We believe in nurturing the spirit through exercise. By working to achieve goals and expectations, we gain control of our bodies, and have an enormous amount of fun in the process. All of our sessions and classes focus on the individual mind-body connection, the benefit of which is a feeling of true wellness.

We have created an atmosphere that allows each individual to work at their own pace without pressure to perform or be "perfect", so whether you are just starting out on the road of fitness and have never punched a bag before, or you are learning advance Reformer techniques, your body will be challenged and your spirit nurtured in just the way you need it to be.


As we feel that fitness should be all-encompassing, we are available to help set you up for success, no matter what your goals are.  Among our offerings:

  • A wide variety of group classes for adults, children and teens
  • Traditional personal training and group training
  • Pilates reformer work in a private or semi-private setting
  • Nutritional counseling


Fit Syn instructors are a remarkable group of smart, dedicated and passionate teachers who strive to bring out the very best in themselves and our clients. They boast an impressive set of credentials, both in and out of the studio.  

We believe in the philosophy that exercise is good for the mind, body and spirit, and approach our job with the ability to work within the physical and mental guidelines of each member.


Athena Thompson 
     Athena grew up in an active environment.  She did and still does enjoy all exercise outdoors, such as skiing, horseback riding, running and hiking, and this love propelled her into the career she loves so dearly today.
     As a young adult, she began working in the weight room at a local YMCA, eventually taking the job as Fitness Director, a job she kept for 13 years.  She then took over as Director of Personal Training and Group Fitness for a for-profit gym, taking 4 more years to learn the "business" of fitness.  Throughout this time, Athena also worked at Bristol Meyers Squibb in their corporate fitness center, and earned her BS in Biology and Communications at Albertus Magnus College.
     In 2001, Athena was recruited as a master teacher/trainer for ISCA (International Sports and Conditioning Association), allowing her to travel and certify other fitness professionals in Kickboxing, Pilates and Personal Training.  As well, and more importantly, this gave Athena world-class training in cutting edge fitness modalities and trends, learning from the best of the best.  She is still proud to be part of the ISCA family, continuing to grow and learn as the best fitness professional she can be.
     Having earned many different certifications over the years, Athena continues her education annually, and brings all the knowledge and expertise back home to Fitness Synergy.  Thirty years later, we are entering our tenth year of business as Fitness Synergy.

Hillary Kennedy
Hillary grew up in Rye NY where she studied dance in all forms at Steffi Nossen, Rye School of Dance and later SUNY Purchase. Injury prevented her from perusing a career in dance and she graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Art History. She continued to dance for pleasure but took an avid interest in racquet sports as well, always a competitive athlete her injury finally got the better of her. After a serious spinal operation she shifted her love of physical activity to Pilate’s. Fully certified through Power Pilates in NYC, The Lotte Berk Method and Boston Pilates she has taken her love of dance and Pilates and has been teaching to both adults and children on the Ct. Shoreline for the last eight years. In addition to her classes at Athena’s she also teaches the fundamentals of ballet and Pilate’s at New Haven Ballet to students varying in age from 5- 17,and as  a senior gym elective at Daniel Hand High School. Hillary lives in Madison with her husband and 3 daughters. 

Kate Wilson-Perez
Kate spent much of her youth competing in sports including gymnastics, softball, swimming, diving and sailing.  As a young adult living in Boston, she continued her active lifestyle by attending group fitness classes at Healthworks Fitness Centers for Women every day, and this passion quickly propelled her into making fitness her permanent career.  Through Healthworks, Kate continued to expand her skills as a fitness professional when she took a position as the Group Fitness Director for two Healthworks locations.  She is certified through AFAA and NASM, and is currently working towards getting her NASM Certification as a Fitness Nutrition Specialist.  During her career at Healthworks, she taught over 15 different group exercise formats a week while also being in charge of developing, managing and leading the group fitness program.  After moving back to Connecticut in 2012, she quickly became affiliated with Shoreline Health and Fitness, The Valley Shore YMCA, and Athena's Fitness Synergy.  Kate is currently training clients and leading creative, fun group classes at all of these facilities each day.  "Making fitness a part of life is hard and it is challenging.  BUT if I can make fitness fun, I can make it easy for someone to commit to it and that is my goal.  If I can do that I can change someone's life in the most positive way ever."

Joanne Platenos 
      Joanne has been actively involved in the fitness arena for over 20 years - she spent years practicing Tae Bo at Billy Banks studio in CA , incorporated yoga into her practice & loves spinning !
Joanne tried barre classes in 2012, quotes:
"Booty barre nourishes my true being - I've never been more inspired to teach & grow this fun workout , I'm in better shape now than ever !"
Joanne was certified in Booty barre & just moved to Connecticut from Pittsburgh - she is originally from the UK.