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The Personal Training Staff at Body by John


John Emond-Owner Body by JohnJohn Emond, Owner of Body by John.

John is a Certified Kettlebell Trainer and expert nutritionist.  He is APEX-CPT, CrossFit, Kettlebell, ExpertRated and Mad Dog Spin Certified.

A Portland Maine resident, John has developed a progressive training experience.  He utilizes the latest training science to help you reach your personal fitness goals.

Let John help you transition to a healthier lifestyle which will enhance your entire life.



Kevin Hofseaes- Body By JohnKevin “Ralphy” Hofsaes

Head Trainer

Kevin’s Education & Certifications:

Graduate of NPTI Personal Training Institute, an NSCA (National Strength & Conditioning Association) accredited institution
NSCA based educator; member of NSCA
Registered Master’s Boxer

Since childhood, Kevin has been passionate about health and wellness and has always strived to achieve his maximum potential of fitness.

“For me, this means (maximum fitness) continually staying informed about the latest developments in all aspects of mind/body health and applying them to my own life as well as my work with clients. My philosophy approaches health and wellness as a totality of being; that a person is more than the sum of his or her parts.”

Kevin has over 10 years of experience as a personal trainer. He believes in “meeting his clients where they are and moving forward.” He develops a mutually agreed upon fitness plan, which is based on his client’s needs.

“After meeting a new client, I gather personal information regarding health and medical history and then work with that client to progressively move forward towards fitness and wellness goals. I will not expect clients to attempt tasks for which they are not mentally or physically ready, and I am continually monitoring for safety during sessions. I believe in establishing a strong core foundation from which we can then begin to build the strength and flexibility needed to move towards more complex goals.”

Kevin is enjoys working with clients of varying ages and fitness levels. This allows Kevin to utilize his strengths to help each client individually.
Kevin’s fitness interests include general health and wellness, injury rehabilitation and prevention, sport-specific training, periodization training, special populations (e.g., elderly or medically-specific needs), healthy weight management and support, nutritional education and personal nutritional program design, hypertrophy and body shaping training and functional fitness.

“To me, true fitness is holistic. It not only comes from, but will contribute to positive changes in both the body and the mind. I believe it is important to always be working towards progress and growth; mentally, physically and spiritually, to achieve a sound mind in a sound body. “
“I believe all people deserve to be healthy and happy. I want to help anyone and everyone interested in helping themselves. ‘Share the Health’!!”


Ben Grigo

Ben Grigo




He is certified by the American Council on Exercise as Both a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Health Coach (CHC). He’s also a certified Kettle bell Instructor LV 1 by BBJ.  He has over four years of experience training clients as a full time career.

Ben is a very versatile trainer that has trained all different fitness levels and special populations. He specializes in weight loss and functional training with a passion for rehab and athletic training. Struggling with obesity and fitness goals at a younger age, Ben knows the ins and outs of becoming a healthier you no matter the obstacle!

“Health and Fitness should always be a top priority for anyone.  It is the number one positive habit to achieve.  There isn’t a single aspect of our lives it does not improve.  It is my passion to keep my clients always maintaining a healthy, fit way of life.”

Ben is an avid power lifter and bodybuilder in his free time, making the gym his second home.  Get in touch with him today to reach any fitness goal, large or small!



Tommy Holmes-Personal Trainer

Tommy Holmes


CrossFit level 1 Certified


Basic Barbell Certified

Nutrition certified





Tommy is not a natural athlete. He was raised on a steady diet of bagels and cream cheese, cereal, and wonder bread. There was an occasional fruit in there, but it was usually a banana. And this banana was usually on top of cereal. But when he was still just a small fry, he enrolled in military boarding school where he began to learn of vegetables, and the importance of fitness and nutrition.

Throughout his teens and early twenties he did basic body building – chest day, back day, etc. Lots of upper body stuff with an almost complete neglect of his lower body, resulting in an embarrassing disproportion between his arms and his needle-like legs.

Finally in 2007 he was introduced to CrossFit. This was not just about what one looked like, but about what one could actually do. This intrigued young Thomas and he’s been passionate about doing hard, functional training ever since. Powerlifting, Olympic lifting, gymnastics, plyometrics, and sprints are all a normal part of his training.

Tommy may be a trainer, but he knows what it is to struggle with diet and motivation. Do you salivate as you drive by Burger King? Tommy understands. Do you have days when you can think of nothing but General Tso’s Chicken? Tommy gets it. (side note: it may not be good for you, but if you are trying to get strong and gain weight, few can help like the good General) Tommy knows what its like to be in one of those ruts and can help you get of them because he’s gotten out of them himself.

He has worked at several gyms in L.A., Seattle, and Portland, ME. He’s worked as a trainer at Bally Total Fitness, Yogis Anonymous in L.A., several CrossFit gyms, and ran a small CrossFit gym for a year in Seattle.




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