Our Fitness Staff
Like Elle Woods, I believe that exercise gives you endorphins and makes you happy.
My classes are energetic and focused. Each class is founded in kinesiology and can be modified for each unique body. I’m here to celebrate milestones and encourage you to keep pushing.
Coming from a background in exercise science pre physical therapy, fitness has been a focal point in my life and has shaped me to become the person I am today. It’s taught me dedication, hard work, motivation and all the tools needed to be successful and I want to use that to shape other people’s lives.
“The most important thing is you must put everybody on notice that you’re here and you are real” Kobe Bryant
Angel Jones has worked over 10 years in the fitness industry. She is known as a trainer that likes to get the job done. In the fitness field, she has worked with clients to help them focus on weight loss and functional fitness. She also likes working with seniors. “Fitness is my passion so when I walk into a gym I feel at home.’
She has been certified twice (ISMA personal training, and NASM). She also trained in functional fitness as well as boot camp.
Liz has been in the group fitness space since 2017, beginning first as a Yoga Sculpt instructor. From there, she discovered a love of weight lifting and transitioned to barbell and weight focused exercises, believing everyone should be lifting heavy things.
Her fitness philosophy is that everyone should be moving, and finding joy in that movement, which has led to her certification in a wide variety of group fitness specialties, including dance fitness! If you’re looking for a challenge, and a sampling of exercise styles, her class is for you.
When not trying out new fitness trends, Liz can be found reading, hanging out with her cat, or experiencing another culinary wonder in DC.
Harvey got into fitness mainly because he was a high school athlete. He continued his journey because he realized that he could do everything better just by being functionally fit.
Harvey’s fitness philosophy is simple… “Train and exercise in ways to improve your functional fitness so that you can enjoy life to the fullest.”
Ky’Ree graduated from Frostburg State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise & Sports Science in May 2013. He obtained hands-on field experience during various collegiate sports team internships which allowed the opportunity to personally train and condition college level athletes as a member of the staff.
Post college he has been employed as a master trainer at various health and fitness organizations, including Washington Sports Club and LA fitness, where he continued to gain additional experience and love for the field by working with individuals of many different backgrounds and fitness levels. He is CPR certified. Ky’Ree would be an excellent choice for anybody looking to transition into a healthier lifestyle or take their fitness to the next level!
I am a certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. Along with those certifications, I also received my qualifications as a Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Sunrise Yoga Instructor. I have worked in various health fitness settings, including physical therapy clinics (inpatient and outpatient), fitness centers, and hospitals. My time working in these settings have exposed me to various situations that have prepared and molded me into the trainer I am today. My main goal is for everyone I work with to exceed their fitness and nutritional goals to ensure a pain-free, healthy, and happier life!
Sue Jacoby is a certified ACE fitness trainer who believes movement can bring great joy. Her commitment to fitness began over 30 years ago and she continues to work out on a daily basis. Sue learned to row in her 40’s and was a competitive rower for almost 10 years, rowing in a number of regattas including Head of the Charles. After rowing she became an avid powerlifter finding she had an affinity for “picking up and putting down really heavy things” (which led to a national deadlifting record). Today you can find her in the gym, on her Peleton, or happily walking her dog Liam (who will be joining her during classes).
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
What Kathy loves about yoga is that there is a practice for everyone. Since 2000, she has been exploring yoga’s rich traditions, from vigorous to restorative, discovering that in yoga we can find what we need and uncover our best selves. Kathy shares her love of yoga with others in encouraging, playful alignment-based vinyasa classes that allow students to gain confidence and feel comfortable exploring poses, mindfulness, and linking breath with movement in a safe, inviting environment. She received her 200 hour certification in 2012, and her 500 hour certification in 2018.
Deb’s stressful days working on the Hill led her to discover yoga. As her practice grew to taking a class a day, she decided to learn more because of all that she was gaining mentally, physically, and spiritually. To expand her understanding she took teacher training, and has found a home in teaching yoga. Deb particularly enjoys introducing adults and kids to yoga in a friendly, fun and safe way, helping students experience how yoga is for every body type and skill level. Deb’s yin yoga classes focus on particular sections of the body each week with modifications based on the needs of each student. Expect to use props throughout class to support your body as you hold a pose for up to five minutes. Deb also teaches meditation, plays crystal & Tibetan singing bowls, and is a Reiki Jin Kei Do Master Practitioner.
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.