Amanda has worked for Decatur Township Child Nutrition department for 9 years. Currently she is the assistant cafeteria manager at Decatur Middle School. It’s so rewarding getting to experience not only the nutrition aspect of my job, but building some great relationships with our township’s kiddos over the course of the last 9 years. When she's not wearing a hairnet she's wearing gym shoes because she also owns Train Yard 317, a functional fitness gym. They offer many different aspects of training from everyday fitness, calisthenics, obstacle course racing and Ninja Warrior Training. In 2019 Amanda submitted an application and was chosen out of tens of thousands of applicants to run the course on NBC’s hit show American Ninja Warrior. She had an amazing experience and was given a feature spot on the show and The Lunch Lady Ninja was born! Fitness and nutrition are her two passions with an emphasis on fitness for beginners and teaching people how to start their journey and make it work for them.
The most important piece of advice I can give for anyone starting a fitness journey is to try new things. If you’re like me and never played sports or engaged in physical activity for the majority of your life you might not even know what you like! Being active is not just hitting the gym. There are so many ways to create a strong, healthy body.