Meet Our Trainers
Russell Midlam | Owner, Certified Personal Trainer
Russ has been a personal trainer for over 13 years holding multiple certifications during that time. Most recently adding a Cancer Recovery Specialist certification to his resume. Graduate of Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. His love of health and fitness started with sports as he was a 3-sport athlete in high school and a 4-year starter and all-american for the Ohio Northern football team. After college he went on to play professional football for 3 years and serving as a personal trainer in the off season. After his football career he switched to personal training full time working with individuals of all ages and fitness levels. His training involves a wide variety of fun and styles adapted to each individual client to help them reach their specific goals. His greatest thrill is helping others reach their full potential in health and in life.
"Champions aren't made in the ring, they are simply revealed there." - Muhammad Ali
Eric Garris | Certified Personal Trainer
I was born and raised here in Columbus. Growing up I played a lot of different sports and lacrosse became my first love. I was a 2-year starter at Otterbein University on the lacrosse team. I have a degree in Exercise Science with a minor in nutrition. My passion for fitness started in college as I began to exercise more to help me on the playing field. I love helping people reach their fitness goals, no matter what they are, while keeping it fun and exciting!
"Perfection is not attainable, but, if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." - Vince Lombardi
Garre Martin | Certified Personal Trainer/yoga instructor
I have always loved health and fitness. I grew up doing any type of workout tape my mom had lying around. I started really honing in on my diet and making diet and exercise a priority a few years ago and it has changed my life! I realized I wanted to help other people by educating them and helping them reach their goals. Now, it is my passion. I am constantly educating myself on nutrition and exercise and love learning and teaching. Outside of personal training I also have a background in group classes, yoga and nutrition coaching.
"No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying" -Tony Robbins
Steve Somppi | Certified Personal Trainer
Steve has been a certified personal trainer for seven years and earned his certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Steve played football and ran track in high school. In college, he was a three year letter winner in track and field as a long jumper and graduated from Baldwin-Wallace University with a degree in English. He then attended Bowling Green State University where he earned a Master of Arts degree in College Administration. Steve moved to the Columbus area in 2002 and has been a football coach in the Upper Arlington school district for 14 years. Steve is currently the 8th grade wide receivers and defensive backs coach at Hastings Middle School. Steve was also a 7th and 8th grade boys and girls track coach for seven seasons at Jones Middle School as well.
Although he has always been a fitness enthusiast, Steve did not decide to become a personal trainer until 2011 when a former supervisor asked Steve to help him lose weight and prepare for a Tough Mudder competition. Over the course of five months, Steve’s first fitness client lost 40 pounds and he finished the race. After witnessing how much he could help make a positive impact in the lives of others through fitness, Steve decided to change careers and became a personal trainer.
Steve brings a passion and enthusiasm for fitness to his training and truly enjoys helping others improve their overall health, well-being, and level of fitness. He also believes that to make lasting changes to your body, inside and out, you must incorporate good eating habits, as well as both cardio and resistance training.
Steve and his wife, Julie, have a son, Carmine and a daughter, Sofia, and live in Hilliard. In his spare time, Steve enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, watching sports, and traveling.
“You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results” - Mahatma Gandhi
Tammy Jarrett | Certified Personal Trainer
Tammy has been a certified trainer for many years and is well known in the Upper Arlington area. Her creative training style and outgoing personality make her popular with clients of all ages and backgrounds.