Tammie Brown - Owner, Fitness Instructor 

Tammie S. Brown, has been an avid fan of fitness and nutrition most of her life. She participated in athletics all her childhood and adolescent years. She even joined the U.S. Army to maintain a level of fitness and health. But 20 years of rigorous training and deployments in the military caused Tammie many bodily injuries, some which have limited her past abilities.

Tammie’s story doesn’t stop there, she has learned to overcome her disabilities by learning how to function with them instead of against them. Her grit and determination made her reevaluate her life and how she wanted to spend it here on earth. Tammie went back to school in August of 2013 with ambitions to obtain a Bachelor’s degree of science in Dietetics. In 2015, she took a year off from school to establish a business that would reach many and touch the hearts of those who shy away from traditional fitness.

Her philosophy leads her to a heart to love those who have a hard time loving themselves. Tammie hates body comparisons and the lies that fill main stream society. Healthy is not a size or number, it’s a way of life, and all can be healthy regardless of their size or shape, she believes all are beautiful in one way or another.

Tammie has a background in group fitness and personal training. Her goal is to take boring out of fitness and offer classes that will make even the oldest participant feel like they were back on their schools’ playground. Her ability to make fitness fun for everyone is uncanny, she wants to bring the playground back into the fitness arena. Come join Tammie and the other Team Restore members in a fun filled, fantastic journey to health.  Remember, Small Steps Lead to Big Results and Every “Body” has a day One.

Chris Irrgang - Aging Gracefully Yoga InstructorYoga Instructor

Chris Irrgang had no idea that she would find a new passion when she walked into her first yoga class eight years ago.  In early 2013, she received her online Yoga certification.  Since then she has taught in various gyms and studios in the area.  To further her education, she completed the 200-hour certification program with Yoga Dharma of Huntsville.  Chris is certified and registered with Yoga Alliance at the RYT-200 level. She has taught a variety of yoga classes for two years and served as an assistant in a Yoga for 50+ class for over a year. While assisting, she developed the skills for working with older adults and was inspired to create her own classes for that age group.  She considers her teaching style to be a mixed style of Hatha and Flow with emphasis on alignment.  Chris has been influenced by many different Yoga teaching philosophies including Ashtanga and Iyengar, but mainly her guru, Suzanne Newton, E-RYT 500-hr.  In September 2017, she started the 300-hour certification program with Yoga Dharma of Huntsville. 

When not studying or practicing yoga, Chris spends her time with her family, scrapbooking and gardening.

My philosophy - “Yoga should be accessible to everybody, no matter their background or abilities.  I hope to be able to help people meet their goals on their mat while bringing a sense of fun to the class.”

Favorite Quote - “You must purge yourself before finding faults in others. When you see a mistake in somebody else, try to find if you are making the same mistake. This is the way to take judgment and to turn it into improvement. Do not look at others’ bodies with envy or with superiority. All people are born with different constitutions. Never compare with others. Each one’s capacities are a function of his or her internal strength. Know your capacities and continually improve upon them.”  BKS Iyengar

Gerri Forrest - Yoga

Gerri Forrest is a certified RYT 200 Yoga instructor.  She received her training from Yoga Dharma of Huntsville.  Gerri is so excited to be joining Team Restore, here at Restoring Bodies Fitness & Nutrition Services. Gerri specializes in working with people who are interested and ready to explore how peace and happiness can come from experiencing the mind-body connection. Balance is everything in life, and unfortunately many do not know how to achieve that. She will be offering a class that will guide you in the practice of greater emotional balance, a deeper clarity of mind, and an overall empowering connection to your true purpose when it pertains to your goal in achieving complete health and wellness.

Gerri’s Story – “When I started yoga, I had an exercise routine that made my body stiff and sore every day.  I was even going to massage therapy once a week with no lasting pain relief.  I wanted desperately not to be in pain.  I was willing to try anything.  So, I went to my first yoga class and felt a little better. Then, I was in pain again.  I decided I would give it two weeks and see how I felt. I can only say that I was amazed at how much better I started to feel, and immediately stopped going to massage therapy altogether.”

Gerri’s classes do not require that you already be flexible, strong, and focused, they’re not for perfectly shaped, young athletes who are part Buddha, part Cirque du Soleil acrobats! They’re for regular people who want to grow, heal, and get closer to their best selves. She understands that Yoga can be hard for people just starting.  But she feels that the deep relaxation you feel afterward and the sense of pride at having done something good for yourself is tremendous.  The benefits will help relieve your stress, feel more at home in your body, and develop your mental ability to focus on what you want in life.

Gerri invites you and welcomes you to take the first step in a journey that will enhance your perspective of what Yoga really is, and how flexibility, strength, and complete wellness is only one breath away. Namaste!

Bernard Nealy Sr- Independent Contractor, Certified Functional Strength Coach

Bernard is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education professional and business owner currently enrolled at Regent University in STEM Education Graduate Studies. He has a Master’s degree in Information and Technology from AmericaInterConntential University.

Bernard has been a fan of fitness and nutrition all his life. He has participated in sports such as distance running, football, basketball, baseball, weightlifting, boxing, martial arts, and aerobics.  He has always been driven to exercising even before, during, and after high school, military, and federal government service.  What drove him to stay fit is his desire to be a role model, back and knee surgeries, and the competitiveness within.

As a Master Fitness Trainer, you learn the importance of staying physically fit during your career in the military.  As a military veteran you may have sustain a lot of injuries both visibly and internally.  But, once again it is important that you take responsibility for your health, wellness, and fitness level after the many years of employment regardless.

His dream as a fitness professional was to work inside a private fitness studio as a coach helping others.  In 2016 he joined II XCL Strength and Conditioning personal training studio to continue his fitness journey.  While at II XCL Strength and Conditioning (Personal Training Studio) Bernard took on an internship earning 360 hours of coaching experience and became a Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC).

Quote from Bernard: “What I have learned as a fitness professional over the years is staying fit is like going on a journey with many obstacles alone the way.  But still you must believe in yourself, learn not to be extreme just consistence, get plenty of rest when needed and have faith in God.”

Currently, you will find Bernard working on his National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Personal Trainer Certification along with his Youth Sports Specialist Certification.