Owner & Trainer-Instructor
Hi! My name is Deb Caggiano (Pechatsko). I am a fabulous 47-year-old wife, married to my extremely handsome, hardworking hubby Greg; mother of 2 sons Johnny (24), Noah (21), and two amazing stepchildren Mario (20 and Mya (18). My life is full of ups, downs, smiles, tears and endless amounts of love that I want to share!! Now, why do I own and operate a fitness studio? Hitting Rock bottom led to having the biggest wake-up call!!
I believed for years the bad stuff people said, I was bullied, made fun of, and ignored which led me to create a false image of myself. I had zero confidence, let alone a clear path of how to plan a future, rise above, or let go of others' opinions. I figured life out as I went along, stumbling, falling, failing, and ultimately wanting to end my life. And I tried. I share this because I have found in my life that the people who are the most real, most relatable, and approachable, have treated me the best and taught me so much. I want to be that person for someone.
I was diagnosed with anxious agitated depression and extreme anorexia nervosa. I was losing my hair, weak as ever, and weighed in at my lowest at 83lbs. It is horrifying to see pictures today and shocking that at the time I believed I was fat and not worthy of food. I only ate to keep my family happy and to be able to function. Food was my enemy and working out was an outlet for me. Finally, I listened to friends and family- asking me to EAT!! to be healthy. I listened to their genuine concerns that I was killing myself slowly. I was. I started clinical therapy and have continued this therapy for 16 years now! It took time because I was arrogant and my ego needed to be checked. But I was always humble with God and honest. I had a very long chat with Him, journaled my heart out, and ultimately made the decision that I would never look back: I would change lives. It may sound cliche, but I have and continue to do so today.
I started my career one certification at a time and continued to grow my resume to 21 certifications in group exercise, personal training, and nutrition. I have worked at countless gyms, studios, and rec centers throughout my career. I opened my first studio in August 2010, outgrew that space very quickly, and moved to our current location. I opened a second studio in 2017 in Warren, Ohio… six-month lease… lesson learned...one studio is enough!! After 20 years of certifications, training, and continuing education classes, I landed myself in 2015 at Youngstown State University pursuing a degree...literally any degree. Now the final goal is DTR (dietitian technician registered).
I am honored to have each and every, client, member, and fellow Instructor part of The Classroom Elite (formerly The ClassRoom Aerobics and Training Studio). The Classroom Elite is a private wellness facility focusing on strong relationships, challenging workouts, nutrition, and a true family environment with no judgment, no competition! See you in class and thank you!
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