Meet Our Trainers
Founder & Personal Trainer
I am a Licensed Counselor recognized by the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling (A1406080). In addition to my counseling license, I have over 12 years in the Fitness Industry and currently maintain a personal training certification from AFAA, a Pilates Reformer Level 1 certification from Balance Bodies. I have also achieved a Russian Kettlebell certification from Russian Kettlebell Club. Services that I provide are but are not limited to: Counseling, Personal Training, Wellness & Nutritional Consultations, Public Speaking, Educational Presentations and Online Exercise Programming and Accountability.
In the beginning exercise did not start as a choice, it started as a positive coping strategy to manage my tumultuous adolescent life. In fact, I had never exercised other than to play sports before I was given a Billy Blanks Tai Bo video the summer after my 8th grade year. I was still in rehab and had been hardening my heart for three years to the point where I felt no emotion. But something happened the first time I used that tape; Billy Blanks broke me down in a puddle of sweat and tears and my life has never been the same! Up to that point, I felt as though I was unworthy of love and care and therefore I did not love or care about myself. The truth is, I hated everything about myself.
Getting connected to exercise and my physical body gave me an outlet for self care and avenue to learn and grow. In the beginning, though, my physical body received all of the attention and I continued to neglect my internal self. But the experience of healing in the physical body eventually led me to an opening of the spirit and the mind, as well. I was able to think more clearly and truly CARE about all aspects of myself! Since then, it has been a continuous process of becoming an integrated, balanced and whole being. Learning to respond to myself in a compassionate way during this process, has given me the gift of empathy and compassion to work with others in a similar way. This gift is the foundation for the love and passion I have for my work.
Personal Trainer, SFG 1
I have been a Personal Trainer for almost 11 years. For the past 9 years I’ve held the SFG Kettlebell Instructor Certification (formerly RKC), and am the first and only person in central Arkansas to attain this advanced level certification. As an Assistant Team Leader for StrongFirst, I have also helped to certify other kettlebell instructors all over the country.
I’ve competed in many sports throughout my life, including soccer, golf, basketball, and tennis. My recent accomplishments include competing on the hit show American Ninja Warrior, and placing in the top 1% of the obstacle course race, Conquer the Gauntlet. Over the past 15 years I’ve lovingly competed in the arena of fatherhood, which I believe should probably be an Olympic event... He also fancies himself a spider monkey trapped in a man's body.
Aaron L. Jones Jr.,
I’m an Arkansas native born in the city of Little Rock. I graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelors in Political Science & Criminal Justice and a graduate of Heritage College where I studied Personal Fitness Training. I have been a personal trainer for 3 years and a yoga instructor for 1 year. I’ve taught both strength & conditioning and yoga at the UALR and various venues across Little Rock. I’m an avid fitness enthusiast with a background in body building and power lifting and would like to compete in the near future.
I've always kept active by swimming, running and hiking. It wasn't until my 30s that I fell in love with weight training. I found myself always helping the new members of the gym with their form and giving advice so I decided to get my personal training certification. I had been a stay-at-home for so many years, and my kids were getting older, so it was the perfect way to transition into the working world again with something that I loved to do. My real passion is in group bootcamp-style workouts. I love the energy and the way the clients push themselves and each other. Eventually I became interested in Olympic lifting and received my USAW Sports Performance Coach certification. I've completed the Little Rock Marathon and two half marathons, competed in two SPF powerlifting competitions and many outdoor obstacle races.