Rhonda SchilawskiRhonda Schilawski, MS, CPT – Owner/Director

Rhonda, the owner and CEO of Rhonda Schilawski Fitness LLC, has 12 years of experience in the fitness industry.  Rhonda holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Exercise Science from The University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM), where she was a stand-out NCAA Division I track and cross county athlete.  Rhonda’s career as a fitness professional began at the ULM Wellness Center, and has since  included positions as a Fitness Specialist, Instructor, Personal Trainer, Program Coordinator, Program Manager, and Director of a fitness and aquatics center.  Rhonda’s passion is working directly with clients to help them achieve their fitness goals.  Motivating people to do their best and reach their true potential is Rhonda’s specialty.  Rhonda designs challenging and exciting workouts for clients of all ages and levels of fitness.

Raised on a farm outside Ottawa, Canada, Rhonda grew up leading a very active and healthy lifestyle.  A track and cross country scholarship brought Rhonda south, where while completing an internship at Duke University, she met her husband Sutton.   Rhonda realized that North Carolina was where she wanted to make her home.  Rhonda continues to compete in races ranging from 5K’s to marathons, and enjoys coaching runners to achieve new personal bests.  Rhonda’s other interests include cooking, spending time at the beach and teaching SPINNING.  Rhonda currently lives in Leland, NC with her husband and new daughter Brinley. 


Rhonda’s Qualifications Include:


    • B.A. Exercise Science-The University of Louisiana at Monroe
    • M.S. Exercise Science-The University of Louisiana at Monroe


    • Personal Trainer-ACE (American Council on Exercise)
    • Group Exercise Instructor-ACE (American Council on Exercise)
    • Adventure Boot Camp Instructor-NESTA (National Exercise Sports Trainers Association)
    • Sports Nutrition Specialist-NESTA (National Exercise Sports Trainers Association)
    • Level 1 Track & Field Coach-USATF (USA Track & Field)
    • SPINNING Instructor-Mad Dogg Athletics
    • TRX Trainer
    • First Aid/CPR-American Red Cross



    • NCAA Division I Conference Champion-3000m steeplechase
    • Team Captain-ULM Track and Cross Country 2001-2004
    • ULM Female Athlete of the Year-2003


    • Boston Marathon Qualifier - 3:07
    • Half Marathon Personal Best - 1:26

Dr. John Spencer Ellis - Support Staff

Dr. John Spencer EllisEach week, over one million people around the world enjoy a fitness program created by John Spencer Ellis. His fitness programs are implemented in the top resorts, spas and health clubs. John is the President of NESTA (National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association) and the Spencer Institute for Life Coaching. These two professional associations have 45,000 members in 30 countries. John is on the Advisory Boards of the National Health, Wellness and Prevention Congress, Exercise TV, Conference for Healthy Living, Irvine Valley College, Get America Fit Foundation, and is a Fellow of the National Board of Fitness Examiners. He is the author of "How Badly Do You Want It? - Your Ultimate Guide to Optimal Fitness," and a contributor to "Power of Champions." He created Adventure Boot Camp, the largest fitness boot camp program in the world. His signature series of outdoor fitness equipment is used in communities worldwide. John has been featured or quoted in every major fitness publication, and held the post of Fitness Editor for OC Flair magazine. John has been featured on NBC, CBS, PBS, SPIKE, ESPN & Bravo. He serves as an on-air expert for Life & Leisure Television and Health Journal Television with General Norman Schwarzkopf. He is the producer and host of The OC Body on The Healthy Living Channel. John is a Nautilus sponsored athlete and stars in the workout DVDs Playground Boot Camp™ & Kung-Fu Fitness™. John created the fitness program used by the U.S. Secret Service and he consults the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships).

John has been continuing his professional education since 1987, and holds bachelors degrees in business and health science, an MBA, and a doctorate in education. He is currently completing a second doctorate in naturopathy. He has fifteen certifications including massage therapy, plyometrics, self-defense, fitness kick boxing, fitness boxing, water fitness, exercise rehabilitation, golf conditioning, Pilates, personal training, clinical hypnotherapy, sports hypnosis, PACE circuit training and yoga. He holds a 2nd degree black belt in kung-fu, has completed the Ironman triathlon, and finished 5th at the U.S. National Biathlon Championships. His medical training includes a license in radiological technology, a medical assisting certification, and training in McKenzie rehabilitation. John was nominated for the California Community College Distinguished Alumni Award.

Kelli Calabrese - Support Staff

Kelli CalabreseKelli Calabrese, MS, CSCS is the International Master Trainer for Adventure Boot Camp and does the Coach Training to prepare qualified candidates to become Adventure Boot Camp Coaches. Calabrese has been a spokesperson, consultant, advisor or expert for clients such as The American Council on Exercise, NESTA (National Exercise & Sports Training Association), the National Board of Fitness Examiners, Athletic Baby, The Aerobic & Fitness Association of America, National Board of Fitness Examiners, Smuckers, Kellogg, Glaxo Smith Klein, The Watermelon Council and Quaker Oats. 

At the age of 22, Kelli had completed 3 Science degrees including an Associates in Biology, Bachelors with High Honors in Exercise Physiology and a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation. Since 1986, Kelli has acquired 23 fitness, nutrition, weight management and lifestyle consulting certifications. For 14 years she co-owned and operated a chain of 4 fitness centers (Excellence in Exercise) and 4 corporate centers with clients such as Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Nabisco and Beneficial Insurance. In 1991 Calabrese opened Xercise Institute, the first school for preparing candidates for the American Council on Exercise's Personal Training exams. 

Kelli’s personal mission is to empower individuals with the tools to make health, fitness and wellness a permanent and enjoyable part of their lives. She does this through teaching and coaching both consumers and fitness professionals to be their personal best.


» 3-5% reduction in body fat
» 5-12 pounds of weight loss
» 1-3" decrease in the midsection
» 25% increase in strength
» 25% improvement in endurance
» Better relaxation
» Greatly improved posture
» 100% gain in self-confidence
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