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My name is Lawrence Palmer and I founded Gauge Fitness with the mission of creating a supportive community while fostering good health through nutrition and exercise. I am currently a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and a former co-owner of a local CrossFit gym where I trained clients for over 2 years. I also have 3 years of experience as an outdoor group fitness instructor.

Before I continue allow me to share how this all began. In 2009 I drew a line in the sand and I decided to get healthy and fit again. After years of neglect, my body and self esteem became unrecognizable to me. I joined a fitness class and found a routine that corresponded with my weight and health goals. Within a period of 4 to 6 months, I lost about 25 lbs and saw some definition and cardiovascular endurance. I liked the way I began to look and how my clothes began to fit, but more importantly the confidence I regained. Working out and proper nutrition quickly became my new found lifestyle. Not only did I attain the physique I desired, but with conviction I made this my life's passion to help others through our fitness classes and meal planning to achieve their fitness goals. If I can do it, so can you!

However you gauge, allow me to help you draw a line in the sand, as well.



Kari Smith

Hello, my name is Kari Smith and I couldn’t be more excited to be part of the Gauge Fitness Family. I was lucky enough to be introduced to Gauge Fitness via The Amli Resident Program that Gauge has set up. I started coming to class every week and instantly fell in love with the workouts and the camaraderie that Lawrence and the Gauge family has. Feeling blessed that I now have the luxury of spreading my love of fitness on to others.

Let me tell you a little bit about my fitness journey and how I’ve become a trainer here at Gauge. After many years of some not so healthy lifestyle choices, I decided I needed to make some changes in the way I viewed my body and how I could make my body healthier on the inside and out. I read once that being healthy isn’t just about being fit or losing weight, it’s a way of life that will help every aspect of your body, mind, and soul and I wanted that. So 13 years ago, I took a leap and started to incorporate exercise and healthy eating habits into my life and from then on out, have continue to maintain that same way of life. From these changes, I’ve lost approx. 45lbs, gained a better understanding of how my body works, and what I need to do keep it pumping. Through my own struggles, I’ve come to understand that every person’s body is different and not every single exercise or diet program is going to work for one person. This realization is the main reason I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a personal trainer and working with Gauge. I’ve feel like I’ve been in the shoes of all the fitness levels out there and want to support and encourage growth that I know everyone has deep inside of them.

I look forward to sharing my love of fitness, training, and the Gauge Fitness family way of life with all of you. A little sweat never hurt anyone, right?




Greetings! My name is Denise and I am joining Gauge Fitness as a yoga instructor. My journey with yoga began after having my daughter and wanting a workout that was a little more forgiving on my hips and joints. Little did I know how the practice would begin to change not only my body, but my mental and emotional states as well. Professionally, I am an early childhood educator and teacher trainer and this love for teaching the youngest among us led me to my first yoga instructor certification in children's and family yoga. I am certified as a children's yoga instructor, 22hr-Level I, through Grounded Kids Yoga. As my practice grew and my personal life evolved, I took the plunge and completed my 220hr- RYT training through Empower Yoga Emory Pointe.

My goal as a yoga teacher is to help others understand that yoga is for every BODY. The journey to the destination of self-awareness is ongoing and the tools are mindfulness and breath. Whether you can touch your toes or do a back bend is only a physical manifestation of that journey. The real change happens when life begins to mirror how you show up on your mat: with intention, grace, consistency, and love.




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