I am a 37 year Georgia native that currently resides in Jacksonville for the last 15 years. I began my fitness and wellness journey in 2009 with a group of coworkers. Initially not knowing anything about proper fitness and training, I entered the gym with an open mind and a desire to get into better shape than I already was. After having a child and four years of not working out I made the decision that I wanted to change my body and look better. I did not like the changes my body had made after having a baby and becoming physically inactive. I had always had a petite athletic physique and enjoyed sports and physical activity. My coworkers were my initial motivators, but eventually after everyone else's lives changed along with their gym attendance, Yannika continued to learn and improve on her own. Body transformation was her primary motivation from that point. After physical changes from hard work in the gym, I knew I'd found my passion. I have been pursing fitness ever since.
Currently Yannika is a coach at Retro Fitness where she instructions group training for TEAM and STRONG Conditioning lessons. Yannika works with over 20 + clients on a daily basis, helping them reach their fitness goals, be better and strong individuals, and maintain healthier lifestyles.
"I believe fitness creates unity among people and communities and challenges people to pull together to accomplish things they couldn't do before or knew possible. Fitness connects people and creates a bond that motivates and inspires through reciprocation. There is no one-sidedness; everyone works hard by adding in their level or degree of work and effort to achieve a goal together."