Thearith Chan (T. Chan) is a certified personal trainer and also the owner of Evolution Fitness. His story begins as the ugly duckling, while growing up he was always the shortest or skinniest guy in the room. To make things even worse, he had braces and severe cystic acne. He was very insecure and always had confidence problems. All of his self-manipulated imperfections lead to severe depression and then was later prescribed medication.
After numerous years of battling with his self, he finally got out of this slump he was in and left the dark past behind. He started to seriously engage in working out and came to the realization working out gave him a permanent high and it wasn’t fake or temporary. There wasn’t a need for prescription medication, his love for fitness was his newest prescription, it was a healthy addiction.
Years past by and here he is now, leading by example, sharing his fitness passion and helping his clients increase the quality of life. T. Chan enjoys working with all types of fitness levels with or without metabolic diseases/fitness injuries. He works at your pace and is not here to frown upon your weaknesses. He will encourage you and hold your hand through every fitness obstacle you will encounter. As your trainer and the owner of Evolution Fitness, he understands that each client has a struggle and believes everyone can get through every obstacle with a little patience and motivation. He will assure you that each client that comes in contact with him or any of his trainers, will get not only get a personal training session but a life changing experience. It will be an experience that you will want to rave to your family and friends about.
Jonathan Vasquez is an ISSA certified personal trainer who absolutely understands how it feels to be on both sides of the fence. Growing up originally in Los Angeles, California and then later moving to Rhode Island, he was known as the fat kid, that had struggled with his weight. Now he is known as the fit guy that everybody wants to be around or have as their trainer. His love and passion towards fitness, made him change his lifestyle around and obtain a career in personal training. If there’s anyone who understands overcoming an obstacle and transformation, it is him.
Having Jonathan as your trainer means that he will give you 100% of his dedication to assure his clients reach their individual fitness goals. Besides being a personal trainer, he recently finished college and got a associates degree in law enforcement.
Lori Bernard graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac College (now University) in Hamden, CT. Since graduation, she has practiced as a licensed Occupational Therapist throughout New England and North Carolina. As an OT, she has helped numerous individuals with various medical conditions and injuries achieve their optimal level of function .
During her career as an Occupational Therapist, she was recognized an urgent need for disease prevention and pursued her personal training certification through ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association). She also earned a certificate in fitness and nutrition and is a certified TRX Suspension Training Instructor. Lori currently works as a Fitness Trainer who addresses both the physical and psychological aspects of wellness with her clients.
Lori has been involved in the sport of natural bodybuilding for over 20 years and has competed in the INBF (International Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness) organization. She has also practiced kenpo karate and kickboxing. She lives an active lifestyle and has participated in various events such as the MS 150 bike ride, The Blessing of the Fleet road race, and a Rugged Maniac obstacle course mud run, just to name a few. Her newest interest is in stand up paddle boarding.
Her education and experience qualify her to help everyone. Whether you are recovering from an injury or looking to be a competitive athlete, she will be there to assist you with your goals. She believes that everyone has their own level of “fitness” and it is her desire to help you achieve YOUR PERSONAL BEST through customized exercise and nutrition programs, education, continued support, and encouragement.
Sy Pires is an ACSM certified personal trainer and a graduate from URI with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology. In his younger years he was insecure with his body because he was a pretty chubby kid and was often called “fatboy” or joked about because of his large head. Even though these were jokes, Sy took them to heart and let it affect the way he felt about his body. During high school he played football, basketball, and volleyball and ended up losing most of the weight that he despised, but it wasn’t good enough.
A month after graduating high school in 2010 is when he started lifting. He was in the gym 3-4 days a week on top of playing volleyball 2-4 times a week, never missing more than a week at the gym. Within his first year is when he started seeing results from the gym and became obsessed with them along with the awesome body high that lifting gave him. To this day he is still consistent with his lifting and volleyball schedule.
Due to Sy’s obsession with lifting and loving the results he got from it, he decided to pursue a degree in Kinesiology and became an ACSM certified personal trainer. As a trainer, Sy understands what it means to someone to really want to achieve a fitness goal or make a healthy lifestyle change. As long as you have a goal in mind and are ready and willing to put in the work, he will make sure that you achieve that goal.
Brianna Cardillo is an AFAA certified personal trainer that is passionate about helping you reach your fitness goals. She began her personal fitness journey at the age of fifteen, learning alongside her aunt that owned a gym and was a personal trainer. She began a lifestyle of being healthy, fit, and active. Although she was learning proper lifting techniques with her aunt, she spent most of her time running. It was not until a couple years later that Brianna began lifting weights regularly. Ever since this transition she has managed a balanced routine; she enjoys trying new workout regimens and is always up for a challenge.
Prior to Evolution Fitness, Brianna worked as a trainer for one of the largest health club chains in the country where she regularly worked with a variety of clients of all ages and abilities. Throughout her 7 years of being AFAA certified, she has also received her Group Training Certification. In her spare time, Brianna enjoys being active outdoors.
Brianna believes that fitness is good for mind and body; for truly great results in all areas of your life, you need a sound mind and a healthy body. Fitness has helped her build energy that makes it possible to go after her goals. Brianna gives 100% effort in helping her clients achieve their results.
Tyler Mello is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer as well as a Functional Strength Coach and Corrective Exercise Specialist. Growing up he was the tall skinny kid that was never taken seriously and only good for a laugh. Committed to changing his image he began weight training regularly. The more he learned about exercise and nutrition the more he realized how much misinformation there was out there.
There are a lot of people out there blindly following fad diets and bogus exercise plans and curious as to why they are not obtaining the results they desire. In a field filled with myths, he aims to be the light in the darkness, teaching others sustainable and enjoyable ways to obtain their fitness goals.
He has been through the trial and errors and finds enjoyment helping others to skip that step and get on the right track. Using research based scientific principles and a set system of progressions and regressionsfor movement patterns; he prides himself on the variability of his client base. He will go the extra mile to ensure his clients are achieving the results they desire ranging from general population weight loss and improving quality of life to sport specific training and bodybuilding. Your goals are his goals
Jared Zimmer is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer that has an outgoing personality and positive attitude that will make anyone enjoy working out with him. His road map of life didn’t lead him to become a Personal Trainer until has later years. Embedded naturally since birth, his love of sports and fitness made the transition to becoming a Personal Trainer an easy decision.
After graduating from Ithaca College in New York with a B.A in Speech Communication, he fulfilled a dream working in the music business. He returned home to Rhode Island with a new family to start his career as a Personal Trainer.
In the seven years since becoming a Personal Trainer, Jared has worked with a wide variety of clients. He understands that every individual has different reasons and needs for training. His versatile personal training styles can adapt to the first-time kids or adults that want to learn the basics of fitness training or to the weekend warriors who want to improve their overall health. In addition to the older clients that want to improve balance and endurance to handle the activities of daily living that become more difficult over time, as well teens who are looking to improve their strength and conditioning for competitive sports.
In his spare time, Jared is a referee and coach for kids of all ages in both lacrosse and soccer. One of his favorite ways of staying in shape is playing with his son and daughter. He is also an active participant in soccer, lacrosse, running, mountain biking and is currently the worst softball player in the state. His extensive music trivia knowledge, humor and great attitude will keep you entertained during your personal training sessions. No matter who you are, the goal of every session with Jared is that you leave the gym feeling great about yourself.
Jared Allen graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2010 with a degree in Exercise Science. He is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, as well as a NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist. Using his education and nearly six years of experience, he continuously strives to be a better trainer through communication and providing his clients with all the tools and techniques necessary. He has worked with a wide variety of clients and loves both the challenge of teaching everything from scratch to a beginner, as well as coming up with something new, innovative, and specifically useful for the more advanced exerciser.
Jared believes patience is the most difficult and most important muscle to develop. One perfect step is better than a hundred steps out of order. He and his clients take the time to develop a sturdy foundation before making their way down the yellow brick road. The first time is always the worst time! But through proper methods such as foam rolling, stretching, and teaching proper form for strengthening exercises; one can alleviate pain, tightness, or correct faulty movement patterns from previous injuries while building bigger dreams of lifelong wellness.
Jared’s favorite part of being a trainer is developing relationships and having fun with his clients. He will try (but likely fail) to make you laugh while you are holding a plank to make it more challenging. Your health and fitness are of top priority and having fun along the path may be essential to sticking to it.
Outside of training, Jared enjoys basketball, weightlifting, Nintendo, and an occasional cold beer with great people.