Eke the “Island Boy” is the CEO and co-founder of IslandFit. Eke grew up in Samoa, South Pacific, went to school in New Zealand and spent 9 years playing professional rugby in Kumamoto, Japan. He is a double rugby international representing both his home country of Samoa and his adopted country of Japan, which included playing in the 1991 Rugby World Cup for the Japanese National team. Eke has spent over two decades in the fitness industry fulfilling a variety of roles, working side by side on the floor with a team of fitness professionals, as well as at the executive and management level. He has a clear vision of the fitness industry and the unique ability to understand fitness trends which create fitness programs that deliver RESULTS. As a former professional athlete, he understands the importance of team work, accountability, and motivating each client or team member to be their BEST. Eke has trained a variety of individuals with different needs and goals, and has also coached and worked with different teams and groups such as firefighters and rugby teams. He is a certified personal trainer with ACSM, holds multiple certifications and has trained with FMS, TRX, Spinning, Cycling, Kettlebells, Battle Ropes, Stott Pilates, CRI, Escape fitness and Les Mills, among many others. He is CPR/AED certified and is trained with the Stop the Bleed protocols. Eke has a solid reputation of giving back to the community by volunteering and organizing a variety of fundraising events. He spends his time throughout each year recruiting and leading teams of different individuals to compete and participate in health-related initiatives such as Tour de Cure, Corporate Challenge, Fight for Air Climb and Tough Mudder, which benefit the community. He has successfully cultivated partnerships with other organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, Parkinson’s Foundation and other nonprofit communities and agencies to design and implement fitness and wellness related programs that raise awareness about the importance of regular exercising. Eke currently works with the Brighton and Mendon fire departments, providing their members with fitness workout routines, where he also discovered and invented a HIIT workout using old fire hoses. Eke enjoys cycling, standup paddling, traveling, spending time with his family and friends and visiting local breweries.
A native of Lackawanna, NY, Claudette, the “city girl” is the President and co-founder of IslandFit. Claudette was a track athlete in high school, participating in sprinting events. Her favorite event was the 400 meter run, where she claims that “it’s the combination between speed, endurance and execution that yield results.” She carried that mindset throughout high school and college where she graduated from RIT with a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology. Claudette has spent the last two decades of her professional career working in laboratories and research centers. Claudette enjoys yoga, boxing and HIIT workouts, as well as cycling where she is a certified cycling coach with Keiser. She is CPR and AED certified, and a proud supporter and advocate of the Tour de Cure event in which she has partnered up with the local ADA chapter to promote the Rochester Tour de Cure fundraising event to support those who are affected by diabetes. Claudette’s mission is to help others feel strong and fit, and live healthier and happy lives through exercise. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, stand-up paddling, cooking, traveling or just sitting by the fire with a nice glass of wine enjoying family and friends.