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Meet Our Fitness Providers


Aaron Grubb, NSCA-CPT

Fitness Director

A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in Exercise Science, Aaron is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Aaron is a USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, as well as Functional Movement Screen (FMS) certified.

Aaron has amassed a 20+ year career in fitness facility management and personal training.  Before joining Advanced Wellness Centre Aaron spent 16 years in Corporate Fitness management. He joined AWC in 2016 with a very specific goal in mind. To build a fitness center and department at AWC that could work in conjunction with a wellness center committed to drug-free solutions for optimal health. One of Aaron's specialties is helping clients recover from back injuries as well as dealing with chronic back problems. Aaron also works with clients to improve athletic performance, weight loss, weight gain, strength improvement, and mobility.

In his free time Aaron enjoys being on the water fishing, weightlifting, football, and anything outdoors.

Fitness Advice from Aaron:

1)  Efficient movement is the foundation for all things physical.
2)  If you want to achieve something you must commit to a process and follow it consistently.
3)  If it doesn't challenge you it won't change you.

Aaron's Life Rules:

1)  Do at least one thing every day to improve your mind, body and spirit.
2)  Sharing your time and knowledge to help others is the greatest gift that one can give.
3)  Collect experiences......not things.
4)  Years ago, a very special person taught me that happiness is a choice and it must come from within

"I enjoy helping people push outside of their comfort zones and discover what they're truly capable of. To reach success in anything there are mental, physical, and emotional battles that must take place. You can't put a price on having someone help you through that process."


Tiffany Marks, ACSM , CPT

A graduate of College of Charleston with a B.S. in Exercise Science, Tiffany is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine as well as Functional Movement Screen (FMS) certified.

Before joining Advanced Wellness Centre, Tiffany spent 5 years managing a local gymnastics facility. She has over 20+ years experience in participating and coaching competitive gymnastics. Tiffany’s previous work experience in both physical therapy and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation settings has equipped her with strong interpersonal skills and a passion for helping people move better. Tiffany enjoys working with clients of all ages to improve strength and quality of life, weight loss, athletic performance, and increased mobility.

In her free time Tiffany enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, being involved with her church, attending sporting events and live music, and weightlifting.

Tiffany’s Fitness advice:

1)  Workout because you love your body, not because you hate it.
2)  There is no shortcut. It takes time and determination to become a better, stronger version of yourself.
3)  Exercise is therapy.

Tiffany’s life rules:

1)  Be somebody nobody thought you could be.
2)  If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
3)  Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you. Ephesians 4:29


Ryan T. Sweeney, CSCS

A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University class of 2011 with a B.S. in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Ryan is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach (USAW-L1SPC).  His previous involvement at VCU RecSports gyms as a personal trainer was an invaluable experience for learning the art and science of motivating athletes. One of Ryan’s specialties is leading group exercise, which he lead for the VCU Athletic Staff. In his free time, he enjoys anything relating to cars, surfing, snowboarding, sailing, hiking, building/fixing things and traveling.

Fitness Advice from Ryan:

1)  Limits are for people that have them.
2)  Do one thing every day that scares you.

Ryan’s Life Rules:

1)  Things are never as good or as bad as they first seem.
2)  If it works, keep it; if it doesn’t, get rid of it.
3)  Your perception determines your reality.
4)  You make your own fate.

“I enjoy helping people to improve the quality and duration of their life. Seeing people make gains is inspiring and creates a high degree of job satisfaction for me.”


Annie Lively, LMT, CPT

Annie is a Liberty University graduate with a BS in Kinesiology. She is a national and VA state licensed massage therapist and a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and FMS certified. Prior to massage, she worked in an orthopedic physical therapy facility, where she provided aid to physical therapists, and created individualized exercise prescriptions for her clients as well as for groups in weight loss and conditioning. She has worked with athletes, post therapy patients, employees and peers in providing instruction, motivation, and support to help each individual reach their personal goals. Annie’s involvement with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes over the years has created opportunities for her to work with and coach high school and college level athletes. This has helped her gain insight into understanding how an active life style enhances ones physical, mental and emotional health. Annie enjoys working with clients of all ages through weight loss, strength training, improving mobility, and sport performance. In her free time, Annie enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, art and traveling.

Annie’s Fitness advice:

1)  The only bad workout is the one that never happened.
2)  Motivation gets you started and habit keeps you going
3)  Good form during exercise is crucial to getting the best results you want

Annie’s life rules:

1)  Surround yourself daily with people who uplift and push you to be the best version of yourself.
2)  Even on the darkest days, there is always a reason to smile
3)  Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.


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