OUR TEAM

  • Letitia Tedford Owner/Operator


    Letitia is originally from Perth Western Australia and relocated to the US in 2012 for work.

    She married fellow owner Michael in December 2013 and gave birth to their beautiful baby boy in October 2014.

    Letitia developed her love for fitness approximately 7 years ago when she hired a personal trainer. Tired of feeling unfit and overweight she decided she needed some help. Personal training became a way of life, starting with just 2 sessions a week and quickly progressing to 4 to 5 times a week as her energy and fitness levels increased.

    “I needed that extra motivation and push from a trainer to get me to a level I was happy with and have never looked back”

    Letitia loves living an active lifestyle, her other interests include running, hiking and wake-boarding. One of her fitness goals is to compete in a figure competition.

    “I like a challenge and I know it isn’t an easy feat, but I am looking forward to sharing the highs, lows, ins and outs of competing”

    Having over 13 years’ business experience she is excited to be a part of the True Grit Fit team, helping people with their health and fitness journeys.

  • Mike Tedford Trainer / Fitness Director


    Hey everybody, I’m Mike!

    I was born in Tampa, Florida and was adopted at three days old by my mother, father and my older brother Jason. Growing up I played all the sports kids are interested in.  But my three favorite sports were wrestling, football, and weight-lifting.  

    My interest in fitness started when I was wrestling in high school and began competing in both weight-lifting and power-lifting. When I continued to wrestle during college my love for fitness grew even more!  I started reading books, going to seminars and even completing multiple fitness certifications. During my time in college I continued to do personal training where I met some of the most amazing people that are still in my life today.  Some are even clients/friends!

    When I turned 23 I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.  I spent 4 years in the infantry as a Machine Gunner with 1st Battalion, 4th Marines. I did 2 tours for a total of 14 months overseas.  During this time I even designed workouts for my platoon to follow.  After being honorably discharged in October 2012 I once again started personal training and doing boot camp classes at a well known fitness facility in San Clemente, CA.

    In December 2013 my wife Letitia and I decided that we wanted to be closer to family and to follow our dream of opening up our own fitness studio.  And that is exactly what we did!  We started True Grit Fit with our good friend Ryan with the promise that we will stay committed to helping our clients achieve their health and fitness goals through a non-competitive, safe, fun, and friendly environment.

    October 3rd 2014 Letitia and I were blessed to have our son Caleb.  Like his mom and dad he spends the majority of his days at the gym, putting a smile on the client’s faces when he meets and greets them all.

    I have a passion for assisting people, through exercise and proper nutrition, to attain a healthy life-style.  I look forward to getting to know you and working with you to achieve your fitness goals.

    FACTS ABOUT ME:
    Married for 2 years
    Personal Training: I have been a certified personal trainer for 12 years.
    Favorite food: Steak
    Favorite drink: water w/ crystal light
    Favorite cheat food: Pizza
    Favorite Sports Team: USF Bulls
    Favorite exercise: Squats
    Favorite quote:  ‘If you’re afraid to fail, you’ll never succeed.” – Dan Gable

  • BJ ATKINS Trainer/Speed Agility Coach

     

    Hi! My name is BJ. While I was born in Tallahassee, Florida I grew up in Tampa Florida and graduated from King High School where I lettered in both football and baseball. After graduating from high school I enrolled at the University of  South Florida but soon transferred to Bethune Cookman College where I majored in Criminal Justice and had the privilege of playing football as one of the fighting wildcats. Since graduating from Bethune Cookman I earned my Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University. I currently work full-time as a deputy sheriff with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department where I have served in the uniform patrol division as well as with the community outreach division.

    During my college years while playing football I developed a real love for physical fitness. Currently I hold the record for bench press for the Sheriff’s department. I have a passion for working with athletes in the area of strength conditioning and I have a real desire to help others succeed in their fitness goals.