OUR TRAINERS

Taylor Burton

Owner/Founder
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

Yoga Instructor
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.

Erik Pedrow

Head Trainer
Erik grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended Wake Forest University where he got his B.S. in Health and Exercise Science. Erik is certified through N.A.S.M. as a personal trainer as well as through Functional Movement Systems in corrective exercise. Erik has enjoyed competing as an amateur in both powerlifting and bodybuilding. He has been working with the Functional Fit team since its very first year of opening.

Erik is a stickler for form and technique believing that everything starts and ends with quality movement. His motto is “Lift Confidently. Recover Actively.” Furthermore, Erik takes the time to stretch his clients post-workout to ensure recovery. With further certifications in CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coaching, Advanced Senior Training, and TRX, Erik is constantly learning creative ways to keep clients of all ages progressing and motivated. Previously, he worked with clients 1-on-1 and in group settings as an independent personal trainer in Winston-Salem where he got certified as an RKC Kettlebell Instructor and Steel Mace Specialist.

Michael O’Donerty

Trainer
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 their comfort zone.

Stephanie Jones

Trainer
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!

LaTia Harkless

Trainer
LaTia was born and raised in Wilmington, NC. Growing up she ran track and took weight lifting classes. She worked as a Podiatric Assistant for many years, but that wasn’t here calling. It wasn’t until she moved to Charlotte, NC that her passion grew even stronger for fitness. She stepped out on faith and became a Certified Group Fitness Instructor through AFAA/NASM.

LaTia loves teaching high intensity classes that gets you pumped and motivated. She goes above and beyond to help others achieve their fitness goals.

She takes pride in everything she does!