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We don't believe in a dogmatic approach to fitness. We believe in finding people where they are and helping them incrementally improve their strength, nutrition, and capacity for dealing with stress.


Present Tense Fitness is a personal training and yoga studio offering empathetic, patient, and individualized strength, conditioning, and yoga for people who are ready to pursue sustainable change.

Everyone who signs up for personal training or yoga at Present Tense receives complimentary lifestyle coaching, which is a habit-based curriculum designed to help our community incrementally learn how to shop for, prepare, and eat the foods that fuel, heal, and develop strength.

We don't offer meal plans; we offer troubleshooting and analysis. We don't offer "boot camps;" we offer teaching and learning that you can take with you the rest of your life; we don't offer the promise of magazine-ready airbrushed abs; we offer authentic human connection coupled with meticulous preparation and attention to detail.

If you've been sitting on the sidelines of fitness, we hope you'll come and visit us here in Dayton to help you develop a healthy lifestyle that serves you. We specialize in serving people who've never held a barbell or stepped onto a yoga mat but who nevertheless go on to lift and practice at well-respected gyms and yoga studios in the Dayton area.

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Our Team

Our Team

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Jason Harrison

Jason is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach who has trained clients in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Dayton over a decade-long career in fitness. He also is a National Strength and Conditioning Association certified personal trainer and tactical strength and conditioning facilitator, as well as a Precision Nutrition level one nutrition coach.

Jason is a proud member of the Dayton YWCA Advocacy Committee.

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Susan Harrison

Susan is a software engineer whose fitness interests include strength training and yoga. She has built a reputation as an unparalleled listener who is able to quickly understand clients' needs and develop efficient, easy to understand solutions to even the most complicated problems. Susan is a Precision Nutrition Level Two nutrition coach, a Functional Movement Screen Level One coach, a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist. Follow her on Instagram @presenttensecoaching.


Anna Shearer

Anna combines over 500 hours of yoga training with a wealth of experience leading classes at several well-respected studios in and around Dayton. She's well-equipped to lead individuals and duets through the yoga practice that makes most sense for them, from restorative sessions to vinyasa. Follow her on Instagram @yogiraffe.





Because we recognize the interrelated nature of movement, recovery, and fuel, your strength coach, yoga teacher, and lifestyle coach work together to help you achieve your goals and feel better in your body. Along with this team approach, we're proud to offer our guests complimentary towel service, filtered water, toiletries, and everything you'll need to shower and dress for your next appointment after working with us.

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Individual packages work best for people who have very little experience in a gym or yoga studio, or who are dealing with complicated chronic injuries.

12 personalized strength training and/or yoga sessions: $780




Partner sessions are a great way to reduce the cost of training and learning. You'll still receive individualized attention from an entire team, but you'll also be training alongside a friend who can grow with you.

12 personalized strength training and/or yoga sessions: $900

We also offer small group strength training for three people.

12 personalized strength training and/or yoga sessions: $1,020


Lifestyle Coaching

Daily lesson plans, a year of sustainable, realistic, practical lifestyle change around wellness. If you're seeking a semblance of control and are tired of careening from one diet to the next, our lifestyle coaching might be the change you've been seeking.

Lifestyle coaching is complimentary for as long as you're working with us. This is perhaps the most important aspect of your transformation process.


Postpartum Training

Regardless of when you gave birth, this six-week training curriculum is designed to help you rebuild strength, mobility, and stability that physical changes associated with childbirth can compromise.

Susan will meet with you once a week in our Dayton, Ohio studio and then assign you home exercises for which you'll receive video analysis feedback. In between sessions, you'll also be able to contact Susan to ask any questions you might have about the process. Your training will begin with an assessment to see what direction your personalized curriculum needs to take--because not every experience with pregnancy is the same.

The six-week postpartum training course is $700. Email Susan to get started.






Personal trainers and strength coaches tend to care more about certifications than fitness consumers, but we think it's important for you to know where we're coming from so you can make smart decisions about whether we're the right fit.

Generally speaking, our fitness foundation is grounded in the strength and conditioning approach commonly witnessed in team sports. That means philosophically our goal is to make you as strong and athletic as possible while keeping you free of injury. In a team sports setting if the athletes aren't on the field because of injury, then the strength coach isn't doing his or her job.

You might not be getting ready for the NFL combine any time soon, but our goal is to make you incrementally stronger while keeping you healthy, mobile, and athletic--regardless of whether you're a grandmother, young athlete, or recreational weekend competitor. Our yoga instruction is inspired by this same spirit of moving well and having a firm basic foundation before attempting complicated postures.

If you take a look around college athletic departments, you're likely to see some of the same credentials you'll find at PTF, like the Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach, or Functional Movement Screen (FMS) certified.

We're probably not the right fit if you're looking to compete in a pure strength sport like powerlifting, weightlifting, or Crossfit. For that, we highly recommend our neighbors at the Dirty Gym or Dayton Strength and Conditioning.