Tamara Joy “TJ”
TJ’s passion is Personal Training. Steady progress is the key. TJ will help you stay motivated with a potpourri of exercises and a large dose of options. TJ offers optimism with achievable, defined goals that are ever changing to fit the continuing progress.
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.” Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. You can do it!
-20+ years ACE Personal Trainer
-Strength and Conditioning
Joyce earned her Physical Therapy Assistant degree in 1997 with her focus on manual therapy and outpatient rehab at Union Memorial, and then in 2001 at Gary Lynch Physical Therapy in Forest Hill. She received her certification for the BIG Therapy program in 2018, which seesks to improve balance, gait and coordination for people with Parkinson’s Disease. In the summer of 2019, Joyce received her certification for ISSA Personal Training. Currently she is working at FHHF, where her strength is working with the older population to understand fitness and balance. She is a certified Rock Steady Boxing instructor, teaching classes geared toward improving the function of people with Parkinson’s.
Joyce’s interest are spending time with her husband, 2 children and 4 (completely unspoiled) grandchildren! Her philosophy on work and life is the same: “Do the best you can each day and only focus on the positve things in life!”
Physical Therapy Assistant Certified BIG Instructor ISSA Personal Trainer Certified Rock Steady Boxing Instructor
Mary is a New York state native and proud U.S. Navy veteran. Mary has been a SPIN certified cycling instructor since 2007. She was previously certified through AAAI in personal training and is currently completing her NASM requirements. Not one to only teach and not do, Mary has completed 50K endurance challenges in Virginia and Maryland and three Tough Mudders. Mary is a positive, encouraging trainer who believes everyone has strengths they can realize, and goals they can achieve with the right combination of persistence and assistance!
Carolyn started taking yoga classes as a compliment to running and weight training. She has always been drawn to challenging physical practices, and quickly noticed the stress-relieving benefits of the practice, as well. She obtained her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher certification, as well as her Baptiste Power Yoga Instructor credential. She lives in Forest Hill and has been a member of FHHF for over 10 years. She is excited to share her practice with the FHHF community.
Melissa is an Occupational Therapist specializing in exercise physiology and older adults. She has been teaching group fitness classes since 2008. Smiles, fun, challenges and our fabulous gym members are important parts of her workouts! She has Type 1 Diabetes and encourages everyone to exercise to improve personal health and wellness. Melissa is married with three active teenagers and enjoys the beach, Disney, volunteering at her kids’ schools, country and 80’s music, dancing, chardonnay and chocolate! She teaches a variety of classes and is our newest Certified Rock Steady Boxing Instructor.
Dana is a certified personal trainer and has been teaching group fitness classes for 25 years. Fitness is Dana’s passion. She never tires of sharing her passion with others and helping them reach their goals. Strength, Barre, HIIT, Bootcamp, Spin and Pound are several of the classes she teaches. When not at the gym, Dana likes to cook, read, hike, kayak, play golf and keep her husband, 3 children and 2 dogs active.
Debbie has been a ZIN member since October 2017 and she absolutely loves teaching Zumba classes. The reason is simple: Every class feels like a party. She began participating in the Zumba party in 2012 on the Aberdeen Proving Ground. Debbie has been a Harford County resident since 1974 and graduated from C. Milton Wright in 1987.
Her love of dance began when she took her first ballet class at the age of 4, followed by 14 years of tap and jazz which naturally led her to Zumba. Debbie is licensed to teach Zumba, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold and Zumba Gold Toning.
Shirley teaches everything
Joanna has been teaching group fitness classes for over 10 years. She considers herself a true Fitness Rebel and prefers non-traditional exercise. She has taught dance-based and flexibility classes since 2010. In 2017, Joanna became a licensed POUND Pro. In 2019 she was able to attend additional training and “Leveled Up” as a POUND Pro. In early 2020 she earned her license to teach Generation POUND, or POUND for Kids. Also in 2020, Joanna accomplished a decade long goal of becoming a Certified Group Fitness Instructor through NASM/AFAA. She will continue to expand her knowledge in all things fitness to better help those who attend her classes. Joanna encourages people to step outside of their comfort zone, to empower themselves, and to find their Inner Rockstar.
In addition to being a fitness professional, Joanna is a wife, a mom to 2 girls, a farmer, where she loves to garden and spend time with her many furry or feathered kids, a veterinary technologist, and a 5yr+ Breast Cancer Survivor. Join the band and #makeNOISE with Joanna…where the lights are low, the energy is high, and Rockstars are never afraid to turn up the volume, in life OR in class!
Jake has been a part of the FHHF family for almost ten years. He started as a high school athlete training for sports. A few years later he started working at the front desk and has been doing so ever since. He is now a group fitness instructor (who teaches a GREAT boot camp) and in the process of receiving his personal fitness training certificate through National Academy of Sports Medicine. Outside of FHHF, Jake is a football coach at John Carroll High School and his goals are to improve and sustain great physical condition of clients and players whether it is in the gym or on the field.
Katie is a librarian by day and a Zumba fitness instructor by night and Saturday mornings. She has been a Zumba instructor since 2014 and Zumba Toning since 2019. Katie started her Zumba journey as a student looking for a fun way to exercise, fell in love with the program and became a licensed instructor in 2013. When not grooving to Zumba music you can find Katie biking, running or reading mystery novels.
Everyone knows and loves LEN. He has worked at FHHF since before the wheels on the exercise equipment were invented! Len’s Jobs are many, including working the front desk, cleaning and fixing stuff; but mostly talking! He is a great guy who is quick to help out or listen, always offering a funny comment using his sarcastic humor. Len brings a lot of enjoyment to our FHHF family, and we are happy he is here!
Mike is now in his 3rd year of college; attending Towson University, looking to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. In 2018 while he was a student, he joined our FHHF family working at the front desk, and has been doing so ever since. He is usually the friendly face you see in the afternoon, greeting you at the door. Mike also enjoys engaging in good conversation or helping someone figure out how to use an exercise machine.
Since becoming a college student, Mike began training for personal growth to improve his overall strength and size. He also loves to take a snowboard trip to the mountains when the weather gets cold!
Use resistance to help build muscle, bone density and anerobic endurance.
Gaining more range of motion through our joints and muscles is essential for helping us decrease injury and stay flexible!
Aerobic exercise helps the heart stay “in shape” and pumping like it’s built to! Keeping our heart in optimal shape is critical to leading a healthy life!