Hey guys! My name is Ashley Pitts and I have been a part of the Absolute Fitness family for quite a few years now! I began my journey with Absolute Fitness after a Zumba Fitness Party In Pink fundraiser we had, late October in 2010. I had been teaching classes at a local church, and through the grapevine, Dawn found me and the rest is history!
I have been into athletics and sports from a very young age. I began playing tee ball at the age of 5 and just continued to grow from there. I was a very active student athlete from West End High School, where I played, volleyball, basketball, softball and was also a cheerleader. I continued my knowledge of athletics as the volleyball manager, under Coach Angie Sanders and Coach Connie Clark, for 2 years at GSCC. During my time there, I fell even more in love with the fitness aspect of sports, as well as the coaching aspect. I began coaching club volleyball at the age of 19, for our local volleyball club, GVC. From there, I went on to coach 2 season at Gadsden City High School, and helped out with camps for other surrounding schools.
During all of this, I found the love of my life, at the time… Zumba Fitness! I was completed captivated by the music and rhythm of the beats, that I literally jumped in class one day, and registered to get my license the next! I have been teaching Zumba Fitness, in general, since May 2010, and the love has never faded. You can definitely say the rhythm runs through my veins. During this time at the gym, we were introducing a few new classes and class types, and one of those classes that quickly became a favorite, was RIPPED. I had always been in love with the concept of weightlifting, but this class really sparked the flame, that quickly took over. From RIPPED, I went on to test the waters of Crossfit, which grew my love for weightlifting even more and led me to obtaining my CF-L1 Certification. The concept of coaching Crossfit was that of coaching my teams and that grew my love for the sport. From Crossfit, I journeyed to Olympic Weightlifting, which has now become my passion and favorite form of competition. I am currently training with a coach from Atlanta, GA, to prepare for local meets, that will hopefully lead to a national platform!
During my time away from the gym, I am a full time hairstylist in downtown Gadsden. I love, love, love my job as a stylist, and I feel coaching, adults and children alike, has helped me enjoy my job even more, and has helped me in relation to my clients. Along with the salon, I am still coaching volleyball with GVC and loving every second of it. I have my high school coaches, especially Coach Clark, to thank for a lot of things in life, but most importantly, helping mold the person I am today, because without her guidance and constant push, I don’t think I would have the same drive and work ethic, in my passions and day to day life.
In my off time, which is definitely much needed, I spend time taking short road trips to different festivals, whether it be food or music, with dear friends and occasionally my 2 fur babies, Moxie and Sunny. I am also a concert junkie and will, randomly and spontaneously, purchase tickets last minute and road trip for that, as well! If it has anything to do with food and/or music, you can be certain, I’ll be there!
I love my Absolute Fitness family and I am looking forward to meeting all of our new members and continuing my years with the returning ones. I can’t wait to see what life has in store for myself, and Absolute Fitness, and I would love to grow along with you! I hope to see you guys in a class soon!
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
300 hrs. yoga Alliance completed September 22, 2017
600 hrs. Professional Yoga Therapy
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 45 year veteran nurse, currently at Gadsden Regional Medical Center 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’m married to my husband Mike. We have 2 children Alex and Brad and I have two grandchildren Mazely and Jax. I work at Hokes Bluff Middle School.
I started teaching group fitness at in 1993 and joined the Absolute family in 2015.
I’ve taught Reebok Step, Power Pump, Water Aerobics, Classic Senior Aerobics, Body Sculpt, Zumba, Spin and Spin Fusion.
I am AFAA Primary Group certified, Schwinn & Precision Cycling certified, ICG Cycling certified and Zumba certified.
I teach Spin and Spin Fusion at 5:15a.m. For some people, waking up earlier may be an inconvenience…but it’s also a great way to get a workout in before your day has begun. Early classes were great for me when my kids were playing school sports and it was getting harder to teach the afternoon classes. Now, I just love getting up and teaching…If exercise is important to you…you will find a way even if it’s 5:15a.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, my personal training certification in 2016 and started leading classes. I enjoy sharing my passion for fitness and health with my AF family and am grateful to be part of the TEAM.
Strong by Zumba
My name is Acura Harvey and I have been a group fitness instructor for three years. I am a single parent and a full time Registered Nurse. I served in the United States Army for eight years and encountered a knee injury that caused me to have surgery. After surgery I gained about 30 pounds and I had to get back in shape. I started my journey at Absolute Fitness about four years ago on a 7 day guest pass with a friend. After the seven days was up I joined the gym as a member. I started out with Zumba with many wonderful instructors and found my love for Zumba. I then tried other classes like spin, APT, yoga and many more. I loved going to the gym because the people were so friendly and willing to help me with my goals. That’s why I had to get certified in Zumba because if stepping into a Zumba class encouraged me to get fit then I knew I could inspire others to get fit to. I am not only certified to teach Zumba but also Strong by Zumba. I love doing what I do and hopefully I will inspire someone to get active to.
My fitness journey began in 1990. I was a young mom of two busy little boys, but my weight zapped my energy. I decided to make a change by eating clean and exercising (easy to say/hard to do!). Over the course of 15 months, I lost 100 lbs and developed a love for fitness that continues to grow. I attained a Group Fitness certification through AFAA, and have since been certified to teach indoor cycling, yoga and Pilates. To me, fitness is exciting! It not only changes us on the outside, but most importantly on the inside.
I’m so thankful to have mentors who encourage and inspire me. My mom (currently 84) was a runner and is still an avid cyclist. Also my amazing running husband, Mark (yep, the guy behind the desk at AF!)
As for my day job, I’m a manager at Gadsden Outfitters. It’s the perfect job for me because I’m a little bit of a runner but I’m an avid road cyclist. Last year I completed my first Century (100 mile) event! I’m mom to three and grandmother to one. I play the piano, enjoy cooking and love being involved at Church of the Highlands.
Join me for a ride in Spin class or strike a pose with me in yoga. We’ll get stronger and have a blast doing it!
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,4D Pro Bungee Instructor and ICG Coach by Color 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.
AFAA Personal Trainer
AFAA Cardio Kick boxing Instructor
IFTA Group Fitness Instructor
ICG Spin Instructor
Pound Pro Instructor
4D Pro Bungee Fitness Instructor
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.