Rich O’Neill has been a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, as well as the International Fitness Professionals Association since 2001. He has accumulated over 30,000 hours of personal training experience working under and alongside world renowned fitness expert Sam Iannetta since 2004.
Rich uses his skills to first evaluate each client’s bio-alignment and functional mobility. He then begins to organize a system of movements designed to alleviate pain, improve functional movement and avoid further injuries down the road. It is through his experience that he has learned to troubleshoot and identify poor movement patterns, postural discrepancies and muscle imbalances.
Moving to Charlotte in 2015, Rich immediatelysensed a need for his revolutionary approach to exercise and movement. This prompted him to start his company, Elite Functional Performance in 2016. The foundation of Elite Performance is Fitness Longevity. An exercise model developed out in Boulder and now exclusively available in Charlotte. Rich has worked to launch this system throughout Charlotte.
Phone: (303) 349-6774
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Christina has been working and training at Elite Functional Performance since January of 2016. Over these 5+ years she has learned the real meaning of functional fitness and how to train the body for day-to-day life and longevity. Her keen ability to build strong relationships with her clients and teaching them that coming to the gym is more than just a workout, has led to them coming for this total mind/body connection experience. She has helped numerous clients recover from multiple ailments and has trained many women though all phases of pregnancy. Christina‘s positive attitude, happy personality, and willingness to help has inspired others to want to achieve their life and fitness goals.
Christina has always enjoyed sports, dabbling in a wide array throughout her life: boxing, figure skating, softball, ice hockey, track & cross country. However, her passion for health & fitness started after joining a fitness club in NYC in 2014. After months of taking weekly Tabata, Athletic Conditioning, MetCon, boxing and other H.I.I.T classes at the gym, Christina was able to transform her body by losing sixty pounds. She then decided that it was her goal to inspire and motivate others.
Christina was born on Long Island, NY, and received her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Stony Brook University. She is certified through the national Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) with a Personal Training Certification, Women’s Fitness Specialist Certification and Pregnancy and Postpartum Exercise Training. She has lived most of her life between New York and North Carolina.
Phone: (585) 719-7225
My name is TJ Chaney. I was born and raised in Rochester, NY and moved to Charlotte, NC in 2015. I immediately got NASM certified and started my fitness career doing group fitness at Orangetheory Fitness.
After practicing group fitness for about two years, I wanted to focus more on individual, one on one training in which I could learn more and use more of my knowledge about writing specific programs for clients. That’s when I crossed paths with Rich O’Neill and found Elite Functional Performance. After shadowing a couple of the trainers here for a few months, I’ve learned more about the human body in that short amount of time than I did since I first got certified. I was able to see, first hand, clients that have been dealing with pain for years, workout here at EFP and resolve those issues after a handful of sessions.
I, myself, am a prime example of a case that proves what we do at EFP works. I unfortunately suffered a traumatic injury in June of 2018 in which I severed my quadricep tendon. I did all of my rehab and physical therapy here and was back on my feet in no time. You can watch all of the episodes and check out the week-by-week progression by visiting our YouTube page: EFP Charlotte, NC.
My name is Alex Allpress. I am from Cedar Rapids Iowa and earned a degree in Human Physiology from the University of Iowa in 2018. Go Hawkeyes! I have been active since I was young, playing softball, tennis, volleyball, competitive cheerleading, and finally found my passion in Olympic weightlifting. After realizing how much of a positive impact activity and fitness had on my life, I wanted to share that passion with others. In 2016 I received my personal training certificate and it changed my life. I love teaching a wide variety of movements and workout styles. Personally, I favor teaching the barbell movements and helping clients reach their strength and technique goals. I am now a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, pursuing a degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology. Fitness, and movement are so important to living a healthy lifestyle and it enlightens me to know that I can use my knowledge to help people reach their goals and work towards happiness.
Kathleen Miller, PT, was born in the Midwest and raised in the Southeast, US. Kathleen graduated from the University of TN at Chattanooga in 1995, traveled as a Physical Therapist throughout the Northeast a few years and settled in Sarasota, FL for nearly 20 years. She and her husband have now made Charlotte their home after spending a few years in Seattle exploring the PNW. Her interests in treatment are general orthopedics of all ages. She is also trained in myofascial release and feels strongly in educating the patient to effectively self manage their own condition/injury. She is also NASM trained as a personal trainer and helps to continue the patient’s healing in facilitating continued exercise regimes to a higher level post-rehab. She is excited to be a part of the EFP family serving as a personal trainer with the background knowledge of a Physical Therapist. She has always felt there was a disconnect once patients finished rehab. Her passion is implementing a full functional mobility and strengthening program around ailments and orthopedic concerns, always with a conservative approach.