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Who We Are

the hardest sh/t we do in life cannot be done alone.


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

You don’t need to push yourself to the limit every day, but you should know what that limit is. People should know what they can do.

what i tell teammates

Don’t be afraid to find out how strong you are.

Beyond the turf

After playing football at UConn, I got sick of going from in-to-out of shape. I was a day-time accountant, working mornings and nights as a personal trainer, and studying for a PhD in economics. I had to find the most efficient way to get in shape, and I did. 


Easy is boring—easy gets you nowhere.

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Alex Perrin

When you make yourself the priority, everything else falls into place.


How uncomfortable are you willing to get?


After spending the last several years helping launch HIIT programs across the DMV and creating coach training programs at various studios, I now spend my days split between running Cut Seven with my hubs, Chris and our new baby, Mak.

Don’t let your mind talk you out of what your body can do.

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Marcus Lowe

3Your biggest competition is yourself—if you think you can do it, you can. Keep chipping away at it, one rep or step at a time.

what i tell teammates

You can have pain of effort or pain of regret—pick which one you want.

Beyond the turf

Fitness was always a part of life. After playing college basketball, I traded in passion for a paycheck, working as an IT analyst by day, coaching at night, and doing pull-ups with janitors over the lunch hour. When my first personal training client lost 100 pounds, I realized the rewarding life waiting for me outside corporate.

You aren’t your thoughts, limits, fears or desires; you are only what you do.

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Bre Henderson

Each day comes with its own challenges, but it’s important to find a small piece of positivity amidst the chaos.


You’re here for one hour. How can you get 1% better than when you started?


I competed in DI soccer when an ACL injury made me rethink my training approach. Now, I realize that it’s the little things — warm-ups, recovery, stress management, and a positive mindset — that aren’t Instagram-worthy, but make the difference in leading a healthy lifestyle.

The little things make the big things.

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Clarence Stanfield

To me, fitness ties in mental, physical, and emotional strength. When we take control of our lifestyle we gain control of our minds, allowing us to have better emotional responses.

what i tell teammates

Whatever hardships you’re going through, let it out right here on this turf.

Beyond the turf

I was a group counselor and dean of an elementary school before I became a coach. We all have issues and problems, but as someone who believes anyone can turn a corner, I want to help push them there.

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

Connect With Clarence


5Don’t get sucked down by something you can’t control. I don’t want you thinking about any distractions going on around you — I want you to think about what you’re feeling.


Why did you come through this door? What are you hoping to get out of this next hour?


I ran track and cross-country in college, yet never picked up a weight. Running heavy mileage without lifting leads to serious injuries later on. Now, I coach to effort and feeling, so each athlete knows where they should feel each exercise, and how they should feel it.

This is the one hour you have control over.

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Kyle Suib

Our biggest plague in life is the what-ifs. Keep asking yourself, “What if I did this? What if I could do this?”


Even if you’re tired, you’re stronger than you were 20 minutes ago.


I consider myself a movement coach, with my niche being mobility and flexibility. For years, I couldn’t touch my toes — and now I do circus arts, trapeze, and pole dancing. My goal is to help others move the right way, even if it means taking a step back or slowing down the exercise.

You’re not going to work any harder than what you’re doing right now.

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Sarah Cotter

Celebrate the progress you’re in right now. The finish line isn’t going anywhere—how can we break those big hurdles into small, attainable steps?

what i tell teammates

What is the teammate next to you doing, and how can you ensure they don’t give up?

Beyond the turf

I’m a former competitive runner and swimmer who understands the dangers of overtraining, injuries, and hustle culture. Now, I love helping athletes find a healthy balance and celebrate every milestone—no matter where they are in the process.


Settle into your progress without feeling like you’re 'settling.'

Connect With Sarah

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.