About Us

The Rock Solid Fitness FL Team Mission

To improve the quality of people’s lives in our community through:STRENGTH TRAINING
COMPASSION, One person at a time.



Dave and Patty Durell

Dave Durell Rock Solid Fitness Dunedin  IMG_0048

Dave and Patty met in Physical Therapy school.  After moving to Clearwater and working in the Physical Therapy field for several years, they decided to start their personal training business in 1997.  Since then, their business has grown into the rewarding experience of helping hundreds of people look better, feel better and function better.

Dave and Patty have almost 50 years of combined health and fitness experience.  Dave has worked as a fitness center instructor and manager, personal trainer to professional athletes, and Collegiate and NFL Strength and Conditioning coach.  He has a Masters degree in Health Fitness Administration, and is the author of 2 fitness books. Patty has worked as a personal trainer, fitness coordinator, karate instructor, and personal trainer certification instructor.

The Rock Solid Fitness program that Dave and Patty have developed is based on sound principles of science, logic, reason, and human physiology.  This principle-centered system results in the most safe, efficient and effective training protocols to be found anywhere.  Their system works, works for everyone, and works every time–and it will work for you!


Drew Carpenter


Drew graduated from the University of Tampa in May of 2013, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, with a concentration in Adult Fitness.  Drew has his Personal Training Certification with the International Sports Sciences Association (I.S.S.A.).  Drew is a devoted Boston sports fan, and enjoys playing hockey and football in his spare time.

Chris Kelly


Chris was born and raised in Bronx, New York in City Island.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Education, and a Master’s Degree in Physical Education both from the City University of NY.  She has over 30 years of experience teaching Physical Education and coaching a variety of sports in the Middle School and High School level in New York and Florida, and is a past Sailing Instructor at Offshore Sailing School.
Chris joined the Rock Solid Team in 2013.  She is certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and has taken Continuing Education Courses in Metabolic Training and Strength Training Older Adults and Facilitated Stretching.  Chris has been married for 26 years and has two children.

Melissa Miller


Melissa is a student at St. Petersburg College studying Biology. She has been involved in athletics her entire life. She played soccer for 16 years and has coached both soccer and swimming for 8 years. Outside of Rock Solid Fitness, Melissa paddles on a local outrigger canoe team.

Mike Baum

Mike Baum Rock Solid Fitness Dunedin

Mike graduated from The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 2014 with a B.Sc. In Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science.  Mike is currently in the Master of Science in Exercise and Nutrition Science graduate program at The University of Tampa and will be completing the program in 2018.   Mike’s spark for the Health and Fitness field came during his latter High School years while working as a weight room attendant at a local YMCA as his first part-time job.  Mike has always been a huge sports fan.  In High School, he ran cross country and played varsity football as a defensive back.  Today, Mike enjoys attending or watching football games to cheer on his Florida Gators and Miami Dolphins on weekends.  Some other interests of his are fishing, going to the beach, spending time with family or friends, playing sports or PlayStation, and reading.  He is passionate about helping others achieve their best health and fitness possible.



Dorothy Champagne


Dorothy has been in the health and fitness industry for the past 10 years. Before joining the Rock Solid Fitness staff, she was a leader for Weight Watchers and knows the importance of combining both nutrition and exercise. Outside of Rock Solid Fitness you will find her with her wonderful husband Danny and four children, Rina, Dano, Kyra and Sarie.
John Hall



Dedication and commitment are necessary ingredients for becoming the best that you can be.  This is why Rock Solid Fitness employs the best personal training coaches in the Tampa Bay area.  The Rock Solid Fitness program is personal training with a difference, making you STRONG and FIT for LIFE!  Our clients get the best results in the shortest possible time.  Once you step into our studio, you know you are in a special place!  Come join us to get maximum results in minimum time!

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