About Us

EMAC is a Local, Family Owned, Small Business

Our family!

We are so grateful! As a family, we opened East Memphis Athletic Club in 2018. Since then we have been blessed with a staff and fitness community that supports each other and have been honored to be part of the vibrant East Memphis Community.   We are also in the process of expanding our award winning programs and services to the Poplar & Johnson Road area in Germantown with an expected opening date in early 2024.  


Josh - Owner & Personal Trainer

As an owner, I am proud of our EMAC team! We are 100% dedicated to our community and being the best coaches for each member. My mission is to ensure every member feels valued and excited about their workouts.

I'm constantly looking to enhance my 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 abilities. I am passionate about Olympic Lifting and devoted to the science and the execution of the sport and am always looking to build my knowledge and skills to supplement my BS in Exercise Science, my ISSA Personal Training Certification, and my Olympic Lifting, USAW Certification.

I was born in Rochester, NY but now call Memphis my home. During my high school and collegiate years, I played football and wrestled. One of my high school highlights was playing in the state championship football game in the Meadowlands ...  and winning!  Running out of the locker room and across the NFL logos in the end zone was amazing!

Natalie - Owner

Brian and I met in my Body Pump class. When we got married we mapped out our bucketlist, and at the top of the list, was owning a gym. When the opportunity arose for us to take over this club in East Memphis, we jumped at it!  And with our son's Josh's help, we did it!

My background is in psychology, special education, and school leadership. My favorite quote, "A good teacher is like a candle, it consumes itself to light the way for others."

Growing up, I danced competitively and played a number of sports. My body image has always been an issue. I have gone through fluctuations, gaining and losing weight many times. Owning our gym has given me the opportunity to share with our community my focus on building healthy habits and maintaining mindful eating. I am a certified Wellness Coach, and I love to work with others to get them excited about plannng their meals and finding the workout they love.


Brian - Owner

Being an owner of EMAC has been an incredibly satisfying time for me.  Being able to work with our East Memphis Community and see how folks can literally change their life is absolutely amazing.  

I graduated from Cornell Univerity with a BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and then went on to earn a business degree from Northwestern University. In the past, I have worked for several companies as a COO and CTO.  

At EMAC, I love to focus on encouraging members to believe in themselves and show them how exercise can be fun. I also have a BLAST with coaching! I love to coach Spinning, Body Pump, and Bungee classes. In addition to Coaching,  I'm our CFO and resident handyman! 😉

meet our coaches

Coach Lisa 

  • Certified Personal Trainer
    Certified Nutrition
  • Group Fitness
  • TRX
  • STRONG Nation
  • CIRCL Mobility
  • Licensed Massage Therapist

I am all about community and starting journeys together. I'm dedicated to my clients and ensuring that they will meet or exceed their fitness goals. I'm passionate about working with moms, individuals looking for a change in their fitness life, and those who are just starting their journey.

Coach Katie

  • B.S. in Exercise Science
  • Certified Personal Trainer, ISSA
  • Certified Nutritionist, ISSA
  • Les Mills Step Instructor

All levels and all fitness goals are welcome! I love training anyone who is ready to make a change and needs support, encouragement, and accountability. I have trained all ages and levels at EMAC and have ten years of experience coaching older adults. Staying active is critical, so I focus on safety and building workout routines that promote functional fitness and mobility.

Coach Quay

  • MS Sport and Leisure Management  
  • B.S. in Exercise Science 
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • CSCS, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist 


If you're into sports and are ready to up your game, come see me. Let's work on your agility, strength, and speed and make you unstoppable. I have experience coaching Sport Performance techniques with athletes of all sports from hockey, baseball, tennis, football, and basketball

If you're a past athlete and want to come to the gym and crush a workout, no probelm. I love createing workouts that always keep you feeling athletic. 


Coach Austrialla

  • B.S. Business Administration Management 
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Military Combat Trainer

    Motivational quote: “Today is your opportunity to build the tomorrow you want.”
    I specialize in strength training, cardiovascular conditioning, and deep-core training. In the military, I trained soldiers in physical training, conducted Army Combat Fitness Tests, and administered remedial physical training for struggling soldiers. This experience made me celebrate seeing others move outside their comfort zone and crush their goals. 

    I enjoy working with members who have big fitness goals. Together, we will break your goal(s) into clear targets and cross the finish line together; small steps lead to BIG wins. 

Coach Hugo

  • Certified Personal Trainer
    Group Ftiness
  • Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB)

I'm originally from Haiti. As a high school athlete, I played football, basketball, and soccer. Although I love sports, my passion is preparation and training. My favorite fitness quote is: "Workouts do not discriminate; what you put in is what you get out."

I enjoy working with members dedicated to their practice, looking for change, and accomplishing new goals.

Coach John

  • Certified Personal Trainer

I became a Certified Personal Trainer because the gym brings me fun and nostalgic memories of my days as an athlete in high school.

No matter what type of day you're having, a good workout will relieve stress and bring clarity to your thoughts. I enjoy bringing out the best in people and helping them achieve their fitness goals. Working with clients who want a challenge and are ready to push past the limits they set for themselves is always a reason to celebrate. We all need a coach who sees more in us than we could ever see. With a coach, you can accomplish anything!

Coach Whitney

B.S. in Business Administration
Certified Personal Trainer
Certified Pain Free Performance Specialist

I became a trainer because fitness has changed my life in so many different ways. This encouraged me to spread awareness about fitness & health to as many people as possible. I love helping people transform their mind and lifestyle to become healthier versions of themselves and have a better quality of life.  

meet our Group Fitness Instructors

Denise     Les Mills Body Pump  


"Don't give up, don't give in, give it your all."

Stephanie     Les Mills Body Pump 


"Hustle for that muscle." 

John E  -  Spinning  


"Fitness is the fuel needed to conquer the the top of life."

Emily     Spinning


"Don't wait until you've reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching your goal."

Teresa -  Yoga

Heather    YOGA

"Yoga will always meet you where you are."

Maria -  Spinning  


" Strive for progress, not profection."

Jamie    Spinning, Personal Training, & TRX  


"Never compare your chapter 2 to somone else's chapter twenty"

Registered Dietian

Emily is our on-site 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 at Knoxville and completed her Dietetic Internship at Mississippi State University. She also has 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.  

Emily is available to help you with any aspect of your nutrition! 

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Personal trainers give you the tools and support that you need to reach a health and fitness goal. They provide support, accountability, education, and a personalized plan of attack. It's time to invest in you!

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We can't wait to hear about your goals and show you around our Club and have you meet the folks in our Community!