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At Fitness First Health & Wellness we believe that achieving your fitness goals is crucial because people are the most important factors in a company’s success.

That’s why we’re proud to say that we work with some of the best people around!

Meet the team and find out how they help make Fitness First Health & Wellness the Best Gym in Norfolk!


Group Fitness Instructor Sandy loves working with a variety of clients. She is motivated to help any person whether new to fitness, wanting to maintain a healthy lifestyle or wanting to push their fitness level to a new height. Her passion for fitness comes from over 25 years of involvement and participation in a variety of aspects of the fitness industry. She has a BS from George Mason in Marketing. She has her fitness certifications through ACE, AFAA and AEA. She is certified to teach Spin, Pilates, TRX and group fitness classes. Sandy actively competes in running races and did her first Triathlon in September. She loves to spend time with her family, read, work out and go to the beach.

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” ― William W. Purkey



Group Fitness Instructor Christie has been with Fitness First Health & Wellness since it opened it’s doors in 2010. Her passion is to share her personal fitness journey with others. Christie believes that the pursuit of wellness is ongoing and only achieved through balance, consistency and clear commitment to personal goals. She is currently certified in:
Personal Training certification from AAAI-ISMA
Sports Nutrition certification from AAAI-ISMA
Spinning certification
Yogafit certification (currently pursuing 200 RYT)
TRX certification


Group Fitness Instructor While studying Physiology and Neurobiology in college, Jen pursued fitness part-time and obtained her ACE and AFAA group exercise certification. She furthered her expertise adding several disciplines to her resume including Kickboxing, Yoga, BOSU, Jump Rope, PowerFlex, TRX, Pilates and Cycling. She eventually became a corporate fitness director and led AFAA certifications in Yoga. A proud member of Fitness First Health & Wellness, Jen looks forward to helping you have fun and improve your fitness in a variety of class formats.

“Your biggest challenge isn’t someone else. It’s the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs, and the voice inside you that yells ‘CAN’T’. But you don’t listen, you just push harder. And then you hear the voice whisper ‘CAN’, and you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are.” – Author Unknown



Group Fitness Instructor Lisa is currently certified in:

Zumba Basic 1
Zumba Basic 2
Aqua Zumba
Zumba Toning
American Heart Association-CPR/AED certified
AFAA certification
Les Mills Body Step certification


Personal Trainer / Group Fitness Instructor Tierney has always had a love for fitness and athletics. She has played ice hockey for 18 years including 4 years at Liberty University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. After deciding to switch from physical therapy to a fitness career, she began her Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Wellness at Old Dominion University which she will complete in the spring of 2015. Tierney loves working with a variety of clients and does everything she can to help them reach their fitness goals!

ACSM Certified Health Specialist
AFAA Certified Personal Trainer
AFAA Primary Group Exercise Instructor
Certified Schwinn Cycling Instructor
CPR/AED Certified
TRX Level 1 Certified

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Yoga Instructor Rebekah is warm hearted, playful yoga instructor with a passion for teaching. She found yoga in the summer of 2010 during a transitional period in her life. After moving from Atlanta to Norfolk, she completed her 200hr Teacher Training under Jennie Cohen (YogaWorks) at The Yoga Room in Ghent. She believes that yoga is a daily reminder to cherish the present moment on and off the mat. Expect her classes to leave you feeling centered and alive!


Group Fitness Instructor Studying Health and Wellness at Eastern Connecticut University, Tara discovered yoga at a very young age and began developing her own practice while understanding the connection between mind, body, and breath. In 2003, she had the pleasure of working with Lex Gillian from the Yoga Institute to become 200-hour RYT certified. In 2007, she had the honor of traveling to a mountaintop in Costa Rica to attend a Yoga Conference and Retreat at Panacea de La Montana. She believes in the importance of being aware of different cultures, having compassion, and developing a global perspective. Tara attends Yoga Journal Conferences throughout the year to explore yoga further. She is deeply inspired by the teachings of Seane Corn, Baron Baptiste, Erich Schiffmann and Shiva Rea.

Tara wants to make yoga accessible to people from all walks of life, creating thoughtful, balanced practices for beginners as well as advanced students. I have been lucky to have the honor of taking my knowledge and love of the art of yoga and wellness, and share it with the world through teaching others for 10 years.

“The Light in Me, Honors the Light in You” – Namaste

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Group Fitness Instructor Ray is a multifaceted graphic designer with a passion for fitness, promoting an active lifestyle, and a taste for barbecue. He has been an instructor at Fitness First Health & Wellness since 2013.

“Never sacrifice who you are just because someone has a problem with it”


Personal Trainer / Group Fitness Instructor After 15 years of wrestling in New Mexico, Justin has now transitioned from an athlete to a fitness professional, obtaining his Bachelor’s in Exercise Science from Old Dominion University, and currently working on his Master’s in Human Movement Science. Justin is able to meet the demands and goals of any client or fitness class with RESULTS! Being a former athlete coupled with his continuous fitness education, Justin trains everyone from athletes to weight loss clients.

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Striking Trainer
TRX Level 1
American College of Sport Medicine CPT

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Personal Trainer Kevin has a unique passion for fitness. With twenty years of physical training experience, he is well rounded in the movements and limitations of the body. He played athletic and competitive sports for many years up to the collegiate level, with a focus in endurance and strength building. After taking the step to turn his hobby into a career, he developed a desire to help others succeed in reaching their goals the way he has. He encourages people to live a healthier and more active lifestyle through fitness. As a certified personal trainer by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Kevin specializes in strength training, body conditioning, and weight loss programs. He is currently working towards additional certifications and has become increasingly interested in the nutritional aspect of fitness. Kevin trains and accepts clients from all fitness levels. While not at the gym he enjoys cycling, golf, and surfing.

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