Taylor was born and raised in Charlotte, NC and graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2008 with a degree in Psychology with a minor in Exercise Science. While in school, he trained the faculty and students which pursued him to get his National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM) OPT certification. After graduating he began a six- year career working for Carolina’s Medical Center in an outpatient program for kids with psychological/behavioral problems.
Since then, Taylor has been a personal trainer in the Charlotte area for more than ten years. Working at the Dowd YMCA, Peak Fitness and Fitness Together Southend. At Fitness Together, he played a crucial role in the merging of one-on-one training to provide group training as well.
Taylor has an aggressive style of training and is a stickler for form. Helping to educate clients on flexibility and the importance of proper form, he has a lengthy track record of results and satisfied clients. He has recently obtained the Corrective Exercise Science (CES) certification from NASM. He has also recovered from ACL surgery, which has helped him understand what potential clients go through. The view behind Functional Fit Charlotte is to make sure our client’s have success and making sure they see the results they want while limitiing their risk of injury.
Lauren Lapoint is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, having received her training in Hatha Yoga. She has been teaching yin/deep stretch, power vinyasa, and prenatal yoga since 2014. She received her 200-hour certification (2014) in Charlotte and her 300-hour training in Rishikesh, India (2017). Her style of teaching incorporates both the physical and spiritual limbs of yoga. Her class involves a combination of strength and stretch, while bringing you closer to inner warrior. Her intention is for you to explore your mind, body, and breath.
Along side her yoga path, Lauren is a website and graphic designer and owner of an online CBD distribution company. She loves working with people in helping them reach their goals, whether it be for their brand or business, or for their pain management through the use of CBD.
Stephanie has been involved in sports and fitness from a very young age. She started in gymnastics and has participated in sports since then. Loving a good challenge, she started to compete in Bikini competitions in 2014, and continues to train regularly.
Previously, she taught a Pilates Barre fusion class at Inspire Pilates & Beyond in Charlotte, and will be providing a similar experience here at Functional Fit.The combination of her fun bubbly personality along with the ever changing upbeat playlists will keep you pushing through these challenging workouts.
After one class you will be hooked, it is always her goal to keep you inspired and motivated in creating a healthy lifestyle!
Michael was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. He graduated from East Carolina University in 2015 with a Bachelors in Exercise Physiology. He has been working at Greenapple Sports and Wellness for 2 and a half years as the Rehab Specialist. In that time, he has seen many injuries and has helped to get Charlotte athletes of all caliber and all sports back to training shape. The experience at Greenapple has developed a style that helps athletes stay injury free and achieve the goals in which they desire. He has recently acquired a Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms) certification in which scientific principles are used to help achieve control of our body’s and the range of motion which we possess.
Michael has experience with many different styles of exercise but mainly enjoys training himself in a CrossFit style of training and looks to compete in competitions in the future. However, he dabbles in all forms of exercise and loves trying different things. This variety of training for himself allows him to offer an experience that obtains results and keeps it interesting. He also offers sport specific one-on-one mobility training using methods obtained with his FRCms. His goal as a trainer is to give a challenging yet fulfilling workout that encourages clients to get out of there comfort zone.
Erik grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended Wake Forest University where he got his B.S. in Health and Exercise Science. Erik is an NASM certified personal trainer and CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach. Previously, Erik worked with clients 1-on-1 and in group settings at a YMCA in Winston-Salem. He later worked as an independent personal trainer out of a Kettlebell gym during which he got certified as an RKC Kettlebell Instructor and Steel Mace Specialist. Erik approaches his clients from a holistic perspective and he believes that it’s important to approach all health and fitness goals from the mindset of positive self-love. His motto is “Wellness is Aesthetic” and he is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure his clients are successful.