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This is why we LOVE what we do!






















Linda I. -Newtown, CTam celebrating my 1 year anniversary with Strong on Center!  I walked into the gym as an overweight, uncoordinated 59-year old who hadn't worked out in years.  I woke up achy every morning, needing to lift my leg with the assistance of my arm to get into my car.


I started with a 10 pack of personal training sessions.  I could not do 4 lunges that first day!  Gary was so encouraging and I forged on.  His deep tissue massage addressed all of the aches and pains I was experiencing, giving me the confidence to do his work-outs.  He then provided me with an eating plan that has changed my life.


I was then ready to attend regular classes.  I love every class that is offered. Kristen and Gary are great at what they do.  They make sure you are getting the most out of the workout by showing you how to have perfect form and teaching you why that is important.  The different classes offered provide a holistic approach to well being. 


Thanks to Kristen and Gary, I have lost almost 30 pounds and kept it off and I have so much more energy and confidence. 


 I also love the community Gary and Kristen have created. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming, where age and ability are not an issue.

Craig M. Newtown, CT  I am a Male in my earlier 50’s and have been working out at Yo-lift for the past 5 years.  It has been transformational for me in terms of enjoying my hobbies to the next level of physical activity.    I enjoy snow boarding and cycling.  Due to the classes at Yolift my strength, conditioning and flexibility has greatly increased which allows me to enjoy these activities at a higher level and without injury.


Kristen and Gary are always “changing up the classes” to insure no one workout is the same as the next.  They provide the personal attention required to make sure your form is correct and you are maximizing your workout.


I would highly recommend Yo-lift and the classes they offer from Yoga to weight training to stretching.  You will not be disappointed.


Anna Maria B. - Newtown, CT

Venue - Strong on Center is hands down the BEST fitness center around! Truly the best $$ I ever spent!  The only problem with writing this review is where do I begin? I started working with Gary about five years ago and haven't looked back. I'm later. About 25 pounds give or take. Stronger and healthier than I've ever been in years. Gary's focus is a combination of strength flexibility breath and overall wellness. I can't imagine working out anywhere else!

Kathy K. - Easton, CT

Kristen McGovern is such an open-hearted and skilled fitness professional everything she teaches from yoga to barre to hiit is high level and strength-focused, in combination with mindfulness.  Her yoga classes are a beautiful flow of breath and movement I highly recommend all of Kristen's classes.



Gary Smith's passion for fitness and training others to get stronger is incredible. He inspires everyone he trains to be on it to be better on every level. He is amazing and training kids and teens as well. He has trained all three of my teenagers to get stronger and more centered. His attention to detail is stellar. Highly recommend




Sarah K. - Fairfield, CT SOC is truly the best fitness center in the area. Kristen teaches the most AMAZING yoga class I have ever taken. Every class is a new challenge but as hard as the class, it is still peaceful and restorative. Kristen pushes you to the next level and I am stronger and more confident than I ever knew I could be, I would take her yoga class everyday if I could. This is not gentle yoga, it's power and strength and flexibility all in one.

Mark F. - Easton, CT Gary at Strong on Center focuses on individual goals and the results are great. I learned the correct and safe way to use weights. Their gym has everything you need to complete a total body workout, and they make it fun!

Denise S. - Easton CT I went to the doctor in January for my physical and started with Kristen in October. I have cut my cholesterol medication in half and removed one of my thyroid medicines completely! Kristen works around my knee injuries to help me be successful at reaching my fitness goals.

Duvian M. - Easton CT Gary has been great at keeping me focused and excited about our workouts. Each class is filled with new ways of strengthening and stretching muscles that help me with my every-day activities. After a year of being at strong is the healthiest I felt in years. He really works with you to get the most out of you!

Patti F. - Easton CT If you are looking for the best of all your workouts ever, try strong and center. The personal attention and total body workout or surreal. And if you love yoga do a class there with Kristen and learn the CORRECT way to do your downward dog and plank!

Jeannie B. - Easton CT Strong on Center has become my new yoga/gym studio. Kristen has a way of teaching an extremely challenging yoga class for all levels. I also incorporate Gary's lift classes, which has made me a much stronger. Whether I'm taking yoga, barre or lifting classes, it's always a great work out. Since joining I'm truly much healthier and stronger!

Beth G. - Monroe CT I have been a client for over three years and lost 6% body fat, I'm down three Jean sizes and consistently kept off 10+ pounds. I've attended all different classes and used their personal training and nutrition advice and my son has attended their kids classes. I've tried all other types of gyms and work outs in the area and SOC is the best! Kristen and Gary are experts and they care for the clients. They have created a great community at Strong on Center! I highly recommend!!!

Marissa F. - Easton CT I love the versatility and of the classes offered here – strengthening and toning, yoga and bar. It has been a perfect mix of workouts that I've needed over my college break and I look forward to resuming after graduation!

Kristin Z. Monroe, CT Kristen, and Gary lead positive classes that motivate and challenge you to do and be your very best. Their small class sizes make it easy for them to give you the attention you need. 

Kristen tailors each workout to fit you and your needs. She takes the time to listen to your goals and works hard to help you achieve them. She makes sure you understand each move before doing it and gives you multiple different levels of a move so you can modify to best fit your abilities. Kristen brings such positive energy to each class and motivates you to stay strong throughout each workout.

Amy Z -Easton, CT I’m so grateful for Kristen and Gary and SOC. They have created an amazing community of people who are interested in being the best they can be and filled a huge void in the Easton area. They provide thoughtful, challenging and inspiring work outs in all their classes. I’ve never been so aware of my core, mindful of how I’m using my body each day, and feel the strongest I’ve been in a long time, thanks to them.

Jon P. Weston, CT  I'm relatively new to class workout sessions and "gyms" in general but have truly enjoyed my experiences with Gary & Kristen. The setting is perfect, it has everything you need in an intimate and friendly environment, very welcoming to all and zero BS. They offer multiple classes for many different levels and interests and are flexible in developing new ones to fit their client's needs. They push you but don't break you and make the adjustments as needed, very hands-on. My favorite is when they teach a class together and work off of each other. I will continue to recommend them both and their facility without hesitation!

Nate B. -Fairfield, CT  I’ve been a member at Strong On Center for the past 7 months and its the best workout program I’ve ever done. Gary & Kristen are focused on your development and do a great job keeping the workouts fresh & engaging. Highly recommend. 

Stacy V. Easton, CT I can’t say enough positive things about Strong on Center. They take the individual into account and make sure they are improving, Staying motivated and not injuring themselves. It is exactly what I was looking for! If you’re looking for a great place to work out with knowledgeable and professional instructors this is the place!


Donna V. Easton, CT So grateful for this hidden gem of a gym. SOC is exactly what I’ve been looking for in a workout. Kristen is one of the most caring instructors I’ve ever met. Her true concern for my safety and well-being makes me feel like I have my own personal trainer. She sends me uplifting messages when she sees that I’m struggling. She even created 2 ‘beginner’ classes for those of us that need to build up to a more difficult work-out. But rest assured ‘beginner’ doesn’t mean easy, she brings out the best in every single one her clients. So glad to have found them!

Sue D. Fairfield, CT  I LOVE Strong on Center! Kris and Gary are very knowledgeable fitness instructors and just awesome nice people! They strive to challenge each client to their

potential while emphasizing proper form and safety. Beyond the weights and

mats, Kris and Gary want their clients to maintain a healthy lifestyle so classes

often include information on nutrition, juicing, fasting, stretching and

mindfulness. I live in Fairfield where I have access to a wide variety of fitness

studios/gyms but I drive those 7+ miles each way because of Kristen and Gary.

They are committed to each client – no matter their ability level.


Kevin K. Lordship, CT  This is an amazing place. The energy and atmosphere are different from a “gym”. Both Gary and Kristen offer their own unique perspective on how to integrate busy, mind, and spirit. I’ve been attending the strengthening and stretching group class and it has been a blast! Challenging yet restorative. I have plantar fasciitis and after the initial class I woke up the next morning with no pain for the first time in 9 months. I’m looking forward to experiencing more that StrongOn has to offer.