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Athletic Republic’s certified performance trainers have the passion and sports-science knowledge to safely improve your athleticism. Our more than 500 performance trainers are constantly furthering our proven methods to help athletes reach their goals.  Because we believe developing athletes is best done in small groups, we provide a trainer to athlete ratio of 1:5.  This allows the trainer to customize a program for each athlete’s individual strengths and weaknesses.

Christian Lee

Performance Coach

NKT, RKC, FMS, CSCS, B.S.National Pitching Association - Biomechanic Level 3 Coach, Nationally Certified Rotational Hitting Analyst, USA Track and Field Coach, USA Sports Performance Coach. FMT 1 and 2.

The Co-Owner and founder of Escape Movement Center/Athletic Republic Escape, Christian Lee offers the ultimate training experience. Focused on measurable improvement, Christian guides you from the initial assessment through peak performance phases at Escape. His background includes college leve baseball play, strength and conditioning expertise as well as FMS/NKT and RKC Kettlebell training. His patience and understanding nature make him a phenomenal coach both on and off the field. Escape was created with his vision in mind, to make people better through better movement with the best coaches.

Christian lives locally, coaching high school baseball and working as a consultant to collegiate teams. He is the only regional Level 3 Biomechanics Pitching coach from the National Pitching Association. Christian has worked with Tom House, the legendary major league pitching coach and also the NFL's top QB biomechanics analyst. Christian is also a Nationally Certified Rotational Hitting Coach.

He stays actively involved in the community with his growing family.

Moses Correa

Head Strength Coach, Personal Trainer and Kettlebell Instructor

NKT, FMS, RKC I and II, BFTS, ASC, NCSF (2008), ISSA (2004), KIWK, Athletic Republic Level 3 Trainer, ACL Bridge (Feb. 2018), FMT 1 and 2.

Moses brings his dedication to continued learning and unique sense of humor to the everyday and sports specific training. His diverse background and research-based program, including boxing, personal training, KIWK, and RKC certifications lead to him being one of the areas most sought after trainers. His style is perfectly suited for the individual looking to improve strength, power, increase fat loss and boost performance. Moses’ commanding presence belies his good-natured side but his training methods are solid and get results.

Moses is also the proud father of two young boys that keep him moving and that allow him less sleep than he would like! :) He is also an avid fitness and performance writer. music lover and future strong man!

Michelle Tegethoff

CSCS, BS 

A graduate of Cherokee High School Michelle was a varsity field hockey and lacrosse player. She went on to continue her education carrier at the University of Mount Union in Ohio where she got her degree in exercise science. As a member of the women's lacrosse team, she helped her team win 4 consecutive conference championships, make 4 NCAA tournament appearances, and two sweet 16 appearances. It was thrown athletics that she gained her passion for strength and conditioning and helping athletes perform optimally within their sport. After watching serval teammates suffer from an injury she also developed a passion for functional movement training and injury prevention. Michelle is excited to learn and hopes to help people gain a healthy pain-free life through exercise, as well help athletes safely, and enjoyably reach their full potential.

Dave DiSanto

Head of Movement Program 

Dave DiSanto first studied the meditative practices of Vipassana and Raja Yoga before attempting any of the moving postures. To better prepare himself for triathlons, Dave began the physical practice of yoga 10 years ago. Through his accomplishments and training, Dave’s yoga style is focused on good breathing and body movement. We are proud to have Dave enhancing the Escape team with his positive energy, significant accomplishments and dynamic personality.

Finishing the 2008 Lake Placid Ironman inspired Dave to consider what else the human body was capable of. The following year Dave quit his job of 7 years and set off to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail (Georgia to Maine) in its entirety. Six months and more than 2,000 miles later he was hooked! The next 4 years saw Dave traveling the country on foot completing thru-hikes of the Grand Enchantment Trail, (Phoenix, AZ to Albuquerque, NM) as well as another cross-country expedition, hiking from Mexico to Canada, completing all 2,600+ miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.

After completion of these awesome travels, Dave decided to help others realize their unique and amazing abilities. Dave has been a Personal Trainer ACSM Certified and has 200 hr. Yoga Teaching Certification in the Bhakti Method. Dave is a Certified Reiki Practitioner and is CPR/AED Certified as well. Today Dave encourages others to reap the benefits of a clean diet and positive thinking.

Coach Dave has an incredible amount of passion for human movement.  In 2017 and 2018 he has traveled to Thailand to attend the movement camp hosted by the great "Ido Portal."  Coach Dave has been putting in a lot of hours daily practicing his skills to help others.

Donna Nicolaidis


With more than twenty years of experience in the health and wellness industry, and a retired athlete, having competed at the national level in Olympic Style Weightlifting; I understand the importance of caring for the one body we have been given. I have successfully worked with clients ranging from high-level athletes to the weekend warriors, elderly arthritic patients to adolescents with growing pains. Because of my continuing desire to learn and challenge myself I am on the cutting edge of the industry’s most updated findings and new techniques. With that, I have the ability to empower and educate my clients with the tools they need to improve and maintain their quality of life.