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Director of Personal Training
- Certified Personal Trainer
- Certified Nutrition Consultant
- CPR/ AED/ First Aid Certified
- Certified Life Coach
Background / Experience
Andrew is a National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association certified personal trainer with over 15 years of fitness and exercise experience. Andrew's desire is to help people at any level of fitness to attain their best overall fitness. Having grown up as an overweight child/teen, Andrew knows the hard work and dedication that it takes to achieve optimal fitness. He also knows the joy and sense of accomplishment that comes from attaining that fitness. Andrew utilizes many different strategies in training and diet to help his clients achieve their fitness goals. He designs programs built around each client individually to insure the success of each of his clients. Andrew is dedicated to the success of each of his clients, and he works diligently to give everyone he works with the tools and drive to meet and exceed their fitness goals.
Life Coach -
What is a "life" coach ?
I believe that your coach is your "life" line to success in all of your fitness goals. As coaches our desire is to teach health and fitness habits that will be forged in to daily "life".
Why do I need a coach?
Like most sports, even the greatest athletes depend on their coach for success. Coaches run practices, motivate their players, and design and implement the plan that leads to victory. The most important part of being your coach is joining your team. By being a part of your team your successes become my goal and your fitness becomes my priority!
- Certified Personal Trainer
- Certified Nutrition Consultant
- Emergency Medical Technician
- CPR/ AED/ First Aid Certified
I was born in Long Island, N.Y but raised in Colorado. As a youth I was very active to say the least, I played soccer, ran track, wrestled and played tennis, sports that all required both strength and aerobic conditioning. After graduating high school my passion for weight training began to grow. I started training myself in the basement of my home where I taught myself the in's and outs of personal fitness by reading and then implementing a healthy change in lifestyle. After joining my first gym in 1988 both my physique and knowledge of bodybuilding began to grow immensely.
I have been a Denver fire fighter for 14 years and I work in South Denver as a Lieutenant, a position I worked very hard to achieve. I was featured in the July August 2003 edition of Jeff Everson's body building magazine Plant Muscle. In 2008, I was accepted into the Annual Fired up for kids Fire Fighter Calendar as Mr. July.
I am currently certified as a master personal fitness trainer, completed the TRX Suspension Training instructor course and certified as a sports nutrition consultant. I am certified in CPR, first aid, defibrillation and as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). I have worked with and trained many of my friends, co-workers and family members to prepare for competitions of different calibers; including bodybuilding, figure, competitive sports and general functional fitness. My philosophy is to incorporate flexibility, core strength, muscle strength, endurance, proper lifting techniques and nutrition to achieve the body of your dreams.
Remember it isn't how much you can lift it is how you lift it!
Kettlebell Coach /Movement Rehab Specialist
- IKFF Level 1 & 2 Certified Kettlebell Teacher
- ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer
- IKLF Semi Pro Level 4 Athlete
- Zhealth Movement Rehab Specialist
- Zhealth Movement Integration Specialist
- Zhealth Essentials of Elite Performance
- CPR/ First Aid Certified
Certified Personal Trainer
Certified Health Coach
Certified Nutrition Therapist
Cheyenne is an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer for over 4 years; she has received her Certification as a Health Coach from the Drugless Practitioners of America from NYC, and her Nutritional Therapist Certification from The Health Science Academy. Cheyenne specializes in building custom programs for weight loss, dealing with emotional eating, realistic lifestyle changes, goal setting, nutritional balancing, metabolic testing, customized meal plans, accountability, incorporating the best exercise routine for your goals, injury prevention, and dealing with the "things" that might be holding you back. Create a new body image, build a confident outlook on your body type, and reach your optimum health goals! Cheyenne comes from a unhealthy overweight family she dealt with her own body image issues, emotional eating struggles, and she empathizes on the day to day struggles to maintain a healthy lifestyle. She is very passionate in supporting clients with education and the confidence to maintain a life of health and happiness!
Cheyenne also works with sports nutrition and training. She was a High School Boys AAA hockey coach after 5 years of playing competitive hockey. Cheyenne helps athletes understand the importance of a balanced training program not only in Speed, Agility, and Quickness (SAQ) but also a balanced healthy nutrition program to optimize your results!
Angela Copeland was first introduced to yoga and Pilates 15 years ago when she took classes at her local gym when she lived in Alabama. She was immediately hooked. Pilates and yoga increased her body awareness, reduced stress and improved her strength, balance and flexibility. Feeling the difference the methods made for her, she decided to share it with others. Angela earned her Pilates Mat Certification through Body Arts and Science International (BASI) in 2008 and her Pilates Comprehensive (equipment) Certification in 2009. In 2010 she earned her hatha yoga certification, and her vinyasa certification in 2012. In 2013, Angela also became a TRX and Booty Barre instructor, followed by PiYo in 2014. She brings her Pilates program to The Gym, helping you improve mobility, flexibility and strength so that you can do all your activities better.
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist
NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
NASM Certified Weight Loss Specialist
Les Mills RPM Certified
Certified CPR / AED
I am a wife, mother, personal trainer, adventure racer, marathon runner, Ironman triathlete, foodie and all-around health and fitness junkie. My own journey started when I lived in Georgia. My son was a year old and I was a stay at home mom then. I decided to join a gym to get out of the house, meet some people and get back in shape. My gym soon became my home away from home and I never looked back!
Getting stronger and fitter opened new doors and I found myself taking on exciting new hobbies. I started running and cycling and along with my husband, entered the world of endurance sports. Together we have completed multiple adventure races, with the longest ones lasting 30+ hours. Adventure racing turned into a gateway that led us to the sport of triathlon and we jumped in head first. Our very first triathlon was a half Ironman distance and we were hooked. After a couple of 70.3 distance triathlons it was time to tackle the Ironman distance. My husband and I crossed the finish line together at the inaugural Ironman in Chattanooga, TN in September 2014.
Along the way I became an avid runner and have also completed several marathons at home in the Southeast and even all the way out in Las Vegas.
Being a gym enthusiast turned into a new career for me when I started out teaching group fitness cycling classes. But I found my true passion when I began personal training 6 years ago. The relationships that I have made while training clients have been some of the most rewarding relationships of my life. Two of my very best friends actually started out as my clients. This journey is a very personal one that the client takes with his or her trainer. Hence the “personal” in “personal trainer”. Everybody has their own reasons for stepping into a gym or fitness center. Part of a trainer’s job is to honor those reasons while coaching their clients on the way to accomplishing their goals.
I take a functional, core-centered approach to training, training bodies from the inside out. I focus on building a strong, solid foundation upon which to create the body that each individual wants to achieve.
I also believe that health and fitness are lifelong endeavors. It is not about being better than someone else, it is about being the very best version of yourself that you can be. In order to make this happen, I coach sustainability. I help my clients implement lifestyle changes that actually fit into their lives. This includes changes in food choices too. Nutrition counseling goes hand in hand with personal training sessions in order to maximize the results of the effort my clients put in to each workout program.
The effort you put into yourself inside the gym enhances the life you have outside of the gym. Being the healthiest, strongest, fittest version of yourself that you can be allows you to really LIVE. Live the most fulfilling life possible. I consider it an honor for me to be able to help my clients enrich their lives.
NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
As someone who grew up in California I naturally have a love of the sunshine and summer! I grew up spending 90% of my time outside hiking, biking, swimming, ridding horses. As I got older my love for fitness grew. I joined a volunteer fire department right out of high school. That is were I really found my love for helping and encouraging people! Being there for my fellow firefighters. Working together as a team to accomplish a goal. As well as being the person who shows up when I was most needed. That along with my love for fitness made the decision to make it more than just a hobby. I went to school at NPTI and got my personal training certificate. I have been training ever since and I love it! There is nothing I would rather do than helping people reach goals and push themselves to do things they never thought were possible is awesome! It is why I have such a passion for training!
-NASM Certified Personal Trainer
-Jr. College/ Div. 1/ UFL Football
As a trainer, I specialize in sports performance. With a background in football at a professional level I have developed programs to help enhance athletes at all levels. My experience in many different fields of athletics has allowed me to develop programs for many different youth programs throughout the Denver Metro area. I have been training individuals, groups and teams ranging from age 5 to adults for over 6 years.
My program and skill base have the ability to help individuals achieve results in weight loss and general fitness as well. I believe that anyone can benefit from my training programs in the sense of technique, form and achieving any goal that they may have. Your body, just like your car, requires constant maintenance and even the most seasoned athlete or workout enthusiast can benefit from a program that will develop greater body control, agility, and strength.
I believe that once an athlete always an athlete and that mindset brought me to CrossFit. CrossFit allowed me to still compete at a high level and I have worked as an assistant CrossFit coach for two years. This has added to my experience and knowledge base and allowed me to make my training style much more varied and one of a kind.
Your fitness and athletic goals begin with a single step, but it’s not the first step that matters, it is the last step that allows you to achieve your goals. My belief is that you can always take your athletics and fitness a step further, that there is always more information to be learned and that you can always better yourself. This belief drives me to excel every day in not only being a trainer but also in my own athletic and fitness goals.
• Crossfit Level 1 Certification Oct 2008
• Coach Burgener Olympic Weightlifting Lifting Seminar
• North Central Regionals 2010 – Affiliate Team 4th Place
• World Championship’s Carson CA 2010 Affiliate Team - 29th Place
• CPR/ AED/ First Aid Certified
• Bachelors of Science – Accounting
I was always very athletic as a teen. I played team sports that included field hockey, lacrosse & cheerleading. I was also a gymnast for 10 years. Then life after college began, and I spent the next 15 years, climbing the corporate ladder and starting a family. I have a love of my life husband and 3 small children.I was first introduced to Crossfit in 2007 when I trained in a Circuit class that always ended with “15 minutes of torture.” I now understand that the “15 minutes of torture” was in all actuality ALL CROSSFIT exercises!
As I understand is the case with most people, Crossfit quickly sucked me in and I am not looking back. I am completely blown away by the changes my body has undergone. At 40 years old, I could do what I did at 20! I am dedicated to bring this type of exercise, methodology and body transformation to other ordinary people like myself.
I was a stay at home mom for 3 years who got heavy and out of shape. Since being a part of this “movement” I have become a fit mom of three and an inspiration for others. If I can do it, so can they!
The energy and excitement generated from these classes is unparalleled. I challenge you to TRY IT!
I grew up in Florida and went to college in South Carolina. I was very active in sports throughout my life and playing sports ultimately led to my passion for health, fitness and sports performance. I began my Strength & Conditioning career as a student at the College of Charleston. While pursuing a degree in Exercise Science I worked as a Strength & Conditioning Intern for 3 years. I have worked with over 20 Men’s and Women’s Division 1 College teams. Some of which include Football, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Sailing, Cheer & Dance, and Track & Field.
I also spent time as a S&C intern at the University of South Alabama where I primarily worked within their Football program. Throughout my experience in College athletics I truly developed as a coach in terms of teaching and programming for all levels of athletes. I was exposed to a wide variety of techniques from Weightlifting, Powerlifting, Speed & Agility, and Mobility.
This experience led to a great transition into Crossfit after moving to Colorado in 2013. I love the diversity of Crossfit and how it can benefit so many different types of individuals with multiple goals. I personally continue to see healthy benefits and performance improvements daily from doing Crossfit. The training allows me to be ready for whatever life has for me –especially those huge powder days up on the mountain.
I consider myself a movement specialist and am a firm believer in teaching proper technique and mechanics as a baseline for any form of training. As Gray Cook says: “Move well, move often.”
Crossfit Level I Certification (Oct 2008)
TRX Suspension Training Certification (June 2012)
CPR/First Aid/AED certified
Pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Health and Exercise Science
CrossFit Level 1
USAW Advanced Sports Performance Coach
Adam grew up an active person, participating in many sports as kid including martial arts, baseball, football, basketball, and cycling . As a young adult he found himself where many people do after high school, being more than 60lbs over weight and in the worst shape of his life. After seeing the effects of poor health on many friends and family members he committed to getting himself healthy and in shape, for the long haul! He worked hard, lost the weight, and found a passion for fitness that he never realized he had, and set out on a journey to help others like himself who wanted to make a change in their own lives. He eventually found his way to CrossFit and fell in love immediately. Adam developed a passion for the Olympic lifts and has found a niche as a strength and weightlifting coach in addition to helping people find general fitness and learning the ropes of CrossFit. His greatest joy comes from seeing his athletes succeed and reach their goals, whether it be taking weight off their body, or adding weight to the bar! He strives to continue improving his coaching knowledge and experience while spreading the passion for weightlifting and all things strength and fitness to anyone who is interested in improving their own health and happiness.
• Clinical Athlete Weightlifting Coach
• Juggernaut Training Systems Certified Coach
• CrossFit Level 1
• ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Elisa has been involved in sports and fitness as long as she can remember. Sixteen years of gymnastics training led her to the Air Force Academy, where she graduated from in 2009. Through her work in the Air Force, she was first introduced to CrossFit in 2010. She was instantly enthralled by this workout program that seemed to instill life-changing strength & confidence in the people who participated. She began coaching CrossFit while stationed in Monterey, California in 2013. Through CrossFit, she found weightlifting, and started competing in 2013. Helping people discover their strength, confidence, and health under the barbell is what fuels her love for coaching and competing.
Since separating from the Air Force in 2014, she has been coaching gymnastics, CrossFit, and weightlifting. She completed an internship at Juggernaut Training Systems in 2015, and hopes to pursue a degree in Sport Psychology to help take her athletes' performance to the next level.
Education / Certifications:
• Bachelor of Science
..Health and Human Sciences
..Exercise and Sports Science
• Crossfit Level 1 Certification
• CPR/ AED/ First Aid Certified - American Red Cross
Credentials / Areas of Mastery
• Sport and Exercise Prescription
• Nutrition and Diet Expertise
• Aging in Adults- exercise and fall prevention
• Adapted Physical Activity- related to persons with developmental and intellectual Disabilities
Background / Experience
After graduating high school in 2003 as a four year, three sport athlete, Spencer attended Oregon State University to pursue his passion for sports and fitness. As both a collegiate athlete and student, he learned the necessary relation between health and fitness in regards to lifelong wellbeing. As a health and fitness specialist, Spencer has witnessed, experienced, and studied many aspects of the sport and fitness world. In addition, Spencer has also worked with both youth and individuals with disabilities. He believes each individual has specific/specialized/personalized needs. “Mentally, physically, and emotionally we all perform, learn, and obtain skills differently. As a trainer, having the ability to observe, correct, and communicate positive feedback to an individual is critical for success in reaching their personal goal(s).” Spencer has also studied the effects of exercise on older adults, especially with the prevention of falls. “You never know how valuable your health is until you lose it.” More now than ever with the financial and economic time we are in, individuals are learning how valuable there low monthly gym dues are compared to their monthly medical bills. Whether you are self motivated or in need of motivating let, Spencer Marx, a personal trainer and experienced professional help guide you toward your goals and a better, healthier lifestyle.
Julie Sneed has been a passionate advocate for health and fitness all her life. In 2009, she added CrossFit to her already advanced fitness regimen, and soon began competing. Each year she’s qualified for the Southwest Regionals, and has placed as high as 14th among women half her age. She continues to compete each year with a team or as an individual in both local and regional CrossFit events.While she enjoys competition, Julie is more apt to speak of the non-competitive benefits of CrossFit: Better health, improved self-esteem, and a more fit and fun lifestyle. With this is mind, Julie earned her Level 1 Certification in January 2011 and now teaches regularly at Crossfit Castle Rock. Her students know her as a friendly, supportive, and always encouraging instructor who inspires them to push themselves and to be their very best. Julie has prioritized physical fitness throughout her life, swimming competitively in high school, and as an adult running several half-marathons, one marathon, and four long-distance team relay races. She is a competitive triathlete for both Sprint and Olympic distances, finishing in the top 10 in her age group in the Tri for the Cure women’s triathlon in Denver. She’s instilled her passion for fitness in her children, Garrett and Sydney, who both enjoy CrossFit and love to work out with their mom and cheer her on at competitions. Julie grew up in Atlanta. She and her husband Andy, a fellow Crossfitter, have lived in Minneapolis and Kansas City and now make their home in Castle Rock, Colorado. She has worked full time with Sprint Corporation since 1998 in various roles in Information Technology.
-Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
EMT / CPR / BLS
BS Columbia Southern University
Married to my High School sweetheart, Barbara. We have two awesome daughters Kelly and Sarah. Barbara, Sarah and I moved here to Colorado in June of 2015 to join our oldest, Kelly. We love everything this place has to offer!!!!
I have been a Firefighter in Central Florida since 1981. I recently retired as a proud member of the Orange County Fire Rescue Department after a 30 year career. It has been the most rewarding career anyone could ask for. Helping others is in the DNA of Firefighters.
Firefighting is a physically demanding job and staying fit has been very important and has helped me through the years. Fitness is a core value for me and my family, not only professionally but personally.
I love that our CrossFit Community is very similar to the brother/sisterhood of Firefighting. We all go through the same thing together, we leave no one behind, the strong help the ones that need help, and we all celebrate together as a team especially when an individual meets a goal.
CrossFit has changed me for the better. I only wish it had been around 25 years ago. Constantly varied movement…… is the way to go. My new job is to help others realize how important this is.
Favorite CrossFit sayings:
Ready?! 3-2-1 GO! Good Job Everybody!
Education & Certifications
Grew up in Massapequa, NY (Long Island). Always played sports, High School Football, Lacrosse and Wrestling. Played Lacrosse and Rugby at the Air Force Academy. Previously came from a traditional bodybuilding routine (lift 5 days a week and run 3 days/wk). Started running more and doing half-marathons. Eventually plateaued doing this and tried CrossFit. Since I started CrossFit consistently I haven't stopped improving.
Currently employed as an Aeronautical Engineer/Officer in the US Air Force. Started doing CrossFit in 2008 and was immediately hooked. Was certified and started coaching the same year. CrossFit Castle Rock is the 4th gym I have trained and coached at. I really enjoy working hard and seeing others work hard as well as the positive impact people get from doing CrossFit. There really is no greater reward than achieving your goals through hard work. I love the way CrossFit helps people to realize they are capable of much more than they thought and the encouraging and positive environment that usually goes with it.
Least favorite movements/workouts:
I was introduced to fitness in my early 20's I started training with a personal trainer who encouraged me to compete in fitness competitions and since then I have never looked back. Staying fit thorough my entire life has been a journey and passion. My true passion is helping others achieve their goals in fitness and living healthy happy lives. I love how I'm inspired by their passion. I love being a fitness instructor it has created not only physical strength but emotional and mental strength and an overall since of well being, I want to share that with each and every person I train.Certifications:
Ballet has been a focal point since I was three years old. I was principal in the ballet company I danced with through high school and loved every minute of it. However, after high school my dancing became less and less a priority. I took ballroom lessons and even taught a little Latin for awhile. I also danced on a semi-professional dance team during that time. I sporadically took adult ballet classes, too. After college I barely danced. I wasn't working out regularly and I fell into very poor eating habits. My overall fitness diminished and I sank into depression. I was interested in fitness, but was frustrated when I wasn't seeing results fast enough. During a visit home, my mom convinced me to take a Zumba class with her, something I was strongly against (it seemed too silly, and I had been, at least for a time, a very serious dancer). To my surprise I actually enjoyed the class and was sore the following day. When I returned to the Castle Rock area I joined a local studio that had Zumba, and from there started taking the Barre and Corebar classes offered. My level of fitness grew exponentially, and my overall sense of happiness and well being increased dramatically. I was encouraged to become a certified instructor, and have since taught a variety of classes and disciplines ranging from Barre, Spin, Zumba, and Corebar, to Boot Camp. Most recently I have added Stretch and Kettlebell classes to my schedule as well. I love helping my clients reach their fitness and health goals. Their determination and energy inspire me to be better, to push harder, to make every moment spent in one of my classes well worth their efforts. I encourage them to strive "to be fit, not skinny," and we work to increase strength and endurance. I strive to create a safe, fun, upbeat and welcoming environment to ensure my clients get the most out of the group fitness experience. This is my world, and it is a beautiful one... Come see me in class!Certifications and Licenses
Zumba and Current ZIN member
I've lived here in Castle Rock for over 10 years with my husband Curt and three boys, Cody,Carson and Wyatt. I love teaching Zumba here at "The Gym". I strive to bring fun and positive energy to every class I teach. It's important to me that everyone leaves class feeling they got a great workout, had a blast doing it and can't wait to come back for more!
When I'm not teaching Zumba or participating in one of the many classes we offer, I enjoy being outside and spending quality time with my friends and family.
As a little girl, I grew up in Littleton, CO and spent the majority of my days in the dance studio. Dancing was the only thing I really loved to do. As I grew up and entered the world on my own, dance took a back seat. I moved to Colorado Springs where I met my husband and had two beautiful children. After giving birth to my daughter I soon realized I was not happy with my appearance and if I wanted changes, I would have to face my fear of taking that first step into the gym. I did, and I went to a Zumba class! It was AWESOME! I laughed, danced and fell in love. I quickly changed my daily routine to work around my Zumba class because I didn’t want to miss a single day. Not only did I enjoy working out but I got results! I lost 25lbs, and along with that I found a new confidence and sexy side I didn’t know I had in me. I decided to get Zumba certified. I wanted to be able to share my passion and excitement for Zumba. I moved to Castle Rock a little over a year ago and discovered The Gym Fitness Center of Castle Rock, and I am so happy I did! What a great gym, wonderful community and fabulous people. I started teaching Zumba at The Gym and I love giving my class fun and challenging routines. I encourage hooting and hollering in my class. It’s an hour of fun and a chance to let loose while getting in shape and feeling great!
I’m a Colorado native that grew up in Parker and I now live in Castle Rock. I grew up very active playing different sports, hiking, snowmobiling and spending my summers out on the lake. I always loved to dance and loved music, but I have never taken a dance class in my life before Zumba. So I guess you can say that I’m “proof” that you don’t have to be professionally trained or have any dance background to do Zumba. Once I tried Zumba I was addicted! I took my first class in 2011 and 6 months later I was teaching! Zumba Fitness has changed my life and it can change yours too. I have a passion promoting good health through fun, energizing, soul inspired movement. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, my classes bring the heat and a smile to your face. Come and dance with me!