Our Trainers

Alfonso Moretti

Alfonso Moretti is a career personal trainer with more than 26 years in the fitness industry. Born and raised in New York, he moved to Southern California – the fitness capital of the world in June 2014 to expand his work in the fitness industry.

Back East he enjoyed tremendous success with his brand ‘The Angry Trainer’ where he was known for exposing fitness myths, fads and for using his platform to help educate people on the right way to become fit and healthy. Alfonso ‘The Angry Trainer’ Moretti has been a regular contributor to Men’s Fitness, has been featured in Shape Magazine, on national television programs and was a contributing expert to Livestrong.com

Moretti considers his experience invaluable and irreplaceable. Throughout the decades he has tried many different forms of exercises, programs and has always been interested in the newest fitness trends. It’s his own personal experience that he uses to best relate to clients and build their programs.

Once in SoCal, Alfonso quickly filled up his training work schedule with people who were serious about changing their health and transforming their bodies. His clientele ranges from everyday people, celebrities mnd athletes, to corporate VIPs. But the idea of launching his own branded small group personal training studio was always in the back of his mind.

It was Alfonso’s wife Michelle, whose overwhelming support and belief pushed him to finalize realize his dream and open MERGE.

In addition to his beautiful wife Michelle, Alfonso has two teenage sons Joseph and Kyle, and a 3 year old daughter Sofia.

Ashley Chapman 

Ashley Chapman grew up on the East Coast in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, in Jazz Dance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.

She is an accomplished dancer, achieving success as a NBA dancer for the Philadelphia 76ers, touring nationally and internationally in productions such as “Dancing Queen” and “Spirit of Christmas”, performing along with recording artists Rascal Flatts and as a featured dancer with Celebrity Cruise Lines.  

Ashley shares her passion for fitness with others as a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor.  She has helped many clients achieve their competitive goals and she holds the Figure Pro Title of Ms. Natural Philadelphia 2015.

She followed her dreams all the way to Los Angeles in 2016 where she brings her love of fitness and her uplifting style to partner with others in achieving their personal goals.  Ashley is devoted to helping her clients build self-confidence, improve their health and transform their lives!

Christian Blackburn

Christian is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He’s become a strength and conditioning coach and ensures the safety of his students by relying on his strong knowledge of corrective exercise.

Christian fell in love with fitness on the streets of Chicago. His fondness for running evolved into a passion, which unfortunately led to a series of stiff knees, achy hips and a sore back.

Because he was too stubborn to give up on fitness, he decided to take a deeper interest in his overall health and fitness. Christian immersed himself into learning bout human movement and fitness training.

Christian’s running has since taken a backseat as he’s more focused on strength and mobility. But you can still catch him mapping a route on the west side every once in a while.

Christian has trained a wide array of clients, ranging from professional athletes to those in need of rehabilitation. He is constantly learning new skills and techniques to help his students reach their full potential.

Nikki Keeshin

Nikki grew up in Buffalo Grove, IL and started dancing at the age of 2. She attended the Chicago Academy for the Arts High School and graduated from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in Dance.

After graduating, she moved to LA where she was signed with Go 2 Talent Agency as a dancer. She’s performed at The Radio Disney Music Awards and has appeared in numerous music videos.

She decided to become a certified personal trainer because she realized there is an integral relationship between fitness and dance. Dance performance is better with a strong, fit and tuned body. Plus, a smart exercise programs helps to prevent injuries.

Nikki says she is ‘small but mighty!’ She is excited to be a part of MERGE and help others get in the best shape of their lives all while having fun …with a little dance.