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Josh Costa

trainer1 josh costaFounder | Head Trainer | Facilities 

  • International Youth Conditioning Association Speed and Agility Specialist
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • BA in Exercise Science from Castleton University
  • Four Year Starter Varsity Soccer at Castleton University
  • NAC Player of the Year, NAC 1st Team All Star, NSCAA All New England Team, NEISL Senior All Star
  • Castleton State’s Male Athlete of the Year
  • Season Spartan Racer with 12 races completed including the Spartan Trifecta

"Young athletes need a facility and a program that applies to their age and sport specific requirements. My number one priority is to provide participants with foundational movement skills they will use for the rest of their lives. Our program is custom based and designed with short and long term agreed upon goals."

Unlike many gym owners and trainers, Josh has had a razor focus on training education and athletics since High School.  Josh grew up in Sutton, Massachusetts playing baseball, running track, and snowboarding, but he was most known for his accomplishments in soccer.  Josh was a starting player for four years for the Varsity Soccer team at Castleton University in Vermont, where he received a BA in Exercise Science.  
When Josh was a junior in high school, a former professional soccer player developed a cross training workout for his team.  This was a defining moment for Josh; the results were not only an improved performance on the field, but Josh’s physical transformation motivated him to continue the cross training program. Josh took this experience and ran with it - studying Exercise Science in college.  While there, Josh was named Castleton’s Male Athlete of the Year, NAC Player of the Year, NAC 1st Team All Star as well as NSCAA All New England Team, and NEISL Senior All Star.  It was in college that Josh began his certifications including International Youth Conditioning Association Speed and Agility Specialist.  Josh also became a certified National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  After a few years of personal training, Josh began training small groups of kids at local fields and homes, hoping to impart the memorable experience he had in high school. 
Eventually, Josh’s success and hard work led to the opening of RAPT, where Josh and his trainers work day in and out to help their clients reach their goals. Josh’s focus at RAPT is maintaining industry knowledge, while teaching his clients that for every goal, there is an individual path to training and fitness.  Josh’s clients love the constant progression and regression of exercise selection, with no two days being alike.  
When he is not training, Josh finds time to play competitive soccer both indoors and out.  He and his wife, Kelly, are Season Spartan racers, having completed 16 Spartan competitions including the Spartan Trifecta.  Josh has imparted his love of Spartan races on his clients, with a RAPT presence at nearly every local Spartan race.  The Costa’s four-legged mascot, Hazel, a brown labrador retriever, is also a friendly fixture at RAPT.

Josh Jackson

Trainer | Strength Coach | Head of Barbell Club

  • trainer2 josh jackson2National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • National Academy of Sport Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
  • BS in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science at Bridgewater State University
  • Completed major courses in Physical Education and Exercise Science such as Biomechanics, Physiology of Exercise, Fitness Testing, Exercise Prescription, Cardiovascular Analysis and Rehabilitation, and Sports Psychology
  • Experience with Olympic lifts and techniques as well as speed and agility training
  • Experienced Soccer player at both High School, Region 1, and Collegiate level at Bridgewater State
  • Currently training for Olympic Weightlifting open competitions

One of my favorite fitness quotes is, “Any trainer can make you sweat, but not every trainer can make you better”. I have always been a hardworking and motivated individual ever since I was young and I want that to reflect on my attitude as a Strength Coach. My goal at RAPT is simple, to make everyone I work with improve from one day to the next in all aspects of strength, speed, and power; as well as in confidence. I am willing to do whatever it takes for you to reach your short and long term goals. I am approachable as a trainer and my aim is to make any individual feel confident and comfortable in a fitness setting.

 

TRAINER Q & A:

QUESTION: How would you describe your younger self? How did you stay fit and active?

JOSH J: I was constantly outside, whether it be an athletic event or playing with my sister.  I played soccer, baseball and basketball through middle school.  When I wasn't at a game, you could also find me skateboarding or riding my BMX bike over the dirt jumps my dad had built for me.

QUESTION: What do you wish people knew about RAPT?

JOSH J: That we will train ANYONE that walks in the door.  People are so intimidated by gyms and trainers that they don't give it a chance.  If you come in with a good attitude and are willing to try something new, then you will love this place.  We are a very approachable group of Strength coaches and will do anything to help.

QUESTION: Are there any sports figures that you admire or look up to?

JOSH J: My favorite sports figures growing up were Ken Griffey Jr, Dave Mirra, Tony Hawk and Ronaldo.  In my opinion, they were genuine role models that truly loved what they did.

QUESTION: What is your favorite cheat meal?

JOSH J: Chicken, Bacon & Ranch Pizza

QUESTION: Describe some of your best moments as a RAPT coach:

JOSH J: Anytime someone hits a big lift in the gym or hits a goal, it's very exciting.  A few that come to mind is when Jake Lovell hit a 265 Hang Clean, or when Colleen Reilly put 125 lbs over her head on a Split Jerk from the blocks.  I've also had some awesome experiences where I've seen someone do their first body weight pull up or push up for the first time.  It doesn't seem like much, but when you see someone reach that level of strength from almost nothing...it's incredible.  It's why I love my job and the reason I have such passion for it.

Melissa McEleath

Trainer

  • trainer4 melissa mceleathLevel 1 International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA) certification
  • Studying for Personal Training Certification and IYCA Nutrition Certification
  • Scottish Highland Games competitor

I have been a part of several school systems since graduating from Springfield College in 1999. I have taught Physical Education to grades K-7 and 9-12 in western Mass. before coming back to where I did most of my growing up. I have also had the pleasure of working as an Instructional Assistant for grades 7-9 and as a Paraprofessional for students with moderate to severe disabilities.  I have been a coach for softball and cross country, and assisted with the mountain biking club. Teaching Physical Education brings me lots of smiles and joy, who wouldn’t love to play all day! I currently teach Physical Education at two private schools, St. Mary in Shrewsbury K-8 and Assumption in Millbury Pk-8. I also teach Health to grades 6-8 at Assumption.
When I am not teaching or at the gym, I enjoy spending time with my beautiful family and friends. My husband and I have two wonderful children with lots of energy and smiles. We love to travel, go for walks, sing, play with legos, have tea parties…etc. My husband and I are currently athletes competing in the Scottish Highland games. We enjoy working out together and traveling around New England and being a part of the Games.

Kelly Costa

Assistant Trainer | Head of Spartan Race Club

  • trainer3 kelly stoneStudying for National Academy of Sport Medicine Certified Personal Trainer Exam
  • Full-time Quality Control Chemist at GE Healthcare.
  • BA in Biology from Castleton University
  • Completed major courses in Developmental Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, and Biochemistry
  • Soccer player at High School, Maine Class A, and College level at Castleton University
  • Experienced Track and Field athlete at High School, Maine Class A, and Junior Olympics Regional Gold Medalist
  • Seasoned Spartan Racer with 12 races completed including the Spartan Trifecta

I am actively seeking my certification to be a Personal Trainer; I currently help out with Adult Training classes at RAPT under the guidance of Josh and Josh. I work fulltime as a Biochemist doing analytical chemistry for early stage drugs at GE Healthcare. My time not spent working is spent working out at RAPT, competing in Spartan, road and trail races. I have been an athlete and a runner my whole life and have no intention of stopping. In my eyes a big part of fitness is learning to get comfortable being uncomfortable. Progress is made when you are out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself, and I want to help others see how rewarding it can be to push your limits. It is my goal to help change people’s lives through their fitness journey.

Tammi Gorman

trainer5 tammi gormanCo-owner | Trainer

  • ASCM Certified Personal Trainer

  • 10 Years’ experience as an ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified fitness instructor

  • Spartan Race Trifecta Finisher

  • mother of five

  • teacher at Whitinsville Christian School

  • M.Ed. in Education from Harvard

With over ten years’ experience in the fitness industry, Tammi often refers to her partnership at RAPT as a dream come true.  Tammi is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and an ACE Certified Fitness Instructor.  Over the years, she has enjoyed leading a variety of fitness classes including cardio, step, and boot camp.
 
While training with Josh Costa she was presented the opportunity to become his business partner.  With her confidence in Josh’s ability to succeed as the Head Trainer, she knew that she was signing onto something special.

Although Tammi’s role at RAPT is focused on the business side, it is a rare morning that you do not see Tammi working hard and training alongside RAPT clients.  Josh and Tammi compliment each other in this way, with Josh’s focus on the industry and Tammi’s on the business.


In addition to her commitment to RAPT, Tammi is a mother of five and a math teacher at the Whitinsville Christian School.  As part of the RAPT team, Tammi is able to combine her love of teaching and her love of exercise to help youth and adults reach their fitness goals, while educating them on the benefits of strength training and good nutrition.  


Tammi herself is walking proof of RAPT’s success.  Although she grew up with a love for fitness, prior to training with Josh, Tammi could barely complete one push-up, due to an extended illness.  She can now be found pulling herself up over the chin up bars and competing in Spartan races, including the Spartan Beast.  

     
Tammi believes the RAPT staff, spearheaded by Josh Costa is what sets their facility apart.  She often refers to Josh as a ‘savant’ in the fitness arena.  According to Tammi, trainer, Josh Jackson brings his passion for Olympic Lifting, Christy Cushnie empowers female athletes and provides nutritional coaching, and Melissa McElreath shines while creating a fun fitness program for kids.  

 

Trainer Q & A:

QUESTION: How did you get into training?
TAMMI: My dad was a weight lifter and built a small weight room attached to our house.  When I was in high school, I used to enjoy working out there.

QUESTION: What is your favorite healthy meal?   

TAMMI:Green Salad - I have loved salad since I was 5. My favorite is with blue cheesse, dried cranberries and chopped nuts.

QUESTION: What is your favorite healthy snack:
TAMMI: Snacks are my favorite - I would rather have a healthy snack then a meal: plain yogurt with fruit, granola and a little honey. Pretzels or apples with peanut butter or any kind of fruit (my favorite is pineapple drizzled with Nutella).

QUESTION: Favorite Exercise?
TAMMI: Deadlift

QUESTION: Least Favorite Exercise?
TAMMI: Any kind of lunge. Especially rear elevated foot lunge.

QUESTION: What do you wish everyone knew about RAPT?
TAMMI: That it is for everyone - not just the intense athlete. Anyone looking to get some exercise with a great group of people should try it.
                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

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