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Empower Personalized Fitness


3211 Shannon Rd
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 401-8024
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Photo of Joan Eastman Joan Eastman
Jun 4, 2019 5

My husband and I started with just a few sessions, with personal trainer Amanda. She was fabulous! She created a way for us to have more fun doing our exercise routine, which made it much more likely that we would keep up with it. Thank you, Amanda!

Photo of Arturo Camejo Arturo Camejo
Feb 4, 2019 5

Best personal training in town hands down. Nestor and his hand picked staff give you RESULTS and individualized treatment.

Photo of Tina Hutchings Tina Hutchings
Oct 5, 2018 5

What a great place to come to at the end of the workday. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. This might sound like a review for a local bar but it's for this wonderful gym where they work you hard but with a huge dose of fun! Thank you

Photo of tracy cox tracy cox
Sep 30, 2018 5

The perfect place to get fit and healthy. When you walk in you realize this is the place for almost anyone--there's teenagers and 80 year-olds, soccer moms and tri-athletes, the already fit and those who want to improve their health. Empower Fitness is welcoming, encouraging, and positive. The trainers are 100% in your corner, helping you achieve YOUR goals not a one-size fits all approach.

Photo of ryan ascott ryan ascott
Sep 22, 2018 5

This is the best place ever and has really helped me achieve my fitness goals. I train with Chuck and he is great and has been a huge motivator in helping me achieve my goals.

Photo of M Gellin M Gellin
Jul 1, 2019 5

I truly can't say enough about Empower, and especially Nestor Paonessa. It would have been worth my while just to meet him! He is extremely knowledgeable, focuses on safety, knows how to encourage in what seems like the perfect way. I was "babying" a shoulder, and he gave me the certainty and guidance to move forward safely, but without having to give up strengthening and advancing-which was needed, even after a great PT. Without being corny, Nestor at Empower, truthfully empowered me to move forward.

Photo of tracy cox tracy cox
Jun 20, 2019 5

Thanks to Empower Personalized Fitness and Blaine Warren I get comments like “Your arms are cut. Where do you work out?” Empower is an ideal place to bring your fitness goals. Regardless of where you’re starting, Empower will meet you there and head you in the right direction. The studio is friendly, encouraging and welcoming to all.

Photo of Jonathan Mark Jonathan Mark
Jun 22, 2019 5

This is a special place. No matter what your age or level of fitness, EMPOWER helps you grow. The staff are great coaches who know you as individuals and work to meet your needs. Come and visit. You will stay.

Photo of Bert Woodall Bert Woodall
Jun 18, 2019 5

I have enjoyed the motivation and guidance that John Hinkle has provided me over the last eight months. Convenient location and great facility.

Photo of Floyd B. McKissick III Floyd B. McKissick III
Jul 10, 2019 5

Empower has been a great place for my morning workouts. This place has a great atmosphere and the staff is amazing. Training with Chuck has been great and scheduling sessions is always easy.

Photo of Al Jones Al Jones
Aug 9, 2019 5

I have been working with Empower for around 10 years now. My goals were to lose weight, gain flexibility and strength. We have accomplished those goals and maintained those gains. Early 2013, I was stricken with bacterial meningitis. I loss weight, no use of my arms, and extensive muscle atrophy. Empower was my saving grace as they helped me through my rehabilitation. I almost died but now have achieved my best health and physical well being in my life. I attribute all of that to Empower. I work with Nestor Paonessa who is great! But everyone at Empower is great! I highly and most definitely recommend Empower for your personal training.

Photo of Amanda Grayson Amanda Grayson
Aug 11, 2019 5

I’ve worked with Telese for personal training for over 6 months. She has a very thorough understanding of body mechanics and physiology. She has stayed focused on my personal goals, worked around all the injuries and limitations of my over-50 body and insured I continue to make progress. I feel much more energized, flexible, strong and resilient as s result of working with her. She is always well prepared with a workout personalized to my goals and limitations. She provides a lot of variety in workouts which is good for the body and also keeps me from getting bored. She’s also got an easy-going manner and sense of humor that adds to the pleasure of working with her. I highly recommend.

Photo of Allie Balling Allie Balling
Jul 16, 2019 5

After searching for a studio and trainer in Durham for over 3 years, I finally found the perfect fit! Working with Telese at Empower has been wonderful. She is always attentive to what I need and I started seeing the results I was looking for right away. Telese is also incredibly motivating (sometimes it is hard to get yourself to workout!) and it also helps that everyone who works at Empower is very friendly and the studio is pristine! Thank you!

Photo of Jane R Jane R
Oct 11, 2019 5

I’ve worked with Telese for personal training for a year. She has always been prepared in advance and told me all different types of drills to do, thus made me feel workout is not boring anymore. Overall, Telese is a very kind and patient trainer! Empower is a very nice place!

Photo of Ryan Cassidy Ryan Cassidy
Nov 12, 2019 5

I have worked with Telese for over a year. She tailors your workouts to your body and goals and I’ve seen great results and also feel much healthier!

Photo of Hailey Blair Hailey Blair
Jan 9, 2020 5

I was nervous to begin personal training, but this place and its employees quickly helped those nerves dissipate! Telese, my trainer, is incredibly kind. She takes my health very seriously and genuinely cares about my well being. She pushes me but also respects my limitations. The co-owners are open and welcoming each time I have seen them and have a genuine interest in their clients. All of the other trainers are supportive, funny, energetic, and kind as well! Best decision I have ever made was joining Empower!

Photo of Mendi Wagoner Mendi Wagoner
Feb 27, 2020 5

I am so happy to see Telese every chance I get. She did a thorough evaluation of my posture, gait, medical history, and a head to toe evaluation before developing a plan to help me. Telese changes up my exercises, challenges me, monitors and corrects my form while being upbeat and fun. I know I’m in good hands. I also appreciate the warm welcome from other trainers like Blaine that call me by name. I feel comfortable in the open, warm, encouraging environment at Empower.

Photo of Ann Reesman Fisher Ann Reesman Fisher
Mar 5, 2020 5

Blaine is an engaging, knowledgeable, and inspirational personal trainer. He varies my workout regimens and is great at creating personal fitness plans built on my strengths as well as my limitations- he is empathic and professional. I love the peaceful but fun atmosphere of the gym and feel welcomed every time I step in the door. I highly recommend Empower, all their trainers, and especially Blaine as true gems in our community.

Photo of Katie Shay Katie Shay
Mar 18, 2020 5

I've been working with Jess since I was cleared to exercise after giving birth. She has been amazing to work with! Jess has a wealth of knowledge about exercise physiology and the female body in particular. She tailored my workouts to fit my lifestyle and postpartum limitations as well as goals. She also gave me an at home program that I could do while on maternity leave since it's tough to make it to the gym with a baby at home. I really enjoy her as a person and as a trainer, and would highly recommend working with Jess or anyone on her staff for personal training.

Photo of Lindsay Mehta Lindsay Mehta
Mar 17, 2020 5

I have been a client of Amanda's at Empower for over a year now, and couldn't be happier with my decision to do this for myself! Amanda prepares a fun and personalized workout for me each week that has really helped to build my strength and keeps me motivated to do more workouts on my own throughout the week! The Empower facility is well-stocked with equipment! Highly recommend Empower and Amanda!

Photo of Julia May Julia May
Mar 16, 2020 5

I have been working 1:1 with Amanda for years now and really pleased. She makes things fun and tailors to any injuries. Working out via empower has made fitness a very consistent part of my schedule when it previously was not. It’s a good clean facility with very nice people.

Photo of Stephen Bus Stephen Bus
May 20, 2020 5

In this “new normal” I can’t thank Empower enough for giving me a sense of well...normal. I’ve been virtual training with Telese for over a month and she hasn’t missed a beat. From legs, arms, to core workouts, Telese does an unbelievable job of keeping me active and making sure we’re having fun along the way. We have structured my workouts around household items and modified sessions to make sure everything remains challenging. While I look forward to seeing the rest of the gym community soon, I can’t thank Telese enough for pushing me to become stronger today!

Photo of Tyler Harris Tyler Harris
May 13, 2020 5

Wonderful experience working with Judy and Rhonda. Highly recommend after looking long and hard for the right fit in personal trainers!!

Photo of Ann Kidd Taylor Ann Kidd Taylor
Jun 9, 2020 5

I've been training with Telese at Empower Fitness for over a year. Telese is the most knowledgeable trainer I've ever worked with. She creates workouts that are varied, effective, and challenging. Transitioning to virtual sessions was easy, from setting up zoom to her creative and accessible suggestions for home equipment. The quality of my training hasn't suffered a bit as a result of meeting virtually. On top of her skills as a trainer, Telese is an extraordinary person and brings kindness, humor, and encouragement to every session.