Sharon McDonnell

Bluffton, SC 29910-8802

Sharon McDonnell has been working in the fitness industry for over 15 years. She has extensive experience in managing a fitness department, fitness conditioning, aquatic conditioning and nutritional coaching. She instructs a wide range of clients of all age groups and ability levels.

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About Me


  • Master's Degree, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Bachelor's Degree, Exercise Physiolgy/Kinesiology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Years Experience


Certifications / Trainings

ACE - Group Fitness Instructor
ACSM - ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
PN - Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified
AEA - AEA Fitness Professional Certification
Pending Verification
Spencer Institute - Personal Fitness Chef
Pending Verification

CPR Certified

American Heart Association
American Red Cross

AED Certified

American Heart Association
American Red Cross

Additional Information


$0.00 / hr, Depends on length of session

Payment Methods

Cash, Personal Checks

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Finished 2008 IRONMAN 70.3 Florida Triathlon

Languages Spoken




5 Reviews

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by User on Aug 15, 2014

    I had been doing the same routine for more than a year and then learned that it’s a good idea to change the routine and do different exercises. So I signed up with Sharon and identified four goals:
    • Maintain my weight
    • Tone my muscles
    • Not get a flabby midsection like other men my age
    • Keep my heart strong
    I had two sessions with Sharon and she put me through my paces without getting to the point that I didn’t want to come back. I learned at least eight new things to do that will help achieve my goals and allow me to create my own program(s) that will mix things up from what I had been doing. Sharon was great. She made it not only interesting but fun. She really knows what she is doing and I would recommend anyone to have her serve as a personal trainer. You will enjoy it!!
    Helm Wilden, Sea Pines Country Club

  • by Gretchen Spiridopoulos on Jun 09, 2014

    I just completed a WaterArt instructor recertification and an Arthritis Instructor certification. Sharon conducted the 2 day WaterArt workshop and it was the most organized, well presented and informative certification class I have ever attended. I feel fully prepared to add arthritis instruction to my teaching schedule.
    Sharon's knowledge of the human body and the principals of water are beyond amazing. I look forward to attending any and all workshops she leads in the future.

  • by User on Mar 31, 2014

    Words to best describe SHARON:
    S.....Superior fitness instructor
    H.....Handles herself in a professional manner, yet approachable
    A.....Advocates importance of fitness & nutrition
    R.....Radiates her own happiness & well being to all
    O.....Organized at sessions & lessons
    N.....Nudges you to do more & builds your confidence

    I have trained with Sharon for two years. I was very reluctant to start up at a gym, since I was so out of shape at 70 yrs. old. Sharon made my transition to frequent exercise a positive and lasting experience. I recently finished my second set of sessions due to Sharon's ability to motivate & build my confidence.
    I am now in an 8 week class using a BOSU ball for balance, core strength & flexibility.
    Marina Scott Sea Pines Club Fitness Center 3/31/14

  • by User on Mar 28, 2014

    I have been taking a water exercise program from Sharon McDonnell for the last several months. This program is designed to build up my endurance, strengthen my core group, and improve my general toning. I learned that much more can be accomplished in water.
    Sharon is very knowledgeable in this type of training.
    Philip Boyd

  • by User on Nov 13, 2013

    Sharon is very knowledgeable of the body and the components of fitness. Her method of teaching makes exercise fun and entertaining. I do not feel drained and depleted of energy after her class . A very likable, vibrant instructor .

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