IN HONOR OF
RICHARD D. NORMAN
Coach Rachel Norman established Try Hard Fitness in loving memory of her father, Richard D. Norman. He was an honorable veteran of the Vietnam War, a dedicated corrections officer, and most importantly, a dearly-beloved hero.
The gym continues honoring the principles he fought for by learning to embody his strength, both physically and spiritually. Every day, gym members channel his core principles through kickboxing, body sculpting, and cardio classes. We aim to improve emotional and physical well-being through our various personal and group training classes, as well as medical-grade infrared saunas and spas.
Coach Rachel Norman carries on her father’s legacy, along with building her own personal honorable brand, by offering unique programs for everyone. Anyone — whether you are someone who never thought themself capable of working out, a mother with a toddler to watch, or even a young child aiming to have some fun while getting fit — can find a place at Try Hard Fitness.
Rachel carries on the torch of respect, perseverance, and love that her father passed on to her through her work at Try Hard Fitness Cardio Kicking Center.
Rachel was professionally trained by her mentor, Mary Anthony of The Mary Anthony Dance Theatre in New York, NY. Mary Anthony was a renowned American choreographer, modern dancer, and dance teacher. Rachel received a full dance scholarship to the Mary Anthony Dance Theatre at the age of 17. She eventually had the honor of being a fundamentals ballet instructor using only Mary Anthony's techniques.
"Without Mary Anthony's teachings, I would not have become the hardoworking trainer I am today." - Rachel Norman
Rachel would go on to choreograph several off-Broadway productions, eventually being featured on the New York 1 News as an instructor and choreographer. She also premiered in one of the reality documentaries for NYU Film Festival’s Native New Yorkers as a Native American professional choreographer. Rachel was also a fitness specialist for adolescents in the Police Athletic League Program, as well as a choreographer for celebrities such as Angela and Vanessa Simmons who cofounded Pastry Sneaker Line, and a personal fitness trainer for celebrity pop singer Bebe Rexha.
A Place To Be "You" With No Filters.
NO JUDGMENT. EVERYBODY IS BEAUTIFUL!
Try Hard Fitness encourages body positivity and seeks to inspire confidence in everyone who visits the facility.
Have a well-balanced meal two hours prior to the class. Bring a bottle of water! Come ten minutes early to introduce yourself and ask any questions. Be positive!
Your attire affects your performance, so come in real gym attire.
Women: Sports bra under shirt, spandex or form-fitting gym tights, comfortable shirt, and supported sneakers.
Men: Comfortable shirt, fitted sneakers, comfortable pants/shorts.
Know the basics: jab, cross, hook, uppercut, front kick (stomp kick), side kick, and roundhouse kick.
“I am as real as one can get. I have a lot of experience and respect for everyone. My goal is to help you if you are ready and willing to help yourself.”
- Coach Rachel Norman
I honestly believe Rachel is an amazing person. She honestly, truly does care. I’ve been going to her for around 3 years, and never has she once made me feel bad about myself. She is a truly amazing trainer, as well as a truly amazing person. Her positivity and energy just lights up mine and others' moods. She is also very caring and patient with newcomers. If you are a starter, she is the one to go to.