About Fit Academy
In the spring of 2014, Fit Academy started out as one of the cities most organic fitness groups in the Art Museum area. Owner and Co-founder Osayi Osunde started it within his personal network of friends within the city who wanted to train “like an athlete”. It began with 8 friends, a set of resistance bands, agility ladders, cones, and the “Rocky Steps”. Since then, Fit Academy has now become the best outdoor boot camp in Philadelphia. The workouts are the perfect balance between sports driven exercise, full body plyometrics, cardio, and high intensity interval training. All of this is packaged in an environment that promotes having fun, networking and sharing fitness experiences!
Here is a bit more about our coaches!
OSAYI OSUNDE MS, ACE, NPC
owner and Co-founder: Fit Academy
Osayi Osunde is the Owner and Co-founder of Fit Academy, American Council of Exercise (ACE) certified personal trainer, Philadelphia Magazine's Best of Philly Fitness Trainer, Red Bull Opinion Leader, (NPC) competitor, nationally published fitness model for Under Armour, NFL, a former captain of the world champions Team USA IFAF National Football Team, former NFL Football player for the Green Bay Packers, and captain of the 2009 Villanova University National Championship Football Team. He focuses his training sessions on engaging his clients, connecting people, and motivating them through a variety of fitness modalities that are fun yet challenging. Osayi believes fitness is both mental and physical and lives by the moto, "Think Fit/ Live Fit".
Fun Fact: Childhood nickname is Fatz and hes met President Barak Obama
Favorite exercise: Bench press
OSAGIE OSUNDE MBA, NPC
Co-founder: Fit Academy
Osagie Osunde is currently Co-founder of Muscle Gauge Nutrition, Running Back coach and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for West Chester University, USA Weight Lifting sports performance coach and national level physique competitor. He has been a nationally published fitness model and has been featured in Men’s Health, Muscle and Strength, Bodybuilding.com, Muscleandstrength.com, GNC and other nationally recognized publications. He has an extensive background in strength and conditioning as well as nutrition and regularly helps inform and guide thousands through his efforts from Muscle Gauge Nutrition. His passion for health and fitness has taken him around the world as he shares the message of "Live Fit".
Katie Barrett NASM
Veronica Dilzer MASTER TRAINER
Veronica started her career as a fitness professional in 2008 as a personal trainer, working in corporate fitness and eventually transitioned to her own fitness facility in 2012. In 2015 Veronica decided to further her education and entered the Athletic Training program at Temple University. As Veronica continues through the program, she has decided to transition her professional skills into the Philadelphia area and joins the Fit Academy team. Over the years Veronica has dedicated herself to mastering the art of functional movement and helping clients reach new levels of mobility, strength, and pain-free, healthy lifestyles. As a former high level soccer player she also has an understanding of athletic development and specializes in athlete reconditioning. Veronica is certified in multiple modalities including TRX, DVRT Training System, Animal Flow, Rock Tape Performance Taping, and Barefoot Training Specialist.
Fun Fact: She is a triplet
Favorite Exercise: Sandbag Clean-Squat-Press
Katie is a former member turn Fit Academy coach. Katie went to St. Josephs University and excelled as a runner captaining three teams - cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track. She knows what it means to earn the respect from her peers through hard work as she walked the team freshman year and became one of the top statistical leaders. After she graduated, she missed that team aspect that she experienced her whole life. Fit Academy filled that void right away! She has been a key part of the Fit Fam for about two years and is now taking the initiative to dive into being a health and wellness professional. She looks forward to meeting new members and motivating you to crush your goals!
Fun Fact: Got 61st place out of over 6000 participants in the 2017 Love Run
Favorite Exercise: Burpees
Leanne Weiner NASM, CPT, CES
Leanne started her career in NYC in 2011 and worked with Crunch Fitness, Epic Hybrid Training, Adam Rosante's Bootcamp For the People, and started an independent coaching business, Guerrilla Movement. After moving to Philadelphia in 2015, Leanne started a free, outdoor boot camp called The Liberators. Leanne's training style is inspired by her background in gymnastics and aerial arts, obstacle course racing, and functional movement. She is certified in SGX Spartan Group Training, TRX Suspension & Rip Training, is a Road Runners Club of America Running Coach, and holds a Corrective Exercise Specialist certification from NASM.
Fun Fact: Was a member of a circus training school.
Favorite Exercise: Pull Ups
Samantha Gross Front Desk
Samantha has been an esteemed member, promoter, and creative contributor of Fit Academy for the past two and a half years. Starting from watching one class, she is now a core component of our Fit Fam! With over a decade of experience in customer service, coordinating events, networking, and being awesome, she continues to serve our organization in excellence! Losing 20 pounds in 2 months, she understands the commitment it takes to earn results. You can find her with a warm smile at the front desk!
Fun Fact: Scuba diving certified
Favortie Exercise: Squats
Samantha Murphy Social Media/ Front Desk
Samantha is a recent addition to Fit Academy as their new Marketing and Communications Specialist. She has enjoyed watching the progress at Fit Academy and has learned a lot about since joining her new Fit Family. She really enjoys artistic designs and you'll probably see her filming you at boot camp.
Fun Fact: Winner of a 2015 lip sync competition
Favorite Exercise: Jump Rope
We're looking for talented, engaging, and dynamic certified fitness professionals to become a part of Fit Academy. We have a team mindset in our approach to work. Everyone can help each other as we all work towards our common goal of building a diverse fitness community! If you are interested in joining our team, send us a message with the subject, "Become a Fit Academy Coach", and we will reach out to you.
We are looking for coaches who:
- Live the Lifestyle (In great shape, Social, and Positive mindset)
- Have an engaging personality, great communication, and be passionate about helping people
- Certified through an accredited institution (ACE, NASM, etc)
- Must be active on social media and enhancing the brand
- Have experience doing both group training and personal training
- Must be continuously learning something new (not just fitness)
Coach - Certified personal trainers with experience with multiple fitness modalities from functional movement, sports training, group fitness, kettlebell, TRX, Yoga, and HIIT. Other specialties will also be considered.
Intern - Our catch all position getting a first had experience of small business entrepreneurship. Focus will be on sales, marketing, operations, event planning, etc!
Receptionist - Responsible for being one of the main faces of the company! Always smiling and having a positive attitude. Responsibilities include customer service, sign in, managing the MindBody software, facility management, etc.