"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." - John C. Maxwell
My lifelong interest in fitness, living a healthy lifestyle, and passion for helping others led me to the fitness industry over twenty-five years ago, teaching group exercise classes. Personal training followed two years later. I have taught diverse classes and worked with clients in a variety of venues such as area YMCAs, fitness clubs, private homes, and private golf communities. As well as one-on-one personal training, I have conducted small group personal training classes of up to four participants, and guided new runners through my own beginner’s running clinic. I have also delivered talks to large audiences, written numerous articles, and held directorial positions. I founded my own company, Cornerstone Fitness Solutions, LLC in 2004.
I thrive on and value continuing education. Due to the orthopedic, autoimmune, and other challenges my clients were facing, I was inspired to expand my knowledge base to help these individuals at a deeper and more effective level. Therefore, at the end of 2011 I made the decision to temporarily close my business to take a 2 ½ year educational sabbatical. This education has taken my knowledge and expertise to a whole new level; my in-depth holistic and integrated approach focuses on using time-efficient and scientific evidence-based assessments; these combined with examining a Client’s nutrition, sleep, and stress levels allows me to design fitness programs truly unique to an individual. I also firmly believe in working in conjunction with a client’s other practitioners (chiropractor, massage therapist, yoga or other instructor, acupuncturist, doctor, etc.) in order to arrive at lasting solutions to their health and fitness goals and challenges.
I annually attend continuing education lectures on posture, functional anatomy and kinesiology, nutrition, movement classes, and running a successful personal training business.
I am currently studying to be a CHEK Practitioner under the world-renowned Paul Chek of The CHEK Institute in San Diego and certification under the noted physical therapist Gary Grey of The Grey Institute.
In July 2014 I reopened my business under the current name and resumed traveling to a variety of venues such as workplaces, private homes, private golf communities, and other locations for one-on-one and small group training. I opened my current studio in March 2016, but continue to travel to other venues on a limited basis. I am available for FREE educational presentations and Initial Consultations and fee-based workshops.
My own athletic pursuits have included two marathons, numerous sprint triathlons, duathlons, biathlons; and too many 5k, 8k, and 10k road races to count.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family hiking, mountain biking, running, skiing, and reading.
Jennifer L. Armstrong, CPT, American Council on Exercise
Functional Movement Screen Specialist
ELDOA Practitioner Level 3
CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach
Corrective Exercise Specialist
Certified Cellular Exercise Instructor
American Red Cross Adult, Infant, and Child CPR
Pilates Mat Training
Moms in Motion
YMCA Strength Training
B.A. English, Skidmore College, 1989
Abbie Young, Certified Yoga +Meditation Instructor
Abbie recently moved to Asheville upon graduating in May 2017 from Eastern Kentucky University with a B.S. in Dietetics. She is 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified and Levels I & II Certified through Yoga Fit. She has taught a combination of Vinyasa and Hatha Flow for the Richmond, Kentucky YMCA, and has been a Certified Peer Educator presenting wellness programs to peers on campus. In 2015-2016 she was named Employee of the Year for Health Promotion, and in 2016-2017 was named Employee of the Year for Campus Recreation. Additional credentials include a Certification of Completion of Mentor Workshop (Fall 2015), and Presenter at the National Collegiate Honors Conference in Seattle, Washington.
Abbie has instructed meditation and yoga classes in a variety of settings, including large-scale university events, Eastern Kentucky University’s counselors, for refugees at Kentucky Refugee Ministries, for events in Chicago, and for a variety of organizations on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus.
Instructing is where Abbie finds purpose and passion and she is incredibly grateful to continue to teach in Asheville. Abbie is currently earning her Meditation Instructor through University of Holistic Theology.
Yoga Alliance Certified
Certified Yoga Fit Levels I & II
B.S. Dietetics, Eastern Kentucky University, 2017