West Kept Secret

West Kept Secret (WKS) was established in 2011, by founder/owner, Marissa West. Marissa began experimenting with different workout modalities to achieve optimum fitness results for each client. The WKS methodology combines cardio, strength training, and Pilates into one high intensity interval format. WKS clients experience results-driven workouts at every class!

Initially, Marissa began with a focus on one-on-one personal training clients, but her programing quickly grew to small group classes shortly after the *West Kept Secret* was out in town. Incredible results soon hooked Charlotte’s fitness community, and they asked for more.

In October 2020, WKS opened their 2,200sqft studio space in Dilworth and expanded their personal training operations. WKS is an award-winning boutique fitness studio, and has won Charlotte Magazine's Best of the Best (BOB) Awards for Best Cardio Class and Best Boutique Studio four years running.

Marissa was also named one of Charlotte Agenda's “Top 10 Small Business Owners” in 2019. WKS has gone live on Instagram via Shape Magazine and Hollywood Life, showcasing its unique workouts with Sports Illustrated model, Olivia Culpo. The WKS curated methodology is used by the Carolina Panthers’ TopCats, Miss USA, Miss Universe, and other prominent influencers and athletes to maintain peak performance. Our trainers are experts in their field and featured in fitness publications such as Shape, Cooking Light, Men’s Health, PopSugar, and Livestrong Magazine.

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West Kept Secret is the Official Fitness Trainer for the Carolina Panthers’ professional cheerleading team,


WKS founder and owner, Marissa West, and several other WKS trainers, are TopCat alumni. We prepare these athletes for game day, using our signature methodology through group classes, private team bootcamps, and nutrition counseling. We love cheering for our home team!