Fall is HereFitness is more than just weight loss!

I was recently on a radio talk show to discuss our immune system. Unless you have completely shut off all access to television, radio and social media, it’s impossible to avoid the constant discussion of SARS-Cov-2 and the variants. While I am not going to tell you anything more than to make sure you are having those conversations with your doctor, I can tell you we could all do more to build up our body’s ability to fight off viruses and infections.

Getting back into shape and exercising regularly is a part of that defense. When we are working out, we are naturally going to boost our overall health and wellness, including our immune system. As a personal trainer, I want to do more than help you with your physical fitness goals. I want to help you learn what foods are better and which are not. That knowledge will do more than just help you with weight loss or muscle gain. Choosing the proper foods to add to your daily diet can also help to strengthen your immune system! We are heading into cold and flu season, so even outside of pandemic talk, there are lots of other germs and viruses out there that can wear you down and make you sick.

Choosing to work with me as your own personal trainer is much more than just about the workouts. Working with me will show you I am interested in a holistic view of your health and wellness profile. I will take the time to assess your current fitness level and dietary intake and then customize a plan specific for you. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach. Each person is unique and deserves the special attention only a personal trainer can give. I want to keep you safe, but moving forward toward your goal of becoming a healthier and happier person.

Need a little more incentive? The holidays are just around the corner! Temptations will be hitting you from all sides. From work parties, to family gatherings and sporting events, you will be under a constant assault to eat the wrong foods and to skip your workouts. So, for every 10 sessions you purchase, I will add a bonus session at no extra cost. If you want to really make it interesting, ask me about my discounts for couples and groups who want to work out together. There really is no excuse not to get on the road to a better, healthier and happier you. 

To learn more, Contact me today and I’ll answer any questions you may have!


What I do as a personal trainer

  • Consult with clients on overall health and fitness goals and provide support and inspiration to stick to a workout plan
  • Assess you on your current BMI (body-mass index), cardio fitness level, mobility, maximum heart rate and balance deficiencies
  • Work 1-on-1 with you on techniques for strengthening your core and gaining cardio fitness
  • Provide proper techniques in using free weights or gym equipment
  • Create custom workout plans designed to maximize results while keeping busy personal schedules foremost in mind
  • Provide dietary suggestions and alternative ingredients to aid in your overall health and fitness

Why I became a Personal Trainer

Booth 2Living in Cartersville in NW Georgia, hardly a week goes by where I don’t hear about the fitness level of so many Americans. It’s never good news. We hear ad nauseam reports about sitting for too long, not moving enough, eating the wrong foods and the need to exercise more. But, how does the average American, sitting in commuter traffic for sometimes two to three hours a day, along with 8-9 hours at a desk, find the time to “move more”? Add to that mix, a significant other, children, pets, etc… and by the time you have a moment to yourself, the last thing you feel like doing is moving!

I was in that exact same predicament a little over 5 years ago. I was adding weight, losing muscle tone, eating poorly and feeling my energy levels slipping with each passing month. I tried to find a personal trainer, but everywhere I turned, I had to pick from either a chiseled, muscle-bound male or a petite, female swimsuit competitor. Admittedly, I was jealous of their bodies and how they had sculpted themselves into paragons of fitness, but I knew that wasn’t going to be my path. I needed a realistic plan for results that would put me back to a healthy weight, give me additional muscle tone and promote a healthy heart with attainable cardio workouts. I needed to find someone, well, like me, only IN SHAPE! It was time to take a leap of faith.

Taking the next leap, are you ready?

IMG_1398While getting my personal trainer certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, I added the diet and nutrition modules to provide me with a well-rounded approach to health and fitness. I had to become my own personal trainer to get the results I wanted.

I decided a career change was in order. After all, I could not be the only one juggling family, career and extracurricular activities. With that, SJD Health and Fitness became a reality here in NW Georgia. It is my goal to take all I have learned and help others achieve their own goals for personal health and fitness. What’s more, my backstory is the same as so many others and I hope it can be the inspiration you need to find that path to a better you.

SJD Health and Fitness operates in Cartersville, Georgia, conveniently located to support all of the surrounding communities, including the municipalities of Adairsville, Kingston, Emerson, Euharlee and White within Bartow County.


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