Introducing the expert coaches of Capacity Fitness & Nutrition

At Capacity Fitness & Nutrition, our expert coaches have the ability to go beyond the movements and connect with their athletes. This is the “deeper side of coaching,” which is developing an awareness of your athletes’ potential, building trust and creating an atmosphere of success. The deeper side of coaching is about establishing and nurturing a strong relationship between an athlete and a coach. This relationship is the foundation of our true goals as coaches: to improve the lives, health and happiness of our clients.
The saying goes, “Treat others as you would want to be treated,” and this is exactly how our coaches treat their athletes. Our coaches realize their athletes are different from them. They have different sets of principles, different upbringings, different motives and goals. Just because we like to be coached a certain way doesn’t mean our athletes like it. They don’t want to be treated like we want to be treated or treated like the athlete next to them; they want to be treated the way they want to be treated.
Our expert coaches don’t try to create trust by showing how knowledgeable he or she is. Our coaches create trust by doing just the opposite: listening. And our coaches listen deeply and with sincerity. As Stephen R. Covey wrote in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, “True influence comes as others sense that you are being influenced by them.” This means really listening, instead of preparing what you are going to say as you wait for your turn to talk.
Most coaches out there are unaware of the power of their words and underestimate the effect of their influence on an athlete and his performance. What a coach says to an athlete will be replayed in the athlete’s mind time and time again until it creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. For this reason, our staff are aware of how phrasing certain coaching cues can set an athlete up for success!
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Our founders

Hugh & Gabi

Capacity Fitness & Nutrition was founded in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. With no gyms in the city offering indoor/outdoor classes on-site, we decided it was time for a safer option.  Capacity Fitness quickly grew into its current location at 1000 Key Highway East, in the Locust Point neighborhood of Baltimore. Prior to July 2020, we held classes across South Baltimore in Federal Hill Park and just about every parking lot we could find – always leveraging our exerpt talents and resources to provide the strongest client experience despite our humble beginnings. From the parking lot days, our focus was different – there is no pressure to finish first, post a top score, or lift uncomfortably heavy weights.

The phrase ‘No Pain, No Gain’ will elicit smiles from our staff because of how outdated the phrase truly is. Ending up a sweaty mess on the floor is fun, but it can overshadow true hard work that should be rooted in patience and safety that is required when performing high-intensity physical fitness. We do it differently! Instead of fitting everyone to a corporate model of fitness, we turned things on their side and made the focus personal growth and long-term health. Our approach is personal and the results in our community are unparalleled. If you’re looking for a happy, driven, and inclusive group to sweat with while being led by expert coaches – you’ve found your home.

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Our Expert Coaches

coach hugh

Hugh Green

Co-Founder / Programmer / Head Coach

BEFORE CAPACITY

  • Hometown – Ellicott City, MD
  • BA Psychology, Williams College, ’04
  • MBA, Finance, Johns Hopkins University, ’13

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CF-L2
  • NASM-CPT, CES
  • Precision Nutrition L-1

SPECIALTIES

  • Functional fitness program design
  • Strength & physique development
  • Aerobic capacity development
  • Nutrition program design
Coach Gabi

Gabi Venuto

Co-Founder / General Manager / Asst. Coach

BEFORE CAPACITY

  • Hometown – Framingham, MA
  • BS Health Policy, Providence College, ’15
  • MS Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, ’22

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CF-L1
  • NASM-CPT

SPECIALTIES

  • Foundations/On-Ramp
  • Nutrition program design
  • Wellness program development

Neal Crowley

Asst. Coach

BEFORE CAPACITY

  • Hometown – Calhoun, GA
  • BBA, Finance, University of Georgia, ’01
  • JD, University of Georgia, ’05

CERTIFICATIONS

  • NASM-CPT

SPECIALTIES

  • Corrective Movement Application
  • Aerobic Capacity Development
Coach Layla

Layla Armstrong

Asst. Coach

BEFORE CAPACITY

  • Hometown – Columbia, SC
  • BA, Public Relations, University of South Caroline, ’16

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CF-L1

SPECIALTIES

  • Corrective Movement Application
  • Group Class Leadership

Kelsey Seymour

Asst. Coach

BEFORE CAPACITY

  • Hometown – Ellicott City, MD
  • Coming Soon!

CERTIFICATIONS

  • NASM-CPT, PPSC
  • Precision Nutrition L-1

SPECIALTIES

  • Personal Training
  • Group Class Leadership
  • Pain Free Movement Application

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