Jerry Jefferson

Chief Executive Officer, Founder


  • AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor
  • AFAA Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500)
  • Certified Pilates Teacher
  • Registered Zumba Instructor

 

Jerry teaches private and semi-private classes within the community and local businesses, where he utilizes a varied background in fitness training to assist clients to achieve their goals. Whether he is training a 20 year old athlete or an 80 year old with compromised health, Jerry develops fitness programs that are both comprehensive and fun. 


He stays informed of the latest fitness information through reading, maintaining CEUs (continuing education units), taking courses and
interfacing with other professionals in the industry.

Jerry, through personal experience, understands the many challenges associated with beginning and continuing a healthy lifestyle. In 1999 at age 41, he received news from his physician that his cholesterol and
blood pressure levels were elevated to critical levels. The doctor's prescription: lose weight and get active! The very next week he began an aerobics and weight training program. 


Today, Jerry designs fitness programs. Specializing in Yoga and Pilates Mat, he uses a combination of humor and high energy to motivate his students to achieve healthier bodies. That, however, is not his only focus. He believes that education is the true key to achieving healthier bodies and healthier lifestyles. Education is an intricate part of every program.


Mr. Jefferson is CPR certified, insured and holds multiple fitness certifications and training with nationally recognized fitness certifying bodies:


Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
- Certified Group Exercise Instructor (CGEI)
- Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)

BFit® University:

- Pilates Mat
- Pilates Allegro
- PowerFlex - (Strength Training)

- Kardio Sports Kickboxing/Kwando®

- Stability Ball


Pilates Institute of America, Certified Pilates Teacher (CPT)


Silver Sneakers®:
 - I Muscular Strength and Range Of Movement
 - II Cardio Circuit
 - Yoga Stretch I & II

Johnny G Spin;- Indoor Cycling


ZUMBA® Fitness Registered Instrctor, ZIN:

- Zumba Basic 1


Yoga experience:

  • Began Yoga practice in 1999
  • Received initial yoga teacher training in 2005 from Acharya Prem Shakti, co-founder and senior faculty member at the Kripalu Yoga Center in Massachusetts. (200 hours)
  • Completed an additional 300 hour yoga teacher training at the Parmarth Yoga and Meditation Centre in Rishikesh, India in 2010.
  • Completed Vinyasa Yoga Flow teacher intensive training with Seane Corne at the Kripalu  Yoga Center. (40 hours) 
  • Completed 1 day intensives with Gary Kratsow (Viniyoga), Cyndi Lee (OM yoga), and Baron Baptise (Power Yoga). (8 hours each) Plus too many 1 1/2 hour conference classes to count. Taught yoga in both China and India.
  • Taught an average of 2 classes a week since 2005. 
  • Parmarth Niketan Ashram Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Kripalu Certified Yoga Instructor (CYI)
  • Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500)


Some of his selected accomplishments are:

  • Co-founder of Florida's largest free outdoor annual yoga event from 2007-2012, West Palm Beach Yoga Day
  • Managed the group exercise program at Bally Total Fitness in West Palm Beach doubling its student attendance.
  • Selected to represent Bally Total Fitness on the Bally SouthFlorida Exhibition Team.
  • Selected to represent Bally Total Fitness to perform the warm-up routine and pump up the walkers for the ADA 5K/10K Walk at CityPlace  Downtown.
  • Honored by the State of Florida Health Department for providing exercises classes for its state employee health fair.
  • Recognized for outstanding video presentations on West Palm Beach's City TV18.
  • Honored by the City of West Palm Beach for providing quality fitness programs.
  • Selected to represent Mountainside Fitness at the Green Stock Expo


Jerry resides in Surprise, AZ. He enjoys life no matter what the situation and strives to bring even a small smile to everyone he meets. 

About Us - Jerry and Therese


Jerry and Therese are the founders of Living Fit Today, LLC. We have over 30 years of fitness experience and hold multiple certifications with nationally recognized organizations. While our credentials, client testimonials and their results speak for themselves, we each have personal experience of the challenges to lose weight, reduce stress, increase flexibility and build muscle. We have "been there, done that". Our results brought the desire and passion to help others reach their fitness goals. We do this by providing an educational, safe and fun environment. 


Since relocating to Surprise, AZ, we realized our expertise would best be served focusing on the Active Adult community, Seniors and those afflicted with Parkinson's Disease. We are honored by those who place their fitness and health in our hands; something we do not take for granted.


We believe in giving back to the community through free events during the year hoping to spark a healthy lifestyle in someone new.  


We are honored to have been recognized by the City of West Palm Beach for providing quality fitness programs; taught multiple fitness classes on WPB TV18 CITYFIT TV series; and founded the largest free annual outdoor Yoga event (West Palm Beach Yoga Day) for 6 years attracting over 3500 attendees. 

Therese Abair Jefferson

President, Founder


  • AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor
  • AFAA Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200)
  • Certified Pilates Teacher
  • Registered Zumba, Zumba Gold and Sentao Instructor 
  • Certified PWR!Moves! Instructor (Parkinson Wellness Recovery);
  • Certified Functional Aging Specialist


Through personal experience Therese understands the challenges, frustration and need for support when beginning and continuing a fitness program. In 2002, she took charge of her own personal health in the midst of a challenging, stressful, timeline driven workload, common in today’s corporate work environment. The benefits included increased productivity, stress reduction, increased positive outlook and lost nearly 65 pounds.


Therese’s success with balancing both her professional and personal life has spawned a desire to educate and motivate others to do the same. Ms. Abair provides a motivating environment that does not compromise safety or fun. This is accomplished by utilizing her attention to detail with some humor while maintaining the group dynamics within the class.


Ms. Abair is CPR certified, insured and holds multiple fitness certifications and training with nationally recognized fitness
certifying bodies:


Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) 
- Certified Group Exercise Instructor (CGEI)
- Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)

Kripalu Certified Yoga Instructor (CYI)

Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT200)

BFit® University:
- Pilates Mat
- Pilates Allegro
- PowerFlex© (Strength Training)
- Kardio Sports Kickboxing/Kwando©
- Stability Ball

Pilates Institute of America, Certified Pilates Teacher (CPT)

phi®pilates training:
- Tower/Cadillac 
- Arcs and Barrels 
- Wunda/Combo Chair

Parkinson's Wellness Recovery (PWR!), Certified instructor


Functional Aging Institute - Certified Functional Aging Specialist


Silver Sneakers®:
- I Muscular Strength and Range Of Movement
- II Cardio Circuit
- Yoga Stretch I & II


Reaction Cycling (Schwinn® Indoor Cycling)

ZUMBA®Fitness Registered Instructor, ZIN:
- Zumba Basic 1 and Basic 2
- ZUMBA Gold®

- Zumba Sentao™
 

She has taught classes at the nation’s largest fitness corporation as well as providing private and semi-private classes within the community and local businesses. Therese has taught at exclusive clubs and residential communities and sought after by high profile individuals in Palm Beach. She stays on top of the latest fitness information through reading, taking CEUs (Continuing Education Units), courses and interfacing with other professionals in the industry.


Some of her selected fitness accomplishments are:


  • Co-founder/organizer of Florida's largest free outdoor annual yoga event from 2007-2012, West Palm Beach Yoga Day
  • Instructed multiple half hour exercise programs on West Palm Beach's City TV18 
  • Featured in the Shape magazine's July issue of as part of Success Stories for women in their 20s, 30s and 40s
  • Featured in the Palm Beach Post for her weight loss success 
  • Organized local fundraiser for breast cancer research in conjunction with Shape’s Pilates for Pink
  • Selected to represent Bally Total Fitness to perform the warm-up routine and pump up the walkers for the ADA 5K/10K Walk at CityPlace Downtown.
  • Performer with the Prem Yoga Group at IndiaFest
  • Honored by the City of West Palm Beach for providing quality fitness programs
  • Selected to represent Mountainside Fitness in AZ at the Green Stock Expo
  • Dropped 6 dress sizes and has maintained weight loss of nearly 65 pounds since 2003

Therese resides in Surprise, AZ. She believes when you have fun and enjoy what you do, you do your best.