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!
“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.
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 runs. I enjoy challenging and encouraging others to work for a healthy lifestyle and push them to achieve their fitness goals.
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.
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.
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.
I am a native of Alabama, and currently reside in Gadsden. I work as a full-time faculty member at Jacksonville State University, teaching courses in composition, American literature, oral communication, and grammar for the English department. I have a passion for helping others learn and grow, which extends into the world of fitness: I coach classes for the Absolute Fitness APT program where I get to apply my knowledge of CrossFit methodology, as well as nutrition.
In 2016, I received my CrossFit Level 1 certification. With my Level 1, I began coaching at several CrossFit affiliates locally, and eventually at Absolute Fitness. Over the last several years, I have learned that being a good coach involves much more than head knowledge. It involves understanding the needs, goals, and motivation of an athlete. It involves caring about people. For me, fitness is a passion that also provides a gateway to serving others. Personally, I love setting challenging goals and working towards fulfilling those goals through consistent effort, but this often takes time and patience. I love helping athletes come to understand that the process itself can be enjoyable because it involves challenging yourself every day to see what your potential may be. Fitness isn’t always about competitions and winning. It’s mostly about the day-to-day grind, and my goal is to help people find joy in the day-to-day processes.
In addition to coaching, I also program the workouts for APT, workouts that hopefully challenge the diverse range of athletes that participate in the APT program. Every week, athletes are challenged to work on their conditioning, strength, and even gymnastics. Everyone from the OCR runner to the powerlifter can find something enjoyable in the program.
Outside the gym, I love to cook! I’m a sucker for trying new and interesting recipes, but I love taking a recipe and trying to make it healthy. I’m an active member of my church, Rainbow Presbyterian. I have an amazing dog, a Goldendoodle named “Sibby.” And, more than anything, I love my family and friends, and I try to spend as much time as possible fostering those relationships.
Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”
My name is Wade Skaggs and I enjoy being a certified trainer at the best gym in Etowah County. I am married to my wonderful wife Holley and have a 14 year old son, Thomas.
I played sports in school and have continued to enjoy running, cross training, functional training, mountain biking and OCR (Obstacle Course Racing).
I coach APT (Absolute Performance Training) and invite you to challenge yourself in our trainer coached classes each week. If you are preparing for an athletic event, obstacle race or just want to train like an athlete…I encourage you to join us each week.
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.