“Ellicott CIty Health and Fitness is truly a welcoming and supportive atmosphere with a great community of humble athletes. The owners and coaching staff are amazing, they are extremely knowledgeable and are genuinely concerned about the safety and well being of each member.

Tom D.

Our Coaches have 3 main goals for every member at Ellicott CIty Health and Fitness.

1. Train Safely – You will never be asked to do something that is unsafe or severely beyond your capabilities. We firmly believe that the best training happens when you can actually train. If you are hurt, then you are not training.

2. Train Correctly – We also believe that technique = efficiency. We will instruct you in the proper way to perform an exercise and we will make sure you know how to continue doing it properly. If you need to perform a movement without any weight due to a flexibility or strength issue, it’s not a problem. We will work with you until you can do it effortlessly.

3. Train as Hard as needed– You are coming to a  gym because you have a goal you want to accomplish. We know that sometimes that goal can seem far off and it may be hard to put the effort in to get there. Our coaches are there to help push you. We want you to get to your goals just as bad as you do, sometimes more. We do this because we get satisfaction out of helping our members succeed.

Bronson Dant - OWNER/COACH


  • CrossFit Certified Trainer (CFL-3)
  • CrossFit Weightlifting Coach
  • CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
  • USA Powerlifting Coach
  • FMS Level 1 Certified
  • BrandX Method Trainer

Bronson Dant is a CrossFit Certified Trainer and a CrossFit Weightlifting Coach. Bronson spent several years in the US Army as a senior physical fitness instructor. He was also a US Army, mixed martial arts instructor. He has a passion for the sport of CrossFit and is constantly immersing himself in the vast library of knowledge that is available on technique, development, and programming for all fitness levels.



  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • Masters in Nutrition
  • Board Certified Nutrition Specialist (R) by BCNS
  • MD State Licensed Nutritionist

Jamie has spent many years in the health and fitness industry. She has a Master’s degree in Nutrition from MUIH, and is a board certifified and licensed nutritionist.

She is a wizard at making good nutrition easy to understand and simple to fit into your lifestyle. She has worked with people fighting disease and people just trying to make the right choices. Her success comes from her passion for life and her ability to combine good habits with living the life you want.

Nichole Ruppel- COACH


  • Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
  • Certified Pre/Post Natal Trainer
  • BrandX Method Trainer
  • Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
  • Licensed Athletic Trainer

Nichole Ruppel graduated in 2008, from Towson University with a Bachelors of Science, majoring in Athletic Training. As a certified and licensed Athletic Trainer she worked with various athletic levels to include youth, high school and Division III and Division I athletes. In early 2015, her and her husband had their first child which influenced her decision to pursue a career in fitness. Nichole is a CrossFit L1 Trainer and a BrandX Method Trainer.

Mary Duckhorn - COACH


  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • Yoga Certified Instructor
  • FMS Level 1 Certified

After numerous injuries and falling back into a steady fitness routine and healthy lifestyle, Mary rediscovered her love for fitness and became an ACE Certified Personal Trainer in 2012.  Since that time she has been working directly with individual clients and teaching bootcamps and other formats of group fitness.  Mary became a Certified Yoga Teacher in April 2017. Mary is a compassionate and motivated trainer and prides herself on helping her clients achieve their goals.

Eric Cole - COACH


  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

Eric Cole is a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer.  He has been a teacher and coach for the past 20 years; coaching middle school through college lacrosse.  Eric’s CrossFit journey began 6 years ago and he is excited to be combining his passion for fitness, teaching, and coaching at Ellicott CIty Health and Fitness.

MIchael Topaltzas - COACH


  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Michael graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Mechanical engineering. He works as a structural analysist for Northrop Grumman. Michael started training CrossFit in his freshman year of college, and was immediately hooked. After training for a couple years, he became interested in coaching. He become a coach because he wanted to teach people how to live healthy lives. He has seen the results and lifestyle CrossFit has given many people, and wants to share that with others through coaching.

Jackie Dutrow


  • Masters in Nutrition and Integrative Health

Jackie is one of our nutritionist who specializes in helping you fit good nutrition into your lifestyle without adding stress around food.



Whether you're looking for CrossFit, Bootcamp, Personal Training, or Nutrition Counseling in Ellicott City, or Howard County, we can help with that! Come in and meet with our knowledgeable and caring staff and let us talk to you about how we can help you meet your goals and have fun doing it.