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Niki Still, co-owner in Hour Blast Metairie, is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor. She was born and raised in Connecticut. Growing up always interested in sports, health and wellness, Niki pursued a degree in exercise science at Keene State College in New Hampshire. After 25 years of seasons, Niki wanted a big change in her life. She packed up her car and dog and moved to New Orleans to open and manage the first lululemon athletica in Louisiana. lululemon gave Niki the opportunity to dive into the fitness world here. After spending 2 years running the showroom and learning the fitness community in New Orleans, Niki decided to go after her goals of opening up a studio boutique gym. Partnering up with Hour Blast Uptown owners and Jessica Kempainen, together they opened up Hour Blast Metairie in April 2013. While this occupies a lot of her time, Niki enjoys running( has run 7 half marathons), yoga, spending time with friends, and of course her beloved dog and best friend Nima in her spare time.

Jessica Kempainen, co-owner of Hour Blast Metairie, is an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer and avid long distance runner & Bikram yogi. A Louisiana native, she was born and raised in Alexandria where she started her love of fitness by taking dance lessons for 15 years and performing on her high school dance team. After moving to Baton Rouge to attend LSU for college, Jessica fell in love with long distance running and strength training. Upon moving to New Orleans in 2011, she took her passion for exercise to the next level and began teaching at Hour Blast Uptown for almost 2 years before opening the location in Old Metairie. Jessica has ran numerous half marathons and marathons, including the prestigious Boston Marathon in 2013. Jessica is passionate about fitness and living a healthy, balanced life! She hopes to inspire others to reach their fitness goals by giving them an awesome workout while keeping it fun!

Katy Roubion, partner and instructor of Hour Blast Downtown, is an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer. She was born and raised in New Orleans. Katy grew up playing soccer and has always been a dedicated runner. Running is always something she has enjoyed. In middle school she started running in Audubon Park regularly, and in high school Katy started competing in cross country. Katy graduated from the AB Freeman School of Business at Tulane University with a degree in Marketing. She was a pharmaceutical sales rep before she had her twin boys Holden (7), Reily (7), and daughter Cecile (4). When Hour Blast Uptown opened on Maple Street, Katy started attending as a regular client and fell in love with the workout. Always dreaming of opening one on her own, she achieved that goal when her and Meredith Charbonnet found the perfect location and moved forward. Now you can find Katy instructing classes or sweating it out taking them at Hour Blast Downtown, 821 Baronne, doing something she loves to do and truly believes in. She couldn’t be happier going to work every day doing something she loves.

Meredith Charbonnet, a partner and instructor in Hour Blast Downtown is an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer and AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor. She was born and raised in Florence, Alabama and moved to New Orleans in 2007.  She spent most of her childhood taking ballet classes and participating in dance competitions.  Her love of dance as a child turned into a love for fitness, motivating her to stay healthy and active as an adult. In the past 6 years she has run 8 half marathons (and counting!) and countless smaller races.  She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Public Relations and worked in sales for Marriott International for 8 years before opening Hour Blast Downtown. After being an instructor at Hour Blast Uptown and Metairie for 2 years, she decided to follow her dream and partner with Katy Roubion to open the downtown location. She loves having the opportunity to train and inspire others to reach their fitness goals every day at Hour Blast.

Megan Kantor Megan was born and raised in New Orleans and graduated from Loyola University in 2005. After taking her first Hour Blast class in September of 2012 she was hooked, and her passion for fitness began! She frequented Hour Blast 3 days a week and loved the dedication, support and determination that Hour Blast provided. In January, 2014 her little boy Max was born, and Hour Blast once again brought her back to the best shape of her life. After spending 2 years as a stay at home mom, her friend Lacey Watler approached her about opening an Hour Blast in Lakeview. Knowing she wanted to get back to work and knowing it would be doing something she loved, she of course said yes and everything fell into place from there. They opened the doors in Lakeview in April, 2016 and have never looked back. Megan loves instructing and is driven by seeing her clients happy and healthy. She is certified by AFPA and focuses on guiding clients to use proper form to make sure they get the most out of their workouts. She also loves spending time with her family and lives in Uptown New Orleans with her husband Ross, son Max and their dachshunds Weenie and Thibodeaux.

Lacey Watler, partner and instructor of Hour Blast Lakeview is a AFPA Certified Personal Trainer. She was born and raised in New Orleans. She has been working out since a young age and spending any free time running and exercising. She graduated from the University of New Orleans in 2008 while working in banking with Capital One. After graduation she became a Financial Consultant and moved up within Capital One. After her first child was born she decided that she wanted to spend more time with her son so she decided to leave the bank. She had been there for over 12 years. Soon after leaving she found out that she was due with baby number two. After having her children, she got into exercising more than ever. She found that Hour Blast was the best workout in the city and quickly fell in love. She decided that she wanted to start working again and realizing that going back into investments just was not something that she wanted to do. Everything from there seemed to fall in place after talking with her business partner Megan Kantor, they knew they wanted to open an Hour Blast in her beloved neighborhood of Lakeview.

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