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The Training Spot Team

The team at The Training Spot is made up of the most passionate and talented award-winning trainers in Orange County. Come see why we continue to produce and retain the best trainers in the business!


The team at The Training Spot is made up of the most passionate and talented award-winning trainers in Orange County.

Paul Fetters – Training Spot Team Member & Owner

As a body builder and highly-experienced personal trainer, Paul has diligently studied the effects of nutrition and exercise on human physiological performance for more than twenty years.

He has worked directly with amateur as well as top professional athletes to prepare them for competitions and matches. In addition, Paul designed and created the "PushFitness™" system that has enabled thousands of everyday people to regain their bodies and health at The Training Spot.

Some of Paul's accomplishments include:

  • Developer of the Accelerated Results™Exercise Program
  • 2007 Orange County National Qualifier Bodybuilding Champion
  • 2007 2nd place Grand Masters National Bodybuilding Championships
  • 1997 Masters National Bodybuilding Champion
  • 1996 California State Ironman Champion
  • Competitive career spanning a 33 year period
  • Participated in over 42 competitions
  • Top fitness trainer in Los Angeles & Orange County for over 31 years
  • Member of IDEA Foundation
  • Health Sciences, UCLA
  • Level II Exercise & Physiological Science Certification
  • Works with the SAPD and FVPD nutritional and fitness needs
  • Holds quarterly/performance seminars in the workplace for the state of CA
  • Developer of the "PushFitness™" system
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Carolyn Fetters - Owner

As an athlete, Carolyn brings her experience of conditioning and nutrition to the many different clients at The Training Spot.

Carolyn's degree in Adaptive Fitness and Sociology, her 20 years of counseling in Nutrition and as developer of Kick Start program, makes her uniquely qualified to help people in the challenges of healthy living.

As a lifelong runner and rower, Carolyn has a wide variety of athletic experience to help others train and eat correctly. Carolyn also teaches cooking classes and is currently writing her 3rd cook book.

Some of Carolyn's accomplishments include:

  • AA degree in Adaptive Fitness from Orange Coast College
  • BA in Sociology from UCLA
  • Continued education in Fitness/Nutrition at SMCC/UCLA
  • Self-published author of two cook books
  • Developer of "Kick Start Program

Matt Fetters - General Manager

As part of the Fetters family, Matt has grown up hearing about fitness and nutrition, watching the family business grow and using the gyms to train for his sports.

With a natural talent for sports and 10 years of experience in athletics, becoming a personal trainer with a focus on adaptive exercise science was a natural career move.

Matt has been a Training Spot boot camp instructor, personal trainer, administrator and location manager. In fact, he's been answering the gym phones since he was 10!

Some of Matt’s accomplishments include:

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine, CPT
  • TRX Suspension Trainer Certified
  • Pursuing degree in Kinesiology, Adaptive Exercise and a minor in Business Management
  • BalancedHabits Nutrition Certified
  • CPR/AED and First Aid Certified
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Leah Cox - Operations Manager

Leah is one of our most educated staff members, having gotten her Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Applied Exercise Science from Cal State University, San Marcos.

She has over 10 years of experience in Athletics including softball and volleyball. While earning her Black Belt in martial arts, Leah taught women's self defense classes and has always been a positive motivator for her clients. Leah is the Operations Manager for the gyms and also assists in marketing and writing programs for the many different levels of clientele at The Training Spot.

Some of Leah’s accomplishments include:

  • B.S. in Kinesiology-Applied Exercise Sciences from California State University, San Marcos
  • NCSF National Council on Strength and Fitness, CPT
  • NFPT National Federation of Personal Trainers, CPT
  • Member of National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association, CPT
  • TRX Suspension Trainer Certification
  • Pursuing Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) Certification
  • CPR/AED and First Aid Certified

Matt Montague - Lead Personal Trainer

Matt has been in the fitness industry for over 14 years, along with being certified through the National Council for Personal Trainers.

Matt also has a very important role as the Training Spot’s First Aid, AED and emergency adviser, making sure that the staff is well trained and the facility is well equipped with the latest technology. His passion for all things related to fitness shows in his training as a personal trainer and, strength and conditioning coach.

Matt has the unique ability to see a person’s potential and bring it out of them through coaching and accountability.

Some of Matt’s accomplishments include:

  • Emergency Medical Technician certified
  • National Council for Certified Personal Trainers
  • 2006 2nd place INBA (International Natural Bodybuilding Association)
  • Fire Technology Degree from Santiago College
TRX Certification
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Hanna Riley - Personal Trainer

Hanna is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Growing up in LA with two siblings, Hanna stayed very active. Playing volleyball in school, as well a club volleyball. Along with playing volleyball, she also competed in gymnastics and swimming. Training for 5 years with a strength and conditioning coach, she became very familiar with personal training and Olympic weightlifting.

She went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from The University of California, Irvine where she continued to play and coach intramural volleyball. Some of the things she enjoys to do on her free time are yoga, hiking, water sports and taking her french bulldog Baloo to the beach or park.

Some of Hanna's accomplishments include:

  • B.A. in International Studies from The University of California, Irvine
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine, CPT
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine, Corrective Exercise Certified
  • TRX Suspension Trainer Certified
  • BalancedHabits Nutrition Certified
  • CPR/AED and First Aid Certified

Matthew Aquino – Personal Trainer

Matt was born and raised in Guam until his family decided to make the move out to California his junior year of high school. He went on to attended Los Angeles Pierce Junior College where he played volleyball and completed a degree in Kinesiology Exercise Science. Shortly after, he began training and interning with some of Los Angeles best personal trainers in Beverly Hills. After spending 8 years working in the Los Angeles area, Matt and his wife decided to move to Orange County to start a family.

Matt’s wide range of specializations and certifications has made him a perfect fit as a personal trainer at the Gothard location in Huntington Beach.

Some of Matt’s accomplishments include:

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine, Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • B.S. Kinesiology Exercise Science
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine, Sports Performance
  • CPR/AED and First Aid Certified
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Aaron Martinez - Personal Trainer

Born and raised in Azusa, CA with 3 siblings, my brothers and I were very competitive and played almost every sport there was to play. Out of all the sports played, the one that really stuck was baseball. I was a catcher for 16 years, which led to playing baseball at Azusa Pacific University.

After catching for so many years, the wear and tear on my knees finally put me out of the sport I loved so much. Going through physical therapy, I was fascinated with the human body and how it can be corrected through proper exercise. I graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Applied Exercise Science (known now by most as Kinesiology). Since then I have worked with Mt. SAC's summer sports teams, working alongside the ATC to get athletes back to full health. I was then hired as a head strength coach for APU's women's volleyball and men's basketball teams. I have spent nearly 4 years working in an identical format that you enjoy at The Training Spot and I am confident that I will be able to replicate your experience now. Aside from recently marrying my bride, Kim, I moved to Long Beach and enjoy competing in Olympic Weightlifting competitions to maintain the competitive aspect of fitness."

Aaron's accomplishments in the field of fitness include:

  • Bachelors of Science in Applied Exercise Science
  • Certified Personal Trainer- National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist - National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • CPR/AED and First Aid Certified

Andrea Marincovich, RD - Nutrition Program Coordinator

Andrea is a Registered Dietitian through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). She has been progressively working towards her expertise in Nutrition for the last 7 years by completing her B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics and Dietetic Internship program. Andrea’s main goal is to encourage individuals to make nutrition a vital aspect of their lives to prevent the ongoing spread of chronic disease and obesity. Her knowledge and work experience has prepared her to offer effective, client-centered nutrition counseling and education to the clients of The Training Spot.

Some of Andrea’s accomplishments include:

  • Registered Dietitian through the Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics at California State University, Long Beach
  • Dietetic Internship at Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Balanced Habits Nutrition Certified
  • Certificate in Training of Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management from the Commission of Dietetic Registration
  • ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification
  • CPR/AED and First Aid Certified
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Katy Fetters – Gothard Location Administrator

As a part of the Fetters family, Katy has always taken an interest in health & fitness and realizes its importance in daily life for the body, mind & spirit. She enjoys exercising to relieve stress, build strength, and gain energy! Having grown up around The Training Spot, she uniquely understands the family business and fitness industry and is happy to be the newest member of the administrative team at the Gothard location. Katy aims to build meaningful relationships with clients at the TSpot and is excited to see them accomplish their personal goals. She recently graduated from Soka University of America with a BA in Liberal Arts and is looking forward to pursuing her academic interests in the future.

Jade Kim – Main Street Location Administrator

Jade grew up in Buena Park where she spent most of her time cultivating her passion for dance, specifically pointe ballet. After getting her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from California State University, Fullerton where she grew her experience working with various nonprofit organizations. She has developed a serious passion for fitness and health in the past year, with her true love being weightlifting. Her hobbies include going to the gym, cooking, collecting comics books and adding to her vinyl collection.

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Susie Grossman Pasternak – Costa Mesa Location Administrator

Susie grew up in the Chicago area and has been living in Southern California for nearly 20 years. After leaving her career as a Personal Stylist with Nordstrom, she chose to focus on her health and fitness and chose The Training Spot to support her goals. Susie trained primarily under Matt Fetters, our studio manager and did so for 1 year, three times a week.

Susie loved the Tspot culture so much that she applied to become employed with the desire to continue her passion of fitness and nutrition. Susie brings a unique combination of humor and enthusiasm with a professional focus that is strongly appreciated in the studio. Being that she was such a committed client, she understands the “ins and outs” of the journey for each individual and is an amazing support system at our Costa Mesa studio.