Joe Montgomery, BS, NSCA-CSCS, NASM-CPT

Owner, Head Personal Trainer
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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.



Andrew Grant, BA, NASM-CPT, TRX, CrossFit, YWCA-GroupEx

Personal Trainer
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Andrew has over 7 years of experience in the fitness industry as a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor. As an English student at UNC-Charlotte, Andrew became an avid competitor in endurance challenge courses. After graduation, Andrew went on to pursue his love of fitness by becoming a group exercise instructor, receiving certifications from YMCA and TRX. Andrew later added Certified Personal Trainer to his skill set by earning his certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He rounded out his expertise earning his certification with Crossfit Level 1.

With an upbeat attitude and the desire to see clients succeed, Andrew is able to work with clients ranging from 10-79 years old and see fantastic results. Andrew thrives on accountability and has his clients do the same while fostering a relationship conducive to success. With a background in endurance running and functional training he has pushed himself mentally and physically past barriers and helps clients do the same.



Susan Hoover, STOTT, AFAA-GEI

Pilates Instructor, Group Exercise Instructor
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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.


Cynthia Lucas, BS, MA, NASM-CPT, LPCA, NCC

Personal Trainer, Mental Health Counselor
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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.




Personal Trainer
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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.



Melissa Wilson, BA, Balance Point Pilates, YMCA

Pilates Instructor, Group Exercise Instructor
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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.