Introducing the Elite Personal Training team

Meet the fitness experts who will help you reach your goals!

Our founder

Tina Selix

Tina began her health and wellness journey in 2001, six months after her daughter was born. She suffered from low energy levels, headaches, and back pain and weight issues. After visiting her doctor for a physical and receiving no medical explanation for her ailments, she was determined to make changes that would guarantee her the opportunity to enjoy life with her daughter. She then began learning about weight management, fitness, and women’s health and wellness. Through changes in her diet, exercise, and lifestyle she went from a size 14 to a size 2. She decreased her joint pain and increased her stamina. She greatly decreased her headaches and improved her sleep. She’s a true testament to the benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle. Now, she devotes her life to helping others look better, move better, feel better and be their best.

Tina is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer (CPT) and corrective exercise specialist (CES). Clinical Massage Therapist; SC #12067 (2019) Myofascial One; John Barnes Institute (2019) Small-Group Program Specialist; National Academy of Sports Medicine (2018) Level One Trainer; Functional Movement Systems (2016) Behavior Change Specialist; National Academy of Sports Medicine (2016) Senior Client Specialist; National Academy of Sports Medicine (2014) Weight Loss Specialist; National Academy of Sports Medicine (2012) Corrective Exercise Specialist; National Academy of Sports Medicine (2010) Certified Personal Trainer; National Academy of Sports Medicine (2008).

Our coaches

Deborah Fortner coach at Elite Personal Training

Deborah Fortner

Deborah is a native of Columbia, SC and a University of South Carolina graduate. She is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, 10 year Breast cancer survivor, wife, and mother of two adult children and two German Shepherds. Throughout her life, Deborah has lived in New Jersey, Virginia, Texas, and Bulgaria. As of September of 2011, she has been passionate about health and fitness, always striving to learn about health, wellness and the mind-body connection that leads to a healthy life. Deborah is certified by the American Council on Exercise and is currently pursuing her level 1 certification through FMS™. In her free time, Deborah enjoys creating and cooking healthy meals for family, trying new and different foods, going on nature walks, hiking, biking, traveling and spending time with her family.

Jenna Dent coach at Elite Personal Training

Jenna Dent

Jenna graduated from the University of South Carolina and majored in elementary education. After 5 years of teaching, she decided to turn her passion for health and wellness into a new career. Her fitness journey began in her teens when she struggled to lose weight in a healthy way. After years of self-educating and evaluation, she emerged with a sustainable and balanced lifestyle. She now believes that transformative change must begin with the right mindset. Jenna is certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She will soon complete Level 1 Nutrition Certification through Precision Nutrition, the industry-leader in nutrition coaching. Jenna’s personal fitness journey uniquely enables her to help others find a well-balanced approach to movement and nutrition.

Ryan Galan

Ryan is a retired Marine Corp Gunnery Sergeant, who served our country for 17 years. In the first part of his career, Ryan was in charge of combat training, serving as his unit’s operations chief, and working with superior officers on training, operations, and tactical advising. He retired from the military as a Unit Fitness Coordinator, Brown Belt Martial Arts Instructor and Recruiting Office Commander, where he earned the #1 recruiter within the eastern region and the #2 recruiter within the nation.

After retiring from the military, Ryan took his love of fitness and leadership into a career as a full-time health and fitness professional. He holds certifications as a corrective exercise specialist, nutrition consultant, kettlebell instructor, and body flow instructor, among many others. Ryan also has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, with a decade of experience in business administration, including 3 years in gym management.

Ryan is excited to use his skills in leadership, management and personal training in support of our mission to provide excellent services, with excellent trainers, excellent experiences, and excellent results for each client.

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