Welcome to The Exercise Coach - Tanglewood. Locally owned and operated by Esty Merlo, we are proud to support our community by fostering healthy lifestyles. We understand that life is busy and demanding, making it difficult to maintain a healthy regiment. Here at The Exercise Coach - Tanglewood, we are energized to help!

Grant English

Studio Manager

Grant has over 10 years of experience in the personal training industry. He has been with The Exercise Coach since the opening of the original location in West University.  He helped us open each of our Houston locations. Grant is our Educational Specialist and has a passion for not only educating our clients but our staff as well. He has a B.S. in Exercise Science with multiple certifications ranging from corrective exercise to performance enhancement.

“I have a tremendous passion for health and fitness. I truly believe that everyone can benefit from exercise no matter where their starting point is”.

Shalyn Poncio

Lead Coach

Shalyn is new to Texas, moving from Missouri. She graduated in May 2011 with her degree in Exercise Science, she is now pursing her passion by helping others live a healthy lifestyle. Fitness has always been a part of her life, as she was a collegiate soccer player.

"My favorite part about working at The Exercise Coach is building personal relationships with each of our clients. Our equipment is like nothing else out there and I love getting to be a part of the fitness world as it is evolving."

Shalyn enjoys laughing and having fun, soccer, dance, going to the lake and spending time with her husband and their two dogs Bentley and Audi.

Education: Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science-Southwest Baptist University
Certifications: Certified Exercise Coach

Korey Moore

Lead Coach

Korey is currently attending the University of Houston working towards a degree in Exercise Science. He's very passionate about helping people achieve their fitness goals.

"I have the best job in the world. I have the opportunity to motivate people to work hard in order to be better than they were yesterday."

Interests: Sports (Football, Soccer, Competitive Bodybuilding).

Abbey English

Lead Coach

Abby is currently working towards her degree in either physical or occupational therapy and loves helping people live a healthy and active life.

"I love to encourage my members to be active. Seeing my clients achieve goals that they never thought were possible is the best part of my job!"

Certifications: Certified Exercise Coach
Interests: Volleyball and my Yorkie Bella!

Tommy Batchelor


Tommy is currently studying business. He has been an athlete his whole life from playing football, basketball, soccer and running track. Tommy has a great passion for helping people. Everyday he learns something new about the clients and paves a way for them to be successful through The Exercise Coach. One of his strongest attributes is his boyish charm.

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