All staff are Adult First Aid, Environmental Emergencies, Adult/Child CPR, Adult/Child AED, and Infant CPR certified.
Jonathan Logan, Owner, General Manager
A native of Gaston County, Jonathan grew up playing soccer, baseball, football and even played football and ran track and field in high school. He became a fitness trainer at the local YMCA at 18, and worked there while on holiday from college. During his time at Winston Salem State University he began competition power lifting along with being certified through the International Sports Science Association, and continued his fitness training with staff and fellow students. He also helped develop healthier options for the student cafeteria, working with the fitness director and fellow trainer and training partner. He brings a vast array of knowledge and experience, and is setting new standards for providing elite athletes, athletes, and everyone in the community with cutting edge training and nutritional guidance based on the latest sports science. He has trained many people helping them achieve their goals, improve their performance and ultimately fulfill their dreams and ambitions. He has great expertise in planning and implementing strength and speed programs from aspiring youth athletes to elite professional athletes, helping others implement healthy nutrition, corporate wellness initiatives, and the planning and designing any fitness facility.
After college, however Jonathan began to have his own struggles with weight and fitness. His personal struggle provides him with a unique perspective on creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He is excited about fulfilling a life-long dream to open his own club that will allow him to impact others in a positive manner.
Jonathan loves spending time with his loving and supportive wife Amitria and their two son’s Gabriel and Jonah, and cherishes his time with his friends and family.
Adrian Barnett, Fitness Professional
Adrian Barnett grew up in Gastonia, North Carolina where he played a number of sports until his early high school years. After seeing how hard work and dedication can change your body and your state of mind, he was overtaken by the benefits of health and fitness and set out to learn all he could about it. He started at the Stowe Family YMCA as a member of the fitness room staff observing and learning different techniques of weight lifting and cardio fitness. He soon became a Personal Trainer later adding Group Exercise Instruction, Bodybuilding and Power Lifting. Adrian entered and placed in several Renaissance Fitness All Natural Bodybuilding competitions.
“Fitness Training is not only my passion, but it is a way of life and gives me the opportunity to help others reach their fitness goals. No matter your size or age, everyone can live a healthy and fit life.”
When Adrian is not at work or at the gym, he enjoys spending time with his loving wife, Staci of 19 years, his three daughters and 2 year old grandson.
- YMCA-USA Personal Trainer
- Les Mills /Body Training System Certified / Body Pump /Group Ex instructor
- FA/CPR AED Certified Training Instructor
Jordan Chapman, Fitness Professional
Jordan grew up in Mount Holly, N.C, where he was active in sports such as baseball, football, and wrestling. In 2008, he was presented a lifetime achievement award for his involvement in Stanley optimist sports. In high school, he began working for the YMCA, where he worked with children as an afterschool counselor and began expanding his knowledge of health and fitness.
After high school, Jordan began pursuing a career in the entertainment business which is where he discovered his passion for fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. He has competed in amateur bodybuilding and men’s physique competitions and helps others prepare to do the same.
1 John 4:19-20
19We love because he first loved us. 20Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
Although I fail to do this sometimes, this verse hits me and truly puts things in to perspective. I want to be this verse in my everyday life, and since I have the privilege of working around people all day, I hope that my life will reflect this verse to others.
Preston Dockery, Fitness Professional
I was born and raised here in Gastonia and found my passion for fitness after a long childhood of health problems and being told that “I couldn’t” or “I wouldn’t”. Exercise changed my life for the better and I want to help people experience the same thing. I love to help people be the best version of themselves possible. I graduated from Gaston college with an associates in health and fitness science. I am also an ACE certified personal trainer as well as a certified health and wellness coach through Gaston college.
Taylor Doster, Fitness Professional, Nutritionist
Taylor grew up in Mount Holly, NC and knew at a young age that she aspired to help people. Taylor developed an appreciation for health at a young age, through sports and family. Naturally, she dedicated herself to motivating people toward a healthier lifestyle. An avenue toward her overall goal – helping people.
She combined her passion with her talents and decided to pursue a career in fitness. Taylor has received her personal training certification and nutritionist certification, which are both nationally recognized through ACE.
Taylor trains as a powerlifting athlete and has trained several clients to compete as well. While she enjoys lifting, she also wholeheartedly believes that each person has individual goals – and should workout and eat uniquely.
She specializes in weight loss, powerlifting, and athletic programming, but prides herself in being a well rounded professional who has achieved results with a variety of clients.
Whether you want to lose 100 pounds, bench press 315, rehabilitate injuries, or train to compete – Taylor has the resources you need to reach your goals.
Tia Howell, Fitness Professional
Tia Howell graduates from Gardner-Webb University with a B.S. in Exercise Science in May 2019. Outside of training/lifting, Tia loves spending time with her friends & family, reading, and cooking. Her fitness journey began in 2015, and cultivated with the help of her Loray Athletic Club family. Starting out as an intern in summer 2018, she advanced to instructing the HIIT the Barbell Bootcamp at Loray. Tia is so happy to be a part of the Loray Athletic Club family!
William B. Miller, Fitness Professional
A retired Army and Iraq veteran, William Miller is from Chesnee, SC and is obsessed with fitness and living a healthier life. His hobbies include motorcycle riding, and working out. He treasures his time and his family.
In his current role as personal trainer, William strives to get the absolute best out of his clients by setting a high, but achievable bar for his clients, and providing education on the field of fitness. He believes it is important to be a role model and to lead by example and motivation is one of his strongest virtues.
“I believe all of life’s challenges are an opportunity for growth. My toughest challenge was completing a 20 year term of the Army. I wanted to quit many times, but if you want something bad enough, you hang in there. Our health is the foundation of everything we do; I believe that our health is important to ourselves, but equally as important to our love ones, as it’s important to be around for them also. Movement is change. Change is life. Movement changes life.”
Personal Trainer Certifications
- ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
- CPR, AED and First Aid Certified
- A.A.S. Health and Fitness Science
LeShea Perkins, Fitness Professional, Yoga
My relationship with yoga started three short years ago. Yoga immediately became a passion and a lifestyle that I knew I had to share with others.
My intention with my students is to create an atmosphere where you can be strong and weak, opened and exposed, explore new challenges, yet always feel safe.
I consider myself a motivational teacher who gives others confidence in their bodies ability to heal, strengthen and evolve both on and off the yoga mat.
You can expect my class to help you challenge your physical limits, bring you greater knowledge of your body and breath in the poses, and most importantly to laugh and let go. You will leave class feeling strengthened and lengthened and perhaps a bit sore in areas you’ve never felt before. I find challenge, comfort, and joy in my own practice and aim to share that experience with my students.
Kevin Tafoya, Fitness Professional
I found my passion for exercise and lifting in high school while playing rugby. I have been personal training for 3 years, I have worked with teenagers, seniors and everything in between. I’ve been competing in powerlifting for 2+ years. I love helping people achieve their goals and transform their bodies and lifestyles to become, healthier, stronger and most importantly happier!
Margie Thetford, Fitness Professional, Zumba
Hi! My name is Margie! I grew up dancing! I started at about 6 years old and stopped at 13 when I got accepted on the competition team but as a family we just couldn’t afford it. I never found my dancing fix again until 2008 when I spotted a group of gals in the gym where my kids played hockey …. they were DANCING!!! I joined them the next class.. at 200lbs and very much out of shape I didn’t make it through half the class but I was HOOKED!!! I love to teach Zumba and help my students burn calories, relieve stress, gain confidence, coordination and just plain have some fun!! I also encourage healthy eating and resistance training! A healthy lifestyle is the key to living your best life! I’d love to help you reach your goals!
Josh Smith, Office Manager
My fitness journey started with my dad back in high school, but quickly took off once he got me involved in a CrossFit gym. I have always had a passion for health and fitness, and enjoy helping those around me in anyway I can. These passions have also led me to pursue a path in Dietetics, and I am currently working on a bachelors degree to become a Registered Dietitian.
Loray is like a home away from home; it’s a family, a place where you can be yourself, and where you can surround yourself with people that are always there to love, support, and encourage you. God has blessed me with this opportunity, and I plan to use it to glorify him in every way possible.
Impa Kasanganay, Front Desk Team Member
At a personal level I love fitness because it’s always been a positive outlet for me. I enjoy challenging my body and seeing what I can make it do. It’s a test for myself. Focusing on my fitness helps me process ideas better and it helps keep me calm. I enjoy being in a positive environment where people want to invest in their health and I enjoy exchanging ideas with those who have similar goals.
Valerie Rice, Front Desk Team Member
Valerie has been in love with physical activity and movement from a very young age. At 2 years old she would stand in front of the TV and mimic the swing of a baseball player. Naturally, the obsession continued as she spent every moment she could outside exploring, playing, and of course many years on the softball field.
As an adult she reconnected with the same love and dedication of physical strength, competition and exploration she had as a kid, through Crossfit, which today has evolved into a love of weightlifting and nutrition.
Today, the mom of two and wife of a power lifter is grateful to have found LAC on her pursuit of seeking health and happiness.