Amanda, our Lead Instructor and Master Trainer, began her love of movement at the age of 3, when she stepped into her first ballet class. 15 years of dance training earned her a 4-year spot on the nationally ranked Towson University Dance Team. After graduating, Amanda danced professionally, most notably for the former New Jersey Devils Dancers. In 2016, she completed her 200-hour RYT and began her journey as a yoga instructor. She left her tenured teaching position to pursue this new career path. Amanda stepped into her first class at the studio in 2019, 20 weeks pregnant, and never left! She is grateful to be able to be able to do what she loves each and every day.
Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams. Or wake up and chase them.” Three years ago Catherine set the alarm of life and started a journey of transformation rooted in health and wellness. Fitness is her passion and she brings it with her to every session. A mom of three boys, best friend to an old Golden Retriever, and now a certified Barre/Body and Rev instructor, she has found her calling in helping others in their journey here at Forward.
Devon is a certified yoga and Pilates instructor. Her yoga teaching focuses mainly on Vinyasa and Yin Yoga. In her spare time, she competes in half & full marathons, spends time with her husband and cat, loves to read, and is always learning more about Pilates and yoga.
Ellen is a fitness enthusiast, with a 200 HR RYT certification. Fitness has always been a part of her life. Life follows her passion. From her early years at school with art to fashion to children, and now health and wellness. Her motto, find what you love to do and go there.
Josiah's strengths are functional movement, and corrective exercise training. Amanda' prides herself on being an excellent motivator and truly practices what she preaches. He is NASM Certified Personal Trainer and CPR/BLS certified. He has a blue belt in Brazilian Jujitsu and enjoys competing in 'Tough Mudder' and Spartan races in his spare time.
Marieliz started her career in fitness back in 2009 when she fell in love with transforming her body for Bodybuilding Figure Competitions. She was featured in fitness magazines such as Muscle Mag, and Muscular Development. She became so passionate about the lifestyle and training she decided to become a personal trainer to help others reach their fitness goals. She is a Certified personal trainer, and has certifications in Spin, Barre, and TRX. When she isn’t on a bike or teaching a fitness class, she is doing real estate!
Sarah stepped into her first Forward Fitness Studio class in September 2022 and by December 2022 began her journey as a barre and cycle instructor. Sarah loved how immediately Forward Fitness took her in and it felt like one big family. Fitness has always been a factor in Sarah’s life, growing up playing a variety of sports and tap dancing. Sarah is professionally trained in Musical Theatre through the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts at the Bergen County Academies. In addition to her awareness of the importance of physical health, she views mental health with equal importance. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling.
Summer first was introduced to movement when she began dancing at the young age of 3. She instantly fell in love with all things dance-related and pursued a dance career up until she attended college at Fordham University. From there, she continued to dance whenever possible, however as opportunities became more limited, she turned to fitness to fill the void left by dance, taking hundreds of group fitness classes all across the city. When Summer returned home to Allendale, she walked into our doors to take a bounce class and immediately fell in love with the way the body connects to the beat and you move to the music. From then on, Summer frequented our classes daily as a client. She now teaches trampoline, barre, cycle and dance cardio. Summer is currently pursuing a further degree to be a licensed School Psychologist.
At FORWARD, we pride ourselves on our diverse range of classes, which is made possible because of our exceptional group of instructors. FORWARD instructors have diverse disciplines ranging from former dancers to bodybuilders who use their unique backgrounds to put their own spins on classes.
The process to teach a signature class at FORWARD is rigorous. First, each instructor must undergo extensive training in vital areas such as anatomy, class sequencing, and musicality. This intensive training allows the instructors to modify each class with new music and movements while adhering to the fundamentals.
Once the instructor has completed their training, they must pass a comprehensive exam, and then demonstrate what they have leaned by successfully teaching a mock class for current instructors.
Our instructors are what make FORWARD special. We love them, and after your first class, we know you’ll love them too.
Guest Allowance 3 per year
Workshop Discount 20%
Rate Lock 12 months
Pilates class price $30.00
Cancellation $25 or 30 days notice
Personal Training Discount 0%
Late Fee $15.00
Membership Freeze Once per year for one month