TEAM WGM

MEET OUR TEAM OF QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL STAFF and SPOTLIGHT MEMBER/ATHLETES

 Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer

 Certifications: USAW Level 1 Weightlifting

 Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Weightlifting

I've been in the fitness business for 12 years; 9 part-time as a trainer and the most recent 3 years, full time here at World Gym Millsboro. Having played sports since high school, there was always a drive to stay in shape and perform better. I'm also very competitive which drives me to work harder each day. My personal mission statement: "Yes, I can!!" My favorite exercise: Olympic Lifting and Burpees Favorite Cheat food: Ice Cream, Pizza and Craft Brews Favorite non-gym activity: taking hikes with my family and dog, Rufio - as well as surf fishing, hunting, wood working and about a million other things that I never have enough time for.

 Certifications: Personal Trainer/ ISSA Certified Fitness Instructor

 Certifications: Certified World Gym Athletics Coach

 Certifications: ISSA Certified Nutritionist

I've been in the fitness business since 2014. Having my daughter really knocked me into my senses. Being a good role model for her was of the utmost importance - and still is. My personal mission: for every single member who walks into the gym, no matter their circumstances, to feel welcomed and loved, just the way they are. My favorite exercise: It's hard for me to pinpoint one single exercise as my favorite, but if I had to choose, I'd pick "Leg Day". My favorite cheat food: Spaghetti and meatballs. Favorite non-gym activity: I'm a book nerd. If I'm not in the gym training, I'm likely home curled up with a book.

 Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer

 Certifications: ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist

 Certifications: World Gym Athletics Coach and Precision Nutrition L1 Certified

I have been in the Fitness & Nutrition Business realm for 4 years, inspired by my personal journey through a 30+ lbs weight loss with the support of several amazing coaches. I became passionate about inspiring others to reach their goals and realize that 'healthy' is a simple lifestyle. My personal mission: to support my clients in creating a healthy, sustainable lifestyle that allows them to live life to the fullest! My favorite exercise: Lunges. Favorite cheat food: Pizza (with cupcakes, a close 2nd!) Favorite non-gym activity: relaxing on the beach with my husband and 2 kids

 Certifications: W.I.T.S. Certified Personal Trainer

 Certifications: World Gym Athletics Certified Coach

 Experience: Div II Soccer, semi-professional Soccer

I started my fitness journey when I was 14 years old and haven't looked back. I've played and competed at high levels of competitive sports, such as Football, Baseball and Soccer; competing in Div II Soccer at Goldey-Beacom College. It was there that I learned and gained the most respect for the importance of strength and conditioning, not only for the athletic advantage, but for character building; to be a well-rounded human being. From college I went on to compete in semi-professional soccer, offering another level of skill development and career preparation. I started working for World Gym Millsboro in 2015 and soon acquired my certification as a Personal Trainer. During my time as a WGM trainer and teammate, I've had the pleasure of working with all demographics from beginner to advanced athlete. In 2017, I had the opportunity to further my education with the World Gym Athletics program, under the instruction of one of the most distinguished trainers in the industry, Doug Katona (COO of World Gym International). In this, I've gained the practical experience to successfully program and lead a strength and conditioning clinic, with instruction ranging from High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to Olympic Lifting.

 Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer

 Certifications: Certified Sports & Fitness Nutrition

 Certifications: Certified Sports Conditioning Specialist

I began my Fitness Career in January of 2014. Needing a change in my life, having become sober in late 2013, I decided it was time to revisit my athletic roots. I traded in bartending and partying in pursuit of a career in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and coach. My mission statement: Keep your head down; Stay focused; Let your work speak for itself. My favorite exercise: I have a love/hate relationship with Squat, Bench and Deadlift. Favorite cheat food: Pizza Favorite non-gym activity: BBQ'ing at home with my husband and our friends

 Experience: Award Winning "BEST AMERICAN WORLD GYM 2017" WG Int'l Convention, Mirage Las Vegas

 Experience: Award Winning "BEST TURNAROUND GYM 2014" WG Int'l Convention, Mandalay Bay Las Vegas

Steve and Pam, owners and long time fitness enthusiasts, opened World Gym Millsboro in July, 2008. We felt Millsboro was an ideal location for a gym as an area underserved in physical fitness services - and the perfect place to bring to life our dream to share 'gym life' with others. We opened our original 5,000sf World Gym Millsboro as a small keyclub concept gym, operating as a high level service "Ma and Pa' facility. As we grew to know and love our members, and they, 'us', we soon discovered they'd need MORE. Two years into operations, we secured an off premises location within which we built out a studio for Group X Classes and continued operations from two spaces for the duration of our 5 year lease term. Moving forward to our current location, our members' demand proved worthy of growth into our 15,000sf facility, merging our Gym and Group X programs and adding many additional programs, childcare and tons more equipment. Our relocation/expansion project, beautiful facility design & branding, quality of staff, programs and operations awarded us "Best Turnaround Gym 2014" at the World Gym International convention in Las Vegas. By 2017, having conquered the years of growing pains in our renewed business start-up, we found it was time for another Dynamic reinvention! Enter the "WORLD GYM ATHLETICS" group training program. We were among the first few World Gyms to on-board with WGA and are pleased to say it has served us well, as a 'link' -that last needed piece to tie our team of staff, our members and our flow of work into a well oiled machine; a whole new dynamic of Leadership and Community; the "World Gym Millsboro" we sought to create. Proudly, we accepted the honor of another award as "Best American World Gym" at the 2017 World Gym Int'l Convention in Vegas and, since then, have reached our 10th Year Anniversary milestone; in July 2018! These experiences, from our beginning -as novice owners with years of tireless overnights spent on the gym storage room futon- through now, our 10th year in business, have made us stronger. We are stronger business people, stronger leaders and stronger husband and wife partners. But we remain forever humble in our friendships and appreciation for this community of members, staff and our World Gym International leaders. Thank you all for your support and for believing in us. -Pam and Steve

 Experience: Food and Beverage Management Degree. Background in banquets and catering sales.

 Experience: Banking

 Certifications: World Gym Athletics Coach

My first exposure to the world of fitness came in 2008 when I decided to focus on my health for the first time ever. At almost 30 years old, I realized if I didn't make some changes, I would not live to see my daughter grow up. I started working out at home and doing a lot of walking. Then, on January 2, 2012, I joined World Gym Millsboro as a member. Terrified to walk in, I was met with open arms. My tour was personal and patient. They wanted to know about me, about my experience and goals. Before I knew it, I was a regular; making friends with the other members who attended after work; receiving encouragement by ‘gym family’ whose names I didn’t even know. Then, one day after a workout, I approached Pam and Steve to compliment them for providing such an encouraging, motivating environment (little did I know that they were searching for someone with certain characteristics to assume a new position they’d need in anticipation of growing the gym). A few weeks later, they approached me about joining their team as General Manager. I took a leap of faith, left my secure job at a local bank and filled the newly created position at World Gym Millsboro. Along with Steve, Pam and former staff person, Brian, we ran the old gym together – expanded to the new one and we’ve grown so beautifully together into this new dynamic. I credit both my background work experience and my personal journey into fitness for cultivating my success here as WGM’s General Manager. While my technical job requires the rigid HR and administrative segments of work, there is a nurturing component to the job that sets it apart and taps into the compassionate, real “me”. Encouraging new members in the gym; watching them blossom; witnessing relationships develop; listening to endless testimonials of success -it's infectious and holds the rewards that make my job so much more than a job.

 Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer

 Certifications: USAW Level 1 Weightlifting

 Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Weightlifting

I've been in the fitness business for 12 years; 9 part-time as a trainer and the most recent 3 years, full time here at World Gym Millsboro. Having played sports since high school, there was always a drive to stay in shape and perform better. I'm also very competitive which drives me to work harder each day. My personal mission statement: "Yes, I can!!" My favorite exercise: Olympic Lifting and Burpees Favorite Cheat food: Ice Cream, Pizza and Craft Brews Favorite non-gym activity: taking hikes with my family and dog, Rufio - as well as surf fishing, hunting, wood working and about a million other things that I never have enough time for.

 Experience: Customer Service Background

 Experience: AFAA Group Fitness/Step Aerobics Instructor

 Experience: Certified Personal Trainer

My love for fitness began in the early 80's when I would watch Joanie Greggains on Morning Stretch while I folded my newspapers for my paper route every morning (there were only a few channels on that early back then!) I soon found myself hurrying to get home so I could do her aerobics class. A few years later, I took a Weight Training class in high school. At that time, there was only one other girl in the class. Fortunately for me, the guys took me under their wing, taught me everything they knew and I was hooked. From then on, I always wanted more. I loved pushing myself and was constantly growing and evolving in my fitness routine, loved the camaraderie in classes, took them all and eventually obtained certification for Personal Training and AFAA Group Fitness/Step Aerobics to fill in for my favorite instructor. As much as I enjoyed teaching, I loved being a participant even more. Classes were my stress relief and Nothing makes me happier than a great HIIT class! One of the highlights of my life was running the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon in 2012, with my then 14 year old daughter. After many years working in Customer Service, I decided to combine my natural love of helping people and my passion for fitness -and began working at a local gym. Later, I found World Gym Millsboro-a PERFECT FIT! I find it so rewarding helping people plug in, get started, and keep going. My motto is "Start wherever you are!"

"World Gym Athletics gives me the motivation and accountability to get moving and workout. The coaching staff and other members are always ready and willing to help and encourage . There isn't a program out there that even comes close to what WGA offers." Congrats, Kyle, on your growth in this program and for your loyalty and dedication. You're a remarkable WGA athlete!

Members of our World Gym Athletics and Group Training programs for nearly 5 years, Charlie and Alex are a true “power couple”—in the gym and in every day life. “Becoming members of World Gym has changed our lives. The Athletics Program (WGA) provides us with an opportunity to work out as a couple yet challenge our individual goals –in addition to meeting great friends and feeling a sense of community.”

Gerry Hopper has been a dedicated member of Coach Scott’s early morning Performance and Group Training classes for over 4 years. “Scott continuously challenges me to reach new levels” he said as he shared feedback on his success: “In my late 60’s, I feel as fit as when I was much younger. What I like most about the program is the personal accountability, the scalability to the skill level of each participant, the camaraderie and friendships within the group, and the feeling of accomplishment at the end of class (even when you hate getting up at 4:30am to attend a 5:30am class)!” Congrats, Gerry, for your loyalty and dedication to being a remarkable WGA ATHLETE!

"The [World Gym Athletics] program has made me feel much more supported and wanting to support others. It's a well-rounded program that's not just focused on one aspect (i.e. heavy weightlifting). As a general gym goer, I enjoy options because I have a specific goal of getting stronger for Olympic Weight Lifting. My goals have been to get leaner, faster, stronger and be overall happier with how I feel. Having the choices of PACE, HIIT and PERFORMANCE have made my goals easier to meet. It's also affordable because a personal trainer weekly is not something doable for me."