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ABOUT FREDERICKSBURG FITNESS STUDIO

Mission Statement

At Fredericksburg Fitness Studio, fitness is more than just working out, it is a way of life. We will inspire you, guide you, and motivate you to regain control of your overall health and wellness. We are a unique private personal training studio that helps you achieve your goals and do more than you ever thought possible through dedication, determination and discipline. Our staff is wildly passionate about teaching you to embrace fitness as a way of life so you can “Get Fit for Living  Life".

Vision Statement

Our vision is to be the area's Premier Health and Wellness Destination-offering professional, superior personal training where fitness and nutrition are celebrated in pursuit of getting fit for Living life.

WE'RE ALL ABOUT YOUR NEW, HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

A healthy lifestyle starts with a fit body. As your personal trainers, we will identify your fitness goals, design a program that fits your needs and lead and support you through every workout. We help clients in the Fredericksburg area change the way they look and feel. Our experience and holistic approach to health and fitness will have you feeling your best in no time. What are you waiting for? We're here to help. Put on those trainers, pack your bag and let’s start your fitness journey. REACH OUT TODAY!

Meet Our Team
Jennifer Scherer
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JENNIFER SCHERER
President

Jennifer started Fredericksburg Fitness Studio in 2008 after graduating from UMW with a degree in Biology and an unrelenting passion for health and fitness. Jennifer believes the key to a healthy and long life is making daily movement a priority and establishing a healthy relationship with food. For Jennifer, “healthy” means finding balance physically, emotionally, mentally, socially and spiritually. She is committed to walking alongside her clients as they discover what “healthy” means for them. Jennifer wants to help her clients find the same appreciation, respect and pure amazement with their body that she has. Jennifer’s mantra is “Love yourself enough to lead a healthy lifestyle.” Jennifer believes it is important to show your body the respect it deserves by taking care of it through daily movement, eating whole foods, sleeping well and laughing each and every day.

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Credentials

  • BS Biology

  • MS Nutrition Science

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

  • METI-Medical Exercise Specialist

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer

  • ISSA Specialist in Senior Fitness

  • ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist

  • ACE Orthopedic Exercise Specialist

  • Balanced Body Reformer 1 Trained

  • Fitour Certified Pilates Reformer Instructor & Advanced Pilates Instructor

  • Yoga Certification from the Academy of Holistic Fitness

  • CPR, AED and First Aid Certified

  • Clinical Acupressure through Soul Lightening

Jessica Domi
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JESSICA DOMI
Vice President

Jessica has been in the health and wellness field for the past 5 years. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and Administration. After graduation, she worked in high school athletics as the Head JV Girls' Basketball Coach before joining the Fredericksburg Fitness Team. Jessica's love for basketball turned into a love for fitness when discovering the power of strength training on the body and the mind. Jessica believes the key to a fulfilling life starts from within and nourishing the body through movement, nutrition, and meaningful relationships leads to not just a long lifespan, but long healthspan. Jessica's life motto is "if you sweat every day and laugh every day, you're on the right track to a healthy life!" Jessica is passionate about helping others achieve their goals, empowering her clients to believe they can achieve anything they put their mind to, and learn that fitness and movement can be fun! 

Credentials

  • B.S. Business Management/ Administration

  • METI-Medical Exercise Specialist

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

  • NASM Certified Senior Fitness Specialist

  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist

  • Fitour Certified Pilates Reformer Instructor

  • CPR, AED, and First Aid Certified

Jennifer Sawyer
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JENNIFER SAWYER
Director of Staff Development

Jennifer Sawyer is from New England and was born in Maine, where she grew up on a dairy farm. She also lived in Vermont and New Hampshire as well, before moving to Virginia. She has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years. Jennifer knew right out of high school she wanted to go to college to study health, exercise, and human movement. Jennifer attended the University of Maine at Orono and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education. She has been personal training and leading group exercise classes ever since! Jennifer loves working with people and guiding, motivating, and educating them on their health. It's so meaningful to help people reach their goals and create a healthy mind and body connection. She enjoys working with all types of people and tries to make fitness a fun experience for all. Jennifer says there is nothing more rewarding than helping others reach their full potential to lead a happy and healthy life. She truly loves what she does!

Credentials

  • BS Kinesiology & Physical Education

  • ACE Personal Trainer/Group Exercise Instructor

  • ACE Senior Fitness Specialist

  • FMT Basic Kinesiology Taping

  • Mad Dogg Spinning Instructor

  • ECSI CPR/AED Adult, Child, Infant

  • Fitour Certified Pilates Reformer Instructor

  • FiTour Primary Pilates Instructor

  • FiTour Advanced Pilates Instructor

  • NASM Pain Free Performance Specialist

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MICHELLE NICHOLS
Director of Pilates

Michelle has been a passionate advocate for lifelong fitness for nearly 30 years. After her time in the U.S. Navy, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology and then pursued her personal training certifications.  In addition to one-on-one personal training, she has taught group mixed martial arts classes, and Speed, Agility, and Quickness sessions.  Over the past three decades, she has traveled with many people on their health and wellness journey.  She has worked with all ages and fitness levels.

Michelle takes a personal approach to her client sessions, targeting all components of health and wellness. Her focus on teaching proper form, posture, and balance helps ensure the client’s body and spatial awareness while exercising. Her goal is to educate clients, guide them through positive behavior change, and integrate exercise and wellness to help combat the demands of daily life.  Michelle is a firm believer that everyone needs to “train for life.”  From her own personal experience, she has learned that there are circumstances that arise that are beyond your control, and having a solid healthy foundation will help you successfully deal with those circumstances.

Credentials

  • B.S. Human Biology

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

  • NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist

  • NASM Stretching and Flexibility Coach

  • CPR, AED, and First Aid Certified

  • Fitour Certified Pilates Reformer Instructor

  • Currently studying for Corrective Exercise Specialist Certification & Weight Loss Specialist Certification

  • Clinical Acupressure through Soul Lightening

Michelle
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SAMANTHA ATWELL
Director of Health Promotion

Growing up, Sam was involved in a variety of sports including volleyball, softball, and basketball. Her passion for sports developed into a passion for health and wellness throughout her young adult life. Sam graduated from Radford University with her Bachelors in Exercise Science. She also received her Masters in Exercise Science from Liberty University. After receiving her ACE Personal Trainer certification, Sam started training clients her last year of undergrad and instantly fell even more in love with fitness and helping others achieve their fitness goals. She understands the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and wants to share her knowledge and passion with others.  

Credentials

  • B.S. in Exercise Science

  • M.S. in Exercise Science

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer

  • CPR, AED and First Aid Certified

  • Fitour Certified Pilates Reformer Instructor

Samantha
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SARA NICHOLS
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist 

Sara is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with experience working with a variety of clients to improve their health. She received her B.S. in Human Nutrition, Foods, and exercise and completed her Dietetic Internship through NutraCO with a specialty in Community Nutrition. She also has a background in personal training, geriatric and clinical nutrition, and nutrition therapy. Sara is on a mission to help others improve their lives through nutrition and fitness. From Director of Health Promotion and Personal Trainer at Fredericksburg Fitness, to Registered Dietitian, she has witnessed first hand the power of “getting fit for living life” and strives to help others feel nourished and empowered through nutrition and fitness each day. She takes a weight inclusive approach to nutrition counseling with the objective of creating achievable goals to elicit sustainable change and improve health behaviors. It’s time to throw away fad diets and social media trends, and work with Sara, a board certified nutrition professional, to create a nutrition plan that sticks.

Credentials

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) 

  • NASM certified personal trainer 

  • BS Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise

  • CPR, AED, First Aid Certified 

Sara Nichols
Suzanne Registered Dietitian

SUZANNE AMORUSO 
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist 

Suzanne is a Board Certified Dietitian, Diabetes Educator and Wellness Coach. She has been practicing as a dietitian for over 20 years. She is a resident of Locust Grove for 24 years and resides with her husband. She has 3 grown children and one new precious grandson. Suzanne received her BS degree in nutrition and dietetics from the State University of New York at
Plattsburgh. She received her certification as a diabetes educator in 2003. She specializes in diabetes education, weight loss, GI issues, autoimmune, and overall wellness.
More recently Suzanne has a special interest in integrative nutrition and functional foods/medicine. “Helping people heal from the inside out; getting to the root cause of your issues”. After researching more about the gut microbiome, she began to incorporate and recommend more whole food plant-based nutrition to her patients. In 2020 Suzanne started a private practice; Nutrition For You, LLC. She serves patients in Fredericksburg, Culpeper, and Locust Grove. She is also a wellness coach for the Juice Plus company; helping people
understand the importance of getting more whole food nutrition and fruits and vegetables into their
bodies every day. Suzanne enjoys staying active playing pickleball, hiking, and working out on a daily basis. She also enjoys making new healthy recipes following a plant-based approach. My goal is to help as many people as possible feel better, look better, and live a healthier lifestyle!
Don’t forget to practice M.I.S.S
M.I.S.S. Move more, Increase water, Sleep, Stress Management

Credentials

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) 

  • BS in Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Certified Diabetes Educator

  • CPR, AED, First Aid Certified 

Suzanne Amoruso
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PAULA VALDEZ
Personal Trainer

Paula’s interest in promoting health and fitness began in high school, where she participated in cross country and track and field. As an adult she strives to live an active and outgoing lifestyle. She has participated in 5/10k/half marathon events and in bodybuilding as a bikini and wellness competitor. Paula is passionate about bringing individualized plans with optimal wellness information to her clients. She wants to help you become a stronger, leaner, more confident and healthier version of yourself.

Credentials

  • BS Health Physical Education and Exercise Science 

  • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist 

  • CPR, AED, and First Aid Certified 

  • SCW Aquatic Exercise Certification 

  • Fitour Certified Pilates Reformer Instructor

  • Clinical Acupressure through Soul Lightening

Paula Valdez
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TRACIE MASSEY
Office Manager

Tracie is a lifelong resident of Fredericksburg. 25+ years in the fitness industry as an instructor, coach, trainer, program manager, facility management & facility director.  She has strong ties to the area both personally and professionally.  She was part of the original management leader team that opened American Family Fitness in Fredericksburg, 2006 - 2021.  Most recently, she was the director of Culpeper Sport & Fitness where she oversaw the design, building, opening & programming of PATH Recreation and Fitness Center, which was voted the #1 fitness facility of the year in Culpeper, VA.  She has returned to the Fredericksburg area to serve the local community as she believes it all starts at home. The body was made to move, and movement is medicine!  Her favorite activity/class to coach/teach: Functional Strength & HIIT classes! And any variation – Kettlebell HIIT, Cycle Strength, Cycle Bootcamp, Cycle Recover, etc; HIIT classes – tabata, etc.

Credentials

  • National College of Exercise Professionals, CPT

  • The Athletics and Fitness Association of America, Group Fitness Instructor

  • Schwinn Indoor Cycling Certified Instructor

  • Alloy Functional Strength Training Certification

  • Roll & Recover, Course Creator

  • CPR, AED and First Aid Certified

Tracie Massey
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MEAGAN FREIWALD
Personal Trainer

Meagan was born in Baltimore and grew up on a farm in Virginia. Her fascination with how the body works and how all life is connected led to her undergraduate degree in Biology at Old Dominion University. After school, she spent a few years in Virginia Beach, a health-conscious and active city at the time, and discovered a love for running and outdoor activities, as well as a developing passion for nutrition to complement her active lifestyle. This passion led to continuing her education for a Graduate Certificate in Nutrition at George Mason University.  One of the most important and rewarding decisions she’s ever made was to become a Certified Personal Trainer in 2017.  After three physically challenging years off-the-grid in Fiji, she wanted to teach others what the body is capable of with goals and a plan after having experienced it personally.  Fitness is a necessity, a tool, and an outlet for mind, body, and spirit.  Guiding others on that path of discovery brings her joy!  Meagan has had the privilege of working with a full spectrum of clients: ages 11-80, young athletes, athletic retirees, teenagers wanting to boost self-confidence in this social media-saturated world, the aging population wanting to prevent falling and improve posture, active adults learning to walking again after injuries, clients navigating neurological conditions, and everyone in between desiring to lose weight and commit to a healthy lifestyle. She loves being on this journey with all of her clients, getting to celebrate their successes with them every step of the way!

Credentials

  • BS Biology

  • Graduate Certificate Nutrition 

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer

  • NASM Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist

  • Dragon Door Certified Hardstyle Kettlebell Instructor

  • NASM Certified Nutrition Coach

  • NASM Behavior Change Specialist

  • NASM Weight Loss Specialist

  • ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist

  • Fitour Certified Pilates Reformer Instructor

  • ResusciTech CPR/AED Adult, Child, Infant

Meagan Freiwald
FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Why Fredericksburg Fitness Studio and not a “gym”?
    Our goal is to help you “Get Fit for Living Life!” We offer customized training programs for each of our clients. We have no membership fees so you are only paying for the time you are actually in the studio. Our expert staff guide you every step of the way. We focus on overall health and wellness to help you achieve a healthy lifestyle.
  • If I am early, is there some place I should wait?
    Yes! We have seating available in our lobby and cool-down lounge where you can fill your water bottle with filtered water and prepare for your session. Feel free to sit and wait, someone will greet you shortly!
  • How many sessions will it take to achieve my desired results/goals?
    There is no set number of sessions it will take to achieve your desired results/goals. We hope to help you create a healthy lifestyle that will allow you to “Get Fit For Living Life!”
  • Can I customize my weekly exercise program to include private, small group & Pilates sessions?
    Yes! You have the option to do both Pilates and training sessions or a combination of individual and group sessions. We will help you create a program that best fits you and your goals.
  • What happens during a session?
    Each session begins with a 10-minute warm-up of your choice on the bike, elliptical, rower, or treadmill. After your warm-up, your trainer will lead you through a 40-minute work-out routine that will be customized for you. Your session will conclude with a 10- minute cool-down.
  • What is the difference between PT (Personal Training) and MET (Medical Exercise Training)?
    MET is a protocol-based approach where you will learn specific exercises to manage and improve your specific health condition. Your Medical Exercise Specialist will communicate with your referring physician every 30 days. Our MET program has three different levels known as “schools”. Each lesson consists of 40 minutes of exercise followed by 20 minutes of education. Level 1 is S.T.E.P. School (Supervised Therapeutic Exercise Preparatory School) which is private and lasts a minimum of one month. Level 2 is S.M.A.R.T. School (Specialized MedEx And Reconditioning Training School) which is focused on your specific health condition. After completing Level 2 it is our hope that you would graduate to Level 3 which is F3 School (FF Functional Training School) where you will continue to build a strong, healthy body and mind.
  • How much does it cost?
    Training sessions start as low as $35/session. We operate by appointment only and recommend you book a complimentary consultation to obtain your personalized quote based on your health history and personal goals.
  • How should I dress?
    When coming to your consult and musculoskeletal screening, there is no need to wear any athletic wear. For your MET/PT sessions, please wear comfortable athletic wear and closed-toed shoes. For Pilates, we recommend wearing Pilates socks that provide extra grip while on the reformer.
  • Is MET covered by insurance?
    MET can be covered by insurance if the following criteria are met: Client has sustained major trauma, undergone surgery or chronic condition Client is NOT covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or government-based coverage Client has a referral for medical exercise from an MD, DO Client has received maximum benefit from PT/DC Client has residual functional deficits If these criteria are met, then you as the client will have the following responsibilities in order to receive insurance reimbursement: Obtain diagnostic code from referring physician Note that you may have to request this code in writing. Referring physician must completely fill out the referral form including: Diagnosis Frequency Duration Any other notes This form must be completely filled out in order for your insurance to potentially reimburse. Pre-authorize with your insurance carrier Clearly explain why your program will improve function and note the referral Letter from FFS will be given explaining who we are and what we do Follow up in 2 days Your trainer will provide you with copies of these forms.
  • Do I have to create my own small group or will FFS match me with another client(s)?
    FFS will match you with another client(s) that will be appropriate for your fitness level. You are also more than welcome to bring a friend with you and start a group together!
  • Can I train in the studio outside of my regular appointment time?
    No, we do not offer open gym times
  • Is there a cancellation policy, what is the make-up policy?
    For cancellations, we ask that you give at least 24 hours notice. Our Vice President will help you reschedule your sessions.
  • Is nutrition coaching included?
    We offer one on one Nutrition Therapy with our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Jennifer Scherer. Visit our Nutrition Therapy page for more information.
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