The Fitness Principle at East Jefferson General Hospital is staffed exclusively by team members who are dedicated to promoting the highest levels of fitness, performance and health. We not only teach it, we live The Fitness Principle.

Our staff holds high levels of training and experience. They represent the very best in life and performance coaching. From fitness to nutrition to disease management and lifestyle modification, The Fitness Principle Staff will help you become the best you can be.

Lane Bates

Lane BatesLane holds a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration on Fitness and Human Performance from Southeastern Louisiana University. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

Lane has had a lifelong interest in fitness and the functioning of the human body. Throughout his years in the industry, he has gained experience at multiple fitness facilities, assisted as a strength and conditioning coach for 3 5A high school football teams and has worked with numerous athletes and clients of all ages and fitness levels. Through his education and years of improving the health and fitness level of his clients, Lane has developed a sound foundation to help his clients achieve their goals.

Kat Bradley

Kat Bradley"I had a client who needed to lose weight in order to donate a kidney to her brother. She not only lost the weight, and saved her brother's life, but recovered from the surgery in record time because she was in such good condition."

She has been a personal trainer since 1993 and is certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and is also certified in CPR. She believes in keeping her clients moving, motivated, and focused on their goal. Kat loves when her clients put the puzzle pieces together of nutrition and exercise and begin to see results. She enjoys seeing the satisfaction of personal achievement they feel and sharing her love of sports and nutrition with others and promoting the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.

Kelley Hunter Ellis, LCSW, MSW

Kelley Hunter EllisKelley has a Masters of Social Work from the Tulane School of Social Work. She works with individuals, groups and families in her private practice. Having worked for years with the New Orleans Center for Eating Disorders, Kelley specializes in eating issues, body image issues, depression, anxiety and trauma. She has received concentrated training in Mind-Body Medicine, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and psychoanalytic therapy.


Axel Murillo

Axel Murillo"I've done work with numerous world champion fighters, but Chad Dawson taking two belts from Antonio Tarver is my greatest training success story. Technique is crucial. In boxing conditioning, it gives the boxer confidence, courage, and all together, victory."

Axel has been a trainer since 1994 and is a certified U.S.A. Boxing Level II trainer. He became a trainer due to his love of boxing and enjoys seeing results in his clients' bodies and use of great technique.

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Location & Hours

The Fitness Principle is conveniently located in the EJGH Wellness Center, 3726 Houma Blvd., at the corner of Kawanee Avenue and Houma Boulevard, close to EJGH’s main campus.

Metairie, LA 70006
Phone: (504) 503-6868
Fax: (504) 503-6800
Email: fitness@

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