TRAINERS

@ariellee_fit

ARIEL

Ariel grew up in Raleigh, NC, and made the move to Charlotte after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During college she had to figure out "how to workout" between her part-time jobs and full-time studies in marketing. She soon started her journey as a fitness professional at a local barre studio and quickly fell in love with the energy in the room of a group class, and went on to earn her Certification in Personal Training and Nutrition Coaching from NASM. Ariel has been both a PT client and a founding member at WKS, but is now thrilled to be living the dream as a WKS Trainer and promises to bring alllllll of the advancements, energy, and bomb music to the studio, she can't wait to see you in class soon!

@staffordjbraxton

STAFFORD

Stafford grew up in Richmond, VA, and attended Johnson & Wales University here in Charlotte, NC! Sports have always been Stafford's passion - after graduating, he took his talents to Colorado Springs to work with USA Swimming & the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee.He began taking spin classes and 3 months later, he was a certified spin instructor! He lost over 50 pounds in six months and hopes to inspire others to reach their goals! His #1 priority is making sure clients understand that being healthy comes in all shapes and sizes. When you feel good on the inside, you'll feel and look great on the outside. Whether he's cracking (sometimes funny) jokes on the mic or keeping you fired up with his perfectly curated playlist, he's sure to keep you sweating and pushing yourself!

@_daphfit

DAPHNE

Born and raised a Jersey girl, Daphne grew up as a competitive dancer and spent her college years on the nationally ranked University of Delaware dance team. She then went on to become an assistant coach for the team as well as an instructor for Universal Dance Association. In 2020, Daphne and her husband moved to Charlotte for a change of scenery. Having always loved group workouts and training, Daphne decided to pursue her GFI and Personal Training certification through ACE. She is so excited to have found a new community through fitness and a new family here at WKS! Whether she is teaching her fourth graders in the classroom or teaching clients in the studio, she is sure to push and inspire you (and of course have some fun along the way)!

@aroseinthecity

AMANDA

A long way from home, Amanda relocated to CLT almost 10 years ago from New York. She made the move to CLT to attend UNC Charlotte where she earned both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in elementary education. After 5 years as an elementary school teacher, she took a break to pursue her passion for fitness. She’s the definition of work hard, play hard and brings the energy wherever she goes. Amanda tried her first workout at West Kept Secret a little over a year ago and fell in love with the high energy and fire playlists before finally taking the leap to join our team. Don’t be fooled — while she’s a sweetheart, she’ll always be serving up advancements (and no mercy) on the training floor!

@lakenmichee

LAKEN

Laken is our Southern Belle and has brains, booty, and is all business! In addition to crushing her full-time outside sales gig, until 2020, she danced for the Charlotte Hornets Honeybees for 6 seasons! Laken has been featured in a Sports Illustrated photoshoot + was once named SI’s Cheerleader of the Week (OOOK!) She is wife to Tucker and a Type A, old school rock music lovin’ babe! She is a NASM CPT, certified in CrossFit CF-L1 and says our full body workout makes an hour fly by + has your arms and abs slayin’ by the end. We’re thankful she’s been following us since Marissa helped her prep for TopCats auditions in 2012 (of course she made it!) and now is a part of our squad! If you need some wild, sassy energy in your work out of the day, Laken has you covered! Come thrive in her class ASAP!

@masoncallahan

MASON

​​Mason was raised in Cary, NC where she was an avid dancer training in Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Hip-Hop, and Pom. During high school, she attended Joffrey Ballet School in NYC in 2010 and 2011 for their Jazz and Contemporary programs. She continued her education and love of dance at Appalachian State University where she was a member of the ASU Elite Dance Team. In her senior year at App State, she tried out for the Carolina Panther's TopCats and made the team that brought her to the Queen City. After 3 amazing years as a Professional NFL Cheerleader, Mason put down the poms and picked up the weights as she dived into group fitness classes to stay active. When she's not dancing or working out, you can find her hanging out with her sweet pitbull Kado or reading a book. She loves all things spooky and spicy, so be ready for all the ~vibes when you take her class.

@maddogg1290

MADISON

Madison was born and raised in SC and is a Clemson tiger! We met her when she moved to CLT and was looking for a new workout; she loves that you always feel mentally + physically challenged at WKS, as well as, being a part of our positive + uplifting fitness community! We've been loving watching her crush her bride bod goals, as her and fiancé Nick tie the knot in February 2021 and will be official parents to their labradoodle, Maggie! Madison is sharp, outgoing, and beyond FUN – she will keep you laughing all class long! Madison is a PA in emergency medicine and whether she's saving lives in the ER or kicking ass in the WKS studio, she always brings.the.HEAT. We can’t wait to see you in her class soon!

@carolinefulco

CAROLINE

Meet Caroline - born and raised in Charlotte, NC. Growing up she was a competitive dancer and continued to dance after high school when she moved to Los Angeles, CA in 2019 to dance professionally through a mentor program. When her time in California got cut short due to the pandemic, she moved back to the queen city where she became a barista working for her dad at Rosie’s Coffee and Wine Garden – shout out Rosie’s! Caroline always had a passion for dance and fitness. She decided to pursue fitness as a career and is now a certified personal trainer. Caroline has been following WKS for a while and realized it was exactly the environment that she wanted to be a part of. She is so excited to have you take her classes!

@jordanelizabethjeffries

JORDAN

Jordan was born in FL and spent most of her years between Charlotte, Wilmington, Tampa. Growing up, she danced and cheered competitively, giving her the opportunity to cheer at Florida State University (GO NOLES)! Jordan moved back to Charlotte from Nashville in 2017 where she met her husband, JJ.  While working on her bridal goals, she became a member of WKS and instantly fell in love with the workout! From client to trainer, Jordan is beyond excited to share her love and passion for WKS!

@darcy_dyer22

DARCY

Darcy was born and raised in a small town in upstate New York. Growing up she played sports and while staying in shape during the off season, found a love for running and weight training. Darcy moved to Charlotte in February 2021 to be closer to family and started a new job in sales as well as a yoga sculpt instructor. While looking for a new workout studio to try, her sister-in-law, (@thecheekybeen) highly recommended West Kept Secret. She became a client and after falling in love with the methodology, she decided to audition to become an instructor! Don’t mistake her calm demeanor – she is competitive and loves pushing herself and others to their full potential! After all, she is the only girl out of three older brothers.

@madisonchadwick

MADISON

Madison was raised right here in the Queen City where she grew up on the sidelines of football games as the daughter of a High School Head Football Coach. Friday night lights were the center of her childhood and ultimately led her to cheer competitively and share the same sidelines as her dad while attending Myers Park High School. In college, Madison struggled to find a workout routine that mirrored the cardio she was getting from years of stunting, tumbling, and dancing and had to work hard to find new ways to move her body. After graduating nursing school, she found herself back in Charlotte and jumped right into West Kept Secret! She says the methodology is a ‘one stop shop’ that allows her the confidence to not have to supplement cardio to strength. Now working full time as a RN for Novant Health, Madison finds fulfillment in being able to provide help and healing for those who are sick and to work in fitness to prevent illness through healthy lifestyles.