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Fit 4 Life DC - Meet the Instructors

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Brian Richey


Brian, the owner/operator of Fit 4 Life DC, was born in Kailua, Hawai‘i, and graduated from the University of Hawai‘i with a B.S. in Exercise Science/Kinesiology.

Brian is certified as a:

  • Medical Exercise Program Director through the American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehab Professionals (AAHFRP)

  • Medical Exercise Specialist through AAHFRP

  • Post Rehabilitation Conditioning Specialist through AAHFRP

  • Certified Instructor of the M.E.L.T. Method

  • Certified Power Plate® Instructor

Brian is also a graduate of the Honolulu School of Massage and was a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Hawai‘i.  He has worked as a personal trainer since 1993 throughout Hawai‘i and Washington, D.C. Brian is also an instructor for the American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehab Professionals and lectures nationwide. 

Although he was raised in paradise, Brian’s childhood wasn’t all fun in the sun.  He was an obese child, and by the age of 18 was topping the scales at more than 420 lbs. 


For me it was an addiction issue—I was addicted to food and couldn’t get enough. Now, I can’t blame anyone but myself. I had great role models; in fact my mom has been in the fitness industry since the late 70’s. After graduating from high school, I began seriously trying to lose the weight. And I did it in a unique way: diet and exercise. I started with exercise, five miles of walking around Diamond Head Crater in Waikiki everyday. While the walk itself was difficult, the hardest part was the ridicule I endured from the perfectly sculpted surfers I passed on a third of my route. But that steeled my desire. And I say desire because I wanted it; it went beyond just determination at that point. My weight began to come off slowly, but within three years I was under 200lbs. Now, I am almost 40 years old and my weight is around 220.


Experiencing this personal revolution gave Brian the "fitness bug" and a passion for helping others live a healthier, happier lifestyle.

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Michael Abadi


Michael grew up in the Maryland and DC Metro area. He graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Michael is certified as a:

  • Medical Exercise Specialist through AAHFRP

  • Post Rehabilitation Specialist through AAHFRP

Michael’s passion for exercise stems from a lifelong involvement in various forms of physical activity, especially soccer. An injury in high school followed by weeks of therapy prompted his desire to help others through exercise and rehabilitation. He continues to stay active and is committed to helping others do the same.


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Maria Brown


Maria grew up in the DC Metro area. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science and Fitness from Shepherd University.

Maria is certified as a:

  • Medical Exercise Specialist through AAHFRP

  • Post Rehabilitation Specialist through AAHFRP with four years experience

  • Certified Power Plate® Instructor

Maria understands what is needed and has compassion for injury recovery. As a high school athlete she tore her ACL, and yet was able to go and compete as a NCAA Division II soccer player on the Shepherd University women’s team.

She continues to play soccer today and enjoys staying active and helping others do the same. She specializes in Athletic conditioning for soccer, lacrosse, golf, skiing and her latest passion, snowboarding.



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Jennifer Noda


Jennifer began her Pilates training as a ballet dancer at the University of Cincinnati (College-Conservatory of Music), where she received her BFA in dance. After her performing career, Jennifer's interest turned toward injury prevention and conditioning, and became a fully certified instructor through STOTT PILATES®. She spent four years teaching in London, UK at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance, where she also received her MA Choreography. Additionally, she has taught at physiotherapy clinics in London, and Chicago.

Jennifer is certified as a:

  • Pilates Instructor through STOTT PILATES®

  • injuries and Special Populations Instructor through STOTT PILATES®

  • Pre/Post Natal Instructor through STOTT PILATES®

Jennifer is also a ballet and Horton technique teacher, and has previously taught at the Mark Morris Dance Center in New York, and L'Academie Americaine de Danse de Paris, France. Jennifer has an ongoing interest in education and finds teaching clients of all ages and backgrounds extremely rewarding.


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