Our professional trainers have decades of experience, nationally accredited certifications and advanced specializations. Keeping up with latest scientific developments is critical. To stay up-to-date we constantly pursue additional training from top experts in anatomy, physiology, movement science, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition. We understand that no two people are alike and will work with you to ensure you get results in the right way and at the right pace.
Founder, Fusion Fitness Studio
25 years professional experience
Fernando Paredes, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FMS a 25 year veteran of the fitness industry, is a sought after health, fitness and performance expert in the Bucks/Philadelphia region.
He is a contributing fitness columnist for PhillyFIT magazine, Movement Sports Magazine, has been featured on Comcast Network’s “Your Morning” show, “It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle”, WFMZ Channel 69 News, CBS/CW Philly and The Philadelphia Inquirer and been a presenter at the Endurance Sports Expo because of his innovative Core-to-Strength Training ™ approach. Fernando has gained the reputation as the expert other trainers turn to for advice and the ‘go-to’ source for anyone interested in attaining lasting results and achieving their true potential.
Fernando knows all too well the frustration and struggles of trying to get in shape. If growing up overweight and un-athletic wasn’t enough, Fernando suffered a lower-back injury as a teenager, which then developed into debilitating lower-back pain that plagued him for years. His lower-back pain became so severe that, while in his mid-twenties, Fernando had to walk with the aid of a cane.
Undeterred, he continued to search for solutions and learned ‘uncommon methods’ of exercise that quickly solved his lower-back pain WITHOUT the daily use of muscle relaxers, pain killers, orthopedic devices, or the always unpredictable invasive surgery.
This experience changed Fernando’s body and life, giving him a unique perspective and understanding of human movement mechanics. Helping others attain the body and life they desire quickly became his passion… and he hasn’t turned back since.
In 2003, Paredes opened Fusion Fitness Studio, a private training facility in Doylestown, PA, which offers cutting-edge programs and individualized instruction to people of all levels ranging from struggling beginners to serious athletes looking to attain higher levels of performance.
In 2009, after 15 years of in-the-trenches experience as a Trainer, 6 years of painstaking research reviewing physical culture methods of the past and present-day exercise science, 2 years of development and meticulous refinements, Fernando combined the best of both into a unique system you won't find anywhere else. Paredes established his Fusion Fitness & Performance™ training system and finally gave the name "Core-to-Strength" to his key training methodology. Core-to-Strength™ is our proprietary method of "through-the-core" strength training which develops balanced strength, fitness and conditioning throughout the entire body. A system that consistently delivers efficient and effective results.
Triathlete Strength Training SPECIALIST
Fernando has been the area's "go-to" strength coach for triathletes for some time now. Due to his success in improving triathletes race performance, Paredes has been the featured strength training coach at "Todd Wiley's World Championship Triathlon Training Camp", hosted by the prestigious Lake Placid Training Center, every year since 2014.
INTERNSHIP Opportunities with Fernando
Due to his innovative training approach, credentials and expereince, Fernando has had the honor of hosting various student interns from local area high schools, colleges and universities: MIddle Bucks Institute of Technology, The Pennington School, DeSales University and Bloomsburg University.
National Academy of Sports Medicine Trainer Development
In 2015 we had the honor to be chosen by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a top-tier facility to host mentorships for new trainers. The NASM-CPT Development Program offers newly certified NASM personal trainers the opportunity to complete an 8-week training program where they’ll get hands-on experience, applying training techniques, engaging with clients, and learn day-to-day operations.
Fernando is proud to be a part of this NASM program that helps prepare new trainers for a successful career
Fernando on "It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle"
Fernando on CBS/CW Philly News Segment
LPOTC Training Camp: Strength & Core Workshop
Fusion Fitness Studio Trainer
15 years professional experience
Grace Heerschap, NPTI-CPT, FMS From the beginning, in 2003, Grace’s passion for fitness has been a key component in building Fusion. Her ‘tough-love’ attitude helps people of all abilities to attain higher levels of health, fitness and performance – making her a client favorite.
Grace is an alumnus of the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) where she graduated with top honors and was selected by the NPTI staff as a student instructor and assisted with various teaching duties.
Grace is also a USA Cycling Elite-Level Mountain Bike Racer and has won or placed in the Top 3 of several races.
Grace entered 8 races this 2016 season, and won her category in 7 out of those 8 races. Overall among the Cat 1 (category 1 - the fastest, including pros) racers, she would generally place fourth, finished no lower than 6th, and her last race had her third overall.