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.
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".
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.
Liam is a StrongFirst Level 1, Bodyweight 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.
coach, SFG1, SFB, FMS1
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.
yoga instructor, E-RYT 200
Bio coming soon...
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.
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.
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 2021. 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.
I started practicing yoga around 25 years ago. At the time, I was interested more in the spiritual aspects of it to help me with stress. As I practiced more, I recognized the physical benefits of yoga. I was weight training often, and yoga helped me with post workout recovery, as well as recognizing structural imbalances in my body.
Later in life, after the birth of my son, I decided to study the 200 hour YTT with the encouragement of family and friends. Through my practice, I want to help others realize the importance of the mind – body connection. Not only does yoga help us physically, but also mentally and spiritually. When we are on the mat, yoga encourages us to be in the present moment, by focusing on our practice and not allowing our minds to wander. When we are in the present moment, this can help release any stress and/or anxiety, allowing us to feel physically and emotionally better.
yoga instructor, E-RYT 200
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!