MEET OUR TRAINERS

AMANDA CABRERA

Owner of Elev8 Fitness :: Former CrossFit Level 1 Trainer :: USAW Level 1 Sport Performance Coach :: WITS Certified Personal Trainer :: CPR/AED Certified :: CrossFit Mobility Trainer Certificate :: Pregnancy Fitness Certificate :: Licensed and Insured

Amanda believes being fit is a lifestyle. As owner of Elev8, she and her team of fitness professionals are dedicated to seeing their FIT Family get fit, and STAY fit for life. As a WITS Certified Personal Trainer for over 14 years, a former Level 1 CrossfFit Trainer, and Level 1 Sports Performance Coach (USA Weightlifting), Amanda offers a variety of programs to her clients to keep their workouts fresh and fun. She also completed the CrossFit Mobility Trainer Certificate and Pregnancy Fitness Certificate from WITS.

 

Amanda is a business owner and a mom of 3 boys under the age of 5. She has always been active and has completed numerous races such as The Tough Mudder, The Nation's Triathlon, The Rock N Roll Half Marathon, and Shamrock Half Marathon. Her love of fitness and helping others is why she chose to pursue personal training. There’s nothing better than to see confidence instilled into a person as they start seeing results. Over the years, Amanda has trained ALL types of clients, from athletes to people who have never stepped foot in the gym. Her company offers Olympic Lifting, F.I.T. Classes, Sports and Conditioning Camps, Personal Training, Group Training, Corporate F.I.T. Classes, Bridal FIT Camps, Online Training, Nutritional Counseling, and more!

 

Whether you are just starting your fitness journey, or if you have been working out for years, Elev8 can help take your training to the next level!

NICK KNOWLES

NSCA Certified Personal Trainer :: CPR/AED Certified :: Licensed & Insured

Nick has been a certified personal trainer through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA-CPT) for the last seven years. He has worked with hundreds of individuals across the world both in person and online from: multiple Navy SEALS & various special operators, mixed martial artists, first responders & law enforcement, athletes of all levels (collegiate, high school, youth), powerlifters, pre and post natal clientele, cancer/remission patients, a paraplegic, and special needs youth. He has also programed for and coached various youth and adult large group training classes, mentored a handful of personal interns, and been a guest speaker for corporate wellness events, training facilities, and college campuses.

Originally from Orange County, CA, his interest in fitness and the science of training started as a high school wrestler. As he moved onto the next level and accepted an athletic scholarship to wrestle at Liberty University, he chose Kinesiology (Exercise Science) as his field of study. During his time as a collegiate wrestler, Nick was an NCAA D1 National Championship qualifier, East Regional Conference Champion, NCWA All-American, and also served as team captain. After wrestling, he centered his focus on developing as a coach and took on an internship with a D1 Football Program’s Strength & Conditioning Department to be mentored under a former NFL strength coach and work hands on with multiple NFL prospects. Nick has also competed and won tournaments in Raw Powerlifting and Jiu Jitsu.

Jessy Kistler

NSCA CSCS :: Nationally Qualified NPC Bikini Athlete :: Southern Powerlifting Federation Competitor :: CPR Certified :: Licensed & Insured

Jessy is a Navy veteran and active, Nationally Qualified, NPC bikini athlete as well as powerlifter for the Southern Powerlifting Federation in the 123 weight class.

 

After serving in the Navy, she completed her Personal Training and Fitness Certification at Tidewater Community College and later earning her Strength and Conditioning Certification (CSCS). She specializes in bodybuilding and strength training. She has also prepared individuals seeking to join the military in preparation for their physical readiness tests.

 

Jessy became a trainer to fulfill her desire to help others reach their full potential. She earned her Bachelors in Psychology from Regent University and believes strength begins with mindset. Sports Psychology is a tool for athletes to use to break the ceiling of their full potential by combining specific strategies to maximize performance.

As a wife and mother of two, having worked out through two pregnancies, Jessy believes that fitness is something that’s meant for all ages and body types. No matter what your goals are there is room for a healthy lifestyle for everybody. Jessy has worked with small groups and one on one clients in everything from general fitness and weight loss to various competition preparation while  also offering online programming as well. Fitness does not begin and end in the gym. Training has purpose and you carry your strength wherever you go!

JOHN BROWER

ISMA Certified Personal Trainer :: CPR Certified :: Licensed & Insured

 

John discovered his passion for helping people get fit while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Early on in his career he was chosen to be a Physical Training Leader for his squadron, as a PTL he assisted fellow servicemen who were not reaching their PT scores, which was necessary for advancement. John worked with participants in small groups as well as one-on-one until they were able to reach their goals. 

A certified personal trainer since 2013 with the International Sports Medicine Association, John's mission for his clients are to help them achieve their goals through total health and fitness

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RHETT BARON

B.S. Kinesiology (ECU, endorsed by the NSCA) :: CSCS :: EXOS XPT Performance Specialist :: CPR/AED/Ocean Rescue :: SSI Open Water Diver

Rhett attended college at East Carolina University and received his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, and also played on their hockey team. After finishing his undergrad, Rhett moved to Los Angeles to intern with EXOS (formerly Athletes Performance). During this time, he was able to work with top-level professional, collegiate, and Olympic athletes and grow as a coach. After his time in EXOS, he transferred to the University of Vermont working with various sports teams including lacrosse, hockey, swimming, and track.

 

Later on in Rhett’s training career, he served as a coach at Prentiss Hockey Performance in Connecticut working with NHL, college and prep school hockey players during their off-season training. Amongst his experience working in athletics, his client roster in the private setting also has included former Special Forces, first responders, Ironmen, and general populations looking to enhance their lives.

 

Currently he contracts with O2X Human Performance traveling to different fire department locations and sharing information that can help firefighters enhance their performance and career longevity. Whether you are an inspiring athlete or a beginner searching for guidance on working out, Rhett has the knowledge and experience to help you reach your goals.

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SHERRY HALL

NASM CPT :: Triathlon Coach :: Iyengar Yoga Certified :: Member of International Sports Medicine Association :: Aerobics and Fitness of America AFAA :: CPR Certified :: Licensed & Insured


Sherry is a high energy, result oriented, Certified Personal Training professional with over 20 years experience in personal training and a variety of classes including spinning, body sculpting, kickboxing and sports conditioning. Sherry recently sold her gym in New Jersey after getting married and relocating to Virginia Beach to join her husband as he finishes out his career in the Navy.  Her passion to help others reach their potential and goals is what drives her. If you are interested in training for a race, improving your body composition, or increasing flexibility through Yoga, she can help. Sherry has completed 6 full Ironmans, 5 half Ironmans, 2 Olympic Triathlons, 8 Sprint Triathlons and 12 Marathons.

Sherry  believes the best part of her job is helping her clients achieve results, while watching them grow stronger physically and mentally. One client in particular comes to Sherry's mind- a woman who during her first session could only accomplish light stretching has now completed a triathlon! She looks forward to helping you stay motivated through customized fitness plans, accountability, and making fitness a lifestyle.  

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CHRIS SYKES

ACE CPT :: CPR Certified :: Licensed & Insured

 

Chris loves being apart of a journey that is achieving a goal, and that is why he chose to become a personal trainer.  Chris has been working with clients over the last 10 years. He has worked with athletes from middle school through the pros to unlock new levels athleticism, strength, quickness and speed. His experience playing minor league football for 8 years has enabled him to coach athletes to become better at their craft. After investing time and training into his clients throughout their high school careers, 40 have been offered scholarships at colleges- including many at Division1 colleges.

Chris has also enjoyed helping clients achieve various fitness goals over the years from weight loss, adding muscle, conditioning or just conquering a new personal challenge. Chris can help you train for whatever goal you want to achieve!

Jocelyn Sidwell Holman

NASM CPT :: Certified Health Coach :: NASM FNS :: NASM BCS :: CPR Certified :: Licensed & Insured

In 2012 Jocelyn developed her practice, Level Lifestyle. Level Lifestyle focuses on a healthy food relationship while prioritizing plant foods to optimize clean eating. Her passion for fitness led her to become certified with NASM in 2015. She has taken her desire to improve her client’s overall well-being with an in-home practice, online coaching, along with coaching fitness and nutrition classes at several gyms in the area.

 She prides herself in proper movement and motivating her clients to surpass their goals. She loves to coach functional fitness and how to use your body properly along with HIIT classes. She enjoys living the lifestyle of fitness, nutrition and wellness. Her fitness and food motivation along with mindset will help you achieve the same.

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BRIAN GRILLI

NASM CPT/PES/CES/CNC/BCS :: BS Healthy Lifestyles Coaching ASU 2021 :: AFAA Group Fitness Instructor :: TRX Coach :: USA Rugby Level 200 Coach :: PADI Dive Master :: USPA B License :: CPR/AED/First Aid Certified :: Licensed and Insured

Brian believes complete wellness comes from all dimensions. He wants to see his clients adopt a healthy lifestyle in mind and body. As a Certified Personal Trainer for over 11 years, Brian offers various programs that spans all levels of fitness and goals. His workouts are always evolving and variety is key to keeping clients motivated, educated and interested. Mostly he wants his clients to have FUN! He has completed many specializations through NASM like corrective exercise, performance enhancement, behavior change and nutrition coach. He will graduate with his Bachelor’s of Science in Healthy Lifestyles Coaching from Arizona State University in summer 2021. Brian is a firm believer that his client’s success is a team effort and both client and trainer are responsible for progress.

 

Brian is a Retired Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician, a husband and dad of 3 girls,1 boy and 3 fur babies. He has always been into physical activity. He has trained as an elite EOD operator and he’s participated in numerous 5 and 10Ks and two Sandman Triathlons. He was an All Navy Rugby player and is a USA Rugby Level 200 coach. He loves to help others achieve their goals and get healthier and that’s his passion and reason for personal training. Brian has trained everyone, from special forces and elite athletes to people who are completely new to fitness. He offers Personal Training, Special Preparation Programs for Tactical/LEO/First Responder Candidates, HIIT/HIRT/HILIT, Sport Specific and Conditioning Camps, Group Fitness, Online Training, Nutritional Coaching, and more. Let Brian be your guide through your fitness journey and take your health and wellness beyond your expectations!

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TROY PANAGUITON

B.S. Exercise Science (Old Dominion University) :: CPR & AED Certified :: Licensed & Insured

Troy has been living an active lifestyle since the age of four with soccer being his sport of choice. He played at the travel level and semi-pro level where his team, Fut5ol FC, won the U.S. Futsal Federation Southeast Regional Tournament in 2017.

 

From Troy’s past history of high-level training, he began to study different types of programming for sport specific athletes, which made him choose Exercise Science as his major. During his time in college, he began to lift weights and started a mix of bodybuilding and powerlifting program. After Troy finished his undergraduate degree he was hired as the JV Soccer Coach at Landstown High School and is a Personal Trainer.

 

Troy pays attention to detail and thrives off of seeing his clients reach their goals. Whether you are just starting your fitness journey, or if you just need fresh motivation, Troy will design a program that will work for you and your schedule.  He believes that hard work will always beat talent when talent does not work.

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JENNIFER ALBANESE

NASM Certified Personal Trainer :: WLS (Weight Loss Specialization) NASM :: CNC in Nutrition :: CPR & AED Certified :: Licensed & Insured

Jenn is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer, and an American Council on exercise group fitness instructor. She also is a CNC in nutrition, WLS in weight loss through NASM, has a background in kickboxing, Women in Weights, strength and conditioning, Olympic lifting and performance enhancement training.

 

Jenn has been a personal trainer and group exercise instructor for over 5 years, and has also worked with a variety of clients from injury prevention to post surgery and weight loss. She is currently a Fitness Specialist on Naval Air Station Oceana and has worked within the military community including working as a Fitness Specialist for 3 years in Rota, Spain. 

 

Jenn got into bodybuilding and weight lifting after college, and she's a lover of lifting heavy weights and pull-ups. She is from Seattle, WA originally, but has spent the last 10 years overseas. Jenn loves anything outdoors and of course spending time with her dog, Kevin. No matter what your fitness goal is, Jenn has the experience and background to help!