Meet the IFC Team
I was born and raised in Maine, growing up in the Biddeford/Saco area. I graduated from Biddeford High School in 1988. While in high school, my father got me into weight training to improve my athletic performance, but as time passed my attention turned away from athletics and towards bodybuilding, competing for my first time at 17.
I got my hands on every fitness magazine I could, and would read them cover to cover. I got my first gym job in 1988 at the iconic Kings Gym on Main St.in Biddeford.
My love for fitness and helping others improve theirs was fully engrained by this point. I worked at a local gym for 13 years as a trainer, service desk staff, spinning & bootcamp instructor, and in sales. I left in 2011 to pursue a new adventure within my field.
In 2011 I became Parisi Speed School Certified, to go along with my ACE CPT, ACE Lifestyle & Weight Management Consultant, Johnny G Spinning Certification, Sports Nutrition Course through the University of Maine, and numerous lectures & workshops.
The adventure was short-lived however, and 6 months later was opening my own 1700 square foot personal training studio in the North Dam Mill. In 2014 we moved and grew into a 6500 full service gym in the Pepperell Mill Center, and now, to our 12,500 square foot facility in the Lincoln Hotel & Lofts.
Exercise does not guarantee a longer life, but when combined with healthy eating habits, will vastly improve the quality of your life. That improvement manifests itself into the workplace, into your relationships, and into your hobbies. I truly feel we owe it to ourselves to invest in our health & well-being.
My name is Emma Garcia & I am a graduate student at the University of New England for Athletic Training. I graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Studies & minors in Kinesiology & Psychology. I was a student athlete myself at the Division I/III levels & have a passion for strength & conditioning. My past experience includes working with Division I football, baseball & track athletes, as well as various draft prospects. I received my Personal Training Certificate from the National Academy of Sports Medicine about a year ago & have been enjoying my time in the fitness industry since.
Personal Trainer since 2005
NASM- Certifieed Personal Trainer
NASM- Corrective Exercise Specialist
NASM- Performance Enhancement Specialist
Peak Pilates- Level 1
New Leaf Metabolic Specialist
Muscle Activation Techniques Jump Start
Degrees: New England College
Sports & Recreational Management
My view on health and fitness is to make small behavior changes what will help you achieve your outcome goals. It’s not easier to break out habits, but it’s not impossible. Everything you do in life gets easier with time, you just have to give yourself that time.
Hannah is a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Nutrition Coach through NASM. Originally from Massachusetts, she grew up a three sport athlete and always had a passion for fitness. She studied Biology at Boston College, completed internships in physical therapy practices and with the Athletic Trainer of the Boston Breakers, and worked for Optimal Fitness Boston post-grad. In her free time, you can find her hiking with her dog or trying out new recipes in the kitchen.
Julia’s passion for yoga began to bloom after the birth of her daughter in 2017 as she searched for inner peace and tranquility. She appreciated the community and relationships that were established in this mindful setting and learned how to be the best version of herself. In 2023, Julia completed her 200-hour teacher training. When instructing a vynasa or fluid bliss class, Julia seeks to carve out a space for her students to feel physically strong, mentally rejuvinated and a sense of gratitude. With her bubbly personality, you'll be sure to feel welcomed from the moment you enter the practice space. When off the mat, Julia is a registered nurse with a focus on clinical education, as well as a certified lactation counselor. As a Saco native, Julia is excited to share her gratitude and knowledge with her community that she loves so deeply.
Jennifer Gallo, originally from New York, has been an athlete since age five, primarily competing as a swimmer and — later in life — triathlete.
Upon college graduation she began her career in publishing. However, once becoming a mother, she changed course and left the 9 to 5 world behind, going on to work as a freelance writer and editor while also pursuing her love for fitness in its many forms.
She has coached two swim teams in both New York and in Maine and has been certified in a variety of disciplines: Johnny G Spinning, Les Mills BodyPump, Arthritis Foundation Aqua Therapy, Acumobility Level 1, and yoga (RYT 200).
Jennifer is happily married and has one college-aged son plus many rescues, including four dogs, a cat, Guinea pigs, chickens, and sheep.