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Axel Murillo

Axel Murillo"I've done work with numerous world champion fighters, but Chad Dawson taking two belts from Antonio Tarver is my greatest training success story. Technique is crucial. In boxing conditioning, it gives the boxer confidence, courage, and all together, victory."

Axel has been a trainer since 1994 and is a certified U.S.A. Boxing Level II trainer. He became a trainer due to his love of boxing and enjoys seeing results in his clients' bodies and use of great technique.

Courtney St. Germain

"I have worked with a wide range of clients during the years I have been a personal trainer. I have helped my clients through various conditions, including breast cancer recovery, osteoporosis and post rehabilitation for orthopedic injuries. The ability to find a workout that is successful for people with limitations, whether permanent or temporary, is an important part of my training."

Courtney is certified through The American Council on Exercise as a personal trainer and has a Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of New Orleans. She has 14 years of experience as a personal trainer and is co-creator of Jazzy Jump, an after school jump rope program. Courtney is certified in CPR and AED through the American Red Cross.

Danny Burke


Danny Burke, a Certified Hanna Somatic Educator, completed a three-year training program at the Novato Institute of Somatic Research and Training in California. Hanna Somatics is a method of pain relief that uses slow, conscious movements to help regain awareness, sensation and motor control of muscles.  Danny joined the EJGH team at the Wellness Center in 2012, and in 2013, he began offering “hands on” individual sessions. Danny works with people suffering from pain in all areas of the body, including back, hip, leg, headache, sciatic nerve pain, TMJ, neck and shoulders.  Many people are surprised at how quickly this can improve posture, make walking easier and eliminate pain.  After four sessions, most people have significant improvement and can take care of their own aches and pains with the homework moves.  The group classes help reinforce the homework.  Danny can also help athletes improve sports performance, people who have suffered traumatic injury, and those with chronic diseases that can cause pain such as fibromyalgia and arthritis.  

His passion for his work is what makes Danny a valuable member of our team. “I enjoy teaching people to regain the freedom of movement and to eliminate the pain from their bodies in ways that are healthy and useful for the rest of their lives.”

Donna Roubal

Donna"I had a client on a 6-week time frame for losing weight. I helped him to take off 7% body fat and 12 pounds on the scale. He felt more empowered and was able to overcome several physical limitations, all the time increasing muscle mass. He moved away shortly thereafter, but just knowing I made such an impact on someone in only 6 weeks of his life was very empowering for me as well."

Donna has had an extraordinary 15-year career in the fitness industry as a personal trainer/fitness instructor and has enjoyed all avenues of fitness from triathlon training to competing in fitness competitions. She is a certified aerobics fitness instructor specializing in dance aerobics, step, kickboxing, spinning, yoga, pilates, body pump, resistance training, core stability training, arthritis exercise (land/aquatics), interval training (land/aquatics), as well as water aerobics. She has worked with a broad range of special needs populations and has excelled with the Wellness Center since January 2000. She enjoys helping people achieve their true potential in health and wellness at any age.

Elizabeth Ledet

It was Elizabeth’s personal experience with a lifestyle change that caused her to pursue a career in fitness later in life.  After years of working in sales, her body was tired and weak due to hours of business lunches and a lack of exercise. She embarked on a journey to learn how to change her own body through nutrition and exercise.  It is this personal experience that makes Elizabeth great at interacting with her clients, because she has been in their shoes. With a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry, Elizabeth is a member of the American Council on Exercise Personal Trainers and a Certified Biomechanics Trainer.  

Elizabeth’s mission as a trainer is to help her clients set goals, and then instruct, motivate, and inspire them to achieve those goals and maintain their achievements throughout their lives.  Helping her clients feel stronger, leaner, and more confident is her passion. 

Jake Hackett

Jake is originally from Pittsburgh, but now calls New Orleans home. In high school, he was a tri-sport athlete, competing competitively in hockey, football and soccer. Jake graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. In 2012, Jake interned at The Fitness Principle at EJGH, where he was able to learn from premiere experts in his field. As an intern, he was responsible for creating the first ever ACL Prevention Program for female high school soccer players around the New Orleans area.

Jake previously worked in Outpatient Physical Therapy at River Region Rehab caring for a multitude of patients with different injuries, diseases and morbidities. Jake is currently a Personal Trainer at the Wellness Center and has overcome his own struggles with weight management and serious injuries. He takes pride in relating his success to his clients as motivation. He likes to emphasize the importance of proper nutrition and uses the analogy that 20 percent of reaching your personal fitness goals is the actual training, while the remaining 80 percent of your results will be seen through preparation, proper nutrition, rest and recovery.

Nikki Gerdes

Nikki graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and has been a health fitness instructor at the EJGH Wellness Center since 2009. She started teaching aquatic and land-based classes; however, she found herself drawn to and intrigued by diseased populations. She became one of the primary instructors for the disease management programs specializing in, but not limited to, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, cancer, Fibromyalgia, total joint replacement, osteoporosis and arthritis. She is a certified NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, AEA Aquatic Exercise Instructor/Trainer, AHA BLS/CPR Instructor, AHA CPR/AED Certified, and a Certified Cholesterol Technician.

In 2013, Nikki joined the exercise team at The Fitness Principle as a personal trainer. She trains clients with weight issues, joint problems, injuries, disorders and diseases, and those just wanting to reach a goal. She recently trained an individual for three months before he had double knee replacement surgery. His goals were to lose weight and strengthen his legs and body as much as possible in order to speed up his recovery process after the surgery. Exactly three weeks after the surgery, he walked into the Fitness Principle without any assistance, walker or cane and thanked her for how remarkable his recovery was.

Nikki believes training is not just about exercise. It is about forming a professional relationship with each client and developing a special bond of trust needed for success.

Robbie Fontova

"Because I grew up an avid athlete, I love helping clients to stay active and fit. I have a fast paced, active training style programmed to not only get you fit, but to help you stay functionally fit in order live a healthy and active lifestyle. I specialize in general fitness and wellness, weight loss and management, strength and conditioning, core balance and coordination, speed, agility, and quickness training, and functional integrated strength training."

Robbie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University, and over three years of experience in the fitness industry. He is certified through NASM as a Performance Enhancement Specialist, and also holds YMCA Healthy Lifestyle and YMCA Group Exercise Instructor certifications. With previous experience at the YMCA and in sports training facilities, Robbie has a wide variety of skills to satisfy a wide variety of clients.

Wendolynn Allen


After receiving her BA in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin in 1996, Wendolynn decided to go into the field of personal training.  In her 16 years of experience, she has worked with various age groups and ability levels.  Her clients have included the elderly, high school and collegiate athletes, people recovering from injuries, and those who simply want to begin (or continue) a healthy and active lifestyle.

Wendolynn’s personal athletic experience includes collegiate level shot put and discus, powerlifting, bodybuilding, and Olympic-style weight lifting.  Additionally, she is a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician and a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant.  “The reason I do what I do is to help individuals discover their innate potential for physical well-being.  Watching my clients discover this is incredibly rewarding for me and the reason why I love coming to work every day”.



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