Personal Training Director
Growing up, Eastern NC has always been home to me. I graduated from East Carolina in 2015 with a Bachelors’s in Exercise Physiology. Upon graduating I began working at Vidant Wellness in Greenville and I obtained my ACSM Personal Training, USAW-L1, and Crossfit Level 1 certifications. Through training clients from all walks of life regardless of their goals or abilities I really developed a wide variety of experience. I thoroughly enjoy working with a diverse population from people who want to lose weight, rehab, and all the way to performance training. Growing up playing sports year-round and also working on the farm has instilled an active lifestyle. I am a huge advocate for having a healthy lifestyle and living a functional life. I want us to move better and feel better and therefore have a better quality of life. One of my favorite quotes of all time is ”He who says he can and he who says he can’t, are both usually right”.
No matter what your motivations are or what your experience is I truly want to help you achieve your goals.
John Lampkins, known as “Coach John,” is described by many as passionate, patient, and a spiritually led person for all individuals, especially those who want to learn the game of basketball. John’s skills and training began as a player at Chocowinity High School. He took the game of basketball seriously and practiced diligently. His devotion to the game of basketball afforded his the opportunity to play on the same team with, against, and coach some of the most prominent athletes of our team.
Highlighting a few athletes Coach John played against include Tony Midgett (American University), Brian Rossin (Retired NBA/Hornets), Danny Moore (Cumberland University), and Harry Burres (N.C. State).
John has played semi-pro basketball with Chavis Height “Ray’s Team” League for six years, and a host of tournaments playing against elite players that included: Jerry Stackhouse (UNC – NBA Orlando Magic), Donald Williams (UNC), Rasheed Wallace (UNC – Retired NBA), Ed Cota (UNC – Professional Basketball Overseas), Jeff Capel (Duke – Assistant Coach at Duke), Chuckie Brown (N.C. State/Retired NBA), Gary Mallinson (St. Augustine), Corey Hightower (NBA), and Rickey Price (Duke).
John’s coaching and mentoring accomplishments include many basketball greats such as Jimmy Boston (Professional Overseas Basketball – Japan), Tyrone Greene (N.C. and A&T), Damian Wilkins (NBA – Detroit Pistons), Cor-j-Cox (Mississippi Valley State), Samantha Smith (Georgia – Southwestern State), Ebony Lawrence (Charlotte University), and many more.
Today, John shares his enthusiasm, expertise, and experience to basketball. Currently, he is coaching ABA-Pro Team East Carolina Trojans and AAU Gardner Road Youth Basketball team with Founders David West (NBA Indiana Pacers) and Dwayne West.
John is the proud founder and coach of the Washington Heels AAU Basketball League with five nationally ranked players by United States Specialty Sports Association standards. He also coaches a fourth-grade team that is ranked 20th by United States Basketball Association rankings.
John Lampkins is determined to continue making a difference in his community and the lives of youth through his passion and love for basketball.
Born and raised in Washington,NC, John offers fast-paced sessions focusing on ball handling and shooting.
Basketball experience includes four years at Washington High School, a Post-Grad year at Moravian Prep, and named Captain his last year at East Carolina.
“My goal is to better prepare the kids to achieve their personal basketball goals.”
Amanda “Daw” Ussery
Certified Personal Trainer
First Aid Adults and Pediatric CPR/AED
NFHS Sports Coaching Certification (in progress)
Amanda has her B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science from Campbell University. Also, an Associates degree in Science from Pitt Community College! Amanda was an a collegiate athlete in the sport of softball. She uses a circuit style of training , but modified and programed for each individual! Her goal as a trainer is to be a motivator and positive encouragement to her clients while providing beneficial workouts and great guidance. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and friends!
Fun Fact: Enjoys hip hop dancing!
Meet Rachel Chesson, the newest addition to the Williamston Personal Training staff! She is currently pursuing a career in Physical Therapy by majoring in Exercise Physiology at ECU. Fitness hasn’t always been a part of her life. After becoming a member at Fitness Unlimited, she ended up losing 40lbs! Her strength as a trainer is in the weight room. She has a passion for weightlifting and loves working with clients that share that passion. Rachel has experience with all spectrums of fitness, CrossFit, bodybuilding, you name it! She loves people and fitness. Her goal is to change lives one workout at a time!
Brenda joined Fitness Unlimited in 2014 shortly after moving to Williamston. As a stay-at-home mom, she considered the gym a place she could focus on herself and prioritize her own health and well-being. After regularly attending group fitness classes for years, Brenda gained her Yoga and Group Fitness certifications and began teaching at the gym in January 2017. Brenda recently earned her Personal Trainer certification through the American College of Sports Medicine.
As a personal trainer, Brenda will help you find the types of exercise you enjoy and design programs that help you reach your goals and build your knowledge and confidence about health and fitness. As a mother of two young boys, she understands the struggle of balancing family, work, and the gym, but also knows that taking time to focus on your own health has benefits for your entire family.
If she is not teaching or participating in a Group Fitness class, Brenda can be found picking things up and putting them down in the weight room and hopes to one day compete in powerlifting.