WHO WE ARE
Of course, we’re fitness aficionados. But we do our best to be even more. We strive to be your fitness friends, encouragers, expert advisers and guides.
That’s what sets CustomFit apart from big chains, hard-core sweatshops and long-term clubs: We’re focused on you. We’re local. And we want you to want to be here. So we don’t lock you into yearly memberships (although we do offer some great multi-visit savings). Learn more about our people below, and let us help you become your new personal best.
Jane Ogle, Owner/Trainer/Instructor
Brigitte Rentiers, Owner/Trainer/Instructor
Jasmine Head, Trainer/Instructor
Jami Johnson, Trainer/Instructor
Tina Nelson, Yoga Instructor
Grace Dawn McWilliams, Tai Chi Instructor
Emma Hammond, Trainer/Nutrition Consultant
Jordyn Herd, Yoga Instructor
A fitness educator since 1989, Jane joined the CustomFit team in 2013 and is now a co-owner. She’s an IDEA Master Level Trainer, an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and FMS practitioner, and she holds certifications in Schwinn indoor cycling and Pilates Mat training, too. With noteworthy experience in corporate fitness and staff safety programs, she’s happiest when she’s “giving clients tools and guidance to change their quality of life and movement.” Jane’s also a 10-time marathon finisher. She believes that getting up and really moving, versus sitting in a machine, is crucial to making our bodies better. She emphasizes the connections between quality of movement, holistic fitness, good nutrition and overall health and performance.
Speaking of performance, Jane also happens to be an accomplished singer. She performs with her own Southern Holiday Jazz Band and with other instrumentalists around town. Born and raised in Wappingers Falls, New York, about 100 miles north of New York City, Jane holds a Bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Albany.
Brigitte, a Savannah native, is co-owner of CustomFit Center…and a certified spin, strength, cardio, stretch and yoga teacher/trainer. And she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Georgia Southern.
Like Jane, Brigitte began her fitness education career in the 80’s. She began at Gold’s Gym, teaching aerobics in (yes) leg warmers, headbands and thong leotards. She became a personal trainer in 1992, and has also been a fitness facility and staff manager. Brigitte’s favorite part of teaching is the end of a session, “when we are all in the mindset, ‘I did it, now let’s stretch!’ It’s the most ignored part of fitness–but usually what we need most.”
Brigitte likes to spend leisure time at home with her animals (dogs and cats) and a cup of coffee. She grew up helping out–and singing to customers!–at her family’s popular Italian restaurant in Savannah. Her mantra: “Keep moving!”
Jasmine is an AFAA-certified group fitness instructor, ACE-certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and ACE-certified personal trainer from Macon, GA. She is passionate about total body wellness, and has taught a variety of fitness programs—including boot camps, circuit training, strength and conditioning, high-intensity interval training, R.I.P.P.E.D., TRX, and children’s fitness classes—since becoming certified in 2011. She is a Zumba and Strong by Zumba licensed instructor as well. She’s worked with seniors, blind/low vision students and other special populations.
When she’s not teaching or training, Jasmine enjoys hiking and mountain climbing. (In fact, she conquered Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous U.S.) An avid traveler, she spent 5 weeks in India in 2018 as part of the Rotary International Friendship Exchange program. She likes cooking, trying new restaurants and coffee shops, reading, sunshine, shopping eclectic boutiques, and spending time with her nine nieces and nephews. She has an avid interest in classical music and follows a plant-based diet.
Jasmine moved to and “fell in love with” Savannah in 2014. She earned her MBA from Georgia College and State University.
Jami arrived in Savannah in 2015, and hails from the Lexington, KY area. She has over 10 years of teaching experience, and holds certifications in yoga, group fitness, and personal training as well as a master’s degree in Exercise and Wellness.
Jami’s classes and trainings are influenced by her love of power moves and pushing hard, her sense of humor and honesty about what it takes to achieve your goals. When she is not sweating buckets or making others do the same she enjoys being a mom to Lily, Emma and Kate, wife to Erik, and friend to all creatures (but not snakes!). For her many trips around the sun she wants to travel, to love so much no one ever questions it, and to laugh so hard she cries at every opportunity.
Tina is a native of Savannah but did not grow up playing sports or enjoying the outdoors nearly as much as she does now. Her daughter, a runner in high school, taught her how to run. Tina became an avid runner and was a volunteer run coach for Fleet Feet Sports before a chance encounter with an inspiring yoga teacher changed her passion to yoga. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2015, and also graduated with a BS degree in psychology in 2018. Now she is enjoying a gap year before heading off to graduate school by spending time with her husband, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 rats, and 4 grandchildren.
Tina also plays roller derby with our local league, the Savannah Derby Devils, on the Hostess City Hellions team as a blocker. (Rad!)
Originally from Southwest Georgia, Grace has called Savannah home since 2011. She discovered Tai Chi at an early age from old Kung Fu movies. She has an Associate Instructor Level Tai Chi Certification from Tai Chi Healthways. Over six years, she has taught group and private lessons, and also groups at corporate events.
Grace’s favorite aspect of Tai Chi is the many ways it improves daily life. Through struggling with a chronic inflammation disorder, Grace found Tai Chi could ease pain and boost blood circulation. She believes everyone can benefit from Tai Chi through increased flexibility and mind-body coordination, along with reduced pain and stress.
Grace has also taught gymnastics, ballet, meditation and yoga. She’s currently working on her American Fitness Professional Association Personal Trainer Certification and beginning her Standard Instructor Level Tai Chi Certification with a specialization in Tai Chi Sword. Grace also holds certifications in Wellness Coaching, Spiritual Counseling, Meditation Instruction and Chakra Therapy.
A fitness enthusiast from a young age, Emma grew up in an athletic household and played a variety of sports throughout her youth. After earning her BS in Psychology and Human Services, she found her passion applying the behavioral skills she learned to her love for a fit lifestyle. She became a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist to motivate people to prioritize their health so they could enjoy their best possible lives. Emma loves using her Precision Nutrition Coach training to optimize and customize nutrition to fit each individual’s lifestyle. In her free time, you’ll find Emma running with friends, enjoying family time with her husband and two beloved pups—and staying outdoors as much as possible.
Jordyn took her first dance class at 3 yrs old, and has been moving in her body ever since! Finding yoga at a young age, she now focuses on breath and anatomy to enhance her practice. Originally from Texas, Jordyn has taught yoga to school age children, older students, and adults, in studios and schools and even international retreat centers. She has long believed in the value of body awareness, and wants to share yoga with all who will listen!