THE STORY

Urban Fit, Inc. was started by Carl Beigler and Tara Pendergraft Beigler, two local entrepreneurs with a passion for fitness that transcends the “typical” gym. Both Carl and Tara have engaged in various fitness programs their entire lives and while they have enjoyed many of the local fitness options, they recognized there was still an opportunity for a unique place where adults of all ages and fitness levels could be challenged and engaged in a way where fitness becomes not just a means to an end but a lifestyle and a fun one at an affordable price.

Carl is a Certified Personal Trainer, TRX Instructor and Nutritional Coach.  Tara is an ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor, a certified Spartan SGX Coach, has a BS in Business and Health Administration with a concentration in Exercise and Nutrition Science and has done post graduate work in advanced integrative fitness and nutrition.

Where does the name Urban Fit come from? Co-owner, Tara lived in Manhattan for 5 years and while there had access to some of the most advanced and creative fitness options available ranging from intense Military Boot Camp programs to refined programs such as Reformer Pilates and the Barre method. When Tara moved back to the local area, she quickly realized such programs did not exist in the Philadelphia suburbs and sorely missed the vast number of fitness choices she had in NYC. So I guess the expression goes that if you can’t find it build it! (or something to that effect) so that is exactly what they did and what resulted was “Urban Fit, Inc.” named in honor of the idea of creating a unique fitness experience in the suburbs that up until now could only be experienced in a large city.

MEET THE TEAM

The Urban Fit certified trainers come from all walks of life and experience ranging from the military, police and fire rescue to advanced level yoga and Pilates instructors.  Each trainer brings something different to Urban Fit so that each client can benefit from the variety of talent and experience.  While they will challenge you to push yourself out of your comfort zone to advance and achieve fitness levels you have never achieved, they will do so in a fun and motivating way so you will crave the workouts and want to come back again and again.  One of our goals is that we reduce the “clock watching” we see happen in other gyms.  We want you to get done the workout and say “I can’t believe it is over, that didn’t feel like an hour”.   Come meet our amazing (and adorable – since we don’t mind saying) Urban Fit trainers and have the time of your life while reaching fitness levels you never thought possible!

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Carl Beigler – Certified as a Personal Trainer, TRX Instructor and Nutrition Consultant it is safe to say Carl Beigler is a fitness professional. However, in one class with Carl you will see the undeniable passion behind his always creative and challenging instruction – he is more than a fitness professional, he is a fitness enthusiast. It is Carl’s personal interests and hobbies surrounding health and fitness that drive his profession. As Co-Owner of Urban Fit, Carl embodies all of our core values. He is a seemingly ceaseless source of not only knowledge but of support, motivation, and positivity. It is Carl’s fuel for fitness that keeps him running with the Spartan Elite outside of the gym and keeps his clients coming back for more at Urban! Every class with Carl is chance to learn how far you can push yourself to obtain goals you may have never thought possible.

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Tara Beigler – Tara is an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor and a certified Spartan SGX Coach. She has a BS in Business and Health Administration with a concentration in Exercise and Nutrition Science and has done post graduate work in advanced integrative fitness and nutrition. An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, Urban Fit may not be Tara’s first business venture but it is first to encompass everything she is passionate about personally. Tara is not one to sit idly by when there’s a challenge in front of her. Heck, Tara’s not one to sit, period. Clients come in to Urban Fit every day with goals they want to accomplish, Tara wants to get you to that goal. In a class with Tara you’ll be met with lots of energy, endless encouragement, constructive feedback and her genuine interest in improving your health and fitness.

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Deb Stadler – Years ago when a good friend suggested yoga to Deb for increased mental and physical strength, Deb had no idea it would soon change her life and her physical appearance. Fueled by a desire to share her love and passion for yoga with others, she became a certified yoga instructor through Power Yoga Works in Philadelphia.
Deb has a gift of being in tune with her clients and challenges each one to their own level. She welcomes you to let all your stress go for an hour and focus on connecting your mind, body and soul. Deb looks forward to taking you on a journey of self-discovery while you develop a lean and strong physique.

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Christine Reimel – Christine Reimel has parlayed a successful fitness and figure competition career into an equally successful personal training career spanning the last 15 years. Certified as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, kickboxing specialist, TRX instructor and Spartan SGX Coach, Chris has always believed in a multifaceted approach toward fitness training. Her experience in such a variety of training genres keeps her personal training style motivating and unique. Detailed preparation and a high intensity “no nonsense” approach keep her classes cutting edge and ensure that her clients give maximum effort, thus ensuring maximum results. A summation of her style could be described as an exciting combination of creativity rooted in the tried and true basics.

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Jessica McPoyle – Jessica has been practicing Pilates for the last 15 years and in 2009 became a Certified Mat Pilates Instructor I, II and III to share her unique style. Classically trained in ballet, jazz and tap she returned to her roots and became a certified Barre instructor in 2013. Though Jessica is always poised and composed in her instructor demeanor, she doesn’t shy away from rugged physical challenges like completing multiple levels of Spartan adventure races and participating in long distance road races. While training classes heavily focused on the mastery of basic movements and positions, Jessica manages to bring an element of fun and freshness that you won’t find anywhere else!

Marquita Feldman

Marquita Feldman – If you want to have fun, smile and workout at the same time, Marquita’s training is what you need. Marquita can push you to your limits and keep you wanting more with her energizing routines and positive energy. With 11+ years as a Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Trainer her creativity and skills are constantly growing. Being an ACE certified group exercise instructor as well as holding certifications in Barre Basics, Zumba, Schwinn Cycling, YogaFit, BodyPump, Pilates and TRX, Marquita has a lot to offer. Marquita teaches so she can share her love for fitness and health with others. When she is not teaching she plays soccer and spends her days running after her little girl Mikaela.

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Gina Kelly – “Get Your Gloves Up” couldn’t be a more appropriate title for a class with Gina Kelly. Gina believes in hard work and fighting for what you want both in the gym and in life! Intensity takes on new meaning under Gina’s instruction as she expects the best from both herself and her clients. Following Gina’s lead you will get the workout of your life – because she won’t settle for anything less! As a Certified Primary Aerobics Instructor, Gina has no problem pushing her clients beyond their preconceived limits because to her, there isn’t a more rewarding feeling. Feel the burn and the sweet sense of victory that comes with conquering one of Gina’s classes!

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Kathy Bareuther – After the birth of her second child, Kathy worked incredibly hard to transform her physique and was proud when that hard work paid off. Kathy wanted spread that good feeling to others looking for their own transformations so she became an AAAI Certified Group Fitness Trainer and is now a certified Spartan SGX Coach too! Kathy remains dedicated to her own physical health (she can often be seen walking around her neighborhood with a Home Depot bucket filled with rocks, stopping at various points to do burpees) and to helping others meet their fitness goals. Meticulous and creative, one of Kathy’s favorite ways to spend her free time is designing new workouts! Kathy’s high energy and intense passion for fitness is contagious in her classes. After one you’ll be hooked, just like she is!

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Susan Smith – Susan Smith wants you to feel good about working out! Her warm and innately supportive nature gives Susan’s clients a unique, “you’re in good hands” kind of feeling and that they are! Susan is a Certified Personal Trainer and TRX Instructor with over a decade of experience in the fitness industry. As a mother of 4, Susan is no stranger to maintaining a good balance. Susan has an uncanny ability to create manageable yet challenging workouts that keep you feeling empowered and motivated from start to finish.

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Theresa Kohler – Theresa Kohler, a mother of 3 active boys, found some much needed peace and tranquility in studying classical yoga at YogaLife in Devon. After an intensive year of self-discovery through yoga teacher training, Theresa received her CYI (Certified Yoga Instructor), followed by her RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) credentials through the Yoga Alliance.
Theresa’s personal motto is that, “You should never be more flexible than you are strong, and you should never be stronger than you are flexible” as being either creates an imbalance within the body that can to injury and an uneven flow of energy. In an effort to fully embody her motto, she pursued a personal training certification through AAAI. Now she is able to not only live her own life in balance, but also lead others to theirs through yoga and personal training.

Karen Martin 
Karen Martin – Karen Martin – Karen is energetic, determined, competitive and always up for a physical challenge. It’s these qualities that ultimately led her to becoming a yoga instructor. Karen’s yoga journey began in 2011 at her first Power Yoga class – she was instantly hooked! The realization of how our minds and bodies are connected and what the two are capable of accomplishing together, drove her to seek teacher training. Through an amazing journey studying the ins and outs of Yoga, Karen became a Yoga RYT200 Certified Instructor. In Karen’s classes, you can see that Yoga is truly a genuine passion of hers. She is always excited to try the next challenging posture and teach others how to get there as well. Karen says her “happy place” is on her mat and if you take a class with her, you’re likely to find your own happy place too!
Jesse Nace 

Jesse Nace – Jesse is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. He is also a Certified CrossFit® Weightlifting and CrossFit® Level 2 Trainer. Jesse has been involved in fitness his entire life and has always had a passion for improving his body and health through physical activity. That passion soon transformed into a desire to help others do the same for themselves. Jesse believes there is nothing more satisfying than watching somebody evolve into the person they really want to be. Jesse has a knack for creating high intensity workouts that that utilize functional everyday movements, varying in weight, time and skill that keep his clients constantly challenged. Jesse has worked hard to achieve his goals and now he wants to help you work hard to achieve yours!
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Jon Hwang – Before CrossFit®, fitness was the last thing Jon Hwang was concerned with. He was out of shape, eating poorly and never exercised. Watching his kids get older, he realized they were following all the same bad habits so he decided to make a change and set a good example for them. It wasn’t easy at first but once Jon got into CrossFit® and Functional Fitness, he was quickly able to adopt a healthier lifestyle that made him feel good and that he wanted to maintain. After 4 years of hard work, not only is Jon in the best shape of his life, but he has also found a new passion in his career. Jon became a Level 1 Certified CrossFit® Trainer as well as a Certified CrossFit® Endurance Trainer. Jon loves teaching others all that he has learned in his pursuit of better habits & fitness and coaching his clients so that they too can improve their lifestyles through Functional Fitness.
Rachel Hack 
Rachel Hack – Rachel completed her 200-hour teacher training at Dana Hot Yoga under the guidance of Lisa Mitchell. Rachel believes that yoga is a process of self-transformation, self-acceptance, and self-exploration. She quickly became devoted to her yoga practice when she started to notice how yoga was changing her life by making her mentally and physically stronger, as well as more calm and balanced, on and off of the mat. In Rachel’s class, you can expect a flow that links Ujjayi breath with movement, while quieting the thinking mind and challenging the working body. She also believes that yoga is accessible for everyone. Her classes are upbeat, welcoming, and fun.
 

Beth Kurian – Beth started coaching CrossFit® in 2012. She is a Level 2 Certified CrossFit® Coach with additional Certifications in Olympic Lifting and Endurance. To say Beth has a love for fitness is an understatement! She is also a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Boot Camp, Spinning and Yoga Instructor. Personally, Beth is a passionate athlete who has competed in marathons, Ironman Triathlons, Tough Mudders, Spartan Races and more. Beth radiates positivity and is a natural motivator making her a perfect addition to the Urban Fit Training Team!
 

Henry Hufnagle – I am a father of 3, trying to set a good example for my kids. I grew up as an active kid, and was captain of my high school swim team. After graduation I spent the next 10 years not giving a second thought about what I was eating or how much I wasn’t exercising. 6 Months after my oldest son was born, I had a huge wake-up call when I threw out my back while doing work around the house. It wasn’t long after that I discovered CrossFit® and haven’t looked back since. I have been a CrossFit® Level 1 Trainer for the last 2 years and absolutely love teaching others. I enjoy helping people progress from week to week, and knowing I played a part in them reaching their goals. I believe eating quality foods and a strong dose of functional fitness is key to long term health and mobility. “Train to GO, not for show.”

 
Andrew Marcus – Andrew has been a NASM Certified Personal Trainer since May of 2013. He is also a NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist. He has trained hundreds of clients on a one-to-one basis, helping people reach a variety of fitness goals. He has been running Spartan Races since 2013, captured his first Trifecta in 2016 and is currently pursuing his Spartan SGX Coach Certification. Andrew also plays and coaches in the Greater Philadelphia Mens Adult Baseball League and prior to entering the fitness world, he was a sportswriter for The Lansdale Reporter for 7 years. When Andrew isn’t working to run fast, lift heavy, and be the best fitness coach he can be, he resides in Norristown striving for a happy and healthy life with his wife Jessica.