Joe Montgomery, BS, NSCA-CSCS, NASM-CPT
Owner, Head Personal Trainer
Joe has nearly 20 years experience as a personal trainer. He created Industrial Strength Fitness with the goal of helping people of all ages and fitness levels achieve a healthier lifestyle. Joe fought his own weight-loss battle for more than ten years, beginning in middle school. Realizing that knowledge would be his best weapon, he attended UNC-Charlotte and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion and Kinesiology, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Joe earned his Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and his Personal Trainer certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Joe is a Master Personal Fitness Trainer through the IDEA Health and Fitness Association. He works with clients of all ages and fitness levels and specializes in functional conditioning and corrective exercise for seniors and orthopedic post-rehab clients.
Cece Meland, ACSM-CPT, MS
Cece has over 20 years of experience in the Health and Wellness field. She graduated Summa Cum Laud in the Honors College at the University of Kentucky with a BS in Topical Field of Health and Human Studies. She also has a Master of Science in Health and Fitness Management. After graduate school she worked as a Fitness Specialist in Cardiac Rehab and as a research analyst in the Exercise Physiology lab at the world renown Cooper Institute of Aerobics Research. There, she fell in love with preventative medicine through nutrition, exercise, stress management, and overall wellness. In practicing what she preached, she dove into teaching group exercise classes, leading one-on-one personal training sessions, and conducting seminars in Nutrition, Stress Management, and Smoking Cessation.
Cynthia Lucas, BS, MA, NASM-CPT, LPCA, NCC
Personal Trainer, Mental Health Counselor
Cynthia has been a personal trainer since 1996 and is a competitive runner and cyclist. In 1991, Cynthia was struck by a moving vehicle while she was out on a training run. This event and the painful recovery that followed created a deep sense of empathy for clients who come to her in need of corrective and/or rehab-focused exercise protocols. In addition to being an outstanding personal trainer, she is also a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Barriers to health and chronic pain are typical issues she might address with her clients and her dual professions work quite well together. Cynthia understands deeply the inextricable connection between mental and physical health, and we are excited to have this expertise added to the Industrial Strength menu of services. Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Stetson University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from UNC-Charlotte. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor and an LPCA. Her personal training certification is through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Franky Riley, BA, NASM-CPT, AFAA-PFT, FMS, TRX
Franky’s love of helping others and living a healthy lifestyle prompted her to become a personal trainer. She is known for her challenging workouts that appeal to both youth and adult clients. She graduated from the National Personal Training Institute in 2006 and earned her Personal Fitness Trainer certification from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. Franky maintains a Certified Personal Trainer certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is Level One FMS certified through Functional Movement Systems. Also, Franky is a TRX Certified Trainer and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from UNC-Charlotte.
Holly Beebe, BS, LMBT, NASM-CPT, FMS 1
Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist, Lic # (NC#6930)
Holly believes regular massage is just one piece of the puzzle - that when massage is combined with a better diet, stretching and exercise, the effects are even better. Holly graduated first in her class from Southeastern Institute of Massage in Charlotte and studied at Life University College of Chiropractic from 2000-2002. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from UNCC with a BS in Exercise Science in 2013.
With her certification in yoga and massage therapy, along with her education, Holly has set herself apart as a knowledgeable wellness practitioner. Her specialties and certifications include: Certified Medical Massage, Neuromuscular therapy, structural Integration techniques, Trigger point, myofascial release, PNF, Certified pre-natal, cupping therapy, sports massage, and Thai massage.
Joe Giarmo, BAA/MBA, NASM-CPT
Personal Trainer, CrossFit Level I
Joe has a Bachelor of Applied Arts (2007) and a Master of Business Administration (2009) from Central Michigan University. It was his passion for fitness, coaching and helping others, however, that led him to pursue a career as a personal trainer.
When asked what Joe likes most about personal training he’ll tell you it’s coaching and having the opportunity to be a part of how a client progresses, seeing them reach their goals, and ultimately live healthier and happier lives. For Joe, that’s what makes the job worthwhile and keeps him motivated to be the best personal trainer he can be.
With a background in various athletics, obstacle course racing, endurance training, CrossFit and coaching both youth and adults, Joe brings diverse experience and an ability to tailor his approach to any client, regardless of their goals or fitness level. If you train with Joe, you should expect a trainer who will both encourage and challenge you while holding you accountable to your commitments, all while having fun doing it!
Leslie Misenheimer, BSN, NASM-CPT
Yoga Alliance 200 RYT
AEA certified Aquatic Instructor
Leslie graduated from UNC Charlotte with a B.S. in Nursing. In 1996 she moved into the fitness industry with aquatics as her focus, due to her back issues and benefits she experienced in the water. Leslie received her Aquatic Exercise Association and ACE certifications and began her own personal training business. Leslie joined Joe at Industrial Strength 12 years ago and provides land and aquatic training. Leslie is certified through the Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute and NASM. Two years ago, Leslie completed a 200 hr certification and was certified Yoga Alliance 200 RYT 200. Her journey has assisted her to help clients improve in total body, soul, and spirit wellness. She works with clients who have different physical challenges and varying degrees of fitness.
Melissa Wilson, BA, Balance Point Pilates, YMCA
Pilates Instructor, Group Exercise Instructor
Melissa has been a Pilates Instructor since 2007, and she loves the mind-body connection, clarity of thought, and internal balance that Pilates creates. Melissa earned her Comprehensive Pilates Instructor certification through Balance Point Pilates Studio and is a Pilates Member Alliance Certified Teacher. She holds a Foundation of Group Exercise certification from YMCA of USA. Melissa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Family Development from UNC-Charlotte.
Susan Hoover, STOTT, AFAA-GEI
Pilates Instructor, Group Exercise Instructor
Susan is an accomplished dancer who performed through college. Perhaps, given Pilates’ origin from this performing art, becoming an instructor was a natural progression for her. Susan began teaching Pilates in 2008, earned her Pilates Instructor certification through STOTT Pilates and specializes in Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels. Susan also offers a limited number of group fitness classes, having earned her Group Exercise Instructor certification through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and has also completed coursework in Active Isolated Stretching. Susan is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Textiles.