FRCC group fitness Instructors
Brenda Walker, Director of Wellness
Brenda brings a variety of experience and training to the Community Center and will be teaching Mix it Up, Half & Half, Rx RIP, and Bars & Bands. Brenda is also a Certified Personal Trainer. Learn more about Brenda and how she fell into her fitness journey…
“For some, going to the gym is a chore. For me, it became my personal escape from the daily grind of life. When I am working out, I am not a Mom, wife, chauffeur, cook, homework tutor, employee, etc. It’s my time to just exercise and focus on myself. No interruptions, no one to look after, it’s a complete hour just dedicated to me!
My fitness journey began 11 years ago. Some of my friends told me to join them at a gym for a class called Zumba Fitness. I immediately fell in love! It was my first time ever working out, outside of gym classes in grade school. For that small piece of time, it was all about a mental release, and I loved every second of it. Eventually friends asked me to join them in other fitness classes. I soon realized my joy and passion. Working out, and seeing others workout around me, made me want to be a part of fitness on a deeper level. While I saw physical changes in myself, I loved cheering on my friends, even strangers, in every group fitness class I attended!
As a military spouse I have lived all around the world, and recently landed here in the MD/PA area. My passion for getting fit myself, turned into how I can help others find this same joy. I stepped into fitness as a group fitness instructor, and eventually pursued personal training to help individuals on their health journey. While I love the intimacy of personal training, a group fitness class brings my heart so much joy! I teach a variety of classes, because just like in life, variety is good for you! Whether you choose one day or day one, I hope to welcome you with a smile and encouragement. While the world is unpredictable outside of the gym, I will do my best to keep you motivated, and excited to continue on your health journey.”
Amber is an instructor of RX Rip, Pilates, Mix it Up, Half & Half, and Senior Sweat. Here’s a bit from her!
“Hi! My name is Amber Reaver. I always had a knack for fitness, but after having my second child and becoming a stay-at-home mom, I wanted to focus on my health.
After taking classes at Fort Ritchie Community Center, I found my passion for fitness. I wanted to help motivate others to reach their fitness potential, so I became certified kickboxing and pilates. Since 2013, I have been teaching those classes at FRCC, as well as providing personal training to many clients.
I love being part of the Community Center, meeting new people, and most importantly setting a great example for my three boys to stay healthy and active!”
Angie is our POUND instructor, who also teaches Half & Half, Mix It Up, and Senior Sweat. She brings many skills to help and support our members fitness goals including being a Certified Personal Trainer!
“I am a wife, mother to a teenage boy and girl and doggie mom to our Meagle, Baaron.
For me, exercise is not only about the physical aspect, but the mental aspect, too. I workout to stay physically strong, but also to combat depression and anxiety. “Strength from the inside out” is what I strive for.
My fitness journey began about 11.5 years ago (at 34 years old). My first born son was beginning preschool and I needed “something”. I was struggling with the change.
So I hit the treadmill at my local gym which brought me back to road racing (I had done a few in years past, but it never quite stuck). Then, I became a Beachbody coach. And, in 2015 became a group fitness instructor at the Waynesboro YMCA.
I began teaching a freestyle HIIT class. I instructed classes for Choose to Lose and subbed for other classes. I later became certified in and taught Les Mills GRIT and Silver Sneakers. But, today I am certified in POUND, SH1FT, L1FT, R1ZE, M1ND & BLACKROLL.
In 2019, I became a Personal Trainer for the Y and also worked for CoreLife Healthcare just before the pandemic shutdown. I have held a Personal Trainer certification through NASM since 2019. I have worked with patients/clients with major health conditions/limitations and have been told I have a high degree of empathy and patience. I am currently pursuing more certifications. I crave furthering my knowledge base which can pose a challenge sometimes on prioritizing “What’s next?” when the list is long.
I love running (Hello Endorphins, outside scenery change and great conversation even running alone), functional movement (Because it is good for the body), corrective exercise (Because it can aid in getting your body working optimally and it is like being a detective as a trainer) and POUND (For soooo many reasons…including seeing the smiles especially on first-timers. And, the permission to be LOUD!)
I look forward to sharing my love for fitness, health and wellness with you!”
Nicole is our instructor for Barre & Sculpt, Senior Sweat, and Mix It Up.
“Prior to my first Barre class, I considered myself a cardio and strength junkie as a fitness instructor. The higher the impact and the heavier the weights, the better. My first certification was Group Power (aka BodyPump) in 2016. Barre changed all of that for me. I was instantly hooked on the intensity of the small, precise movements using only light weights or body weight. I was humbled by that first class and knew this was a format I needed to add to my fitness instruction repertoire.
My life mission is to have one small but meaningful impact on one person each day. Fitness instruction is well suited to make that small but meaningful connection with students, whether by making them smile and laugh or inspiring them to try something new physically (whether you look graceful, silly, or strong). I don’t take myself too seriously and don’t expect my students to either. My goal is to just have people feel happier after class. I live in Smithsburg with my husband Dave and our toddler daughter, Maggie. I am an animal advocate/lover and have one rescued pitbull Pickle, two rescued cats Funkhouser and Leon, and 20 chickens and a rooster named Bobo. I am an ACE-certified fitness instructor and NASM-certified personal trainer. I have specialized training in senior fitness, nutrition, and prenatal and postpartum corrective exercise. I have experience teaching barre, sculpt, HIIT, cycling, BodyPump/Group Power/RIP, and senior fitness classes.”
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