Our Mission

Clemson Fitness Company is dedicated to helping our clients achieve their fitness goals through high quality group fitness classes in a fun and empowering community setting. Come SWEAT WITH A PURPOSE at CFC! 

Cutting Edge Boutique Fitness Studio

Clemson Fitness Company offers you innovative and motivating personal training and group fitness classes that will strengthen your mind & body. 

Variety is the key ingredient in achieving optimal physical fitness. Our classes are designed to incorporate strength conditioning, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility in a friendly and empowering community environment. 

personalized attention

Along with accessible price points and highly qualified fitness coaches, we offer an attractive and viable alternative to your traditional gym. Our instructors strive to make every class an enjoyable, beneficial, and efficient experience for our clients. No need to sweat it out on a boring treadmill for one more day!

We've Got class

We've got class and lots of them! Multiple classes a day across a variety of formats! Our studio space is outfitted with top of the line fitness equipment and is stylishly located in the Town Center at Patrick Square. 

Working out from home? No problem!

We are constantly uploading our live classes online. From barre to yoga, you can get sweaty from anywhere! See our rates for more information.

Meet The Team


Melinda Schmidt - Owner & Instructor 

Melinda has always had a passion for movement, dancing, and teaching. Melinda grew up in Clemson, SC, where she attended dance at a local studio and cheered for the spirit and competitive cheerleading teams at D.W. Daniel High School. As an adult, she found group fitness to be the best way to continue to exercise and fulfill her love to dance.


In December of 2017, Melinda attended Clemson Fitness Company for the first time and fell in love! Since then, she has tried every format Clemson Fitness Company has to offer and loves them all. When Lauren introduced Balletone to the studio, Melinda knew that was the format she wanted to get certified to teach. In August of 2018, Melinda was certified in Balletone and a few months later, she was certified in Barre Above. She began teaching Balletone and Barre Above at CFC in August 2019 and fell even more in love with the gym, even though she didn’t think that was possible! Melinda is also certified in EXTREME HIIT Chaos and is working on her AFAA group fitness certification.


In February of 2020, Melinda and her husband, Mark, purchased Clemson Fitness Company from Lauren and Leigh.  Melinda and Mark felt very strongly about keeping the Clemson Fitness Community going that Lauren and Leigh worked so hard to build!  


Melinda is currently the reading coach at Clemson Elementary. She taught 1st and 2nd grades for 15 years. Teaching group fitness allows her to combine her love of teaching with her love of fitness. She loves seeing people meet fitness goals and being in community with people who love fitness and encourage one another. 


Melinda and her husband, Mark, have 3 children, Ansley (12), Ben (9), and Charlee (6). Mark and Melinda make it a priority to model a healthy and active lifestyle for their children. When not at the studio, Melinda enjoys cheering for Clemson, boating on Lake Hartwell, and attending dance and sporting events for her children.

Clemson Fitness Company Owner, Leigh O'Brien

Leigh O'brien - Fitness Instructor 

Leigh found her love for movement early in life participating in soccer, tennis, and basketball in her youth. In her adult life she has made exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for herself and her family a priority. 


Leigh completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology - Human Services from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. She then earned her MBA in Healthcare Administration from Philadelphia University. 


Her first fitness certification was through PulsePointe barre. She began taking classes in 2015 and then saved the day by taking over Lauren's PulsePointe barre classes when she went on maternity leave. She quickly realized teaching group fitness was her calling and has now complete certifications through TRX, Kettlebell AMPD, YogaFit, PLYOGA, and her ACE Primary Group Fitness.


Leigh, her husband, Kevin, and three daughters, Gillian (16), Adrienne (14), and Peyton (11) have resided in the upstate for 10 years. She likes to help other women live happy healthy lives while setting an example for her three daughters. When she's not at Clemson Fitness Co, you will find her at her daughters' golf tournaments, soccer matches, or basketball games. 


Sarah Kathryn Sorrells - Fitness instructor

SK has had a love and enthusiasm for fitness since a young age. Sports and fitness have always been her passion. Now as a mom of two young boys she has come to the realization that fitness and a healthy lifestyle is extremely important to her mental health. 

Her passion will draw you in and keep you coming back every week. SK is an AFFA certified group exercise instructor. 

She believes that everyone at any fitness level can find the power and drive within themselves. SK will inspire you with energetic workouts, constant support and challenging new exercises. She will be a constant source of positive reinforcement and coaching every step of the way. 

When SK isn’t teaching you can find her spending time with her husband, family, hiking, running, cheering on the Clemson Tigers, and doing anything outside. 

Stephanie Rodriguez, Nutrition Consultant

Gini Duncan - fitness instructor

Gini is a Native of Clemson, and currently teaches preschool at Episcopal Day School.

Gini's passion for movement and fitness began at an early age competing in gymnastics and softball.  She found a love for dance aerobics many years ago as well.  Maintaining a healthy and physically active lifestyle is very important to her.  Therefore has felt the need to express this importance to our young future leaders by teaching preschool Creative Movement for 11 years now.  She has coached gymnastics and has experience with personal training in a kickboxing gym.

With her combined passion for fitness and teaching, becoming a fitness instructor has become a very important part of her life.

When Gini is not at CFC, you will find her teaching at EDS, spending time with her husband and 3 children, or enjoying the outdoors with some mountain biking or boating.

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Ally emerson - Fitness Instructor

Ally was born & raised in Clemson and graduated from Daniel High School in 2019. She is now a food science & nutrition major at Clemson University. After college, she hopes to work in sports performance nutrition. Growing up, Ally's family always encouraged her siblings and her to stay active and exercise so she's always had a love for fitness. Ally also swam competitively for about 10 years, but found her love for group fitness during her junior year of high school when Clemson Fitness Company opened! Her favorite classes are HIIT & bootcamp but she loves anything that challenges herself! After about 2 years of attending as many CFC classes as possible, Ally got her AFAA/NASM group fitness instructor certification and began teaching strength classes for Clemson Campus Rec. She is so excited to be joining the CFC team and to use her love of fitness to encourage and motivate participants! 



Anne Marie was born and raised on Phoenix, AZ where her family inspired her passion for health and fitness. Her mom is a personal trainer and her dad was a former collegiate athlete, so sports and wellness were a constant thread in her life. She grew to love basketball and track and field, and competed competitively in both the majority of her life until college. She attended Northern Arizona University and competed on the track and field team for a year. However, after one year she felt called to focus on her degree in Mechanical Engineering.


Following graduation, she pursued academia further at Clemson University. She is currently in the Bioengineering PhD program and researching full body biomechanics in a rehabilitation and sport setting. Combining her academia with her love for movement and rehabilitation has been an unimaginable opportunity.


While competitive sports were over, Anne Marie continued exploring her love of exercise and movement. After years of high intensity training, she realized how much her bodied actually LOVED lower impact workouts, like barre! It was strange changing her training shoes for barre socks but she became hooked and eventually certified in BarreAbove. She is overjoyed to take part in the barre and fitness journeys of our CFC tribe members!


Outside of the studio, Anne Marie can be spotted spending time with her fiancé, doing anything outdoors, and reppin’ orange at Clemson sporting events!


Martha froelich - FITNESS instructor

Originally from Columbia, SC, Martha has lived in Clemson for the past 7 years. She graduated from Clemson University with her Bachelor’s degree in 2016 and completed her Master’s degree in 2018.


Martha discovered her love of dance and movement at the age of 14. Throughout high school, she participated in dance team and color guard. After a hiatus from dance in undergrad, her interest was reignited when she took her first Zumba® class during graduate school. She LOVED it! At the end of her Masters program, she decided to take a leap of faith and become an instructor and became licensed to teach Zumba® at the beginning of 2019.


Martha lives in Clemson with her husband, Daniel. When not teaching at CFC, she works as an Assistant Diagnostician of plant diseases and pests. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family and being involved in her church.

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Amanda Bennett - Fitness Instructor

Amanda's passion for exercise and fitness began when she started dance classes at a young age and continued through playing sports and attending group fitness classes. Dancing (mostly ballet) and playing sports, field hockey and soccer, have always been constants in her life.


Amanda grew up in Hershey, Pennsylvania and attended college at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she earned her bachelor's and Master's degree in education. After graduation, Amanda taught kindergarten for five years in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Currently, she is working on her Ph.D in Education at Clemson University. Being a former dancer, taking barre classes felt very natural for her and a great way to get in a muscle burning workout through music and movement. After taking Lauren's PulsePointe Barre class for over a year, she decided to get certified so she could begin teaching her own classes. It has been an incredible opportunity for her to combine her love for fitness and teaching! Outside of the studio, you can find her spending time with her fiancé, doing anything outdoors, and planning her upcoming 2020 wedding in Charleston! 


Carson B.

I joined Clemson Fitness Company for accountability, encouragement, and of course, I wanted to see results. As a college student, I love being able to sign up for classes that fit my busy schedule. I know that whatever class I am going to, I will sweat with a purpose and be encouraged to be a little bit better than the time before. If you make the effort to go to classes daily, you will absolutely see results in your body, in your energy, in your endurance, and in your strength. Push-ups have always been a struggle for me, but I have recently noticed how much easier push-ups are in Kettlebell AMPD since going to TRX. All of the classes seem to build on one another, and I am feeling stronger with every class I take. Burpees are another exercise I used to absolutely dread, and now I cannot wait to do burpees in the HIIT or Tabata classes. I am extremely thankful that I am apart of the Clemson Fitness Company family because instead of trying to find an excuse not to workout, I am now able to look forward to my workout as a highlight of each day. I am more motivated than ever to live a healthy lifestyle and continue working hard to reach my fitness goals.

I've been attending Lauren's HIIT and barre classes for the last year & every single workout has been top notch. Lauren is creative and fun, but also very professional in the way she teaches and organizes classes. She customizes each workout based on the needs of every group member and takes the time to teach each exercise. I've lived all over the country and experienced a lot of different trainers and workout classes, but Lauren is the best. She really wants each participant to get the most out of their workout, and she makes it fun! 

Lauren F.

I've taken classes from both Lauren and Leigh and both instructors are fun, motivating, and extremely effective! The PulsePointe classes tone muscles you didn't know you had and the HIIT, TRX, and kettlebell AMPD classes burn major calories  while building lean muscles. If you want to maximize your workout in a fun and friendly environment, Clemson Fitness Company is the place for you!