Trainers and Coaches

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Team Mechanicsville

Meet the Fam

Work towards your dream body with the best personal trainers in Mechanicsville at American Family Fitness gyms. Our dedicated personal training staff utilize a variety of techniques including TRX suspension training, free weights, machines, and more to help you meet health and fitness goals. Call our team today to get started!

Nicholas Oanca

Personal Trainer

Nicholas Oanca

Personal Trainer

Mindset is everything in life. Our outlook on what we do and what we experience is powerful. We can focus on learning and growing a bit each day while building good habits. That effort will continually lead to significant, positive changes throughout our lives.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S. in Business Management/Administration

Certification

National College of Exercise Professionals, NCEP

Experience

3 years lacrosse / 2 years powerlifting / 5 years in the fitness industry

Specialty

Strength Training, Body Recomposition

Philosophy

Approach life with an open mindset, ready for growth.

Matthew Watts

Personal Trainer

Matthew Watts

Personal Trainer

Coming in and doing something is better than not doing anything at all.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University

Certification

NCEP Certified Personal Trainer

Experience

10 years of football/ 2 Years of weight training

Specialty

Shoulder recovery, Hypertrophy, Strength training, and body building

Philosophy

Learn to be disciplined for the days you're not motivated

Jihan Garland

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Jihan Garland

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Power is not will. It is the phenomenon of physically making things happen. Become powerful.

Education

VCU Exercise Science Major

Certification

National College of Exercise Professionals, TRX Certified

Experience

3 years USAPL/IPF competitive power lifting (holding multiple state records),2 years Muay Thai, 2 years CrossFit, 3 years collegiate rugby, 5 years Greco-Roman/Freestyle wrestling, 8 years football, 3 sport specific +50 pound weight losses

Specialty

Mobility, toning, strength gain, muscle growth, fat loss, competitive power lifting prep.

Philosophy

Motivation gets you started, and habit keeps you going.

Colette Woods

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Colette Woods

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Every challenge in our life is an opportunity to be grateful for the lessons. One lesson I am in the process of learning is to Practice putting yourself first. This is not selfish, this is Self Care. When challenges force us out of our comfort zone, this Self Care becomes critical to our success.

Education

St. Gertrude High School

Certification

National Academy of Sports Medicine, NASM, CPT, Aquatic Exercise Professional, AEA

Experience

Coaching of Home Exercise Programs following Therapy, Team Training, Water Fitness Professional, Over 15 years in the Fitness Industry

Specialty

Strenghening for Gait Stability, Functional Movement & Increased Endurance

Philosophy

The Ideal Place to Start Your Journey is Exactly Where You ARE.

Amy Wilson

Fitness Director &
Fusion Coach

Amy Wilson

Fitness Director &
Fusion Coach

I believe that changing your body starts with changing how you think about yourself. Treating yourself with respect and love will foster an environment of healing, wellness and fitness. You are not going to take care of what you don't love. So love yourself and do what you need to be the best you can be.

Education

University of Kentucky

Certification

National Academy of Sports Medicine CPT, Functional Movement Specialist FMS, Training of Warriors Level 1 Instructor

Experience

5 years in Fitness Industry as Personal Trainer, Instructor and Fitness Director

Specialty

Metabolic exercise, strength training, functional movement, weight loss, senior fitness, group training

Philosophy

Go outside more.

Alison Leach

Personal Trainer

Alison Leach

Personal Trainer

“Only you know when you’r ready. I’m here to keep that on the forefront of your mind and never let you forget. Put all the excuses aside and start believing in yourself. Daily disapline is the key to success. Win for your day. Because I do. Let’s win together.

Education

Douglas Freeman High School

Certification

AFPA

Experience

Personal Trainer since 2011, 1st place Figure Novice class OCB, soccer, tennis, volleyball

Specialty

Recovery, weight lifting, motivation, Positive Attitude

Philosophy

Proper preparation prevents poor performance

Lil Harris

Personal Trainer

Lil Harris

Personal Trainer

Everything we do here inside the gym is so we can live life fully outside the gym. As a wife, mom, caregiver to my Wounded Warrior and aging parents, I know that to be my best for them, I must choose every day to fight for my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Let me help you be your best.

Education

University of Virginia, B.A. in French and Theatre, Cum Laude, Echols Scholar

Certification

National College of Exercise Professionals; AFAA Primary Group Exercise

Experience

I joined the Group Exercise team in 2016, now coaching MOSSA Blast, Core, Power, Ride/R30, and Coach by Color cycling. I joined the Personal Training team as a Fusion coach in 2018, and became a full-time Personal Trainer in 2019.

Specialty

Strength training, functional movement training, small group & team training, HIIT training

Philosophy

"A healthy lifestyle is not about the mirror; it's about the One we're trying to mirror." - Jimmy Pena

Rebecca Hicks

Personal Trainer

Rebecca Hicks

Personal Trainer

Great things never came from comfort zones.

Education

Roanoke College, B.S. of Health and Exercise Science

Certification

NCEP

Experience

3 year collegiate softball athlete, 5 year track athlete, powerlifter

Specialty

Weight loss, strength training, sport specific

Philosophy

Believe you can and you’re half way there.

Jayson Dillard

Personal Trainer

Jayson Dillard

Personal Trainer

It doesn’t matter how fast you go, just as long as you’re going.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University

Certification

NCEP

Experience

NCAA Cross Country/Track, 8 years competitive running

Specialty

Core strength, Endurance training

Philosophy

The first step is the hardest but the last is most rewarding

Jihan Garland

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Jihan Garland

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Power is not will. It is the phenomenon of physically making things happen. Become powerful.

Education

VCU Exercise Science Major

Certification

National College of Exercise Professionals, TRX Certified

Experience

3 years USAPL/IPF competitive power lifting (holding multiple state records),2 years Muay Thai, 2 years CrossFit, 3 years collegiate rugby, 5 years Greco-Roman/Freestyle wrestling, 8 years football, 3 sport specific +50 pound weight losses

Specialty

Mobility, toning, strength gain, muscle growth, fat loss, competitive power lifting prep.

Philosophy

Motivation gets you started, and habit keeps you going.

Colette Woods

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Colette Woods

Personal Trainer &
Fusion Coach

Every challenge in our life is an opportunity to be grateful for the lessons. One lesson I am in the process of learning is to Practice putting yourself first. This is not selfish, this is Self Care. When challenges force us out of our comfort zone, this Self Care becomes critical to our success.

Education

St. Gertrude High School

Certification

National Academy of Sports Medicine, NASM, CPT, Aquatic Exercise Professional, AEA

Experience

Coaching of Home Exercise Programs following Therapy, Team Training, Water Fitness Professional, Over 15 years in the Fitness Industry

Specialty

Strenghening for Gait Stability, Functional Movement & Increased Endurance

Philosophy

The Ideal Place to Start Your Journey is Exactly Where You ARE.

Amy Wilson

Fitness Director &
Fusion Coach

Amy Wilson

Fitness Director &
Fusion Coach

I believe that changing your body starts with changing how you think about yourself. Treating yourself with respect and love will foster an environment of healing, wellness and fitness. You are not going to take care of what you don't love. So love yourself and do what you need to be the best you can be.

Education

University of Kentucky

Certification

National Academy of Sports Medicine CPT, Functional Movement Specialist FMS, Training of Warriors Level 1 Instructor

Experience

5 years in Fitness Industry as Personal Trainer, Instructor and Fitness Director

Specialty

Metabolic exercise, strength training, functional movement, weight loss, senior fitness, group training

Philosophy

Go outside more.

Danielle Roberts

Fusion Coach

Danielle Roberts

Fusion Coach

Fitness is here to be enjoyed! It provides us with the ability to enjoy a healthy active lifestyle. The beauty is you get to choose your own fitness adventures, the options are endless. I strive to create a fun safe environment for you to find your own love for fitness.

Education

Virginia Tech, B.S. Psychology

Certification

NASM CPT, ACE Group X, MOSSA CORE, MOSSA FIGHT, MOSSA RIDE/R30, MOSSA POWER, BARRE ABOVE INSTRUCTOR

Experience

Started in the Fitness Industry in 2014 and it has been my passion ever since

Specialty

Team Training

Philosophy

I believe the best thing you can put on in the morning is a smile and your gym shoes.
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