Meet Our Team

David Girton

[The Health Debt Coach™, D.o.P.E. = Director of Positive Energy, Chief Curator]

Favorite Quote: “If you stay ready — you don’t have to get ready.”

Proud Moment: Making LiveNow Fitness a reality
Indulgent Meal: Pizza, fries & donuts
Hobby: Reading, writing & eating

Born in Indianapolis [Naptown!], Veteran of the US Air Force, former computer geeK and long-time resident of Maryland. A nationally televised fitness pro and Coach to organizations such as the NAACP’s Leadership 500 Conference and previous nominee for the 2015 Fitness Hero [Baltimore Sun], David is also the thought leader and creator of the successful Facebook group, WE Dig Green, a community of Healthy Lifestyle enthusiasts.

Living a passionate life and inspiring others to WEllness is David’s life’s purpose. David believes that a holistic approach founded on mastering the fundamentals – positive mindset, sustainable eating habits, quality rest, and managing stress all lead to a lifetime of Healthy habits that can be passed on and impact generations to come.

David espouses and practices the benefits of total body conditioning and functional training — movements and exercises that mirror human biology. An avid mud and obstacle racer, David has utilized his fitness expertise and enthusiasm to create the SOULdier workouts; workouts designed to prepare athletes to take on the rigors of mud and obstacle courses such as the Savage Race, Spartan Race and Tough Mudder events, in which he’s completed. David’s strengthening and conditioning workouts in The LaB at LiveNow Fitness, drive athletes [Yes, YOU are an athlete!] to STRONGER Results.

Deanna Spence

Director of GooDness

A true Life-aholic!

Fav saying: You have not cause’ you ask not

Most Proud Moment: Birth of three children
Favorite Indulgent Meal: Mashed Potatoes and Cookies & Cream Milkshake
Hobby: Working out

Executive Assistant for the past 22 years to many CEO’s and Entrepreneurs. Currently employed at the Discovery Network, but has always felt like there was more to life than just that.

Born & raised in MD and a mother of three amazing children who is genuinely passionate about helping others and a huge advocate of self-love.

LiveNow Fitness quickly became her “happy place” and often refers to it as her therapy. She loves making great things happen for the members, the energy, the culture and the fact that it’s a place that changes lives for the better.

Lesley Smith

Lead Coach

Favorite Quote: “Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”

Proud Moment: Being committed to self-improvement; reinventing myself career-wise
Indulgent Meal: Margaritas, Mexican food, fries
Hobby: Fitness, reading

I believe that EVERYbody can find a fitness plan that works for them with guidance and encouragement. With every client experience I believe you are given an opportunity to demonstrate that you care, share knowledge and develop relationships. When not coaching others through fitness, I work as a health and wellness coach. You can also find me training for road races, mud runs, obstacle course challenges, duathlons, triathlons, and recently completed my first marathon!

Certifications
CPR/AED
Certified Personal Trainer
Certified TRX Team Coach
Qualified TRX RIP Trainer
Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor
Certified Beachbody P90X Live Instructor

Frank Phillips

Coach

Favorite Quote: “Act The Way You Want To Be And Soon You’ll Be The Way You Act” -Les Brown & “You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.”

Proud Moment: My children
Indulgent Meal: Pizza
Hobby: Bowling, biking

As many other young men of my generation I grew up playing all kinds of sports. I always considered myself to be in decent shape because I was active and successful at basketball, football and bowling. During college and after getting married I developed some poor eating habits and was less active which resulted in significant weight gain. I attempted the usual ways to lose weight – joined a gym, fad diets, but nothing lasted. Over the years, I’ve probably lost and regained hundreds of pounds.

Two years ago my wife and I started on a journey to strengthen our marriage through exercise. We exercised together three days a week – always holding each other accountable. We had both successfully lost a little weight, but we hoped for more. A close friend of ours invited us to attend a class at LiveNow Fitness and we were hooked. I love the energy and encouragement that fills the room with each and every class. I love how everyone supports one another; it feels like I am exercising with family and friends. I lost 45 pounds in the first six months and have kept it off for a year!

I’ve always enjoyed coaching and teaching, as it’s been a part of my life since my children were young. I’ve coached and taught hundreds of children in basketball and baseball and I love to use this outlet to teach life lessons. Bruce and David have a similar passion for their clients so I am grateful to them both for giving me the opportunity to help the LiveNow Fitness Family achieve their health and fitness goals.

Certifications
CPR/AED

Tamar Gray

Coach

Favorite Quote: “Live, Love, Laugh.”

Proud Moment: Kiana, my daughter
Indulgent Meal: Cupcakes, chips, pizza
Hobby: Dance and everything fitness

Native New Yorker , recently relocated to tap into my Southern bell side. I am happily married and mother to a wonderful daughter!
Originally trained as a dancer (tap, modern, jazz, afro), I’ve found training and working with others towards their fitness goals an equally rewarding experience!
I’m hype all the time because I’m so excited to be in the presence of those in the driver’s seat of their health and wellness.

Certifications
CPR/AED
ISSA
NCSF

Izzy Mendez

Coach

Favorite Quote: “Your perspective is life changing when focused on the right point of view.”

Proud Moment: Changing my career!
Indulgent Meal: Popcorn from the movies 🙂
Hobby: Dancing

Izzy is a graduate from the University of Maryland College Park and holds a B.S. in Biology. She’s currently pursuing additional education in dietetics with the intent of becoming an RDN (registered dietician nutritionist). Izzy has a passion for fitness and healthy living. Through her course work she has gained knowledge about enhancing the motor development and fitness for individuals, including those with disabilities. She has 2 years of work experience as a fitness instructor. Izzy also has a passion for bodybuilding and competing.

Education
B.S. Biology- 2015 – University of Maryland College Park
B.S. Nutrition & Food Science: Dietetics 2020 – University of Maryland College Park

Certifications
CPR/AED
BodyPump
Zumba
National Academy of Sports Medicine, NASM – Personal Trainer [pending]

Darius Eddings

Jr. Coach

Favorite Quote: “Don’t worry about things you can’t control.”

Proud Moment: Graduating from the University of Maryland
Indulgent Meal: Fried shrimp & mac/cheese
Hobby: Basketball & video games

Born and raised in Maryland and the youngest of 8 siblings. Grew up in a sport driven family and found basketball to be his go-to sport.

Class of 2018 Kinesiology graduate from University of Maryland College Park. Seeing the increase in the need for coaches along with his passion for fitness, he decided that becoming a coach would be his calling in order to change many lives in the best way he knows how.

Came to LiveNow Fitness [LNF] as an intern back in August 2018 and has now become a Jr. Coach who is striving to become his best at making everyone else their best. For all those coming to LNF – LET’S GET THIS WORK!!!

Certifications
CPR/AED
National Academy of Sports Medicine, NASM – Personal Trainer [pending]

Mario Taylor

Massage Therapist, “Magic Hands”

Favorite Saying: “When ya gonna be ready for these hands?” Lol 🙂

National Certificated Massage Therapist for 11 years, Registered Massage Therapist in Maryland for 9 years, Specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, BodyWork, reflexology and pregnancy massages and Cupping. He’s an experienced and passionate therapist who loves working with people from all walks of life that are committed to improving their health and well-being. He thinks out of the box, focusing on the source—not the symptom, and educating through healing – he prides himself on not giving the same massage twice!

Ty Archie

Tech Queen

Quote: Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind – Dr. Seuss

Most Proud Moment: Birth of my kids
Favorite Indulgent Meal: Gelato
Hobby: Crocheting

Worked in IT for over 20 yrs. Currently working in the government supporting the legislative branch. Born and raised in Baltimore and mother of three. I love gadgets, always learning new technology.

I started at LiveNow on my journey to better myself physically and mentally. I started helping with the technical backend and now a permanent fixture at a place I truly believe in.