Toby hartwell

Co-Owner, Personal Training Director, ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Co-Owner, Personal Training Director, ACE Certified Personal Trainer


Education: BA Liberal Arts, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts 2008. Exercise Science Diploma, Branford Hall 2009.

Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Functional Movement Specialist

Toby started his career in health and fitness back in 2010. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2008. Toby would go onto enroll in the Professional Training and Exercise Science Program at Branford Hall in 2009 and receive his exercise science diploma, as well as his professional training certifications from that program in 2010. Toby completed his professional training internship through STRIDES Human Performance Institute. It was there that Toby began group training, youth athletic conditioning, and movement screening. 

After the completion of his internship, Toby was hired to work with Fitness Together in Northampton, MA, where he began specializing in one-on-one personal training. Toby excelled in this environment, and was soon hired to work at a second Fitness Together Location in Amherst Massachusetts, where Toby was born and raised.

Toby moved from Massachusetts to Virginia in 2016. To date, Toby has trained nearly 20,000 one-on-one professional training sessions. To add to his lengthy resume, Toby has become proficient in trigger point therapy techniques which have allowed his clients to take their training to the next level. 

Toby believes in talking the talk and walking the walk, and is a former endurance athlete as well as natural bodybuilding competition. 

When Toby is not training you or himself, you can find him playing with his yellow lab Cole, listening to music sprawled out on the couch, or eating a burger washed down with a cold beer on a Friday. When he’s finally able to get away from it all, you won’t be able to find him as he’ll be out traveling and living his very best life! 

Welcome to Ghent Fit Norfolk. Your fitness journey starts right here.