Our Story & Our Team



Our Story

EMAC looks to make Connections. We strive to build a caring and collaborative environment in which all members are connected to instructors, trainers, classes, and programs that fit their needs and goals.

We also look to Challenge our members because NO CHALLENGE, NO CHANGE! Through goal setting or competitions, we encourage our members to work outside of their comfort zone to embrace change and achieve new levels of success.

Most importantly we Care. We care about our members and our East Memphis community.


Locally owned

Meet The Team

Brian Rooney


Natalie Rooney


Josh Laclair

Owner/ General Manager / Head Trainer

personal TrainerS


Josh LAclair

Josh is constantly looking to enhance each of his clients' workouts by having them set clear goals, monitoring their progress, and empowering them to achieve their fitness goals by designing workouts that meet their needs and ability. Josh is a certifed Olympic Coach, he is passionate about Olympic lifting and has devoted himself to the science and execution of the sport.  Josh has his BS in Exercise Science and his ISSA Personal Training certification and is continuously immersing himself in the latest in exercise research and techniques. 



Emron enjoys working with people who are committed and wanting to make a change in their lifestyle through fitness. Whether it is weight loss, building strength or just being fit. He is determined to help you to be the best YOU that you can be!

He is a great motivator and always pushes you to work hard and get the work done.  Emron has a strong background in track and field.



Alan's favorite workout is Team Training. He believes there is nothing more fulfilling than to see a client achieve the unthinkable in their workout journey and reach their full potential.  Alan has his personal training certification from NASM (National Academy of Sport Medicine) and ASFA (American Sports Fitness Association). He is also certified in CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Rowing, and CrossFit Endurance


Lillian strives for every participant that enters her TEAM session, small group and personal traning sessions to leave feeling empowered, confident and accomplished. Her deep passion for wellness and beliefs that "movement is medicine" motivate her to share her love for health with everyone who crosses her path! Lillian loves to incorporate functional movements, creativity and fun in order to provide a challenging workout that can always be modified for all levels! Lillian has her Master's in Health Promotion, NASM Personal Trainer certification, ACE group fitness certification and CrossFit L1 certification. 



Cornelius truly enjoys working with members on weight management and building their endurance so that they build healthy habits that allow them to maintain a fit lifestyle.  On the personal side,  Cornelius puts his philosophies into practice as a professional body builder who competes regularly. He is also passionate about Kickboxing, martial arts and Tae Kwan Do. Cornelius is a certified Personal Trainer from FiTOUR


Katie L.

Katie was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. Her early life was spent as a dedicated basketball and tennis player. She further familiarized herself with fitness through pursuing an education in exercise science. With this background, Katie has not only established herself as wellness coordinator for assisted living, exercising the foundational tools necessary to carry out effective training, but also understands the business behind this lifestyle that keeps on giving. As a personal trainer and Les Mills Body step instructor, Katie is ready to make you feel your best.

Class Instructors




Spinning | Body Pump


Body Flow

Carrie B.

CORE | Body Pump

Carrie W.

Body Pump | Body Flow


Body Pump


TONE | CORE | Body Flow | Body Combat | Body Step | Body Pump  



Julie P.


Kate L.

Body Step


Body Pump | Spinning




Yoga | Spinning | Body Pump | Body Step | Body Combat | AFAA Group Fitness


Body Pump




(Registered DietiTian NUTRITONIST)


Emily is a registered and licensed dietitian (RDN) with clinical practice experience in a number of venues. She is a Memphis native and loves the East Memphis Community.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and completed her Dietetic Internship at Mississippi State University. She is currently finishing up her Master’s degree in Health Promotion and Wellness through Mississippi State University. She believes balance is essential in every aspect of life, especially when it comes to nutrition.