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JODI AVALOS

FOUNDER/CO-OWNER OF D.T.L.A. FITNESS PERSONAL TRAINER AND GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR

​I've been an athlete my entire life. I began playing basketball when I was in elementary school and continued to play all through high school. I also played volleyball and ran cross country during my high school years. I went from being super active in high school to quite sedentary in college (I played the occasional intramural soccer game, but that's about it...) and I noticed a huge difference in my body. Not only did I become inactive, but I also picked up the typical bad habits of a typical college students: drinking and eating poorly. By the time I graduated, I was out of shape and unhappy with my physical appearance; I knew I needed to make a change.

Upon graduation, I moved back home to go to grad school. I was living with my parents once again and my mom asked me if I wanted to go to a personal trainer with her and my little sister. I couldn't say "YES!!!" fast enough. I went to this trainer for the next two and a half years. I learned how to eat clean and how to lift weights... This changed my life. Within months, I was in the best shape of my life; I was in better shape at this point than I was when I was in high school. My trainer was a body-builder and the thoughts of competing myself began to enter my mind. I decided to get certified to be a personal trainer myself, even though I went to school to for Fine Arts Education. When I struggled to find a teaching position, I figured that I could always use the personal training as a backup plan... I eventually found a teaching position in Los Angeles, packed up, and made the move!

​My first teaching assignment was great, but I couldn't help but follow my entrepreneurial spirit. I left teaching in 2014 to start D.T.L.A. Fitness and put my fitness skills to work. Over the next 5 years I took D.T.L.A. Fitness from a one-person mobile training business to a physical studio with employees. I am happy to say that I have now returned to teaching and grateful that I am able to pursue two great passions in my life!

MY TRAINING STYLE

As a competitor in the NPC and cross country coach, my love and my specialty, in regards to my training style is muscle and strength building and cardio endurance. These two things combined are the perfect combination for a successful weight loss program. Watching bodies transform is one of the most amazing things to witness; knowing that I have a hand in such transformations is truly a feeling like none-other.

What most people, particularly females, do not realize is that building muscle is the key to weight loss. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you are going to burn while you are sedentary. Women will not get "bulky" or "too muscular" from lifting weights because they do not naturally produce enough testosterone to do so. So to my ladies out there... Let's pick up those dumbbells and start lifting!!

As a certified trainer I am able to work around injuries and medical conditions and with people of all ages, sizes, and capabilities. I would love the opportunity to work with you and be a part of your fitness journey. I know it's not easy, I understand the struggle with weight gain and loss. I also know you can accomplish anything you put your mind to and give your all. If you've never felt more ready to make a change in your life and in your body, contact me today!

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MI'CHELLE MCDOWELL

CO-OWNER OF D.T.L.A. FITNESS PERSONAL TRAINER AND GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR

Mi’Chelle’s love for fitness goes back to her childhood days playing sports, dancing, and gymnastics. Originally from Atlanta, she moved to Los Angeles in 2013. She is extremely motivated; she strives to be the best in everything that she does, enjoys new challenges, and has an extreme passion for helping others to learn their greatest potential. She originally received her NASM Personal Trainer Certification in 2014, along with certifications as a Corrective Exercise Specialist, and a Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Fitness definitely is more of a passion than just a job!

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SHAWNIE DOCKERY

PERSONAL TRAINER AND GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR

Shawnie was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, home of the kale smoothies and vegan cupcakes! So, it’s no surprise that she fell in love with health and wellness at an early age.

She believes in the power of movement, whether it is lifting weights, hiking, or dancing to her favorite song. Lovingly known as the girl with the Angela Bassett arms, she’s always searching for fun new ways to challenge her body and mind.

Shawnie has competed in multiple bikini competitions, so she understands the commitment it takes to change your body, lean out and get stronger! With two years of experience coaching boot camps and a core belief in a holistic approach, she is passionate about helping others achieve their goals and develop tangible healthy lifestyle changes.

Shawnie earned her personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports and Medicine (NASM). When she is not coaching or training, she runs a fitness blog with her best friend and lives in the kitchen discovering new ways to make healthy versions of her favorite meals.