Jeritza (Risa) Montgomery

Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

About Me

Helping others become healthier inside and out is my passion. My focus is simply to motivate and empower my clients to go beyond their perceived limits. If you give the commitment, I will provide you the means and the drive to help you achieve your goals. I believe that encouragement and positive re... more less
Bachelor's Degree Cross-Categorical Special Education, k-12, University of Maryland, College Park
Master's Degree Emotional Disturbance, Bowie State Univ.
Years Experience
16-20 years
ACE - Group Fitness Instructor
ISFTA - ISFTA Aqua Fitness Specialist Certification (AFS)
NSPA - Personal Trainer Certification
Pending Verification
American Red Cross
American Red Cross
Philadelphia Indemnity Ins. Co.

Jeritza (Risa)'s Locations

Patuxent Community Center - Trainer/Instructor
4810 Bishopmill Dr , Upper Marlboro, , MD 20772
World Gym - Upper Marlboro - Trainer/Instructor
15201 Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-3131
Upper community center - Trainer/Instructor
5400 Marlboro racetrack rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Fit I Am Fitness - Owner/Manager
Within 25 miles of 20772 (Mobile Training Radius)

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Payment Methods
Cash, Credit Cards, Personal Checks
Awards & Accomplishments
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22 reviews
Brenda S. Koonce
On Feb 21, 2015
Risa has been my personal trainer for almost 6 months. She has given me excellent training and motivation in combining tough love, kindness, and patience. She has set specific goals even though sometimes there has been resistance from me. I really appreciate Risa helping me to achieve my fitness goals as well as weight goals and look forward to attaining even more in the future.

Thanks a Million,

Brenda S. Koonce

Carolyn Holiday
On Feb 19, 2015
Risa is awesome. She is a great trainer. I will be returning to Hula Hoop Class.
Lauren Chanel
On Feb 19, 2015
Risa is the best of the best! I had the pleasure of working with her and she is a powerhouse! She not only helped me develop my weight loss goals but she helps you to understand your body, what works well for you and she is not only a personal trainer but she also becomes a life coach, nutritionist, therapist She truly cares about the whole person and understands that those things that affect us in our personal lives translates into our diets and our self-image. She truly loves what she does and she is so creative and enthusiastic about her work, you!
She is always timely, upfront, honest and doesn't beat around the bush about her work, pricing and expectations. She will always push you and encourage you and she truly never gives up on you. She is great, I cannot stop tying enough about this lady. Try her and if you don't like it, something is wrong. :)


Lauren Chanel
On Feb 18, 2015
I've had the pleasure of receiving guidance from Risa over the past few months. She is very knowledgeable on targeting muscles. After talking with her about which body parts I wanted to tone I found that I was doing the wrong exercises. I have seen definite results in just a few months. Risa is great at challenging you to do more, but she is also very understanding of your personal abilities and limitations. Risa is the best! - Cathy M
On Feb 17, 2015
Risa is the real deal. She pushes you out of your comfort zone to make you better, stronger and more confident.

On Feb 17, 2015
The most...great trainer, have you doing things with your body you never thought you could do, bringing-out the very best in your workouts. I never imagined at the age of 57 I would be lifting weights (who knew). I really look forward to my weekly workouts and the body is definitely showing it. Looking good!!!
d brown
On May 28, 2014
Risa is awesome. She truly cares about your success. She shows you the proper technique. The most amazing part of her training is she will challenge you to do things you never thought you can do. I have never been a runner but I am starting to realize a new vision. If your looking for someone who cares, knowledgeable, encouraging and genuine. Risa is the trainer for you.
Mel T
On May 22, 2013
"Risa has been a blessing to so many women both young and seasoned:)!!! I've had the pleasure of taking her water aerobic class for the past two years (looking to take it again this year) and it has been a blast. Who knew you could get your sweat on in a pool, lol!!! Seriously, she works every part of your body from doing aerobics, resistance training, weights, laps, and so much more which include tons of fun!!! Not only do we do aerobic activity in the pool but she adds some out of the pool as well. A complete workout you will definitely get!!! FitIAm - you help others to become just that! Thank you for all you do with encouraging others in their journey to become healthier, happier, and fit:)!!! Blessings to you and much continued success!!!"
Kyra Dolison
On May 04, 2013
I'm loving the Hula Hoop Class. I can now do 6 correct push ups! I'm able to do more each day with your tips and guidance. I actually did a cartwheel yesterday. Thank You!
On Mar 07, 2013
Risa, by far, is more than a personal trainer. I knew after our first phone conversation that my search for a new trainer was over. She will push you in an encouraging, supportive environment, remind one of their goals should they get off track, and takes time to check in on you if you somehow become MIA. While the workouts can be grueling, she makes you want to come back; not just for the camaraderie, but also for the results. It's a win-win situation.
Shaw Evelyn
On Feb 03, 2012
As a 67-year old female, I had just about given up. My body ached from shoulders to knees. I knew I had to do something, so I decided to find a trainer. I called Risa, a former co-worker, and she is make a tremendous difference in my life. I have lost weight and am losing inches. She is exceptional and pushes you to your limits--no matter what age. I had no idea that I could accomplish what I have so far. Risa is patient, yet firm. She is passionate about her work and simply desires that all of us become the persons we should be--both physically and mentally. He sweet demeanor and encouragement have inspired me to get the far. Now her goal for me is to jog a mile--and I am on my way!!
On Sep 09, 2011
God Bless you, Risa! You and your classes were the motivation/ catalyst for me to begin my own fitness journey a few years ago. I've gained strength and met new friends through your classes. You're tough and somehow a sweetheart at the same time. Somehow, I don't get mad with you but I have been known to roll my eyes----while catching my breath! But oh, how my body changed!! Thanks. I am also inspired that you promote the Pink Ribbon Marathon (Susan Komen) every year by asking your class to participate if they can. My daughter and I participated in the Baltimore Marathon, trained and earned funds for the Arthritis Foundation and introduced my son to Marathoning because of my own personal fitness goals. My son is now training for his second stint in the Marine Corps Maraton and his friends are trying to place this year. By the way, I'm way over 50 now and still trying to pull it all tight(er).... I know you never knew the impact you've made - but it's snowballing my dear!
JoNeal White
On Aug 17, 2011
Risa is a dedicated fitness instructor and personal trainer. She will not allow you to settle for less than your best. No matter, how much you may think that 99.99% is good enough, she will insist that you give the entire 100%. However, in the end, the sense of accomplishment and reaching your fitness goals prove to be worth the blood, sweat and tears!!!!!
J Aiken
On Aug 10, 2011
Post significant weight loss program, I was flabby, weak and in need of toning. Risa provided (much needed) instruction, guidance and professional tips that has helped me maintain weight loss, motivate and inspire me to constantly increase fitness and strength goals. I look forward to weekly classes, results, delightful Christian atmosphere, fun and "Group-Therapy" for LIFE!
S Crawford
On Aug 08, 2011
Risa is a wonderful instructor. I have had the opportunity of knowing her and being in her hula hoop class for the past three years through Prince George's Co. Parks/Recreation. I was intimidated at first, because of the unknown of what to expect from this class and also being quite overweight. Her approach to exercise was a blessing. She pushed me in a strong and positive way. She never gave up on me even when I wanted to give up on myself. The one quote that always stands out for me from her is, "Ladies I can make you do what you don't want to's up to you..because whatever you put into this workout is what you're going to get out of it.. you make the choice" and that sticks with me as a I workout. Since working with Risa, I have lost 4 dress sizes and continuing on until I reach my goal. She has truly been a God-send.
Carla Jasper
On Aug 05, 2011
Risa is the bomb. She’s a great personal trainer with a wonderful and inspiring personality. Her tricky techniques of getting the most of you are highly effective. I was first introduced to her through a fitness class and have even had her as a personal trainer. Her rates are great and her schedule is extremely flexible.
J Simmons
On Aug 02, 2011
Risa is an amazing personal trainer and all around great person. Before
Risa I had never worked with a trainer or exercised much at all.
Because of this I was a little intimidated by the thought of having a
trainer. Risa was able to ease my fears from the start. She was able
to push me to do things that I didn't know I could do and probably
wouldn't have tried. The mix of exercises, as well as her kind and
outgoing personality, made the workouts a true pleasure. She always
found a way to get "one more" out of me, even when I was absolutely sure I had no more in me!!
Brenda Cheatham
On Jul 30, 2011
Risa was my first and only personal trainer. Risa is great at what she does and is a good hearted person as well. Risa was always encouraging and once she felt you had the motivation to continue on your own she would encourage you do that. I feel for Risa it was not a financial business but a passion to see women and men healthy. Risa also trained my husband as well and still to this day my husband and I workout together and enjoy it. My famous saying to Risa was "I never paid anyone to inflict pain on me except her but I am healthier, happier and more fit than ever. "The fabulus Seniors"!!!!!
On Jul 27, 2011
If you want results instead of someone yelling instructions at you, call Risa! I was a lost soul in the gym. Unsure about what I was doing and how to do it. I met Risa, hired her and have been a gym rat ever since. My results were phenomenal! My motivation, knowledge of the equipment and confidence level on how to properly execute an exercise rose to an all time high. I recommend Risa all the time. She is my biggest cheerleader and support system. True to her craft and she will be true to you as well.
L Lewis
On Jul 27, 2011
Risa is an absolutely wonderful trainer and such a blessing! She made me feel incredibly comfortable from the moment I met her through a group class she instructed. Her laughter, her smile, her heart, and her positivity keep you motivated and wanting to do more! She definitely works you to do your best and has the ability to push you beyond what you think your best is. I WORKED but loved every, well almost every :o), minute of it and working with Risa paid off. I was able to run for the first time in my life and even had the amazing experience of participating in the Susan G Komen race for the cure with Risa and some of her other clients! Life changing!
On Jul 27, 2011
Risa is an absolutely wonderful trainer and such a blessing! She made me feel incredibly comfortable from the moment I met her through a group class she instructed. Her laughter, her smile, her heart, and her positivity keep you motivated and wanting to do more! She definitely works you to do your best and has the ability to push you beyond what you think your best is. I WORKED but loved every, well almost every :o), minute of it and working with Risa paid off. I was able to run for the first time in my life and even had the amazing experience of participating in a Susan G Komen Race for the Cure with Risa and some of her other clients! Life changing!
marisa stevens
On Jul 27, 2011
Risa is a phenomenal personal trainer and instructor. She has pushed me to fitness limits that I could not have accomplished alone. She keeps a smile on her face and laughter in her heart easing the pain! All the while you're getting results and meeting life long goals.

Jeritza (Risa)'s Response on Mar 14, 2013:
Marisa, to have a client become a trainer is the ultimate.I am so proud of the awesome trainer you've become. Not only did you get your certificate, you got clients immediately. Step ups to you.

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