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Amanda E. Howard is an NCSF Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Health Specialist specializing in functional training techniques for injury prevention. Amanda works with athletes, dancers, performers, prenatal & postnatal mothers, children & adults who wish to maintain and build strong, healthy bodies on and off season. She specializes in teaching prevention methods for injuries and illness by instructing clients on how to maintain strength and endurance using functional fitness and applying functional nutrition techniques for proper gut health.

Her focus on dancers began as a 15 year old dancer who took college level anatomy and physiology classes. She noticed improper training techniques being brought forth by teachers who didn't understand how the body properly achieves flexibility, ROM, strength, and movement. Ultimately, Amanda wanted to provide dancers with an extra layer of support to help them perform pain-free and achieve pain-free retirement when they are ready to move on from dance.

Amanda also specializes in building nutrition programs for clients with various health concerns such as gut imbalance, PCOS, weight-related issues, hormone disruption/adrenal fatigue/thyroid malfunction, systemic inflammation, elevated cholesterol and/or triglycerides, and so much more!

She is currently studying for her Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis certification through the ODX Academy which will allow her to provide an in-depth look at client's bloodwork to assess functional decline and tackle it at its source.

About the Director

La Belle Vie Fitness & Dance began in a homeschool co-op in a small room at Laurel Church of the Nazarene when I decided I wanted to try and teach ballet. After the semester was over, a couple of the mothers asked if I would be teaching ballet again the next year. As requests for a structured, faith-based dance studio increased, I decided to open my own. At 19, I rented a building in Delmar, DE and called it, Praise Him with a Dance.

For two years, God blessed me with precious young children to teach until he changed my path slightly and Praise Him with a Dance closed its doors. I pursued my Personal Training certification through NCSF (National Council of Strength & Fitness) while still receiving questions from mothers who needed a Christian dance studio for their children. God laid it on my heart to re-open a dance studio, but this time to open it to both of my passions.

Dance is something I have always been passionate about. I've been dancing since I was 4 years old and can't imagine not having it in my life. Sharing my love of dance with others has brought me such joy and I am so thankful for the opportunity to share my love of dance and my love of my heavenly Father with children and adults of all ages. I trained with DDC (Delaware Dance Company) and InSync Dance. I was very blessed to have been a part of excerpt of various classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Paquita, Coppelia, La Bayadere, and Don Quixote.

Fitness is also a great passion of mine as I want everyone to feel that they are capable of anything. Health and medicine have always been passions of mine as I've always been inspired by my grandmother who is a Naturopathic doctor. She has taught me so many wonderful things throughout my life and it's my absolute pleasure to use that knowledge to help my clients achieve their health and fitness goals. In fact, it was her leading that drew me toward my current studies of functional blood chemistry analysis which will give me an even greater look at how amazing the human body is and how to help my clients prevent further dysfunction. God has called us to be ready for whatever he puts in our path. I hope that I can be that aid for my clients to, not only grow physically stronger, but spiritually stronger as well, ready for whatever comes their way.

My greatest desire is that everyone who walks through my doors will walk away feeling cared for, loved, and empowered not only by me but also by their heavenly Father. The moment you enter the building, you are family!

~ Amanda E. Howard ~

Director

NCSF Certified Personal Trainer & Health Specialist

Dance Instructor & Choreographer