Meet the people who know how to push you.

Matt Mund

Matt Mund, Owner

Fitness is a way of life for Matt, and he is dedicated to helping his clients of all fitness levels achieve their personal goals. As a CT personal trainer certified through American Fitness Professionals and Associates, he is committed to learning new techniques that will challenge his clients, and he is passionate about fitness and nutrition.

Matt grew up playing basketball and baseball, and he became active in fitness and weight training in college. Winning his first weight-lifting competition in college motivated Matt to start his career as a professional fitness trainer, and he enjoys helping people improve their own lives through exercise.

Outside the gym, he competes and has placed as a top finisher in 5Ks, relay races, triathlons and adventure races.

Darcy Lucas

Darcy Lucas, Personal Trainer

Darcy is a CT-certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor with a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and Health. She has been teaching classes and personal training at mission FITNESS since its opening in 2009. She loves working with clients of all fitness levels to help them discover their full potential, while helping them identify what is holding them back. She has worked with a number of elite athletes at the collegiate and high school levels, including Gatorade All-Americans and Connecticut Basketball Players of the Year.

When not at mission FITNESS, Darcy is on the golf course, traveling in her camper with her husband and dog, or hiking or running in the woods. She is a competitive trail runner and endurance athlete who competes in adventure racing and ultra marathons. Her career highlights include placing 6th Female Overall at the 2014 50 Mile Trail Running National Championships, 1st at the Bimblers Bash 10k Trail Race, 1st at the Summer Solstice Trail Race and 1st at The Bitter P6ull 12 hour Adventure Race with Team Rev 3.

Karen Purcell

Karen Purcell, Personal Trainer

Karen is a dedicated CT health and fitness instructor with four children, and she understands the pressures of balancing family life with personal fitness. She works with clients to help them lose weight, increase strength, and train for specific athletic events.

For more than 20 years, she has set and achieved personal fitness goals for herself. She has won or placed in 5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons, marathons and triathlons while also earning a qualifying time to compete in the Boston Marathon. Her dedication motivates her clients to improve their own level of personal fitness.

Outside of the gym, this former Fairfield University softball player also climbs Mount Washington every year with her children.

Kim Henningsen

Kim Henningsen, Personal Trainer

Kim Henningsen received her Master's degree in Exercise Physiology and trained athletic teams at Michigan State University. She continued to train athletes at the University of Tennessee and Penn State University before returning to Connecticut to become a certified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist.

Kim's expertise in strength and conditioning helps people of all ages and abilities reach their fitness and wellness goals. Energetic and passionate, Kim trains seasoned athletes, weekend warriors and anyone who's ready to get off the couch and get fit.

She works with clients to understand their fitness and wellness goals, and she improves their lives by keeping them motivated and on track. She has trained for marathons and distance events and enjoys creating programs that will help any determined person be successful in their fitness endeavors.

During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her three children and competing in endurance events, especially half-marathons.

Jessica McGough

Maintaining a healthy balance of diet and exercise is foundational to Jessica’s lifestyle. Jessica is a certified USA weightlifting coach and Level 1 Crossfit trainer. She enjoys sharing her passion for these sports by working with individuals at all levels while helping them to achieve their health and fitness goals.

Jessica has experience coaching group fitness, Crossfit and weightlifting to athletes. She is dedicated to always increasing her knowledge and understanding of fitness and health, currently undergoing certifications in both personal training and nutrition. She believes that no matter your age or ailments, proper customized fitness training and nutrition can improve and extend everyone’s life.

Jessica has been involved in fitness since youth, playing a multitude of team sports including soccer at the college level. She enjoys varying her own training and has competed in half marathons, 5ks, 10ks, Olympic weightlifting, and Crossfit competitions. Jessica resides in Glastonbury with her husband and two young children.

Lauren Salak

Lauren Salak, Personal Trainer

Lauren is an energetic CT personal trainer and fitness instructor who loves what she does. Her passion for fitness is reflected in the thoughtful design and implementation of her workouts. At a young age, Lauren was drawn to physical activity and athletics. This brought her to the world of competitive gymnastics and springboard diving. Lauren was a member of the 2005 Wethersfield High School state championship gymnastics team and was inducted into the Wethersfield Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and is a certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor through The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.

Lauren is passionate about nutrition and believes in a healthy balance of diet and exercise. In her free time, she loves power yoga and running, having placed 5th in the 2013 Hartford Marathon 5K with a personal best of 21:01. Since joining mission FITNESS as a student member in 2010, Lauren has been interested in bootcamps and high-intensity training. Her love for this style of workout motivated her to get her certification to start teaching and training.

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Shane Tidrick, Personal Trainer

For Shane, physical fitness wasn’t just a lifestyle. It was, quite literally, a mission. 

Before becoming a personal trainer, he spent six years in the U.S. Navy, serving in the U.S. and overseas in the Asia-Pacific region. During his time on active duty, he discovered the importance of physical and mental health, and asked others to teach him how to be stronger and sharper. 

When he got out of the military, he decided to return the favor. After dedicating himself to learning the martial arts of Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he found he got the most joy helping motivated civilians achieve their physical fitness goals. At mission FITNESS, he encourages the people he trains to leave their comfort zone in order to find true success and satisfaction. 

Peter Argiros

Peter Argiros, Personal Trainer

Peter's passion for helping others achieve a healthy lifestyle through fitness led him to become a certified personal trainer through ACE after graduating from the University of Connecticut with a degree in psychology. He believes that no matter a person’s age, physical shape or health status, he can lead them toward a healthier lifestyle.

Since becoming a CT personal trainer in 2008, Peter has gained more than 7,000 hours of one-on-one personal training experience. He has added two more specialized training certifications to his résumé, enabling him to work with cancer patients undergoing treatment. Through his training and experience, he is ready to help individuals set and exceed their fitness goals.

When he is not busy training, Peter plays soccer, hockey, and trains for marathons.

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Eric LaPointe

If you want to get faster, Eric is your go-to guy. He also works extensively with young athletes, people recovering with injuries, and just about anyone looking to make fitness gains.

Organized sports played a big part in Eric’s early life, and he learned even more about fitness while serving in the U.S. Army. Afterward, he decided to make physical training his career. He became a certified personal trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

At Mission Fitness, he’s a strength, speed and conditioning coach, as well as a personal trainer. His certification with the Titleist Performance Institute helps him offer specialized training to golfers. He’s also certified by Functional Movement Systems, a group that focuses on rehabbing injuries. And those looking to run faster will benefit from his accreditation from the Parisi Speed School.

In his free time, Eric serves as a soccer coach at East Hartford High School. In the gym and on the field, his goal is to motivate and educate athletes of all types to get the best results.