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The Team

We are Cut Seven.
Not a gym. A team.

THE FOUNDERS

The two met seven years before these doors officially opened, with Chris playing the part of personal trainer and Alex—unknowingly—the first Cut Seven test.

Alex was building her marketing career and lost sense of balance, gaining over 40 pounds. Chris led a triple-life as accountant by day, PhD student by night, and personal trainer every spare minute in between. Chris created a program based on his football conditioning at UConn—hard intervals, zero bullshit, and total body soreness. In six months, Alex lost sixty pounds.

Inspired by a seemingly impossible transformation, Alex got certified and over time their training sessions shifted to business meetings. Over the next few years they went from coaching eight athletes at gravel parks to crowds of 500 at Union Market and the Nike sales floor.

For seven years, they made each other better—through marriage, baby, and a shared business. Today, the Cut Seven team is built on the same foundation as their original partnership: We push you. You push us. We all get better.

Meet the Coaches

Chris Perrin

hometown

Ashland, MA

favorite MUSCLE FOCUS

Legs / Arms

workout song that gets you going

Motivation – TI

what does team mean to you

You never have to go it alone.

phrase you’re known for

Here we go!

Easy is boring—easy gets you nowhere.

Connect With Chris

Alex Perrin

hometown

Clifton, VA

favorite MUSCLE FOCUS

Arms / Abs

workout song that gets you going

Where The Hood At – DMX

what does team mean to you

Cheering for everyone in their life – Zero judgement, only support.

phrase you’re known for

Talk yourself IN!

You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins. – Jim Stovall

Connect With Alex

Bre Henderson

hometown

Germantown, MD

favorite MUSCLE FOCUS

Toss up between Ass/Abs and Total Body

workout song that gets you going

Feelin’ It – Jay Z

what does team mean to you

Always having support and holding each other accountable to achieve the same goal.

phrase you’re known for

You’re ok!

The little things make the big things.

Connect With Bre

Clarence Stanfield

hometown

Hampton, VA

favorite MUSCLE FOCUS

Close call between Heart and Total Body

workout song that gets you going

Anything with Rick Ross and preferably featuring Drake

what does team mean to you

It’s family, blood or not, it’s who has your back.

phrase you’re known for

Fitness is always watching!

Building your mind, heart, and relationships is just as important as building your body.

Connect With Clarence

Jihad Watt

hometown

Irvington, NJ

favorite MUSCLE FOCUS

Legs / Heart

workout song that gets you going

No Hands – Wake Flocka Flame

what does team mean to you

The importance of camaraderie is unmatched. when you’re inspired to push to your best, the confidence that starts on the turf has an even bigger impact in their everyday life.

phrase you’re known for

Dig in Team! Let’s Go!”

Hard work is more than what you get out of it. It's also about who you become from it.

Connect With Jihad

Bri Anderson

hometown

Bowie, MD

favorite MUSCLE FOCUS

Chest / Back

workout song that gets you going

Down on Me – Jeremih, 50 Cent

what does team mean to you

Team, to me, creates community, support, trust, and belonging. It gives us a space where each person can accomplish more and be greater than what they could be on their own.

phrase you’re known for

Let’s get it!

“Be Humble. Be Hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.” – Dwayne Johnson

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LESLIE CORBETT

hometown

Herndon, VA

favorite MUSCLE FOCUS

Ass/Abs

workout song that gets you going

Marvin & Chardonnay – Big Sean

what does team mean to you

Team is who you can lean on to support and push you through the good, bad, and ugly.

phrase you’re known for

Let’s F/cking Go!

Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.

Connect With LESLIE

OZ EZIKEL

hometown

I’m International Babyeeee! Born and raised in Guatemala, but also consider Boston, MA my home.

favorite MUSCLE FOCUS

Total Body or Leg Day

workout song that gets you going

Boss B*tch by Doja

what does team mean to you

Team is Accountability + Support – There’s a level of reassurance to know that even though we all have a different ‘why’ we show up, come together, and share the passion/courage to do HARD SH/T together.

phrase you’re known for

You got this!

Every challenge will force you to discover a new path.

Connect With OZ

JUAN MARCANO

hometown

Caracas, Venezuela

favorite MUSCLE FOCUS

Legs/Heart

workout song that gets you going

Uproar by Lil Wayne

what does team mean to you

Team is putting your trust in others to accomplish the same objective.

phrase you’re known for

Give it all you got!

You must reward the kind of behavior you want.

Connect With JUAN

Amadeus Heimann

hometown

Arlington, VA

favorite MUSCLE FOCUS

Back… Yup, just BACK

workout song that gets you going

U Don’t Know – JAY-Z

what does team mean to you

We all finish or no one does. If that means we share the load and some take a little more on to make sure others can make it, then that’s what it means.

phrase you’re known for

You’re stronger than you think you are.

There is no such thing as 'can't,' only 'not yet' and 'not today.'

Connect With Amadeus

Kat Torre, DPT

hometown

Fairfax, VA

favorite MUSCLE FOCUS

Ass / Heart

workout song that gets you going

Breathe – The Prodigy

what does team mean to you

Working together to do hard sh/t

phrase you’re known for

This is going to be tough…

You can't grow, where you can't go!

Connect With Kat

Meet your Teammates

Judd Legum

Hometown: Annapolis, MD
Profession: Founder + Author, Popular Information

WHY I HIT THE TURF:

Regular exercise is really important for my mental health. As someone who exists professionally online, going to the gym became less rewarding as studios became overrun with phones and screens. I began experimenting with group fitness and found Cut—a place free of screens, machines, and even a clock.

HOW I EXPERIENCED CHANGE ON AND OFF THE TURF:

For me, success at Cut means letting go of distractions, focusing on the task at hand, testing your limits, and seeking constant, incremental improvements. Around the time I started working out at Cut, I quit my job and started my own business. I’ve applied many of the concepts I’ve learned at Cut to my business (and they work).

A WORD TO NEW TEAMMATES:

The first few classes can feel chaotic. I’ve seen people take a class or two then give up as they aren’t familiar with the rhythms of the workout or core movements. Give it time—take ten classes then see how you feel. (My guess? You’ll be hooked.)

Ari Lopez

Hometown: Hanover, MA
Profession: Regional Director, Global Public Health

WHY I HIT THE TURF:

After working out alone during COVID, I realized solo workouts didn’t push me to my max effort. A friend suggested Cut due to its hard—but fun—workouts and high-energy spirit. Two years later, I’m still sore multiple times a week.

HOW I EXPERIENCED CHANGE ON AND OFF THE TURF:

This team really feels like a team. The coaches aren’t afraid to push you further than you think you can. That environment has made me stronger and faster, and keeps me coming back.

MY ADVICE TO NEW TEAMMATES:

I did not join Cut looking for new friends or a community, but I found all of the above. You’ll find people to hold you accountable. Don’t be afraid to message teammates, “I’m not motivated to workout today, what time are you going?”

Joe Dawson

Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Profession: Mortgage Loan Officer

WHY I HIT THE TURF:

I wanted to find a gym coached by athletes—those who knew what they were doing, and could program a challenging workout.

HOW I EXPERIENCED CHANGE ON AND OFF THE TURF:

I’ll be the first person to raise my hand and admit I never thought I’d buy into the team dynamic. One week in, I realized how your partner can push you to perform—both on and off the turf.

MY ADVICE TO NEW TEAMMATES:

When you find your partner struggling, don’t hesitate to offer encouragement (even if it’s something non-verbal, like a high-five). It will make you both better in the long run.

Ashley Atwater

Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI
Principal, Facility & Asset Management, MBB Affiliates

WHY I HIT THE TURF:

I was a member of a larger gym before I found Cut. While it offered a lot of amenities, I wanted more challenging workouts and a sense of community.

HOW I EXPERIENCED CHANGE ON AND OFF THE TURF:

I’ve met some of my best friends at Cut. Whether we braved the elements together at Garrison or tried not to slide off the roof of Union Market, I know these friendships will last a lifetime. I’ve traveled, celebrated birthdays, and cheered on promotions and engagements with my teammates.

MY ADVICE TO NEW TEAMMATES:

Bring a friend! I was introduced to Cut by a friend who works in the fitness industry. She was raving about Cut’s new studio, and we took our first class together.

Sean Tabaie

Hometown: Roseville, CA
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Children’s National Hospital

WHY I HIT THE TURF:

After years spent at the same chain HIIT studio, my wife and I were looking for a change in our workout routine. After one Heart Day, we were hooked—the intensity, speed, and team atmosphere was exhilarating.

HOW I EXPERIENCED CHANGE ON AND OFF THE TURF:

I met teammates who became friends, then family. We’ve had two children since joining Cut, and the community is an integral part of their lives.

MY ADVICE TO NEW TEAMMATES:

The fitness gains you’ll experience from Cut are self explanatory, but the impact you’ll experience off the turf could prove far more meaningful. While Cut remains the best boutique fitness class I ever experienced, I keep coming back because of the high level coaching and family environment.

Sophie Stich

Hometown: Madison, WI
Profession: Owner + Founder, Toastworthy

WHY I HIT THE TURF:

I wanted a gym that offered intentional programming, with a focus on strength, conditioning, and fun vibes. I couldn’t afford the hefty price tag of a personal trainer, but wanted the accountability of working out in a team setting.

HOW I EXPERIENCED CHANGE ON AND OFF THE TURF:

I’ve made life-long friends, gotten job opportunities, hired staff—all from the Cut Seven community. I love the accountability from coaches and athletes, and know I’ll miss my teammates if I skip class.

MY ADVICE TO NEW TEAMMATES:

A new workout routine can be intimidating, but I promise: We’re in this together. Don’t worry about what others think. Trust me, I’m more worried about catching my next breath than paying attention to what others are doing. You’re welcome wherever you’re at!

Gabe Botero

Hometown: New York, NY
Profession: Special Assistant, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

WHY I HIT THE TURF:

After moving to DC, I wanted to find a team or community. The team vibes motivated me to keep coming back on rough days, during stormy weather, and even on holidays.

HOW I EXPERIENCED CHANGE ON AND OFF THE TURF:

There is no stop when you have a whole team supporting you. In the past year, we’ve battled through the rain, snow, and cold. That’s what keeps me going—knowing the person next to me will give 100% to the finish line.

MY ADVICE TO NEW TEAMMATES:

If you try it, it will change your life—I know it’s changed mine. My first class I didn’t talk to anyone, and thought I’d barely survive. A year later, I’m stronger, faster, and have experienced personal gains, and the team keeps me going.

Megan Weiss

Hometown: Bay Area, CA
Profession: Managing Director, Accenture Federal Services

WHY I HIT THE TURF:

After teaching yoga and gym hopping for years, I felt myself getting stronger almost immediately from Cut. There was a greater emphasis placed on form, coaches who pushed me to pick up heavier weights, and teammates who motivated me to keep coming back.

HOW I EXPERIENCED CHANGE ON AND OFF THE TURF:

I am 41 years old and I am in the best shape of my life. That’s all Cut. The community and outlet of the regular workout has supported me through major personal and professional changes.

A WORD TO NEW TEAMMATES:

At Cut, the focus is on building strength and feeling good. There is no toxic “bikini body” OR “work off that meal” discussions prevalent at other gyms.

Shyloe Katherine Jones

Hometown: Cranston, RI
Profession: Managing Director, Health and Benefits Consultant, WTW

WHY I HIT THE TURF:

I appreciate group fitness classes that don’t take themselves too seriously. I wanted a workout I could build into my daily routine, while not doing the same thing each class.

HOW I EXPERIENCED CHANGE ON AND OFF THE TURF:

Everyone I met through Cut has been supportive, and became friends off the turf. The community has helped me navigate toxic workplaces, travel, and even new pet life.

A WORD TO NEW TEAMMATES:

Don’t be scared! Class might be tough at first, but everyone goes at their own pace. If you jump in with two feet, you won’t have time to feel self conscious.

We are Cut Seven.
Not a gym. A team.

The people we surround ourselves with day in, day out play a huge role in how far we get in life. We need those who always root for us — win, lose, or draw. Those who invest in our dreams as if they’re their own. And those who are better than us, inspire us, and also expect great things from themselves.

You push us. We push you. We all get better.