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Personal Trainer - Ricky (Bi-lingual)
SCW Certified Personal Trainer
Ricky Salinas grew up in a suburb of Chattanooga, TN. As a kid, he was always physically active including instructing advanced gymnastics and cheerleading for four years at Garner's Gymnastics in Hickson, TN. Throughout middle school and high school, he played football, track and soccer, which advanced his passion for weightlifting over 10 years ago during ROTC and football.
Ricky began competing in Physique in 2013 where he won his class at the Knoxville Classic, won his class and the overall at Music City Muscle and took third place at Kentucky Muscle. He then decided to transition to bodybuilding and will compete in his first show this year.
Being a personal training is the best career that Ricky could have asked for - he truly enjoys teaching others what he has learned. Most recently, he has come to enjoy training teenagers in sport conditioning; he loves trying unique activities to keep them focused and they keep him on his toes. You will also get a quick glimpse of Ricky riding his motorcycle through Providence.
Instructor - Bill Wright
Rape Aggression Defense, Krav Maga self defense, security
Bill Wright is currently a certified RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Instructor. Teaching independent classes at Belmont, David Lipscomb, TSU, and also at local community groups and churches.
Actively training in Krav Maga and working in Risk Management, Claims Management and Security with experience in urban security as a rescue professional and K9 Handler.
Personal Trainer - Marlena
Personal Trainer - Aaron Lavelle
Wudang Academy of Wushu Arts, SCW/ACSM certified fitness trainer, 5th degree black belt in taekwondo, bachelor's degree in Exercise Science
Aaron has always been physically active playing a variety of sports including track & field, soccer, basketball, baseball and gymnastics. Furthermore, before becoming a personal trainer, Aaron lived in a Taoist Monastery in China studying traditional marital arts. He has also coached gymnastics and kickboxing; taught as a Yoga Instructor; taught dance therapy for Alzheimer's patients and danced with a performing arts company.
Aaron loves training because he has a passion for helping people reach their fitness goals. In addition to enjoying sports and training others, Aaron has competed in the third world peace games in martial arts. Outside of the gym, you will find him enjoying music and on his next adventure due to the joy of travel.
Owner - Brian Gardner
Performance Athlete, Bodybuilder, Personal Trainer, Security Expert
Brian Gardner, Owner of Body Shop Fitness, has always been involved in competitive sports - including Bodybuilding, Powerlifting, Strongman and Triathlons - for the past 20 years. Now he is able to bring his passion to life through others in the community as a certified trainer and the founder of his own gym. He has been a member for over 12 years of Omega Force Christian Power Team which has appeared on America’s Got Talent and the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic in 2013; Judged for the American Power Lifting League, the American Strongman League and for NGA Bodybuilding, Fitness, and Figure Competitions; and has promoted a Powerlifting meet at Body Shop Fitness for the past four years which he plans to expand in 2014. Brian also holds multiple state records in powerlifting.
Prior to fitness center ownership, Brian gained over 24 years management experience as the Warden in 3 different high security prisons. During this time he was a Certified Law Enforcement Special Operations/Emergency Preparedness Instructor and Tactical Team/Special Ops Team member and leader.
Brian has a Bachelor of Science Degree from MTSU and is near completion of his Master of Science.
Nutrition Expert - Wendy
Owner, ISSA Sport Nutrition Specialist, ISSA Personal Trainer, iPEC Certified Professional Coach (CPC), Spinning Instructor, NGA Pro, National Fitness Champion,
Wendy Gardner, co-owner with her husband of Body Shop Fitness, participated in sprint distance triathlons until she found her true passion of competing in Fitness competitions. As a fitness competitor for seven years she had various accolades including National Fitness Champion for SNBF, and top five champion at NPC nationals. After that, she transitioned to figure and bikini competitions and earned her pro card with Drug-tested NGA and placed 3rd and 4th as a pro at the NGA Pro International. For a new challenge, on November 16, 2013, Wendy placed first in the 123 lb. class in the Strongman Event for the American Powerlifting Strongman League at Atlas Athletic Club, Hopkinsville, KY (this included a 350 Conan Wheel). In 2014, she earned the title of TN Strongest Women for APL.
After extensive group coaching, peer coaching and working with a master coach, Wendy earned her CPC in 2014. This certification along with Wendy's personal trainer and sports nutritionist have all supported her ability to train Novice competitors. Wendy has her Master’s degree in Arts from Western Kentucky University and works full-time in Corrections, previously working as an Assistant Warden and currently she is the Senior Director, Career Development for Corrections Corporation of America.
Wendy's favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through Him who gives me strength. (NIV)
Welcome Desk and Smoothie Bar
Welcome Desk and Smoothie Bar Always welcomed with a smile, the support team at body Shop Fitness is knowledgable and can help you with account or scheduling information and happy to prepare your favorite smoothy at the bar.
Brittney, MacKenzie, Annie, and Alyssa are always glad to see you. Stop by for a chat!
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Body Shop Fitness - New Location
The New Gym will incorporate a large field for training, and the same great training team you know and love. With total fitness in mind, we still offer supplements and nutrition plans, but also have a smoothie bar and classroom space so we can offer after school programs for children and a host of new classes for all ages!
Come check out the new location!
New Body Shop Fitness
Jan 11 - Brick and lights
Body shop Fitness bricks and lights (which means power). It's all coming together!
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