WIP DOWNTOWN OPENING SPRING 2017 - Pratt Street, Hartford CT
Mary Kate Doyle - Owner
Mary Kate Doyle is a graduate of Boston College, mother of 3 beautiful children and resident of West Hartford since 2006. To put roots down in the community, she joined the West Hartford Newcomers club, where she spent years as a board member and eventually served as President. Prior to founding WIP Fitness, Mary Kate had a 10 year marketing career in Boston and New York. Mary Kate has a passion for physical fitness and the balance that it brings to all areas of her life. Her other passions include family, travel, cooking, skiing and good wine with good friends.
Laura Keever - Owner
Laura Keever grew up in Boston and attended the University of Rhode Island before settling down in West Hartford in 2004 with her husband and three children. She worked as a human resources professional for major law firms in Boston and Hartford, and also served on the executive board of the Moms and More Club of West Hartford for five years. When Laura isn't busy building forts in the basement with her kids, she enjoys working out, perusing Pinterest, cooking, and spending time on the beaches of Cape Cod with her family and friends.
Patrick DellaPace - Programming and Fitness Director
Patrick is what you would consider a "Reverse Snowbird." Instead of moving South for the winter he chose the glacial temperatures of New England. A native Floridian, Patrick grew up running barefoot on the beach, surfing tropical waters, fishing the deep sea, and living up any active outdoor experience he could get. Despite his height, he managed to earn a college basketball scholarship where he played for two years before hanging up the jersey. During Patrick's senior year of college he decided to tackle his first marathon and he soon realized that strength training was an integral part of athletic success and staving off injuries. Since then, Patrick has continued to apply these strength principles in order to complete every run distance up to the 100 mile and to achieve better health overall. Lately, some of his favorite workouts include running through the woods and lifting rocks, logs, and various other natural debris to keep training fun and challenging. Besides living an active lifestyle, you can find Patrick enjoying adventures with his wife Lacey, drinking lots of coffee, and working with his church family.
Paul Ducey - Coach
Paul was born and raised in West Hartford. He spent 5 years working at ESPN before dedicating himself to a career in personal and group fitness coaching. Paul is an ISSA certified fitness coach. He was a WIP Fitness client for over a year before deciding he wanted to be on both sides of the workout. Now you can get an amazing workout with Paul whether he is your coach or your workout partner. Paul enjoys all aspects of fitness from strength training to yoga and everything in between. His hobbies include playing hockey and trying the latest beers from New Park Brewing.
Leah Szot - Coach
Leah fell in love with fitness at a young age. She would go down to her dad's home gym and curl 2.5 lb weights alongside of him, just barely out of a diaper; her dad has always had a large impact on her fitness career and inspired a lifelong involvement and love of sports. Leah plays every sport under the sun, with a heavy focus on soccer and softball.
Leah started her fitness career as a certified personal trainer at age 17. During that time she had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of clientele from former collegiate athletes to former models. Before landing at WIP, Leah coached at Crossfit Bionic for several years. . Leah is currently in school to obtain her bachelors in Exercise Science, and ultimately finish her doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT)
Zack Nagle - Coach
Zack has his undergraduate degree in sports management he comes to WIP Fitness with a versatile background that ranges from coordinating events with brands such as the NBA, NCAA and NIKE to growing a national recognized boutique gym in a new Connecticut market.
However it was while coaching his local high school football team that he discovered his true passion for coaching, personal development and creating a positive impact on the lives of others. Zack’s passions for human potential led him to WIP Fitness, empowering others through fitness & nutrition.
In his spare time he enjoys staying active as much as possible playing Hockey, Baseball and training with his buddies.
Matt Vaccarelli- Coach
Matt has coaching in his blood. The son of a successful high school and college coach, Matt grew up with a training background. A 3 sport high school athlete, Matt went on to play college football. Matt coached in sports clinics and at the AAU levels. Coaching led Matt to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees from CCSU in physical education. Matt is currently a gym teacher at the CREC Museum Academy where he is worshipped by his students ages 3-12. Matt received his training certification from the NCCPT. In his very little spare time Matt enjoys spending time being active; hiking, playing softball, running 5K's/obstacle races, traveling and spending time with his family and friends.
Jon Bates - Coach
Jon and his wife settled in the Farmington Valley in the fall of 2014. There is nothing that makes him happier than seeing people achieve their goals. Jon holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont, a master’s degree from Northeastern and his Level 1 CrossFit certification. In his spare time, he and his wife enjoy red wine, reading, golf and family walks around Collinsville with their dog Buddy. Jon and Christina just welcomed their first child a daughter Georgia.
Rafael Ozdemirer - Coach