Gayle is an AFAA Certified Trainer who has been a fitness professional for over 20 years. In 1995, she started teaching group fitness classes, and since then she's taught everything from Insanity to Pilates and Group Cycling to Barre!
Early in her career, Gayle worked part-time as a personal trainer while also working as a Social Worker in a mental health center in Key West, Florida. Her last Social Work job at Duke was with a multidisciplinary team that focused on disease management and prevention for diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma, which helped her understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle. In 2005, Gayle left Social Work to pursue her passion in the fitness industry full-time.
Gayle believes that fitness and wellness require an integrative approach to developing a healthy body and mind. She has worked with an extraordinarily diverse population ranging from 3- to 93-year-olds. She's helped people prepare and recover from joint replacement surgery (including knee, shoulder, and hip) and worked closely with mental health professionals, physicians, physical therapists, acupuncturists, and chiropractors to ensure a safe and positive experience for their clients. Gayle has also trained youth athletes, competitive horseback riders, runners, and golfers among others to help them achieve their performance goals.
Gayle believes in functional exercises that utilize the whole body and enhance quality of life. She specializes in Pilates, which she believes is a powerful exercise modality that prevents injury and enhances the ability to do other physical tasks and sports well. She is also certified in TRX Suspension Training and Kettlebells as well as a range of other modalities, and she remains current with industry standards through continuing education.
Gayle believes each session should be fun and unique to maintain results, alleviate boredom, and help each client meet their goals. When Gayle is not personal training or teaching FIT Circuit and Pilates classes, she loves to see live music, go to the beach and mountains, and spend time with family and friends.
Gayle lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and two girls, ages 9 and 11.