MEET OUR TRAINERS
Founder & Owner, Head Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor
ATC, CPT, B.S. Double Major in Health Science & Athletic Training, Owner & Founder D.U.F.F. Andrew grew up in Trumbull, CT as he played sports year-round including baseball, football and soccer. He made a big leap to head south so that he could pursue his love of baseball, sports medicine and exercise science. Guilford College in Greensboro, NC became his new home and soon he graduated with a double major in Health Science and Athletic Training. Here at Guilford, he played four years as a varsity baseball player, as he excelled to make all state, and all region. He still currently plays in the Charleston Men’s Adult Baseball League. Andrew is both a nationally certified Athletic Trainer through the National Athletic Training Association (N.A.T.A.), as well as a certified Personal Trainer. He has been personal and group training for over 16 years now in Charleston, South Carolina and he has loved every minute of it! Andrew thrives off of the tremendous results that his clients have gotten over the years, and he takes great pride in both changing the shapes of their bodies, as well as their lives for the better. He specializes in weight loss, functional exercise, nutrition, athletic training, sports performance, rehabilitation, & Olympic Lifting. You can find Andrew instructing throughout the group fitness schedule at DUFF as well as coaching his personal training clients. Andrew currently competes in a world-wide workout competition and is ranked in the top 1% (out of over 6500 athletes) in the entire Southeast Region. His favorite sports teams are Notre Dame, NY Giants, & NY Mets. He is married to fellow trainer Anna Duffy, and they have a beautiful daughter together named Holden.
Co-Owner, Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor
CPT, B.S. Anna Duffy is a cerified personal trainer through NCCPT, holds a dotFit certification, and is a Weight and Management Specialist. She is a Charleston native, attended First Baptist dowtown, and received a B.S. from Appalachian State University. Anna has always been a sports enthusiast. She played volleyball, basketball, softball, and track through high school. At age 11, Anna was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes and at age 30 was diagnosed with Graves disease, but this has never stopped her from attaining her goals. She believes “I control my diabetes; it does not control me”! She uses this as motivation to compete in local exercise competitions. Anna wants to share with her clients that if there is a will, there is a way. With her motivation, enthusiasm and knowledge of the fitness industry, she will make sure her clients reach their goals. Her biggest thrill is seeing the smiles on her clients’ faces when they achieve their first pullup, lose 5 pounds, drop 2% body fat, run a sub 8 minute mile, flip the big tire, or completing their first workout session at DUFF. Her clients are her friends, and she wants them to know that she is with them every step of the way. If Anna is not at DUFF gym, you can find her at home playing with their one year old daughter, Holden, or walking her dogs, Buddy and Gus. She and Andrew have been married for almost 4 years now, but started the DUFF adventure 6 years ago. They have created this wonderful family environment at DUFF and feel so blessed to be surrounded by Charleston’s best trainers who treat DUFF as if it is their own.
Manager, Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor
CPT, B.S. in Physical Education and Health Sarah Graduated from the College of Charleston in 2005 with a B.S. in Physical Education and Health. She is a NETA certified Personal Trainer, Mat Pilates certified, & a certified AFPA Group Fitness Instructor. She has always had a passion for health and fitness, and absolutely love what she does each and every day! She has been personal and group training for over ten years. She especially loves to see clients reach goals, transform, and just feel wonderful! Sarah’s attitude, motivation and unbelievable personality is unparalleled! DUFF would definitely not be what it is today without her! Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, and twin boys. They love everything outdoors, and try to take full advantage of beautiful Charleston, South Carolina!
Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor
CPT, B.S. Eli is a certified personal trainer through AFAA. He was born in Nashville, TN, spent his young childhood there and then moved to Israel when he was 7. He lived there from age 7-14, and then moved to south Florida as a freshman in high school. Eli always had a passion for exercising, being active, and playing sports. In high school, he played basketball, soccer, and water polo. After graduating high school he went straight into culinary school to follow his passion for food. After he finished school, he then proceeded to get his bachelors degree in hospitality management in order to operate his own business someday and have basic management skills. After 8 years in the food & beverage industry, his passion for exercise and the human body grew greater everyday. He also realized that the two industries tie in to each other BIG TIME with healthy eating, and clean recipes and preparation methods, and your final results/success. Enter Charleston, SC… WHAT YOU EAT + HOW YOU EXERCISE = HEALTH Eli’s passion for health, wellness, and fitness pours out of him every minute of everyday. His motivation and accountability to his clients is what keeps them coming back and producing results. Outside of the DUFF gym, Eli really enjoys spending time with his two year old son, Lian, and his beautiful wife Alyssa. Eli has been an integral part of DUFF’s success and his enthusiasm is contagious everyday here at the gym!
Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor
Brandon was born and raised in the small town of Liberty, South Carolina. Brandon’s love for fitness and nutrition began when he read Bruce Lee’s ‘The art of expressing the human body’ at the age of 14. A multi-sport athlete at a young age, Brandon decided to focus on wrestling in high school. Trying to gain weight in the off-season and cut body fat during the season, he developed some unhealthy eating habits along the way. Reading and implementing every piece of information he could get his hands on, he did many of the wrong things before he found what was effective. In 2012, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the College of Charleston. In college, Brandon spent three years working as part of the Sport’s Performance/Strength department with swimming, baseball, dance, and volleyball. He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer through the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) and is currently pursuing a degree in Dietetics from the University of Northern Colorado. Brandon believes in a no non-sense, balanced approach to nutrition, using the formation of habits to produce long-lasting results. He applies these principles of nutrition and fitness with clients to achieve optimal results. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys spending time with his wife, Ally, strength training, cycling, Clemson football and playing FIFA.
Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor
Zach Farris, USAW CSPC, B.S. Exercise Science.
Zach is a certified USA Weightlifting and Sport Performance Coach. Zach’s fitness journey started at the young age of 7 with peewee baseball! However, his interest in fitness, health, and strength really developed from his school sport years in football and track. This interest and love came from the fact that Zach never had a truly knowledgeable strength coach, being that he was from the small town of Campbellsburg, Indiana (that of which consisted of 750 people). His passion stems from the fact that he wants to make sure others are trained efficiently, effectively, and without further injury!
Zach’s training career started in 2012 during his time in college at the University of Louisville, where he worked with students on their fitness, health and wellness, and life goals and earned his degree in Exercise Science/Kinesiology.
Zach then, became a USAW coach. He coached athletes young and old, as he took an athlete to a state competition and lead him to a bronze medal in 2015, and gold in 2016. He also is a competitive Olympic Weightlifter, winning 1st in his weight class in 2 state meets and setting a state record in the snatch at 211.2 lbs in the -69 kilo class. Over the past 6 years Zach has coached group classes, one on one clients as young as 7 to as old as 95! His passion and his style of training revolve around functional lifts and movements, tailoring each and every workout to the individual’s needs, ensuring they move well for the entirety of their lives.
Regardless of your goal and needs, Zach makes sure you love and enjoy each workout!
His motto and mission is to create the best version of one’s self, and to provide you with tools for longevity in life.