owner, coach, M.Ed, 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.
yoga director, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Curiosity is what brought Diana to her first yoga class in 2003. The immediate physical benefits of the practice, including a complete remission of a hematological disorder, kept her coming back. After years of study, Diana is now an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and a Certified Yoga Therapist. She has been leading yoga classes since 2006 and has been developing Yoga Therapy based wellness programs for individuals and special populations since 2013 with an interest in Yoga Therapy for recovery from addiction. Her classes and programs draw from her extensive study of anatomy, physiology, psychology, yogic philosophy, yoga asana, pranayama, Ayurveda, the chakras, meditation, yoga nidra, deep relaxation, and guided imagery techniques. When she is not teaching, practicing, or studying yoga, Diana enjoys travel, cooking, and spending time with her family (including five cats and a dog!)
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.
Leigh Anne Emrich
coach BA, BS, 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".
coach + director of sports performance, SFG1, FMS1
Liam is a StrongFirst Level 1 instructor and overall fitness enthusiast. He calls Ireland "home" and was a professional “footie” (soccer) player, for the Philadelphia Atoms for two years. Playing soccer most of his life, he naturally fell into the role of being an assistant soccer coach for Wilmington Friends. Liam has always had a passion for fitness and after training with kettlebells at ANCHOR life + fitness, he knew this was something he wanted to pursue further. Recently completing his SFG1, Liam is eager to share his knowledge with others by helping make his clients the best possible versions of themselves. He is looking forward to reaching more StrongFirst goals in the future and to start working with the amazing coaches and clients at ANCHOR! In his spare time, Liam enjoys painting, golfing, and fishing with his children.
Christine is a certified personal trainer with a Bachelor's degree from West Chester University. She graduated and began working as a high school math teacher, though quickly realized that she was meant to teach in a different way. She has always had a passion for movement; she was a dancer from the age of three which continued through college. It was there she found a passion for yoga. Over the years her passion evolved to encompass many types of movement, including strength training. She joins ANCHOR with the goal of helping others find balance and happiness in health and fitness. Christine is currently working towards her Strong First Level 1 Kettlebell certification.
yoga instructor, RYT-200
A 1st degree black belt in martial arts with over 10 years of teaching experience with adults and children, Tracey's yoga journey began in 2015 when a yoga instructor was brought into the fitness studio that she managed. After her first encounter, she was hooked! As she began to feel the transformational effect yoga had on her life, she felt inspired to share the gift of yoga with others. She completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in May 2017. Tracey believes the mind, body, soul connection is a sacred one and one that should be nurtured and inspired. With that mentality, she teaches her classes from her heart, creating an uplifting and safe environment for students of all ages and backgrounds. Tracey also enjoys music, travel and spending time with family.
coach, nutrition counselor, RN, BSN, NASM-CPT
Aly is a Pennsylvania State University graduate who received her Bachelor’s Degree in the Science of Nursing and is currently a Registered Nurse. Aly was involved in sports growing up, but her health and fitness journey really began when she was introduced to strength training at Penn State. She strongly believes that her entire life has changed because of fitness. She is passionate about people prioritizing their own health and decided to venture into the preventative side of healthcare. After graduation, she became a certified personal trainer and is now working towards her StrongFirst Level 1 Kettlebell certification. Aly also enjoys hiking, spending time with friends and family, and dining out in the streets of Kennett Square.
yoga instructor, RYT-200
Amy Griffin came to yoga from a background in long-distance running looking for a way to “gain flexibility”. Little did she know that the “flexibility” she would gain would be accompanied by a profound appreciation for the healing practice of yoga for her body, mind, and spirit.
Amy has been practicing yoga since 2007 and teaching yoga since 2014. She completed her yoga teacher training through Empowered Yoga in Wilmington, Delaware in 2014 and is currently working toward her 500-hour certification. She is also a certified meditation instructor who leads meditation classes targeting the “twentysomething” age group. She is a faculty member in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware where she does research on the brain mechanisms of memory. She teaches a popular course called “Mindfulness and the Brain” along with other neuroscience undergraduate and graduate courses. Amy brings a calm, healing energy to her yoga classes. She encourages her students to, in Pema Chödrön’s words, “start where you are” and to allow the yoga practice to acquaint them with their inherent goodness.
yoga instructor, E-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.
yoga instructor, E-RYT 200
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yoga, E-RYT 500
Lorraine Labus is an insured 500 RYT specializing in Ayurveda and private yoga. She has studied Prana Flow, alignment-based yoga, and restorative yoga. Lorraine has been teaching public, private, and corporate classes for over 7 years and has been practicing yoga for 17 years. She believes that the breath drives the practice, offers sequences that open, and prepares the body toward a peak pose with an Ayurvedic influence. Her classes incorporate breathwork (pranayama) with good alignment and she enjoys offering personal assists to help a person relax into a pose (No assists during COVID). She has a range of experience and believes yoga is for everybody. She has taught classes for young adults to older students. Lorraine’s philosophy is that if you can move and breathe you can do yoga. She offers modifications and props to make everyone feel successful. One of her favorite quotes is “Yoga is light, which once lit will never dim. The better you practice the brighter the flame” BKS Iyengar.