Trainers and Coaches

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Colonial Heights Team

Meet the Fam

Get ready to crush health and fitness goals when you sign up for personal training at our AFF gym in Colonial Heights. Our world class staff of personal trainers are here to help you tone up, burn fat, and get moving. Call the gym to sign up today!

Emanuel Craighead

Personal Trainer

Emanuel Craighead

Personal Trainer

If you fail to prepare then prepare to fail.

Education

B.A. English

Certification

AFPA

Experience

35 years experience in fitness, created Be A Loser Program, Holiday Shape – Up, Resolutions Program, Be Well Program, 11 years of experience training figure competitors

Specialty

Design specialized programs, special populations, show prep, body fat reduction, lean tissue development, weight loss, corrective exercise, athletes, nutrition, strength development

Philosophy

Fitness is a physical expression of human movement & performance.  If your body does not move well, your performance will be hinder!

Ellen Klingman

Personal Trainer

Ellen Klingman

Personal Trainer

You can greatly improve your posture, balance and overall fitness if you train your weakest body part first through stretching, functional movement and strength training.

Education

Iona College, B.A. of Education and Speech, Virginia State University, B.A. of Music; Spiritual Director Institute

Certification

Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, AFAA CPT & Group Exercise Instructor; American Fitness Professionals & Associates, AFPA Nutrition Counselor; Tai Chi Instructor; Spiritual Director

Experience

20+ years personal training; 30+ years Group Exercise Instructor

Specialty

Deconditioned population of all ages, pre and post surgery rehabilitation, functional fitness and flexibility, nutrition

Philosophy

Move more, eat right and live longer

Esau Retamozo

Manager and Personal Trainer

Esau Retamozo

Manager and Personal Trainer

“Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition - such as lifting weights - we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.” -Stephen Covey

Education

Bachelors of Science in Sports and Recreation Management

Certification

ACE personal Trainer

Experience

I have lots

Specialty

Weight loss, Pre/Post Operative Training, Military Performance Training, Sport Performance Training, and Corrective Exercises.

Philosophy

Fitness is more than looking good. It’s about feeling good inside and out. Be active. Be fit!

Leslie Gardea

Personal Trainer

Leslie Gardea

Personal Trainer

Everyone has the capacity to improve themselves and reach their goals. Decide what is important to you and start making changes today to make it a reality. Learn from every triumph and challenge along the way.

Education

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Massage Therapy

Certification

National Academy of Sports Medicine, NASM

Experience

10 years competitive swimming, 9 years water instruction, 4 years in the Health Industry

Specialty

Aquatics, Flexibility, Holistic Training

Philosophy

Do a little better every day.

Lorenzo Hall

Personal Trainer

Lorenzo Hall

Personal Trainer

Fitness has a way to teach discipline, accountability, and commitment. It’s a lifestyle that can be enjoyable and create healthy habits and confidence. It’s also a healthy way to relieve stress.

Education

Bossier Parish Community College, Business

Certification

NASM, sports enhancement specialist

Experience

5 years of weight training, 1 year personal training

Specialty

Body composition, Sport specific training, Behavior changes, strength and conditioning

Philosophy

The body achieves what the mind believes.

Jacob Ezell

Personal Trainer

Jacob Ezell

Personal Trainer

Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear.

Education

Associates Degree in Science

Certification

ACE Certification / Precision Nutrition Certification

Experience

10 Years of competitive basketball

Specialty

Sport Specific Training, Nutrition, Strength, and Conditioning

Philosophy

Proud but never satisfied

Natasha Saunders

Personal Trainer

Natasha Saunders

Personal Trainer

You have to work hard for this. It may take longer doing it the healthy and right way, but it will last longer. It will be better and you will be happier.

Education

Associates Of arts

Certification

American College of Sports Medicine, ACSM; Running Coach, Revo2lution running; TRX

Experience

2 years in the fitness industry, competitive runner

Specialty

Running, weight loss, ACFT

Philosophy

All you need is determination
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