Anne Altizer, BA, MA,
Certified Personal Trainer, Yoga Instructor
RYT200, CPT, CES, CHNC
After a successful career as a non-profit development officer and in the course of raising two sons, Anne began pursuing passions she had held for years but hadn’t made the time to do. Her first passion was overcoming a lifelong fear of horses and learning how to ride. She not only learned to ride, but became a competitor in hunter/jumper events around New Jersey and owned two horses during her equestrian career. During this time, Anne also converted her childhood hobby of stained glass windows into a small business.
Just a few years later Anne stepped even further outside her comfort zone and began her next new endeavor - the study of martial arts – and with her entire family.
While the idea of studying martial arts did not come naturally to Anne, she and her family began a journey in Isshin Ryu Karate that has spanned 15 years of continuous practice. Anne achieved her Yondan (4th degree black belt) in 2013. Anne served as an instructor for 11 years, specifically teaching children and students of different backgrounds, needs and abilities.
A runner since her early teen years, Anne had competed in many 10k races but had never ventured farther than 6.2 miles. Since 2000, however, Anne took up other challenges - completing the Philadelphia Marathon at the age of 37 in frigid temperatures and competing in Danskin sprint triathlons and Warrior Dash weekends.
Anne’s life changed dramatically in 2012, however, when she took a serious fall off her horse and broke her back. Anne managed a year-long recovery and rehabilitation and without surgery fully healed what ER surgeons described as certain surgery and lifetime consequences. This event, however, did end Anne’s stained glass business, equestrian career and limited her martial arts practices going forward. The next year brought an additional challenge - pelvic reconstructive surgery. Anne likewise managed that recovery along with sending sons to college and relocation to Connecticut.
In a new place with a newly empty nest and without a business, horses or a dojo, Anne began reflecting on her new path. After much thought, she recognized her life love themes of art, training with discipline and chose to study Exercise Science and become a certified personal trainer. Anne passed the National Academy of Sports Medicine certification exam in August 2015 and is now a NASM-CPT.
After moving to south Florida in November 2015, Anne continued her love affair with yoga by completing a month-long yoga teacher training program in Indonesia with her husband, Chris. In 2016, she completed her Holistic Nutrition Consulting certification from the American College of Healthcare Sciences and her Corrective Exercise Specialization from NASM .