Meet the founder
Chris Wertman, founder and CEO of Legacy Fitness Club is a Guilderland high school alumni, class of 2015. He attended Hudson Valley Community College and SUNY Oneonta graduating with degrees in Exercise Science and Nutrition & Dietetics. He is the lead trainer at Legacy Fitness Club and has worked with clients whose ages have ranged from 6 years old to 90 years old. He is experienced with advanced rehabilitation, athletic performance, general health and wellness, and weight loss. (Guilderlands emerging professional of the year 2022, voted best person trainer in the Capital District (Bestie Awards), A.S. Exercise Science, B.S. Nutrition & Dietetics, Certified Fitness Specialist, Wish Granter Make-A-Wish NENY).
Legacy Fitness Club has a humble beginning, starting in the basement of Chris Wertman's parents’ house in Altamont, NY in July of 2020.
Initially, Chris focused on training high school athletes, aiming to provide them with quality fitness instruction. In April 2021, Chris's idea of establishing a private gym that welcomed individuals of all shapes, sizes, and skill levels began to take shape when his best friend allowed him to convert his garage into a small gym. This marked the first physical space dedicated to Legacy Fitness Club.
Despite the limited area, Legacy Fitness Club quickly gained momentum, attracting over 100 clients to the 600 square foot garage. Chris's dedication to helping people achieve their fitness goals resonated with the community, and the demand for his services grew. Despite the limited area, Legacy Fitness Club quickly gained momentum, attracting over 100 clients to the 600 square foot garage. Chris's dedication to helping people achieve their fitness goals resonated with the community, and the demand for his services grew.
The vision of opening a public gym became a reality on December 6, 2021, with the launch of Legacy Fitness Club's Carman Road location. This new facility offered a significant upgrade, providing a 3,000 square foot warehouse gym. The expanded space allowed Chris to cater to a larger clientele and offer a more diverse range of fitness equipment and programs.
Since the opening of the Carman Road location, Legacy Fitness Club has had a profound impact on the lives of numerous individuals, assisting them in reaching their fitness aspirations. The club's supportive community and unmatched atmosphere have fostered a sense of belonging and camaraderie among its members.
With Chris Wertman and his team at the helm, Legacy Fitness Club continues to inspire and guide individuals on their fitness journeys. Through their dedication, they have created an environment where people of all backgrounds can come together to pursue their fitness goals and become part of a thriving fitness community.
Meet the trainers
Matt Hopper is a recent graduate from Rhode Island College. He holds a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science. Matt has 3+ years of experience in the field as well as an internship at AMP Training Center in RI. During his time at AMP, he created various programs to help athletes reach their max potential through strength and conditioning. Currently, Matt is back in school in an Occupational Therapy Program at Maria College. He holds his CPT certification from ACE as well as a BLS from AHA.
Alyssa Marzella holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical & Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering. Alyssa ran on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Women’s Track and Field team during her undergraduate. In addition to working at Legacy Fitness Clubs, Alyssa also works as a device development engineer at Regeneron.