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  • NASM- Certified Personal Trainer

  • Performance Enhancement Specialist

  • Corrective Exercise Specialist

  • Senior Fitness Specialist Integrated Speed, Agility and Quickness Training

  • Cardio Respiratory Training for Sports Performance

  • Speed, Agility and Quickness Training


  • PhD – Education, Sports Administration

  • MA – Physical Education Administration

  • BA – Physical Education


After 25 years of working at the University of Florida Athletic Association (UAA), I decided to pursue my passion for fitness and wellness. Prior to my work at the UAA, I was a former NCAA Division 1 and 2 assistant basketball coach and college basketball player. I've actively practiced Kung Fu for the past 15 years. 

Despite my background as a college basketball player and coach responsible for pre-season conditioning as well as my experience in athletics, I did not take my own health and fitness seriously until I received a wake–up call from my doctor during an annual physical exam. He asked me directly, “What are you trying to do, blow up?" My blood pressure was around 145/99 and my A1C was 6.2 which is in the pre-diabetic range (the onset of diabetes begins at 6.4). In addition he said, “If you don’t work out and change your diet, you will be a stroke risk, and you will get diabetes."

The choice was simple for me – I did not want to have a stroke or want diabetes. So I informed my administrative assistant to not schedule any lunch appointments for me and then I committed to working out 5-6 days a week during the lunch hour, utilizing an integrated training system. Other staff members starting noticing what I was doing and the next thing I know, I am leading other staff members through routines on a regular basis. In addition to working out at noon I began practicing Kung Fu two nights a week at the Gainesville Dojo. Eventually my blood pressure returned to a normal range and I have significantly lowered my A1C level. In addition I earned my Kung Fu name Te'ng (Cane the wood used to make weapons) just before my 50th birthday.

I utilize the National Academy of Sports Medicine's (NASM) integrative Optimal Performance Training (OPT) model which is researched based and scientifically proven to improve overall fitness, functional strength and neuromuscular efficiency. To enhance my knowledge and experience I have trained closely with Matt Delancey, Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning, University of Florida Athletics, and Head Strength Coach for the 7 time national championship men's track team and 1 time national championship women's swimming team. Additionally, I incorporate techniques I have learned through martial arts experience into my training programs.  

 As a result of my training and experience, I'm prepared and committed to helping people improve their health, fitness and quality of life.





  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

  • State of Florida certified ESE, PE, and health instructor for grades K-12

  • Earned a black belt in Shobayashi Shorin-Ryu Karatedo in 2007


  • BS – Family Life and Community Sciences


Jeremey was a high school educator for two and a half years and a GED teacher in a youthful offender prison for more than two years. The experience gained from creating lesson plans as a teacher translates well into creating fitness programs for individuals and small groups.

He has been training and participating in a number of sports since early elementary school. Since 2006, he has coached athletes in a variety of disciplines with the primary focus being individuals in combat sports such as kickboxing, mma, and bjj.

Jeremey is also a veteran of the US Army.

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  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist


  • BA - English

  • MS - Exercise and Sport Sciences


DA is a Gainesville native and played football, basketball and tennis at PK Yonge High School. DA received an football scholarship at Sacred Heat University in Connecticut where he played outside linebacker and defensive end. DA has a deep passion for physical fitness and is always looking for new and challenging ways train a person’s mind and body.


PEAK Strength and Fitness has a training partnership with Gainesville Dojo and Whirling Tiger Kung Fu studio and all are located in the same facility. This partnership provides people with unique training opportunities and experiences by “mixing muscle with martial arts”.

Gainesville Dojo headed by Hanshi Keith Teller provides, expert training in: Traditional Boxing, kick boxing (American style/Muay Thai), USA Goju Karate, Tracey Kenpo, Tae Kwon Do Kung Fu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kali. http://gainesvilledojo.org

Whirling Tiger Kung Fu studio under the direction of Sifu Dez Jackson provides students training in the Shaolin Arts, Kung Fu (Choy Li Fut) and Tai Chi (Chen Style).  http://whirlingtigerkungfu.com

This training partnership, unique in Gainesville, will allow you to combine strength and conditioning programs with the martial arts. Please see the PEAK staff about martial arts and fitness packages.