Hi, I'm Chris
I'm just a girl who has been overweight, a.k.a. fat. I also had three children and a divorce that started years of up and downs. Fortunately, I was a distance runner and athlete in school and that taught me core training methods and an attitude of persistence. Through facing many personal challenges, lots of study of food and exercise programs, and a commitment to moving forward to better habits, I was able to change the equation of my life from unhealthy to healthy.
My mission is to share my knowledge of healthy eating and living and, of course, a fitness program with others. My unique "direct" style and persistent attention to forming healthy habits has helped hundreds of people. Persistence and attention are the key to our success. I will help you change how you think about yourself and your surroundings.
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It's about you
No matter who walks into my studio, I can promise we are all going to be on the same page. That means that for each individual that we meet we handcraft a program that meets your needs and addresses your weaknesses.
Now, that doesn't just mean one-on-one attention. It also means putting you in a team environment that will spark your excitement and challenge your fears of being fit. We create a vibrant, dynamic, supportive place for everyone where no one is able to hide, and no one needs to.
More than a gym
I wouldn't even call this a gym. It is a learning environment for life. It is workout facility that is worthy of any athlete or sports team. And yet it is unique to Pittsburgh. There is never a day repeated. Every workout is original, 365 days a year.
"Whatever it takes" is the theme here – expect to be texting food choices to my iPhone during meal hours, running steps and doing push ups on a nearby park bench, or having me take you to the grocery store to learn new food choices. The program is unique in using a team-oriented, fun, playful approach to inspiring physical, mental and emotional growth.
As for the work we do, there is not a more physically demanding hour in the city. You've got me, other great trainers, and amazing people working together for strength, growth, and health. You can't bottle this recipe -- it is re-created every day.
Food for thought
With your permission, daily food logs will be observed and dissected. Text me from your dinner table or at the restaurant. At dinner time my phone sounds like a slot machine. You bite it, you write it. This allows the trainers to get into your cupboards and decision making processes and struggles to create a plan for change.
There is not one food plan the suits everyone. It begins with a core approach to "eat to live" not "live to eat." CAF carries daily homemade organic plates of great flavor and color, hosts a variety of healthy cooking classes, and is proud to operate an organic vegan grocery store.
Let's face it, you are what you eat -- so make your food sexy and clean.
Hunter comes to CAF with 20+ years of Personal Training and Group Exercise experience, 10+ years of Military Training, and 5+ years of Yoga practice. He credits the Mind/Body/Spirit aspects of Yoga for his “Attitude of Gratitude”. His military training has given him the ability to work with a wide variety of people, nationalities, and attitudes. Although you will probably always find him with a smile on his face, there are a few things that may bring out his “Inner Drill Sergeant”. Hunter believes that “Form Follows Function”, and that it is important to educate the client as well as train them. For this reason, look for him to be quick to help correct any deficiencies in form or to help find a suitable “modification” for any given exercise.
Hunter has been involved with sports and fitness his whole life. From Track & Field to Soccer, La Crosse to Golf, and everything in-between, “I’ve been blessed to have excellent coaches and athletic trainers throughout my youth, high school, college and beyond. Hunter’s workouts are designed to challenge core strength first and everything else second. A famous martial arts Master once said, “If ones’ Core is 100% developed, then the rest of the Body will be as well”.
His years of playing competitive soccer for Div. I UVM, the U.S. All-Army and U.S. All-Armed Forces teams have given him international playing experience that he says, “changed my game”. He looks forward to adding his unique level of expertise and customer service to the already excellent CAF staff. “Chris Anthony is doing something that no other Health and Fitness facility is capable of right now. By placing a larger emphasis on what clients use to fuel their bodies, she helps their machines operate at maximum efficiency.”
TaVahn Parker, was raised in a small borough of Pittsburgh and has played sports competitively since the age of six. Although he hasn't always, he now thanks his mom who encourages him to play outside and never allow him to sit around and watch TV. Parker is a Woodland Hills high school alumni, where he excelled in basketball, football, and track & field. Parker continued his education at California University of PA, obtaining a bachelor's degree in Communications with a minor in Public Relations. In addition to training with CA, Parker supports his favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, by assisting their marketing team with game day events. He also is a coach for multiple non-profit organizations such as Athletic Trauma Unit (ATU), Gwen's Girls, and the Penn Hills youth track program. Parker is determined to save the world one body at a time or 10, or 20, depending on how big his classes are.
Kayley is a Pittsburgher, born and raised. Throughout her childhood she was involved in multiple dance organizations taking a variety of classes and played volleyball for both her high school varsity team and for a junior olympic club. Being involved with these activities not only kept her busy, but they set the foundation of having a healthy and active lifestyle.
Kayley attended Penn State University and graduated from the College of Health and Human Development with a bachelor's degree in Biobehavioral Health. During her years obtaining this degree, she learned to explore health from all angles. In college, she also found her passion for helping others through volunteering for multiple non-profit organizations, which in turn lead her towards pursuing a career in the health field.
"In college, my major taught me to focus on how a person's biology, behavior, psychology, and environment interact to influence a person's overall health and well-being and I see this in practice every day at Chris Anthony Fitness. Chris pushed you physically in the gym, teaches you to make healthy decisions in the kitchen, and inspires you to use what you learn to change your health and your life."
Kimberly Cooper, was raised in a small rural town in Maine and has always had an interest in health and fitness. As a kid she was always playing outside, running laps around the house and her favorite place in her yard was the jungle gym. She played various sports from t-ball, to baton twirling and narrowed it down to three by high school. She was competitive in soccer, swimming and track & field. She also enjoyed skiing which got her through some long, cold, Maine winters.
Kim graduated from the University of Maine where she obtained her bachelors degree in Exercise Science. During her time at UMaine she worked as an assistant coach with the varsity men’s and women’s track and field team, as well as a physical therapist aide at a local physical therapy office. She enjoyed both coaching division one athletes working towards their next competitive goals as well as rehabbing post-surgical patients working towards simple daily tasks.
She believes that the whole body approach in total health and wellness is key for lifelong success. "I am grateful to have found Chris Anthony Health and Fitness and excited to continue to learn and grow into the best fitness professional I can be."
Becky was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. She has been competitively swimming since she was 5 years old and was a collegiate division I swimmer. She went to school for health and physical education at St. Bonaventure University, then received her Master's from Duquesne in Administration and Supervision with Principal Papers K-12.
Currently, Becky is a health and physical education teacher at Hempfield Middle School where she also coaches lacrosse and is the strength and conditioning coach for the varsity swim team. She has a strong background in Anatomy and Physiology and Exercise Science.
"What makes Chris Anthony fitness different from any other gym, is Chris Anthony herself and the atmosphere she has created. This type of training is team training that conditions the mind and body like no other. CAF will not only teach you exercises to do, what to eat, and how to change your lifestyle, but will also teach you determination and the the will to never give up. At CAF you work in a group environment as a team working and reaching your goals. Chris Anthony never gives up on you so you won't give up on yourself."
Kayla grew up in York, PA, and while she was a varsity athlete in multiple sports in high school, her interest in fitness wasn’t truly launched until college. While attending the University of Pittsburgh, she joined the women’s Ultimate Frisbee team. During her undergraduate years, she constantly trained to better herself as an athlete, eventually helping her team to Division I Nationals. "I’m proud to say that I’ve represented Pittsburgh five times on the national stage at the Club and College levels."
After graduating with degrees in Psychology and History in 2011, Kayla began working with Chris Anthony Fitness and as a Therapeutic Support Staff Worker, primarily with children with Autism. "Working with CAF has been particularly rewarding; Chris Anthony constantly challenges both her clients and her trainers to better themselves."