Marissa graduated from Christopher Newport University, in Newport News, Virginia. She majored in Communication Studies and minored in Spanish. However, her love for fitness started at an early age. She was a competitive gymnast for 10 years and danced competitively throughout high school and college. She was the lead dance team captain and choreographer at Christopher Newport University for three consecutive seasons.
She pursued her love for fitness and dance when she moved to Charlotte in 2011, after she made the Carolina Panthers NFL Cheerleading Squad, (The TopCats). She taught ballet barre and jazz cardio fitness classes for several years at Christopher Newport University and at other studios locally in Virginia and North Carolina. She is also an avid spinner and certified to teach Spin, through Mad Dogg Athletics.
Marissa is a certified personal trainer and nutrition specialist through the American Council on Exercise (ACE, 2011). She focused her fitness studies on cardio/interval training, resistance training, ballet barre, and pilates through ACE. Marissa experimented with these different fitness genres and developed the signature WKS methodology, incorporating cardio, strength training, and pilates into one dynamic workout. This methodology is Trademarked and can only be experienced in Charlotte, NC.
Marissa has been featured as an expert in her field in major publications, such as Men's Health, Popsugar, and Cooking Light Magazine. See our Press Page for the latest! Marissa's positive energy is contagious. She will inspire you in and outside of the studio. If you are looking for a body changing, soul heightening sweat experience, WKS is for you!
Heidi grew up in Fayetteville, NC, and graduated from N.C. State University in Raleigh, NC! Growing up, she played many different sports, but really found her passion in competitive cheerleading. At one point, she cheered for her high school competition squad while also participating in 2 all-star teams, both Junior and Senior.
After college, she worked very hard in the professional world, earning her way into the Corporate Partnership Director job she has today. In recent years, she couldn't suppress her desire to be involved in the Charlotte fitness community, as she was a frequent client at various studios throughout the city. It was her love for fitness and getting to know others that pushed her to become an instructor at a local Charlotte studio. This is where she met Marissa (Owner & Founder of West Kept Secret) and began personal training with her one-on-one. Quickly falling in love with Marissa's creative and challenging workouts (and her as a person!), Heidi was ecstatic when Marissa invited her to be a part of the West Kept Secret team in April 2018!
Heidi specializes in group training sessions, as well as, one-on-one training, and will motivate you every minute of her time spent with you. With her positive energy, outgoing personality, and witty sense of humor, you will feel encouraged while also being pushed to your max! If you want to have a good time, while getting the hardest workout of your life in (to DOPE music!) you'll want to sweat with Heidi ASAP!
Originally from Fairfax Station, VA, Deia attended UVA (go Hoos!) and graduated in 2016 with a Bachelors Degree in Economics, Deia is a banker by day + WKS trainer by side hustle! She is a NASM CPT + a Les Mills RPM certified cycle instructor.. we are lucky she chose us!
Having grown up playing travel soccer, swimming competitively and training for half marathons, Deia brings a well-rounded perspective to each of her classes and training sessions. Deia will find a workout routine that works for YOU and motivates you to achieve your goals. She believes that workouts should build you up and help you achieve that balanced and healthy lifestyle that we all seek to maintain!
Amanda is a Massachusetts native, but we try not to hold being a Patriots fan against her! She is a NASM CPT and the proud mom of her cats, Shrimp + Hank, and wife to Joe.. the Murley crew has been in CLT just over 1 year!
Prior to West Kept Secret, Amanda specialized in one on one online personal training and has a passion for strength conditioning (and all things Will Ferrell!) After finding WKS on Instagram and popping in to take our Machine Method class in Plaza, she knew we would be the perfect fit for her fitness career. We are so glad she stepped out of her comfort zone to DM us and learn more about joining our team!