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Gordon Trotter


Hailing from New Zealand, Gordon settled and raised his family here in East Hampton. 

Through his rugby career, Gordon struggled with multiple injuries including spinal disc surgery. Battling through multiple surgeries, he finally found the solution to his underlying issues through movement therapy and functional strength and conditioning. 

With these experiences under his belt, he set out to open his own studio to help benefit the East End community. With general adults and aspiring athletes at the forefront of his thought process, Gordon geared up to open MuvStrong Inc. The facility was founded upon the morals of community and health and hoped to educated its members on the importance of fitness. 

He now helps 1v1 and group clients conquer their goals; from movement to weight loss to sport training, Gordon uses all of his certifications to guide you on the journey of fitness, one that he considers to be a life long endeavor.

Certifications: CFSC, FRC, FMS 1 & 2, AIM, TPI, NASM


Kristi is an East End transplant who up-rooted herself from Babylon, NY immediately following her graduation from SUNY Cortland, where she had studied in the field of Exercise Science. 

While at SUNY Cortland she gained over 800 hours of experience in personal training and group exercise. Her senior year, she was assistant to the personal training and group exercise departments, working with student athletes and faculty. Her clientele was made up of a variety of circumstances such as one administrator with a recent knee replacement, another gearing up for the school’s Annual Powerlifting Meet, while a student athlete pursued the world of bodybuilding. 

Since moving to East Hampton, Kristie has gained rehabilitative experience as an aide to multiple doctors of physical therapy and fallen in love with corrective exercise and strengthening movement patterns. She has also worked with athletes, guiding one member of the community through a powerlifting meet ever, placing silver and gold in three separate categories. 

Kristi welcomes questions pertaining to corrective exercise for athletes, elderly, and rehabilitation because that is her true passion.

Certifications: CFSC, NASM, FMS-1, TRX, CPR

Richie Daunte

Evelyn O'Doherty

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Evelyn loves water. She is a yoga teacher, competitive stand up paddle racer, paddle-board instructor and rabid year-round surfer who moved to East Hampton over 25 years ago. Originally from Westchester, Evelyn fell in love with sports in high school through cross country running and basketball. Later in life, she was diagnosed with scoliosis and when told she needed surgery, she opted for the study of yoga instead.

Evelyn has been practicing yoga for 18+ years and teaching for over 8. Her background in Anusara Yoga has made her a lifelong student of alignment and her commitment to meditation & breath-work are essential ingredients in her success as an athlete.

Evelyn's competitive career as a stand up paddle racer began in 2004 and instilled in her the importance of a movement mindset. In race season, she competes throughout the US, Puerto Rico, California and Europe. Building her body for endurance training, long distance paddles and sprints, she's knows that efficient functional movement patterns are essential to overall success both on and off the water. Ev originally came to MuvStrong as an ambassador, became inspired by the movement & mobility work she learned and now teaches on the team as mobility coach and yoga instructor. In the winters Ev writes for multiple media sources about her passions: stand up paddling, surfing and training.

Certifications: Yoga Alliance 200+ hour certified, TRX Suspension Training, WPA Level 2 SUP Instructor


Coach Rich is from Montauk, NY. 

For nearly 10 years he has been fighting in the ring as an amateur boxer. He predominantly trains with Coach Vargas out of Vargas Boxing in Patchogue, NY and is always working on his own training.

Coach Rich has been inspired by those who have led him to where he is in his personal life. Over the past 3 years he has worked to obtain his personal training certification and has found his niche coaching boxing in both the 1v1 and group setting. 

Certifications: AFI-CPT 

Richie Daunte


Danielle Waleko

Growing up Danielle was introduced to sports at a young age. Starting at the Montauk School and then playing at East Hampton High School her passion for sports grew. Although she enjoyed playing all sports her love for field hockey was the greatest and she began traveling to New Jersey biweekly to play for the New Jersey Impact Academy- a travel team. She knew she wanted to continue her career in college and was recruited by Susquehanna University.

After playing for 2 years at Susquehanna University Danielle transferred to Drew University. Senior year she was named a Regional All American field hockey player. It was at Drew University where Danielle began to develop a passion for coaching. After graduating Danielle was asked to be the assistant coach for Drew's field hockey team. She developed strength and conditioning workouts for the team, summer training packets, indoor clinics for junior high and high school students, and a summer camp at the university.

Danielle loved her time in New Jersey, but new she wanted to return back to the East End of Long Island. After she returned home she began coaching the East Hampton High School Junior Varsity Field Hockey Team and worked as a physical therapy aide. At this time she knew wanted a career in fitness and began her personal training certification.

Today, Danielle has taken all her experiences from being an athlete, training athletes, and enjoying a variety of fitness and exercises to inspire her work.  

Certifications: ISSA, TRX Suspension Training


Coach Mike is an East End local. He has been serving the communities of East Hampton and Southampton his whole life from ocean lifeguarding, to catering, to personal training, and also as a certified health and physical education teacher. For the last 7 years he has been very active in the fitness community working in several local gyms and private personal training.  

After leaving college and football in 2004, Coach Mike pursued a professional rugby career abroad. Besides playing locally for the Montauk Sharks, he played for teams in Australia and Scotland before coming back to the states ending his rugby career in Boston, MA in 2011. Soon after he returned to college obtaining Associates in Exercise Science and a Bachelors of Arts in Physical Education and Health.

One of his main goals is to raise the bar in QUALITY of movement. Looking good is one thing, but feeling good and moving well is paramount for long-term success. Being strong in all ranges of movement lessens chance of injury and sets ground work for reaching the next level of your fitness quest.

Certifications: Olympic lifting coach, Concept 2 Rowing, Crossfit level 1 and 2, Crossfit gymnastics, and ISSA. 

Mike Bunc

Ian MannIX

Kiki Hajkova

Ian is a local surfer from Amagansett.  His journey in Human Movement began with Kinesiology at the University of Rhode Island. There he joined and helped run the Surf Club, and also became an Open Water Scuba Diver. He decided to leave URI to finish his college career at Temple University. Before enrolling at Temple, Ian spent time traveling and surfing in Panama, and went to the Caribbean to deepen his experience in scuba diving.

Ian graduated from Temple earning a B.S. degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise and Sport Science. During his time at Temple he also studied courses in Tae Kwon Do, and Yoga, and played in Philadelphia basketball leagues. While in Philadelphia, Ian worked at the University of Pennsylvania for their Sports Performance – Strength and Conditioning team. He helped train all of their Division 1 sports teams from football and swimming, to golf and tennis. Ian spent most of his time with their Basketball and Football team. Ian's area of specialty in training is athletic performance, and strength and conditioning.  

After leaving Philadelphia, Ian returned to Amagansett to work for the summer then left for Wyoming. There he attended the National Outdoor Leadership School at Wyss Wilderness Medicine campus. He became a certified Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician and a Nationally Registered EMT. Ian will be continuing his education and studying for a Masters degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science beginning in the Fall of 2018. 

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