"This is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, and in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:10


Health and fitness has been a part of my life for years. I have always enjoyed participating in athletics and resistance training but I have been even more fascinated studying about it. Having most of my family in the medical field, I decided to follow their lead but take a different approach.

I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Biology from Liberty University and participated in countless hours of internships with physicians, physical therapists and other fitness professionals to be able to do my job as effectively as possible. I started personal training in 2007 and have loved it since, expanding my areas of expertise throughout that time.

I absolutely love meeting with new clients and enjoy being by their side during the process of reaching their goal. I believe you should be fit on the outside and in, using your ONE body as a vessel to do God's work. Start your new era of fitness for yourself but more importantly for the glory of God.



Meet Our Exercise Physiologists


ZACH RILEy - Vice President of Operations

"And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you."
1 Peter 5:10

Ever since I can remember, athletics has been a significant part of my life. Although I have always been an active person; true fitness was never a priority of mine until the early years of college. While studying Exercise Science at Liberty University I developed a profound respect for God's ingenious design of the human body and became fascinated of what it can accomplish. With this new perspective I then decided to make not only athletics, but also true fitness a priority in my life.

I have always loved to see motivated people reach their goals and this is why I love my job. As a Certified Exercise Physiologist and Licensed Massage Therapist I am now equipped to assist clients in reaching their fitness goals, as well as helping them reduce chronic pain that they may be having. God has not called us to simply live, he has called us to abundant life and this is why we must better ourselves every day. 

"There is no substitute for hard work."


Elke Velz,  NASM-CPT, CSCS

2 Corinthians 3:4-5, NKJV

 “4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God” 

At age 14, I started experiencing health issues that brought my D1 college soccer aspirations to a screeching halt. Several years of going to doctors without answers left me discouraged but determined that someday I would use what I learned to help others reduce their pain and encourage physical and mental health. Research and trial and error with nutrition and exercise routines combined with a lot of prayer helped me figure out what was sustainable and what wouldn’t exacerbate my symptoms. And I am excited to say that I’ve progressed to the point where I am physically able to pursue my current loves of powerlifting and CrossFit-style workouts. 

Exercise is a spectrum with a place and modality for everyone. Through my undergraduate studies at Liberty, I’ve seen how important functional movement is and how everyone at every level can benefit from training. I believe in my heart that to be healthy for a lifetime, everyone needs exercise. Whether you’re an advanced athlete looking for a challenge or a grandma who just wants to be able to play outside with the grandkids, you can benefit from personal training! It’s my goal to heal and empower my clients to the best of my ability to help them reach their goals.

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CHRIS VANAMAN, acsm-cpt, CSCS, masters in exercise science (human performance)

I grew up here in Forest, Va where I was active as a kid playing basketball and other sports. My love for athletics grew to include strength and conditioning when I realized the power and control it gave me over my life. I went on to attend Bridgewater College, where I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Health & Exercise Science. It was during this time in my life that my passion for fitness blossomed and my career began. I am now attending Liberty University, where I am pursuing a Master's Degree in Exercise Science. My goal is to expand my knowledge so that I can provide the best possible service to members of our community. I want to help others experience the life changing impact that living a healthy lifestyle can have on your life. Through consistency, effort, focus, and determination, each person has the ability to create a life that they can be proud of. My greatest source of inspiration is striving to walk the path that the Lord has set before me, so that I can see God's will fulfilled in my life. Changing your life is not an easy task, but if you surround yourself with support and realize that your life has a greater purpose, then you can sustain the entire journey and reach your destination.


"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33


Megan Mccorkle, NASM-CPT

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” - Romans 8:37

Since I was little, my parents threw me into athletics recreationally and competitively. I grew up in a very active family that believed taking care of our bodies was valuable and enriched our health. I have always had a huge passion for fitness and seeing how I had the ability to push my body to the goals I wanted to achieve. I strongly believe in taking care of the bodies the Lord has beautifully designed and desire to honor Him not just in my daily life, but through exercise as well. With this understanding and passion, I decided to come alongside others to help them pursue their health and fitness goals.

Encouraging others in life, but especially personal training is something I love to do. No client is the same and my goal is to create a specific program tailored to them in their pursuit of health. I love cheering on new clients and being a part of their support system in meeting their goals and living a life that is full, a life the Lord calls us to live.


KAITLYN DIJOSEPH, CSCS, Certified USA cycling coach, and a b.s. in Exercise Science 

We are blessed with a body capable of incredible things. My wish is that no one would take it for granted. Through strategic, sustainable training plans I want to help you relentlessly strive for forward progress to keep pushing your limits.

I studied Exercise Science at Liberty University and found my niche in a strength focused approach to endurance training. I am a USA Cycling Coach and NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. As a former collegiate D1 athlete, I have a strong background in running, experience in multiple cycling disciplines, and ultra-endurance events. I have a passion for the long haul, literally.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

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Melody Hicks, Executive Assistant to Ben Crosswhite, Children's Director. Bachelor of Science degree (Children’s Ministries).

Melody has been working with children for 10 years in various capacities. She enjoys working along side Ben daily and plans major outreach events each year. 

Since I was young, I’ve known that God has called me to ministry. I’ve been a pastor’s kid, and watching my dad minister to people made my passion expand. I have worked with children in countless environments and churches, with hundreds of internship hours. Over the past 6 years, God has been with me on an amazing life-changing journey. I’ve lost 150 lbs, with the help of my trainer Ben Crosswhite. In these 6 years, I have gained so much knowledge while training under him and from my personal weight loss experience. Through my training, research/education about different methods and nutrition and speaking opportunities, an excitement has been building within me to share and teach what I have learned with others. I could think of no greater place to be than at the gym that changed my life. I have no doubt that I can help and support others in their journey toward lifelong fitness, as they pursue and maintain a healthy lifestyle through physical activity and eating right, while they receive encouragement to focus on God’s will for their life. I know what it’s like to struggle in fitness, but more importantly I know what it’s like to excel in fitness. My struggle has become my passion and my strength comes through Christ.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ (Philippians 4:13).”