With a B.S. degree in Physical Education from Virginia Tech, Linda Stollings is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) Nationally Certified Personal Trainer, an ACE certified Health Coach, and Fitness Instructor. She is the former host of “Fitness Today”, a weekly fitness show on CBS affiliate WJHL, and currently is a weekly contributing columnist for the Bristol Herald Courier, owned by World Media Enterprise. Linda is also the weekly “Fitness Expert” on Super Talk WFHG’s Steve Hawkins Show.
She enjoys designing and administering corporate wellness programs, along with her fitPrescriptionRx Health Coaches, for Berry Home Centers, Berry Iron and Metal, Recycle West Virginia and various other businesses. Linda has designed and implemented a successful “Injury Prevention Program” for American Electric Power (AEP) in Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana and Michigan.
Linda has nearly 30 years’ experience in the field of health and fitness and is very active in the field of Health Coaching and corporate wellness. She and her staff work closely with businesses, with an emphasis on respecting their cultures, so that they can provide them the most effective wellness and injury prevention programs tailored to their specific needs. She also manages the equipment selection and procurement for several facilities and individuals. Her vast experience in resistance training, functional training, cardiovascular training concepts, and fitness equipment brings a “cutting edge” perspective of health and fitness to today’s market. She has owned and operated her own business, fitPrescriptionsRx, for more than 22 years. Linda also manages an online training website at www.fitPrescriptions.com. Linda frequently speaks at churches, schools, businesses, and other organizations on motivational and educational components of a wellness lifestyle.
A Board Certified Physician Assistant with a strong background in exercise science, kinesiology, and personal training, Emily serves as a consultant to fitPrescriptionsRx. She has served as a teaching Graduate Assistant at The University of Tennessee, a Personal Trainer for fitPrescriptionsRx and the College of William & Mary, and performed an independent study in the design and implementation of fitness programs for at-risk populations. She is an outstanding resource for the personal training team of fitPrescriptionsRx. Emily is married to Chris Kopek and is the proud owner of the world’s coolest yellow lab, Cooper.
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fitPrescriptionsRx was formed in 1994 by Mike and Linda Stollings. Linda was at that time the Fitness Director for the Bristol YMCA. She also taught many fitness and wellness classes. She saw the need to educate people on the benefits not only of aerobic conditioning but also of strength conditioning.
Linda decided to open up a small business on the side, with the help of her husband Mike. Because of Linda's passion for fitness and her background in Physical Education, she obtained her personal training certification from the American Council on Exercise. She began training clients at the YMCA and also other local gyms. She was also the official trainer of the Miss Virginia Pageant. The business grew at such a rapid pace, Linda then moved into the training and wellness consulting full time. Linda also began a short exercise segment on a local CBS television affiliate. She hosted the show for over 12 years.
She is an adjunct professor at a local college where she teaches Fitness for Life and Nutrition and Conditioning. Linda is also a weekly contributing author to the Bristol Herald Courier, a daily local newspaper. Linda has touched and trained hundreds of people over the years, her passion for fitness is contagious.
Mike and Linda have now decided to take their business a step further and launch this website. The mission of this website is to help educate, demonstrate, and motivate people towards their fitness goals. The goal is to positively touch their clients physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Emily Stollings Kopek, their daughter, has joined the business to help them spread their passion. Emily graduated from The College of William & Mary with a BS in Kinesiology and has completed her Master of Exercise Science at UT. She is currently pursuing a Physicians Assistant Degree at South College in Knoxville. Emily is a certified personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise.