Amber is originally from Iowa but has lived in Minneapolis, Boston, Las Vegas, San Diego, and now Nashville for the last year and a half. She was a competitive dancer for 12 years and has always had a passion for health and wellness. Amber taught cycling classes for 3 years in San Diego at a gym on the beach and fell in love with inspiring others to be the best they can be and to help them achieve their goals. Amber received her personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is currently getting her "Certified Golf Specialist Certification.” Outside of OTF Amber enjoys running, yoga, golfing, hiking and researching just about anything to do with health and fitness. She loves to travel, meet new people and experience new adventures. She and her husband have recently welcomed a beautiful baby boy, Preston. Amber loves the sense of community that she feels with Orangetheory and can't wait to work toward her goals along side the best in Nashville, while hopefully inspiring others along the way!
Bird is from a town called “Tha Thrill” (Rock Hill, SC), just outside of Charlotte, NC. He attended Clemson University where he played for the Clemson Rugby Squad. After graduation, he directed Camp Cherokee (a YMCA summer resident camp) for 8 years before pursuing a profession in fitness. Certified by ACE (American Council on Exercise) in 2006, he has ten years experience of training individuals, small groups, large bootcamps and professional athletes. Bird is further educated via his world adventures throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean. Along with traveling, his main hobbies include everything outdoors, people watching and food. He and his wife Beth just moved to Nashville last year and love it so far! Other endeavors that Bird has Co-Founded and still is involved with include: Camp LUCK, Inc. (Support organization for families that provides a resident camp and other services for kids with heart defects), SMOOTHISFAST (Apparel that benefits warriors battling cancer), and Baxter’s Bunch (Children’s book series and TV Pilot show that teaches good values through sports). Bird’s Fitness Philosophy is “You only have one body and one mind… so why not take care of them!” Training is not just about the physical improvements. I enjoy challenging the mental aspect of an exercise program that coincides with the most important trait - your Attitude! I am excited to be a part of the Orangetheory Fitness team as it is science based, full of good peeps and is fun/engaging!
My fitness journey started back in 2012 when I was in the worst physical condition of my life. I was well-overweight and lived a life without drive. I found myself in the gym with my cousin who has been there through most of my fitness journey. It paved the way for me to get to where I am today. I've went through all the different fad diets, weightlifting/cardio protocols, and such. It has led me to the single answer that there is not one single perfect workout, but just the one that you can stick to. My style of training reflects the inner voice that lies within us all. Working out is a daily task, just like brushing your teeth, for instance. Why not enjoy that hour of your day with pumping tunes, hard work, progression, and self evaluation for improvement? That's what I am here for...to help guide you through your fitness journey. I am here to be that external voice and motivation, to be the pool of knowledge and to guide your goals. Form > Function > Progression I like to stay active by doing what humans do. LIVE. I try to spend as much time as I can outdoors. Whether it be just walking around the city, camping, hiking, going to the park, or even shopping. I enjoy disc golf, spelunking, hiking, tenting, and cooking. I mainly spend my time cooking! I am not just a personal trainer, I am a guide, coach, teammate, student, and mentor. I believe that we all learn from everyone. Just take the time to ask, listen, and perform and I promise that you'll reach your goals. Work out intentionally, not habitually.
Morgan is originally from Mississippi and moved to Nashville from Georgia. He is a former gymnastics coach and is AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) certified. Morgan has displayed an extreme array of knowledge and experience in all that he does, making sure that all of our members have proper form and technique to stay safe and get the most benefit out of their workout. Outside of OTF, he enjoys weight-lifting and going to the park to play pick-up games of ultimate frisbee or flag football to stay active and fit! Morgan's favorite aspect of an OTF workout is the rowing. His future goals as an OTF coach is to get better at what he does, as there's always room to grow! His advice to all of our members, "Wanting is only half the equation. You have to GET IT!”
Peggy Ray is a Nashville native that loves her city. She developed a passion for being active at 5 years old in dance class and continued on to be involved in dance, gymnastics and cheerleading through high school graduation. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1997 with a degree in Marketing and Business Administration. Upon college graduation, she began a 19 year career that involved extensive travel which required her to take her fitness routine on the road most weeks. In 2014 she decided to trade in her leopard stilettos for leopard Nikes to be able to enjoy more time with her husband and daughter and hasn’t looked back. She fell in love with Orangetheory Fitness as a client and quickly recruited her husband and many friends to join her knowing they would also share her passion for the burn. She attributes Orangetheory Fitness for getting her in the best shape of her life. She loves that it combines both cardio and strength training and every workout is different which makes it fun every time. She is an ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Personal Trainer and has her Group Exercise Certification from AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of American). When she is not at Orangetheory Fitness she is actively involved with her daughter’s school, dance and gymnastics.