About

Our Mission

To improve the quality of people’s lives in our community through strength training, nutritional guidance, education & compassion, one person at a time.

Meet the Founders

Patty & Dave Durell

Patty and Dave Durell moved to Florida in 1995, and have been empowering and challenging people to be their best through physical fitness ever since. They first started as a Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA’s), helping people overcome life changing orthopedic and neurological events.

During this time, they started a personal training business to help discharged physical therapy patients continue improving through supervised strength training programs. Their training business expanded to include people of all ages and stages of life, from those who had never exercised to professional athletes.

The business eventually outgrew other people’s gyms, and they opened Rock Solid Fitness, a membership-based fitness coaching and consulting studio, in 2012. Originally located in Clearwater, they moved to a larger facility in Dunedin, FL only 4 years later due to continued rapid growth.

Patty is a Master Level Personal Trainer, Certified Conditioning Specialist, licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, and the CEO of Rock Solid Fitness. She has been featured on many business and fitness podcasts, local TV, and news magazines. Patty is also on the Advisory Board for the Saint Petersburg College Sports Management Program, as well as the Palm Harbor University High School Medical Magnet program.

Dave has formerly worked as a Strength and Conditioning Assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a Strength and Conditioning Consultant to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Southeast Missouri State University. He has been published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and has written 2 books on strength training. He holds a Master’s Degree in Health Fitness Administration, and is a Master Level Personal Trainer and a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant.

Drew Carpenter

Fitness Coach Manager
Drew@RockSolidFitnessFL.com

Drew graduated from the University of Tampa in May of 2013, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, with a concentration in Adult Fitness. Drew has his Personal Training Certification with the International Sports Sciences Association (I.S.S.A.). Drew is a devoted Boston sports fan, and enjoys playing hockey and football in his spare time.

Mike Baum

Fitness Coach Consultant
Mike@RockSolidFitnessFL.com

Mike graduated with his B.S. in Kinesiology from The University of Texas- El Paso in 2014. In 2018, he graduated with his M.S. in Exercise and Nutrition Science from The University of Tampa. His spark and passion for helping others better their health and fitness came during his high school years working at the YMCA for many years. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, outdoor activities such as kayaking, fishing, and running, practicing guitar, as well as trying new breweries and places to eat. Mike is an avid Florida sports fan and loves the Miami Dolphins, Heat, and Florida Gators.

Tyler Brusse

Fitness Coach
Tyler@RockSolidFitnessFL.com

Tyler graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May of 2018, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, and a concentration in Exercise Science. Tyler moved to Tampa in August of 2018 and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from the University of South Florida. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys hiking, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family.

Amber Sonderman

Client Services Manager
Amber@RockSolidFitnessFL.com

Amber has been a part of the fitness industry for over 3 years and aspires to grow with the Rock Solid family. She is passionate about helping others reach their goals and making a difference in people’s lives, even if it’s just greeting them with a warm smile. Outside of work, Amber enjoys meal prepping, binge watching Netflix, and spending quality time outdoors with her friends and boyfriend.

James Gizzi

Fitness Coach
James@RockSolidFitnessFL.com

James received his B.S. in Human Performance with a concentration in Exercise Physiology and a Minor in Sports Studies from The University of Tampa in 2017. In 2018, he received his M.S. in Exercise Science with a concentration in Strengthening and Conditioning from The University of South Florida. His spark and passion for helping others for their health and fitness started at the young age of 11. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, watching and going to sporting events, listening to the Beatles, and gaining more knowledge in exercise science about the body and nutrition. James is a die-hard New York Yankees, New York Giants, Brooklyn Nets and Tampa Bay Lightning fan.

Noor Awwad

Client Services
Noor@RockSolidFitnessFL.com

Noor is a high school student attending Palm Harbor University High School. She is currently enrolled in their Biomedical program and aspires to pursue a career in Biomedicine. Noor began her journey with the Rock Solid Fitness family as a volunteer but was offered a job after her hours were completed to become an official member of the team as a Client Services Specialist. During her off-hours Noor enjoys going to the beach, spending time with her friends, and listening to music.

Drew Carpenter

Fitness Coach Manager

Drew graduated from the University of Tampa in May of 2013, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, with a concentration in Adult Fitness. Drew has his Personal Training Certification with the International Sports Sciences Association (I.S.S.A.). Drew is a devoted Boston sports fan, and enjoys playing hockey and football in his spare time.

Amber Sonderman

Client Services Manager

Amber has been a part of the fitness industry for over 3 years and aspires to grow with the Rock Solid family. She is passionate about helping others reach their goals and making a difference in people’s lives, even if it’s just greeting them with a warm smile. Outside of work, Amber enjoys meal prepping, binge watching Netflix, and spending quality time outdoors with her friends and boyfriend.

Mike Baum

Fitness Coach Consultant

Mike graduated with his B.S. in Kinesiology from The University of Texas- El Paso in 2014. In 2018, he graduated with his M.S. in Exercise and Nutrition Science from The University of Tampa. His spark and passion for helping others better their health and fitness came during his high school years working at the YMCA for many years. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, outdoor activities such as kayaking, fishing, and running, practicing guitar, as well as trying new breweries and places to eat. Mike is an avid Florida sports fan and loves the Miami Dolphins, Heat, and Florida Gators.

James Gizzi

Fitness Coach

James received his B.S. in Human Performance with a concentration in Exercise Physiology and a Minor in Sports Studies from The University of Tampa in 2017. In 2018, he received his M.S. in Exercise Science with a concentration in Strengthening and Conditioning from The University of South Florida. His spark and passion for helping others for their health and fitness started at the young age of 11. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, watching and going to sporting events, listening to the Beatles, and gaining more knowledge in exercise science about the body and nutrition. James is a die-hard New York Yankees, New York Giants, Brooklyn Nets and Tampa Bay Lightning fan.

Tyler Brusse

Fitness Coach

Tyler graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May of 2018, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, and a concentration in Exercise Science. Tyler moved to Tampa in August of 2018 and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from the University of South Florida. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys hiking, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family.

Noor Awwad

Client Services

Noor is a high school student attending Palm Harbor University High School. She is currently enrolled in their Biomedical program and aspires to pursue a career in Biomedicine. Noor began her journey with the Rock Solid Fitness family as a volunteer but was offered a job after her hours were completed to become an official member of the team as a Client Services Specialist. During her off-hours Noor enjoys going to the beach, spending time with her friends, and listening to music.

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