Fitness Resources


Jacob Newland

jacobJacob Newland
Personal Trainer
Jacob, a graduate of Heritage College, has a degree in Personal Fitness Training. The program at Heritage College focuses on aerobic fitness, strength training, preventative fitness, weight loss, basic diet, and nutrition. Jacob’s approach to training is based solidly on the American Council on Exercise (ACE) guidelines. To better help his clients achieve their goals, he plans to return to school and earn a bachelor’s degree focusing on health and fitness.
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Christine Smothers

staff-christineChristine Smothers

For more than ten years, Christine has worked with athletes and non-athletes. She has provided fitness and wellness programming to individuals and groups, always stressing the importance of physical fitness and overall wellness. She has developed and implemented strength, cardiovascular, weight loss and flexibility programs and has trained many clients in the proper use of her programs. She also focuses on injury prevention, rehabilitation and emergency care as an athletic trainer.
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Ed Avery

ed-averyEd Avery – CPT
Personal Trainer

Ed Avery has a vast experience provides him with the ability to help FR client’s meet their short and long term fitness and physical goals.

Ed has over 10 years experience in personal and group training as well as training education and lifetime of endurance (principally running) competition. Ed worked as a master trainer at multiple local fitness facilities and started Avery Fitness in the Nationwide Plaza Wellness Center. Ed’s one-on-one trainees have included a range of individuals including those with varying physical limitation goals as well as competitive athletes looking for a physical advantage. His experience also includes group training and exercise sessions. Ed utilizes a variety of modalities and styles of training.
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Mark Mayes, Owner


Mark Mayes, ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologists®
Owner, Fitness Resources
A long-time veteran of the fitness industry, Mark Mayes began his career 30 years ago working for the Jack LaLanne health club in San

Diego, California.


After moving back to Ohio, Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and adult fitness at The Ohio State University. As a competitive swimmer and triathlete, he went on to coach stroke mechanics for swimmers and triathletes.

He began working as an intern at the Central Ohio YMCA but quickly became a full-time staff member. When he decided to strike out on his own, Mark was serving as the physical director at the downtown YMCA. He launched Fitness Resources in 1991, and since then, he and his staff have offered personal training to individual clients and have managed fitness programs at private clubs, physician offices and corporate fitness centers. The demand for personal- and group-training programs fueled Fitness Resources’ growth, Fitness Resources went on to manage fitness programs in physician offices, corporate fitness centers and public gyms.

After helping develop Harrison Rec Center in April 2008, he opened a Fitness Resources location in the Harrison Park Condos Community Center in Harrison West, part of Columbus’ Short North area. His team also manages the condo association’s fitness center.

Mark is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Council of Exercise and the YMCA. He has received from the ACSM additional certification that focuses on exercise and older adults. Mark is also a certified practitioner of polarity therapy, a system that restores mind-body harmony through complementary therapeutic methods including bodywork techniques, guidance in polarity exercises and stretches, self-help techniques and energy balancing. He is certified by Schwinn to conduct spinning and RiPP classes.

Mark served as an advisory board member for The Wellness Forum Foundation and was a founding member of the International Fitness Institute. He has also been a member of the elite International Systematic TOUCH training team and is currently serving on the faculty of the World Instructor Training Schools. Mark currently serves on the advisory board of Heritage College.

Mark’s professional philosophy is to educate, motivate and provide direction to individuals of all ages to help them achieve their health and fitness goals. His areas of expertise are general fitness training, strength training, swimming, running and cycling programs.

His goal for his clients is that they develop the confidence and knowledge to take personal responsibility for their fitness regimens. Mark specializes in designing fitness programs tailored to a diverse clientele—from athletes and busy professionals to senior citizens—and their wide range of fitness experience and goals.

Other Information about Mark
• writes fitness columns for several employee newsletters and publications
• lectures on flexibility, strength training and the facets of operating a successful fitness company
• consults with large corporations on how best to encourage their employees to improve their health and fitness




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