The top team of training talent at Brecksville’s Fitness Together has expanded

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(L-R) Meet Scott Willis, Joe Bower and Chris Macko—pictured here with FT manager Brooke Kratche (seated)——all of whom bring exceptional training talent to the Fitness Together team. (Photography: Benjamin Margalit)

By Patricia Nugent

To keep up with its ever-expanding clientele, Fitness Together in Brecksville is pleased to introduce a trio of new nationally certified trainers. Meet Joe Bower, Chris Macko and Scott Willis.

“I hired these gentlemen because they each bring unique talents to the table,” says Studio Manager Brooke Kratche. “One of my favorite things that differentiates Fitness Together from other places is that clients train with all of our trainers and not just one. This arrangement broadens and enriches their experience.”

She says that most people come to Fitness Together after trying (and failing) to get healthy for years on their own, and that’s fine with them.

“We are sometimes like a last resort for very frustrated people,” says Brooke. “Once they put themselves in our hands, thanks to the latest science and training methods, and we hold them accountable, they are put on a path toward becoming their own success story.”

Getting the Synergy Just Right
“Chris comes to us from the Cleveland Clinic, where he was a trainer,” she says.

“He’s especially nuanced with clients who are rehabbing. In fact, we already have him taking the lead with someone who is post-rehab. He’s super knowledgeable and a perfectionist when it comes to form. He won’t let anyone bump up their weight on a move until they are executing it perfectly.”

As a multi-sport athlete growing up, Chris settled on golf for his college sport and played at Ohio University, where he also earned a degree in exercise physiology in 2014.

Joe has already earned a reputation as “the high-energy guy” and she reports he’s extremely motivating and knows when to push clients outside of their comfort zone. Since he began lifting weights as a high school lacrosse player, he’s put on 40 pounds of lean muscle mass.

“Scott is really interesting, too, as his ultimate goal is to become a college professor of kinesiology,” she explains. “His time here is like an immersive stepping stone toward that end. He’s caring and passionate about helping people improve their lives. He also works with a group of children with autism on the weekends to teach them about fitness.”

In addition to Brooke, Joe, Scott and Chris, other long-standing team members at owner Sean Sullivan’s Fitness Together in Brecksville, include Justin Traft, Amanda Ricci and Michael Roberto.

One-on-One or Small Group Training?
Although Fitness Together has built its reputation on an elite level of one-on-one training, in luxuriously appointed private exercise suites, with programs individualized to each client, Brooke says clients can join for small-group training sessions as well.

“Some people respond better in a group setting,” she says. “What they might lose in one-on-one accountability, they gain in a sense of community. We’re up to two or three group training sessions a day, which max out at six clients each. There’s a good deal of crossover, too, with one-on-one clients trying one group session per week.”

Whichever program people opt for, she says that with wedding season coming up, many of their clients are gearing up to be in a wedding party, or are the bride or groom, or are even just a wedding guest and want to look and feel their best for the big day.

Fitness Together is located within Chippewa Commons at 8251 Chippewa Road in Brecksville. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information, call 440-550-4862, or visit the website at