MEET OUR THRIVE COACHES

EAST MARKET TEAM

Fung

Fung

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​​Fung is the Head Coach at the East Market location. He is approaching his 3rd year representing the MSBC’s Thrive program with City Fitness. Fung moved to Philly from Hong Kong when he was 6 years old. Along with his B.S. in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from Rutgers, Fung has worked with Physical Therapists and gained extensive knowledge regarding functional anatomy and injury rehabilitation/prevention. His favorite quote is “No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” –Socrates. My philosophy is that everyone should be able to see and feel what their body is capable of and be able to reach their fullest potential. From working as an intern at a physical therapy clinic, I have witnessed many patients struggle to perform simple, everyday tasks such as walking up the stairs, touching their toes, and tying their shoes). My goal as a coach is to interject at the front end and help people maintain their physical health so they don’t have to start physical therapy in the future. I strive to help my clients feel better, move better and look better by helping them keep an active and healthy life. Besides fitness, Fung enjoys exploring different museums and art galleries.

 Fun Fact: Born in Hong Kong. Speak three languages! I enjoy going to museums in different cities!

Mantra: Strive for progress, not perfection.

Francis

Francis

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Abbey has been with City Fitness Thrive for almost 6 years. She previously coached at our Graduate Hospital and East Market locations, and she is so excited to join the Thrive team here at East Passyunk as the Head Coach! Prior to City Fitness, she worked at William Penn Charter and the University of Pittsburgh as a strength and conditioning coach. She was responsible for both men’s and women’s soccer, lacrosse, and the wrestling team. Additionally, she is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Physiologist, and a Certified Functional Strength Coach, while still holding a nutrition certification from Precision Nutrition. Aside from fitness, Abbey loves traveling with her wife, eating mint chocolate chip ice cream, and watching Pittsburgh sports teams.

Fun Fact: I love to build puzzles and travel the world with my wife.
Mantra: Be better than yesterday.

LOGAN SQUARE TEAM

Chris

Chris

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Stephanie

Stephanie

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Mackenzie

Mackenzie

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FISHTOWN TEAM

Huanchi

Huanchi

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Huanchi is a graduate of Temple University where he earned his BS in Kinesiology while also working as a Physical Therapy Aide for the University. He has been powerlifting for five years and competed in a powerlifting competition in 2021 where he placed First in his division. His background in physical therapy and passion for health and fitness is what led him to become a Thrive Coach. When attending one of his sessions be prepared to give it your all!

Fun Fact: Competitive Powerlifter, Experience in Physical Therapy

Mantra: There’s growth in discomfort

Malissa

Malissa

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​​Sabrina’s passion in fitness started in high school when she discovered weightlifting and has been hooked ever since. To turn her passion into a reality, she pursued a B.S. in Exercise Science from West Chester University graduating in 2018. During that time she started a fitness club which became the largest club sport on campus and still is today. Since then Sabrina has coached cross training, group fitness classes, and even sports performance. Sabrina is excited to help push you and reach you’re goals all while having fun!

Fun Facts: I play Ukelele

Fitness Mantra: “Never miss a Monday!”

RJ Snyder

RJ Snyder

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RJ graduated with a Finance degree from Temple University in 2015. After a short stint in the corporate world, it was evident that it wasn’t the right industry. He was an athlete his entire life focusing primarily on Football and Baseball, which made fitness an easy career decision. RJ started with City Fitness in 2016 as a Coach at CF Northern Liberties and then at CF Graduate Hospital. He came to the Fishtown location as a Thrive Coordinator in 2017 and quickly focused on developing the culture that has made the Fishtown Thrive community so strong. In 2021 RJ has now stepped into the Thrive Manager role overseeing the entire department. You can catch him in the pod joking with the coaches and clients throughout the week or bright and early on a Saturday morning for the free Thrive Bootcamp! Come check out what makes Thrive so special and lets us get you on the path to whatever goals you may have.

Lara

Lara

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​​Laura’s fitness career began in NYC where she had the opportunity to coach teams of everyday athletes to run Spartan races in the Tri-State area and study under NASM Master Instructor, Rick Richey. She moved to Philly in 2020 and since joined the Thrive team at City Fitness Fishtown. Laura looks forward to growing and getting better together!

Fun Fact: Prior to getting into personal training I worked as an actor in NY for almost 10 years

Mantra: Every day is booty day!

Will Hewitt

Will Hewitt

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Will is a Biology Major at Temple University and has been a multi-sport athlete all his life. He has a strong foundation in exercise and performance from playing baseball, basketball, and running track in school. Diving head first into fitness he competed in his first powerlifting meet in 2021 where he took 1st place. Having a passion for sports and fitness is what led Will to become a Thrive Coach! When training with Will, be ready to have an engaging workout and have a couple of laughs along the way.

Hobbies: Photography, Video Editing, Cooking 

Fitness Tip: Eat Your Protein

Sabrina Mangeri

Sabrina Mangeri

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​​Sabrina’s passion for fitness started in high school when she discovered weightlifting and has been hooked ever since. To turn her passion into a reality, she pursued a B.S. in Exercise Science from West Chester University graduating in 2018. During that time she started a fitness club which became the largest club sport on campus and still is today. Since then Sabrina has coached cross-training, group fitness classes, and even sports performance. Sabrina is excited to help push you and reach your goals all while having fun!

Fun Facts: I play Ukelele

Fitness Mantra: “Never miss a Monday!”

Brianna

Brianna

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Bri has a Master’s Degree in Sports Medicine and Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. She’s always had a passion for preventing injuries in sports and fitness while progressing hard-working clients to reach their full potential. Bri was formerly a Beachbody Coach and Personal Trainer in West Chester. To start her fitness career after college, Bri got involved with Cardiac Rehab and built a higher understanding of the importance of health and wellness. When taking classes with her, don’t be afraid to ask questions and show your personality!

Fun Facts: Golfing, snowboarding, surfing, fishing…I love marine biology and watching sports

Mantra: The pain you feel today, will be the strength you feel tomorrow

Sidi

Sidi

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Sidi’s passion for fitness started in 2018 when he could not pursue his dream of becoming a professional track & field athlete due to an unforeseen injury. He worked out all the time and decided to make fitness a career and found himself helping people reach their goals in many ways. Sidi worked on his own fitness business and for companies such as F45 Training and Crunch Fitness in the past 4 years. F45 Training is where Sidi found his outgoing personality and love for connecting with each and every person that walked through the door. You can expect fun, energetic, and result-driven sessions with Sidi!

Eric

Eric

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Eric’s fitness journey began in 7th grade when he found his bench press max in the football program – and he’s been hooked since! He has a degree from Auburn University, where he studied hospitality and then went on to work in the business world for several years in Texas and Brazil before transitioning into fitness full-time in 2021. With a fitness background in powerlifting and strength training, you can expect a focus on proper form while also keeping things energetic and fun!

Fun Facts: 

– first gen American and fluent in Portuguese 

– very friendly 10-foot pet snake Jade 

– Also Climbs and skateboards 

Fitness Mantra: “You have to live it!”

GRADUATE HOSPITAL TEAM

Elijah

Elijah

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​​Elijah is a Head Coach and has been with City Fitness Graduate Hospital since 2017. Elijah attended Shippensburg University receiving a BSBA in Management. He is a former long and triple jumper of their nationally ranked track and field team. He coached jumps and sprints for 3 years at Penncrest High School and long and triple jump 1 year at Moravian College. Elijah had the privilege of coaching multiple All-American honors including the NCAA Championship Runner Up, District medalist, and State Championship qualifiers.

Fun Facts: I have a high vertical. I enjoy cooking, playing a lot of ping pong, listening to lots of music, and detailing my family’s cars.

Mantra: You’re going to have strong days and not-so-strong days. What matters is that you keep showing up. Consistency is key.

Frank

Frank

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Frank has been a Thrive coach at City Fitness Graduate Hospital since 2018. He attended East Stroudsburg University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science while competing on the universities’ wrestling team. After graduating, Frank gained valuable experience assisting with the Strength and Conditioning Department at Binghamton University and an Occupational Therapy Clinic. Frank decided to go back to East Stroudsburg University to earn a Master’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science, working as a Graduate Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for Blair Academy’s boy’s and girl’s basketball and ESU’s wrestling team. In addition, Frank made the move to Palo Alto, spending time at Stanford University in the Sport Performance Department assisting with Olympic Sports.

Morgan

Morgan

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Morgan is a Thrive Coach at City Fitness Graduate Hospital and a NASM-certified personal trainer. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in mass communication. She made her passion for coaching a reality after her own experience with running. When she picked up distance running two years ago, it was a first-hand lesson in the value of functional movement training. She began a regimented strength training program to improve her running mechanics, power, and endurance to run faster, farther, and more efficiently. From there, she knew she wanted to be a coach who can help her clients reach their strength and conditioning goals in a functional capacity so that their movements improve in the training room, in sports, and in daily life.

Jake

Jake

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Kris

Kris

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Kris has been a THRIVE coach since November 2021. He has an extensive strength training and competitive swimming background as a trainer and a swim coach. Kris is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and is currently enrolled in the University of Arizona’s Nutritional Sciences Program. Kris graduated from Penn State in 2019 with a BA in Sociology and after moving to Philadelphia, he realized his passion and dedication for health and fitness. Nutrition is key to Kris’s fitness journey. He lives by the phrase “only 10% of results are made in the gym. The other 90% is what happens in the kitchen.” He is passionate about finding the right plan for his clients and what works specifically for them. Kris’s ultimate goal is to become a Sports Dietitian once he finishes his graduate degree.

Ryan

Ryan

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Ryan has been a Thrive coach at City Fitness Graduate Hospital since April 2022. He attended Berklee College of Music for music performance on the drum set. While playing gigs on the road, Ryan strength-trained his fellow bandmates and developed his passion for personal training. After getting the StrongFirst certification in kettlebell training in 2018, he began the switch to coaching full-time. Now, also being ISSA and Thrive certified, Ryan is using his knowledge and years of experience as a coach to provide a safe, fun, and challenging session for every member.

Brycen

Brycen

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​​Will is a Biology Major at Temple University and has been a multi sport athlete all his life. He has a strong foundation in exercise and performance from playing baseball, basketball, and running track in school. Diving head first into fitness he competed in his first powerlifting meet in 2021 where he took 1st place. Having a passion for sports and fitness is what led Will to become a Thrive Coach! When training with Will, be ready to have an engaging workout and have a couple laughs along the way.

Hobbies: Photography, Video Editing, Cooking 

Fitness Tip: Eat Your Protein

NORTHERN LIBERTIES TEAM

Christie

Christie

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Fourth-year coach at City Fitness Northern Liberties. Christie was born and raised right here in Philadelphia. She attended Temple University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. During her time at Temple, she interned at several outpatient Physical Therapy institutes, including Rothman Orthopedics, to familiarize herself with injury rehabilitation and prevention. Being at City Fitness for over four years, Christie has worked with a variety of different clients ranging from college athletes to senior citizens, and everyone in between. She prides herself in helping her clients set realistic goals, celebrating all their wins, and having fun.

 Fun Fact: I was born and raised in Philadelphia

Mantra: Fail to plan, plan to fail

ZACH

ZACH

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​​A first-year coach at City Fitness Northern Liberties, Zach is brand new to Philadelphia having moved here from St. Paul, Minnesota in August 2020. Zach is originally from Northeast Illinois but studied Physical Education at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After substitute teaching for 2 years, he decided to change careers and became a personal trainer working at a Strength & Conditioning gym for 8 months before the world shut down in March 2020. Now settled in Philly, Zach is excited to help people make the most of their afternoons, and show them how to Thrive in all aspects of their lives

Fun Fact: I might be one of the most organized people you have ever met. Attention to detail on another level.

Mantra: Recover as hard as you train!

Jake

Jake

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TK

TK

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​​Tae is in his 13th year of coaching for City Fitness NoLibs! Before CF Tae worked for a few other gyms doing personal training. He also spent 8 years working with Dr. Anthony Carabasi who is the CEO of South Jersey Health and Wellness Center. He has over 30 years of experience! Tae is CFs only 1:1 trainer. He has always found a sense of fulfillment in helping others and watching people achieve their health and wellness goals. Tae is still very invested in his own health and wellness, you will consistently see him on the gym floor doing his own workouts if he is not with clients!

Tara

Tara

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Fun Fact: Been vegetarian/vegan for 8 years, love practicing handstand play, love traveling and hiking, love helping individuals reach their fitness goals through proper mindset/practice/and consistency

Mantra: Getting 1% better every day!!!

EAST PASSYUNK TEAM

Abbey

Abbey

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Abbey has been with City Fitness Thrive for almost 6 years. She previously coached at our Graduate Hospital and East Market locations, and she is so excited to join the Thrive team here at East Passyunk as the Head Coach! Prior to City Fitness, she worked at William Penn Charter and the University of Pittsburgh as a strength and conditioning coach. She was responsible for both men’s and women’s soccer, lacrosse, and the wrestling team. Additionally, she is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Physiologist, and a Certified Functional Strength Coach, while still holding a nutrition certification from Precision Nutrition. Aside from fitness, Abbey loves traveling with her wife, eating mint chocolate chip ice cream, and watching Pittsburgh sports teams.

Fun Fact: I love to build puzzles and travel the world with my wife.
Mantra: Be better than yesterday.

Sam

Sam

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Sam has been passionate about fitness for over 15 years, with a powerlifting focus for the last 12. He coached his wife from a complete beginner to a PA state record holder in 4 categories in the 123lb weight class including a 275lb squat, 150lb bench press, 330lb deadlift, and 755lb total. Sam moved to Philly in 2020 with his wife Alisha and his dog Larry. He’s excited to use his experience to help people in his community improve their lives through fitness. You can catch Sam around the neighborhood getting dinner and drinks with his friends and wife. Some of his favorite spots are Separatist and Fountain Porter for drinks, and LaScala’s Birra for pizza happy hour.

Joe

Joe

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Joe’s love for fitness began as an endurance athlete. He competed in cross country, triathlons, and cycling for a combined 11 years. He went on to attend Temple University for a B.S in Exercise and Sport Science. Through the education and internships he received while at Temple, Joe found that his passion for fitness went far beyond athletic competition. He wants to help everyone experience both the physical and mental benefits that exercise can provide. His end goal is to continue to impact others, so everyone can live happier and healthier lives. Try meeting him for a ride on the Schuylkill River Trail, or at Xfinity to watch the 76ers!

LOOK. MOVE. FEEL BETTER.

Thrive guarantees a better you because the results are based on improvement in a healthy way and are defined by your goals.