Amanda has always been moving, starting with dance as a child, volleyball in high school and then as dance major at Oklahoma City University. Her second year in college, she changed her major to psychology. After this change, she no longer danced hours a day, and something needed to fill the void. She began working at a local gym and found her next love…teaching fitness classes. She was first certified with the American Council on Exercise (ACE) in 1993 and taught all kinds of classes and formats. She trained in Las Vegas with semi-pro boxers and was later certified in KickFit Kickboxing in Florida by a female Muay Thai world champion. She taught every day after school – it was the yin and yang she needed to get mentally and physically though graduate school. She even competed in the National Fitness America competition. She completed her master’s degree at University of Nevada, Reno and her Ph.D. in psychology at Florida State (Go Seminoles!). Amanda began work in her field of behavioral psychology but always adored her after work fitness classes. She had the good fortune of being introduced to yoga in Sacramento in 2001. She trained for two years with YogaFit and became a level 4 instructor. Amanda then moved back to Reno where she opened a studio that offered dance, fitness, kickboxing and yoga. After her second child was born, a change was in the air and Amanda moved to Fresno to accept a position as a professor in the psychology department at Fresno State. While in Fresno, she taught at GB3, Shapemakers, and Gold’s Gym.
Two year ago, Amanda left Fresno State to open her own autism treatment center called the California Autism Center, where she serves as CEO. It was a big change, and after two kids and career, she needed a kick start to her tired fitness routine. Finding FitnessSocial was a breath of fresh air! Dina’s story was the inspiration she was seeking and the atmosphere and philosophy that she and Melissa have created captured Amanda’s attention and enthusiasm! She enjoyed taking classes and learning from fabulous instructors here at FitnessSocial for two years and thought, “If only one day I could teach here!” And then that day came! Amanda has trained with HCK and Strong First certified instructor Aaron Hunter and will continue with two more certifications in Dragon Door Kettelbells and TRX suspension training. She is so excited to be a part of the FitnessSocial team and hopes to pay forward the inspiration, challenge and beauty that she has found at this wonderful place!