TOPS Athletics & Synergy ONE Wilmington, provides the gold standard for professional Health, Wellness, Fitness, & Sports Performance services within a single, state-of-the-art, community-oriented facility. From young families to active seniors, budding athletes to professionals, our evidence-based programs demonstrate and guarantee results for individuals pursuing health and fitness goals ranging from optimal fitness and weight loss to sports performance enhancement and injury prevention. We are dedicated to providing you with quality programs and our state-of-the-art facility provides you with quality equipment. Our certified personal trainers are highly educated within their field of fitness and sports performance, staying true to the roots that TOPS is also an educational organization. We’re ready to make your fitness dreams become a reality.

TOPS Athletics & Synergy ONE are a team of multidisciplinary Allied Healthcare & Fitness Professionals with the following qualifications, certifications, & credentials:

  • Certified Personal Trainers (CPTs)
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialists (CSCSs)
  • Performance Enhancement Specialists (PESs)
  • Corrective Exercise Specialists (CESs)
  • Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) (Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation)
  • Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainers (CPT)
  • ACSM Exercise is Medicine (EIM)
  • NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • NASE Certified Speed Specialist (CSS)
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
  • Performance Enhancement Specialists (PES)
  • Corrective Exercise Specialists (CES)
  • Functional Movement Screen Certified (FMSC)
  • Total-Body Resistance Exercise (TRX) Group Training Course (GTC)
  • Total-Body Resistance Exercise (TRX) Functional Training Course (FTC)
  • Frog Lotus Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs)
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga
  • LesMills BodyCombat
  • Reebok Indoor Cycling

Our programs are modeled around evidence-based methods from level 1, quantitative research studies. We apply the science & state-of-the-art technology, along with some comical motivational tactics (with a smirk), to deliver our individual clients the results that they seek. We’re dedicated to helping make your fitness goals become a reality.

TOPS is also an educational organization. We work in partnership with the National Academy of Sports Medicine & UNCW’s Exercise Science Department. We are an Academic Partner Host Facility for NASM’s Associate Personal Trainer Program, & we also host interns from UNCW’s Exercise Science Dept. Jeff Smith, M.S., CSCS, Owner/GM of TOPS, is on faculty at UNCW in the Exercise Science Department teaching EXS 349: Physiology of Exercise & Sport, EXS 470: Exercise Prescription & Assessment and EXS 292: Sports Management. Our Wellness Director, Ryan Gillespie, MS, FMSC also teaches EXS 355: Measurement & Evaluation of Human Physical Performance.We provide future fitness professionals with observational opportunities and hands-on practical learning experiences, while providing our clients the most advanced exercise methods and understandings prevalent within the academic world. This gives us the opportunity to impact the future of the field of health & fitness professionals, which aligns with our mission to change the landscape of how professional health & fitness services are delivered.

TOPS Athletics is the fitness and strength & conditioning element of our organization. Synergy ONE is the clinical element, which provides clinical, metabolic testing services via indirect calorimetry and individualized nutrition programs designed by our Registered Dietitian. Through metabolic testing, we can determine anything from the Resting Metabolic Rate of a client (or patient) for use in determining their daily caloric intake target for their goal-specific nutrition plan, to Aerobic Threshold, Anaerobic Threshold (often referred to as Lactate Threshold), VO2max, & HRmax of an athlete, which our partners at Without Limits Coaching use to design individualized, event-specific endurance training programs. Our metabolic equipment is mobile, so we can actually conduct RMR testing onsite for our Corporate Wellness clients. At the end of the day, we use our state-of-the-art facility and cutting-edge insights from our educated staff to bring each and every one of our client a customized, quality, and renown fitness experience.

For gold-standard measures of body composition, or precision body fat % measurement, we have an exclusive relationship & access to UNCW’s Exercise Science Lab directed by Dr. Wayland Tseh.

Exercise is Medicine


We are fighting the good fight. We are trying to push for a paradigm shift toward preventative healthcare to fight chronic disease & obesity, a prevalent problem within our world today. We play an integral role in educating our clients & patients about the medicinal benefits of exercise and how they can speak with their primary care physicians about physical activity. We truly believe in the power of fitness helping your health.

TOPS Athletics Sports & Wellness Complex, home of Synergy ONE Wellness & Performance Lab, is Wilmington’s only Exercise is Medicine® credentialed facility. The EIM initiative was launched by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Association to bring health care providers and health & fitness professionals together as part of the same patient health care continuum for the American public. We work effectively with physicians and other health care providers to use nutrition & exercise, in the optimal “dosage”, as a highly effective patient care “prescription.”

One of our primary goals is to establish referral relationships with our area physicians & healthcare providers to partner with them on improving patient outcomes. There is a wealth of level 1 evidence supporting Optimal Nutrition & Exercise as effective prevention & intervention strategies for:

  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • And even the common cold & flu

Message to the General Public: Seek out educated, experienced, and most importantly, licensed, credentialed, & qualified Health & Fitness Professionals. TOPS Athletics offers this. Contact us today to start changing your life and improve your health!