Darlene Calabrese

Owner of Absolute Health and Fitness


Women's Exercise Specialist

STRONG by Zumba Instructor

Fitness has always been a part of my life since a young age. My mom worked out with her best friend in her basement and I always enjoyed jumping in and making up my own workout for that day. I fell in love with teaching my workout to my best friend (her daughter) and from then I thought I'd like to do something in the fitness industry.

Throughout my life, fitness has taught me so much. First and foremost discipline. I had the discipline to consistently get something done on a daily basis and it became a habit. I had determination to see change. As I got older and into college, fitness became a stress reliever and an outlet to get a little "me" time. Now as a wife and a mother of 3 it is my sense of well being and control. It gives me something to strive for. The energy it gives me allows me to go about my day with excitement and a sense of accomplishment. It keeps my body young and I want to teach others how adopting health and fitness as a lifestyle can have them living up to the best of their abilities and even pass their expectations of fitness.

Like everyone, I've gone through struggles and heartaches. I've overcome the constant lack of energy, the family breakups and the financial lows. All of our experiences make us who we are today. It's how we choose to use those experiences to form our futures. 

I'm so grateful for what I have but ambitious to achieve the goals I set before me. This attitude along with God has given me the mentality that I can make it through anything. Choose Health, Choose Life, Choose Joy. Nothing teaches consistence and discipline like fitness. 


Christina Chahalis


Roller Derby 


Fitness has been my ultimate passion for about 10 years. This journey started in college when I joined the Stony Brook University Rowing Team!

After graduating, I became a certified personal trainer and ran workouts for my friends just for fun! Health and fitness quickly became an obsession for me and an escape from the stresses of everyday life.

At that time, I also started playing women's roller derby. I currently skate with Gotham Girls Roller Derby, one of the top leagues in the world, and am part of their off-skates conditioning/coaching team. In addition to this, my most important goals are in the sport of powerlifting and I hope to enter some competitions in the next few years.

My passion for helping other women achieve their health and fitness goals really grew when I was hired by by a gym as a personal trainer. I fell in love with watching progress happen. Training became not just a job to me, but the most rewarding thing I've ever done. My ultimate goal is to bring out the most confident and powerful versions of the people around me. In building a lifestyle of fitness, you will see your whole life and perspective change! You will feel more alive, empowered and youthful. most importantly, you will feel strong!


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