In December 2012, I was 267 lbs and suffering from major lower back pain. I hid the severity of the pain from my family for years. Be tough right? Or what most would call stubborn. After several doctor appointments, talks of surgery, MRI’s and pain medication, I decided to take the advice of mother Linda and make one more doctor appointment with Nancy Buckheister in Ocean Springs, MS. Nancy’s solution was simple – lose weight and strengthen your core to relieve some of the pain. She explained that I wasn’t a spring chicken, I was sadly overweight and my muscles were deteriorating. Me? No way! Little did I know that statement would change my life!
In January 2013, I finally decided that it was time for me to start living a healthier lifestyle for myself and my family. After scrolling through Facebook, I came across a weight loss challenge for Cycology Fitness in Biloxi, MS. I told my wife Kelly that this was my opportunity to give it 110% and she agreed. I joined the challenge, lost 42 lbs in 12 weeks and took 3rd out of 100 people. I wanted 1st place so bad, but it only added to my motivation to make a 1 year transformation. Throughout the year, I became more interested in fitness, learning to understand other’s struggles and helping others that were just like me push past them.
In April 2013, I became a fitness instructor at Cycology Fitness. I found it very rewarding working with people and watching them reach their goals. I knew this was something I was meant to be doing so I started laying the foundation for B.E.Fit. Over the year, I continued learning, soaking up information and studying what motivation techniques work.
In March 2014, I became PT Certified and B.E.Fit (Brantley Ellison Fitness) was born.
My name is Jeannine and my motto is ”There’s always room for improvement “. I have been involved with B.E.Fit since 2015. I joined for motivation and strength and that’s exactly what I got!
I started assisting in dance classes at age 15 I’ve now been a dance instructor for 22 years. Dance has tremendously helped me in my fitness journey! I became a fitness instructor at 19. I’m certified in several different kinds of aerobics: barre, cycle, group fitness classes and personal training. I’m also one of the bootcamp instructors and I teach Barre, Pilates, and STRIKE at our gym!
Favorite Quote: “Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.” -Albert Einstein
I started my personal fitness journey in January 2016. I looked in the mirror one day and didn’t recognize the person that was there. That January I weighed in at 317 pounds. Through diet, exercise and the guidance of Brantley Ellison I have lost over 130 pounds. I’m in the best shape of my life and enjoy helping others achieve the same happiness that I have found through fitness.
Rebecca Kelly AKA “Becks”
My name is Rebecca Kelly, AKA Becks and I am a group cycle instructor! My real job is a nurse manager at Biloxi Internal Medicine Clinic, but my fun job is teaching a cycle class!
I am currently certified with Fitour and will soon be Schwinn certified. There’s always room for knowledge.
I did not start my fitness journey until I was 40. I became a group fitness instructor for a few years and then accidently fell into teaching group cycle! I had taken many cycle classes over the years but I never saw myself teaching it but I had a friend that owned a gym-needed a sub for the last half of her class-I taught it and here I am now, 6 years later!
I am known as “The Bossy One!” I teach a pretty intense class- so if you want hard, come see me. If you want a Sunday bike ride in the park, come back another day!
I had been searching for a fitness family for years when I started hearing more and more about B.E.Fit boot camps and the program’s loyal followers. I was in a low place in early 2018, struggling to find the motivation to get active and gain my confidence back. I knew I had it in me to feel great again and conquer whatever fitness challenge I might be faced with, but I desperately needed guidance and some accountability.I stopped by Brantley Ellison Fitness to see if it was for me the first week the gym opened. I had heard endless success stories and I wanted to see why everyone was drinking the blue kool-aid. Now I know why, and now I’m a B.E.Fitter for life. I’ve lost more than 25 pounds, 8 inches and 5% body fat since March 2018. Another victory includes cutting my mile time from close to 10 minutes to less than 7:30. The classes, the boot camps, the support and the encouragement all work for your benefit.
I am so excited to be able to offer my knowledge of personal training with clients to ensure they meet their specific goals and desires for physical fitness. Join the B.E.Fit family today!
I am Jenny Tate (AKA Tate) and when I first started B.E. Fit 6 Bootcamp in the summer of 2015, I could not run a mile without stopping to walk. I had never really worked out, and I didn’t have healthy eating habits. At my highest, I weighed 189 lbs. Through exercise, personal training, and a better diet, I’ve lost 50 lbs and am a much healthier person.
When I first tried a cycling class in 2015, my self-esteem was extremely low and a dark spin room felt less intimidating than working out under fluorescent lights. I liked the class format, the high-energy music, and the feeling of accomplishment when the class was complete. The spin bike was the catalyst that made me feel more confident doing other types of group fitness activities. I am a Fitour certified cycling instructor at the gym, and I am also certified to teach group fitness.
To a non-gym person, gyms are often awkward, confusing, intimidating, and impersonal (I used to be that person and felt that way.). Brantley Ellison Fitness does not fit that description. We strive to get to know you and help you achieve your fitness goals.
I’m Noelle and I am a spin and boot camp instructor at Brantley Ellison Fitness. I joined BE Fit back in March 2016, because I was tired of the yo-yo dieting and weight loss and decided to do something about it. Since joining Brantley’s program I’ve lost over 76lbs and have never felt better. This community of people is like none other and I’m so proud to be a part of it. Along with being FITour Indoor Cycling Certified and (insert anything else I need for boot camp?), I am a shift Manager at the IP Casino in Player Services. I’ve lived on the coast about 22 years now and I’m so happy to belong to the best gym here on the Gulf Coast, B.E. Fit!