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Meet our Personal Trainers 

Wellness Center personal trainers provide members the opportunity to train under skilled professionals.

Our accredited personal trainers at the Wellness Center have extensive backgrounds in health promotion and exercise science. Our personal trainers are nationally certified through accredited fitness organizations such as the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American College of Sports Medicine.

To get started - contact the Wellness Center front desk at (828) 266-1060 to sign up today! Click here to see more information and pricing.


Personal Trainers at the Wellness Center


Greg Cox portrait 800pxGreg Cox is the Fitness Supervisor and a certified strength and conditioning specialist and CrossFit Level 1 coach. He has a bachelor's degree in exercise science from East Carolina University and a master's degree in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University. He also holds certifications in Olympic weightlifting, mobility and Spin. He has worked as a fitness professional in a variety of settings for over 19 years, including 18 years at The Wellness Center.

In his free time Greg enjoys weight lifting, running, biking and CrossFit. Greg enjoys working with individuals one-on-one and coaching CrossFit classes. He specializes in strength and conditioning, fat loss and cardiovascular conditioning.

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Certifications:

  • Master of Science in Exercise Science
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified Instructor

Michael Darling portrait 800pxMichael Darling has 14 years of experience working in the fitness industry. Currently, he is serving as a Fitness Instructor at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System's Wellness Center in Boone, NC. There, he enjoys instructing a diverse population in reaching their fitness goals. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning from Appalachian State University, a Master's Degree in Health Studies from the University of Alabama, as well as being certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and NSCA Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT). 

He also supervises student teachers as they educate college students in a weight training practicum course at Appalachian State University.

Certifications:

  • Master of Science in Health Studies
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer

 


Martin Hubner portrait 800pxMartin Hubner is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) specializing in adolescent and adult strength training. He is a 2009 graduate (BA) from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a degree in Physical Education and Health, and a 2011 graduate (MS) from Appalachian State University with a degree in Exercise Science. His experience includes military, specifically Marines, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) athletes, NCAA D1 soccer players and swimmers, and middle/high school football, basketball, baseball, and golf.

Prior to his college education, Martin served active duty in the US Marine Corps and served as the Physical Training (PT) instructor for his platoon of approximately 60 Marines. Currently he holds certifications from the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), the American College of Sports Medicine (Health Fitness Specialist), and USA Weightlifting (USAW L-1). He has developed the Youth Strength & Conditioning Program at the Wellness Center and serves as its primary coach where he teaches various strength training techniques and programs for 12-17 year olds.

Certifications:

  • Master of Science in Exercise Science
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Specialist
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Certified Instructor

Dustin Oliver portrait 800pxDustin Oliver is a recent graduate of Appalachian State University with a BS in Exercise Science. Before attending Appalachian State University, he played college football for North Carolina Wesleyan. His fitness experience includes working for the Wellness Center, Dynamic Fitness and Performance, Deer Valley Racquet Club, as well as working with the North Carolina Wesleyan football strength and condition staff. Dustin is currently preparing for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam.

“I am passionate about what I do because it gives me the opportunity to use my knowledge to give back, and help other people around me achieve their goals. At the end of the day it is not about what you can do for yourself, but what you can do for others. I enjoy helping others realize they are capable of so much more than what they believe they are.”

 

 


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Tiffany Norman is a graduate from Greensboro College with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science. She holds certifications in American College of Sports Medicine - Certified Personal Training (ACSM-CPT), Spin and received her certificate as Crossfit Level 1 Coach.  She has been working in the fitness industry since 2006 and joined the Wellness Center in 2009.  Her experience includes working with high school and collegiate athletes, specifically volleyball, Thrive program, specifically cancer wellness and cardiovascular health and elderly population.  One of her greatest achievements is being part of getting the Thrive Cancer cohort started and seeing the success of that program and their survivors.

When she's not training or coaching, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids, weightlifting, sewing and crafting.

 

Certifications:

  • American College of Sports Medicine - Certified Personal Training (ACSM-CPT)
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified

Abby Wilkerson portrait 1200h

Abby Wilkerson has 8 years of experience working in the fitness industry and joined the Wellness Center in January 2018 when she moved here from Leland, NC. She attended East Carolina University where she received her Master of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology. She taught Kinesiology at ECU and was a CrossFit gym owner before moving to the Boone area. Abby enjoys helping people reach their fitness goals and educating people on how to lead a healthy lifestyle. She specializes in weight training, Olympic weightlifting, and cardiovascular conditioning. In her spare time Abby enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and weightlifting.

Certifications:

  • Master of Science in Kinesiology- Sport & Exercise Psychology, East Carolina Universy
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified

 


Horton Doughton portrait 1200

Horton Doughton has a passion for exercise and loves to help people grow stronger. He graduated from Furman University in 2011 with a degree in Asian studies, and his Japanese language abilities helped him gain the academic focus he needed to become a Personal Trainer as well as an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2013. Horton worked as a Personal Trainer at Body by Design Studios in Raleigh, NC, for three years before deciding to take his education to the next level and pursue a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science at Appalachian State University.

In his free time Horton enjoys hiking, writing, playing tabletop games, and translating Japanese media.

Certifications:

  • Master of Science in Exercise Science
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist