Our coaches come from all backgrounds and have different experiences with fitness & running themselves, from elite to back-of-the-packers. Most of us came into running later in life, so we understand the challenges of starting or re-starting a fitness or training program. We truly love fitness and the community it brings, and want to share it with you and celebrate your success along the way.
Leah is the owner and founder of &Fitness, and also serves as a coach of many classes at &Fitness. Leah started running in college as a way to stay in shape, and fell in love with the sport. She joined various running and training groups while learning to be a mentor, pacer, and coach in various local programs. She enjoys racing any (reasonable) distance, but her favorite is the 10-miler.
Leah fell in love with the group atmosphere of spin classes while in graduate school, often wishing for a similar type of class on a treadmill. Writing these workouts on post-it-notes for herself and her friends to do on treadmills over the years, she set out to open &Fitnessto create a space for runners to get all of their needs met. You'll catch Leah coaching all group classes at &Fitness, leading group race preps, and individualized coaching to our members. Leah is an ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor, and is a certified RRCA Coach.
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Coach & Lead Dietitian
Callie grew up club swimming but transitioned into running in college. Throughout college and grad school Callie got more into racing as a way to challenge and motivate herself. After grad school Callie joined the Howard County Striders Racing Team and ran her first marathon in 2019 qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Callie has been challenging herself lately with marathon training but her favorite distance is a half marathon.
Callie also works as a full time clinical dietitian at a hospital in the Baltimore area. Callie became a dietitian as she believes nutrition plays a vital role in overall health and performance. Callie is excited to help her clients optimize their nutrition in order to meet their running goals as well as improve their overall wellness. Callie has her masters in dietetics as well as being a registered dietitian and a certified group fitness instructor. Callie can't wait to help you meet your goals and push your limits! Join her in group classes, nutrition lectures, and individualized nutrition coaching.
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After ending a lifelong swimming career, Hannah started running in college as a way to stay in shape and quickly realized that distance swimming translated pretty naturally to distance running. She jumped into a couple of races of varying distances before completing her first marathon in 2015. Hannah joined the Howard County Striders racing team in 2018 and since then has enjoyed training and racing with her teammates who motivate her to challenge herself. In February of 2020, Hannah had the incredible opportunity to compete in the Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta.
Hannah has a passion for working with others and helping them reach their full potentials in running and beyond. She is a certified group fitness instructor and RRCA certified coach. Hannah has been a coach and coordinator for half-marathon/marathon training programs through the Howard County Striders. She also taught spin classes at the University of Maryland, which opened her eyes to the amazing world of group fitness. Hannah is very excited to help inspire you to reach your goals, whatever that looks like for you. Catch her coaching all group classes and individual and group training programs at &Fitness!
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Alison took up running at the age of 30, and has since developed a love for distance races, her favorite being the marathon. She has coached with local run stores, charitable organizations uses her skill set and knowledge to coach runners struggling through repeat injury, and mental roadblocks. She works full time as a physical therapist assistant in spinal cord injury, believes the joy of running is found in the journey!
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Coach Mel comes to us withover 15 years in the health and fitness space. and brings an energy and enthusiasm like no other. She is a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and yoga teacher with a love for community and endurance workouts. Outside of the studio, you will find her enjoying time with her family and rabbits, roller skating, and paddle boarding.
Mel shines in the early morning space, so you will catch her coaching before the sun is up most days. If you're not an early morning person, we recommend trying it out if only to experience the joy and challenge of a class with Coach Mel. You won't regret it!
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Beth’s journey from dancer to yoga teacher/runner was a circuitous journey. As a child, she trained pre-professionally as a ballet dancer and chose to study dance in college, where she was awarded scholarships two years in a row to study with the Jose Limon Dance Company. While in college, her studies focused heavily on anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, movement patterns, teaching movement to non-dancers, and crafting quirky choreography. She was and is keenly interested in the intersection between movement and music, which translates to her passion for running.
Beth always wanted to be a runner, but as a pre-professional dancer, didn’t have the time to commit and was plagued by overuse injuries from dance. However, towards the end of her college career, there was a plot twist and she found herself unable to pursue dance professionally. A little lost, she slowly began running as therapy: half a mile wog here, a mile jog there, eventually signing up for and completing her first race. When covid hit, she joined a running club and began to grow in confidence and her identity as a runner. (Hint: If you run, at any speed, you are a runner)! She is a certified yoga teacher, receiving her 200 Hour certification from Flow Yoga in 2014 and is pursuing UESCA running certification.
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Natalie has many years of running experience, she has completed distances from 5k up to the full marathon. Her favorite distance is the 10k, and she loves the inspiration of the running community that drives us all to do our best. She believes "there is no such thing as a runner's body, if you run you are a runner!"
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