Growing up in Hampton, VA, I originally moved to Richmond to enter the Graphic Design program at VCU. My focus quickly shifted to Exercise Science when I fell deeper in love with fitness, body composition, and movement through my own training. I sought out my Personal Training Certification in 2011 after competing in a Figure competition, and landed my first training job at Golds Gym in The Fan. After gaining experience, I turned away from the corporate gym feel and geared my services towards smaller studios for more private, personalized training. Much personal and professional growth has happened since then, leading me to start my own business at the beginning of 2019. So here we are - My name is Jordan and I am RVA's Personal Trainer!
I fell in love with the discipline that fitness demands. Struggling with ADHD and my identity growing up, the discipline & dedication of training gave me the direction I needed in my life. I had to plan if I wanted to reach my goals - no more going through the motions. I had to know what I was going to eat next, I had to make sacrifices, I had to train hard for the results. And that mindset set me up for success in my daily life. I developed the discipline to make the bed in the morning, wash the dishes when I was done using them, save money for the future, etc. I quickly learned that the control I was after started with my own body and deciding how I was going to treat it. Self discipline is self love.
Being a Personal Trainer allows me to motivate people into becoming their best self. My own training has changed my life, so my goal every single day is to inspire that discipline onto others. There's a lot of intimidating information out there on what to do and not do, leaving people helpless with no confidence to even begin. It's not a one size fits all, so I develop programs that are about self love vs. an obligation because bettering your body should NEVER be seen as an obligation. My 'no excuses' style training comes from taking control of our choices, accepting responsibility, and doing the work to get to our goals. If your back hurts from sitting all week at work, then it's time to stop complaining and start doing something about it. Whether your goal is lose weight, gain muscle, or simply move better, I'll be right by your side, showing you that you CAN get there. I'm honored to be a part of my clients transformations and lives, and I can't wait to be a part of yours.
Favorite Movie: I'm an avid Toy Story fan! How I Relax: I LOVE a deep cleaning & organizing spree Favorite Exercise: Bicep curls or Lat Pulldowns - love a good pump! Least Favorite Exercise: Jump squats. Why I love RVA: The river & city all in one - there's always something to do! Go To Snack: I've kept Think! protein bars in business, for sure. If I Wasn't a Trainer: Physical Therapist for children with disabilities Life Motto: "Be proud but never satisfied."
I have oodles of passion for: movement, nutrition, and squeaking more joy into everyday life. When I finally came to understand movement as a means of energizing myself, and food as a way to fuel myself.. my life changeda lot. Helping others along that path has been a joy for me ever since then! Some fun facts:
Yellow is my favorite color.. it’s bright, it’s happy, and it says, “let’s get this party started!”
Empowering women to confidently move a barbell is my FAVORITE.
I also work as an Occupational Therapist in a trauma hospital. I love dancing along the full spectrum of functional capacity. Spending some of my day helping patients return to daily life, and other parts of my day maximizing strength, power, and endurance is really incredible.
I have a yellow lab (Sullivan Phillip) who is ‘the best boy.’ He PRs his fetch record every single day.
Fitness has been a journey for me, too. I didn’t find an athletic bone in my body until I was about 26 years old. Like many regular human beings.. I have struggled with nutrition, the relationship I have with my body, and taking up space in the gym (and world). I promise you.. wellness is a challenge worth accepting. I’m already proud of you for finding your way to this website, and wherever you are in your journey: you’re welcome here. Now come sweat with us!
Qualifications: - CrossFit L1 Coach - Occupational Therapist - Functional Movement Technique Certified - Institute for Integrative Nutrition Coach - Working Against Gravity Certified Nutrition Coach - Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation Certified