Coach Dean Carlson
What makes a good physical preparation coach? A passion for helping people train, not only their bodies, but also their minds. I have a deep desire to help people break out of perceived limitations and achieve their goals. I would like to help move them along the path from “I can’t” to “I DID!” A good coach does not try to motivate, but rather to inspire a trainee to find the drive within himself to do what he didn’t think was possible.
My decision to become a nutrition coach and trainer began through my own journey to good health and fitness. I was actually too thin in high school but played sports which kept me reasonably fit. My tour in the Army did the same.
It was after the Army that I ballooned to over 260 pounds. My blood sugar was too high and I was out of energy all the time; the classic symptoms of being overweight and unhealthy. When Nancy and I started our family, the realization hit me that if something didn’t change, my children could be without a dad at very young ages. It was this reality check that has led to a stronger, healthier, leaner and much more fit me: 185 pounds and feeling GREAT!
I now have the privilege of sharing my passion with others. Whether you are an athlete striving for better performance, a frustrated dieter who wants to get off the diet roller coaster or somewhere in-between, my dedication to health and happiness means the one who deserves my best coaching skills is you!
Dean Carlson is a Level 2 Certified Precision Nutrition Master coach, a certified Functional Aging Specialist through The Functional Aging Institute, and a Level 2 Youth Conditioning Specialist with the International Youth Conditioning Association. He also holds instructor certifications with TRX, Kettlebell Athletics, and Training for Warriors.
Dean was recognized in 2010, 2012 and 2013 as Best Fitness Trainer in Concord by the Hippo Press and in 2010 as Best Fitness Trainer in the Capital Area by the Concord Insider.
Coach Nancy Carlson
Getting started is most often the challenging part of losing weight and staying fit. Life is busy, and setting time aside to “work out” is simply one more thing to add to the list.
As a mom of six, with a high maintenance husband (look left), I have this challenge as well. To be honest, I am a work in progress. I believe this is part of what makes a good trainer – the ability to relate to clients. I truly understand the need to integrate an exercise program into a busy lifestyle without neglecting other responsibilities.
I can relate to late nights and early mornings due to a baby in the house or a sick preschooler. I understand relaxing my food standards at the Fourth of July picnic and at Christmas. And I understand being mentally exhausted to the point that I don’t even want to THINK about training.
But I’ve learned not to throw up my hands and give in to the frustration. I want to share this determination and enthusiasm with you. It is not only possible to reach your fitness goals – it will happen! I am living proof. I may not be Mrs. Fitness USA yet, but I have reached goals that others said were simply not possible after having six kids and crossing the big 4-0.
My passion is teaching and coaching others to think big and reach high. It takes work – hard work – but I am committed to helping you reach your fitness goals and getting in the best shape of your life!
Nancy Carlson is a Certified Professional Fitness Trainer with the National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association, a Level 1 Youth Conditioning Specialist with the International Youth Conditioning Association, and is a Level 2 Certified Precision Nutrition Master coach.
Nancy was recognized in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the “Best of the Best” Fitness Trainer in Southern NH by the Hippo Press.
Coach Meagan Sbat
When I was 18 years old I joined the United States Marine Corps where I served two tours overseas. During my time in the service my fitness was put to the test daily. This rigorous training caused me to become passionate about my health and well-being.
As I grew in the Marine Corps I became sincerely enthusiastic about helping others reach their fitness goals and upholding those goals to the highest standards. I realized that when my time in the service came to an end I did not want my time as a motivator and fitness enthusiast to end. I wanted to encourage others to “Make It Happen.”
I am so honored to be a part of “The Best of the Best” gym, recognized by Hippo Press. I never thought that I would honestly brag about how much I love my “job.” There is no place I would rather be than right here at Get Fit NH helping you get better every single day.
Meagan Sbat holds an Associates in Exercise Science, and is a Certified Fitness Trainer, Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, Youth Fitness 1, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and Specialist in Senior Fitness with the International Sport Sciences Association.
Coach Adam Gray
I grew up in Chichester and graduated from Plymouth State where I really figured out exactly what it was I wanted to be a part of.
I have played sports in some capacity year round for my entire life. Whether that was out on the field as a kid or playing 4 sports a year in high school, athletics and physical activity have always been a huge part of my life.
It may be hard to believe but most of my life was spent as someone who was very overweight and it cost me major opportunities to do the things I loved on a larger stage when I was younger. To this point I have lost nearly 100lbs and feel better than I ever have in my life. This, along with my love for athletics, is what drives me to help you become the best you can be.
Whether that is getting in the shape you want to be in terms of weight and strength, or to increase speed and explosiveness for competition, I love it all. I am extremely excited for the opportunity to help any and all who want to make a difference in their life, no matter how small or how large the goal.
Adam Gray holds a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science from Plymouth State University and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Coach Brian Fox
I grew up in North Conway playing sports from when I could walk all the way through college where I was captain of my cross-country team. Growing up I was seen as the “chubby kid” by all my friends, and sports was my way to escape the way I was seen. I was very dedicated to my training for every sport I participated in and worked to be the best player I could be.
Into my second year of running college country I had an injury which changed my entire fitness career. I got bursitis in my hip which made distance running impossible for myself. I went from running 70+ miles a week to zero, and had to figure out how I would keep my fitness up. I had an amazing influence from a personal trainer that helped me learn about strength training and how I could keep building on my athleticism without running. I was also lucky to have a great athletic trainer to help my recover from my injury. Seeing how both of these people were able to help me in such a hard time was so influential to me, and it helped me decide I wanted to help others on their fitness journey.
I have been in the fitness industry for three years now and it’s been nothing but a blessing! The connections I have been able to build as well as seeing progress from people in their training has been amazing. I am so grateful and to have the opportunity to join the Get Fit NH team and take my knowledge to the next level with an awesome team!
Brian Fox holds an Associate’s Degree in Sports Management. Certified Personal Trainer through the National Council on Strength and Fitness. Level 1 Kettlebell Coach.
Coach Lars Saztko
I hail from the Great Plains of Nebraska. I was born with crooked legs and had to wear braces to straighten them out for years when I was an infant and toddler. Growing up, I was also the kid that was always too skinny. Some people would say this is a good thing but it was an issue when it came to playing football in high school. That was an era where strength conditioning was becoming common place in the high schools. My experience with weight training started in the high school program in the mid ‘80s and I loved it immediately. I didn’t get much bigger, but I did get much stronger.
After high school, I continued to train with weights and run. I also began my life in coaching as I assisted with the high school wrestling program for grade schoolers. Coaching is very fulfilling, fun, sometimes frustrating, but so satisfying.
When I was 21 I joined the US Navy and was stationed in Adak, Alaska and Yokosuka, Japan. I am also a veteran of Desert Storm as a crew member of the USS Bunker Hill (CG-52). While in Alaska, on a remote island out in the middle of the Aleutian Islands, I was a volunteer assistant wrestling coach for the base high school. This is where I realized I had a knack for coaching as every member of our team qualified for the Alaska State Wrestling Tournament my first year assisting with the program.
After I honorably discharged from the NAVY (just to be clear), I enrolled in two art schools in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Art is also a talent of mine and I continue to create every opportunity I can. But, like a lot of people, while in college this is where my physical activity dropped off considerably and I was not very consistent as I was becoming unfit for the first time in my life. I was also blessed with the birth of my first child, while still going to college, I did not make time for my physical training.
When my family and I decided to move from Minnesota to Kansas, once settled in our new home I knew I had to get back in shape. I immediately got back into a regular training routine after settling in. While in Kansas, I also got back into coaching in grade school soccer. I loved being around the kids and meeting their families, teaching them about the fundamentals, teamwork, sportsmanship and what it means to take that into their personal lives as well.
As the years moved on and I was approaching 40, I was craving to be more competitive. Simply training with weights and running was not fulfilling me as it once I had. I decided to start playing rugby for the Topeka Wizards RFC. It was exactly what I needed. One thing about my personality is that I love practice. It would kill me to miss any time on the pitch. Once my first season was complete, I was elected “Rookie of The Year” at 40 years old! I was elevated to team co-captain and media director for the club the following seasons.
One of the many lessons rugby taught me is that, if you want to do it, do it! You are never too old.
Again, my family and I decided it was time to pack up and try something new, so we made our way from the Midwest and moved to New Hampshire in 2013. We love it here! I am now the soccer coach of Strafford School and a volunteer art instructor at the Hill Library in Strafford. My family has really thrived here.
In 2014 I decided I wanted to take my passion for fitness and helping others develop theirs, I began my personal training certification process. Before I came to GET FIT NH, I started out with one on one personal training, which I enjoyed a great deal. Now that I am on Dean and Nancy’s team, my personal and professional growth has been tremendous. I have learned so much about coaching and the leadership at GET FIT NH has really worked hard to give me the tools and information I need to become the best coach I can be. Meagan and Adam have been nothing but the best in helping me settle in and to develop my coaching skills. The students at the gym have been so awesome and welcoming. It is the students that make it all worth it. It is only going to get better.
GET FIT NH is a fantastic training facility and it is exciting to be part of a system that MAKES IT HAPPEN!
Lars Szatko is a Certified Personal Trainer through the International Sport Science Association (ISSA).