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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!
• ACE - Personal Trainer
• CPR/First Aid
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
Education / Certification
NESTA Personal Training Certification
CPR/First Aid Certified
ACE Certified, Group Fitness, ACE Continuing Education - Diet, Exercise & Weight Control
Licensed Zumba Instructor & Active ZIN Member
Licensed Corebar Instructor
Member National Physique Committee, National Figure Competitor
American Red Cross Certified - CPR & AED
AFFA Certified Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor
IKFF Kettlebell Certified
Zumba, Les Mills, Cycle & Aqua Certified Certified
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!
BS Exercise Science 2014
NAFC Certified 2014
• 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!
Director of Crossfit Operations
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.
Education & Certifications
· Bachelors of Science- Exercise Science
· USA Weightlifting Certified: Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
· Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
· CPR/AED/ First Aid Certified
· Strength & Conditioning Intern: College of Charleston (2010-2013)
· Strength & Conditioning Intern: University of South Alabama (Summer 2012)
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
- Associates Degree – Business Management/ Golf Complex Operations
- Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
- PGA Class A Member
- CPR/AED/ First Aid Certified – American Red Cross
-Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
Level 1 CrossFit
Precision Nutrition L1
Paleo Aficionado/Educator (Whole 9 nutrition, Dr Loren Cordain)
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.
I grew up very athletic and very competitive. Climbing trees and racing bikes as a child turned into playing hockey and skateboarding as a teen. I continued playing hockey until I graduated high school in 2006 and from there my focus turned to individual sports, mainly snowboarding in the winter months and mountain biking throughout the rest of the year. I love the state of Colorado and all the unique opportunities it provides its residents. I’m perfectly happy and at home doing anything in the mountains!I’m an adrenaline junkie at heart and will never turn down an opportunity to jump from an airplane or hit some whitewater rapids in a kayak. I started CrossFit in March 2014 as a way to enhance my abilities in my outdoor pursuits but CrossFit quickly became my main pursuit. The goal of wanting to look good was quickly replaced by goals of performance. The community and the competition, as well as the physical and mental changes that occur through CrossFit drew me in. I firmly believe in the CrossFit prescription. Diet and exercise are the key to health and living a long and pain free life. With that belief in mind I became a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer in October 2014 to help myself and others attain that goal. I believe in technique over time. I also think the way to reach our highest potential as athletes, is by building off a solid base foundation. We build that solid foundation by spending time in the gym, with practice and repetitions. With all the great coaches and members, and the positive atmosphere we have here at CFCR, we are all on the road to living a long, pain free, healthy life!
Julia found yoga 8 years ago when she retired from her former life as a ballerina. Looking for a way to maintain strength and flexibility as well as restore creaky joints and overused muscles, she found herself in a hot yoga class in Littleton. Discovering that yoga not only realigned her body to its proper posture as well as changed muscle tone and over all kicked her into shape, it took little time for her to be hooked.
Julia has been an instructor now for over 6 years. Yoga plays a key role in her everyday life, in and out of the studio. Her yoga class combines physical activity with breath to reduce stress, control weight, relieve lower back pain and enhance focus.
Challenge yourself to a complete body and mind work out and come join her for a class!
Pamela Fowler Lordi, RYT
E-RYT 200; Registered Yoga Alliance Vinyasa Teacher
CPR/ AED/ First Aid Certified
Usui & Karuna Reiki Master Certifications
Bachelor of Arts – Human Services/Psychology
Master of Business Administration – Business/Marketing
Discovering Yoga in 2000, my training and personal experience have included several styles of yoga - Hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa. I completed my 200 hours of classical training in Vinyasa Yoga from Bhogah Yoga, a Registered Yoga Alliance School. I have over 1000 hours of teaching experience, and continue to study through various workshops, seminars, and in 2013 I completed the trauma informed training for at-risk-youth and certification with Street Yoga. My teaching style is energetic and enthusiastic, and integrates my experience with these different disciplines of Yoga, as well as my experience in Pilates. My goal is to create fun, uplifting classes with a dynamic flow of postures where students feel inspired and at ease to discover their potential and experience their strength, balance and flexibility in body, mind and heart.
AFAA Group Fitness
I grew up playing all kinds of sports, and then going through school I played competitive sports all throughout the year. Once I graduated I became very involved in yoga, pilates, and I also took a few ballet classes. I loved what these classes did for my strength, balance, and overall well-being. I continued to do these types of workouts throughout the years, often on my own as we lived in an area that didn’t have an excellent choice of gyms. I decided to get certified in Yoga years ago because I loved it so much. Once I moved to Castle Rock I started finding classes that fit what I wanted. After attending classes for awhile at one of the studios, I was asked to get certified so that I could be an instructor there. I have since held the AFAA Group Fitness certification, and have loved teaching Barre ever since. I also obtained my certification in Corebar and have taught that for the last couple of years as well. I love hearing people’s feedback about how strong they have gotten and how these classes get muscles that they’ve never really worked before. I love how these classes work every muscle from top to bottom and how great you can feel after less than an hour, just a few times a week.
Biz began practicing yoga 8 years ago after her third child was born. After her last pregnancy, she turned to yoga to stretch her constantly tight and unaligned body. Yoga became apart of her workout regime - along with tennis, Cross Fit, running, and mountain biking. In 2013, Biz tore her ACL and meniscus playing tennis. During her recovery she found that yoga was what felt best in getting her strength, flexibility and alignment back. Biz found that her body wasn't only feeling better but the peace and presence found on the mat was addicting! In 2014, Biz became Yoga Alliance certified through CorePower Yoga in Denver. She began teaching right away and thoroughly enjoys sharing her passion for yoga to ALL levels of yogi's. Biz's teaching style incorporates the benefits of strength training and body awareness with a conscious attention to body alignment. She brings something new to her class each time - check her out!
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!