The Trainers
Stephen - The American
has been working in the sports & fitness industry for over 15 years. He is a member of the National Strength & Conditioning Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. He earned a B.S. focusing on Exercise Physiology, Sports Psychology and Adult Fitness.  He continued his education by earning a M.Ed. in Sports Management & Physical Education.  Stephen played football at the collegiate level, earned a black belt in both TaeKwonDo & Combat Jujitsu, is an avid skydiver, BASE jumper, and an ultra-trail runner.

Prior to starting Down Under, Stephen founded Next Level Sports: camps focused on speed, power and agility development as well as marketing collegiate bound athletes to NCAA universities and colleges.  He has worked for various sports and fitness companies, including SMG/THG, TSI, Synergy Sports, and as a University Strength & Conditioning Coach.  He also had the privilege to work as a trainer on Discovery Channel’s reality show, “Buff Brides."

Stephen has worked with all demographics but his primary focus is athletes.  He makes an athlete a super athlete by applying physical and psychological training methods.  “If you possess the passion, will, motivation and desire to make yourself better, I have the tools to fine tune and mold your athletic ability, inside and out.  Remember, succeeding in sports and in life requires: discipline, determination, confidence, desire, passion, sacrifice and a will to learn. Never forget it.  DREAM – PLAN – TRAIN – COMPETE – SUCCEED – REPEAT…”

Samantha - The Aussie

has been professionally involved in the fitness industry for over 13 years. Australian born, she now resides in the USA where she earned certifications through the International Sports Science Association and National Exercise Trainers Association.

Sam enjoys the challenges of keeping up with the latest training techniques and sharing them with others. Her philosophy is the right kind of workouts will have people seeing results and coming back for more.  Her special interest lies in understanding nutritional physiology as it relates to what we are eating and how we are feeling and performing. Sam’s goal is to help others incorporate exercise & nutritional balance into their lifestyle so they feel, function and perform optimally.  Recently she decided to share her passion and desire to help as many people as possible.  As a result and along with her fiance' and business partner Stephen, they opened up the “Down Under Sports and Fitness” facility located within the VF Outlets where they promote a realistic and enthusiastic approach to fitness and nutrition.

As a personal trainer, Sam believes a fitness professional’s responsibility is to educate people and help them understand why they are having success or not when it comes to exercise and nutrition. Their wellness can very much depend on it.


In high school he trained for and competed in state and national power lifting competitions. After graduating from Penn State University Tony became an avid runner and mountain biker;completing many long distance events. Tony has numerous racing achievements; qualifying for and running the Boston marathon, completing many ultra marathons-including several 50 mile distances, and many adventure racing accomplishments.

Tony is certified by the ISSA.  In 2005 he received his certification for Massage therapy. In 2008 he received his certification for MAT™ "Muscle Activation Techniques". MAT™ is designed to restore balance and enhance function in the human body. In addition to the MAT™ internship, Tony has completed the MAT™ jump start program, "Resistance Training Specialist" program, as well as a course in pro-active postural restructuring.

Four years ago Tony shifted away from the popular "no pain, no gain" philosophy and now focuses on longevity and regaining the muscle function of a youthful body. With the aging process, it becomes clear that the body's characteristic structure is perhaps the single most important factor that affects one's overall health and well being. Tony has dedicated his work to achieving results with his clients that keeps their bodies functional and pain free at any age. Tony also lives by this technique and his motto with clients is "stay in the game" and approach fitness with a training regimen that maintains a young and functional body for many years to come.


Bren has been a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor since 1999.
She also loves to SPIN it up, as she is a certified Johnny G spinning Instructor.  She took her love for the industry to the next level by earning her Bodybuilding and Figure Pro Cards with the IFBB (International Federation of Body Building and Fitness) as well as pro cards with the DFAC, IFBA, NGA, NMA, and WNBF. 

When Bren is not personal training or teaching group-x classes she is coaching bodybuilding and figure competitors how to prepare for competition. She enjoys training all populations, she has experience training individuals ranging between 18 and 80 years of age.  Most of her clients want to learn how to use the weight room as well as how to look and feel their best. 

Her goal is make the world healthier and more beautiful, one person at a time.  Bren looks forward to helping the member's of Down Under reach their goals.

For the past 5 years, Deroy Thomas has training clients  that range in age from 12 to 85.  He is working hard to become one of the premier fitness professionals in the Berks County.  While attending The National Personal Training Institute, Delroy learned all the essentials of becoming a successful trainer.  He has also worked alongside of professional athletes such as local star and former Philadelphia Eagle, Yardon Brantley.  With his passion and desire to make his clients as successful as can be, Delroy brings a breath of fresh air into the training industry by using some of the newest and up to date techniques to help ensure that his clients see optimum results, as well as implementing some of the key components that have been proven for generations to be the building blocks and foundation of a sound exercise regimen that reaps long term results. Delroy is also a certified nutritional consultant and offers sound nutritional advice to his clients in need of nutritional guidance.

Delroy started his own company,
Phoenix Fitness & Health, and his committed to helping those in need or want of change to better their nutrition, fitness level and overall health. In the very near future, Delroy plans on working to become certified in a number of other fields related to health and wellness, some of which include physical therapy and clinical nutrition. He also would like to, one day, become a teacher in an institution where he can essentially “train the trainers”.

Keith earned a BS in Exercise Science and Sports Nutrition at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and West Chester University. While in college he began competing in the sport of bodybuilding.  With his education and increasing passion with in the industry Keith focused on how to create a well balanced diet for any person of any activity level. 

Keith continues to work extensively for with athletes and clients from who range from bodybuilders, marathon competitors, iron man athletes, pro football players, adults, teenagers, and also children.

  • 2006 NABBA Jr. Nationals teen class 1st place
  • 2006 NABBA Nationals junior class 3rd place
  • 2008 NPC mountain valley Light Heavyweight class 2nd place
  • 2011 NPC Pittsburgh championships Light Heavyweight class- 3rd place
  • 2012 NPC Pittsburgh championships Light Heavyweight class- 8th place

Shihan Scott Lechki's experience and knowledge is extensive.  Here's a quick overview of his accomplishments over the last 45 years:
  • 8th degree black belt in Karate
  • 3rd degree black belt in Judo
  • Black sash in KunTao KungFu
  • 30 years as a full time studio owner and instructor
  • Promoted 165 students, men, women, and children to the rank of black belt
  • Former President of Red Dragon Karate Studios
  • Former President of A.K.K.F
  • Choreographed Martial Arts fighting scenes in a Hollywood movie production
  • Trained Hollywood movie celebrities
  • Winner of National Karate Championships: USA
  • Maintains standards of Traditional Karate Instruction

His martial arts program will help you build character, develop the mind and body, attain ultimate health, and gain confidence and respect. Control life. Don't let it control you. With this combination of training and mental development, there isn't anything you can't achieve.