About Us

“Trust the process, enjoy the journey.”

Training for Life

About The Elite Training Studio

Trainer Dave Nelson’s workout style is called “functional training” which is training that attempts to mimic the specific physiological demands of real-life movements. Functional training such as resistance exercises and body weight movements can help you become stronger, more flexible, better equipped to handle day-to-day activities, and less injury prone.

Established in September 2013 by Dave Nelson, The Elite Training Studio is a 3,000 sqft revolutionary functional strength and conditioning training studio located in Rochester, NY. Devoted to the highest level of professional training and fitness programming, we offer both individual and group training programs. Our gym is equipped with all the tools and equipment you need to reach your fitness goals. It’s our goal to provide you with the safest and most effective workout to help you move better, feel better, look better, and get stronger.

Each of our training sessions is designed to provide you with the safest and most effective calorie burning, strength building workouts based on years of experience, continued education, and an overall understanding of the human body. The Elite workout is ever-evolving to stay up-to-date with the latest methods to get you maximal results.

The Elite Training Studio is located in the heart of the cultural East End district of Rochester, NY. We offer convenient off-street parking, water, towel service, AED, and two full showers.

Dave Nelson, Owner

Trainers & Assistants

Meet the Team

Dave Nelson, Owner & Trainer

Dave Nelson is a fitness professional that has been changing lives for over 25 years. Dave is a Certified Functional Strength Coach, Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Coach, TRX Certified, and Level 1 Stick Mobility Certified. He is a personal trainer and also runs group workouts weekly at his gym in Rochester, NY, The Elite Training Studio.

Dave Statt, Trainer

Dave has been a Personal Trainer in Rochester NY since 1991 and joined  The Elite Training Studio in 2020. Dave is NSCA, Gary Gray Functional Specialist and NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist Certified.  He enjoys tennis, golf and spending time in the Adirondack Mountains with his wife Terri, son Eric and daughter Krista. 

Dave Statt, Elite Training Studio


Our main assistant. Responsibilities include snoozing, being cute, playing, and peeing outside like a good boy.

Flint the dog helps at The Elite Training Studio

Rebecca Fien, Web Developer & Graphic Designer

Web design and development for the Elite Training Studio. Poster design, graphics, some social media, SEO, and more.

Rebecca is also a proud member of the Elite Training Studio where she attends workouts. In her words, “Dave Nelson and functional training improved my health, strength, and overall self in ways I didn’t know were possible. I am completely committed to Dave’s methods and honored to be a part of the team!”

The Elite Training Studio
Core Values

Be On Time

5 minutes early is on time

Get Your Mind Ready to Workout

Bring your best


Show it to yourself, show it to others


Show up even when you don’t want to


Keep an open mind and leave your ego at the door


Change and success take time — learn to trust the program

Have Fun

Best hour of your day!

3,000 Square Foot Training Facility

In the heart of Downtown Rochester

The Elite Training Studio Gym Entrance
Gym Entrance
The Elite Training Studio Gym Entrance
Gym Inside Entrance & Foyer
The Elite Training Studio Gym Entrance
Inside our gym (view 1) – weights
The Elite Training Studio Gym Entrance
Inside our gym (view 2) – TRX

Unique, fun and results-driven workouts

What our clients are saying

"Classes are fun!"

“The TRX work-out is terrific. I recommend it to anyone looking for some variety in their routine. Really helps [with] both flexibility and strength. Classes are fun!”

Kit M.

"I've noticed a huge improvement to my body"

I’ve been doing strength training and TRX with Dave at the Elite Training Studio for almost 2 years now, and I can’t imagine my life without it! I’ve noticed a huge improvement to my body, strength, and overall health… Also, the variety of equipment and exercises makes working out fun. I recommend the Elite Training Studio to everyone I know!

Becca F.

"A focus on client-based performance."

Great group classes. Always an amazing workout with a focus on all-over conditioning and client-based performance. Dave Nelson is dedicated to helping us all achieve our best health.

Beth E.

"Have a blast during the workouts!"

I have been training with Dave for about 8 years. Even though I participate in the group classes he still give[s] personal attention. We have all become family and have a blast during the workouts. If anyone is looking for something different in their routine you have to check out Elite Training Studio. You won’t regret it!

Melissa M.

Are you ready to make a change?

Move Better, Look Better, Feel Better