Our Fitness Staff
Garrett has a B.S. in Exercise Science and a minor in Coaching Education from James Madison University (JMU) where he graduated cum laude. At JMU, he worked with several Division 1 athletes, from various sports including: cheerleading, softball, baseball, track and field, and soccer. Upon graduating in 2015 he started personal training in DC, received his certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and then later receiving his Kettlebell Certification from National Personal Training Institute (NPTI). He specializes in sports performance but his training style consists of many different disciplines and approaches allowing him to work with many different populations. He utilizes periodization and methodically designs programs to progress his clients appropriately for optimal performance. Garrett believes that maintaining a positive attitude, setting goals, and working smart are the keys to success for sustaining a healthy lifestyle.
Rusa graduated with her Masters in Exercise Science from Eastern Illinois University in 2012. She then made her way to the east coast to start a career in fitness. Rusa loves to teach classes and brings the energy! She likes to focus on little exercises that have a big impact.
Stephen Burgett has been in the fitness industry since 2004 when he had his first professional experience as an intern in the sports performance department at Arizona State University. He later graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a major in Kinesiology. In addition to his degree, he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Stephen has worked as a trainer in many settings, including large health clubs, training studios, and outdoor settings. He specializes in training athletes, both the young and the young at heart, and individuals with post-rehab issues. Stephen believes in making fitness simple and effective, as well as fun.
Reggie is a recent graduate of Cornell University with over 15 years in the fitness industry. Living and working in the DC area. Reggie has found his true passion is helping people lead healthy and active lives. He develops individually tailored nutrition, cardiovascular and resistance training programs for his clients and sets realistic, personal, and physical goals. Reggie lives a balanced lifestyle between fitness, family and friends and continues his journey helping people realize their potential.
Jen is a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She believes that getting fit and healthy doesn’t have to be a chore and strives to create an exciting and fun atmosphere for all her clients. Jen has always been involved in sports including tennis, softball & watersports as a child and kickboxing, aerobics, and running through college. It wasn’t until she started cross training and incorporating HIIT into her routine that being fit and healthy became fun and exciting while offering consistent challenges. This not only helped Jen to excel physically and mentally, but also inspired her to share her passion with others.
Jen loves being a part of the Jade Family and is excited about helping you feel great, increase your energy, get in to the best shape of your life, and increase your mental fortitude. “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do – it comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” ~ Rikki Rogers
Paul began teaching yoga in 1993. In 2011, as an outgrowth of teaching yoga, he began offering personal training to a diverse group of clients. Today, his clientele ranges from 6 years of age to 88 and includes elite athletes, individuals embarking on a new fitness program, and those recovering from serious injury or illness. Paul bases both his teaching and his training on close attention to entrenched and sometimes subtle physical patterns, static and dynamic, functional and dysfunctional, genetic and acquired. He often works in tandem with osteopaths, chiropractors, and physical therapists in order to assess an individual’s biomechanics and to design customized programs that address issues and fulfill often-ambitious goals. An accomplished former competitive athlete and an experienced yogi, Paul enjoys helping his clients explore and expand their capabilities. Paul’s approach is unique to each client and he views the work with each client as both a goal-oriented project and an exploratory journey.
My belief is that fitness and health is more than looking good. It’s feeling good on both the inside and outside. Be active. Be fit! Endure the pain, keep going, push hard, give your maximum, love & enjoy life – make fitness part of who you are by aligning mind, body and spirit.
Certified through American Council on Exercise, I want to share my enthusiasm, encourage a happier lifestyle and help you realize what your body is capable of. I believe that with the right training program and following the exercise right, a bit of determination and support, anyone can achieve their goals. I make sure that every exercise in my designed work out for my client has a purpose, progression, regression, and is preparing client for another exercise, an everyday task or both.
Before becoming a trainer, I struggled with my own weight. When I was a junior in high school I weighed in at just over 270 lbs. at 6’ 0” tall. I decided it was time for a change. This was something I knew had to be for the rest of my life and not some quick solution. So, it took me years to learn to eat right, find what worked for me in my exercise routines as well as in nutrition, and gain the knowledge and experience to excel in health, wellness, fitness and strength.
When I am not working, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my 7 year old daughter. My favorite quote is “Success flourishes only in perseverance — ceaseless, restless perseverance.” ~ Baron Manfred von Richthofen and my favorite place to relax on weekends is Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Howard’s smile will most likely be the first thing you see when you walk into Jade Fitness. While Howard staffs the front desk, he also keeps Jade’s operations humming smoothly behind the scenes. Howard grew up and began studying dance and acting in Washington DC. Leaving Washington for training and career opportunities, Howard started performing and teaching theater and contemporary jazz, master classes, and fitness all over the world, including New York City, Japan, Germany and Spain.
Returning to Washington and reconnecting with family, Howard has since been teaching dance and fitness. His connection with dance and fitness has led to his lifestyle of living in balance with diet and exercise. Howard brings that experience and knowledge to Jade Fitness.
Fun Fact: Howard now lives in his childhood neighborhood where he attended Payne and Buchanan Elementary Schools
Jade of Wisdom: For a healthy life find the balance between fitness, nutrition, work, friends and family.
Our Yoga Team
A yoga practitioner since 1997, Becky was first drawn to yoga to steady her mind and energy while increasing strength, flexibility, and vitality. She was inspired to share her love of yoga with others through teaching and has since completed her 200-hour certification in 2006 and her 500-hour certification in 2013.
Be prepared to twist, bend, balance, and smile in one of Becky’s classes. Becky combines her own unique blend of classic yoga poses in a dynamic flow-style. While Becky takes the practice of yoga seriously, her teaching is infused with a lighthearted attitude and a celebration of joyful energy and openness. Centered in breath awareness, her sequences of poses are designed to heat, stretch, and strengthen the body, incorporating standing poses, twisting, and balancing, as well as poses that allow for a balance of forward and backward bending. Each class concludes with time for meditative relaxation.
Fun Fact: As much as Becky loves yoga, she also loves the classics–books, movies, music. Don’t get her started on 19th century novels, black and white movies, or romantic composers!
Becky’s Jade of Wisdom: “Let your teacher be love itself.” – Rumi
Truly took her first yoga class in 1995 and became a teacher in 2005. She is continually humbled and amazed by how expansive and accessible yoga can be and loves to work with students of all levels.
Truly is a native Washingtonian and also likes to paint, draw, and travel.