Down To Earth Fitness Experts
J.T. and Ana Maria grew up two blocks away from each other in their native Medellin, Colombia but met November 9th, 2013, at an Anthony Robbins seminar in Orlando, FL and heard Robbins talk about connecting to your passion and finding the right person. J.T. says he looked over and “There was this stunning woman.”
The two chatted during a break and exchanged telephone numbers. They dated four months before J.T. popped the question on May 28th, 2013, on the beach in front of the Don Cesar resort.
On this day, they shared their first kiss. On April 12th, 2014 they both embarked on a journey to create what J.T. had prayed for many times: a place where people could gather and have fun while they get in tip-top shape. This is how FITmethod 413 came to fruition. The name FITmethod 413 is inspired by the Biblical scripture Philippians 4:13, by which J.T. and Ana Maria live their lives: “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”
Ana Maria Tapias has a B.S. in business management and just like in her previous endeavor, where she helped create and establish a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Bal Harbor, Florida, she continues to infuse her creativity and spark into her business. Thanks to Ana Maria, FITmethod 413 operates with the solid structure, foundation, and efficiency of a Fortune 500 company.
JT Tapias was born in Medellin, Colombia, and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y.
From an early age, JT understood the value of health and fitness. He started practicing martial arts at age 5 and continued until age 12, when his mother realized that all of her household goods would be destroyed if he didn’t choose another sport. To her relief, soccer became his new passion.
JT’s rapid achievements in soccer led to the launch of a professional career at age 17, and many successful years playing for teams in Europe, Latin America, and the U.S.
Following his time as a professional athlete, JT created a dynamic fitness brand and company, and positioned himself as a regular contributing expert on television networks such as Fit TV and the Travel Channel.
Your Fitness Coaches
JT Tapias has a B.S. in Pastoral Counseling, and is currently working toward a Masters Degree in substance abuse and eating disorders. JT holds multiple certifications in fitness and personal training, nutrition, and life coaching. Among his accreditations are ACE, IFPA, NASM, IPEC
Certified Professional Life Coach (with specialization in health and wellness), and Certified Health Counselor.
At FITmethod 413, JT is raising the bar for the fitness industry by constantly refining and advancing his training model to help his clients achieve and maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit. According to JT, “There’s not a body without a mind, nor a mind that’s not guided by a spirit.
They both work together in direct correlation and harmony. I believe that this is the missing link to fitness. Most fitness professionals focus too much on the physical aspect, but neglect the significance of nutrition, and more importantly, totally ignore the mind, and the spirit.”
Coach Chris Baez
Chris Baez is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force, where he trained with Special Forces as well as law enforcement personnel. During his time in the service, Chris completed Personal Training school at Remington College, became a student at NPTI, and studied at the University of Tampa.
Additionally, Chris has competed as a body builder in the Men’s Physique category, and as an amateur boxer.
Chris specializes in Exercise Physiology and Dynamic Movement. Certified as a trainer since 2012, he trained at Gold’s Gym prior to finding his home at FITmethod 413.
He is a Youth Leader at his local church, and loves nothing more than to share joy and encouragement with everyone he encounters. His mission is to make exercise not only challenging, but fun!
Coach Crystal Reyes
Crystal Reyes is a Registered Yoga Instructor and Certified Personal Trainer with more than 9 years of holistic health and fitness experience. Her driving force in coaching is to facilitate her clients’ personal growth; and while doing so, help them to discover their whole and true selves.
Crystal is certified in Hatha Yoga from Yoga Loft of Tampa, iRest Yoga Nidra from the Integrative Restoration Institute, Coaching from Titleist Performance Institute, and is registered with the Yoga Alliance.
At FITmethod 413, Crystal coaches private and group circuit training sessions, in addition to offering private and semi-private Hatha Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Yoga for Fitness, Yoga for Golf, Gentle Yoga for Beginners, and Restorative Yoga.
Crystal specializes in lifestyle enhancement by focusing on engaging the mind, body & spirit to internally connect and self discover.
Coach Kelsie Bailey
Kelsie earned her National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) personal training certification in 2016, after spending 4 years as a college athlete while working toward her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. As a college athlete, Kelsie learned a great deal on proper lifting and training techniques from her strength and conditioning coach; sparking a passion for helping others to stay active and live a healthy lifestyle. To enhance her skills, she is currently working towards her Enhanced Performance Specialist Certification.
Kelsie spends her free time with her fiancé and their two pups; enjoying the outdoors and being as active as possible.
Coach Tim Hudson
Tim Hudson is a 28 year old US Army sniper combat veteran, currently attending USF for a degree in Exercise Science. Always committed to helping others, Tim couldn’t be happier to have found his passion in fitness, and to use that passion at FITmethod 413.
Tim genuinely loves supporting his clients to achieve their fitness goals, and helping them to become the best version of themselves. He remembers how it once felt to be unmotivated and discouraged about his own health and fitness, and uses that memory to fuel his dedication to help others power through their personal challenges and uncover their true strength and potential.