Our Coaches




Glenn Marcella, Director


Glenn is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and a resident of West Hartford, CT. A multi-sport athlete himself, Glenn has operated a fitness training practice since 1992. His work with the prestigious Center on Aging at the University of Connecticut Health Center as a research specialist in the field of exercise and aging has led to publications in journals such as The American College of Sports Medicine and The Annals of Internal Medicine among others. A coaching veteran and youth sports conditioning specialist, Glenn is widely regarded by his peers and legions of clients as an innovative and enthusiastic coach. Miriam Nelson PhD. Internationally recognized physiologist, researcher and best selling author calls Mr. Marcella "an excellent trainer..... he is great at what he does". Throughout his 23 year career, Glenn has been featured in local and National media including NBC, ABC, Fox as well as in numerous newspapers and radio.  

As the Co-Founder of The Playground Fitness Center,  Glenn has truly found his home. By using the expansive space of The Playground Fitness Center's interior and limitless training tools at his disposal, Glenn delivers the most balanced, intense, athletic workouts for young athletes and the young at heart. Glenn often jokes how he is just a big kid himself.  With a special interest in the challenges that are inherent in young girls, Glenn takes pride in co-founding the Girls in Stride running programdelivering non-threatening, fun and empowering exercise to girls ages 6-14.  With CT Athlete, Glenn uses his energy, expertise and innovative style to deliver real results for his athletes.

























Laurie Venora, Coach


Laurie Venora earned her BS/BA degree in Economics with a minor in Biology from Fairfield University in 1985 then off to Law School.  A brief stint in the Law department at Aetna was followed by a longer stint staying home taking care of four kids. Active all of her life, playing basketball, tennis, softball and running cross country, she continued this healthy lifestyle while employed as a stay at home mom.  She coached girls softball and girl basketball in West Hartford while competing in many road races, duathlons and triathlons. It was with her family's support that Laurie entered the Fitness World professionally in 2007.   She is Certified through The American College of Sports Medicine and earned her High School Strength and Conditioning Certification through the International Youth Conditioning Association.  Motivating and demanding of her students, Laurie firmly believes that all kids could be stronger athletes with the right training.   Laurie is a runner, a swimmer, a frustrated golfer and an avid tennis player. She loves the outdoors (the warmer the better) and likes to spend vacation time at the Jersey Shore. Laurie lives in West Hartford with her husband Tim, her four kids, and their dog Maddie.