owner, coach, M.Ed Exercise Physiology, StrongFirst Elite, Iron Maiden, FMS, TPI Certified
Charlene opened ANCHOR life + fitness in 2016 with a mission to empower, educate, and create the change to impact lives. She created a space so that everyone feels safe, comfortable, and welcomed. She believes that strength is a journey and if you can create a strong body, you can handle what life throws at you. She will push you to do things you never thought you could do, in a safe and progressive manner. Charlene believes in taking a holistic approach to wellness by eating real foods of high quality that are sustainable for life. The harder you train, the harder you must recover which is why proper nutrition, yoga, and massage are a part of getting ANCHORed. Charlene believes she has a responsibility to help people become stronger and healthier.
Charlene graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2010 with a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology. She was introduced to kettlebells shortly after graduation and has fallen in love with getting stronger every single day and enjoying the process. She has spent time learning from some of the top coaches in the world on utilizing barbells, kettlebells, bodyweight, and Indian clubs.
In her spare time, Charlene loves to read, hike, and spend time with her wife, Renee, son, Spencer and their 2 dogs, Mia and Skylar.
Leigh Anne Emrich
coach BA Psychology, BS Dietetics, SFG1, FMS
Leigh Anne is a certified personal trainer with over 14 years of professional experience. She has been active through sports her whole life. She started playing soccer at a very young age and continued on to play varsity level lacrosse in high school ultimately obtaining a scholarship to the University of Delaware. Upon graduating from the UD she pursued a career in personal training. She is currently working towards her StrongFirst Bodyweight and Barbell Certifications. Leigh Anne loves strength training and the positive side effects it has on herself and her clients. She truly believes in the mantra “Strong Body, Strong Mind".
yoga instructor E-RYT 200, LMT, FMS, ACSM
Dominick's background in bodywork gives him a unique perspective to movement. With 18 years of experience as a licensed massage therapist, he has worked in several professional settings including Chiropractic offices and Physical Therapy centers. Dominick received his 200 teacher training in 2012 with Empowered Yoga and is currently working towards StrongFirst Level 1 Kettlebell certification. He has a keen eye for movement and is a talented teacher and coach. His intention is to help students understand how to move correctly and efficiently so that they feel empowered to take full advantage of body, mind, soul, and live a happy, healthy life.
coach, BS Health Behavior, NASM
Dominic is a graduate from the University of Delaware with a bachelor's degree in health behavior science and a minor in coaching science. Initially studying for a masters degree in school counseling, Dominic found an opportunity and now a home at Anchor to pursue his true career interests. Applying both his knowledge in health behavior and passion for fitness, he plans to be one of the many coaches dedicated to your health and wellness. Dominic has been coaching swimming for 5 years now both at the Western YMCA and Yorklyn Swim Club. In his time away from the gym, he is an avid music lover as well as a guitar player and vocalist in the Delaware rock band Blank Pages. In addition to physical activity, Dom uses music to nurture a positive mind and body. If you see him around, any conversation involving music is a great ice breaker!
yoga instructor, RYT 200
Eryn's first exposure to Yoga began when her mom dragged her to a class in an effort to "calm down" her angsty teenage moods. After practicing off and on in college, Eryn found herself back in a studio when she needed relief from a corporate job. Yoga connected Eryn not only to herself, but to the world, and inspired her to complete a 200 hour YTT in Rishikesh, India with Atri Yoga Center in May 2019. Eryn focuses her classes on balance and connection. She seeks to create a safe environment to curate sustainable asana, pranayama, and meditation practices. Further, she hopes to help students cultivate self-awareness through intentional movement and understanding the impact of actions, challenging practitioners to observe mindfulness and create a connection to themselves and with one another. Through a sustainable Yoga practice, I am able to become a better version of myself; and I think that Yoga is for everybody who is willing to learn to do the same. My ultimate goal is to help students create a sustainable Yoga practice, in mind, body, and spirit. I believe that through the practice of Yoga, we can develop connection to ourselves and strengthen connection with others.
coach, BS Sports Medicine
Jake is a graduate of West Chester University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine. Growing up, Jake was involved in sports from an early age, playing baseball for 12 years and football for 10 years.Entering college Jake originally planned to graduate with a Master’s degree in Athletic Training, however, after getting the opportunity to become the Strength & Conditioning at a local high school Jake saw the impact that weight training had on his athlete’s performance and well-being. Following this, Jake decided to transition to pursuing a career in Strength & Conditioning. Jake has coached Delaware High School football for the past 4 years and has been a Strength & Conditioning coach for 3 years. Jake is currently working towards his CSCS certification, his StrongFirst certification and his USA Weightlifting certification.
coach, BS Exercise Science
Dylan is a life-long athlete, playing lacrosse and football competitively from a young age through one year of college football and 2 years of Club lacrosse in college. He recently graduated from Shippensburg University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, focused in Human Performance/Fitness. Currently chasing his NSCA-CSCS and StrongFirst certifications while coaching the adult and young athletes at ANCHOR. Some of his hobbies/interests are basketball, golf, music and being with friends and family. Dylan looks forward to helping his clients get 1% better every day.
coach, StrongFirst Elite
Cali got into fitness with the intention of losing the "freshman 15" she gained during her first semester in college. Initially sticking to treadmills and ellipticals, she eventually found the weight room and has never looked back. Though not a natural athlete, she is obsessed with quality movement and has spent the last 10+ years working to become strong AF. She wants to show people that everyone is capable of moving well and getting strong. Cali is certified as a kettlebell and barbell instructor through StrongFirst and also has certifications through DV8 Fitness and Precision Nutrition. She is currently training to complete her SFG-2 and SFB, with the goal of achieving Strong First Elite by the end of 2021. Cali genuinely believes strength training has changed her life and who she is as a person. She is passionate about sharing the skill of strength with others and could not be more excited for the opportunity to do that here at ANCHOR. When she is not in the gym, Cali enjoys soaking up the sun, hiking, biking, reading, and spending time with her husband, Mark, and puppy, Arvid.
yoga instructor, RYT 200
Dory was dragged to her first yoga class by a co-worker in 2006. First it was the physical benefits that kept her coming back, and then it turned into a literal life saver. Yoga and the pranayama practices helped battle chronic anxiety and depression. The practice became a place of peace and self acceptance, a place to grow self worth and a place to sit with grief.
There is nothing more satisfying to Dory than being able to share the gift of yogic practices and Asana with others, creating a safe space for healing and becoming more resilient. Strong physical practice laced with yogi philosophy and Ayurvedic lessons are her favorite to teach.
reiki master, healer
Nicky began her nursing career as an LPN in 2011, Associates's in Nursing in 2018, and her Bachelor’s in Nursing at West Chester University. Her passion for helping others has taken a more holistic path focusing on preventative care. She received her first reiki session in 2017 which sparked her interest in energy work. This first session began her journey in becoming a Reiki Master. She is currently studying Sojuk (Korean acupressure and acupuncture technique). Nicky's goal is to incorporate the theory of mind, body, spirit for complete and total wellness. Nicky began as a member at Anchor in June of 2017. She is currently training for Strong First certification at the end of 2022. When she is not working she enjoys spending time doing yoga, working out, reading, enjoying the outdoors, spending time with her husband and two rescue Pitbulls.
coach, StrongFirst Elite
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yoga instructor, RYT 500
Jill is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a BA in Exercise Science. After college Jill has worked in various fitness settings doing personal training and group fitness classes. She eventually found her way into her first yoga class and slowly became hooked and acquired her 200 and 300-hour Yoga teacher training certifications through Empowered yoga which also led to being a part of their meditation programs which led to her Meditation certification through David Nictern. She also wanted to share the gift of yoga with Kids and acquired all 3 levels at LIttle Flower yoga in NYC. She has had a full circle moment, realizing she sees a benefit in all the modalities: strength, yoga and solid nutrition. She loves to cook and found the power of food through her mom’s journey of healing herself from stage 4 cancer through macrobiotics. During COVID she made use of her time by enrolling in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to attain her health coaching certificate. Jill is currently enrolled in the supplemental Gut health course offered by the Institute. She is excited for the challenge of training for her level one StrongFirst Level 1 Certification. Jill loves that ANCHOR offers the full spectrum of wellness through impeccable strength training, active recovery, massage, energy work and nutrition and kids programming.
yoga instructor, E-RYT 200
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