Donnie Sapp

owner/operator, certified trainer 

& personal coach in all areas

of health & wellness

In-house Coaches

Hi. My name is Donnie Sapp and I am the founder and president of Sapp’s Fitness Garage.

Working out and staying active has been a major part of my life since I was 10 years old. I joined my first gym when I was 12 years of age. Everyday after school I would run over to the gym on my way home and lift weights, swim, play basketball and then hit the steam and sauna room and then walk home and do my homework. I am almost 51 years of age now, so that means I have been exercising for 38 years and I still love it and as passionate about it as I was when I was just a kid. Now I enjoy helping others develop their love for the gym and all that comes with it, which is so much more than you realize.

Please accept my personal invitation to come visit us and see what all the buzz is about at Sapp’s Fitness Garage.

Josh Schneider is one of our personal trainers and small group fitness instructors.  His clients describe him as energetic, devoted, prepared, and friendly.  He is a student of Corrective Exercise and Health Nutrition and has been in the fitness industry for over three years. Recently relocated to Birmingham from north central Louisiana, he is excited to have  crossed paths with Donnie and become an important aspect to serving the needs of the gym's members.  Josh is committed to providing the knowledge and accountability to anyone ready to take the next step in their fitness journey. 
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Josh and his early morning boot camp class.

Lexie Baker - STRONG by Zumba fitness instructor.

A career-woman by day, Lexie is one of our fitness instructors by night.  She is certified Strong by Zumba instructor. STRONG by Zumba combines HIIT-style body weight exercise and simple choreography to inspiring music.  Lexie does a great job providing 3 levels of modified movements to meet the different fitness levels of our members. Lexie has a background in dance and continues in her fitness as she comes to our gym to take other classes and work on her personal fitness goals.  If you come at night, you are sure to see Lexie at the gym as one of our regulars!


Telura Sapp

teacher/certified group fitness instructor

& nutrition coah/wife of Donnie/

real person with real struggles

Hi, I'm Telura, but many of my friends call me Tia. :-) I understand why you are here.  Getting started in a fitness routine can be difficult; for that matter, staying fit can be hard, too!  But support and accountability helps so much. 

Like many of you out there, life stresses and struggles put me on a path of inconsistency and the yo-yo weight loss and weight gain for about 20 years. In the back of my mind, I knew I wanted to be strong and healthy and truly live the healthy lifestyle.  Finally, at age 46, I found the accountability partner (Donnie) that I needed to stay consistent with diet and exercise.  I started with small goals. As I achieved each one, I created new ones. Learning new meal planning strategies was one of the achievements during this process. Now that I’ve achieved great strides in strength and cardiovascular endurance and my eating habits, I have new goals which includes supporting others who have had the same struggles.  Having turned 50, I know that fitness is so more than just feeling good in my clothes, it's about overall wellness that will allow me to live a long healthy life. 


Bottom line: Finding a person, place or group of people who are supportive and encouraging makes a huge difference in your dedication to healthy lifestyle. We understand and are here for you!!!