Lisa PriestlyLisa Priestly 


Health Coach, Master Trainer, Author, Speaker – Coach Lisa!

Lisa has always been in the business of developing and inspiring people. Lisa started her career over twenty-five years ago in sales, communication and sales skills training, and business development for several Fortune 100 companies. Over the last twenty years she has diversified and moved into the fitness industry. Her fitness career took root at Town Sports International (owners of NYSC, PSC & BSC) where she held several positions including key Director level spots in staff and business development. Now as a Co-Owner of a Studio in the Heights, she integrates her diverse skills to change the lives of her local community.

Accomplished, engaging and fun

Lisa is frequently asked to share her expertise regarding the benefits of healthy living with a wider audience:

  • Book: she was published in the book Stepping Stones to Success. Lisa shares this honor with the likes of Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield and Dennis Waitley
    Print: Essence, Prevention, NY Times, NY Post, Fitness Magazine. An avid cyclist, Lisa had the honor in 2010 of being featured in Competitor Magazine as the first African American Woman to complete in the Race Across America, a 3005-mile team relay race across the USA.
    TV: MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC’s Today Show
    Radio: After completing a five-segment Blog Talk Radio series, had a regular spot as a Holistic Fitness Expert on New York City’s WWRL AM 1600 talk radio with Dr. Fritz Galette
    Public speaker: Essence Magazine’s Total Day of Health

Lisa believes that integrating a balanced program with both “working out” (strength, cardiovascular and flexibility) and “working–in” (proper food choices and mental restorative practices) is the critical key to one’s ability to live their life to its fullest potential. 

Holistic coach through her three-step approach: Fitness, Fuel and Focus 

Lisa helps clients view their lives more holistically and has them see the possibility of incorporating healthy choices every moment. The system was developed through integrating her experience in personal communication skills work in training & development with her studies as a Yoga teacher, a Holistic Lifestyle Coach & CHEK 1 from The CHEK Institute, and Holistic health Coach in Ayurveda, as well as her multiple national fitness certifications.

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Roderick “Priest” PriestlyRoderick “Priest” Priestly


As a master trainer and lifestyle coach, as well as a martial arts and meditation instructor, Priest brings a diverse set of skills to each client relationship. He integrates the focus and discipline of martial arts with the results-orientated goals of fitness. As a result of his unique talents, he was selected by Town Sports International (owner of New York, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia health clubs) to be part of the design team that launched the corporation’s first cardio-kickboxing program. 

A catalyst for change

There he created his signature martial arts based classes “KICK IT!” and “KICK IT LIVE!” (with live drums). Known by his peers and clients as a mentor, role model, and coach, Priest has been a catalyst for change in the lives of many during his 20-plus years of teaching and training.

Priest holds 2nd degree black belts in three different styles of martial arts, and his integrated approach to teaching is based on Jeet Kune Do, Ju-Jitsu, Judo and Shotokan Karate. A CHEK Institute Level II Holistic Lifestyle Coach and a CHEK Institute Exercise Coach, Priest holds national fitness certifications from:

  • CHEK Coach  level 1
  • The American Council on Exercise
    A certified meditation instructor with Yogi Charu at the Savitri Yoga Shal
A passion for fitness and music

Having studied music at Ohio State University, he has been a bandleader and has recorded and performed extensively. His vocal and songwriting talent has connected him with well-known musicians, producers, and recording artists over the years. Most recently he launched, his new CD, Sojourn, and is working his upcoming novel, Convergence.