Demonte teaches Kickboxing at our studio. He began martial arts training at seven years old. He has dedicated 25 years to martial science and art, has studied 12 different martial arts and has black belts in 6 of them. His rank is 4th Dan Master black belt. Having won several kickboxing tournaments over the years,he has a 3-2 record with one pro fight in China. Demonte is a member of the USA Hall of Fame, since 2008. What he likes most about teaching at Brookhaven Fitness? The enjoyable and positive atmosphere, the great clients and the totally awesome staff! He is motivated by the dedication of his Brookhaven Fitness Studio students who work hard every day, and thrives on their commitment. Demonte continues to devote his life to the study of combat science for health and longivity to better himself and teach others. He continues to compete, so stay tuned for upcoming fights! Philosophical tenant he lives by: “With patience comes respect and with respect comes peace.”
His mission is to help others safely achieve the fitness goals they aspire to via kettlebell and bodyweight training. His own personal story and passion for kettlebells is the result of training with them to physically renovate myself and eradicate some lifelong cardiovascular health issues and old, chronic sports injuries. The result has been dramatically improved strength, conditioning and body awareness levels. His first-experience has fueled his passion: "I am amazed that the humble kettlebell can help produce such astounding results so quickly!" Whether your goal is to burn fat and look your best, move mountains, be longer off the tee or simply be able to develop strength and improve mobility to perform daily functional movements that have become difficult, Marc can help. "If you have the desire and fortitude to train hard using safe, proven methods and a simple hunk of iron, it would be an honor to have the opportunity to work with you in my classes."
Rachel teaches Yoga at Brookhaven Fitness Studio. Prior to becoming a business owner and yoga instructor, she spent 20 years in corporate Product Marketing, where a degree in Communications and Education served her well. During and prior to corporate her career path included an enriching journey through the world of Education in many forms. In corporate she designed technology service and sales training programs. Prior to that she served as an elementary school teacher and a Continuing Education English Instructor for adults. She taught ballet to young dance students, and also served as an aerobics fitness instructor at a women's health club chain. Her instructional talent, creative methodologies and style have been consistently recognized for their effectiveness. From her younger years and all the way through college, she danced ballet, jazz and modern dance. After college, she transitioned to strength, cardio, and flexibility training; making every available industry trend and methodology part of her consistent repertoire. Taking this comprehensive and balanced fitness approach to the next level, her exploration led her to pursue yoga and meditation. Power Yoga specifically resonated for her as a physical fitness practice and a vehicle for enhancing meditation and promoting balance. Rachel’s well-honed teaching, choreography, marketing skills, and 10 years of yoga practice all come together in her own “Athletic Yoga” class design. Her class continuous to fulfill her goal: to make the concept of yoga and all of its health benefits more palatable to non-yogis…sharing her passion for integrative and holistic fitness. Rachel is a certified Reiki practitioner and a certified Yoga instructor.
Aga is a Yoga instructor at our studio. Her yoga journey began over 11 years ago when she attended her first class. As a fitness enthusiast she immediately saw the value of yoga as a self-standing practice incorporating strength, flexibility and cardio with low risk of injury, and also as a complimentary approach to other fitness practices. Since then, she has evolved her practice and focused on continuing education in the field of yoga. Aga completed her yoga teachers training certification, is seeking an advanced level certification, and keeps her practice up to date with consistent attendance to workshops. When instructing, students appreciate her focus on alignment and adjustments, helping them learn correct form and make the most out of each pose. Aga is also Aerobics and Spinning certified. Her Aerobics certification and much of her continuing education in this area was accomplished in Europe. She is a Reiki practitioner and is currently pursuing a Health Coach certification to further expand her portfolio.
Mauro teaches Qigong at Brookhaven Fitness Studio. He began his professional career 25 years ago in the telecommunications industry, spending his last 10 years in IT senior management organizations in support of global customers and directly impacting corporate growth strategies particularly in the areas of network infrastructure consulting, financial analysis, forecasting, and personnel development. Overlapping with and pre-dating Mauro’s telecommunications career is his 35 year focus and commitment to physical fitness and the Healing Arts. For the larger part of his life, Mauro has maintained a lifestyle of continuous sports activity, weight training and cardio vascular work; building a firm belief in the inherent health generating benefits of his lifestyle. At a pivotal point in his fitness evolution he gained exposure to the techniques of Silva Mind Control – a concept that explores the power of the mind and thought processes. He soon began to integrate Mind Control techniques into his workout routines, improving the effectiveness of his sessions and taking his fitness to higher levels. After years of being on this path, Mauro was faced with several physical and health related challenges. To address his challenges he took an active role in his healing by applying the same mind control techniques used in his workouts. The positive outcome of his efforts propelled further interest in this area and would later become the seeds of a new fitness concept for him. Mauro has since augmented his mind control skills with further studies in the area of Healing from both an esoteric as well as quantum scientific/energy management standpoint. These have helped him further enhance his work on training the mind “muscle” and improving overall wellness through the integrated mind/body approach. Mauro is a certified practitioner in Reiki and in crystal healing, and is a certified Qigong Healing and Qigong Strength instructor.
A part of Brookhaven Fitness Studio since its beginnings in 2006, Jenn is among our most tenured instructors and a leading force behind our kickboxing program. She’s certified in Boxing, Kickboxing, TRX, Group Fitness and is currently finishing her ACE certification. Her fitness resume spans everything from dance/cheerleading in her younger years, to former middleweight boxer, boot camp instructor and yoga enthusiast. A triathlete since 2007, she completed Ironman 70.3 and will be venturing into Ironman 140.6 when the time is right. Take all this and then add a big dose of deep personal experience in working through injuries and two cancer surgeries, and you have a force to be reckoned with…as well as the basis for her fitness philosophy: “A body in motion stays in motion and you have to keep moving to keep living. True health is about strength of mind and body.” She loves the intimate setting of our studio and the impact she gets to have in people’s lives through her work as a fitness instructor. Come experience her energy!
Gerard brings us more than 10 years of experience as a boxing trainer. He began at age 13 training in boxing gyms with his uncle and boxing coaching in Seattle, Wa. where he developed the skill of Boxing and Muy Thai kickboxing. Gerard has honed his skills by participating in boxing events and working as an assistant boxing coach. Gerard is also a Certified Personal Trainer.
Jennifer Buckert is one of our morning Interval class instructors. Jen is an integral part of the Brookhaven Fitness Studio community and just loves to be around the friendly energy of the studio members! She thrives on experiencing the level of commitment that members give to her classes - and it does take commitment to get out of bed and go to class at 6am...but it's worth it, if you get to experience one of Jen's workouts! Having played sports all the way through college (Volleyball atAuburnUniversity), she is well trained on how to work hard and get members to work toward their potential. Jen's workouts are infused with her athletic experience and fitness knowledge. Members can appreciate a workout that is creatively designed and intentionally delivered to create results. Join Jen on Monday mornings! You will leave her class with positive energy to carry you through the day and set the tone for the week!
Susan is a Yoga instructor at our studio. She discovered her yoga journey several years ago, and enjoys both the physical and philosophical aspects of the study. Physical activity and fitness have always been a part of Susan's life. Her journey has been very holistic and truly complements our studio's approach to fitness. Prior to yoga, she practiced ballet, dance, running and karate. She holds a 3rd degree black belt from USA karate, based in Minnesota. Susan will earn her 200 hr YogaWorks (R) teacher certification May 2013. In addition, Sue studies and practices complementary healing techniques involving the body's energy systems. Her college degree is in Journalism from the University of Minnesota.
Becky teaches TRX at our studio. She is a fitness "addict" and sets an incredible example for success because she practices what she preaches and it shows! Her classes are energetic and cohesively designed for results...and clearly showcase her knowledge, passion for fitness and for teaching! She is TRX certified and is working toward HKC certification to further exploit her personal success with Kettlebells. Becky will tell you that she's earned her success every step of the way in both TRX and Kettlebell work. She understands that discipline and dedication are essential to fitness...and nutrition plays a key role as well. She is her own case study in increased strength and physical transformation! And that's huge for someone who never played sports and does not consider themselves to be "athletic".
Jennie is a TRX and Interval instructor. Her fitness revelation came as a result of joining boot camp in 2010 and loosing 15 lbs! In the process, she also got hooked on the energy, enthusiasm and comraderie that comes with group fitness settings. Since then she became a lead boot camp instructor for The American Boot Camp company, and shortly thereafter began teaching at the studio. Jennie's personal transformation ushered in a completely new outlook on exercise and nutrition and recognition of a hidden talent as an instructor! Her classes are well-planned and creatively executed...always including innovative variations to work the whole body, and always high energy and challenging! When she isn't teaching at the studio, she still gets to exercise her passion as the SE marketing Director for US Roads Sports, and is responsible for the Publix Georgia marathon adn half Marathon and 13.1 Atlanta races. Members look forward to attending Jennie's classes....because just like Jennie, they may come into the studio after having had the worst day, and once she turns on the music and takes them on her journey, they become energized and transformed!
Danielle has been teaching at our studio since 2009. Initially Kickboxing and Interval classes, today she teaches our Tuesday evening TRX class. Her amazing talent to guide and motivate students in the fitness arena comes as a result of her own athletic experience as well as a family history. Growing up she was inspired by watching her mom teach group fitness classes. At a young age she also competed in gymnastics and played soccer throughout high school. In her own words: “I love to motivate people and drive them to challenge themselves, and I hope my energy and love for fitness will help encourage other people. I thrive on trying new fitness programs, such as TRX, Kettlebell or Yoga”. A supreme example of goal setting and effective planning, staying focused and motivated, Danielle’s New Year’s Resolution for 2012 was to add running to her diverse exercise “platter”. In September she inspired us all when she ran her first half marathon, and now….she is training for a full marathon in February! She loves Group Fitness because it’s all about working together to push yourself and work harder than you would on your own. Recognizing that it takes determination & dedication to carve out an hour out of our busy lives for fitness, Danielle strives to make the most out of her 45 minutes with studio members. She loves working at Brookhaven Fitness because the community environment allows her to give personal attention, build relationships with students and help them strive toward their individual fitness goals.