Press Releases

August 2009 - The Suburbanite

Build A Body Personal Training, 3339 Miller Park Road, of Green, completed their first Princess Dance Camp for ages 4-7. The camp was the week of July 13-17.

The dancers had a dance class, story, crafts and activities that all centered around being a princess.

Move and Groove Dance Academy under the direction of former Carousel Dinner Theatre performer Shananne Lewis, will be offering more classes in the fall, which include Danercise (ages 4-6), a Performance Company (ages 6-12) and Adult Sumba.

All classes held at Build A Body Personal Training.

August 2009 - South Side News Leader

Move and Groove Dance Academy completed its first Princess Dance Camp for ages 4-7 the week of July 13-17 at Build A Body Personal Training. The camp included a dance class, story, craft and activities that centered around being a princess.

May 2009 - Hartville News

Build A Body Personal Training of Green organized and hosted a comprehesive 3 hour seminar to teach the basics of self defense/personal protection in a highly successful event held on Saturday, April 25th.

The seminar, held at the facility located at 3339 Miller Park Road in Green featured Dr. William VanCamp, who is physically disable and has over 50 years of martial arts experience. The seminar was not a martial arts class, but a presentation of Dr. VanCamp’s basic techniques of “Hit & Get” that could be effectively applied by anyone to defend themselves in the event of an attack.

After the brief introduction of the hosts and sponsors of the seminar, the participants were then shown demonstrations of some basic techniques. The seminar – goers were then paired off and began practicing the techniques, slowly at first but with more confidence after a time. Later during the hands-on seminar, the participants were encouraged to pose any particular situations they may have concerns about and those situations/scenarios were addressed using the techniques being taught.

At the seminar there were 25 people from all walks of life in attendance; women, men and young teens. They were from a range of backgrounds, ages and diverse set of physical capabilities and skills. There were participants who were in wheel chairs and others with mental and physical disabilities. The seminar left many curious to go further and learn the benefits of more comprehensive level of “Personal Protection” training. Build A Body group classes encourage mothers, daughters, sisters, co-workers, and friends to enroll together. The training will provide simple realistic and effective strategies that will work regardless of size or strength. The 6 weeks group classes, not a martial arts class, is taught by Grandmaster Thomas L. Kinsley. He is an 8th degree black belt and certified instructor who has taught self defense/personal protection to law enforcement, fire fighters, paramedics, realtors, business professionals men and women. For information on class schedules please call Build A Body at (330) 361-9199.

Anyone wanting details about the ‘adaptive’ classes for those with disabilities, you are encouraged to call Build A Body for information on this new program being added to their class agenda.

Overall the seminar was a success and continues the tradition of Sekai Ryu Ha Kempo’s important mission to empower individuals to protect themselves.

April 2009 - Hartville News

Build A Body Personal Training, LLC presents A Personal Protection Seminar with Dr. William H. VanCamp Sijo/Soke on Saturday, April 25th from 2:00 to 5:00p.p. It will take place at Build A Body Personal Training, 3339 Miller Park Road, Suite A, Green, Ohio. The phone is (330) 361-9199.

$20.00 Preregistration; $30 at the door. To preregister call (330) 361-9199. Preregistration ends April 18th.

The 3-hour seminar will feature the self-protection techniques that work for everyone. The style and skills taught are simple and effective. They can enable someone to successfully prevent, escape, resist and survive possible violent assaults. “Hit & Get!”

William H. VanCamp has 50 years experience in various forms of martial arts. He grew up in Hartville, where he owned and operated studios. He holds upper level black belt in five different martial arts systems. He currently resides in Florence, SC.

April 2009 - Repository

A recent seminar at Build A Body Personal Training of Green on the basics of self-defense spurred interest in more group classes in personal protection.

So Build A Body will begin a six-week beginner’s class – “Women’s Personal Protection” – tonight from 7 to 8.

Preregistration is required, so call (330) 361-9199. Build a Body is at 3339 Miller Park Road in Green.

March 2009 - Hartville News

A personal protection seminar will be 2 to 5 p.m. April 25 at build A Body Personal Training Center at 3339 Miller Park Road, Suite A in Green.

To register, call (330) 361-9199. Cost is $20 with preregistration and $30 at the door. Preregistration ends Saturday.

Open to women, men and children 14 or older, it will feature self-protection techniques that can enable someone to prevent, escape, resist and survive violent assaults. Training focuses on the “hit and get” strategy, meaning you disable, bring down or impair the attacker.

Instructor is William H. VanCamp who has 50 years experience in martial arts and developed this program.

Attire is comfortable gym clothing and soft sole gym shoes.

January 2009 - The Suburbanite

Looking for a place to work out without having to be surrounded by others?

Build A Body Personal Training, on 3339 Miller Park Road, Suite A in Green, is the only place in the area who provides 1-on-1 training, providing comfort while you exercise.

“My clients like the fact no one else sees,” Lisa Kelleman-McClain, co-owner of Build A Body said. “Some of our clients are embarrassed or afraid they are going to fall, or not be able to do something. This is a completely unintimidating atmosphere.”

With individual treatment, clients can be sure their training sessions are unique. When they sign up, they go through an extensive fitness assessment test so Build A Body knows where one stands fitness-wise. They also make their clients create a goal sheet, something they have found helps motivate.

The prices range from $43 to $58 a session. Kelleman-McClain said most buy the bulk package of 48 sessions because there is no time limit on when they can be used, allowing people can come at their leisure.

Any time is fine according to Kelleman-McClain. She has been a trainer for 13 years, visiting the homes of her clients.

Kelleman-McClain said she has done sessions Christmas day, at midnight and as early as 4 a.m. If a person is willing to train, she and the trainers will meet with them, anytime. Having dedicated, knowledgable trainers is important for Build A Body.

“All our trainers are nationally certified,” she said. “It’s important because anyone can be a trainer without being certified.”

Being certified shows her customers the trainers working with them know what they are doing and are not just hired help.

The six trainers are certified in a range of areas. Whatever training a person needs, they know how to accomodate. Kelleman-McClain said she still goes to new classes each year or two.

One trainer is still a client. Kelly Freeman of Uniontown has been training with Kelleman-McClain, and has lost around 90 pounds.

Freeman said working with Kelleman-McClain made training easier. “She’s really nurturing,” Freeman said. “There is an open line of communication. Working out with her is always intense. She got me to do things I wouldn’t do otherwise.”

What caused Freeman to come to Build A Body was a uncomfortable incident. She wanted to ride a roller coaster, but had to get off because of her weight. Freeman realized she had to do something.

After the success she has had with the program, she wanted to give back to others. Freeman went out and became a certified trainer.

Besides the 1-on-1 training, there is also small group sessions of two to four people, and now Build A Body also provides large group classes at a cheap price once a week. Ranging from $7-$10 a session, people have the option of any number of classes. There is Boot Camp (body weight exercises, plyometrics, calisthenics, etc), Staying Strong (strength and cardiovascular training), Intermediate/ Advanced Self-Protection (advanced self defense), Belly Dancing, Yoga and the growing popular Zumba class.

Zumba is a dance-like class where the exercising flows with the Latin/salsa-type song. “I always knows when that class is going on because there is hooting and hollering coming from the back,” Kelleman-McClain joked.

Other classes like Ballroom Dancing, Kempo Karate Training and Abs & Glutes will be starting in mid-February with enough demand.

Kelleman-McClain said she even sends out a weekly training tip of the week each Sunday. This is a free service to anyone, and if Kelleman-McClain forgets to send it out, she will hear about it.

For those looking to relax, there is also a massage therapist on staff, which Kelleman-McClain refers to as Massage A Body. Nikki Moon is the massagist, offering Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Sports and Swedish massages are available for $45 to $50 for a one-hour session. People can also buy bulk packages at a discount price. Moon’s direct phone number is 330-730-6444.

Build A Body also does corporate clients, working with them either at Build A Body or they will go to the office building. ComDoc has been working with Build A Body every week for some time now.

November 2008 - The Suburbanite

People in the workplace need to stay in shape, and Monica Brant knows what it takes to build a better body.

Brant came to Build-a-Body Personal Training to speak about how to eat right and exercise to build and maintain a body one can be happy with.

“We have to motivate each other in everything we do,” she said. “Coming from a fitness side of it, we feel better when we are fit and feeling healthy.”

Talking to mostly women, a number of them from ComDoc who along with Build A Body PT put on the event, Brant spoke about how she ended up being a fitness speaker from her roots in a small Texas town.

“It was not a dream of mine to be doing public speaking or even in the public eye. I think, it’s just me, a girl from Texas,” she said.

Brant lived in a home where farm work was an everyday thing. She was a horseback rider through high school along with sprinting for the track team.

She began competing in fitness competitions, which differ from body building competitions in that it is how fit you are rather than how big, in 1991. Women started competing in 1987, and one of those competitors, Marly Duncan, was an inspiration.

“Marly Duncan was one of the first competitors in women fitness,” Brant said. “I had a poster of her on my wall. Eventually we did magazine covers together.”

Her inspiration currently comes from a different source.

“Now it’s the women I meet, like this group, and the inspirational stories that I hear,” she said.

The main focus of her talk, her training regime, was ted in closely with her diet. Food intake to Brant is important, striving for a consistent diet. When she does splurge, a rare occurrence, rather than let it continue, she will work out extra hard the next day to make up for the splurge.

“Don’t allow one meal to become three to four days,” she said. “Routine and consistency (in your diet). My change and variety comes in my workouts.”

Her book, “Secrets to Staying Fit and Loving Life,” is where to find more details on the foods she eats and her workouts. She said 30 minutes to an hour three or four times a week is enough to see results.

On the diet side, keeping a food journal of everything one eats can be major help to a healthy diet. By knowing how may calories you eat in a day, people can figure out what works best and which foods cause them to feel lethargic or unhealthy.

Brant also suggested eating every two to three hours, but not a full meal. Just something small, like an apple and some almonds, to help keep the metabolism going.

“Diet is the hardest part to fix,” she said. “Food is such an outlet for us. We need to use food to get healthier.”

For complete healthiness, Brant said meditation makes for a good balance of exercising the body and mind. She has found wellness in her faith and recommends others find something that helps them spiritually.

Andrea Capuano, ComDoc’s Director of Human Resources, met Brant before and knew she would be a great person to have come talk.

“She was a big inspiration for me,” Capuano said. “I’d see her in fitness magazines. She has a down to earth quality about her.”

Capuano said she bought a phone consultation for a friend who was getting into body competitions. After meeting her, she knew Brant would be a good motivation for those trying to get in better shape.

“We have a group of women at ComDoc going through strength training on site,” she said.

“Thought it would be a good kick in the pants. I talked to our CEO, Riley Lochridge, he wanted to do it for the customers and community. That’s when we moved it to Build-A-Body. They are doing the strength training for us on site. Lisa (Kelleman-McClain) and I have a good relationship. A great business opportunity for her.”

ComDoc has been doing a “wellness journey” for three years. They have tried different training exercises, with strength training being the current exercise.

“It’s really important for people to pay attention to their health. Dealing with the rising cost of health insurance, realize the best way to keep it down is to keep them out of the hospital.”

The exercising and training put in place at ComDoc along with things like hearing Brant have seen positive results so far.

“(We have seen results in) weight loss, body mass loss. Plus they all seem to be really inspired. How different they feel, happy their moods are improved. One lady sent me a note and said it’s the best they’ve felt in years.”

For more information about Monica Brant or to buy her book, go to For more info on Build-A-Body PT, call (330) 361-9199 or go to For details about ComDoc go to

August 2008 - The Repository

It’s All New.

Build A Body Personal Training has opened a studio in Green at 3339 Miller Park Rd., Suite A.

The company, owned by certified personal trainer Lisa J. Kelleman-McClain, specializes in developing private, one-on-one personal training sessions for clients intimidated by a typical fitness center.

Build A Body also focuses on developing fitness and health-related opportunities for local organizations that wish to create a wellness program for their employees.

Group fitness classes and an in-house massage therapist are available.

August 2008 - South Side Leader

GREEN – Build a Body Personal Training has now expanded to include a second studio in Green. The facility specializes in private, one-on-one personal training.

“Some people want to train to improve their golf game, while others want to train to lose weight,” said owner Lisa Kelleman-McClain, CPT. “These people would need to perform completely different exercise programs to achieve their goals, so we develop the training programs according to their individual health and wellness aspirations”.

Every trainer at the facility is nationally certified, according to Kelleman-McClain.

Build a Body Personal Training also offers small-group, semi-private personal training and group classes in yoga, flexibility, belly dancing and boot camp, general strength training, ballroom dancing, step, stability ball, self-protection/self-defense, line dancing, a seniors’ class and more.

August 2006 - Fitness Management Magazine

To help her clients start the year off right, Build a Body Personal Training owner, Lisa Kelleman-McClain created the Fit Fix in 2006 walking challenge, which was held the entire month of January. The goal was to not only help members get used to physical activity every day, but also to help those who wanted to lose weight.

Participants were provided a pedometer and a Portion Plate, a dishwasher-safe plate that offers a tangible demonstration of how much food an individual should eat with illustrated portion areas. Participants were instructed to wear their pedometer every day, and to record the number of steps they took each day on a report form. Pedometers were set for stride length, and participants were told to strive for the government recommended 10,000 steps each day, which, according to Kelleman-McClain, is “a little difficult!“s Participants trying to lose weight were instructed to monitor their heart rate and work out in the recommended 55 to 85-90 percent target heart rate zone.

Prizes were determined by the total steps taken. First prize was two free personal training sessions, and second prize was a one-hour consultation with a registered and licensed dietician. Participants were able to keep their pedometer and Portion Plate.

A total of 20 clients took part in the walking challenge. First place prize winner, Tiffney Holland-Kerekes walked a total of 370,408 steps, and she also set a record for the facility clientele with a one-day count of 25,082 steps. Second place winner, Robin Whitacre, walked 286,686 steps. “The walking challenge…was fun!” says Kelleman-McClain. “Of those who participated, everyone mentioned how much the pedometers encouraged them to get up and walk.” Kelleman-McClain says she plans many more contests, including a free boot camp, a nutrition contest and a “Train the Trainer” day.