Melanie Ash – Owner/Trainer
Melanie Ash has been working in the fitness industry since 2008, and is a certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Weight Management Specialist and Back Injury Prevention Specialist.
After falling in love with group exercise classes at her local gym, Melanie became a certified instructor and began teaching classes of her own. She loved helping others find more energy and confidence from working out and realized this was her true passion.
In 2012 Melanie and her husband Jason founded Melanie Ash Fitness and in 2017 they opened Fitness Evolution. Melanie believes taking care of your body with proper nutrition and regular exercise allows you to have more confidence and success in all areas of life. Her training style is a mix of functional training, metabolic conditioning and fun!
Shannon Burke – Trainer
A Cleveland native, Shannon has a passion for helping people improve their fitness, get stronger and overcome both physical and mental setbacks. Shannon is a certified Personal Trainer and graduated from BGSU with a degree in Athletic Training. She brings to Fitness Evolution more than eight years experience working with both athletes and patients in Physical Therapy and Orthopedics.
Shannon loves to work with clients in person to see and experience their progress right along with them. Additionally she enjoys working on her own fitness, relaxing with her fiance’ and two rescue dogs, and enjoying all of the great food and entertainment Columbus offers.
Kendall Chang-Reavis – Instructor
After more than a decade of working in retail, Kendall found himself overthinking and stressed out. His husband, Alexander, is a yoga instructor and encouraged Kendall to try it. Once he developed a consistent practice, Kendall noticed a positive impact on his body and mood. Discovering this change in himself led Kendall to overcome a fear speaking in front of people and become a certified yoga instructor. He completed his 200-hour certification in 2017.
When Kendall is not working or teaching, you can find him curled up on the couch with his husband and cat, Elizabeth.
Jessica Gore – Zumba Instructor
Our Zumba instructor, Jessica, began dancing at the age of six. After receiving a BFA in dance from The Ohio State University, she went on to perform professionally for six years.
In 2016 Jessica attended a Zumba class for the first time, and her excitement and joy for this form of movement was instantly ignited.
Within months of that first class, she became a licensed Zumba instructor, and has been sharing her passion for dance and self-love within the Columbus community ever since
Berkley Ash – Chief of Security
Berkley is an Ohio native rescued from New Philadelphia. He is a Norwegian Elk Hound/German Shepard mix and is on track to become our Chief of Security and part-time door greeter.
Berkley has completed is first round of puppy training, is actively engaged in doggie day care at Park Your Paws Doggie Daycare and scheduled to complete his second training course this spring.
Once he is ready to join the team full-time and can refrain from jumping on the clients with his sharp little puppy claws and teeth, Berkley will be a regular figure at the Studio. Berkley enjoys chewing bones, destroying ropes, running in circles and engaging in any sort of mayhem.
Jason Ash – Operations
Growing up in Ohio and playing sports throughout his childhood, Jason gained an appreciation for the way health and fitness can impact one’s life in a positive manner. This appreciation led he and Melanie to start Fitness Evolution based on the philosophy of living life without hesitation. Jason believes confidence and cognitive ability are directly linked to the physical well-being.
Jason is responsible for the back-end operations of the studio. He handles accounting, website function and maintenance as well customer support. You may get a response from him if a is question submitted through FitnessEvolutionStudio.com or see him fixing things around the studio.