Hi! My name is Martha Jean Schindler, but you can call me MJ. I'm a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC), a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS), Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT), CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Crossfit Mobility and Flexibility Trainer, and USA Powerlifting Club Coach. I also hold a 1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and am certified in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED and Wilderness First Aid. In my company, Dogwood Fitness, I provide wellness coaching and personal training to individuals and groups. I take a holistic approach to wellness and fitness using a process that facilitates healthy, sustainable behavior change. Together, we will challenge you to develop your inner wisdom, identify your values, and transform your goals into action.
Areas of Expertise
- Core and Balance
- Strength Training
- Flexibility and Mobility
- Functional Training
- Injury Prevention
- Stress Reduction
- Weight Loss
- Muscular Definition
- Muscle Gain
- Sports Performance Training
- Cardiovascular Conditioning
- Cross Training
- Corrective Exercise
NCCA Accredited Certifications
CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Mobility, World Taekwondo Federation 1st Degree Blackbelt, USA Powerlifting Club Coach, Emory University Health Coach Certificate, CPR/AED/First Aid, Wilderness First Aid
BS from The University of Alabama
Who I Especially Like Working With
Actors, Bariatric, Beginners, Brides-to-be, Cancer Survivors, Dancers, Law Enforcement, LGBTQIA, Men, Middle-aged, Military, Models, Overweight/ Obese, Peri/Post-menopausal, Post-rehab, Runners, Seniors, Student-athletes, Women, Youth
Medical Conditions Experience
Addiction, ADHD, Alzheimer's, Andropause, Anxiety, Arthritis, Asperger's Syndrome, Asthma, Autism, Autoimmune Diseases, Back Pain/Issues, Bone/Joint Injury, Brain Trauma, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cardiac Rehab, Celiac Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Cognitive Delays, Dementia, Depression, Diabetes, Dialysis, Diastasis Recti, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), Emphysema, Fibromyalgia, Headaches/Migraines, Hearing Impaired (Deaf), Hip Pain/Issues, HIV/AIDS, Hypertension, Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism, IBD, Infertility, Joint Pain, Kidney Disease, Knee Pain/Issues, Limited Mobility, Lower Body Pain/Issues, Lupus, Lyme Disease, Lymphatic, Menopause, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Neck Pain, Neuropathy, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Paraplegia, Parkinson's Disease, Piriformis Syndrome, Plantar fasciitis, Postural Issues, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Prediabetes, Rotator Cuff Issues, Sciatica, Scoliosis, Shoulder Issues, Sleep Apnea, Stress, Stroke, Stroke recovery, TMJ, Ulcerative Colitis, Visually Impaired (Blind)
Our first training session was way more than I expected! I really appreciate all the time you took explaining the movements and making sure I was comfortable. I can't wait for our next work out!
MJ has been a wonderful trainer for me over the past couple of months. I am lifting more than I ever have been able to in the past and learning how to do a multitude of lifts that I was never able to do before.
I met with MJ today and was blown away at her knowledge and expertise. My past experiences at clubs has made me feel more like I was being sold on something and not invested in as a client. But she listened to my fitness goals and needs and is working with me to create a personally tailored plan.
I joined a few months ago in an attempt to lose weight. I decided to try a personal trainer, but I was skeptical. MJ is my trainer. She is awesome. I could not ask for more. MJ is knowledgeable, clear, professional and very supportive. She has helped me with nutrition as well as fitness. MJ has managed to help me find a way to enjoy exercise by making it fun by tailoring my program to fit my needs. Highly recommended.