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.

Verified Cert/Training

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

Sharon's Locations

Within 25.00 miles of 29910 (Mobile Training Radius)

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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