About

Our Mission

To be the most people focused fitness

company in the industry, dedicated to

empowering the modern individual.

 

Our Mission

To be the most people focused fitness company in the industry, dedicated to empowering the modern individual.

Our Core Values

COMPASSION

Kindness, humility, and empathy are cornerstones of our culture, as a strong whole is a multiplier of its unique and valued parts. We believe that we can achieve more as a group than as individuals.

ADAPTABILITY

We take the time to understand the needs of our members. We believe in being infinitely curious in the current research and trends of our industry to provide what is absolutely necessary, and filter out what is not.

RESILIENCE

The human body, mind, and spirit are incredibly resilient and capable of reaching beyond perceived limits. We are constantly striving towards the fulfillment and peak potentials of our members and team professionals.

COURAGE

Taking on new challenges is essential for physical, mental and emotional growth. While each person has their own individual approach, perseverance and a good work ethic are necessary traits needed for success.

RESPONSIBILITY

Empowerment starts with taking full ownership and responsibility for the outcomes of our lives. We celebrate our successes, acknowledge our shortcomings, and learn from our mistakes, knowing that all results lead to progress.

INTEGRITY

Dedicating to doing the right thing gives us the confidence to move forward and complete tasks with intent. This means following through on our word, and treating all with respect and dignity.

COMMUNICATION

We believe in being present and honest in our communication. We prioritize having the essential problem-solving conversations that will propel us forward, while building respect and trust among all parties.

Founded by two fitness professionals with over 20 years of experience in coaching collegiate athletes and personal training, UpFit Training Academy is the brain child of co-founders Paul Park and Westley Chow.

Westley Chow

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    BS Nutrition & Exercise Science, Queens College
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    NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
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    USAW Sports Performance Coach
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    NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist
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    Kettlebell Concepts Level 2
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    TRX Suspension Training Certified

Having 11 years of experience as a fitness professional since 2006, Westley’s passion for the industry stemmed from his background training in Mixed Martial Arts since he was 15. The discipline and competitive mindset gained over 16 years of training and fighting has culminated to UpFit Training Academy, the next big fitness movement.

While pursuing his bachelor’s in Nutrition & Exercise Science at Queens College, with the intention of going to graduate school for Physical Therapy, the combined experiences of going to therapy for his own training injuries and his internship in cardiac rehabilitation pushed him in a different direction towards Personal Training. His passion for helping others catapulted his success and led to several roles in Personal Training management with Crunch and New York Health & Racquet Club. More success in sales and with managing staff pushed Westley to start his MBA at Baruch College focusing on Marketing & Entrepreneurship while co-founding his previous business, Fit Formula in 2012.

Westley keeps things simple and focuses on four things daily: health, wealth, family, and personal development. He loves dogs, especially his schnoodle, Brooklyn, hosts epic parties for almost every UFC, and is a savage in karaoke.

Paul Park

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    MS Strength & Conditioning, Springfield College
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    BS Exercise Science, University at Buffalo
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    NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
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    Precision Nutrition Level 1
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    NSPA Certified Program Design Specialist
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    Pre/Post-Natal
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    Kettlebell Athletics Level 1

Paul has been serving the fitness industry since 2008, and brings a wide variety of experiences including working with NCAA Division I athletes, corporate executives, retired baby boomers, and homemakers. His passion for sports and athletics as a youth sparked an interest in a career as a physical therapist, but soon realized that sports performance, strength and conditioning, and fitness training were his true callings. This started as a student intern at Cutting Edge Sports Training at his alma mater at the University at Buffalo. Working with the local student athletes furthered his interests in the field and led to internships at Fordham, Rutgers, and Baylor Universities.

With completing his master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning at Springfield College, he earned positions of assistant strength and conditioning coach at Trinity College, and head football strength and conditioning coach at Western New England University.

Deciding to pool his experiences of collegiate athletics into working with the general population, he let his passion for the field fuel his dedication to positively impacting the healths of all his clients and those close to him. He currently practices boxing, is an avid combat sports enthusiast, and is looking for his first competitive matches as an amateur. His hobbies include reading and traveling, and he prioritizes spending time with his family and close friends.

Brian Santanelli

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    BS Exercise Science, Sacred Heart University
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    NFPT Certified Personal Trainer
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    Precision Nutrition Level 1
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    TRX Suspension Training Certified

Coupling his passions for competition and building relationships that stem from playing sports through the collegiate level,
Brian has been working as a personal trainer for the past year. After graduating Sacred Heart University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2019, he wanted to put that knowledge to work.

Shortly after starting his coaching career, Brian realized how much he loved training and committed to sharing that passion with those who let him. After going through his own personal transformation, Brian understands the trials and tribulations that come with embracing a journey towards better health. He hopes to share his success story and impact every person he is fortunate enough to work with.

Brian believes the way to get results is through intentional movement, optimizing recovery, and consistency. Taking a lighthearted yet serious approach he coined his training philosophy “To enjoy the process as much as the outcome.”

He strives to educate himself daily to improve his craft, and be the best coach possible. His favorite ways to use free time is to spend it with family and friends. Outside of training, his hobbies include reading, playing handball, and watching anime.

Jacob O’Connor

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    BS Health Fitness Specialist, East Carolina University
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    ACE Certified Personal Trainer 

Jacob has two years of experience in personal training and remote coaching, having worked with clients of all ages and skill levels. His journey in fitness started as a passion for athletics, playing a variety of sports ranging from football to swimming. Quickly realizing how important training was for sports performance, an obsession for the weight room was sparked.

While earning his Bachelors in Health Fitness at East Carolina University, Jacob joined the olympic weightlifting team and had success in national competition in addition to helping the Pirates become 2017 NC state champions, reaching third place at the 2018 University National Championships. As an upperclassman, Jacob took on a leadership role on the team helping coach new members improve their technique in the snatch and clean & jerk. Jacob developed a passion for coaching that he cultivated over two years during his time as a personal trainer at the ECU Recreation and Wellness Center and as an intern at Young’s Physical Therapy and Sports Performance, where he led classes in athletic development and strength and conditioning.

Jacob is an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan and enjoys spending his free time outdoors. His other interests include board games (especially Scrabble and Catan), history, and geography. Jacob is a firm believer that discomfort is a prerequisite for growth in life and that your comfort zone is not always your friend!

FREE Upfit Success Session

This 1-on-1 assessment and strategy session will allow us to design a personalized training program to fit your specific needs. Based on your performance, we create a customized strength and conditioning profile to make sure you get the most out of your workouts and overall program.

  • Goal Setting
  • Nutrition & Lifestyle Status
  • Movement Screen
  • Strength & Conditioning Assessment
  • No Obligation/Commitment!
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7 Day Jump Start Program only $99

Get acquainted with our UpFit Training program, mindset, and community, as you get a jump start on your fitness journey. Expect to see a boost in metabolism, energy, and motivation, as UpFit’s signature small group training program combines individualization with the fun dynamic energy of a group setting.

  • UpFit Assessment (Movement Screen, Goal Setting,
    Nutrition & Lifestyle Status)
  • 2 Small Group Training Sessions
  • 7 Day Trial on our Precision Nutrition
    Coaching Program
  • No Obligation/Commitment!
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