Girl Fight Fitness was founded in 2014 by Amanda Gonzalez-Barone based on her observations and experiences as a fitness trainer. She wanted to provide a fun, female-friendly environment for the pursuit of fitness and health through strength, cardio, and kickboxing workouts.
The first location started in Burnt Hills, NY with six punching bags, a paper check-in system, and Amanda wearing all the hats -- from teaching all the classes to running the business to cleaning the toilets!
We are so happy that so many women love Girl Fight and have helped us grow. Now we have a team of awesome, skilled, and friendly trainers to help you get in the best shape ever!
Whether you are a beginning exerciser or just looking for a change of pace for your current program, Girl Fight workouts provide a combination of calorie-torching boxing moves and muscle-toning strength drills. Workouts are fast, fun...and addictive!
The philosophy we use for designing exercise routines is to engage as many muscle groups as possible using dynamic movements that mimic the way the body functions in daily life.
"What good is an exercise if it doesn't make us stronger throughout the day?" says Amanda. "The more we engage principle body movements in exercise, the better we move, walk, lift, and bend. And that's just everyday stuff. This approach benefits sports immensely -- whether you're a runner, triathlete, or play pickup basketball, you can improve using this kind of training."
Hard work is fundamental, but so is having fun. "It's hard enough to get motivated to work out. And if you HATE it, it's so much easier to blow it off. Workouts should be physically challenging, but they should also be fun to do. If you enjoy what you're doing, you're more likely to make it a life change and stick with it for good."
We like to goof around. We like to have fun. We like to enjoy our workouts and not feel like we're being tortured. If you're looking for a supportive and welcoming environment to kick some butt, Girl Fight is it!
AMANDA GONZALEZ-BARONE Owner/Head Trainer
Amanda's journey in fitness began after college, when she had gained the Freshman 15 (and then some!) and decided to make a healthy lifestyle change. Little did she know that her foray into fitness would lead to a career change and a new passion for exercise and healthy eating. She has appeared in the P90X infomercial and on QVC with fitness guru, Tony Horton.
Amanda is an Elite Trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association and holds certifications in Fitness Training, Strength & Conditioning, Sports Nutrition, Exercise Therapy, Bodybuilding, and Youth Fitness. In addition, Amanda is schooled in Israeli Special Forces Krav Maga, a devastating martial art used for self defense and hand-to-hand combat. She is a published author and summarizes her philosophy on nutrition in The 80/20 Plan. Amanda has also completed an Ironman endurance triathlon, consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run -- all in one day! She combines all of these skills to create fun, fast, and effective workouts.
BRITTANY GONZALEZ-BARONE Vice President of Operations/Trainer
Brittany has been active in health and fitness since college, where she started teaching kickboxing classes. Her passion for maintaining a healthy lifestyle has only grown from there.
Brittany works full-time as an English teacher and enjoys spending time with her wife, Girl Fight Owner Amanda Gonzalez-Barone, and her two furbabies, Bradley the dog and Oscar the cat.
JEANNA MEAD Girl Fight Senior Trainer
After two kids and several years of creeping weight gain, Jeanna decided she needed to make a change. She made fitness her focus and found that it changed her life. Staying active and healthy helped her lose over 40 pounds. But, more importantly, it made her confident, happy, and goal-oriented. She had become a better wife, better mother, better version of herself -- and she decided that she needed to share this amazing change with others!
Jeanna has been working as a fitness instructor for three years and has certifications in group fitness and kickboxing. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has run several marathons and one 33-mile ultramarathon. Some of her greatest achievements, though, lie in seeing others become the best that they can be!
CORRYN ANDRIANUS Girl Fight Senior Trainer
Corryn decided to become a trainer after realizing that she loved kickboxing at Girl Fight and wanted to help others work on their health and fitness. Living a life of moderation is Corryn's motto and she loves to find new ways to exercise and cook healthier meals. After losing over 70 pounds, Corryn dedicates her time to supporting others to reach their goals and in finding time for self care!
Exercise has become an important stress outlet for Corryn and has made her more comfortable in her skin. Kickboxing gave Corryn a sense of control and empowerment in her life and she wants to share that feeling with women of all backgrounds! Corryn is certified in Group Fitness and Kickboxing. When Corryn is not working at Girl Fight, she enjoys yoga and going for long walks.
MARIE PASKA Girl Fight Trainer
Marie has over 20 years of experience teaching kickboxing and boxing all around the Capital Region. She has a diverse training background in several styles of Martial Arts, including Karate, Krav Maga, and Muay Thai.
In her spare time, Marie enjoys running obstacle races, attending country concerts, and hosting parties with mad-crazy games of Pictionary. On top of her Martial Arts training, she's been in the legal field for over 20 years.
TRISHA D'ALLAIRD Girl Fight Trainer
Trisha has over 8 years of experience teaching Group Fitness, Aqua Fitness, Fit Over 50, Couch 2 5K, youth training, and personal training. She is certified through American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the YMCA. In her younger years, she played many school sports (soccer, softball, and basketball) and did equestrian horse riding. Through college she trained to run marathons and continued to strength train with trainers from the US Marine Corps.
Trisha is the mother of 2 girls and stepmother of 1 boy. She understands the struggles of maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle after motherhood, fighting to lose over 60 lbs and keeping it off. She uses her personal experiences to fuel her mission of helping people achieve their fitness goals.
GABBY HOGAN Girl Fight Trainer
Gabby is a certified NASM personal trainer with a Bachelor's Degree in Fitness and Wellness Leadership. Fun fact: she has a love for sloths like no other!
Gabby has always had a passion for fitness and living a healthy lifestyle -- while still having fun!
CHRISTINE THEOPHEL Girl Fight Trainer
Christine loves kickboxing because she believes working out should be both challenging AND fun! Kickboxing helped Christine lose weight, gain strength, and have more stamina. She wanted to become a Girl Fight trainer to help empower and motivate women to meet their fitness goals. Christine has experience coaching track & field, and works full time in fundraising. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, ballroom dancing, and cooking.
SAMI VITALE Girl Fight Trainer/Nutrition Specialist
Sami has been a NASM-certified Personal Trainer for 5 years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fitness, Exercise, and Nutrition. She has a love for helping others live their best healthy life: mind, body, and soul.
In her spare time, Sami, enjoys spending time with her two huskies and hiking the Adirondacks.
TORI DEMASI Girl Fight Trainer
Tori is currently a student of exercise science dedicated to all things health and fitness. She believes living a healthy lifestyle encompasses a long term commitment to functional movement and training. Her main goal is to help individuals find physical activities they can have fun with and continue to do throughout their lifetime. She thoroughly enjoys the environment created at Girl Fight Fitness and hopes to bring new challenges to every class. When not at work, Tori spends her time either in the kitchen or the art studio. Among her favorite things are a blank canvas, a good meal with friends, and her puppy Amici.
KAREN MINOOGIAN Girl Fight Trainer
Karen has been doing kickboxing for over 20 years and loves teaching it to others. She is married with two kids and is also a hair stylist.
NIKKI PEEK Girl Fight Trainer
Nikki is a Personal Trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and was hooked on Girl Fight Fitness after just one class! She loves the energy that the ladies bring and fully believes in everything Girl Fight stands for!
Nikki has always struggled with her weight. She grew up in a family who had absolutely no knowledge of health or fitness and how important it is for maintaining a happy and productive lifestyle. She has dropped 50 lbs on three separate occasions during her life, following major milestones like leaving the nest and having each of her children. She was motivated to be a healthy mom to make her children proud and be a role model for them!
With a passion for helping people learn about nutrition and exercise, Nikki decided to become a Personal Trainer and help people overcome whatever roadblocks they might be presented in their lives.
Nikki is also a Lifeguard with the American Red Cross and a Swim Instructor certified through the YMCA. She has coached classes such as Ninja warrior, Tumbling Tots and Preschool Gymnastics. Fun Fact: Nikki has played on a Roller Derby team and completely fell in love with the family aspect of a team sport (she never played ANY sport growing up).
LAUREN FOX Girl Fight Trainer
Lauren is a new fitness instructor but not new to fitness! She is dedicated to providing an inclusive environment where children of all abilities can participate and enjoy fitness. She has coached sports teams at a variety of age levels and has been a teacher of special education for the last five years. She is so excited to encourage girls to be strong and kick some butt!
AMBER MURPHY Girl Fight Running Coach
Amber found a love of running after successfully completing her first half-marathon at the Saratoga Palio. On a mission to achieve higher performance levels, she has since trained and ran in multiple 5Ks, 8Ks, and Half-Marathons. She believes it’s important to know how to properly hydrate, fuel, and prepare for a race. As a running coach at Girl Fight, she wants to help YOU achieve your own personal running goals.
Amber also works in marketing and enjoys traveling abroad. Fun Fact: She has been to Finland, Spain, Estonia, and the Netherlands. In her free time, she likes to create healthy recipes, learn new languages, and spend time with friends and family.