About Action Personal Training

Why Train With Us 

The Power of Action Personal Training

No matter your goals—no matter your hang-ups, for that matter—you’ll get the personalized attention that’s needed to not just jumpstart your new lifestyle but sustain it. No two bodies are alike, so no two exercise programs or diets should be entirely the same, either. We employ the full scope of techniques and the latest research to drive decisions that are designed to dramatically improve your quality of life.

Todd Soura

Owner

Todd founded Action Personal Training 15 years ago. He’s been a personal trainer for the last 25 years, certified by the Aerobic & Fitness Association of America. A student of exercise and nutrition, he’s learned that there’s no one-size-fits-all training regimen. Though, regardless of the motivation, we all share a common goal. “Exercise isn’t meant to help you live longer,” he says. “It’s mean to help you live better.” And a big part in getting there is believing that every step (or rep) counts. “When I’m grinding through my own workouts, I hear Mickey’s voice from the Rocky movies in the back of my head saying, ‘Get up, Rock! Get up!’ As long as I gave it everything I had, I’m never disappointed. And I expect the same of my clients. Every time out doesn’t need to be a PR. It just needs to be your personal best for that particular moment.” A couple of little-known facts about Todd: He studied physics and finance, even had a Series 6 license at one point. He married his high school sweetheart. They’ve been together for 30 years, married for 20. And he describes himself as a “Christmas Light Extremist.” He and his family spend a full month stringing lights everywhere. And still, somehow, his neighbors adore him.

Nancy Popkin

Nancy Popkin

Nutritionist

Nancy Popkin

Nutritionist

Nancy is a board-certified holistic health practitioner and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. In 2016, she founded Love More, Eat Less, her private nutrition counseling practice through which she works to “help busy people establish healthy eating habits so that they can maintain their energy, achieve balance, and love their bodies.” No two people respond the same to any one diet, she says, but “if we tune into our bodies and the nourishment they need, rather than letting outside factors like stress and negative relationships influence our eating, we’ll eat less, or, at least, eat healthier.” Away from her work, Nancy likes to paint, garden, and paddleboard—pretty much anything that keeps her outside in the summertime. “I love the heat,” she says. “When it’s hot, I stay outside as much as I can.”

Colin Kirts

Colin Kirts

Trainer

Colin Kirts

Trainer

Colin is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as both a personal trainer and an exercise specialist. He’s also a CrossFit Level 1 instructor and a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method, which employs gentle movement and directed attention to improve flexibility and coordination. And he holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Columbia. “I refer to my style of training as education,” he says. “More specifically, I embrace the phrase ‘lifestyle education.’ For the training to be of any significance, it’s necessary to evaluate the overall life-style. Philosophies need to be explored. One’s values need to be considered. Habits, from how one walks to how one thinks, even down to our seemingly unintentional movements, must be seen. Then, true transformation and self-empowerment are possible.”

Elisa Morgado

Elisa Morgado

Trainer

Elisa Morgado

Trainer

Elisa has been personal trainer since 2012. She earned a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology from Penn State University. She describes her approach as versatile, preferring to fit the exercise regimen to the client’s needs and ability over forcing the client to adapt to a single, results-driven method. With her own workouts, Elisa favors the efficiency and pace of circuit training. But, when she’s got a couple of hours at her disposal, she’s most likely to hit the Schuylkill River Trail for a long-distance run or Valley Green for a hike.

Walt Thomas

Walt Thomas

Trainer

Walt Thomas

Trainer

Walt’s led a number of our boot camps. He’s also trained the St. Joseph’s women’s lacrosse team, the Bucks County Sewer and Water Authority, and the Fort Washington and Abington fire departments. A stickler for technique, he’s partial to the intensity (and calorie-burn) of interval training. Come Sunday afternoon, he’ll be luring his three kids outside with some sort of adventure.

Jen Moroney

Jen Moroney

Trainer

Jen Moroney

Trainer

Jen is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. (She also holds an M.B.A. from Penn State University.) Training, she says, should be simple. “Find what the client enjoys and amplify it.” It’s a practice she adheres to personally, too. Jen’s competed in over 30 triathlons, including the 2013 IRONMAN Lake Placid and six at the half IRONMAN distance, qualifying every year for the age group national championships. These days, she’s concentrating on cycling—and adding to her mental library of movie quotes.

Lisa Wagner

Lisa Wagner

Trainer

Lisa Wagner

Trainer

Lisa entered personal training a couple of years ago, after growing up as a competitive gymnast and working as a gymnastics instructor and physical education teacher for over 20 years. Her background’s provided her with a unique perspective on resiliency. “I’m thankful that I can run, jump, and exercise,” she says. “There have been times in my life when I couldn’t, and I try to reconnect with those feelings when my energy’s low or my clients need a little motivation.”