It is with a heavy heart that we announce all acac locations will be closed until further notice as of 3/16/20. Please click here to read more.

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acac will not be billing members for regularly scheduled dues on April 1. Among the many wonderful comments we have received are requests to continue billing your monthly membership dues if it means continuing to provide for our team members who are unable to work during this closure. If you are willing to pay your regular membership dues on April 1, you will receive one additional month of membership AND a $100 acac credit to use towards goods and services when the club reopens. We truly appreciate your consideration of this request; please email to indicate your interest in this elective offer. For more information, click here.

Ellen Berry

Every body is a good body, and my goal is to help you feel your best!

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1. Think about how much time you actually want to be working on something productive each day. How much is actually reasonable? Just because you’re “at work” all day now doesn’t mean you can feasibly work all day. Set a limit that after you reach each day, you step away from responsibility.
2. Take frequent breaks. No matter how enjoyable or consuming whatever you’re doing all day is, you need space from it every once in a while (even binge watching marathons). Walk around. Get a snack. Clear your head. Step outside if it’s accessible. Breathe deep into your stomach. Feel your feet on the ground.
3. Get a change of scenery when you can. Even if you’re stuck at your house or don’t have outdoor space where you live, I bet you have places in your home where you spend more time than others. Even if your place is small, change your seat at the table or your spot on the couch from your regular one. That weird feeling when you break that pattern? It’s your brain waking up a bit to the stimulation of something new. It helps, even if only a bit/for a while.

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Bio & Schedule

Personal Training and Health Coaching Availability:

Monday | 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Tuesday | 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday | 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

Thursday | 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday | 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday | by appointment only


Workshop Series:

Intuitive Eating and Intuitive Movement Workshops with Ellen Penn Berry & Pamela Finney

(a revamp/continuation of both the Live Your BeYOUtiful with Ellen and Pam & BeYOUtiful You with Ellen, Shannon, and Pam series)

Location: acac Albemarle Square conference room

Dates: Specified Saturdays, see link for full listing

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

Cost: $75 per session for both Members and Non-Members

Intuitive Eating: 6 Obstacles Keeping You from Feeling Your Best!

This 3-hour workshop focuses on what to do when you’re tired of dieting and want to be healthy. We cover the myths, mistakes, and misconceptions surrounding nutrition in our modern world. Come join us for activities, discussion, a supportive community, and a plan to truly enjoy food unencumbered by guilt. There are now over 100 research studies showing the benefits of Intuitive Eating including: improvements in metabolic markers, activity levels, eating behaviors, and psychological health.

Intuitive Movement: Finding the BEST (and actually enjoyable) exercise for you!

This 3-hour workshop focuses on finding an exercise routine built specifically for your body and mind. We cover the myths, mistakes, and misconceptions surrounding fitness in our modern world. Come join us for activities, movement, discussion, a supportive community, and a plan to truly enjoy your movement practice. Content is geared towards all bodies, both the overwhelmed new exerciser and the experienced exerciser not getting the results they want. Benefits of Intuitive Movement include reduced pain, increased energy, and improved psychological health.

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Training and Coaching emphasis

  • Workouts and coaching with a focus on building confidence, self-love, and self-efficacy for all ages/populations 
    • —Available for but NOT EXCLUSIVE to those with body image or disordered eating concerns
    • —Utilizing concepts such as body-positivity, body-neutrality, and in accordance with the HAES (Healthy at Every Size) principles
    • —Anti-diet approach to nutrition
  • Strength training for outdoor athletes or those with an outdoor-centric lifestyle (hiking, running, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, etc.)
  • Injury prevention or continued recovery through stretching, mobility, and stability work
  • Work with older adults and the active aging population to maintain good movement mechanics for years to come, especially focusing on balance


  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Health Coach


  • M.S. in Nutrition & Physical Activity, James Madison University, Class of 2018
  • B.A. in Kinesiology & Health Sciences and Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies, The College of William & Mary, Class of 2016


  • Certified Personal Trainer at acac since May 2016
  • Graduate Assistant at the Morrison Bruce Center at James Madison University, October 2017-May 2018
  • Certified Personal Trainer at The College of William & Mary Student Recreation Center, April 2015-May 2016