“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 hr. Yoga Alliance completed May 6, 2012
500hr. yoga Alliance completed September 22, 2017
15 hrs. In Healthy Backs
15hrs. 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
Total hrs. Teaching Classes since 2012- 2017- 2600 hrs.
Total hrs. Training Private Clients-2012-2017- 3120 hrs .
Total hours- 5720 hrs. Teaching/ Training
Now enrolled in Final 300 hrs. Yoga Therapy- National Association of Yoga Therapists- Cartersville, Ga.Sue Hopkins To be completed 2018 mid- year.
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.
My name is Ryan Condy and I am married with two daughters. I have been in Law Enforcement for over twenty years and hold almost a dozen instructor certifications in that field. I was involved in athletics all through high school as well as college and hold a B.S. degree from Jacksonville State University. In 2015 I obtained my AFFA group fitness instructor certification and in 2016 my personal trainer certification. I frequently participate in OCR events across the southeast as well as running in local races and urns. I enjoy challenging and encouraging other to work for a healthy lifestyle and push them to achieve their fitness goals.
My name is Rick Reneman. I’ve worked in the fitness industry for the past 9 years doing everything from managing to new member orientation. Since I was young, fitness and athletics have always been an obsession of mine. I’m eager to help anyone and everyone meet their desired goals whether its preparing for sports or just to get back in shape.
I hope to see you in the gym.
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 FITNESS BACKGROUND
I have been involved in sports, team sports, and coaching. Sports include: softball, volleyball, track, basketball, tennis, biking, and swimming.
I currently teach group fitness classes and personal train at Absolute Fitness. I love to train and utilize all gym equipment. I not only use weights and machines, but also BOSU, kettlebell, and HIIT workouts.
I am 100% committed to what I plan for my clients. I plan each workout according to the client’s needs and desires. I put hard work and thought into each planned workout. I expect my clients to put in hard work with me as well as own their own time. I want to instill commitment, energy, and excitement into all my clients. I am very passionate about my job and I want my clients to meet or exceed their goals.
PERSONAL FITNESS BACKGROUND
I first began working out in high school because I felt I was too skinny. I wanted to gain more muscle mass. I soon discovered that I truly enjoyed working out and developed a passion for fitness. I became dedicated to physical fitness by going to the gym at least five days per week and began studying to increase my knowledge. I competed in the physique division of a local bodybuilding show and won 2nd place. With over ten years of gym experience, I decided to pursue a career in Personal Training in order to assist other to achieve their goals just as I have.
During my time with training, I have learned to work with men, women, and teenagers with different fitness goals. Everyone is different, and so I design workout plans according to my client’s physical and nutritional needs. Assessing each client individually is key to seeing optimal results. I am committed to developing a plan that fits each client’s individual needs and goals, whether that be weight loss, mass gain, or becoming lean and tone.
I believe keeping your body fit and staying active is very important throughout life. Not only will a fit and active lifestyle help to control your weight, but also reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and help to build stronger bones and muscles. Anything you put your mind to can be accomplished with hard work and dedication. It may not always be easy, but with guidance and focus – you will see results!!
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.
My name is Valerie Ulrich. I am originally from Tuscaloosa and currently reside in Southside with my husband and 3 children. Fitness has always been important to me from a young age and I participated in sports throughout high school. I truly fell in love with it during my pregnancy with our son. I stayed active with jogging, prenatal yoga, and light weight workouts. I had never felt better! I realized how important fitness and nutrition was for my overall wellness and really wanted to help others to achieve physical health through an active lifestyle. That’s when I decided to pursue a career as a personal trainer. I have worked at absolute fitness as a front desk associate for a year and in December 2017 I obtained my personal trainer license through ACE. During my time at absolute I have attended many APT (Absolute Performance Training) classes and have acquired a passion for it. I will soon be coaching these classes as well and really look forward to it!
I am so ready to see what God has in store for me as I begin my journey as a Personal Trainer with Team Absolute!
I am eager to assist others in their fitness voyage. “You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream.” -CS Lewis
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.
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.
Being an athletic adolescent, I was always amazed by the bodybuilders on television. Thereafter, I was inspired to change my physique and set personal goals for more muscle development and success within the competition realm. Instead of wasting time reading bias magazine articles or listening to someone in a gym without formal and specific education in this field, I decided to take a more efficient approach and educate myself. As my clout in the world of bodybuilding grew to a national level, I began being approached by potential clients with their fitness goals, and for that, I was humbled. I have dedicated countless hours making a career from sharing my training experiences with others while also encouraging them to incorporate every component of fitness into a balanced lifestyle.
Tailoring exercise, nutrition, injury rehab programs, and one-on-one private training has been the primary occupier of my time over the past decade. Catering from the athletic to the geriatric, my wellness programs have been designed for a wide range of individuals. In addition, my Physical Therapist Technician skills, guest speaking opportunities and training seminars have created a well-rounded competence in the world of fitness.
My job as a personal trainer is to help my clients get the results they want while maintaining proper health. I listen to my clients, understand their needs, and enjoy setting attainable goals which will keep them motivated to make fitness a lifestyle.