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Meet Our Personal Trainers

If you would like to schedule a Personal Training session, please call the personal training hotline at 502-238-2792.

Certifications- NETA group fitness, Kettlebell, B.S. in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine.

Cats, cards, or I love ALL animals? Big Cards fan, but I love all animals as long as they don’t attack or eat me.

Favorite hobbies? Hanging with family and friends, hiking, and other outdoor activities, as well as indoor activities. I have a thing for hats and shoes. Watching movies. Enjoy eating food.

What is your Favorite book/show/movie? I’m a big superhero fan so, Marvel Comics and DC movies I’m really into. My favorite book is Freakonomics. If I’m not watching sports, which is most of the time, I watch the Blacklist.

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Set a specific training goal: weight loss, muscle building, improving body composition etc. Be patient, take your time. Hire a personal trainer/fitness coach, they are here to help guide you in your fitness journey.

Certifications- ACSM CPT, TRX, FMS

Cats, cards, or I love ALL animals? CATS!

Favorite hobbies? Golf, cooking, spending time with family

What is your favorite quote? What the mind perceives, the body can achieve.

What is your Favorite book/show/movie? BookThe Gunslinger by Steven King, ShowBig Bang Theory, MovieTop Gun

What is your workout specialty? Functional Movement, Strength and Conditioning, TRX

What group exercise classes do you recommend and why? TRX provides a fast, efficient total-body exercise. It helps improve your balance, endurance, flexibility, and core strength. I currently teach TRX here at the J! Come take my class and I can help you reach your goals!!!

Certifications- ACE Personal Training Certification; Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science

Cats, Cards, or I love all animals? Cards on the court and field! – but I’m a crazy cat lady the rest of the time…

Do you have a Role model? My Mom – she’s pretty much superwoman.

What is your workout specialty? Working with people who are new to working out and developing healthy and positive experiences with fitness.

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey?  Establishing a routine that matches up with your goals. Also, think of possible setbacks at the beginning and your plans for overcoming them. This helps you have control over your workout routine and stops you from becoming your own roadblock.

Certifications- ACSM CPT, EP-C.

Favorite hobbies? Basketball, reading.

What is your favorite quote? “If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”- Bruce Lee

What is your workout specialty? My specialty is working with special populations-seniors, children, and individuals with heart conditions (heart events), COPD, and individuals with various other disabilities.

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Don’t change everything at once. Look at it like drinking a gallon of water, take small drinks and not try to drink the whole thing at once.

What advice do you give to gym veterans? plateaus happen, think outside the box to help break through them. Also pass you knowledge on to the beginners so they don’t make the same mistakes you made, that we all make when we first start this journey

Certifications- NETA CPT, Group Fitness, Kettlebell, FMS, CETI

Cats, cards, or I love ALL animals? I love all animals.

Favorite hobbies? Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

What is your Favorite book/show/movie? book-anything by Dan John, movieDonnie Darko

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Be consistent, create a habit of showing up.

What advice do you give to gym veterans? Focus on your recovery as much as you do your workout

What group exercise classes do you recommend and why? Switch.  It’s convenient time-wise and easy to scale the workout to your level

Why did you get involved in fitness? To help others.

Certifications: ACE Personal Training Cert; Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science

Home town? Rock Hill, South Carolina

Cats, cards, or I love ALL animals? GO CARDS!

Favorite hobbies? Playing Basketball, Hanging with family & friends, Watching movies.

What is your favorite quote? “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Michael Jordan

What is your workout specialty? Functional Training, Strength & Conditioning.

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Create a small, attainable, but realistic goal to work towards. If you’re unsure where to start, meet with a Personal Trainer to help you develop a fitness plan, build accountability and motivation!

Why did you get involved in fitness? As a kid, I’ve always loved sports and staying active! I also enjoy meeting new people and helping them make positive changes in people’s lives!

Certifications- NETA CPT, Kettlebell, High-Performance Sport, CETI.

What is your favorite quote? Strong people don’t put others down, they lift others up.

What is your Favorite book/show/movie? Book- The Windup Bird ChronicleShow- SpacedMovie- Logan, Shaun of the Dead

Do you have a Role model? My Mom

What is your workout specialty? Building core strength, weightlifting, cross-training.

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Take one day at a time. Getting to the gym is the hardest part. Also, hire a trainer to help you not get overwhelmed.

What advice do you give to gym veterans? Take some group ex classes!

What group exercise classes do you recommend and why? All of them! We have a great variety of amazing instructors. We have something for everyone!

Certifications- NASM – CPT (National Academy of Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Trainer); American Red Cross – Adult First Aid/CPR/AED

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Cats, Cards, or I love ALL animals? Cats when I was growing up, now I remain strictly neutral

Favorite hobbies? A variety of sports including tennis, biking and ping pong

What is your favorite quote? “I would have gone with you til the end, into the very fires of Mordor.” -Aragorn speaking to Frodo in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring film

What is your Favorite book/show/movie? I’ll stick with shows on this one… favorite overall show is Dexter, favorite single season of television is the first season of True Detective.

Do you have a Role model? No single individual, but I’m inspired by people are able to show grace and kindness in the midst of extreme hardships.

What is your workout specialty? I would say general weightlifting programming, with a bit more knowledge of upper body movements. But excited to grow and perhaps narrow my focus as I gain more experience.

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Prioritize learning good technique and getting comfortable in the gym environment before worrying about high intensity and heavy weights.

What advice do you give to gym veterans? Remember that your body is an adaptation machine, so be sure to occasionally give it a new stimulus to adapt to.

What is your favorite exercise? Hex bar deadlift

What is your least favorite exercise? Calf raises

What group exercise classes do you recommend and why? I’ve always enjoyed spin classes – low impact, plus a good combination of lower body muscle building and cardio work.

Why did you get involved in fitness? I was drawn to both the aesthetic and sports performance benefits of weightlifting from a young age… and my passion for it has grown and evolved into adulthood.

Certifications: National Education Sports Training Authority certification 

Home town: Santa Ana, California 

Cats, cards, or I love ALL animals? I’m more of a dog person 

Favorite hobbies? Pro-wrestler for over 20 years, Weightlifting almost as long.

What is your favorite quote? “Never give up.” 

What is your Favorite book/show/movie? Pick one or all 3. The Godfather.

What is your workout specialty? Training seniors, athletic conditioning, weightlifting, building core strength, TRX, etc. – Training seniors, interval training, conditioning. 

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Don’t ever be afraid to ask questions.

What advice do you give to gym veterans? Never stop learning. 

What is your favorite exercise? Deadlifts.

What is your least favorite exercise? Overhead press.

What group exercise classes do you recommend and why? I recommend trying all of them because you can learn something from everyone. 

Why did you get involved in fitness?  I’ve always been involved in sports, and they go hand in hand. 

Certifications:

  • Pre & Postnatal Corrective Exercise Specialist, Fit For Birth
  • Certified Diastasis & Core Consultant, Fit For Birth
  • Pregnancy Safe Elite Coach, Fit For Birth
  • Fascia Flossing Specialist, Level 1, The Floss Training
  • Certified Personal Trainer, NCSF
  • Sport Nutrition Specialist, NCSF
  • Les Mills BODYPUMP, BODYSTEP, BODYCOMBAT, BODYFLOW, & CORE Instructor

Home town: Gardner, Massachusetts

Cats, cards, or I love ALL animals? Cards, only because it’s my husband’s Alma Mater! However, I do love all animals!

Favorite hobbies? Baking Paleo/Healthy treats, listening to music and podcasts, being active and playing with my kids

What is your favorite quote? “To move the world, we must move ourselves” – Socrates & “A wise man ought to realize that health is his most valuable possession” – Hippocrates

What is your Favorite book/show/movie? I loved the Harry Potter series when the books came out and now I’m enjoying reading the books to my daughter. I love binge-worthy shows on streaming platforms but I have always been a Friends fanatic and am a big fan of Parks and Rec and The Office. My taste varies a lot with movies but I have found myself rewatching movies ranging from the likes of Donnie Darko to Pride and Prejudice and can appreciate a good comedy such as Anchorman…

Do you have a Role model? A personal role model is my mother who sparked my love for movement and health when I was a teenager… A professional role model of mine is James Goodlatte – the founder of Fit For Birth – who is elevating and educating prenatal and postpartum fitness leaders with a progressive, holistic approach to wellness and birthing.

What is your workout specialty? Pre-Conception, Prenatal and Postpartum: Core and Pelvic Floor Functional Fitness and Mobility, Breath-work, and Fascia Flossing (resistive stretching).

What advice do you give to a member that is just starting their workout journey? Your body and mind can only learn one new thing at a time, so keep things simple, remember to breathe as you move your body, and make time for recovery. As you’re working out, ask yourself: “How does this movement make my body feel?” If the answer is “this hurts” (and not in a good way!) or “I’m feeling it in my joints” – seek out a personal trainer and don’t hesitate to ask for help along  the way.

What advice do you give to gym veterans? Don’t underestimate the importance of recovery (hydration, nutrition, sleep, and mindfulness) to thrive and make gains. 

What is your favorite exercise? Anything that challenges the inner-core unit from a functional standpoint.

Why did you get involved in fitness? At first, it was more for myself.  For me, movement is therapy and I thought that if I became involved in fitness I’d feel the benefits and make an income at the same time! Then, I quickly realized, I become energized when I see the lightbulb turn on in the minds of people I train… I want to show people that exercise doesn’t have to be a chore or a sacrifice… I want to teach people how exercise and movement can be a fun and foundational part of their life without having to make complex changes… to help them find ways to incorporate it in their everyday life in the simplest of ways that provide them with energy and vitality.