Life Is A Changeable Thing


Initiate Change Fitness was created out of the need and desire for people to have a friendly and personalized place to work on their health and fitness goals.  After over 16 years of experience working in some of the top commercial and corporate fitness companies, in Los Angeles, New York, and San Diego, I recognized that there are some serious challenges that big gyms face.  As beneficial as the fitness industry can be, there is a disconnect between what big gyms offer and meeting the clients needs.  There is very little connection between the clients and the instructors.  Many people go to the gym with only a basic knowledge of exercises and nutrition, but lack access to knowledgeable professionals.  Furthermore, there is a lack of emphasis on teaching people how to maintain healthy behaviors and lifestyle habits outside of the gym.  Initiate Change Fitness addresses all of these flaws and provides a place where clients get more than just a gym.

My staff and I take a personal interest in each of our clients.  We invest in wanting to see them achieve their goals, and will work on any and all areas of their lives to help them get there.

We are set apart from other fitness studios in San Diego by setting the highest standards for ourselves, so that we can provide you with the best knowledge and quality of service that you deserve.  All of our staff hold high education degrees in their field of work and are certified by the top nationally recognized companies in fitness, nutrition, dance, and yoga.  We continue to increase our depth of knowledge to be able to bring you the best experience with us and teach you the right way to improve your life and reach your goals. 

The studio is a place where you can come to workout, have fun, de-stress, feel confident, get strong, feel supported, encourage their friends, and get motivated. 

The classes are small and our instructors are directly reachable any time you have questions or concerns in regards to your health, fitness, nutrition, or lifestyle.

I love teaching and feel as though I show that through my work.  I developed and taught kinesiology classes for years at San Diego State University where I met Mariah and Sydney.  I recognized their amazing potential, similar compassion, and drive to help people within the health and nutrition industry.  I wanted them to be a part of my team.  I pass on my knowledge and experience to them, so that they can become the best that they desire to be, within this field.  We all share our knowledge openly and passionately with our clients because peoples' health and happiness is most important to us. 

We hope to see you in our classes to help you reach your goals!   

                                                                                            ~ Neely



Personal Trainer, Owner of Initiate Change Fitness

Neely is the trainer you have always needed in your life. She sees the potential in everyone she works with and inspires them to become their greatest self. She leads you into your fitness goals with purposeful encouragement and motivation to keep focused and moving forward. She will teach you the most important steps to take that will get you feeling strong, confident, and happy as you challenge yourself to become what you’ve always desired to be. Working with her is the first step to take in initiating the changes you want to make in your life!

4 Years teaching Kinesiology, San Diego State University

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Fitness, Nutrition, & Health, San Diego State University

Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise

Certified Group Fitness Instructor, American Council on Exercise

Certified Group Resistance Training, AFAA APEX

Certified Agility Barre Instructor

American Heart Association CPR/First Aid/AED

Posture and Alignment Specialist



Fitness Instructor, Stretch Specialist

Mariah is the fitness inspiration you’ve been looking for! Mariah’s personal determination in life to accomplish goals is driven by her desire to always learn more, be better, and help others in the process. She always knows exactly how to encourage you out of your comfort zone and challenge you physically and mentally. She helps you set your goals and find the strength to reach them. Her positive feedback and personal attentiveness, along with her motivation and inspiration will always have you coming back to her class.

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Fitness Specialist, Spring 2019, San Diego State University

Certified Group Fitness Instructor, American Council on Exercise

Certified Stretch Technician, specialized in myofascial release, Stretch U



Fitness Instructor

Molly is the brightness you need to start your day feeling energized and confident! She’ll get you up, moving, and enjoying the day through her flowing movements, and long, deep stretches. Molly encourages you to move your body in a way that feels natural and that will improve your posture, strength, and confidence. Her ability to see the best in you and encourage you further, is what keeps us coming back for more.

Masters of Fine Arts in Dance: Biomechanics and Injury Prevention, University of Arizona

Bachelor of Arts: Dance and Sociology, Chapman University

Specializes in Adult fitness and Mind body connectedness



Yoga Instructor

Elise is the calm, cool, and collected energy you crave when needing a good shavasana session. Her kind approach to you easing yourself into each move helps you focus in on what your body needs most. Elise helps nurture your mind, body, and soul on and off the mat. A stressful day will always end in a calming mindset as Elise encourages you to breathe deep, feel grounded, and connect with the elements of nature. Treat yourself to warming your body, deep stretches, and peaceful breathing with Elise’s classes.

Master’s in Marine Science, Hawaii Pacific University

Bachelor of Science and Arts in Biological Sciences: Pre-Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens

Certified Yoga Instructor: 200Hr, CorePower Yoga

Certified Paddleboard Yoga Instructor: 30Hr, YACEP

Registered Yoga instructor, National Board of Standards Yoga Alliance



Nutritionist, Hello Fit & Well Blogger

Sydney is the cook you will love to eat with! Sydney has the innate ability to take a simple recipe and turn it into a mouthwatering experience. Her recipes will inspire you to add healthy flavor and deliciousness into your life! She loves trying new foods, creating healthy versions of your favorite foods, and teaching you how to nourish your body through foods and fitness.

Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition, Spring 2019, San Diego State University

Nutrition education in Teaching Healthy Eating, Olivewood Gardens

Educational emphasis: Science of food and meals and How to assess nutritional needs

Specializes in the Mediterranean diet

We Appreciate Our Clients


"I've been so pleasantly surprised with my progress going to Initiate Change boot camps. Neely pushes me to my potential and makes the class fun while doing so. She's constantly changing up the workouts so we're never doing the same thing twice in a row, making sure all my muscles are worked. She gives each person in the class personal attention to be sure our form is correct and that each exercise is proper for the individual.
On top of great classes, Neely knows how to get me to class. She is encouraging and stays on top of me to be sure I'm working out. She helps with my nutrition and my home workouts as well! I've been so impressed with the "full service" that is provided when joining this class. Thank you Neely!!"


"I am so fortunate to have met Neely and get trained by her - she always goes above and beyond for me.  I started working out with her a couple years ago and seen nothing, but RESULTS! When I first started my form was off, I was out of shape and had absolutely no organized routine in my life.  Neely not only got me in shape, but she really took the time to get to know me, my lifestyle and my health.  She has also helped me organize my kitchen so that I can better prepare healthy, home cooked meals.  I always have questions about what to eat and she's more than happy to explain in detail and thoroughly help me decide what I can adjust in order to see effective results take place.  I've learned so much from her, and appreciate all that she has done in changing my life. I will never let this girl out of my sight!"


"Neely is the absolute best. Knowledgable, passionate, patient, encouraging, and just an amazing person. I workout/lift weights with her at least once a week--she somehow makes the entire experience fun and painless. Definitely has taught me a lot and improved my physique!"