About Us

 

Bill Thorpe, MD, PhD – President and Founder

Golden Home Fitness was founded by Bill Thorpe in 2015 to help others conquer the fitness challenges he himself overcame. Being a fulltime Physician and Biomedical Engineer while helping to raise a family, Bill was short on time and high on stress. Soon the health, fitness and vitality he enjoyed as a college gymnast was replaced by weight gain, lethargy and poor health. Losing 50 pounds after hiring a personal trainer, Bill had an epiphany. He decided to open a fitness studio model that was much more comprehensive, convenient and attractive than any existing gym.
Golden Home Fitness is the result of Bill’s personal insight and subsequent missionto empower people to live healthier lives. It incorporates a holistic approach to wellness. You can get personal training, physical therapy, nutritional counseling and a massage all under one roof. You can also take group training, fitness, personal defense or yoga classes in the Golden Home Fitness studio. In addition, we can come to your home or condominium, or provide you with online virtual training. Eliminating the challenges Bill and many of us face, Golden Home Fitness makes consistent and personal lifechanging progress accessible to everyone.
Bill has taken on several entrepreneurial ventures and start-ups in the medical, engineering and educational fields. Golden Home Fitness’s immediate success and consistent positive feedback after launching in the Boston area, allowed him to spread his exceptional one-of-a-kind fitness studio beyond Massachusetts. Our clients are living proof that focusing on optimal health and fitness leads to a better quality of life. Bill still continues to progress with the help of his trainers, and feels better at 62 than he did before his transformation. Golden Home Fitness is named after his two Golden Retrievers, who have been part of his motivation because he knows motivation is key!

 

 

 

Evan Aubrey – Vice President

Bill’s first step to creating the Golden Home Fitness concept, was to find the best Personal Trainers in the area. Evan Aubrey was at the top of that list. He not only has a passion fofitness, but he also has a genuine desire to help others live their best lives. Evan has been competing in the Mixed Martial Arts arena for about eleven years. He has firsthand knowledge of what it takes to be a hard-core athlete. Evan has an Associates Degree in General Studies from Bristol Community College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Bridgewater State University. Evan’s combination of knowledge, experience and thoughtfulness will put you on the fast track to where you want to be.

JJ Martin, BS, ACE-CPT, ACE-CHC – Event Coordinator & Coach’s Clinic

 
 

JJ graduated from UMass-Lowell with a bachelor’s in Health Education (2003).  He is a certified personal trainer, certified health coach and corrective exercise specialist.  JJ loves coaching and educating clients through efficient exercise mechanics.  He started his fitness career in corporate fitness as an intern.  From October 2005-August 2019 he was a manager for an onsite fitness center for Dell Technologies (and legacy companies) before joining Golden Home Fitness in November 2019. 

 Accomplishments while at Dell include:  engaging with employees as team captain for the JP Morgan-Chase Corporate Challenge-Boston (7 years), establishing the 

Wellness Champion Network committee, conducting Fitness Boot Camp for the Global Services Department, and facilitating Fun Fitness for the company’s annual Kids’ Day event (10 years). 

 

He has lived in five states including FL, MS, NH, NM and MA.  When he isn’t working JJ likes to spend time with family, read, play poker and do yardwork. 

Laura McLaughlin – Personal Trainer and Blog Author

Laura has excelled as a Personal Trainer for the past 9 years. She has worked with all kinds of clients in a multitude of settings, one-on-one as well as in groups. Laura prides her ability to effectively design and fine-tune the optimal strategy for each person she works with. She understands that some people thrive on competition while others succeed with a much gentler approach. Laura is from Argentina and is fluent in Spanish. Laura also teaches a broad range of fitness

classes including HIIT, Spin, Boxing, Barre, Strength, Pilates and Light and Fit. Laura is an avid runner, having run the Boston Marathon three times, as well as many other races.

 

Laura is on a mission to transform lives through fitness. What makes her well-equipped is the fact she grew up hating exercise and being an emotional eater. It is her own life-affirming transformation that fuels her desire to help others achieve the same. She can relate to the challenge and knows how best to address each stage of the game. Laura is also a passionate writer who uses the medium to spread her knowledge of fitness and nutrition. She believes that maximizing you health brings a sense of well-being which positively affects all areas of your life.

 

Kyle Wilson – Personal Trainer and Coach’s Clinic

Kyle Wilson is a NASM-Certified Personal Trainer.  Kyle has always enjoyed being active and healthy.  Growing up in Maine, he competed in swimming as a child.  He continued to excel at the sport through college.  Kyle was the team captain of the Wheaton College swim team his senior year.  After graduating from Wheaton, Kyle became an assistant swim coach.

Kyle has joined the Golden Home Fitness team in order to share his passion for fitness with others.  He aims to train, educate and motivate as many people as he can.  Helping others to live a healthy lifestyle is Kyle’s mission.  

Kyle enjoys teaching his weekly Coach’s Clinic in which he shows us how to do exercises with the correct form and at different levels of fitness.  His personal strength and easy-going manner make his coaching invaluable.

When he’s not working or working out, Kyle likes to spend time with family and friends, watch movies or the Red Sox and to travel.

Rev. Nicholas Stanley

We are very pleased to announce that Rev. Nicholas Stanley has joined our team at Golden Home Fitness. Nicholas will be teaching yoga at the Golden Home Fitness studio located at 30 School Street in North Andover every Friday at 10:30am.  You can sign up for the class at www.goldenhomefitness.com/yoga .

Nicholas will use a variety of techniques. These may include relaxation, meditation, yogic philosophy, chanting and breath work. He is an expert at teaching his students how to cope with stress. Nicholas’s therapeutic approach will leave you with a calmer mind. You will also have a greater awareness of the mind/body connection. Knowing how to tune in to your inner compass is instrumental in making all kinds of positive changes.

 

In addition, we are now offering Massage Therapy at our North Andover Studio since Nicholas is a licensed massage therapist.  His accrediation is with the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)  abmp.com

You can learn more and sign up for your Massage Sessions by visiting our Massage Therapy section on our services page ( www.goldenhomefitness.com/massage-therapy)

 

We are very fortunate to have Nicholas with us as he is multi-talented and has a very generous spirit. Nicholas specializes in yoga for PTSD and Trauma and Yin. He is also a Chaplain, Mind Body Wellness Practitioner, Hypnotist, Massage Therapist, Metaphysician and Reverend.

Mitchell Dropp, MS, CSCS, LMT – Advisor and Performance Coach

Mitch is both an excellent Performance Coach anexperienced Massage Therapist. He not only knows a wealth of information about how to effectively train our bodies and motivate our minds, but he is also a skilled educator. Mitch conducts weekly Personal Trainer workshops which keeps all our Personal Trainers at the top of their game. Mitch has worked with some of the most forward thinking companies managing, consulting, educating, and hiring for fitness centers across the US. He works with a variety of clientele from the clinical, educational, corporate, and performance setting.