Introducing the Locomotion Fitness Team

Meet the fitness experts ready to help you achieve your fitness goals and your potential.

OUR GOAL
‘Turn YOU into a Kickass 90 Year Old and empower you to do cool stuff along the way!’

HOW DO WE DO THAT?
Simple! We focus on an integrated approach, developing what we call the “5 Pillars of Health.”
  • Nutrition
  • Sleep
  • Fitness
  • Mindset
  • Relationships
 
WE ARE A COACHING BUSINESS

We meet with every one of our members one-on-one to measure their progress (Inbody body composition scan, attendance review, goals check in etc.) and write them a new ‘prescription’

YOUR PRESCRIPTION COULD BE A MIX OF A FEW AWESOME SERVICES:
  • Nutrition Coaching
  • Boot Camp (HIIT)
  • CrossFit
  • Yoga (yin and power)
  • Personal Training
  • Spin

 

Everyone’s prescription is customized based on our conversation during your appointment. Maybe you have a weight loss goal in which case we could focus on sweating it out in a spin class and working with our registered dietitian. Maybe you want to get stronger and more flexible for golf so you do some personal training and yoga.

Whatever your needs, fitness is potent ‘medicine’!

Our Professional Coaches

Jay Cohen coach at Locomotion Fitness

Jay Cohen

OWNER + CEO + HEAD COACH

BS in Finance / US Marine / CrossFit Level 3 / USA Weightlifting Level 1 / CrossFit Football / CrossFit Barbell / The Ready State Mobility / Aerobic Capacity / Healthy Steps Nutrition / Renaissance Periodization

“Many gyms only work on physical development, but Loco works on developing the whole picture of health. Everyone deserves a place where they feel a sense of belonging; Loco is that place!”

Jay’s passions + interests, inside + outside the gym:
Sport-specific training, weightlifting, mindset + adherence, volleyball, meditation, reading

Stephen Eller coach at Locomotion Fitness

Stephen Eller

COACH + FINANCE + BOOT CAMP PROGRAM DIRECTOR

BS in Accounting / NASM Personal Trainer

“Loco feels like a family. I was accepted with open arms as a new member, and now I get to do the same as a coach. Helping people reach their PRs/goals and celebrating with them is my favorite feeling!”

Stephen’s passions + interests, inside + outside the gym:
Bootcamp+ endurance training, gymnastics, volleyball (8 years of competitive volleyball!), general finance, traveling + exploring

Christy Meister coach at Locomotion Fitness

Christy Meister

COACH + NUTRITION COACH + MOMS IN MOTION DIRECTOR

Bachelor of Arts with concentration in Deaf Studies / Collegiate Basketball at the College of the Holy Cross / ACE Fitness + Nutrition Specialty / ACE Personal Trainer / Healthy Steps Nutrition /
Brianna Battles’ Pregnancy and Post-Partum Athleticism Professional

“Locomotion is like the Cheers bar, ‘where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.’ We’re a big family.”

Christy’s passions + interests, inside + outside the gym:
High-intensity interval training, working with pregnant and postpartum women, hiking, kayaking, drinking wine, cooking for my boys

Amber Butler coach at Locomotion Fitness

Amber Butler

COACH + CYCLING PROGRAM DIRECTOR + Sales manager

NASM Personal Trainer / NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
/ Team ICG Indoor Cycling / Les Mills RPM / Body Combat
/ Body Pump / Body Flow / Grit / Silver Sneakers

“Locomotion has the motto of making kick ass 90 year olds! I’m right in sync with that mission as a coach. I’ve been a group fitness manager and a fitness director for a very large gym since 2014.
I’ve seen countless people searching for change but coming up short of their goals for change. I choose to Coach for Locomotion because it’s an inclusive environment where you can be supported to make lasting sustainable change to become the best evolution of yourself!”

Amber’s passions + interests, inside + outside the gym:
Silver Medalist in Masters Olympic Lifting, wife + mom of two children, songwriter + novice acoustic guitar player; I was a front woman in a rock band in my not so distant past, I love writing songs with my husband and taking hikes with my kids and our puppy Peanut!

Erica Nicoli coach at Locomotion Fitness

Erica Nicoli

CYCLING COACH

BS in Business Administration with Concentration in Marketing + Minor in Communications / AFAA Primary Group Exercise Instructor/Les Mills BodyStep AIM 1/Team ICG, MYRIDE/Les Mills GRIT/Les Mills BodyCombat/Les Mills BodyPump/Silver Sneakers/BARRE Above

“Being a part of something where you are recognized as more than just a face, but as a person with unique talents, needs, goals, and contributions is so important. Locomotion is that place that acknowledges, accepts and encourages you to be your ultimate best, not just at the gym, but in every part of your life!”

Erica’s passions + interests, inside + outside the gym:
Group fitness + helping people feel stronger and more energized! Being a mom to my two children + new mom to my adopted greyhound ex-racer, traveling with my family, yard work, working on house projects with my husband, being a bookworm at heart, learning how to use a sewing machine!

Nikki Inglesby coach at Locomotion Fitness

Nikki Inglesby

YOGA TEACHER

200hr RYT / 300hr RYT [both through Awakened Life School of Yoga / 25hr Yin Certification through MAHA Retreats / 25hr Kids Yoga Certification through Kidding Around Yoga / Reiki level 1 + 2

“I love the vibe at Loco. I felt super comfortable the first time I met and spoke with Jay and have had the same experience meeting the other coaches. The sense of community and wanting to actually know what I’m about is real.”

Nikki’s passions + interests, inside + outside the gym:
Excited to try other Loco classes! Otherwise, being outside, going to the beach, hiking, fresh air! A sucker for some good red wine too

Haley Kramer coach at Locomotion Fitness

Haley Kramer

YOGA TEACHER

BS in Business + MBA / 200hr Baptiste Yoga Certification

“Loco not only focuses on the fitness but the lifestyle of its members. Joining this team is not only making me excited teach yoga but also to be apart of this community.”

Haley’s passions + interests, inside + outside the gym:
Running all over Charleston, eating at fabulous restaurants, drinking at microbreweries, hanging out with my husband, coaching club volleyball

Kristen Nooe coach at Locomotion Fitness

Kristen Nooe

Coach + Adaptive and Inclusive Athlete Program Director + Social Media Director

BS Sociology with a minor in Nonprofit Management / CrossFit Level 1/ Adaptive and Inclusive Athlete Trainer Certification / CrossFit Spot the Flaw Certificate / CrossFit Dumbbells Certificate

“My favorite thing about being part of the Loco family is that we truly do offer an intimidation-free program. We preach focusing on making our lives healthier and happier outside of the gym instead of worrying about 6-pack abs and a 300lb deadlift, and it’s helping to change my perspective on health and fitness.”

Kristen’s passions + interests, inside + outside the gym:
Any type of gymnastic movements, but handstand push-ups are definitely her favorite, cooking, spending time with her dogs (and cats when they grace her with their presence), trying to keep succulents alive and being outdoors.

Jacob Thornton coach at Locomotion Fitness

Jacob Thornton

COACH

USAW-L1/ NSCA-CPT

“Being a part of Locomotion feels truly special and that’s no accident. Every member of the staff has the clear goal of creating a true second home for all of the members that trust them with something as valuable as their health and fitness”

Jacob’s passions + interests, inside + outside the gym:
Outside of the gym he enjoys competing. He’s done several weightlifting competitions and is now focusing more on CrossFit as of late. He loves spending time with friends, family, and his dog, Francis. And of course, getting into the outdoors in the beautiful Lowcountry.

Kayla Fitzgerald coach at Locomotion Fitness

Kayla Fitzgerald

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Registered Dietitian/Licensed Dietitian/Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor/Two-Brain Nutrition Coach

“Locomotion Fitness is starting what will be a huge shift in how the fitness industry approaches nutrition. Most nutrition programs at gyms promise quick results from restrictive diets. Although the results are achieved quickly they are usually not long-lived and actually end up being more harmful to your health. I am so excited to be a part of a gym that cares enough about its members to help them achieve long-term health.”

Kayla’s passions + interests, inside + outside the gym:
Helping people improve their relationship with food & body; running; anything that involves the water (SUP and fishing); camping, hunting, reading, spending time with my family, being outside

Mike Martino

HEAD OF COACH DEVELOPMENT + HEAD OF PERSONAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT

NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)/USA Weightlifting Level-1 Performance Coach
Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Level-1/Mike Boyle CFSC Level-1/CrossFit Level-1/USAG Gymnastics Level 1
EDUCATION/Master of Science: Physical Education & Health Education K-12
(Brooklyn College)
Bachelor of Science: Kinesiology
(State University of New York College at Cortland)

What I enjoy about Loco is that we’re giving people of all levels and backgrounds the knowledge and tools to make lifelong changes in their body, mind, and overall well-being. We also realize that there is no “one size fits all” approach to wellness and we treat each member as the individual that they are.

My favorite barbell movement is the thruster and my favorite gymnastics movement is the handstand pushup. Least favorite would be the bike by far.
Outside the gym I enjoy everything about the beach. Surfing, swimming, spikeball…all of it.

Katie Flaherty

COACH

CrossFit Level 1 / NASM Certified Nutrition Coach / NASM Certified Personal Trainer / PRO-Natal (Pre & Post) Fitness Level 1 / USA Weightlifting Level 1

What I love about Loco is the shared desire to improve all aspects of life, not just the fitness part. Everyone that I’ve met is hungry to make changes and so open to learning. It feels like a family and there’s something extremely comforting about that. I am so excited to be a part of this community!

Katie’s passions + interests, inside + outside the gym: Absolutely love gymnastics movements – TTB are my favorite and getting to do things like Handstand Walks make me feel like a kid all over again! Aside from the gym, I love being outdoors, especially spending time getting some sun at the beach. I also enjoy exploring Indian food/pizza/ice cream places and chilling with my two dogs, Charlie and Molly.

Riley McPhatter

COACH

CrossFit Level 1, ASFA Certified Personal Trainer, D2 Lacrosse Athlete

I enjoy coaching at Loco because its a close-knit environment that is welcoming to new people. Everyone is invited and nobody is left behind based on their current fitness levels. We all find ways to coach each other and encourage everyone around us to push our limits and reach our goals.

Outside of Coaching I play for a travel lacrosse team based out of Charleston and I enjoy going to concerts and listening to music.

Violet Meyer

Cycling Coach

MS in Counseling / BS in Psychology / Les Mills RPM AIM 1 / Les Mills Body Flow AIM 1 / Les Mills Body Pump Advanced Instructor / Les Mills Core / Schwinn Indoor Cycling Certification

“I love that Locomotion is community focused and a place where everybody (and every body) belongs and is included. We work hard, play the music loud and cheer for each other. It’s about more than just a workout.”
Violet’s passions + interest, inside + outside the gym:
I took my first group fitness class when I was 14 and haven’t looked back since, there has never been a period in my life when I didn’t participate or instruct in group exercise. I strongly believe that music + movement = medicine. My day job is creating training content for a software company (working remotely, supervised by my cat Xander), which means I get to help people do their jobs better. I love to travel and spend time with friends. My new personal goal is to learn Spanish.

Samantha Dupree

Coach

USA Weightlifting L1
CF L1 Trainer
Bachelor of Science: Kinesiology with a concentration in exercise as medicine

What I enjoy about Loco is that it offers members everything. We have nutrition coaching, personal training, and a wide variety of group classes that members have the choice to utilize. It provides members with all of the resources they need with the best staff to deliver those resources. I also love the friendly and welcoming atmosphere of everyone in the gym each and every day.

My favorite barbell movement is the squat snatch and my favorite gymnastics movement are handstands. Least favorite movement would be wall balls.

Outside the gym I enjoy spending time with my 2 dogs, reading, and relaxing at the beach.

 

Pat Ivain

COACH

NASM Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Behavior Change Specialist

I love it at Loco because it’s a true community atmosphere while simultaneously offering customized paths to success for all of our members. And above the physical changes, there’s also an emphasis on the mental and spiritual side to wellness, we’re really trying to help put together all pieces of the puzzle.

My favorite exercise is the kettlebell swing, but I love everything you can do with a kettlebell. My least favorite exercise is running, I got enough of that in the Army. But I love ruck marches (or more leisurely hikes,) playing basketball, and swimming in the ocean.

Our Founder

Jay Cohen owner of Locomotion Fitness

Jay Cohen

I moved from Boston to claim the title of United States Marine in Beaufort, SC. After the Marine Corps I attended the College of Charleston, graduated in 2014, and have been the conductor of Locomotion Fitness ever since. I believe EVERY BODY should have the opportunity to get fit and stay healthy.

I’ve been coaching for over a decade and believe in a holistic approach to fitness. Exercise is only one of five pillars we focus on at Locomotion Fitness. Here we train the physical, mental, and emotional self, because I believe a six-pack won’t provide a more fulfilling life.

I lead a team of highly qualified coaches and amazing humans who use a variety of approaches to connect with their clients on a deeply personal level. Our goal is to help you achieve yours, one step at a time!

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