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meredith Ruff

ABOUT

Meredith is a music teacher and early childhood specialist who began boxing for her own health and fitness in 2015. After her longtime friend and mentor was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, she was inspired to become involved with Rock Steady. She opened Forte after realizing the need Cape Cod had for such a program.

Certified Rock Steady Coach
CPR/First-Aid/AED Certified

maggie vespa

ABOUT

Maggie is the director of Forte Fitness and holds a B.F.A. from the University of Hartford as well as an ACE Certified Personal Trainer certification. Her passion for exercise began at a young age during her first sports experiences and then in martial arts. Maggie specializes in weight loss, strength/conditioning, and correcting bio-mechanical deficiencies so clients can live their best lives. She knows that exercise doesn’t have to be a daunting task and works every day to make training sessions fun, challenging, educational and effective!

Certified Rock Steady Coach
Ace-Certified Personal Trainer
Kettlebell Level 1 Instructor
CPR/First-Aid/AED Certified

jaime gilrein

ABOUT

Jaime has a degree in Exercise Science along with various certifications in different fitness specialties. She has been an active coach on Cape Cod for over 15 years, and with over a thousand hours under her belt, she is considered a master trainer. Jaime appreciates the freedom that health and wellness allow, as well as the social and emotional therapy they provide. When hearing and learning about Rock Steady Boxing and how it can benefit so many on the Cape, she had to be involved in bringing that feeling of wellness, community and hope to people with Parkinson’s Disease.

Certified Rock Steady Coach
Ace-Certified Personal Trainer
Degree in Exercise Science
Crossfit Level 1 Instructor
Kettlebell Level 1 Instructor
CPR/First-Aid/AED Certified
Precision Nutrition Certified Level 1

MEGAN TERRIO

ABOUT

Megan is a mom of three and a CPA who began boxing in 2010 and quickly fell in love with the sport. She also has some experience in powerlifting and loves any workout where the barbells come out. Megan plays women’s and co-ed ice hockey here on the Cape. Aside form coaching at Forte, she has her own small accounting business and spends any remaining free time playing with her kids, cooking, baking or on the ice.

CPR/First-Aid/AED Certified

DAVID VERGARA

ABOUT

Dave has spent several years coaching and training for ninja warrior competitions. In addition to being a UNAA certified ninja coach, he is an ACE-certified personal trainer and sports performance specialist. He has extensive experience in both weight-lifting and boxing and is a certified Rock Steady boxing coach. Dave holds a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University. Originally becoming involved with ninja as a super fan, getting stronger and gaining self confidence are what David now enjoys most about the sport.

Certified Rock Steady Coach
Ace-Certified Personal Trainer
Certified UNAA Coach
CPR/First-Aid/AED Certified

SARA MIRANDA

ABOUT

Sara graduated from Endicott College with a Bachelor’s degree in exercise science. She found her passion for health and fitness at a young age, always staying active and eating nutritious foods. That passion along with her love for helping others has continued to grow over the years. Along with boxing and the RSB program, she specializes in resistance band workouts, focused on functional training! She loves being able to help others improve their quality of life through exercise and enjoys finding new ways to spice up the journey

Certified Rock Steady Coach
Degree in Exercise Science
CPR/First-Aid/AED Certified

RYAN KOMICH

ABOUT

Ryan has been coaching since 2010. His education includes a Bachelor’s degree in sports management from Western New England University and a soon-to-be Master’s degree in exercise science from Springfield College/United States Sports Academy. He is currently certified in UNAA, Rock Steady Boxing, and is an ACE-certified personal trainer. Ryan loves combat sports and has competed in them since 2002, including wrestling, jiu jitsu, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts.

Certified Rock Steady Coach
Ace-Certified Personal Trainer
Certified UNAA Coach
CPR/First-Aid/AED Certified
Box n’ Burn Certified Level 1

ANA TECCA

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Ana, originally from Northborough, Massachusetts, started MMA training at the age of four and received her black belt at age eleven. Now a senior at Dennis Yarmouth High School, Ana is still active in martial arts. The next step for her will be attending college to pursue a degree in criminal justice. Ana’s hobbies include singing, playing guitar and drawing.

CPR/First-Aid/AED Certified

MATTHEW DOUGAN

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Matt is a 14th generation Nantucket native whose passion for fitness led him to begin working toward a degree in exercise science. Matt is a certified Rock Steady Boxing coach and also an ACE-certified personal trainer who specializes in weight-lifting.

Certified Rock Steady Coach
Ace-Certified Personal Trainer
CPR/First-Aid/AED Certified

ALEX MACDONALD

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Alex is a fitness enthusiast who thrives on competition and has a passion for helping others through training. His favorite sports are tennis and MMA (and not just because he could pass for Connor McGregor). Outside of the gym, Alex enjoys learning about health and history, never tiring of gaining more and more knowledge.

Certified UNAA Coach
CPR/First-Aid/AED Certified

JOSEPH FRANCE

ABOUT

Joey comes from a big family (he is the eldest of 15 siblings!) and has always called the Cape home. He is talented and trained in multiple sports and has played more than 8 years of semi-professional football. Joey genuinely enjoys working with others and finding ways to motivate them. He is a proud father of 2 beautiful girls.

Certified UNAA Coach
CPR/First-Aid/AED Certified