NASC Personal Trainer
Mark studied exercise science and nutrition at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI. He then studied Biblical Studies at Zion Bible College. Later he attended Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. and received a Masters Degree in Biblical studies with a concentration in counseling
With more than 20 years of experience, Mark’s experience includes working with inner city youth, managing a fitness center, personal and group training and serving as the strength and conditioning coach for the Norfolk Admirals an ECHL hockey team. His certifications include NASC, ACSM, ACE, IDEA Bio Mechanics and he is also a Reebok Master Spin Instructor.
Mark is passionate in helping people reach their fitness goals. His clients range from children and young adults to amateur and professional athletes. He is also a specialist in post-rehab therapy and assists getting clients back to their everyday life activities. Mark is inspired by clients who change their lives in body, mind and spirit!
RYT-500 Hatha & Vinyas Yoga
While attending college, Jayla chose Yoga as her physical education class. At the time, she knew very little about Yoga but was fortunate to have an inspiring teacher who cultivated her love for Yoga. Aside from the physical practice of Yoga, her teacher incorporated into her class meditative aspects as well as breathing techniques. Soon Jayla discovered that there is much more to Yoga then just the physical part. She began to feel inner peace and balance and an overall sense of well being while practicing Yoga, which slowly expanded into her daily life.
Jayla started teaching Yoga in 2010. She received her 200-hour certification in Hatha and Vinyasa styles from Atma Bodha Yoga School in Virginia Beach, Va. She then received her 500-hour teacher certification the following year. She continues to maintain her certification with the National Yoga Alliance. Jayla also attended workshops with world-renowned Yoga Teachers such as Amy Weintraub’s, “Yoga for Depression and Anxiety” and “Yoga of Devotion” with Krishna Das. She also has studied with Graham Schweig, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Beryl Bender Birch and Swami Asokanada.
Jayla enjoys helping people find peace within and letting go of their busy lives during Yoga class. She believes it’s important for people to find time for themselves in this fast-paced busy world. As a Yoga teacher she wants Yoga practice to be an enjoyable experience for beginners as well as advanced practitioners.
Jayla is originally from Bosnia where she lived through the Bosnian war in the 1990s where she endured and witnessed unforgettable atrocities of the war. She later immigrated to the United States where she met her husband while working as an interpreter for the US Army, which was part of the NATO peacekeeping forces in Bosnia.
Jayla is also the mother to two wonderful sons and enjoys the ocean, nature and gardening.
Howard has been into fitness and team sports all of his life. He moved back to Virginia Beach in 2004 and is a native of the area.
If you like a skilled trainer with a motivating personality, Howard is your guy. Howard specializes in cycling and strength training to improve athletic performance and endurance. Be ready for an innovative and tough workout in every class!
Howard has the following certifications:
A former high school swimmer and lacrosse player, Julie Allen first began working in a gym at age 15 as a lifeguard. She moved to Virginia Beach in 2006 to pursue her master’s degree in education at Old Dominion, and has stuck around ever since.
Outside of the gym, Julie is a middle school teacher, where she has coached cheerleading, helped with the track team, and serves as a teacher leader. She enjoys reading, running, cycling, and group fitness classes at 24/7. Julie is a mom to two daughters, Lily and Avery. Her husband Brian is also a middle school teacher in Virginia Beach.
Julie received her cycling certification through Mad Dog in 2018. As a busy mom, Julie believes everyone can make time for what is important – and wellness should be a top priority. She enjoys the atmosphere and energy that the members bring to the classes, and she looks forward to continuing her fitness journey with 24/7.
Debi has been teaching Group Exercise Classes for over 30 years, and for 17 years as a Personal Trainer. Debi is connected with the local military community here, and teaches classes for the Navy as well as personal training sessions. She is a certified Group Exercise Instructor through AFAA and Personal Fitness Trainers through AAAI/ISMA. Debi loves to motivate and encourage people to reach their fitness goals, but most importantly to live a healthy lifestyle and to live their “best life”.
Group Fitness Instructor
Jenny believes that anyone, no matter your age, can live a healthy lifestyle. She has taught Physical Education to PreK and elementary kids, and taught Yoga, Chair Yoga, Strength and Balance to active older adults. Jenny has been teaching Group Fitness for over twenty years and plans to continue for twenty more! Exercising and playing sports should energize you and inspire you to keep moving every single day. Jenny holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of Pittsburgh as well as ACE Group Fitness Certification, AFAA, Yoga, IFTA, Pilates, Spin, Turbokick, Kickboxing, MyZone University Heart Rate Training, ASHI CPR/AED/Emergency Oxygen/First certifications.
I can’t wait to see you in class!