Our Team

Sebastian Garbsch CPT - ACSM

Sebastian Garbsch, founder of Formative Fitness, always tries to turn negative experiences into positive ones.

After losing his father at a very young age, largely due to an unhealthy lifestyle, Sebastian became committed to living a healthy, balanced life. For almost a decade, Sebastian has been sharing his passion for health and fitness with others, not simply through personal training, but rather by proactively helping them make health and fitness a part of their daily lives. Over the years, Sebastian has worked with clients from various backgrounds, with a wide range of goals, and tailors their programs to meet these goals. In addition, Sebastian has been extremely successful with working around clients who have limitations such as injuries and health concerns, when necessary.

Sebastian’s diverse approach to fitness is largely reflective of his passion for many physical activities, ranging from an immense list of outdoor activities, to traditional strength training and competitive sports. Sebastian’s only requirement of his clients (and himself) is that they strive to achieve their best.

Sebastian is accredited in personal training through ACSM, and also has earned an A.A.S. degree specializing in health and nutrition. Additionally, with the goal of creating a successful personal trainer studio, Sebastian earned his B.A. in Business, and holds various technology / accounting certifications.

Brenden Booth CPT - ISSA

Brenden Booth began his journey with health and fitness as a fun and healthy activity while living out west many years ago.

Over the years, this one time hobby has grown into a passion for helping other people reach their health and fitness goals in upbeat and positive ways. Since then, Brenden has learned about fitness in numerous ways, through training himself, competing in various fitness events, and by helping others. In Brenden’s free time, he enjoys many great eclectic things such as hiking, camping, taking pride in landscaping his home, singing, kayaking, tubing down the river, and listening to vinyl. Brenden is excited to offer Formative Fitness’s great Personal Team Training program, as well as 1-1 training.

Abigail Baudry, NASM-CPT

Between years of competitive soccer and the requirements of her former modeling career, fitness has always been an integral part of Abby's life.

She was introduced to weight lifting through working with her own personal trainer, and she has been hooked ever since. It completely changed her relationship with her body and her perspective on fitness as a whole. Consequently, Abby earned her NASM certification so that she could share this passion and help others towards their fitness goals. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Abby moved to Traverse City in 2020 because of her love for the area and its people. She spends her spare time hiking, surfing (or any water sport for that matter), freelance writing, and checking out local breweries."

Emily Arbut

Emily is most passionate about inspiring positive transformation in others. Utilizing yogic philosophies and principles, Emily supports clients as they navigate the various stages of their life path: from injury to pregnancy to the typical progression of our bodies as we age.

Mind and body health needs shift throughout our lives, and a personalized yogic practice can help all individuals to realize the beauty and potential for growth in the all of the transitions and day-to-day joys & challenges of life.

Emily is a certified yoga instructor and postpartum doula. She has received specialized training in yoga for pregnancy, the postpartum period, and in pelvic floor health. Realizing that all bodies contain imbalances, Emily helps her yoga students improve body posture, alignment, strength and flexibility, regardless of where they are in life.

On a weekly basis, Emily offers private, couples and small group yoga instruction at the Formative space and online. Small group sessions have a max of 4 participants to allow for ample individual instruction. Her yoga students are provided with personalized yoga sequences, along with ample resources and tips to grow their yoga practice in-studio and at-home. Yoga is more than just poses, it is a personal path towards mindbody growth and self-discovery. Yoga is an amazing agent for positive transformation when given the right tools, support and perspective.

A native Michigander, Emily is at home in all 4 seasons. When not on the mat, you can find her hiking, running, biking, kayaking, cross-country skiing, playing tennis or learning something new- all with her toddler in tow. As active as her life can be, Emily also finds equal joy in the less active pleasures of reading, meditating and vegan cooking. She is excited to share her knowledge, passion and light with all who come into her path.