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gyms in west chester- Bent On Better - personal trainers-Matt April

Matt April

Matt founded Bent On Better in January 2015 after realizing there were not enough fitness professionals who truly cared about their clients’ success and their journey to a stronger, happier, and healthier life.  Matt made it his mission to make fitness fun, to make strength beautiful, and shift the mindset from “weight loss” to “healthy weight management.”  When Matt is not working with the team or coaching the B.O.B. members, he’s a full time work-at-home dad with his 2 little boys Joey and Jonny.

Professional Facts About Matt:
- B.S. from Millersville University
- N.A.S.M. Certified Personal Trainer
- Started career in 2010 as a speed & agility strength coach for athletes ages 7 - 18
- Holds multiple certifications ranging from Kettlebell, TRX, to FMS   

Some Extra Tidbits:

- Competed & won 1st place in POWERLIFTING in 2016
- Would drink coffee and eat pizza, donuts, eggs, & veggies all day, every day if possible (and has a massive sweet tooth)
- Listens to an eclectic mix of music ranging from classical to 80s & 90s rock & pop, to boom-bap, and even heavy metal (HEAVY)
- Loves Wedding Crashers, Cool Runnings, All Marvel Universe Movies
- Married to an amazing woman -----> that's her (also look down below!)



gyms in west chester- Bent On Better - personal trainers- Alysha Womack
Personal Trainer, Director of Athletic Development

All About Alysha

Alysha joined the Bent On Better team in the Spring of 2018.  Prior to joining our team, she spent 5 years overseas playing professional women’s basketball throughout Germany, Bulgaria, Bahrain, and Dubai. Before that span of time, she was a 4 year student athlete at Monmouth University in central New Jersey. Her love for sports and fitness has taken her on many new and exciting journeys all around the world and now she's here with us in West Chester!
Alysha's experience coaching and working with young and professional athletes brings with it spunk and energy that Bent On Better is so glad to have in a coach and trainer!

Professional Facts About Alysha:
- B.S. from Monmouth University
- N.A.S.M. Certified Personal Trainer
- Credited Performance Enhancement Specialization

Some Extra Tidbits:
- Favorite color : Orange
- Favorite show (of all time): Hey Arnold!
- Knows how to speak German
- Been to 14 countries


gyms in west chester- Bent On Better - personal trainers- Nick April
Fitness Trainer, Mobility & Movement Director

All About Nick

Nick began working at Bent On Better as a fitness and mobility coach in September 2018. He combined his passions for movement science, strength training, and education with his medical expertise as an athletic trainer and made it his mission to teach people how to live, move, and exercise pain-free. He currently lives in Chester County with his wife, two dogs (Butterfly and Brandy), and two cats (Jersey and Morris).

Professional Facts About Nick:
- Licensed Athletic Trainer since 2016
- Master’s degree in Kinesiology with a Concentration in Athletic Training from Temple University (2018)
- Undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from West Chester University (2016)

Some Extra Tidbits:

- Plant-based diet
- Lover of craft beers and coffee beans
- Enjoys listening to rock, metal, and jazz
- Most frequently reread book: Meditations (Marcus Aurelius)


gyms in west chester- Bent On Better - personal trainers - Lynn April
Pregnancy & Postpartum Athleticism Coach, Personal Trainer

All About Lynn

Lynn, by trade, is a biologist. She spent 2008-2019 working in an immunology lab, but left that career to turn her side hustle (Fresh April Flours) into a full time job. As an athlete from a young age, Lynn has always carried an interest in fitness and health, and utilized strength training and spinning through both of her pregnancies. It only made sense to turn her experience into a focused specialty at Bent On Better. Lynn is a certified personal trainer and currently working on her pregnancy and postpartum athleticism coach certification. With her pre/postnatal fitness program, Lynn hopes to help moms who want to maintain their athleticism through an adaptive and transformative approach while pregnant and help them get back into their athleticism safely postpartum.

Professional Facts About Lynn:

- Bachelor’s degree in biology
- NASM Certified Personal Trainer
- Pregnancy & Postpartum Athleticism Certified Coach

Some Extra Tidbits:

- Lover of coffee, cheese, sprinkles
- Favorite exercise: hinges
- Favorite creation: Joey and Jonny

About The Aprils

best personal trainer in west chester - matt april and lynn april

Hi - My name is Matt! I’m the owner and founder of Bent On Better in West Chester, PA.  We are a family owned and operated local gym, Bent On Better was originally created by me (Matt) in December 2014 (launched in January 2015) as an online resource for health, fitness, and overall wellness.  After college, I was stuck in a job I didn’t enjoy, which overtime led to poor mental and physical health for me (and even those around me).  I was working part-time as a trainer (and a MANny, yes, you read that correctly, a man-nanny...ask me about it, some of the best memories of my adult life to be honest, the family was amazing!).

After realizing there were not enough fitness professionals who truly cared about their clients’ success and their journey to a stronger, happier, and healthier life, I made it my own  mission to make fitness fun, to make strength beautiful, and shift the mindset from “weight loss” to “healthy weight management.”

With the support and encouragement from my life partner, spouse, and now business partner and co-trainer Lynn April (writer behind Fresh April Flours), Bent On Better is now (one of) our full time job(s), (when we’re not working with the B.O.B. team, or training, we’re full time work-at-home parents to our 2 little boys, Joey and Jonny).

When I say family owned and operated, it’s not just me and Lynn, but also my brother Nick April who is here full time.  We can’t forget our sister from another mister, Alysha Womack, who is the glue to this bundle of awesomeness.

Collectively, we exist as an answer to anyone who has ever tried a boot camp boutique, big box fitness centers, clubs that are open 24 hours a day, free access classes with a bajillion people in them, anytime fitness workout DVDs, fad-diets (or a combination of the aforementioned things!), and did not have success (or just flat out did not enjoy the experience).  We are essentially just a small group of personal trainers who want to make personal training fun, PERSONAL, and for real people who can see real results accomplished with their fitness goals (and maybe some free weights).

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