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Personal Wellness as a Foundation of Success

Sanjana Fitness is a woman-founded and employee-owned health and wellness business with the goal of guiding you on your fitness journey. We believe that change begins from the inside and that society reflects each of us. "Sanjana" means "gentle" and "creator," exemplifying respect for the physical self and the power you have to create change from within. Every story is important, and everybody is a temple. A positive mindset can not only affect your body and your health. It can help you shape the world around you. Our mission is to empower you with the knowledge you need to continue your lifelong fitness journey. As you grow, we grow together.

We're also America's first socialist fitness business, whose workers own the means of production. Our anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist philosophies mean that we take ownership of the organization and communities we're building. We believe that it's possible to pay workers a living wage, create a harmonious work-life balance, offer some agency in the companies we work for, and fill our own cups first. In doing so, we can continue offering love and free resources to our communities and America and set an example for what a post-capitalist workforce could look like.

We're unlike any fitness brand or business you've ever worked with. We're innovative, professional, compassionate, and excited to serve our clients every day. We can't wait to work with you. 

Meet our Team of Virtual Personal Trainers
and Nutrition Experts

Hi, I'm Sam.

I started Sanjana fitness as a passion project as I grew my personal training clientele and fitness experience. I have been a Certified Personal Trainer since 2015 and am a former US Army Master Fitness Trainer. I take a holistic approach to health and wellness, respecting the body as a system which includes the mind and soul. In March of 2020, like many others, I transitioned my career to a completely virtual training platform. I also fell in love with and began incorporating yoga and meditation into my clients' programs as well as my own. I've competed in the NPC bikini division, and know how to set clients up for success when meeting aesthetic, strength, flexibility, and mobility goals, no matter their age. I love to teach, learn, read, travel, and spend time in nature. My mission is to leave the world a more empowered, compassionate place than I found it and to help each and every one of my clients find the same joy, inspiration, and gratitude in the fitness journey that I've found.

Sam your Virtual Personal Trainer and Nutrition Expert
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Trae Your Virtual Trainer and Fitness Couch
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Trae Richardson

Trae is a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has over 12 years of experience guiding individuals toward healthy fitness and nutrition habits. She’s a firm believer in every aspect of holistic health and wellness. An alumna of Southern University A & M College, Instituto Hemingway, and New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute, Trae holds a Bachelor of Science in human nutrition and foods as well as two culinary arts certifications. She has worked as a fitness trainer, nutrition consultant, and chef for both public and private institutions, including Second Harvest Food Bank and the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. As a culinarian and wellness expert, Trae prioritizes consuming high-value meals. Not to be confused with a value meal from a fast food restaurant, a high-value meal includes healthy fats, whole grains, lean protein, fiber, and lots of flavor. She is always eager to share her love for food and fitness to enhance the daily lives of her clients, and can't wait to help you fall in love with your new, healthy lifestyle and eating habits.

Esther Noemi

Esther Noemi is Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach, a fitness fanatic, a Strongwoman Light Weight competitor, and an aesthetic creative. She received her ISSA personal training and nutrition certification in 2020 and holds a Bachelor's degree from Florida International University. Esther always had a drive for fitness from a young age, but it was not until her high school and university years that her drive for fitness and health conscious lifestyles increased. Today, fitness and nutrition is a Zen haven for Esther  and she wants to share that experience with others. By 2015, Esther found a true dedication to CrossFit and Strongman/ Strongwoman, where she learned how to weight-lift. A few years after combating mental illness and focusing on her weight-loss journey, she stepped into her power and growth, dedicating herself as a Strongwoman Athlete and stunt woman. Esther began training not only to help you professionally reach your goals, but share good vibrations, & will always be there to celebrate your gains. 
 

Esther is Your Online Fitness Personal Trainer
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Brandon is your personal in-house fitness trainer and Yoga trainer
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Brandon Baird

Brandon got into fitness to help people understand their personal barriers and how that has an impact on their goals. His experience in Behavior Coaching has equipped him to tackle difficult scenarios that clients often find themselves in. He loves helping people make positive choices through smart program design and helping clients frame health in a positive light. He has been a Personal Trainer for 11 years and a Corrective Exercise coach for 7 years. He provides Strength & Conditioning services to Youth and Adult athletes. He has also been a vegan athlete for almost 6 years, with a specialist certification in plant-based nutrition through National Academy of Sports Medicine. He is a certified Ayurveda practitioner, which focuses on disease prevention and getting to the root of issues, instead of just masking symptoms. He is also a Licensed Level 3 BMX Coach through USA Cycling, and is SafeSport certified. Whether your goals are strength, muscle building, or fat loss, Brandon has you covered!

Our Virtual Personal Trainers Specialize In:

  • Strength and conditioning

  • Senior Programming

  • Building flexibility and mobility

  • Aesthetic competitions (NPC/IFBB)

  • Ayurveda and holistic wellness

  • Nutrition coaching 

  • Culinary arts in nutrition

  • Plant-based nutrition

  • Corrective exercises

  • Agility for athletes 

  • Army ACFT preparation

  • Cycling and BMX coaching

  • Injury rehabilitation 

  • Strongman/Strongwoman competitions

What does Socialism have to do with virtual personal training?

We're so glad you asked. Sanjana Fitness is America's first (but hopefully not last) virtual personal training solution that is also anti-Capitalist. That just means that we envision a democratically-run economy in America and the world, and we are prepared to model that. In our business model, each of us takes ownership and collaboration in building the type of company we'd like to work for. We're guaranteed a living wage, and we decide together what to do with the company's profits. What does that mean for you as a client? Not much, unless you like to vote with your dollars and you, too hope for a more democratic and equitable future. One that addresses issues like racial injustice, climate exploitation, and the oppression of the working class (the 99 percent of us that don't own the means of production). On the surface, you'll receive training from personal trainers whose work-life balance, mental health, agency, and professional development come first. What that means is that you'll always be meeting with a trainer who loves their job and has the time and resources for a more balanced, less restrictive life. That translates to calmer, more educated, better-developed trainers for the same competitive rates as our capitalist competitors. 

How can I support a more equitable and democratic economic model?

If you're inspired by our business model and you own a business, consider relinquishing the rights to the capital surplus and distributing it among your workforce. This combined with transparency in business finance and agency in company decisions can help redistribute America's wealth and support the needs of your staff. 

If you're part of the working class like we are, demand more from your employers and the businesses you interact with. Find out whether your favorite brands pay a living wage, support the needs of their workforce, and allow employees to be rewarded for their hard work, instead of hoarding profits. Remember, capitalists need the working class (you and I) much more than you need them. Withholding labor or threatening to withhold labor is a powerful bargaining tool. 

Why does Sanjana Fitness employ a socialist business model?

There are many reasons we believe in socialist economics. First, because capitalism requires constant growth and the exploitation of a disenfranchised working class (with people of color, immigrants, indigenous folks, and those in less wealthy nations suffering exponentially worse) as well as the exploitation of the planet. As long as capitalism remains the economic model of America, the richest country in the world, it will remain the global economic model. This model is unsustainable and will certainly fast track us to the downfall of civilization. Socialism is just a democratic economy, in which goods and services are produced to meet the needs of the people, not to make a small percentage of capitalists as rich as possible. We're not here to get rich. We're here to listen to our clients' needs, to meet those needs, to offer as many free resources to our communities as possible, and to work from a foundation of great mental health that only a living wage and harmonious work-life balance can deliver.

How can I support you if I can't afford training?

If you're interested in personal training but can't afford it right now, we understand. Take advantage of our many free resources by becoming a site member. There, you'll have access to free Sunday yoga class, healthy recipes, long form content, and unlimited access to our library of free recorded yoga videos. Plus, we offer free consultations and programming so you can get started on your own, no matter what equipment you have or lack, and what your goals are. 

If you want to support us but don't have the financial means to do so, you can follow us on Instagram and TikTok, promote our mission to your friends and colleagues, ask your employer to book group wellness events with us, or just get in touch with Sam to connect. Thanks so much for reading and for supporting the ideal of a more just and democratic society. 

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