I love the strong moral integrity embodied in the VABA organization. In today’s society moral values is a thing of the past. I am pleased and thankful to align myself with a body of coaches who stand up for what is “right and true” and who have the passion to lead the younger generation in both athleticism￼ and dignity.
Toni Jackson joined the VABA Team in September of 2020 as a valuable member of the Performance Training team. Toni presently works alongside Justin Tooley (also a VABA Performance Trainer), for “The Gym,” as a personal trainer.
Born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, Toni attended Albemarle County schools throughout her childhood. She attended Albemarle High School, through high school, making her name as a standout field hockey goalie. The daughter of a pastor, after completing her 10th grade year, Jackson transferred to Northside Christian School, graduating in 1992. Raised in an academic home (her mother was the very first African-American woman to graduate from UVA in 1979), Toni enrolled as a first-year at the University of Virginia in the fall of 1992. In 1996, Toni graduated from UVA completing her undergraduate degree with a B.A. in sociology and a minor in religion. Subsequent to her graduation from UVA, Jackson began her graduate studies at Liberty University to pursue a Master’s Degree in Counseling. During this time, and midway through her graduate studies, Jackson started a family, raising three kids along the way. At this time, she put her academic pursuits on hold, and returned to Charlottesville. It was during this period that her brother, Rickey, a bodybuilder and trainer at Gold’s Gym invited Toni to begin working out with him. Toni was overweight and out-of-shape, and she was inspired by her brother to commit toward good health and physical fitness. She made a conscious decision to recalibrate her habits and accepted his invitation. For the next four years, she consistently trained with her brother, developing a love for good nutrition, strength training, body building, and physical fitness. Eventually, Toni began competing in local body-building competitions and having great success. She earned certifications in Kabuki Strength Principles of Loaded Movement, and Westside Barbell. In 2011, Jackson met Justin Tooley, owner and founder of the gym. He invited her to join his team, as a personal trainer, and she accepted. While developing her own personality and philosophy toward her Personal Training career with Tooley, she returned to graduate school in 2013 and completed her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling and Humanities from UVA. She became certified as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP), and Behavior Technician.
Since 2011, Toni has continued to improve her skill, knowledge and experience as a personal trainer. Toni launched the “Saturday Morning Ladies Program” as a means of providing women of all ages a fun way to learn the techniques and benefits of making exercise a key element in their lives. In addition, along with Justin Tooley, she has developed programs for “Special Athletes,” as well as other youth programs which help young boys and girls learn good strength and fitness habits.
VABA is blessed to have Coach Jackson as a member of its team. Her extensive and diverse background counseling youth, teaching, and strength training, not to mention her synergistic working relationship with Justin Tooley (one of the most esteemed and expert trainers in Virginia) makes her an invaluable member of a committed VABA Team.
If interested in meeting Coach Jackson personally, please email her or stop by "The Gym" in downtown Charlottesville. His team would love to talk with you and discuss your fitness goals! As a VABA Partner, all VABA Student-Athletes, Parents & Coaches automatically receive a 50%-MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT for the first six months!
and register to join "The Gym" for one (1) to six (6) months - no initiation fees, no long-term contracts! Feel free to visit "The Gym" at 1739 B Allied Street Charlottesville, VA 22903 or call (434) 878-0369 to learn more!
Get stronger! Get in better shape! Utilize Coaches Tooley and Jackson's personal training options to become a better athlete and/or (for younger athletes) more explosive and efficient basketball player!
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