Why Dirigo Fitness will work for you


We are committed to leading and coaching clients toward their fitness goals and helping them reach their highest potential through client centred training, and proper nutrition.

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    Feel Great

    Increase joint mobility to make you more flexible and pain-free.

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    Have Fun

    Have fun while losing weight and increasing muscle tone.

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    Get Fit

    Get in the best cardiovascular conditioning of your life.

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    Be Empowered

    Gain amazing confidence as you progress and see incredible results.

What to expect at Dirigo Fitness

We can help you get in shape and feeling great again, all on your schedule and in an environment that works best for you.

  • Semi Private Training

    Training with others is a great way to stay motivated and ensure a social environment for your workouts. Too many people in a group, however, can often mean your needs aren’t being catered for and your fitness goals not being reached. This is why semi private group training is a great choice.

    Training with like-minded individuals creates a great atmosphere for progression, and knowing that you’ll still get the attention you need in a smaller group - and therefore achieve the results you’re looking for - is an almost perfect blend. Your trainer won’t be constantly distracted because of the size of the class, and it allows you to progress with success in a fantastic environment.

    Semi private group training will give you a level of support you’ve not experienced before and, best of all, it comes from people who are just like you. An educated and knowledgeable trainer may be leading proceedings, but you’ll also have a network of friends that you can help and who will help you. What better way to burn fat, build muscle and reach the level of fitness you’ve always dreamed of?

  • 1 on 1

    No matter what your goals are, 1-on-1 personal training is for you. Tailor-made to help you get the most of your fitness programme, 1-on-1 training is perfect for individuals who want dedicated and focused workouts to ensure they achieve their targets and transform their lives. Whether you’re looking to increase muscle tone, burn body fat, increase endurance, or just improve your quality of life, opting for a personal trainer will put you on the right track.

    1-on-1 training is also ideal for people with busy lifestyles who struggle to find the time to hit the gym. Your personal trainer will work with you to plan a schedule around your commitments, keeping you motivated and excited for your next session. Building a relationship with your trainer will also keep you accountable. There’s always going to be the temptation to put your training off till tomorrow, but knowing you’re in a fitness partnership with someone is great way to stay on track and not fall off course.

    You’ll get fitter, educated, feel great and empower yourself to levels you didn’t know were possible, all through 1-on-1 training. Make the change today.

  • Strength & Conditioning

    Strength and conditioning training is more than just lifting weights. Based around numerous activities that can increase and enhance your performance, you’ll be challenged in countless ways, be that running, jumping, testing your agility, strengthening your core or improving your endurance.

    As well as developing your overall fitness across the board, strength and conditioning training will be sculpted around your needs, changing up the amount and type of workout on the cards as the year progresses. This will keep your body in a constant state of growth making sure you achieve your goals, be that burning calories, reducing body fat, or increasing muscle tone.

    Strength and conditioning training is ideal for sports, too. Identifying the specific skills that underpin it, you’ll embark on a program that will target your strengths and weaknesses and take you to a new level of skill and fitness that wasn’t possible without this form of regime.

    Essential for those who want to become stronger, fitter, leaner and more prepared for any athletic endeavor, strength and conditioning training will get you in the best shape possible while testing your physical and mental prowess.

Meet the team

Brian Ligotti

Head Trainer

Brian was introduced to CrossFit in the winter of 2010, became a Certified Level 1 Trainer in April 2011, and has been coaching ever since. Brian works as well with a new athlete as he does with the seasoned CrossFitter, and helps to hone their form and push their technique to the next level.

In addition to his wealth of knowledge about human anatomy and nutrition, Brian holds a BS in Exercise Science from the University of Southern Maine, is a Level 1 USAW Sports Performance Coach, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Meet the team

Brian Ligotti

Head Trainer

Brian was introduced to CrossFit in the winter of 2010, became a Certified Level 1 Trainer in April 2011, and has been coaching ever since. Brian works as well with a new athlete as he does with the seasoned CrossFitter, and helps to hone their form and push their technique to the next level. In addition to his wealth of knowledge about human anatomy and nutrition, Brian holds a BS in Exercise ...

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Noah Dow

Noah has been with Dirigo Fitness since 2015 and has an extensive background in coachingnumerous fitness classes including CrossFit, kickboxing, powerlifting, and high-school/collegiate strength and speed work (to name a few).

Having earned his BS in ExerciseScience from the University of Southern Maine, Noah utilizes this knowledge as well as the tools he has obtained and developed over the years in creating programs that systematically allow his clients to reach their goals.

To Noah, fitness is a lesson to be learned. If you have goals, you need to put in the work, be persistent, be patient, and over time the things you want will come to you.

Meet the team

Noah Dow

Noah has been with Dirigo Fitness since 2015 and has an extensive background in coachingnumerous fitness classes including CrossFit, kickboxing, powerlifting, and high-school/collegiate strength and speed work (to name a few). Having earned his BS in ExerciseScience from the Univers...

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Taylor Feuti

Taylor has been with Dirigo Fitness since 2015 and has been coaching and helping people reach their fitness and life goals in gyms and CrossFit boxes since 2012. He earned a BS in Exercise Science from the University of New England and is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA.

Taylor is an avid fly fishermen and travels all over New England chasing numerous types of fish.

In addition, he also enjoys hiking, kayaking, and is very good at sitting in a beach chair and soaking up the sun! Taylor is a firm believer that functional movement plays an important part in keeping every body healthy and loves to help others achieve their goals. 

Meet the team

Taylor Feuti

Taylor has been with Dirigo Fitness since 2015 and has been coaching and helping people reach their fitness and life goals in gyms and CrossFit boxes since 2012. He earned a BS in Exercise Science from the University of New England and is also a Certifi...

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Melissa Elliott

Melissa’s CrossFit journey began in 2013 when she was convinced by a classmate that she would love the high-intensity workouts. She found this to be true and decided to take the next step and pursue coaching, earning a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certificate in January 2015 as well as a CrossFit Mobility certificate which she obtained in May 2015.

By way of background, Melissa earned a BA in Communications at the University of Southern Maine in December 2015 and is starting a Masters program in Applied Nutrition through Logan University in May 2016. Melissa played an array of sports in high school including Varsity Basketball, soccer, karate, and track.

When not at the gym, Melissa enjoys spending time with friends, watching Game of Thrones, cooking, eating, and trying new sports- with surfing being next on her radar.

Meet the team

Melissa Elliott

Melissa’s CrossFit journey began in 2013 when she was convinced by a classmate that she would love the high-intensity workouts. She found this to be true and decided to take the next step and pursue coaching, earning a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certificate in January 2015 as well as a CrossFit Mobility certificate which she obtained in May 2015. By way of background, Melissa earned a BA in Com...

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Claudia Burns

Claudia started her CrossFit career in 2013 and was the first official member of Dirigo Fitness. She completed the CrossFit Level 1 training course in September 2015 and started coaching shortly after. S

he is also a licensed Physical Therapist and earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of New England in 2014. In addition, she holds an undergraduate degree is in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from Indiana University. Currently, she works at Back in Motion Physical Therapy in South Portland where she treats a variety of musculoskeletal and neurologic disorders.

Her fitness resume includes endurance events such as multiple half marathons, the Maine Marathon, two half Ironman triathlons, as well as many sprint triathlons. She first started CrossFit as a way to cross train for these events, but fell in love with the energy, gymnastic, and weightlifting aspects of the workouts.

When not at the clinic or the gym, she enjoys backpacking, advancing her imaginary guitar career, and cooking up a storm in her tiny apartment.

Meet the team

Claudia Burns

Claudia started her CrossFit career in 2013 and was the first official member of Dirigo Fitness. She completed the CrossFit Level 1 training course in September 2015 and started coaching shortly after. S he is also a licensed Physical Therapist and earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of New England in 2014. In addition, she holds an undergraduate degree is in Kinesiolog...

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REAL PEOPLE REAL RESULTS

Amanda P.

I have always been “fit” in some way. And I was always active during my childhood, teenage, and college years. Achieving a degree in nutrition and then working as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator for the past 16 years has also motivated me to exercise and keep myself at a healthy weight to provide an example to the patients I counsel. Prior to coming to Dirigo Fitness ...

Amanda P.

Without the unconditional guidance and support of the coaches at Dirigo Fitness, I would not be where I am today in my fitness journey

I have always been “fit” in some way. And I was always active during my childhood, teenage, and college years. Achieving a degree in nutrition and then working as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator for the past 16 years has also motivated me to exercise and keep myself at a healthy weight to provide an example to the patients I counsel.

Prior to coming to Dirigo Fitness in November 2014, my exercise regimen included running outside or on a treadmill, Bikram (hot) yoga 3-4 times per week, and the occasional use of the elliptical. I considered weight training a ‘waste of time’ because it never seemed to give me any ‘results.’ I typically considered how many calories I burned during exercise to be the most important component of my exercise routine. As I entered my thirties I struggled to keep the physique that I had never had trouble maintaining while in my twenties; I often would put myself on limited calorie diets only to see minimal changes on the scale.

My first visit to a Crossfit facility was miserable (not Dirigo) in the summer of 2012 when I was seeking a better workout to improve my strength and stamina (and again related to my body succumbing to the loss of muscle mass with the aging process). I was treated like an outsider and given no instruction or encouragement from any of the coaches, nor was I welcomed back after the workout was completed. I quickly judged these types of gyms as ‘social clubs’ and ‘cult like’ and avoided them like the plague. I continued running and hot yoga despite seeing minimal changes in my physique the more I performed them. It wasn’t until I met Brian Ligotti at a local health fair in November 2014 where I learned that there was a Crossfit gym who welcomed all types of athletes. He encouraged me to drop by the Saturday free class to see if it would fit my lifestyle. I did just that the following Saturday and since that first visit I have only become stronger and healthier after every work out I complete. I was welcomed every time I walked in the door by Brian or another coach. I was asked about my personal health and fitness goals. I was encouraged and motivated during each workout. I learned the importance of strength training as well as metabolic conditioning. And despite my background in nutrition, I quickly learned how poorly I had managing my own nutritional health; and how it only been promoting my muscle loss.

In January of 2016, I decided to take on an individualized workout program making a commitment to workout 6 days a week. Brian and I met to review my caloric and protein intake and my fitness goals. Over the past 7 months, I have dropped 4% in body fat and I am now the healthiest I have ever been at the young age of 40.  I no longer look at food as the enemy to maintaining my weight but as the only way I can achieve my fitness goals.  I am so much happier with my body despite what the number on the scale tells me because I know I can lift 110# over my head, squat clean 120# and run faster and longer than ever before (8.6 minute /mile).

I continue to work on my personal fitness goals and now realize it is a marathon, not a sprint to reach them. I am truly grateful for Brian and all of the coaches at Dirigo Fitness. Without their unconditional guidance and support, I would not be where I am today in my fitness journey. If you are considering a lifestyle change for the better, I can’t emphasize enough that the first step through the door at Dirigo Fitness will be the best and most important step of your life.

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Nancy

Some people come to Dirigo Fitness to train for an upcoming athletic event or challenge.  I came to train for the event called The-Rest-Of-My-Life.  Approaching my seventh decade, I wanted to work on strength, balance, and flexibility so that I can continue to explore and take on new adventures, and minimize health issues.  My trainer Noah has inspired me to push for more while also keeping me ...

Nancy

Some people come to Dirigo Fitness to train for an upcoming athletic event or challenge.  I came to train for the event called The-Rest-Of-My-Life.  Approaching my seventh decade, I wanted to work on strength, balance, and flexibility so that I can continue to explore and take on new adventures, and minimize health issues.  My trainer Noah has inspired me to push for more while also keeping me safe and giving me lots of training choices so I don't get bored.  This program is an investment that has already given me great rewards.  I'm all in, for me.

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Melissa

In June of 2014, I joined Dirigo Fitness with the intent to get back in shape after a six-month fitness hiatus. Was I successful? You bet. Since then, I have lost almost 40 pounds, gained muscle, increased my confidence, and acquired a community of super-supportive friends. I must admit when I first started, the idea of Crossfit and high-intensity training intimidated me- a lot- but the coaching s...

Melissa

lost 39.6 pounds, 41.75 inches, and 15.2% body fat in 38 WEEKS

In June of 2014, I joined Dirigo Fitness with the intent to get back in shape after a six-month fitness hiatus. Was I successful? You bet. Since then, I have lost almost 40 pounds, gained muscle, increased my confidence, and acquired a community of super-supportive friends. I must admit when I first started, the idea of Crossfit and high-intensity training intimidated me- a lot- but the coaching staff helped to quell these fears by explaining new movements to me and ensuring that I was performing them both correctly and safely. For anyone ready to gain control of their life and get healthy- Dirigo Fitness is for you.

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Phil

When I originally came in, I just wanted to check out Dirigo Fitness and see what they were all about. I never thought that it would really work, but I had tried all of the other “yo-yo” diets and never saw any results. I noticed that even after the first week, this was a program that I could stick too. I have always been one of those that was skeptical of programs that “guarantee” to help...

Phil

lost 18 Pounds, 6.5 inches, in just 4 WEEKS

When I originally came in, I just wanted to check out Dirigo Fitness and see what they were all about. I never thought that it would really work, but I had tried all of the other “yo-yo” diets and never saw any results. I noticed that even after the first week, this was a program that I could stick too. I have always been one of those that was skeptical of programs that “guarantee” to help you lose weight…NOT ANYMORE! This program has helped not only my body image, but my lifestyle. It is the perfect fit for me. If the coaches at Dirigo weren't here cheering me on and reminding me of why I want to do this, I would definitely not had any success!

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