Coach Chris

Chris Mondragon

For over 34 years I have been a Fitness Coach. I came to fitness coaching through a journey. As the youngest of 8 siblings I came late to physical activity and sports as I had Rheumatic Fever and had to limit my activity for 3+ years. I became “husky” during that period. It was easy to eat with my grandma at home and I’m sure I used food to deal with boredom, loneliness, angst, etc.…
I slimmed down during the summer of 6th grade and went into the summer of 6th grade and weighed into 7th grade fit and health able to participate in sports. I played football, wrestled and ran track in Junior High excelling at them. I enjoyed the gratification and positive strokes from coaches who could see I tried to outwork everyone in practice. By the end of 7th grade I was bigger and stronger than most of my peers. I think I took it for granted that I would stay slim without having to work at it. However, by my Junior Year in High School I over trained and crash dieted to make weight. During wrestling season I did what we call “Weight Cutting”.
To wrestle 138lbs. (I hadn’t weighed that since I was 13 years old) my junior year in high school I had to lost 25lbs. the last 10lbs. dehydration and eating very little. Well after losing in the state finals I binged for weeks to take away the sting of losing and the feeling of deprivation I felt during the wrestling season. A month later I was lover 200lbs. Yikes!
A that point I had been a State Wrestling Champion and a Runner-Up and decided I needed to learn more about nutrition and proper fitness to help myself. Along the way I helped a lot of my teammates make weigh properly and develop safe effective workout programs to help them.
Now 40 years later I continue to hone my skills and offer safe and effective exercise programs and sound nutritional advice. More importantly, we at Personally Fit have learned how to help our clients overcome the barriers that have held them back in the past. This is done through planning to overcome unplanned setbacks, eating slower, maybe developing a sleep ritual. And I figured out it isn’t what you are eating by maybe what’s eat at you.
I take great satisfaction that so many people let us be part of their fitness weight loss journey.

Coach Leslye

Leslye Mondragon

I was always the smallest of the girls and boys my age. This was a disadvantage in that I had trouble competing with a lot of kids. But tried to be the best in every sport I did. Eventually by the age of 12 I focused solely on Golf. In high school I was the MVP and Team Captain of the Boy’s Golf Team. I was so determined to do this. I focused on getting a Golf Scholarship and and got one to North Carolina State University.
I met my husband Chris in college who was a Wrestler and loved strength training. I began working out with Chris and quickly learned to love what it did for me. I got stronger, more toned and lost body fat.
It helped my golf game and overall health, I was written up in Golf Digest magazine twice and Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd. Not long after I got married I found out that I had Multiple Sclerosis. I continue to stay fit and practice what I teach. Today I work with Chris and we have a wonderful business together. I also play golf regularly and compete in golf tournaments often.
Helping women understand that they deserve to take care of themselves and to love themselves is so important to me in my work. I teach them that a Health Lifestyle working out and using good Nutrition practice should not be a stress. It’s a gift and they deserve it. If you don’t take care of yourself first you are not able to care of others very well. I have loved what strength training and good Nutrition have done for me in my life.

Coach Dawn

Dawn Skelton

When I was a young child, I couldn’t see well, and had horrible balance, and I was very uncoordinated.
By age 10, I had started exercising, regular gymnastics, softball and cheerleading.  
In middle school, I added running and playing basketball, and was steadily becoming more athletic.  This was despite how fast I was growing, and gangly long limbs.  My confidence was also growing with continual exercise.  
When I got to high school I tried out and participated in 4 sports- and also added weight training.   My athletic ability continued to improve even though I was never the star of any team.  My confidence continued to soar and my love of fitness and exercise continued through college.  
I continue to run, and I taught numerous aerobics classes in my 20’s and 30’s, and I did a few sprint triathlons, continued running, and started personal training.  
After having kids and starting to feel a little pain in my knees, I dropped running and started weight lifting more. 
Between the ages of 40, and 45 I competed in several bodybuilding competitions and I feel that I will continue to lift and eeat well so that I can compete in my 50’s. 

Coach Ashley

Ashley Stuart

I was born in Miami, Florida, but grew up in the Bahamas, and was the youngest of 4 kids.  Sports were always a big part of my life growing up.  
As I fell in love with the game of baseball, I always had a drive for coaching, and at the age of 17, I coached the Bahamas National Baseball team. 13U was my first team, and we brought home the bronze medal.  
Baseball helped me get a high aschool scholarship and also put me through college.  I attended Shaw University, where I got my BS degree in Exercise Science and minor in Business Management. I was team captain on my college team.
Currently I’m working at Personally Fit where I’m teaching classes and giving other people information about fitness.  
I have always had a huge passion for giving back and teaching young players and young adults about what I learnt, and about how important education is. 
My motto is “What you put in is what you get out”