie on the ground and groan melodramatically.  Then I usually go take a shower and get ready to train my next client. :)

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Definition FIT Redefines Fitness in Sarasota, Florida

12436 ImageLarge fittestIn this day and age where clean, fun workout spots are sometimes hard to come by, Sarasota's Definition FIT sets a new standard for fitness facilities. Definition FIT's newly expanded space provides new equipment, new trainers, new classes, and new memberships for gym goers in Sarasota. Definition FIT's team is composed of high-energy, motivated, and motivating instructors absolutely committed to the workout of each individual.

Offering cutting edge group classes and professional private training, Definition FIT closely monitors the progress of all class participants. Classes are restricted to less than 20 participants, ensuring every client receives intimate and individual care.

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Member Feature: Marian Kay Strickland

Member Feature: Marian Kay Strickland

Definition Fit is proud to introduce you to our featured member, Marian Kay Strickland! Marian works harder than anyone we know! She trains 5 days a week with our amazing trainer David Bens, and has been training with him for the past 16 years. He always challenges her with new moves, incorporating the basics as well as the greatest fitness trends. He always makes workouts fun and exciting, with plenty of time to stretch and explain proper form and technique.

Their partnership began years ago when Marian was with a different trainer, but noticed how great all David's clients looked! David noticed some techniques that needed adjusting, the two got to talking, and after the switch their training sessions went from 3 to 5 days per week! Starting with a lot of nutrition talk and meal planning, she dropped 3 dress sizes and her body fat down to 10%.

Now Marian has become a role model for others here at Definition Fit. Her great mental attitude, energy and stamina are attributed to her wonderful trainer, David. Her confidence and strength are well-earned and there's nothing she can't wear! Marian always looks good as she travels to and from Definition Fit. She is the owner of M.K. Designs inside the Golden Image Jewelry Store on Palm Avenue in downtown Sarasota, where she works with her sister specializing in custom jewelry.

They strive to keep the fun in jewelry while removing the fear factor. With M.K. Designs, they offer customers the safety of knowing they are working with experts. They hold the highest standards in both gem selection and the craftsmanship involved in one-of-a-kind designs. As creative artists, they design with passion and attention to detail. Go see Marian today and get yourself something beautiful while talking with a gym and nutrition pro! We always love seeing you here at Definition Fit, Marian!




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Tis The Season...

Sarasota Tis The Season...No, not that one. The FITNESS season! Definition Fit, Sarasota's fitness leader, is on hand to get you in great shape for whatever season is coming up for you. Whether you're prepping for bathing suit season, race season, beach season or triathlon season, we have everything you need here at Definition Fit! Our trainers are the cream of the crop, our facilities are newly-expanded and beautiful, and our equipment includes Sarasota's only ISOPHIT! Sure, there are other gyms out there, but there's only one Definition Fit. What makes us different? Come see for yourself! Grab a friend and drop into a class—first class is always free for locals. Whatever your fitness goals, Definition Fit will help you reach and even surpass them. With lunchtime and evening classes, open 7 days a week, we couldn't make it easier for you to get in shape! Come on by and discover the Definition Fit difference. We look forward to meeting you!

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Working for the Workday

Working for the Workday SarasotaDefinition Fit, Sarasota's fitness leader, invites you to give mind and body a recharge on workdays! So many of us sit at desks for hours every day, and we know our bodies were designed to MOVE! We'll get you moving and motivated here at Definition Fit! With a wide variety of classes to choose from and convenient times including lunch hours and after work, you're sure to find a time that works for you. Give those muscles something to do with an energizing workout at Definition Fit on weekdays. Of course, we are also open on the weekends, but we know once you start coming, you won't want to stop! Drop in today—first class is always free for locals. We look forward to your workouts here at Definition Fit!

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After Work-Out

Sarasota's After Work-OutWe know, we know, it's hard to get to the gym during the week. That's why Sarasota's fitness leader, Definition Fit, offers plenty of evening classes for your convenience! Instead of heading home to eat junk food after work, drop into a class and energize instead! You'll be amazed what a difference it makes and what a charge you'll get. Workouts help you sleep better, so you'll be more refreshed the next day. The benefits are endless, and the excuses are all used up! First class is always free for locals, so you have nothing to lose but those extra pounds. Our stellar team of fitness gurus will get you fired up and keep you motivated. So come on by for your after work workout today at Definition Fit!

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Join Our Team!

Sarasota's fitness leaderSarasota's fitness leader, Definition Fit, has a few spots left for top trainers! Our newly-expanded space offers lots of room to work with your clients, and our competitive rates are worth checking out! Our amazing staff is nothing short of a dream team in a variety of different specialties. What can YOU bring to the table? Stop in and arrange a tour of our stunning facility. Definition Fit is also the only gym in Sarasota to offer the ISOPHIT. This game-changing equipment will open up new levels of fitness for you and your clients. Hurry before these spots are filled! Call or stop in today for more information: (941) 961-3271.

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Cream of the Crop

Sarasota's fitness leader, Definition Fit, is proud to have the best trainers Sarasota has to offer! Our certified trainers have such a wide variety of specialties, they always bring something new and fun to the table. If you are a top trainer, we want to talk to you! Definition Fit has a select few spots open to round out our staff, and we'd love to meet with you! Call (941) 961-3271 or stop by to arrange a private tour of our facility. Our newly-expanded space and Sarasota's only ISOPHIT machine are just two great reasons to check out Definition Fit. Our amazing staff is ready to welcome you and show you around. Your perfect fit is waiting for you at Definition Fit!

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A Class Act

Apr01 NewTrainersNewClassesDefinition Fit, Sarasota's fitness leader, knows the key to any fitness regime is staying motivated! That's why we offer a wide variety of different classes with our top trainers to keep things interesting! Our small group classes are just the right blend of fun and challenging to keep you pumped, energized, and motivated. Offering everything from performance training and Cycle X to HIIT and boxing fitness, we switch our roster regularly to give your body and mind new focus and stamina! With classes every day of the week, no more excuses! You're sure to find a day and time that works for your schedule. Best of all, first class is always free for locals at Definition Fit, so you have nothing to lose! Register online, check our schedule on Facebook, or grab a friend and drop in for a class today. We look forward to seeing you at Definition Fit!

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We Have ISOPHIT!We know we say it a lot, but Definition Fit could not be more thrilled to be the only gym in Sarasota to offer the amazing ISOPHIT! This incredible equipment is a game-changer in every way. We can honestly say that in our humbly biased opinion there is nothing better than ISOPHIT. Please note that our bias is about making you BETTER! ISOPHIT uses isometric exercises, which are the safest, most effective form of exercise available. Isometric exercise can target each individual muscle in the body, improving muscular strength, cardiovascular function and athletic performance with minimal stress to joints, tendons, and the body's other supporting structures. Whether you are looking to build strength, burn fat, improve bone density, lower blood pressure, decrease muscle and joint pain, correct muscle imbalances or enhance athletic performance: IT ALL STARTS HERE. Stop in, drop in a class and find out more about the amazing ISOPHIT. We can't wait to improve your life with the ISOPHIT here at Definition Fit!

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New Trainers, New Classes

New Trainers, New ClassesAt Definition Fit, we know the key to any exercise routine is to keep it from becoming routine! That's why Sarasota's fitness leader continually changes up our class schedule, now with some of our amazing new trainers! Bodies and minds both become complacent with the same old, same old. You need to challenge your body with new routines and what better way to multiply the fun than by taking a class or two with different trainers? Whether it's Claudia's new Kill Switch Boxing Fitness, Fitness Fusion with Dani, or Strength, Stamina & Stability with Chase, you're sure to reach new levels of fun and fitness with us at Definition Fit! Of course, we still offer Cycle X with Steve, Athletic Performance Training with Dave, and Mixed Bag with Daemian. Mix it up and try a few. Try them all! We love to see you! First class is always free for locals, and we offer classes seven days a week, so no more excuses! Stop in and see us today. Your body will thank you and so will we!

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Apr02 IsophitDefinition Fit not only has the greatest group of trainers, we have Sarasota's only ISOPHIT machine! ISOPHIT is a complete game-changer in the world of fitness. ISOPHIT uses isometric exercises, able to target every single muscle in the body. Isometric exercises are truly beneficial for everyone! ISOPHIT training will improve performance and quality of life. Not only that, isometric exercise is recommended for everything from rehabilitation and recovery to injury prevention and pain reduction. The benefits are endless and this ISOPHIT machine does it all! Come and see one of our ISOPHIT certified trainers and see what it's all about! Call or stop by for more information: (941) 961-3271. We can't wait to share the ISOPHIT experience with you!

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Summer Is Calling

Summer Is CallingTime to answer that call with Definition Fit! Sarasota's fitness leader is here to get you that summer body you've always dreamed of! Whether you are looking to shape up and get fit or train for triathlon season, Definition Fit's trainers are the cream of the crop and will get you to reach and even surpass your fitness goals! What are you waiting for? The time is now and the place is Definition Fit. Get a new PR in your 5k, 10k, ½ or full marathon. No more excuses! This is your year. Change your routine, change your results. We WILL get you fit at Definition Fit! First class is always free for locals so stop in and meet our crew. Motivation is catching and we have plenty to spare. Stop by and see us today!

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Your Goals Are Within Reach

Apr08 InspirationalTriathlon season may be right around the corner, but Definition Fit, Sarasota's fitness leader, wants you to know your fitness goals are within reach! Our personal trainers are the best of the best, whether you are training for a competition or just want to work on that killer summer body, we do it all! There are lots of personal trainers in Sarasota, but only one Definition Fit! Change your training, change your results. Get your PR in 5k, 10k, ½ or full marathon this year. You can do it! Definition Fit can help. We offer both personal and small group training. Call today (941) 961-3271, stop in or register for a class online. We can't wait to help you reach your potential at Definition Fit!

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Join The Best of The Best

Join The Best of The BestAre you a top trainer looking for some new digs? Come see us at Definition Fit! Sarasota's fitness leader is newly expanded and looking to fill a few more slots in our killer team. Our renovated facility offers competitive fees and competitive sublet rates. We also have Sarasota's only ISOPHIT machine, which adds a whole new layer to what can offer you and our clients! What's your specialty? Stop by or call and set up a private tour of our facility. We know you'll love what you see, and the energy here at Definition Fit is contagious! Don't miss out—come in soon before all our spots are taken. Join our stellar crew here at Definition Fit!

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Calling All Trainers

Sarasota's fitness leader, Definition Fit, is looking to expand our team a bit more, so we are calling all trainers! Our stellar team has a wide variety of specialties—what can YOU bring to the table? Each trainer has a particular style and area of expertise, and we cover them all at Definition Fit! Our newly-expanded space is perfect for trainers to get one-on-one time or conduct small group training. If you'd like to come complete our killer team, call (941) 961-3271 or stop by to arrange a private tour of our facility. The Definition Fit team is the best, and we are looking for a few more fitness rockstars to round out our crew. We look forward to meeting you!

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Personal Trainers Wanted

Apr05 InspirationalSarasota's fitness leader, Definition Fit, still has a few positions open for personal trainers! Our newly-expanded space has lots of room for personal training sessions, and we are looking to fill a few more slots! Definition Fit offers competitive fees and competitive sublet rates. We have the best team of specialized trainers here at Definition Fit, and we'd love for you to be a part of it! Visit us on Facebook and call to arrange a private tour of our facility (941) 961-3271. We look forward to meeting you!

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