Our values are the foundation of our business. Members and staff are treated with respect, honesty, and genuine caring so that you can leave feeling good about your visit.
Our brand-new, pristine facility offers premium, new equipment, workshops and regular classes. To view all our classes, please view “Class Schedules.” Our memberships are for women only. We will have some co-ed small groups available.
We provide an excellent coaching staff for 1:1 and group trainings so you can achieve your fitness goals and live a healthier lifestyle. Bring your ideas, goals and solutions! Have fun…be challenged, whatever works for you!
Meet the Team
Maryellen was born and raised in the Northeast, at a time when physical education was a mandatory part of her schooling experience. She enjoyed the break in her day. It renewed her energy, her spirit and she liked the added bonus of enjoying some time with her friends.
Although she continued to stay active once she moved to Florida, Maryellen realized she missed the motivation, socialization and support she had experienced during her working years. She wanted to feel centered and revitalized again in every aspect of her life. Once she began working out again, her mind, body, spirit and social life got back on track and she was happy and energized once more.
Maryellen was approached by a Personal Trainer who said “Can I make a suggestion?” She began personal training with Erika who paid attention to Maryellen and what her goals were. Erika walked Maryellen through her workout, explained how to use the free weights correctly, doing the workout she prescribed just for her! Wow, it worked! And so they became friends and now business partners.(Maryellen’s toes often scream “let us out, where are the flip flops you promised us?”)
Maryellen shared her story and found that other woman had similar experiences. Maryellen was inspired. She felt a cool way for all women to share their experience and reach their personal goals would be a fitness center (not gym) where the experience of caring, respect and honesty would be the foundation. Erika felt similarly about this and that IS how Inches Fitness came to be.
Personal Coach, Vice President, Fitness Director
“Never say never,” is what Erika tells her clients. “It’s never too late to get started, and never too late to get strong.” Originally from Guatemala, and a exercise aficionado since childhood, Erika particularly enjoyed her health club’s spinning classes. Her instructor recognized Erika’s skill and determination and urged her to become a spinning instructor too. She did, and eventually trained to become a certified personal coach. What Erika enjoys most about working at Inches Fitness is the ability to help women of all ages and physical abilities embark on an enjoyable fitness journey that can serve them throughout their lives.
Linnea brings a passion for exercise and an abundance of friendly energy to Inches Fitness. Born and raised in Sweden, Linnea came to the US in her 20s. While in her 30s she suffered a debilitating back injury that kept her housebound for four years, during which time she developed deep vein thrombosis. Told by doctors that she could lose her leg, Linnea embarked on a low-impact exercise regimen that included swimming and yoga. Over time, as she grew stronger, she became a fitness advocate and a receptionist at the gym where she worked out. Her deep belief in the healing and strengthening powers of fitness make her an invaluable member of the Inches Fitness team.
Personal Coaches & Fitness Instructors
Personal Coach and Class Instructor
Lisa has always wanted to help people – from working with troubled kids, counseling delinquent girls, being a kindergarten aide and substitute teacher in Alaska, working as an x-ray tech, to training women in a health club.
After having her second baby in 2006 and wanting to get back into shape, Lisa joined a small club where she soon became part of the fitness team. In the past 6 years, Lisa has become certified in Step Aerobics, Boot camp, Kickboxing, Group Fitness Training, Small Group Training, Personal Training and has a Zumba Certification.
Lisa’s personal touch makes you feel comfortable in the fitness environment by her encouragement, smiles, and “you can do it” attitude. Because of her extensive knowledge of fitness, Lisa teaches classes of many levels and will offer modifications to all muscle groups and aerobic intensity. She will help you to succeed, feel healthy and walk out of your workout session with results and a smile.
Personal Coach & Fitness Instructor
Lisa was born and raised in the United Kingdom. As a child, Lisa was always active in sports including dance, motocross, and ice skating. At the age of 10 she took up competitive figure skating turning professional at 18. Lisa reached senior level in figure skating which lead to competing in the British Championships. While performing, Lisa had to be weighed and measured every 2 weeks. This constant monitoring took a toll on her mind and body. Lisa can relate to how difficult it is to look at a scale and not see a difference in weight loss.
In 2007 Lisa moved to Florida and settled down to start a family of her own. Now that she was off the road and a mother of 2 boys she turned her focus to fitness. She became an AFFA certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Lisa enjoys helping women focus more on the benefits of feeling healthier, fitter, stronger and more confident in themselves without focusing on those numbers on the scale. “I love the energy I get from clients when teaching a class or personally training someone.”
Lisa has trained with Erika Depaz over the years and is very excited to share her knowledge and experience with you. Most recently she has become a certified Real Ryder spin instructor. Whether your goals are short or long term, Lisa is ready to help you accomplish them.
Following is a testimonial by Inches Fitness member Kathy Teague:
“It was time to join a gym; my body was getting out of shape. I found Inches Fitness but I wasn’t familiar with their equipment. I decided to hire a personal coach to help me learn the equipment and maybe lose some weight. This is when I met Lisa McClure. She started out slowly by having me use the fitness machines during our sessions. She taught me how to use the equipment as well as how my body aligment should be. She was always making sure that my body was in correct position so I didnt get injured. Lisa would remind me “make sure your toes are forward, your shoulders are down, abs engaged and proper body alignment.”
After my training was over I saw some results but still wasn’t confident on my own and I wanted more results. Of course I hired Lisa again. By now she knew how far she could push me. So in 10 sessions with Lisa, plus Zumba and a few other classes I lost pounds and inches and it was all because of her.
She is fit, no doubt since she was a figure skater. So seeing her in perfect form, I knew I had the perfect trainer. She is so nice and sweet. She is awesome.”
Jessica Arias is from Lima, Peru. She came to the U.S. 12 years ago with her husband and two sons, who are now 22 and 17 years old. Their Peruvian heritage runs strong in their family business of restaurants in the Bradenton/Sarasota area serving authentic, delicious Peruvian food . One would think that running a bustling business would be enough. But Jessica’s true love is to dance.
“It’s my passion. I have been a Zumba instructor for one year, but I’ve danced all my life. I participated in dance competitions while I was in school and I participated in dances at my children’s schools. The most important thing is that I like to teach dance because it’s a way to release stress, stay in shape, and help other people feel good. Dancing makes you feel great, energetic, increases your self-esteem. I love to see my students dance and how it brightens their day.”
Come and have fun at Jessica’s Zumba, Aqua Zumba, and Toning classes and dance to different rhythms from around the world.
Anthony Battaglia has been a personal trainer for over 5 years. He enjoys helping others reach their health and fitness goals through motivation and encouragement. He takes his training seriously and expects his clients to do the same in order to see results.
“It’s not about trying to lift the heaviest weight or how far you can run. It’s about taking care of yourself mentally and physically so you can enjoy this great life and those around you.”
Anthony moved to Florida with his family when he was about 8 years old and has loved it since! He enjoys working out, running, as well as outdoor activities. He has competed in many local 5k runs as well as finishing his first Tough Mudder event in 2012. When he’s not in the gym or training others, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, being outside, watching a good movie, and living a healthy, active lifestyle.
Robin Garfield-Rosov is a personal trainer, water aerobics and SilverSneakers yoga stretch/muscular strength and range of movement instructor. She offers aqua therapy, yoga, stretch and balance classes. Robin has worked with clients of all ages as a personal coach teaching weight reduction, cardio-fitness, strength and general conditioning. She has been certified with the American Council on Exercise since 2009. Originally from Miami, where she had her own exercise studio for many years, Robin now resides in the West Bradenton area. The apple of her eye is her son Adam, who is a recent graduate from the University of Florida. Robin has been happily married to Dr. Howard Rosov and they share a common love for their adorable pets, Charlie and Misty.
Leslie’s love of physical fitness began early as a competitive gymnast and later as a cheerleader for the arena football league. She has worked in the fitness industry for over 20 years and is nationally certified as an AFAA certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Leslie enjoys teaching a variety of different formats including Kickboxing, Cycling, Boot Camp, Dance, Weight Training, Step and Aqua – anything that gets the heart rate up and the endorphins flowing!!
Whether it be working one-on-one in the gym or teaching a group fitness class, it is Leslie’s goal to help each individual feel good about who they are and to reach their fitness goals.
Outside the gym, Leslie enjoys reading, spending time with her family and watching her children compete in their sports activities.
Erik is a professional kickboxer, earning World Championships in the WKO and PKF Light Middleweight Divisions from 2001-2010. He has competed across the country and the world – from Atlantic City to California, and from England to Australia and Germany. When he’s not competing, Erik shares his passion by teaching and training adults and children in Kickboxing, MMA, NHB, Self-Defense and Fitness. When asked what he tries to pass on to his students his reply is “to be humble but confident, respect, to train hard and to protect their self.” Erik’s favorite motto is “Relax and Be Yourself.” To read a great article from the Examiner about Erik, click here.
Ali Melendez was born in Indiana and spent most of his childhood in the Illinois/Michigan area. He formally began his martial arts training in Aikido (the way of the harmonious spirit) and Bujutsu (the art of the warrior) in 2002 in Chicago while studying Music Composition at Columbia College.
Ali relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida in 2004. He continued his martial arts training in Muay Thai, San Shou, Grappling, Boxing and stand-up joint locking arts. Ali also started practicing yoga and meditation arts in 2004.
Chinese Martial arts became the dominate focus for Ali’s martial arts training in 2007 when he started training in Kung fu, Tai Chi Chuan, Baguazhang, Chin Na, Xing-Yi. Ali has always been motivated by a desire to pursue both the internal and external aspects of martial arts. It is this interest that has led him to the rich history of the Chinese martial arts. Tai Chi Chuan, Kung Fu and Qi Gong have been a significant focus of his studies.
In 2009, Ali was granted the rare opportunity of being guided in Taoist (Daoist) meditation studies under the guidance of the Zen Buddha Ki Master Kun Wha Yoo.
Besides teaching at Inches Fitness, Ali is also a private instructor in several styles of martial arts. He enjoys sharing his passion for Martial Arts with others. “I like to teach because it allows me to help others reach their goals and in return I learn alot about myself.”
A Native New Yorker, Allison moved to Florida six years ago and immediately got hooked on Group Fitness classes. An athlete all her life, Allison competed in swimming at the National Level, completed several half marathons and a full marathon, and has most recently combined all her passions into triathlon training. NETA Group Fitness Certified, Les Mills BodyPump, CXWorx, and RPM Certified, and TRX Suspension Training certified, Allison has been teaching various fitness classes for the last six years. Allison’s classes combine powerful music, effective and safe routines that will leave you feeling stronger than when you started!
Angela discovered yoga in 2003. Her interest grew from her very first class and first teacher, who inspired her to continue her yoga journey.
Angela completed a 200-hour teacher training program in 2006-07 with Lynn Burgess at Yoga From The Heart as well as a 200-hour certification with Betsey Downing and Jaye Martin at Garden Of The Heart Yoga Center, Sarasota in 2011.
Today she continues to take workshops to expand her knowledge, inspiration and joy for this wonderful practice. She teaches a Hatha-style yoga class offering cues and details in alignment, making class challenging to the practiced yogi and accessible to the new student.
This self-healing practice provides health benefits on many levels and a path to inner peace and joy!
“I am so blessed and grateful for the wonderful Teachers and Students in my life that keep me inspired and enthusiastic to grow as a teacher and share this practice.”
Yeni was born and raised in Cuba and moved to the United States when she was 18 years old. Knowing no English, she went to school to learn the language and decided to pursue studies in the medical field. Yeni became an EMT and worked as a Clinical Technician in the operating room at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
After a few years of living in the U.S., Yeni’s friend wanted to lose weight so they both joined a gym. She met Erika Depas, Inches’ Fitness Director, and started training with her.
“Working out brought me the confidence any woman needs. As one of the first employees at Inches, I feel happy every day I go to work because it is an environment where people feel comfortable and equal. I love to help people in different ways, and as a sales person I try to advise them as if I were in their shoes. As you come in I will greet you with an smile; while you’re here I will help you achieve results; as you leave I will wish you a great day!”
For Yeni, there are similarities between working in the medical field and working at Inches. “Both places are where people go to get help and feel better; my role in each of the two places is always being there to help, advise and accomplish what they came looking for. I love to treat people the way I like to be treated! “
Kirstie was born and raised in Pittsburgh. She started playing soccer at the age of 5 and played until she was a senior in high school. Soccer kept her physically fit. It wasn’t until she moved to Florida in 2011 that she realized she needed another form of exercise to stay in shape and started working out at a gym.
Kirstie saw not only the physical but the mental changes that occurred with the gym members – a fitter body resulted in a more positive mind.
“Working out is not just a day to day thing for me, it is a lifestyle that I try to promote to others. I loved the challenge that I would get from my trainer, Erika, and how she helped me achieve my fitness goals. Now I can motivate others in the same way. That’s what I work for – to help others.”