THE Aspire Fitness STORY

Brian Bott - Founder

At Aspire Fitness it is our mission to create an environment and culture in our gym that best promotes the success of each of our members. Having both worked in traditional big box gyms, we became increasingly frustrated with the emphasis of flooding the gym with cheap memberships that rely on the member not showing up to make the business work. So we set out to make a change. Every member at Aspire Fitness is a VIP. Whether you just take group classes, train privately 4 times per week with a coach, or are just dropping in for a workout with a friend, we guarantee that our coaches and staff are there to make sure you are getting closer to your goals.
All of our members receive some level of coaching on proper planning, mindset, as well as nutrition to ensure we are choosing the best strategy to help them reach their goals. Additionally, anytime that you come in to Aspire Fitness you will have a coach available to assist you. Whether you are in a session, taking a class, or doing your program on your own there is always a coach available to help. To ensure we are delivering the highest level of service possible we are continually improving upon our education. All Aspire Fitness coaches attend 4 seminars each year. In addition to this, each year we close the gym for 2 days and pay for our team to go the Perform Better Training Summit in Providence Rhode Island. If a better way to deliver client’s results is developed, you can be sure you that we will be studying it, mastering it, and implementing it for our members. Finally, we believe fitness is for everyone and should better your life OUTSIDE of the gym. Regardless of age or ability if you are committed to a better you and willing to make change, we are committed to providing you a challenging but fun and safe environment to do so.

OUR coaches

Brian Bott


Professional Qualifications and Continuing Education:

Graduated with honors in 2007 with BS in Exercise Physiology from Rutgers Univesity. Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC) through world renowned coach Mike Boyle. Advanced Functional Movement Screen (FMS)

Certified Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRC ms)
Crossfit Level One Certified
Precision Nutrition Certified Nutrition Coach
Fat Loss Programming and Coaching under Alwyn Cosgrove and the Results Fitness team.
Co-Author of Amazon Best Selling Book “Get With The Program”

Personal Accomplishments

Two elite totals in Powerlifting in both the 198 and 181lb weight classes
Best lifts include a 725lb Squat; 440 Bench; and 585 Deadlift.
Placed 2nd in the 2013 NorthEast America and Body BodyBuilding Competition.

Adam Epstein


Professional Qualifications and Continuing Education:

Certified Personal Trainer - NASM TRX Certified Trainer Perform Better Training Summit Bachelor's Degree - Rutgers University

About Adam

Adam’s life growing up revolved around sports. He still plays baseball and ice hockey in competitive men’s leagues and is the manager of the NJ Aztecs baseball team. Adam also enjoys endurance racing and has completed several half-marathons, sprint triathlons, and Spartan Races. Adam’s interest in fitness came during his offseason training and he decided to turn this passion into a career.

Sean Adasczik


Professional Qualifications and Continuing Education:

NASM Certified Coach
Advanced Functional Movement Specialist (FMS)
StrongFirst Level 1 Certifie
Kettlebell Trainer
Indian Club Specialist Precision
Nutrition Certified Nutrition Coach

Sean lived in Colorado for 3 years and lost 80 lbs. from living the outdoor lifestyle. He enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking, & trail running. He competed in his first powerlifting meet summer 2016 and enjoys Spartan races and mud runs.

Dori Kershner


Professional Qualifications and Continuing Education:

FMS Level 1 Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC) Precision Nutrition Level 1 BA Rutgers College, 1997

Personal Accomplishments

Dori is the mother of two beautiful girls. As an active mom and business person, fitness has always been a priority for Dori. After closing her retail business of 10 years, Dori made the decision to pursue fitness as a career. Being at Aspire, coaching clients, is a rewarding privilege that inspires Dori to keep growing, learning and improving, becoming a better coach, mom and human being.

Eric Mannes



- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) - NSCA
- Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach

Eric has been coaching athletes of all levels since 2012. Eric previously worked at Annex Sports Performance in Chatham where he worked with athletes preparing for NFL Pro Days, as well as MiLB baseball players. Eric has also trained D1 and D3 athletes in lacrosse, field hockey, baseball, football, soccer, basketball, and hockey. Eric specializes in developing fundamentals in athletes new to training, as well as speed and power development in more advanced athletes.

Eric attended Usinus College where he majored in Exercise and Sports Science and minored in Management. At Ursinus, Eric lettered in football and wrestling. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) by the NSCA. Eric lives in Little Silver with his wife Catherine and his daughter Charlotte.

Shealyn Taggart


Professional Qualifications and Continuing Education:

- Bachelors in Business Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University
- Certified Personal Trainer - NASM
- Flexibility First Academy Basic training certification

Shealyn has been passionate about fitness since a young age, being an athlete her whole life; from recreational elementary sports to playing basketball at the collegiate level. She started as a personal trainer at Golds Gym and Jersey Strong then shifted over to a smaller setting at Figurelli Integrated Wellness Center. She continues to compete in ample races – 5ks, half-marathons, marathons, and sprint triathlons. Her goal is for every client to better their quality of life, help set and achieve goals, while building relationships with them in doing so.

John Drury


Professional Qualifications and Continuing Education:

- Bachelors in International Business from Towson University
- Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC)
- Crossfit Level 1

John has been involved in athletics his entire life, from playing baseball and soccer as a kid, to discovering the sport of rugby in high school. John played rugby at Towson University and continued for another 11 seasons with the division one Baltimore Chesapeake Men’s Club. It was during his time playing rugby that John fell in love with fitness, discovering what it could do for him physically and mentally. John lives in Spring Lake with his wife Laura, daughter Leila, son Logan, and two dogs.

Lauren Dabal

Office Manager

Growing up the youngest sibling with 2 older brothers (and a dad with a makeshift home gym in the basement), Lauren was raised in a competitive, sports-centered environment where she learned the importance of consistently leading an active, healthy lifestyle from a very early age.

Before becoming manager of Aspire Fitness in 2021, Lauren was actually one of our long-time members while pursuing a career in specialty coffee. Although she didn’t initially plan to pivot into the fitness industry full-time, the opportunity to work alongside Brian, Adam and the rest of the Aspire Fitness team was a no brainer – being surrounded by so many individuals from different walks of life with the common goal of improving their health and fitness has been a constant source of motivation and inspiration to keep her moving forward both mentally and physically.

Outside of Aspire, Lauren is a (crazy) dog mom, mental-health advocate, freelance portrait artist, coffee hobbyist, podcast junkie, dessert enthusiast & lover of the outdoors.

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