Vision Fitness founder, Charles Knowles is a powerhouse personal trainer who specializes in one-on-one and group training to help clients realize their wellness goals. He takes his coaching to the next level with a holistic approach offering highly individualized training, as well as dietary and fitness coaching conducive to life outside of the gym. His knowledge, dedication, and proven results over the past 13 years have propelled him to be trusted by Philadelphia’s elite, including CEO’s, collegiate and professional athletes, such as 76ers own General Manager Elton Brand and his wife Seneca, and reality star Devin Duggan, for his motivation and fitness expertise. Charles strives to create a fun and upbeat environment where clients feel motivated to make their fitness goals come to life.
Through hard work, prayer and a promise to himself, Charles has dedicated his life to helping others through healthy living and wellness making their vision for fitness a reality.
Charles developed a passion and love for helping others through health and fitness following a family tragedy at a young age when he realized that due to poor health his family members never had the opportunity to see their visions become a reality.
Athlete/celebrity roster: His knowledge, dedication and proven results over the past 13 years have propelled him to be trusted by names such as, Michael Harris – CEO of Best Sports Consultants former agent of Kobe Bryant, Frank Knuckles – member of the Roots, Levi Brown, 76ers own General Manager Elton Brand and his wife Seneca, and former NFL player and reality star Devin Duggan.
Gives back to the community: He has spoken to kids at Schools about the importance of taking the tragic moments and turning them into positives.
As a Wyndmoor native, Steel attended Chestnut Hill Academy and was drafted to the Baltimore Orioles in 2012. After 6-seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, he transitioned into coaching baseball until he realized that his knowledge, talent, and experience could help more than just professional athletes.
As an elite athlete, Steel Russell understands the important balance of fitness and good nutrition. This is why he will leverage his experience as a professional athlete to develop custom programs for the members at Vision + Fitness LLC. He believes that education is the foundation of living a healthy lifestyle and utilizes his experience to help his clients overcome challenges and achieve their fitness goals.
Laurie has been in the fitness industry for 6 years and has been an athlete her whole life. Her love and passion for fitness began when she tore her ACL freshman year of high school during a basketball game. She learned how important it was to strength train and take care of her body. She fell in love with this lifestyle and knew it was her calling to help others live a healthy and happy life.
She then went on to study Kinesiology at Temple University. She is currently an ACE certified personal trainer, holds a USA weightlifting Certification and is a Precision Nutrition level 1 coach.
Josh, a fitness professional with a diverse background, brings a unique perspective to his coaching. With experience in football, track and field, and military service, he is well-equipped to provide effective and efficient training. Josh holds certifications as an ISSA Elite Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Nutrition Coach, demonstrating his commitment to his craft.
As a coach, Josh’s passion, energy, and attention to detail are unmatched. He takes the time to understand his clients’ needs and goals, and ensures they reach them safely and efficiently. His positive attitude and enthusiasm make it easy for clients to show up for classes and enjoy themselves during workouts.
Josh is excited to join the community at Vision Plus Fitness, where he can work with a diverse group of people and contribute to a supportive and encouraging environment. He believes that community is essential to achieving fitness goals and is eager to be a part of a great team.
Molly McGraw was raised in Delaware County Pennsylvania and currently resides in Conshohocken, PA with her husband and dog. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2014 and Thomas Jefferson University in 2019 with her Masters of Science in Nursing. She practices as a Clinical Research Nurse Practitioner in Pediatric Endocrinology.
She has followed her passion for complementary medicine which led her to complete an Integrative Medicine fellowship, Reiki Level 1 certification and 200 hour Power Yoga Certification. She uses her understanding of brain and body to deliver a challenging yet accessible practice that is built on the foundation of intentional movement and mindfulness. Molly believes in the power of yoga and the power of community. When those two worlds collide, she is in her element. Among her friends and family, she is known to find any opportunity to connect people of all ages and experience levels together through yoga. She is so grateful for the opportunity to share the transformative effects of yoga with the Vision Fitness community.
Rachel grew up here in Conshy where she was always playing a sport or involved in some sort of activity. Her biggest passions in life have always been health, fitness, volleyball, working with kids and taking care of others.
Rachel attended Arcadia University where she earned a B.A in History in 2009 and her love for athletics led her to earn a Masters of Public Administration in Sport Management and Athletics at West Chester University in 2010.
Rachel also started coaching volleyball in 2007 where her love of playing the game turned into something bigger. Her coaches over the years inspired her to be someone her players could count on, trust and respect on and off the court. She has coached at the college, club and high school level.
She has had some injuries and health issues over the years which have pushed her to learn and pursue a Personal Training CERT through ACE and NASM. Along with becoming a Certified Nutrition Coach (NASM), Rachel strives to be the best role model for those around her, to encourage them to always pursue their dreams and reach for their goals.
Sherri loves all things physical and challenging. Movement is her driver, power yoga her passion. Ten years ago she rolled out her mat for a heated power yoga class and has been going strong ever since. Sherri has been a certified Power Yoga Teacher for the last 7 years. She loves early mornings and motivating people.
When she is not in LOVE teaching hot power or taking classes there, you can catch her in Vision working out hard each day. She believes we have a responsibility to stay healthy and strong. When the weather gets warmer, you will find Sherri at the Schuylkill River in the evenings, as she paddle’s on a competitive Dragon Boat team. Her mindset is to show up strong for herself, her husband Tim, her children and grandchildren.
Nicole is very excited to be a part of the family at Vision Plus Fitness as a yoga teacher at LOVE! She began practicing yoga towards the end of the college and fell in love in the practice over time. Yoga has provided her many tools to help her navigate life’s challenges and remain grounded. Living a very fast-paced lifestyle, she finds that the most important lesson yoga taught her, was how to slow down.
Her favorite way to spend free time is being with friends, going to the beach, cheering on Philadelphia sports, and of course any possible to keep active and moving (except for mountain climbers). As an instructor, she hopes to provide others a safe space to show up, slow down, and be exactly as they are. She loves meeting and connecting with new people and cannot wait to see you on the mat!
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