About us

Since 1998, Steel Blue Fitness has been focused on helping its clientele set and reach fitness and wellness goals, reduce stress, and live healthy and happy. With almost 60 years of combined experience in the health, wellness, and fitness industry, our nationally certified personal trainers can provide a wealth of individual services.

Whether you are looking for general fitness instruction, weight loss or bodybuilding/powerlifting support, cardiovascular conditioning, athletic training at every level, post rehabilitation, we are devoted to helping you achieve your goals injury-free in a healthy and positive atmosphere. Recognizing that each body is different, we tailor our fitness instruction to the individual, and constantly strive to reassess and retool our approach, resulting in a truly personal fitness program. Our commitment to continuing education ensures that your trainer will have the most up-to-date methods and knowledge to ensure your health and fitness success.

     

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our philosophy

Our commitment to your health and fitness comes from our belief that you, our client, have what it takes to thrive:

  • Desire – You are eager to reach your goals.
  • Determination – You persevere in the face of adversity.
  • Belief – You overcome self-doubt and skepticism.
  • Character – You work hard at any level.
  • Pride – You celebrate your accomplishments.

We are here to help you internalize this philosophy and reach your goals.

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meet the trainers

Bryan Waas

 

Master Trainer

  

Started Steel Blue Personal training in 1998 operating out of homes and multiple commercial gyms. Opened first private training studio in 2002. Master Trainer with over 25 years in the health and fitness industry:

  • BS in Physiology and Exercise Science
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association N.S.C.S. C.S.C.S
  • Certified Myoskeletal Therapist, Eric Dalton Foundation
  • Competitive Bodybuilder 1996-2000

Bryan is a former competitive bodybuilder and current avid athlete who enjoys mountain biking, boating, and bodybuilding. 



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Leslie Gregory-Waas

 

Performance Enhancement Specialist and Licensed Massage Therapist

  

Master trainer with over 35 years of experience in the health and fitness industry:

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine N.A.S.M.– Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist
  • Certified Myoskeletal Therapist
  • Golf Fitness Specialist
  • American Aerobic Association International/International Sports Medicine Association – Sports Nutrition Specialist
  • American Academy of Health and Fitness Professionals – Medical Exercise and Post-Rehab Specialist
  • Certified in Group and Individual Fitness Instruction
  • Author of THE STRETCH MANUAL, 2004

Leslie is also an avid athlete who enjoys swimming, mountain biking, aerial yoga, and continuing education courses. She is proud of her participation in triathlons and other competitions, such as the Blue Devil Iron Man Relay. She is a proud mother to her daughter, Bailey Shannon Spears.

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RESULTS AND TESTIMONIALS



Don’t just take our word for it! Our clients speak for themselves with their results and their praise for our services! Come be part of the Steel Blue Fitness community, where your fitness goals are our number one priority! What can Steel Blue do for you? 


EDUCATED client(s) about balance, core strength, and stretching. 


STEEL BLUE changed my life! Not only did I learn about a strong body, but with Leslie’s fantastic knowledge of human anatomy, I learned that stretching both before and after working out is key to feeling that total sense of a ‘body in good working condition.’ No gym I ever previously attended focused so very well on the importance of this part of the workout. Leslie truly helps us to be STEEL BLUE FIT!

– Mary L. 


I have been in continuous personal training with Bryan Waas for almost three years.  My initial goal was to maintain my agility, balance, strength and endurance, which I was sure I could not do on my own.  With Bryan's guidance and supervision, I have exceeded all my expectations.  He is thorough in his planning, but always cautious.  He insists on proper warm-up and session-ending stretching.  Each main session has a sound mix of strength work, aerobic exercise, and balance activity.  I have been consistently impressed with his knowledge of physiology, and have taken advantage of his special capability in deep massage/body work.

– Michael K 


My husband and I have been training with Leslie for almost nine years. She works mostly on our core strength and balance. I consider myself to be fit for a woman of 69 years, and my husband is amazingly strong and flexible. He is 76 years old and is always busy and moving. Leslie plays a very big part in our well-being.

– Pat Q. 


MOTIVATED overweight client(s) to lose weight and to exercise.


Results: Provided a disciplined yet creative plan for diet and exercise. Established realistic goals for client achievement, resulting in a 30-pound loss over a 6-month period. Client has maintained weight loss and exercises regularly.

 

I have been working out with Bryan for five years! I have been continually impressed and appreciative with his planning and flexibility in customizing my workouts and body work to meet my physical needs. I have struggled to live a healthy lifestyle but with Bryan's own dedication to consistent training and steady diet, he leads by example and has  kept me motivated to keep coming back!

– Ned. F. 


DEVELOPED a specific training program for an Olympian athlete.


Results: Improved upon athlete’s training by solving a key problem – develop core strength and power without adding muscle weight to a long-distance runner. Client won a bronze medal for the 10,000-meter race in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

REHABILITATED injured athlete(s).

Results: Assessed muscle imbalances and weaknesses following surgery and initiated a comprehensive plan for recovery which included strength training and massage therapy. Client has successfully recovered from back surgery and renewed regular activity, including biking, kayaking, and golf. A second client’s recovery from wrist surgery left surgeons amazed at her unprecedented progress. 


Leslie was unwilling to give up on me and pushed me to make progress on my plan for recovery. I never thought I would be able to play golf again, but because of her spirit I was inspired and determined. Despite having the need for multiple rods and pins to put my wrist back together, I now enjoy almost complete mobility, and I have quickly regained strength as well. I am now back on the links and playing well again.
– Cathy W.
 

Leslie's massages have been the most beneficial of all of the therapists I've gone to over a fifteen-year span. I am an ex-jock and an active tennis player with torn ligaments in my hands/wrists and a torn rotator cuff. Thanks, Leslie, for all you are doing to keep this old man going.~Keef

DESIGNED a comprehensive program for client who is at high risk for osteoporosis and has post-mastectomy scar tissue.


Results: Designed a comprehensive strength training program while providing periodic myofascial release therapeutic massage. Assessments have shown increase in muscle strength and release of scar tissue; x-rays tests have shown an increase in bone density over the past two years.


DESIGNED a comprehensive program for a client suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.


Results: Developed a program specifically designed to reduce pain and swelling and add strength and balance to improve the day-to-day life of an RA patient. Client has lost weight and added strength and balance, and enjoys reduced inflammation and pain in her knees, and her doctors are amazed by her transformation.


Bryan is patient and understanding and has taken my fitness farther than I thought possible. He knows just how to train me so that I don’t have a flare-up of rheumatoid arthritis. Bryan encourages me to work hard, but also knows just when I need to back off to avoid damage. With RA in both of my knees and hips its difficult to build the strength in my legs necessary to maintain an active lifestyle. Bryan has been able to achieve this with surprising results even to my doctors. I am now able to enjoy the beach again. Thank you Bryan.


– L.F. 


SERVED clients’ needs through massage therapy and continuing education.


Results: Worked to educate herself and her clients to best serve their various needs. Clients respond with glowing reviews about massage therapy and more! 


Leslie's massages have been the most beneficial of all of the therapists I've gone to over a fifteen-year span. I am an ex-jock and an active tennis player with torn ligaments in my hands/wrists and a torn rotator cuff. Thanks, Leslie, for all you are doing to keep this ol’ man going.

– Keef. 


I’ve known Leslie for 23 years. She has been my friend, inspiration, motivator and my miracle worker. Leslie is the epitome of youth and vitality. She is always looking for ways to educate herself and her clients, on the most beneficial practices for the health of our minds and body. She is very passionate about her work and I thank her for her dedication.

– Kellie M. 


Seven years ago I was having trouble with my balance after surgery and a friend of mine gave me some really good advice. She said "Sandy, you keep falling and hurting yourself and you need to do yourself a favor and go see my trainer, Leslie." Well, that was some of the best advice I have ever gotten and I often find myself saying the same thing to friends of mine. You see, Leslie really is the best at what she does as a trainer and as a massage therapist--simply the best! She is passionate about keeping up with the latest education available pertinent to her career in order to serve her clientele to the fullest. I certainly rely on her to keep me "put together". Thank you, Leslie, for seven years of personal care and friendship.

– Sandy

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