About Us

"Body confidence comes in all

different shapes and sizes. We

are dedicated to helping women

find what that means for them 

individually, and get them there!"

About Us

"Body confidence comes in all different

shapes and sizes. We are dedicated to

helping women find what that means for

them individually, and get them there!"

About Us

"Body confidence comes in all different

shapes and sizes. We are dedicated to

helping women find what that means for

them individually, and get them there!"

Team ABF

What’s Up! We are Amanda Black Fitness and we are on a mission to help as many women as possible break free of BS diet culture that has been preached to us since we were teenagers. That toxic shit has no place here and that is why we do things differently on Team ABF. We are lovers of personal development, lifting weights, and making the greatest impact we can on the women of this world. Education is the heart and soul of Amanda Black Fitness (Team ABF) – we do not believe there is just one way to be successful on your body transformation journey. That is why  we work together to figure out YOUR WAY to find success for the rest of your LIFE (yes, totally serious), – so if you are serious about not just meeting your goals but learning to surpass them FOR LIFE, girl you are in the right place. WELCOME!

Meet our Team

Amanda Black

Owner / Coach

Amanda Black is Ohio born and raised, where she still lives with her (handsome) hubby and two rescue dogs (okay to be real, they are her children). She holds a B.S. in Social Work and Psychology from Capital University, is a Certified personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition coach, and a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher. Her health journey started in college after leaving the life of organized sports and gaining the dreaded "freshman 15", which left her feeling like a stranger in her own body. Her life took a turn for the worse when diet culture started to creep into her life to lose the weight she gained in college. During her junior year, she developed an eating disorder paired with extreme body dysmorphia - which is the catalyst that drove her to creating Amanda Black Fitness. She spent a lot trying to change her body the WRONG WAY and has done just about every fad diet in the book (literally all of them LOL). She has been through more challenges to change her body than she can count, and she is now determined to help teach other women how to ESCAPE that cycle. Today, Amanda strives to help women find a beautiful balance between both living their lives, eating/drinking amazing things while still achieving their dream body no matter what life throws their way. In her (not so abundant) free-time, she enjoys spoiling her dogs on long walks, re-watching the same Netflix shows 8x, and lifting heavy stuff on the daily. O and dinosaurs... she really LOVES dino's.

Drew Black

Owner / Operations

Drew grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where he currently lives with his wife Amanda and their two dogs. He holds a B.S in Economics with minors in Finance and Management. Prior to joining his wife at Team ABF, he managed a large construction company in Columbus. He grew up playing sports year round and still has an affinity for anything sports or competition related. One of his true passions in life is helping develop motivated people to become their best selves. In his free time he enjoys golfing, playing hockey (and pretty much any sport), watching movies, and home improvement projects.

Michelle Albright

Coach

Michelle Albright grew up in Northern California but currently lives in Boston, MA. She holds a B.S. in Biology & Computer Science from Bowdoin College, is a CPT to-be and holds an Online Fitness & Nutrition Certification. She grew up playing sports (soccer, softball, basketball & volleyball) and continued to play volleyball in college, but always struggled to balance being strong & excelling in her sport with society’s expectation of an “ideal” body. She’s tried almost every diet under the sun (Keto, Paleo, low carb, gluten free, Whole30, military diet, you name it!) to try to achieve that unattainable goal. Any diets that “worked” didn’t work for long, and weren’t sustainable for her active lifestyle and love for all things food. After graduating college and no longer needing to work towards sports-specific goals, she put the pedal to the medal to try to achieve her body goals, and her body did NOT approve. Low calories and over exercising led to insomnia, anxiety around food & friends, disordered eating habits, and eventually loss of her menstrual cycle. At that point, she knew something needed to change, and she hired her own coach to help her heal her body. Having a coach that impacted her life that much inspired her to want to do the same for other women. Today, Michelle works to help women work with their bodies instead of against them to improve their body image, find balance between fitness & life, all while reaching their strength & physique goals! In her free time she enjoys cooking (and eating!), taking long coffee walks with friends, weight lifting, and watching Netflix on the couch!

Samantha Burr

Coach

Samantha grew up in New Jersey, but currently lives in the State of Florida with her husband and their rescue boxer, Mabel. Samantha holds a bachelor’s degree in K-12 Health and Physical Education from Rowan University. She is also Level 1 Certified from the Nutrition Coaching Institute, Neurotype Certified, Certified Nutrition Expert Program, as well as DLD Nations Online Fitness and Nutrition Program. Samantha grew up heavily involved in sports, specifically field hockey and softball, which she earned a scholarship for. Samantha found herself in this strange gray area with health and fitness. She was an athlete but also struggled with her weight most of her life. She tried an array of fad diets and was spinning her wheels getting nowhere. It was when she saw a photo of herself and had a “rock bottom” moment which was the catalyst to start her journey. She went on to lose close to 90lbs but picked up some rather disordered behaviors along the way. Sure, she had lost weight, but she hit rock bottom again, finding herself obsessing over the scale, “points”, her body, and developed an even worse relationship with food. She found herself in a binge restricted cycle. She felt broken. She knew there had to be a better way. This is when Samantha decided to hire a coach to help her achieve her goals. Samantha was blown away by the transformation she was able to make with her coach. Yes, physical transformation happened but the mental changes that came from working with a coach were life-changing. She was eating to fuel her body and no longer binge eating! She ditched the endless amounts of cardio and fell in love with strength training and watching her body get stronger. She healed her relationship with the scale and no longer saw foods as “good" or "bad”. The whole experience was so impactful that she decided that she wanted to be a coach and help other women find the freedom that she so desperately needed. Today, Samantha works to help women ditch the fad diets, fall in love with themselves, and find freedom and peace in their health and fitness journey. In her free time, she loves to lift weights, stand-up paddle board, spend time with family and friends, listen to podcasts, and she loves all things mermaids and Philly Sports!

Emily Sotler

Executive Assistant

Emily Sotlar is Ohio born and raised where she is attending Ohio University Lancaster. She is graduating this fall with a degree in communications. She enjoys working out, yoga, and taking her dog on walks. In her free time she loves to travel, especially to Tennessee, watch movies and lay in her hammock reading. Working out had never been something out of habit for her until she started training with Amanda. She gained a new perspective on what it truly means to workout and love the way you look! Emily loves being a part of Team ABF because she has wonderful, beautiful, and inspirational women like Amanda and Michelle to look up to and learn from!! 

Meet our Team

Amanda Black

Owner / Coach

Amanda Black is Ohio born and raised, where she still lives with her (handsome) hubby and two rescue dogs (okay to be real, they are her children). She holds a B.S. in Social Work and Psychology from Capital University, is a Certified personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition coach, and a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher. Her health journey started in college after leaving the life of organized sports and gaining the dreaded "freshman 15", which left her feeling like a stranger in her own body. Her life took a turn for the worse when diet culture started to creep into her life to lose the weight she gained in college. During her junior year, she developed an eating disorder paired with extreme body dysmorphia - which is the catalyst that drove her to creating Amanda Black Fitness. She spent a lot trying to change her body the WRONG WAY and has done just about every fad diet in the book (literally all of them LOL). She has been through more challenges to change her body than she can count, and she is now determined to help teach other women how to ESCAPE that cycle. Today, Amanda strives to help women find a beautiful balance between both living their lives, eating/drinking amazing things while still achieving their dream body no matter what life throws their way. In her (not so abundant) free-time, she enjoys spoiling her dogs on long walks, re-watching the same Netflix shows 8x, and lifting heavy stuff on the daily. O and dinosaurs... she really LOVES dino's.

Drew Black

Owner / Operations

Drew grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where he currently lives with his wife Amanda and their two dogs. He holds a B.S in Economics with minors in Finance and Management. Prior to joining his wife at Team ABF, he managed a large construction company in Columbus. He grew up playing sports year round and still has an affinity for anything sports or competition related. One of his true passions in life is helping develop motivated people to become their best selves. In his free time he enjoys golfing, playing hockey (and pretty much any sport), watching movies, and home improvement projects.

Michelle Albright

Coach

Michelle Albright grew up in Northern California but currently lives in Boston, MA. She holds a B.S. in Biology & Computer Science from Bowdoin College, is a CPT to-be and holds an Online Fitness & Nutrition Certification. She grew up playing sports (soccer, softball, basketball & volleyball) and continued to play volleyball in college, but always struggled to balance being strong & excelling in her sport with society’s expectation of an “ideal” body. She’s tried almost every diet under the sun (Keto, Paleo, low carb, gluten free, Whole30, military diet, you name it!) to try to achieve that unattainable goal. Any diets that “worked” didn’t work for long, and weren’t sustainable for her active lifestyle and love for all things food. After graduating college and no longer needing to work towards sports-specific goals, she put the pedal to the medal to try to achieve her body goals, and her body did NOT approve. Low calories and over exercising led to insomnia, anxiety around food & friends, disordered eating habits, and eventually loss of her menstrual cycle. At that point, she knew something needed to change, and she hired her own coach to help her heal her body. Having a coach that impacted her life that much inspired her to want to do the same for other women. Today, Michelle works to help women work with their bodies instead of against them to improve their body image, find balance between fitness & life, all while reaching their strength & physique goals! In her free time she enjoys cooking (and eating!), taking long coffee walks with friends, weight lifting, and watching Netflix on the couch!

Samantha Burr

Coach

Samantha grew up in New Jersey, but currently lives in the State of Florida with her husband and their rescue boxer, Mabel. Samantha holds a bachelor’s degree in K-12 Health and Physical Education from Rowan University. She is also Level 1 Certified from the Nutrition Coaching Institute, Neurotype Certified, Certified Nutrition Expert Program, as well as DLD Nations Online Fitness and Nutrition Program. Samantha grew up heavily involved in sports, specifically field hockey and softball, which she earned a scholarship for. Samantha found herself in this strange gray area with health and fitness. She was an athlete but also struggled with her weight most of her life. She tried an array of fad diets and was spinning her wheels getting nowhere. It was when she saw a photo of herself and had a “rock bottom” moment which was the catalyst to start her journey. She went on to lose close to 90lbs but picked up some rather disordered behaviors along the way. Sure, she had lost weight, but she hit rock bottom again, finding herself obsessing over the scale, “points”, her body, and developed an even worse relationship with food. She found herself in a binge restricted cycle. She felt broken. She knew there had to be a better way. This is when Samantha decided to hire a coach to help her achieve her goals. Samantha was blown away by the transformation she was able to make with her coach. Yes, physical transformation happened but the mental changes that came from working with a coach were life-changing. She was eating to fuel her body and no longer binge eating! She ditched the endless amounts of cardio and fell in love with strength training and watching her body get stronger. She healed her relationship with the scale and no longer saw foods as “good" or "bad”. The whole experience was so impactful that she decided that she wanted to be a coach and help other women find the freedom that she so desperately needed. Today, Samantha works to help women ditch the fad diets, fall in love with themselves, and find freedom and peace in their health and fitness journey. In her free time, she loves to lift weights, stand-up paddle board, spend time with family and friends, listen to podcasts, and she loves all things mermaids and Philly Sports!

Emily Sotler

Executive Assistant

Emily Sotlar is Ohio born and raised where she is attending Ohio University Lancaster. She is graduating this fall with a degree in communications. She enjoys working out, yoga, and taking her dog on walks. In her free time she loves to travel, especially to Tennessee, watch movies and lay in her hammock reading. Working out had never been something out of habit for her until she started training with Amanda. She gained a new perspective on what it truly means to workout and love the way you look! Emily loves being a part of Team ABF because she has wonderful, beautiful, and inspirational women like Amanda and Michelle to look up to and learn from!! 

Meet our Team

Amanda Black

Owner / Coach

Amanda Black is Ohio born and raised, where she still lives with her (handsome) hubby and two rescue dogs (okay to be real, they are her children). She holds a B.S. in Social Work and Psychology from Capital University, is a Certified personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition coach, and a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher. Her health journey started in college after leaving the life of organized sports and gaining the dreaded "freshman 15", which left her feeling like a stranger in her own body. Her life took a turn for the worse when diet culture started to creep into her life to lose the weight she gained in college. During her junior year, she developed an eating disorder paired with extreme body dysmorphia - which is the catalyst that drove her to creating Amanda Black Fitness. She spent a lot trying to change her body the WRONG WAY and has done just about every fad diet in the book (literally all of them LOL). She has been through more challenges to change her body than she can count, and she is now determined to help teach other women how to ESCAPE that cycle. Today, Amanda strives to help women find a beautiful balance between both living their lives, eating/drinking amazing things while still achieving their dream body no matter what life throws their way. In her (not so abundant) free-time, she enjoys spoiling her dogs on long walks, re-watching the same Netflix shows 8x, and lifting heavy stuff on the daily. O and dinosaurs... she really LOVES dino's.

Drew Black

Owner / Operations

Drew grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where he currently lives with his wife Amanda and their two dogs. He holds a B.S in Economics with minors in Finance and Management. Prior to joining his wife at Team ABF, he managed a large construction company in Columbus. He grew up playing sports year round and still has an affinity for anything sports or competition related. One of his true passions in life is helping develop motivated people to become their best selves. In his free time he enjoys golfing, playing hockey (and pretty much any sport), watching movies, and home improvement projects.

Michelle Albright

Coach

Michelle Albright grew up in Northern California but currently lives in Boston, MA. She holds a B.S. in Biology & Computer Science from Bowdoin College, is a CPT to-be and holds an Online Fitness & Nutrition Certification. She grew up playing sports (soccer, softball, basketball & volleyball) and continued to play volleyball in college, but always struggled to balance being strong & excelling in her sport with society’s expectation of an “ideal” body. She’s tried almost every diet under the sun (Keto, Paleo, low carb, gluten free, Whole30, military diet, you name it!) to try to achieve that unattainable goal. Any diets that “worked” didn’t work for long, and weren’t sustainable for her active lifestyle and love for all things food. After graduating college and no longer needing to work towards sports-specific goals, she put the pedal to the medal to try to achieve her body goals, and her body did NOT approve. Low calories and over exercising led to insomnia, anxiety around food & friends, disordered eating habits, and eventually loss of her menstrual cycle. At that point, she knew something needed to change, and she hired her own coach to help her heal her body. Having a coach that impacted her life that much inspired her to want to do the same for other women. Today, Michelle works to help women work with their bodies instead of against them to improve their body image, find balance between fitness & life, all while reaching their strength & physique goals! In her free time she enjoys cooking (and eating!), taking long coffee walks with friends, weight lifting, and watching Netflix on the couch!

Samantha Burr

Coach

Samantha grew up in New Jersey, but currently lives in the State of Florida with her husband and their rescue boxer, Mabel. Samantha holds a bachelor’s degree in K-12 Health and Physical Education from Rowan University. She is also Level 1 Certified from the Nutrition Coaching Institute, Neurotype Certified, Certified Nutrition Expert Program, as well as DLD Nations Online Fitness and Nutrition Program. Samantha grew up heavily involved in sports, specifically field hockey and softball, which she earned a scholarship for. Samantha found herself in this strange gray area with health and fitness. She was an athlete but also struggled with her weight most of her life. She tried an array of fad diets and was spinning her wheels getting nowhere. It was when she saw a photo of herself and had a “rock bottom” moment which was the catalyst to start her journey. She went on to lose close to 90lbs but picked up some rather disordered behaviors along the way. Sure, she had lost weight, but she hit rock bottom again, finding herself obsessing over the scale, “points”, her body, and developed an even worse relationship with food. She found herself in a binge restricted cycle. She felt broken. She knew there had to be a better way. This is when Samantha decided to hire a coach to help her achieve her goals. Samantha was blown away by the transformation she was able to make with her coach. Yes, physical transformation happened but the mental changes that came from working with a coach were life-changing. She was eating to fuel her body and no longer binge eating! She ditched the endless amounts of cardio and fell in love with strength training and watching her body get stronger. She healed her relationship with the scale and no longer saw foods as “good" or "bad”. The whole experience was so impactful that she decided that she wanted to be a coach and help other women find the freedom that she so desperately needed. Today, Samantha works to help women ditch the fad diets, fall in love with themselves, and find freedom and peace in their health and fitness journey. In her free time, she loves to lift weights, stand-up paddle board, spend time with family and friends, listen to podcasts, and she loves all things mermaids and Philly Sports!

Emily Sotlar

Executive Assistant

Emily Sotlar is Ohio born and raised where she is attending Ohio University Lancaster. She is graduating this fall with a degree in communications. She enjoys working out, yoga, and taking her dog on walks. In her free time she loves to travel, especially to Tennessee, watch movies and lay in her hammock reading. Working out had never been something out of habit for her until she started training with Amanda. She gained a new perspective on what it truly means to workout and love the way you look! Emily loves being a part of Team ABF because she has wonderful, beautiful, and inspirational women like Amanda and Michelle to look up to and learn from!! 

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