ATTITUDE * COMPOSITION * TRAINING
Owner Prince Deese and Co-Owner Gina Deese of A.C.T. by Deese offer the Triad Area a warm and inviting Fitness Center for people of all ages. Along with our outstanding Trainers, A.C.T. by Deese has become the premier Fitness & Training Center in our area and is the Winner of the 2013 Piedmont Business Ethics Award.
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all individuals and maximize performance by coaching life changing habits that promote a positive outlook in personal attitude and good health.
PRINCE DEESE: Owner/Operator
As the owner and head trainer of A.C.T., I am happy to bring my hometown of Greensboro one of the most complete fitness studios available in the area. The opening of this facility is the culmination of a lifetime interest and professional preparation that offers Greensboro residents the opportunity to have “the best of their life for the rest of their life”.
From my earlier years at Ragsdale High School, and throughout my degree program in Physical Education at Elon University, personal training and fitness were first and foremost in my life-goals. My extensive professional sports background includes All American Wrestler, Hall of Fame Wrestler, All American Football Player, Hall of Fame Football Player and State Champion Body Builder. I have continued to extend my preparation by obtaining necessary fitness certifications. These certifications not only enhance my skills as a trainer, but guarantee clients the appropriate safe and healthy leadership needed for their own fitness programs. My fitness certifications include:
My own training began as a hobby of self improvement leading toward a career in professional football. Following a major injury, I began to develop an interest in rehabilitation by spending my time assisting other injured athletes. It soon became apparent that my skills and knowledge in the industry could benefit people from all facets of life. Now, with 29 years of experience, my clientele includes personalities ranging in ages from 10 to 90 years old; many from an extensive special needs population, some total family memberships, and multiple professional athletes whose careers are dependent upon maintaining health and fitness.
Together with my wife, Gina, we welcome all who visit our club. We look forward to helping you discover how an exercise program designed to meet your individual needs can increase your quality of life!
GINA DEESE: Co-Owner/Trainer
2010 Winner of Greensboro Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Award, I graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Communications, a personal training certification, and completed my MBA from University of Phoenix in September, 2009. My background led to a career in the pharmaceutical industry and extensive time among the health care community. Originally from Southern Westchester, N.Y., and having lived in both Maryland and Virginia before moving to Greensboro, North Carolina, I currently serve as the business manager for A.C.T. and part time trainer at the Greensboro facility. Often I serve in the role of senior fitness instructor, and I work closely with the Silver Sneakers program. The combination of communications, health, fitness experience, and business management do not supersede my focus on personal interest in the A.C.T. clients. It is my personal touch and friendly approach that brings the A.C.T. family together to provide the comfortable atmosphere, warm welcome and individualized interest upon which the business is based. (2013 Piedmont-Triad Business Ethics Award)
KAREN HARMSTON : Certified Personal Trainer
I am a native of Greensboro, and a graduate of UNCG with a B.S. in Public Health Education. My certification as a personal trainer is through The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). I specialize in weight management, body sculpting, and aerobic conditioning, catering to clients of all ages and fitness levels. Health and fitness are two great loves of mine, and as a trainer I'm very happy for the opportunity to help others pursue a more active lifestyle and enjoy a higher quality of life.
TOM ROBINSON: Certified ACSM Health-Fitness Specialist
I graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise, Sport, and Health Education with a concentration in Fitness, Strength, and Conditioning. My previous experience includes having worked as an intern in two physical therapy clinics as well as here at A.C.T. for one year prior to my graduation. It is with a great interest in the health and wellness industry that I desire to instill the medically proven benefits of an exercise program. My skill base includes working with the special needs population, as well as sport specific athletes and anyone interested in a general wellness program.
GERNARDO FLACK: Certified Personal Trainer
I am a certified National Federation Personal Trainer with a special interest in working with body mass and definition training. Raised here in Greensboro, I have been active my entire life in community sports and wellness programs. I am actively involved in continuing education with a passion for the study of physical fitness as to bring the latest techniques for training. As a licensed Healthways instructor, I also work with senior populations to improve health for extended quality of life.
ANDREW LEVENDOSKY: Certified Personal Trainer:
My certification is with the American College of Sports Medicine and I have been working with patients in cardiac, pulmonary rehabilitation at Randolph Hospital in Asheboro since February of 2012. My bachelor's degree is from East Carolina University with a focus on exercise physiology. I have expertise in training people at all fitness levels. I have a personal interest in running and would be happy to have you join my running group, so stop by and visit me on Thursdays at my A.C.T. fitness clinic.
BRAD GAYHARDT: Exercise and Sports Science Specialist
I graduated from Guilford College with a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science, and a minor in Psychology. I specialize in sports related strength and conditioning. My experience as a trainer includes training the Guilford College football team, as well as the women’s volleyball team. I have a broad spectrum of knowledge and experience in many sports including baseball, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, and football. The highlight of my career as an athlete is the four years I played football for Guilford College. I had the privilege of being a captain, along with being selected to play in the Hansen Senior All-Star Bowl Game in 2012. Aside from my strong background in sports training, I have a passion for nutrition and general health and fitness. I have experience in developing personalized workout programs, as well as plans for individuals with injuries. My goal as a trainer is to encourage the community to be the best, most healthy individuals they set out to be.
Megan Brock: Certified Personal Trainer
My education is from Guilford Technical Community College with a specialty in Anatomy/Physiology, Psychology & health sciences.
My passion for fitness began in 2003 as a competitive varsity cheerleader in high school. Practices consisted of strength training in the weight lifting room to help improve strength for tumbling and stunting, as well as endurance training to help increase stamina.
In February 2012, I began a journey in bodybuilding as a NPC Bikini Competitor. My interest and fitness specialty lead me to 2nd place and a National Qualifier in the 2012 NPC Stewart Fitness show. Following this competition, I continued on to the 2012 NPC Elite Muscle Classic and placed 6th, then on to the 2013 NPC State Championship and placed 9th.
As a fitness & nutrition enthusiast, my knowledge in the health industry lead me to my personal training certification. As Certified Personal Trainer here at A.C.T by Deese, I am here to inspire, motivate, and encourage all on a plan for personal growth in fitness and life. My goal as a passionate Certified Personal Trainer is to help others accomplish individual goals and help them become “the best they can be!” So be ready to get transformed both mentally and physically!
Nick Vickers: Certified Personal Trainer/ CSCS (photo coming soon)
I received my bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. While completing my coursework, I served as an intern in the athletics department, where I gained valuable experience working with the athletic teams. Furthermore, I acquired my certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. My training style includes everything from cardiovascular conditioning to rehabilitative training with a preferable concentration on athletics.
My goal is to change lives by turning fitness aspirations into a reality. I accomplish this by creating fun-filled interactive workouts, educating, documenting progress, and fully challenging my clients.
I love being actively involved in team sports. I also enjoy running and recently completed my first half marathon in April. If you are interested in exercise, running, health, or any form of advice, please do not hesitate to speak with me. Thank you!
Welcome Catrina Green- Summer Intern 2014
I am currently an undergrad student at Gardner-Webb University working towards a B.S. in Exercise Science. I have competed on the Division 1 level over the last four years on the women's basketball team where I became the all-time leading rebounder and the first person in women's and men's basketball program history to accumulate over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. I am CPR instructor certified, and I am currently working with A.C.T to complete an internship in Exercise Science before graduation in August 2014. I am very excited about the opportunity I have to work with A.C.T on achieving my goal of one day becoming a certified personal trainer.
Jasmine Cogdell- Zumba