Gretchen has been in the fitness industry since 1988, and has seen many trends come and go over the years. She started with the Auburn, NY YMCA in 1988, then started a 20 year career with Lifestyle Family Fitness in 1991. She has held personal training certifications with AFAA and NASM, and various group fitness certifications from AEA, AFAA, ACSM, Les Mills, Real Ryder, and Booty Barre.
Gretchen also holds a BFA in Theatre from VCU. She thoroughly enjoys helping participants raise their fitness thresholds and accomplish feats they never dreamed possible in a fun yet purposeful environment.
Being a breast cancer survivor, Gretchen holds a special place for empowering individuals to overcome their obstacles. Her vision for 5th Gear Fitness is one that encompasses all aspects of fitness, healthy eating habits, and healthy living in an effort to bring out the best in every person with whom she has the privilege of working. Although she has an unwavering passion for teaching and coaching fitness and health, Gretchen is driven by her dedication to her two amazing daughters, Ursula and Olivia.
"If you can, you should; if you think you can, you should at least try!"
Gretchen's Professional Certifications: AFAA Group Fitness, SCW Mat Pilates, SCW Yoga II, Booty Barre, RealRyder Cycle, Keiser Cycle, First Aid CPR AED, and Child CPR AED. Formerly NASM Personal Training, ACSM Group Fitness, AEA, Les Mills BodyFlow, BodyPump, and BodyStep. Also, LifeVantage Independent Distributor.