Meet the Team

We work very closely as a team here at KDR Fitness, so you’ll probably meet and work with each of our coaching team at some point while you’re working out. The program you are given to train with remains exactly the same, and will change every 4-6 weeks – regardless your fitness coach. Check out each team members’ bio below. Any problems or questions with regard to your training program or schedule; please do not hesitate to contact any member of our team.


Ben Dearman – Co-Owner, CEO, Head Wizardben

Ben started his career in 2000 working as a student Athletic Trainer while attending Bloomsburg University.  He graduated in 2004 with a B.S. in Exercise Science and a concentration in Athletic Training.

After college Ben worked as an intern at Rutgers University under Shawn Windle before securing an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Bucknell University under Jerry Shreck.

Upon leaving Bucknell he worked as the Head Strength and Combatives Coach for the 75th Army Ranger Regiment, 3rd Battalion as well as assisting in developing the “Operator Physical Evaluation Course” (OPEC) administered and taught to Navy SEALS and Navy Special Warfare Operators.  While at Fort Benning he was instrumental in developing physical readiness programs for the elite Ranger Recon Detachment (RRD) as well as developing the Ranger Athlete Warrior (RAW) Program.  He was also on the Modern Army Combatives (MACP) Competition team while working with the Rangers.

Posse: Jamie Crowe, of course!

Born In? Lewisburg PA.

What Does The KDR Culture Mean To You? Education, no judgements, accountability through camaraderie and teaching people how to kick ass!

What Is Your Favorite Exercise? Deadlifts and swings!

Least Favorite Exercise? All of them…I have a love hate relationship with exercise.  I love the benefits and results, but hate going through it.

Favorite Hobby? Reading and making memories.

Who Do You Look Up To? Why? My mom and Jamie Crowe, two of the strongest women I have ever met.

Guilty Indulgence?  Hmmm…  I love to eat!

If you could pick any superpower, what would it be? Never getting cancer again.


B.S. Exercise Science – Bloomsburg University

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist – NSCA

Precision Nutrition Level 1 –

Movement Training Specialist (MTS)

Functional Movement Screen Certified (FMS) Level 1 and 2

Ben is currently pursuing his Masters in Nutrition and Performance from Logan University

Best Selling Book – “Results Fitness” and was voted – One of America’s Premier Experts as well as winning Editors Choice Award for his Chapter.

Ben named as one of America’s Premier Fitness Experts

  • Best Selling Author – Results Fitness – Top Strategies To Get You Results
  • Ben is currently going back to school for Massage Therapy


Jamie Crowe – Co-Owner, Head Fitness Coach and Head of Fat Slaying (Program Designer)jamie

Jamie has literally worked every job in a gym over the past 10 years and has a better understanding then most gym owners as to what makes a successful fitness facility.  Jamie has been with KDR Fitness from the beginning and has been integral in bringing the business to where it is now.  As a mom she brings the perspective of our target audience, i.e. women/moms looking to lose weight, get stronger and feel empowered to the heart of the business.  She makes sure that KDR Fitness stays true to its core values and that customer service is our number one priority.

As a full time mother and business owner she is familiar with the issues that plague every woman in her shoes, from “I don’t have time to eat!” to “I can barely get my child ready for school let alone eat breakfast as soon as I wake up!” and the always common, “I can eat this way, but how do I get my kids to eat this way?!”.  She has used all of the excuses and knows exactly how to help busy moms and professional women commit to doing the right habits to get them to where they want to be.  She has been there, done that and is still doing it…right!

She also knows what it is like to be “overweight”.  While pregnant she gained 70+ lbs on to her petite 110 lb frame!  She has since totally transformed her body and mind into that of a Strong, Fit and Lean Female.

jamie shpaeJamie holds the following credentials:
• Certified Personal Trainer – NASM

• Certified Kettlebell Teacher (CKT) through the IKFF

• Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Certified, Levels 1 and 2

• Voted Top 50 Hottest Personal Trainers – Shape Magazine


She was also featured on WMUR’s News 9 NH Chronicle.

Watch now!


Gina Leger – Fitness Coach/Precision Nutrition Coachgina

Posse: Scott and my fur babies; Diezel, Siber, Carlos) I am Cat Women.

Born In? Massachusetts

What Does The KDR Culture Mean To You? Empowerment, strength and power.

What Is Your Favorite Exercise? Push press and front squats.

Least Favorite Exercise? Mountain Climbers

Favorite Hobby? Working out, other than that yard work and boating.

Who Do You Look Up To? Why? Anyone taller than me;)

Guilty Indulgence? Dark Chocolate with Peanut Butter

If you could pick any superpower, who would it be? Flying would be cool.

Gina holds the following credentials:

Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

Certified Kettle Bell Teacher (CKT) through the International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation (IKFF)

Precision Nutrition Level 1

Lisa Meyer- Fitness Coachlisa

Posse: Deb G, Nan Parsons, Linda Blake – Girl Power!

Born In:  Ramsey, NJ

What Does The KDR Culture Mean To You? Building bonds and friendships with people that have the same out look on life. It’s my second home!

What Did You Do Before KDR? I been teaching 1st grade for 32 years.

What Is Your Favorite Exercise? Deadlift

Least Favorite Exercise? Rear Foot Elevated Split Squats

What Is Your Favorite Hobby? Jewerly making and painting (pictures not walls)

Who Do You Look Up To? Why? My former principal, Nan Parsons. She is a constant role model for those in education and makes us and expects us to be the best teachers we can be for the children.

Guilty Indulgence? Being served strawberry daiquiris by cute cabana boys while on vacation. I can’t find any cute cabana boys here in Lebanon.

If you could pick any superpower, what would it be? Tough one! I would choose the power to heal; I have too many friends and colleagues that are sick.

Lisa is a Certified Personal Trainer through the NASM.


Heidi Weist – Fitness Coachheidi

Posse: Chris, Maggie and Scout

Favorite Hobby? I have a lot of animals, so taking care of them. A guilty pleasure I have is watching Netflix.

Born In? Hanover, NH

What Does The KDR Culture Mean To You? Helping people, family and strength.

What Did You Do Before KDR? I did gymnastics for 13 years which inspired me to go to college for Exercise Science and coach gymnastics for 5 years.

What Is Your Favorite Exercise? Back Squats

Least Favorite Exercise? Lunges

Who Do You Look Up To? Why? I look up to my sister, her husband died and she is now a single mother. Her strength inspires me.

Guilty Indulgence? Ice Cream

If you could pick any superpower, who would it be? Why? Flying. I will never have to fly in an airplane again.

Heidi holds a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science.


Nick Wadleigh –  Fitness Coachnick

Born In Lebanon NH

The KDR culture to me, means assisting others in over coming mental and physical barriers to achieve their goals.

Before KDR I was active duty Navy

My favorite exercise would have to be the Deadlift

My least favorite would be split squats all day

My favorite hobby would have to be shooting

I look up to Ben Dearmen, through all the unfortunaties that have fallen on him he still manages to inspire others to do better than the day before, and to me that’s amazing.

My guilty indulgence would probably be sleeping in, until the next day…

If I could have any super power it would be to teleport, mostly cause traffic sucks.


Lara Flook – KDR Head Cheerleader lara

Posse: Jackson, Wall-E, Sally, Sean -my honey, kids; Colin, Alex and Nicholas, Scuba Steve the turtle, mogs the cat, and of course my mom, Donna and dad Harry. Don’t mess with my posse!

Born In? Dallas, Texas

What Does The KDR Culture Mean To You? Hope, support, accountability, change, fun, goofballs, unicorns, water guns, KETTLEBELL competitions, team snatchtastic, family, friends, strength, constant improvement, education, BBQ’s, acceptance…my second home.

What Did You Do Before KDR? Since I was old enough to work I have worked in restaurants, bartending, however the last 6-8 years I spend 40-80 hours at a desk. Very sedentary. I became a member of KDR in 2013, which gave me more confidence and the encouragement to change my lifestyle. Which in turn has inspired me to help others.

What Is Your Favorite Exercise? I LOVE Kettlebells. I have competed in 2 KB comps, so my favorites are KB Snatch, KB Long Cycle and tricep kickbacks.

Least Favorite Exercise? BW pullups or BW pushups.

Favorite Hobby? When hiking identifying as much flora and fauna as possible, sudoku and organizing ANYTHING.

Who Do You Look Up To? Why? My mother! she instilled in me an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, research and my work ethic. My mother is the strongest, most, genuine and honest person I have ever known. She is my rock, my best friend and the bravest person I know. I love you MOM!

Guilty Indulgence? PJ’s, my pups, and a binge(catch-up) day of general hospital, Vampire Diaries and  The Walking Dead.

If you could pick any superpower, who would it be? Ability to teleport sentient beings. I would use this ability to remove dogs and cats from kill shelters before being euthanized, to remove animals from zoos and aquariums, and to remove animals from any dangerous instances caused by humans.


Linda Blake – Front Desk linda

Posse: Katie, Xia, Alyson and Lisa – we run the world, girls.

Born In? 1969

What Does The KDR Culture Mean To You? Camaraderie, family, well-being, health and strength.

What Did You Do Before KDR? Walking, occasional running.

What Is Your Favorite Exercise? Kettlebell Swings and High Pulls.
Least Favorite Exercise? Bear Crawls

Favorite Hobby? Reading

Guilty Indulgence? Toast with my coffee on a lazy Sunday morning.

If you could pick any superpower, who would it be? Invisibility