Training Guru

Personal Trainer, M.S., CSCS, EP-C, USAW, FMS

Jessi has been guiding the Lifestyle team in various ways since 2009. His extensive education and training, plus his heart to share the gift of health and fitness with others, is visible in every member interaction and personal training session. Jessi is committed to in-depth assessments and supports members in adopting and maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviors in overall wellness, nutrition, and fitness.

Jessi continues building his experience in collegiate sports performance and strength training. He has worked with student-athletes from middle school to college to improve many aspects of their athletic performance. 

Education & Certifications

  • M.S. Exercise Science

  • B.S. Kinesiology

  • Certifications: CSCS, EP-C, USAW, FMS

My Why

“At its core: to help people. God has given me the abilities, talents, and experiences to be able to educate and assist people become the best they can be.”

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Strength Creator

Personal Trainer, ACSM, EP-C, FMS

Eli is a Lifestyle personal trainer, building trust and commitment with every client. His welcoming personality and passion to help people gain strength, flexibility, and range of motion is imperative to their fitness story.  His numerous skills and abilities are greatly appreciated by the Lifestyle team. 

Education & Certifications

  • B.S. Exercise Science, Minor Kinesiology

  • Certifications: ACSM, EP-C, FMS

My Why

“When you see someone come to Lifestyle with a walker, joint pain or weakness, then walk out with strength, confidence and excitement, personal training is all worth it. It makes my day to see people meet their goals, whether great or small.” 

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Fitness Motivator

Personal Trainer, CSCS, EP-C, FMS

Jon joins the Lifestyle team with a passion to use his strengths to help others meet their fitness goals. His focus is on personal training to provide evening and weekend training availability. He is looking forward to enrolling in a physical therapy program to further his qualifications to also serve clients’ post-injury or post-surgery needs.


  • B.S. Exercise Science 
  • Certifications: CSCS, EP-C, FMS


“I have a passion for experiencing the joy that comes to those who achieve what they may believe to be unachievable. Fitness is a continuum, and everyone has a level that they want to obtain; it's my goal to help them get there.”



Dance Extraordinaire

Zumba® Instructor

Emily has extensive dance and performance experience plus a heart for fitness, particularly Lifestyle Fitness. She has been a significant part of the Lifestyle team for 6 years. Her passion for health and wellness provides an invaluable undertone to her fun and energizing Zumba® classes. She is looking forward to offering aerial yoga at some point.

Education & Certifications

  • B.F.A. Dance Performance

  • Performer/Choreographer: Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Aerial, Improvisation, and Flamenco Dance

  • Certified Zumba® Instructor

My Why

“I fell in love with Zumba® in 2004 at the Jazz Dance World Congress in Costa Rica. What a lovely place to be introduced to something so wonderful! My great reward is that Zumba® is exercise in disguise and it's for everyone! You don't have to be a dancer to enjoy and benefit from Zumba®.”



Balanced ACE

Yogafit® Instructor

Tina’s background in education and healthcare marketing naturally provides opportunities to share the importance of creating healthy lifestyle habits. She has been part of the Lifestyle team for the past 2 years, as a Yogafit® instructor, while enjoying freelance writing and marketing, and teaching health and technology full time.

Education & Certifications

  • B.S. Business Administration
  • Certified YogaFit® Instructor
  • Certified AHA Instructor

My Why

“Several years ago I adopted a new method to fitness. Just do something. Finding a balance and enjoying activities in a less extreme way gave me a lot of mental freedom to be healthy, rather than seeking specific visible results. I love sharing this self-forgiving mentality with others.”



Movement Stylist

Tai Chi Instructor

Scott is passionate about helping people and has been a part of the Lifestyle team since 2014. The Lifestyle class he teaches uses the Hunyuan 24 forms to emphasize Tai Chi for Health.

He was first introduced to Tai Chi in the early 90’s when seeking a martial arts class. He enjoys and is certified to teach Hunyuan Taijiquan, a complete and traditional tai chi method. He is a committed lifelong student of these arts and continues to study closely related arts such as qigong, baguazhang, and xingyiquan. 

Education & Certifications

  • Cartified Hunyuan Taijiquan - World Hunyuan Taijiquan Association, Beijing, China
  • Taught Carillion's Aging Patients
  • Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis & Tai Chi for Balance - Tai Chi for Health Institute

My Why

“It feels great to do something that can make people feel better every day. I really wanted to make a difference in the community; this is why I teach.”



Memory Maker

Media Master

Dalton has a creative vision and a heart to serve people. His technical skills and visionary passion comes alive in the images he captures and the memories he preserves.

His entrepreneurial spirit is bold and inventive. He understands corporate messaging, branding, and the benefits of adding artistic elements. He is also enjoys flying as private pilot.

Lifestyle Fitness and Training partners with DJoycePhotography to bring personal victories into focus.

My Why

“I see things differently. I see the beauty and strength inside each and every individual, and I want others to see all that I see.”



Gem Miner


Brian serves as an educator, entrepreneur, fundraiser, and a financial service advisor. He appreciates uncovering hidden gems and having opportunities to share insight and skills gained through his professional and personal experiences.

Brian spent more than 25 years in collegiate athletics, both as a player and a coach. His time in the various arenas of sports and business allowed him to develop expertise in teaching and team building, inspiring others to strive to find their gifts to impact others. 

Experiencing and witnessing the often-difficult transition collegiate athletes experience, at the conclusion of their playing careers, inspired him to take a lifestyle approach to fitness—sharing the importance of awareness, balance, and rest in addition to rigorous, competitive training.

My Why

“My desire is to partner with our gifted team in guiding the Lifestyle vision. Our hope is to provide an unintimidating environment for those desiring to improve their health and fitness, while also making high-quality training accessible to those who desire such opportunities.”



Animal Whisperer


Regan's witty contributions keep things light for the Lifestyle team, but her insight is invaluable. She offers a vibrant and direct perspective to the not so obvious. Her organization and work ethic are valuable to the Lifestyle team.

My Why

“It’s just not that hard. Ask people what matters to them, then do your best to give it to them.”


Dina & Dave

Honorary Team

LFT Consultant

Time with Dina reveals the Lifestyle Story and the vision behind Athletic Republic® and Lifestyle Fitness. Partnering over the years to support their children's passions and to bring something unique to the Lynchburg area, she and her late husband Dave, saw fitness as a way of life. His desire to improve opportunities for local athletes to enhance sports performance wrote a memorable chapter in the story. 

Dina's valuable consultation and patience is repeatedly demonstrated. Her heart to carry on dreams continues.


“Dave and I saw the gym as a mission field. Our family got to know the members and they got to know us over the years. It is a special place.”