Our Team


Eric Cottrill

Certified TPI Golf Fitness Instructor Level 3
 CPR & AED Certified, BS in Health and Education
Eric Cottrill

Eric is the owner of Meridian Fitness. He received his Bachelors from the University of Massachusetts. He has more than 15 years of experience working with a diverse clientele base. Eric specializes in golf fitness training and conditioning. He holds multiple certifications through the Titleist Performance Institute.

While  sport  specific  training  is  his  specialty, Eric also enjoys  training  to  all  fitness  levels. He also instructs  a  variety  of  classes  including  Spin,  Bootcamp,  and  Interval  Training. As an avid  golfer  himself,  Eric  can  be  found  on  the  links  on  the  weekends. He also enjoys following his New England sport teams.


Mike TeiferMike Teifer

Certified Personal Trainer, CPR &
AED Certified, BS Physical Education

A 1980 graduate of Jacksonville University, Mike Teifer has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education. While a student at JU, he also played baseball. After graduation, he began a 19-year career as a Physical Education teacher and High School coach. He later earned his Master’s Degree in Administration from the University of North Florida.

While Mike was teaching and coaching, he utilized his personal training lessons with his student athletes. In 2002, he decided to dedicate his career to the personal training and coaching profession fulltime. He has more than 30 years of experience in the industry, and serves as a Sports Program Design Specialist in baseball training. Mike holds his Personal Training certification through the International Fitness Professional Association. He and his wife Cheryl live in Ponte Vedra, where they have 3 sons: Robert, Chris, and Ryan.


Laura Lambert

Certified TPI Golf Fitness Instructor Level 2, CPR and AED certified,
BS PE/Kinesiology

Laura comes to Meridian Fitness with more than 30 years of experience in the fitness industry. Laura’s career in fitness started when she got her B.A. from the University of Washington in P.E/Kinesiology and took a job as a cardiac rehab program director. When her two kids were little, she got an opportunity to teach at Olympic College in the Phys Ed department. In the 12 years at O.C., she also taught aerobics classes, helped manage a new athletic facility and coached 4 years of high school tennis and volleyball.

After moving to Oakland, California in 2002, Laura finished her M.S. in Sport Science/Sports Medicine while teaching PE and working as a trainer. She opened her own training studio in Berkeley, which she ran with her husband/business partner for 8 years. Laura has specialized in corrective exercise and core strength training for the past several years. Laura plays on a local working women’s tennis team, goes hiking with her dog, practices golf, and likes to spend time with her daughter and son-in-law here in Jacksonville. She visits her son and his family in California whenever possible.

ACSM – Health Fitness Instructor
IDEA – Group exercise/step
AFAA – Personal Trainer
CSCS – Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
Pilates mat certification
TPI – Level I golf fitness



Contact us to discover your inner strength when you train at our Ponte Vedra gym. Our workout facility in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, offers the tools for success for each of our clients.