Personal Trainers

Each of our Personal Trainers hold a certification from nationally recognized training organizations. Many of our Personal Trainers hold additional specialized certifications.

Chris Pickel
Hometown: North Montpelier, VT
Employed at FIF: 2007
Degrees Held: A.S. Allied Health and Science, Massage Therapy and Bodywork

Certifications: AFFA Personal Training, AFFA Group Training, Crossfit Level 1, TRX group certified, USA Weightlifting Level 1, Sports Performance Speed, Power and Agility Training, Licensed Massage Therapist, CPR

Chris has 15 Years of “under the bar” experience in lifting and coaching. Chris doesn't just enter a training session he – transforms it! A combination of incredible skill and training knowledge he defines his training presence and dominates the training industry. Whether training someone to shred down, and lose weight for the big stage, or helping them gain weight in the off-season. Chris has proven that he is prepared to transform you into the person you want to be. Are you willing- and ready?

Chris is an accomplished collegiate athlete as a starting player in the Eastern Junior Hockey League and Captain of the Men’s Lacrosse Team at North Country Community College. A former U32 athlete, Chris was Captain of both Varsity Hockey and Lacrosse and was a member or the Varsity Football State Championship Team. He remains involved with high school sports as the Assistant Coach of the U32 Boys Hockey Team.

Chris' programs include Boot Camp, TRX, Shed & Shred, Strength & Conditioning Camp, and ACES Hockey Training. 

Angie Scott
We pleased to welcome back Angie to the FIF team as a Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Trainer.
Angie is an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer and ACE Certified Group Exercise Instructor. She is also a SPINNING® Master Instructor for Mad Dogg Athletics.
Having worked in the fitness field for over 22 years, Angie pays special attention to clients/participant's form, technique, heart rates, and personal goals. She has worked with clients of all ages and fitness levels. An avid cyclist, Angie has also been the Co-Chair of the VT. Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and has been involved with the American Heart Association's “Go Red For Women” program. Her current passion involves working with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), who provides the gift of mobility to physically challenged individuals, through the use of prosthetic limbs, hand cycles, hockey sleds, hand skis, and tandem bicycles.
Angie currently teaches these Group Exercise classes: Spinning® Monday 5:45 - 6:45am and Muscle Mania (strength training) Thursday 5:45 – 6:45am

Stephen McKinstry
Hometown: Barre,VT
Degrees Held: Associates Degree in Personal Training from Pinnacle Career Institute
Certifications: National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, CPR/AED Certified

Steve Mckinstry is a certified personal trainer who specializes in creating customized fitness programs and plans to meet individual health and wellness goals.

Steve is a Mixed Martial Arts fighter specializing in Mauy Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Steve enjoys weight lifting, running, playing hockey and lacrosse. In his down time he works as an auto mechanic and enjoys playing with his two pit bulls.

Steve's programs include High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), TRX and kick-boxing classes.

"I have been working out with Steve for 5 months in his group classes and in personal training sessions. I don't think there is anything better to spend money on than his workouts--seriously. Steve puts a lot of effort into planning personal training workouts that are different every time so I never get bored or start counting down with the clock. My workouts have gotten more challenging and I am incorporating a lot more exercise and health into my life outside of training, and I'm also able to do more and more each time we work out. I am super impressed with his positive attitude and creativity in coming up with new challenges for me to do. Pretty much all the things that were keeping me from my fitness goals -- being embarrassed or not feeling I was capable of something -- are moving out of the way and I am really happy Steve has helped me incorporate a lot more fitness in my life."
-Testimonial from Melissa Bounty, May 7, 2013


Janis Blais
AFAA Certified Personal Trainer
CPR/AED certified

Experience: Six years instructing classes, which include, beginner rookie core, high intensity interval training, strength training and intermediate core classes.
Personal Training for the past year helping clients meet their fitness goals.
For the past two years I’ve conditioned the JV and Varsity girls basketball teams at U-32.

Specialties: Core Strength, Cardiovascular Improvement, Health Improvements

Goal: To provide a fun and challenging workout program for all levels of fitness

Philosophy: To motivate, inspire and educate others about the benefits of exercising and living a healthy lifestyle. Variety is important to keep the body and mind challenged. A healthy lifestyle is a lifetime commitment that I want to help clients achieve.