Learn From The Experienced. Train with the Elite. Reach Your Goals. 




Never Give Up Training is relentless about helping clients achieve their best fitness. No matter where you’re starting from, we’ll help you get to where you want to be. We strive to be a place for personal growth, hoping your physical strength translates into inner strength and ultimately a healthier, happier you.

NGU workouts are always dynamic, never boring. We offer a variety of highly-effective, results-driven group classes in an intimate, encouraging setting. Our 1-on-1 services include personal training, nutrition counseling, sport-specific training for high school and college athletes and training plans for races, marathons and triathlons. With a creative mix of classic and innovative training techniques, our talented trainers bring something different to each session to keep workouts fun and effective. However you work out, we promise to do everything we can to help you become your best self. Your goals are our goals.


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Ali jackson, owneR of never give up

Ali Cook Jackson is founder, owner and head trainer of Never Give Up. A undergraduate of Villanova University, Ali will soon be completed her Masters in Secondary and Special Education.

Ali is a sponsored IRONMAN™ Triathlete and IRONMAN™ Certified Coach, consistently ranking in the top overall standings - including podium finishes - within her age group. Ali has qualified for the Age Group National Championships and Regional Championships. Her multiple certifications will deliver results, help you meet your goals, and lead you to a healthy lifestyle you love.

Ali is a retired nationally-ranked, show jumping equestrian and held ranking in the top national standings for over fifteen years. When she was 17 years old, she had a devastating surgery that forced her to move on from the sport of Show Jumping. Despite the doctors saying she would not be able to run again, Ali proved them wrong by Never Giving Up.

In addition to her passion for fitness and healthy lifestyle, Ali’s love for education and teaching has transferred over to create an invincible combination she utilizes in her training methods. Recognizing goal coaching and performance evaluations as an integral part of any success, Ali also has a knack for adjusting to anyone’s individual needs. With high energy and focused goal-oriented training and instruction style, her sessions and classes will not only motivate you, but also challenge you and have you seeing results in no time.

Ali’s goal is for athletes of all levels to enter the Never Give Up studio and feel comfortable to let go, try their hardest and walk out feeling gratified. Ali believes the best results aren't fast - but are achieved in healthy ways.


Morgan Dowd, Manager, Head personal trainer & fitness instructor

Morgan is an NGU Group Fitness Instructor and Head Personal Trainer. Morgan is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and graduate of Saint Joseph's University. Growing up she was constantly active as a gymnast & competitive cheerleader, until an ankle injury ended her college cheerleading career at Rutgers University. It was at that point that she became extremely conscious of her body & weight which ultimately spiraled into a nearly fatal eating disorder. After 4 years in recovery, she consciously chose to turn her unhealthy obsession with exercise into a healthy outlet to manage stress and anxiety. She believes that getting that second chance at life has only fueled her passion to inspire wellness through exercise. Morgan has a passion for continued education in functional training and nutrition in order to provide the best for all of her clients and classes.

Morgan instructs NGU50 ZONE + ABS, Small Group Personal Training, Small Group Training, NGU50 ZONE, Strength Training, and TRX ZONE.


Ann Rejrat

A native of Scranton, PA, Ann moved to Philadelphia to pursue a degree in Journalism at Temple University in 2008 and fell in love with the area. Ann's lifelong passion for fitness began when she was a child trying to keep up physically with her 5 older siblings. She played numerous sports through high school and college including swimming, softball, cross-country running, and track and field. In college she worked at the University’s Campus Recreation Department, where she developed her love of fitness. Over the years, her approach towards fitness has evolved to focus on not only the physical results but also the mental. Ann believes workouts should be just as fun and engaging as they are physical. People should leave their workouts feeling a sense of accomplishment - not defeat.

Ann is an AAAI-ISMA certified Personal Trainer, AAAI-ISMA certified Cycling Instructor, and AAAI-ISMA certified Yoga Teacher.

Ann is excited to bring her lifelong love of fitness and health to the members of Never Give Up Training. She hopes to grow with her students as they travel on their fitness path towards their goals.

Ann instructs NGU50 ZONE and TRX ZONE, ➝



Madison comes to us as a recent Temple University graduate who majored in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science. She currently works full-time as a Health Fitness Specialist at the Vanguard campus in Malvern, PA. Madison is certified in the Les Mills program BODYFLOW and has been teaching group exercise for the past two years. Madison’s childhood was filled with 15 years of extensive dance training and competitive dance competitions. Her love of dance and camaraderie with her dance teammates inspired Madison to pursue a career in corporate fitness and group exercise where she is able to continue pursuing her passions of dance, exercise, and working with others. On top of dance and exercise, Madison loves to travel and spends as much time at the beach during the summer as she can! Madison cannot wait to push her classes to their full potential each session they train with her at Never Give Up Training!


Carl Flotka

Carl Flotka is a fitness instructor and personal trainer at Never Give Up. He is currently working towards a degree in physical therapy. Originally from Michigan, with stops in Louisville and Lexington, he currently lives in Philadelphia, PA.

Carl is a graduate of the Lexington Healing Arts Academy, where he earned his National Academy of Sports Medicine certificate. He also earned his ACSM certification in 2017. During his five years of training, Carl has worked with clients of all ages and with various goals.

Carl grew up doing Taekwondo. During his 13 years practicing, he reached his second degree black belt. A high school athlete, Carl likes to keep his training specific to individual sports. He has competed in several power lifting competitions and ran his first half-marathon last year.

Carl believes that safe, science-based programs are the most beneficial; and always keeps workouts fun and entertaining!

Carl instructs NGU Strength Kickboxing, Strength Training, NGU50 ZONE, and TRX ZONE. ➝


Lamar Patterson

Lamar has been active in sports and fitness for over 20 years, with experience in high school and semi-pro athletics (basketball, track, baseball and boxing). Lamar attended Berean Institute for computer science before attending the Community College of Philadelphia for a degree in education. There, he found his true passion for health and fitness. Lamar is certified as a Personal Trainer through W.I.T.S
(World International Training), and also has certifications through PTA Global and Dotfit.

Lamar tailors training to all levels of performance and specializes in strength and conditioning, while teaching and promoting healthy lifestyles. Lamar's specialties are Plyometrics, weight loss management, strength and conditioning.

"All things can be accomplished with hard work, dedication, and sacrifice!"

Lamar instructs NGU50 ZONE. ➝


JEn Wilkins

Jen is a Philadelphia native, living in the suburbs for most of her life until she moved to Manayunk 6 years ago. She has had a passion for fitness and nutrition for most of her life—one of the few kids at daycare that actually *liked* to eat her vegetables! In high school she danced and played intramural volleyball and in college continued to dance and found a passion for TRX and step aerobics. Jen has always enjoyed recreationally running; she is a member of the Manayunk Beer Runners group, and recently completed her first Half Marathon.

Jen graduated from Immaculata University with a degree in Marketing and minored in Business & Entrepreneurship. She was fortunate enough to obtain a job in her field, but being a people-person and enjoying being active, she soon found that a desk job was not for her. She self-studied for the NASM CPT exam and is now a Certified Personal Trainer. Jen is constantly learning and continuing her education so she can be informed and provide the best training for clients that are at any point in their fitness journeys. She believes that fitness should be energetic and fun but of course, change never occurs without a challenge!

Certifications/Courses: NASM-CPT, CPR/AED, Geriatric Functional Strengthening


MAcalla Curtis

Macalla is not only an NGU Group Fitness Instructor, but also is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and can whip you into shape!

She holds the type of character that could be called contagious and exemplary. While Macalla brings with her to class a tremendously bright personality, a passion for fitness, an appreciation for life and a drive to always get better... She is also prepared and trained to perfection. She is always working towards her goals in whatever facet of life they may pertain to.

Macalla emerged as one of the most consistent competitors the Towson University gymnastics team has ever had, which is a testament to her ability to stay calm and focused under pressure.

What is most important, however, is Macalla the person. She is extremely passionate and dedicated. She has a great desire to continually gain knowledge and experience that will not only help to improve her own mentoring skills, but will also help those individuals she works with. Macalla is the type of person that pushes her and others to become better than they were yesterday, a belief that is embodied in the essence of the N.G.U. core. She will help push you to become the best person you not only want to be, but also will help push you through the battles in life and in training to become the person you may of never thought you could be.


Marlie Doriston, BS, CPT

Marlie is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Science in Athletic Training at Jefferson-East Falls. Marlie is originally from New Jersey and has over five years of experience working as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor.


Asia Baker

Asia is a born and raised Philadelphian! She played basketball her whole life and played at Binghamton University in New York which sparked her interest in fitness. Asia started working in the fitness center on campus and became a manager and certified personal trainer her senior year of college. After graduation, she worked as a personal trainer and did small group training in Boston but she recently moved back to Philly with her 1 year old pitty pup. She works full time as an Insurance agent but excited to be apart of the NGU family!




Thinking about starting a fitness routine? Don't get started before watching this segment on NBC10 Philadelphia with Never Give Up Training owner Ali Cook Jackson!
Fueling yourself with the proper foods before a big race or even a casual jog is super important! Check out Ali's favorite foods to eat before a long run! She knows a thing or two about the topic being a 4X Ironman Triathlete and Certified IRONMAN Coach. Thanks Be Well Philly!

Fueling yourself with the proper foods before a big race or even a casual jog is super important! Check out Ali's favorite foods to eat before a long run! She knows a thing or two about the topic being a 4X Ironman Triathlete and Certified IRONMAN Coach. Thanks Be Well Philly!


For National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, we celebrated the strength and dedication of our female clients. Their energy, dedication and drive are what makes NGU special. Not only do we respect your hard work in the gym, we honor what you accomplish outside of NGU every day. Continue to inspire those around you and celebrate yourself!

Owner, Ali Cook Jackson was featured in Be Well Philly's article: "7 Running Safety Tips Real Philly Runners Use Around Town.” Read the full article here; https://bit.ly/2P7b2l5

Owner, Ali Cook Jackson was featured in Be Well Philly's article: "7 Running Safety Tips Real Philly Runners Use Around Town.” Read the full article here; https://bit.ly/2P7b2l5


We can’t stop thinking about our workout with the City Fit Girls!. Who knew you could have so much fun while working so hard? Oh wait, we did because that’s what we’re all about at NGU! #NGUMNYK #CityFitGirls


Kickoff your summer weekends right! Never Give Up is now embracing our clients' summer hours with SUMMER FRIDAYS. Join us for a different dynamic workout every Friday at 2:00 PM. Register on our scheduling page!

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ALI JACKSON, 27, of Bala Cynwyd, is owner and head personal trainer of Never Give Up Training, a total-body fitness center in Manayunk that offers a variety of group fitness classes and personalized training. Jackson, an Ironman triathlete, opened her studio in March 2013...



Ali Jackson was a promising equestrian athlete, preparing to compete in show jumping in the Olympics before emergency surgery was preformed to save her leg from being amputated.

“Doctors told me I’d be lucky to walk again,” she recalls. 

Well, she’s doing a little more than walking now.

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Ali Cook never gives up. 

It's something her brother taught her.  It's something she thinks about everyday.

"My brother runs triathlons," Cook said.  "It's something I wanted to try, just for the heck of it really."



Please browse through our frequently asked questions for more information about Never Give Up Training. Any additional questions, please e-mail us at info@NeverGiveUpTraining.com


Where are you located?

Our studio is located at the corner of Levering Street and Cresson Street (entrance on Cresson) directly off of Main Street, Manayunk. Please see our contact page for more information.

If I have any questions, can I walk in and speak with someone?

Yes! Anyone can walk in whenever we are there, if there is no class or training session taking place or if someone else is there to assist you other than the instructor or trainer who are occupied with NGU athletes.

Can I do personal training AND fitness classes?

Absolutely! We encourage cross-training and trying everything. Mixing it up is the best way to see results. One-on-one attention with personal training will give you the custom workouts you need to reach your goals, while fitness classes are there to keep you working towards those goals in fun, energetic and different ways while burning some major calories!

Are there bathrooms or showers at the studio?

There is a restroom of course and a shower on our newly-renovated level. 

What are your hours? 

Fitness classes run at various times throughout the day, while personal training is by appointment only. Please visit our scheduling site to make your free 30-minute training consultation for in-depth questions and concerns regarding your personal training and visit the same link to see our current class schedule.

What are your prices?

Please visit our services page or our current specials, promotions and price lists in studio.


Can I sign up for a class even if I have never tried it before?

YES! Of course. We encourage newcomers to try out any class, as they are meant for all types of levels and the exercises are modified, enhanced or customized to each athlete’s level of fitness.

TRX Suspension classes are the only ones that requires a prerequisite. It is important for TRX to take only ONE of our TRX Intro classes, which are offered throughout the week.

Come on in and try them all out!

How many people will be in the class with me?

There will never be more than 12 people in class. We keep the class sizes small to ensure proper form, safety and the best outcome possible to reach your fitness and personal goals.

What do I wear to a fitness class?

You can wear anything that you feel comfortable sweating and moving around in. Also, be sure to wear sneakers and the proper undergarments!

Can I just walk into a class?

We absolutely encourage walk-ins without signing up prior, but remember, if the class is at capacity, there is nothing we can do and you will not be able to take the class. If this is a concern, it is best to sign up online to reserve your spot.


Can I still do a sport-training plan even though I’m not signed up for a race?

Of course. Our plans are for all levels (beginner-elite) and styles. Anyone who wants to improve in a specific area, and focus on one or two sports at a time no matter what their goal is, will be a good fit for a training plan.

Do you accept walk-ins for personal training sessions?

No. Personal Training sessions are on appointment only. Although you must make an appointment to train, you are more than welcome to come in and ask questions, or set up a 30-minute FREE consultation appointment to go over your questions and concerns.

If I sign up for Personalized Training and realize it is not for me, can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, we accept no refunds or transfer of purchases. Personal Training is personalized to you and you only. Therefore, if you are not fond of the training, speak with your trainer or NGU team member and we will fix it so that you are not wasting your time, money and efforts with an activity you are not enjoying!