About MJ

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
  • Posture
  • Functional Training
  • Injury Prevention
  • Stress Reduction
  • Wellness
  • Weight Loss
  • Muscular Definition
  • Muscle Gain
  • Sports Performance Training
  • Cardiovascular Conditioning
  • Cross Training
  • CrossFit
  • Corrective Exercise

NCCA Accredited Certifications

NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Additional 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)

Training Areas Served

In-home or Outdoor Personal Training

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!

Rebecca O.

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.

Josh D.

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.

Emily S.

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.

Monica W.

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