Hey guys! My name is Ashley Pitts and I have been a part of the Absolute Fitness family for many years now. I am a full time hairstylist outside of the gym, and in the gym, I am a Licensed Zumba Instructor, a CF-L1 Coach for our APT program, and I also coach our Kids Boot Camp class. In my spare time, my hobby is Olympic Weightlifting, in which I compete in. I love the difference in body composition, during my training and competition seasons. I am obsessed with what the human body is capable of, and I would love to see all of you, here with us!
Hi! I am Carol Hall, a work in progress. In May 2010, and at a size 24, “Enough was Enough”! I made the decision to get healthy and fit. With my own determination and dedication, plus the supervision and mentoring of some excellent personal trainers, I dropped lots of sizes and traded fat for muscle. At a size 14, I still have a few more pounds and sizes to shed; therefore, staying busy is a requirement. With this in mind, I decided to add more challenges to my ‘get fit/stay fit’ lifestyle. I got my Group Fitness Instructor Certification through AFAA in September 2012 so I could teach PUMP and SPIN. I want to encourage others from my personal experience. If I can do it, you can too! It is an incredible journey!
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” Rumi
I love the functioning of the human body and of the mind-body connection will lead you to a more functional and productive lifestyle.
As a 27 year veteran of teaching Biology, Anatomy, Genetics and Bacteriology for the Gadsden City School System, my love of science and the human body led me to Personal Training in 2000.
After suffering a herniated disc and back surgery, I was led to Pilates to rehab my back.
I trained through the Physical Mind Institute in 2002 and have been teaching Traditional Pilates since then.
I discovered Yoga in 2003 and after training with YogaFit levels 1-2-3, I wanted to dig deeper and was led to my yoga teacher, Carol Stahl, a yoga therapist in 2009.
I completed my 200 hr. Yoga Alliance Certification in 20012, exhaling gratitude to Lynn Jacobs, Springstone Yoga for her loving guidance and to the mentoring of Lawrence Biscontini, in Puerto Rico who helped me “get out of my way” as a teacher.
I have trained with Tias Little- Subtle Body, Matthew Sanford- Adaptive Yoga, Sarah Powers- Yin Yoga, Erich Schiffmann- Movement of energy, Nicholai Bachman- Language of Sanskrit, Rolfe gates- Meditation on the Mat to name a few.
I have been able to make this journey with the love and support of Garry, my husband of 43 yrs.
who has been a constant source of support and encouragement.
Total hours of study and dedication to the complete Yoga lifestyle:
200 hrs. Yoga Alliance completed May 6, 2012
500 hrs. yoga Alliance completed September 22, 2017
600 hrs. Professional Yoga Therapy
15 hrs. In Healthy Backs
15 hrs. In Adjusting Yoga Poses
15 hrs. In Sequencing Yoga Poses
15 hrs. In Pelvic Floor Incontinence
36 hrs. Chakra Study
15 hrs. Ayurveda Science
In addition to 500 hrs.
23 hrs. Subtle Body- Tias Little
23 hrs. Adaptive Yoga- Matthew Sanford
Over 4000 Total hrs. Teaching Classes since 2012-2019
Over 4000 Total hrs. Training Private Clients-2012-2019
Over 8000 Teaching/ Training
I invite you to explore your own “mind/Body connection with me in one of the nine classes I teach Monday thru Saturday or schedule private sessions if interested in a deeper study of Yoga.
I am a single mother of two wonderful and handsome sons. I am a 30 year veteran nurse who has worked all over Alabama and also as a travel nurse. I have experiences in CVOR, plastics and ENT surgery and now a holding room nurse at GRMC. I am an AFAA certified instructor and have worked at various types of group fitness programs for over 30 years including Les Mills Body Pump. I have a real passion for “Pump” which is what I currently teach at Absolute Fitness. Many members benefit largely from this class, it is not only toning and shaping but also helps strengthen the core, it is also good for those needing rehabilitation. I firmly believe in a strong regimen of fitness in your lifestyle and the type of fitness that will help to keep you young and healthy and maintain a more positive attitude for your overall health. Join me in a class!
Sharon Underwood has worked for the Gadsden City School System for over 18 years as a middle school teacher. She has continued her education at the University of Alabama in Administration Educational Leadership (AEL) with her Ed.S. In the future, Sharon plans to become an aspiring school leader or an academic college advisor as a curriculum instructor assisting new teachers in their profession.
May 2010, Sharon joined the Absolute Fitness team. She is certified through Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), Indoor Cycling Group Coach by Color (ICG), Zumba® Fitness and is licensed to teach: Spin, Zumba® Fitness 1, Zumba® Step1 and 2, Zumba® Senato, and Zumba® Kids+Jrs. She is also an assistant to her best friend the Alabama Zumba Fitness Jammer who creates new choreography and teaches it to other Zumba Instructors at a three hours session. Sharon travels all over Alabama and other states assisting and helping her #alabamajammer friend where needed. She enjoys learning, encouraging and playing diverse music in all of her classes.
Sharon has been teaching group fitness classes for over 20 years and believes fitness and health together are the combination to a healthy lifelong living. In her spare time, she shares her testimony through inspirational speaking to others about her weight-loss journey.
On top of her many positions, she also works member relations at the front desk. This has allowed Sharon to help new members, when signing up. She is able to relate to new members on different physical levels concerning questions new members may have concerning the many variety of classes we offer.
On February 14, 2010, Sharon ran her first (Mercedes) half-marathon at 2:13.23. Her one goal was to run the entire 13.1 miles nonstop and she succeeded beyond her expectations. Sharon enjoys a variety of fitness activities, volunteering, and being active in ministry.
My name is Tammy Gregory. I’m married to my best friend Scott Gregory. I work as a freelance court reporter, but fitness and exercise have always been a passion of mine, as well as volunteering with the Etowah County Humane Society, which I do as often as possible. I love the saying, “I want to be the person my dog thinks I am.” I have two dogs, two cats, five hens, and started beekeeping last summer!! I love the outdoors, working or playing, and always have a wonderful vegetable garden every summer.
I’ve been a group exercise instructor for over half my life and have held certifications in aerobics, step aerobics, train the trainer weight training, Pilates, and yoga. I’m excited to be part of the Absolute Fitness team and look forward to meeting you. Come visit a yoga class with me and let’s de-stress together for an hour.
My name is Phyllis Robertson. I have been teaching group fitness since 1993. I’m AFAA primary group certified. Schwinn & Precision cycling certified, ICG cycling and Zumba certified and train in Body Pump.
I teach SPIN and SPIN FUSION at 5:30 in the mornings. For some people, waking up earlier may be a horrible inconvenience… but it’s also a great way to get a workout in before your day has begun!
If exercise is important to you
you will find a way even if it’s 530a.m.
Come SPIN the morning with us!
“Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do. Not a punishment for what you ate.”
–Women’s Health UK
I found Pilates in 2013 while in school at Auburn University. I quickly became infatuated with the exercise as it changed my life from the inside out. In 2014 I began my instructor training under my master teacher and mentor, Lisa Padgett. She then led me to my current teacher, Genevieve Ward, the owner of studio Gpilates by Genevieve in Homewood, AL. There I am working towards my comprehensive teacher training for Principled Pilates, with plans to test out through Pilates Method Alliance upon completion. The philosophy she teaches takes the foundation of Joseph Pilates and combines his vision with a 21st century upbeat workout which infuses plyometrics, yoga, Pilates, and cardio all at once.
My passion for Pilates stems from the way my own life has benefited from it, but also how I have been able to help others. I love waking up every day knowing that I get to work with men and women of all ages and lifestyles in order to increase their mobility, strength, and mood to achieve whole body health.
Completed areas of study:
Anatomy in Motion
Mat and Special Populations
To be completed:
Cadillac and Spinal Conditions
Chair and Arc
My name is Stacey Garmon and I have been working in the fitness industry since 1985.
I started out as a group fitness instructor and I continue to teach classes to this day in addition to personal training. My personal training journey also began back in 1985 when I assisted members with using weight machines at the fitness center where I worked. I was first certified as a personal trainer with the U.S. Army in their Master Fitness Trainer program while I served in the Tennessee Army National Guard. I am also now certified through NASM/AFAA. I have done multiple certifications and trainings over the years and continue to seek out opportunities to learn and inspire others to make exercise a part of their daily life.
Training Philosophy – I believe it is important to move your body. If you want to live your life with quality and the ability to experience life’s opportunities, you have to keep your body mobile and strong. That involves all the areas of fitness from cardiorespiratory health to muscular strength and endurance to flexibility to body composition. Proper nutrition and rest are extremely important too. Find things you enjoy, make goals, and do what you need to do to make exercise a part of your life, not just a temporary thing. If you want to make improvements, you have to challenge yourself. Don’t get stuck just doing the same things over and over again – variety is key. If you use a trainer, they should be able to tell you why you should do certain exercises – not just how. It helps me to have a fitness goal, and because of that I am proud to have completed a couple of half marathons, a full marathon, a sprint triathlon and a metric century ride. If you become one of my clients, I hope to educate you and inspire you to make the most of what God has given you.
Education and Certification
Personal and Fitness Background
I have always been interested in health and fitness. After high school I became a nurse and worked in the healthcare industry. After my second child I began working out at Gold’s Gym and fell in love with exercise and became passionate about fitness. In 2005 I became a certified group fitness instructor. I have taught spin, step, strength, cardio, interval, Pilates, and silver sneakers classes. In 2014 I became a certified personal trainer.
My passion is to assist you in reaching you fitness goals in a fun safe and effective manner. I want to motivate you to a healthier and happier life. I will work with you, listen to you, understand you goals and encourage you. Together we will build a program that you can follow for life. My training is based on the individual needs of each client.
Your body won’t go where you mind doesn’t push it.
Education and Certification
FAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor
AFAA Certified Personal Trainer
Yogafit Certified Level 1,2,3 Restorative, Senior, Hot Yoga
STOTT PILATES trained Reformer, Stability Chair, Tower and Mat
Silver Sneakers Classic, Yoga
Star Trac Cycling Certified
American Heart Association CPR & AED certified
B.S./M.A. Special Education degree
Personal and Fitness Background
I have taught fitness classes of all types for over 30 years. My classes have ranged from Step, Yoga, Pilates to Spin classes. I now do training on the Pilates Reformer, Stability Chair, V2Max Reformer with the tower and Pilates Mat classes. I also teach Yoga classes of all types as well. My background in education has helped me design and develop programs and goals today for the individual needs of my clients.
Every client is an individual and through proper assessment, programming is developed to fit the individual needs of that client. Through the programs offered through STOTT Pilates, improvement in core strength, posture, coordination and balance can be attained by the training on the Pilates machines and Mat training. Being able to offer yoga sessions in addition adds more in-depth training for individual needs. My aim is to help the individual in his/her journey to total health in every way possible.
Katie Gallman is from Ohatchee, Alabama and is a trained dancer and fitness instructor. She received her B.F.A in Dance in 2013, which laid the foundation for her fitness journey. She is a certified Barre Above instructor and has experience teaching a variety of group fitness classes including Barre, Cardio Barre, Triple Threat, Weight Lifting, and Ballet Conditioning. Katie truly believes we are all capable of so much more than we think, and she loves helping people discover that in their own fitness journeys.
My name is Lauren Holt, and I live in Hokes Bluff with husband, JD, and our three children. I taught high school English for nine years before becoming a stay at home mom. After many years of running and participating in fitness classes at Absolute, I wanted to become more involved. I obtained my group fitness certification in September of 2015 and started teaching group fitness classes. I enjoy sharing my passion for fitness and health with my AF family and am grateful to be part of the TEAM.
Tiffany Jacobs, AFAA certified personal trainer and fitness director at Absolute, is passionate about her job. Her many qualifications as an instructor are only exceeded by the amount of driven, result-seeking clients she helps to motivate on a daily basis. Tiffany’s certifications have included IFTA group fitness and indoor cycling and AFAA kickboxing. When she’s not personal training, leading group fitness classes or coaching Performance Training, Tiffany works as an LPN. Her medical affiliation, fitness ability, unmatched encouragement and intensity are sure to provide not only physical results but confidence as well. Busting the “6-minute-abs” myth, Tiffany challenges her clients while also helping them realize that fitness can be a fun lifestyle.
My name is Amanda Martinez. I am married and have a wonderful family. I have obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama……ROLL TIDE!!! While at the University I was Drum Major for the Million Dollar Band….what an experience!!! There is nothing more exhilarating then performing for over 90,000 screaming fans. I currently teach kindergarten, 7 years to be exact. I have taught group fitness classes for 13 years. I am AFAA certified, Les Mills Body Pump certified, and hold SCHWINN and Precision cycling certificates. I look forward to seeing new faces in group fitness classes this coming year.