Fitness & Performance Team Bios

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  • Alyssa Joel

    Alyssa Joel

    Alyssa Joel - Fitness Specialist

    Education & Certifications:

    • B.S. Health and Exercise Science (sports medicine concentration) – Colorado State University
    • ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist
    • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
    • ACE Orthopedic Exercise Specialist
    • EXOS Fitness Specialist
    • American Heart Association BLS

     

    Areas of Specialization:

    • Special populations
    • Post-rehabilitation
    • General conditioning

     

    Fitness & Health Philosophy:

    Lack of physical activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” —Plato

    Plato knew it then, and we know it today. Exercise is one on the best tools we have to prevent disease and treat the human body, and I believe it should be a part of everyone’s health management plan.

     

    Personal Notables:

    • Colorado native
    • Ski bum
    • Love of any outdoor activity

     

    For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Alyssa at alyssa.joel@ucdenver.edu

     

  • Candice Baumgardner, BA, BS, ACE, AFAA

    Candice Baumgardner, BA, BS, ACE, AFAA

    Candice Baumgardner, BA, BS, ACE, AFAA - General Manager - Fitness Center

    Candice joined the fitness center when the AHWC first opened seven years ago as the Group Exercise Manager. She has been working in the fitness industry for 25 years in fitness center management, group fitness professional education and mentorship, program development and management, strategic business planning, and budget creation and accountability. Candice has been involved in several fitness center start-ups and acquisitions and has a passion for leadership in the wellness industry. Recently, Candice has been responsible for managing the fitness trainer team, in addition to the group exercise department, and for liaising between the fitness center and the marketing team here at the Center.

    In her role as General Manager of the fitness center, she is responsible for all aspects including memberships and sales, personal trainers, massage therapy, custodial and facilities staff, front desk and business services staff, and group exercise team members.

    Candice came to Denver from Kansas City (GO CHIEFS!====from Candice) to attend Regis University (The Harvard of the West), where she met her husband of 17 years (he proposed to her in a BODYPUMP class – true story). They have four children, ranging in age from 5-15. When she’s not in a studio teaching or taking a class, she enjoys cooking, gardening, travel, reading, riding her bike, and spending time with her family.


    Education & Certificates

    BA in Sociology, BS in Psychology, ACE and AFAA group exercise certified. Also certified in BODYPUMP, BODYCOMBAT, BODYFLOW, POUND, Step Aerobics, Mat Pilates, Mat Science, Turbo Kickboxing, Barre, Precision Cycling, and BODYVIVE.

    Areas of Specialization
    I have been an assessor in BODYPUMP and BODYFLOW and for the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and a master trainer for Step and floor aerobics, but I am passionate about all of the formats I teach.

    Philosophy
    There should be a group exercise class for every body! The power of community and movement to music continually inspires me and I believe group exercise encompasses all of those things to change people’s lives through fitness.

  • Kelly McNamee, BS, LMT, CSCS

    Kelly McNamee, BS, LMT, CSCS

    Kelly McNamee, BS, LMT, CSCS - Massage Coordinator and Fitness Specialist

    Education & Certifications:

    • BS Biology– Emphasis in Physiology, University of Washington
    • Licensed Massage Therapist- Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado
    • NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
    • American Heart Association CPR & AED

    Areas of Specialization

    • Posture & Gait
    • Deep Tissue & Myofascial Techniques
    • Trigger Point Therapy
    • Sports Massage
    • Joint Mobilization
    • Functional Fitness
    • Strength & Conditioning
    • Sports Specific Training
    • Wellness & Weight Loss

    Fitness & Health Philosophy:

    Movement and massage offer an opportunity to find balance, not only physically in our own body, but in life. Finding this balance comes through self-awareness, courage, and persistence. Listen to your body. Never be afraid to test your limits. Always get back up. And most importantly, make it fun. You have the choice and the power to be exactly who you want to be. Decide. Commit. Succeed.

    “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Personal Notables:

    • 4- year Division I Track & Field Athlete at the University of Washington
    • Runner, biker, hiker, snowboarder, and everything else outdoors
    • Always looking for new adventures and challenges

  • Lauren Heap

    Lauren Heap

    Lauren Heap - Fitness Specialist

    Education & Certifications

    • BS, Xavier University
    • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
    • CPR/AED Certified

    Areas of Specialization

    • Mindset
    • High-intensity interval training

     

     

     

     

     

    Philosophy

    • The mind is the most important muscle in your body—if you can train the mind you can train the body! Your health and well-being are things you CAN control. Let’s take action together and have some fun with it and enjoy the journey!

    Personal Notables

    • Played four years of Division I soccer at Xavier University
    • Underwent own transformation (mind and body) after a knee injury
    • Sports enthusiast
    • Dog lover

    For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Lauren at Lauren.Heap@ucdenver.edu.

  • Shane Thomas

    Shane Thomas

    Shane Thomas - Fitness Specialist

    Education & Certifications:

    • MS Exercise & Sports Science
    • BA Exercise & Sports Science
    • EXOS – XPS Performance Specialist
    • IFPA Certified Fitness Specialist
    • EAS / Body-for-LIFE Challenge, 1999- 2009
    • Sports Performance / Physical Therapy, 2005-2012
    • Head Transformation Specialist, Bill Phillips Transformation Center, 2012-2014

    Areas of Specialization:

    • RESULTS
    • 18-Steps of Emotional Health
    • Body-for-LIFE – Total Body Transformation
    • Sports Specific Training
    • Corporate Wellness
    • Sports Injury and Rehabilitation
    • Sports Supplementation

    Personal Philosophy:
    SUPPORT – No one can do it alone
    ACCOUNTABILITY – Friendly or a swift kick when you need it!
    RESULTS – Results never get boring!!

    Personal Notables:
    I have over 15 years’ experience working in the fitness industry. I love working with people who are looking for big changes.

    For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Shane at Shane.Thomas@ucdenver.edu

  • David Lyskawa

    David Lyskawa

    David Lyskawa - Fitness Trainer

    Education and Certifications

    • B.A. Business Administration, Western Michigan University
    • ACE – Certified Personal Trainer
    • ACE – Orthopedic Exercise Specialist
    • American Heart Association – CPR AED Certified

    Areas of Specialization

    • Strength and Endurance
    • Functional Fitness
    • Core Strength and Balance
    • 50+ Fitness
    • Cancer Fitness

    Philosophy

    Investing in your health today will pay you dividends for the rest of your life. Don’t stop moving!

    Personal Notables

    • Originally from Detroit, Michigan
    • Father of twins attending college
    • Qualified for Boston Marathon
    • Completed 2 Ride the Rockies…so far
    • Member of Team Samaritan House Cycling Club
    • Played for the Detroit Tradesmen RFC

  • Linh Nguyen, BS, CPT, SPTA

    Linh Nguyen, BS, CPT, SPTA

    Linh Nguyen, BS, CPT, SPTA - Fitness Specialist

    Education & Certificates

    • BS, University of California, Irvine
    • SPTA, Pima Medical Institute, Denver
    • NESTA – CPT, National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association
    • NESTA – SIS, Sports Injury Specialist
    • EXOS – XFS Fitness Specialist
    • EXOS – XPS Performance Specialist
    • LoKteMethod Lvl 1 (Connective Tissue Release)
    • American Heart Association CPR & AED

    Areas of Specialization

    • Sports Performance
    • Strength Training
    • Endurance Conditioning
    • Weight Loss
    • Injury Rehabilitation

    Philosophy

    If you have a goal in mind challenge yourself for change to happen. Things happen, plans change, and we all adapt!

    Personal Notables

    • Competed in Malaysia on the Women’s USA paintball team
    • Coached junior athletes in rock climbing
    • Competitive powerlifter
    • An avid fisher!
    • Outdoor enthusiast

  • Austin Neuerburg

    Austin Neuerburg

    Austin Neuerburg - Fitness Floor Specialist/Fitness Specialist

    Education & Certificates

    • B.S. in Exercise Science – MSU Denver
    • Minor in nutrition
    • EXOS – XFS Fitness Specialist
    • EXOS – XPS Performance Specialist
    • American Red Cross First Aid, CPR & AED

    Areas of Specialization

    • Endurance Training
    • High Intensity Interval Training
    • Group Training

    Philosophy

    If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on
    change, you will get results. You can’t expect to see change if you never do anything differently.

    Personal Notables

    • Avid runner, hiker, snowboarder, and camper
    • Enjoy playing and watching sports
    • Colorado native

  • Sani Obhodas

    Sani Obhodas

    Sani Obhodas - Fitness Specialist

    Education & Certifications:

    • NASM Certified PT
    • NASM CES- Corrective Exercise Specialist
    • NASM PES – Performance Enhancement Specialist
    • Functional Movement Screen Practitioner Level 2
    • American Red Cross First Aid, CPR & AED

     

    Areas of Specialization:

    • Functional Strength
    • Weight loss
    • Mindset
    • Cycling specific strength and conditioning

    Fitness & Health Philosophy:

    We are often asked, “What is the purpose of life?” I believe we live to overcome things that make life difficult for us. Our health is key to a long and pain free life.  There are plenty of obstacles in our way, but as long as we keep improving, we will succeed.  We only have one life so we might as well live it well.

     

    Personal Notables:

    • Cycling and soccer fanatic
    • Loves assisting people with their fitness journey
    • Moved to the U.S in 1997 from Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Mike Mattox

    Mike Mattox

    Mike Mattox - Fitness Specialist

    Education & Certificates

    • B.S. Exercise and Sports Science
    • EXOS – XFS Fitness Specialist
    • EXOS – XPS Performance Specialist
    • CPR/AED

    Areas of Specialization

    • Functional Strength
    • Weight Loss
    • High Intensity Training
    • Mindset

    Philosophy

    “For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

    You have to WANT to get better. Every time you come to the gym you must have a positive mindset
    and the determination/motivation to improve.

    Personal Notables

    • South Carolina Native
    • Sports Enthusiast
    • Gamer

  • Emily Meier

    Emily Meier

    Emily Meier - Fitness Specialist

    Education & Certificates

    • B.S. Clinical Exercise Science, Grand Valley State University
    • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
    • EXOS Fitness Specialist (XFS)
    • EXOS Performance Specialist (XPS)
    • TRX Group Suspension Training
    • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR

    Areas of Specialization

    • Mindset
    • Functional Strength
    • Weight Loss
    • Injury Prevention
    • Special Populations

    Philosophy

    You are given one body. It’s the only one you’ll ever have. With the proper knowledge, skills, and resources to treat your body well, it will carry you far.

    Personal Notables

    • Grand Rapids, MI native
    • Fitness Testing Assistant for the Detroit Red Wings (2017-2018 Season)
    • Always looking for new ways to challenge myself

  • Mike Sosniak

    Mike Sosniak

    Mike Sosniak - Senior Fitness Specialist

    Education & Certificates

    • B.S. Exercise Science The Ohio State University
    • ACSM—Exercise Physiologist
    • RTS Certified
    • MAT Jumpstart Certified
    • TRX Suspension Certified
    • Schwinn Indoor Cycling Certified
    • Red Cross CPR and AED certified

    Areas of Specialization

    • MAT Therapy to correct positional pain and weakness
    • Body fat reduction and weight loss
    • Sports Specific Training
    • Balance Training
    • General Resistance Training
    • Small Group Circuit Training

    Philosophy

    Committing yourself to a fitness program requires incorporating a new lifestyle. You must be prepared to break old habits and be open to starting new ones. I am fully committed to helping you achieve your goals by developing these new lifestyle habits with you. I would love to show you that with a little bit of sweat equity and willpower, anybody can live a healthy and active life.

    Personal Notables

    • I enjoy Skiing in the winter and Cycling, Hiking and playing Tennis in the summer
    • I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA

  • Anne Marie Summers

    Anne Marie Summers

    Anne Marie Summers - Assistant General Manager

    Education & Certificates

    • NSPF Certified Pool & Spa Operator
    • American Red Cross First Aid, CPR & AED

    Areas of Specialization

    • Financial reporting and bookkeeping
    • Program budgeting, development, participation tracking, and growth
    • Employee development, reviews, and management
    • Customer service with a focus on client retention
    • Swim Facility Management

    Philosophy

    Purpose trumps task. We all have daily to-do lists, but our purpose should always be our top priority. At the Center, our purpose is to support our members in guests in achieving their wellness goals and that is my guiding light in all I do at the Center.

    Instead of going the extra mile for one person, go the extra inch for all members and guests every day. While it is satisfying to provide an incredible service for one person, I prefer to hold our administrative staff to an exceptional level of service in all interactions every day. All members and guests should experience a consistent supportive, welcoming interaction with our staff every time they walk in our door.

    Personal Notables

    I delight in all kinds of adventures – traveling to new places, camping, canoeing, eating new foods, getting lost in books, playing tabletop or video games, and writing.

    I was drawn to the Center for the wonderful culture within the staff – everyone who works here is devoted to the mission of the Center and the success of its members and guests. I am inspired daily by our hard-working members.

    My proudest moment as an athlete was the first time I dead-lifted my body weight. My favorite part of going to the gym is lifting heavy.

    I am a transplant from Kansas City, MO.

  • Caitlyn Metzer

    Caitlyn Metzer

    Caitlyn Metzer - Member Services Representative

    Education & Certificates
    Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Colorado State University
    Bachelor of Arts in English, Colorado State University
    ACE Certified Personal Trainer
    Revelation Wellness Instructor (training in process)
    American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, & AED

    Areas of Specialization
    Customer Service
    Rapport-Building
    Written, Oral, & Digital Communication

    Philosophy
    A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all women, men, and children. We are all biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick. –Brené Brown

    Personal Notables
    Colorado native
    Published author
    Recreational bodybuilder
    Baking enthusiast

  • Gene Ilin

    Gene Ilin

    Gene Ilin - Reception Associate

    Education & Certificates

    • Bachelors in Human Performance and Sport Science.
    • Minor in Nutrition
    • International Sports Science Association Personal Training Certification
    • Red Cross First Aid, AED, CPR

    Areas of Specialization

    • Adult Fitness
    • Calisthenics

    Philosophy

    You don’t have to want to do it, you just have to do it.

    Personal Notables

    • Navy Veteran
    • Former Rescue Swimmer
    • I enjoy running, swimming, and calisthenics

  • Nicole Gleason CCES, CPT

    Nicole Gleason CCES, CPT

    Nicole Gleason CCES, CPT - BfitBwell Cancer Exercise Program Manager

    Education & Certifications

    • Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University
    • Concentration in Health Promotion
    • Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist
    • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
    • ACSM Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer
    • ACSM Certified Exercise is Medicine
    • Functional Movement Screen Practitioner Level 1

    Area of Specialization

    • Cancer
    • Clinical populations
    • Pre- and post- rehab

    Philosophy

    -Achieving one’s goal should be celebrated – no matter how big or small it may seem! If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you!
    -To provide a platform for individuals with cancer to receive expert evaluation and exercise training in collaboration with the University of Colorado Cancer
    Center, University of Colorado Hospital, the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, their respective care teams, treatment plans, rehabilitation medicine,
    nutrition, and survivorship.
    -This specific population is near and dear to my heart and I am grateful to be a part of their unique and intimate fitness journey!

     

    Personal Notables

    -Colorado native! Enjoys time in the mountains, snowboarding and skiing especially in Crested Butte, her favorite Colorado mountain town. She also loves working out, hiking, eating Italian food, traveling, watching Cubs baseball with her husband & spending time with sisters and little niece and nephew!

    For more information, email Nicole.

  • Rebecca Kienitz, PRA

    Rebecca Kienitz, PRA

    Rebecca Kienitz, PRA - Cancer Exercise Program Coordinator

    Education & Certifications: 

    • BS in health and exercise science, concentration in health promotion, Colorado State University
    • ACSM EP-C
    • ACSM CET

    Areas of Specialization

    Cancer Fitness

    Philosophy:

    • “Do today what others won’t, so tomorrow you can do what others can’t.”
    • To provide a platform for individuals with cancer to receive expert evaluation and exercise training in collaboration with the University of Colorado Cancer
      Center, University of Colorado Hospital, the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, their respective care teams, treatment plans, rehabilitation medicine,
      nutrition, and survivorship.
    • I am passionate about the specific population I get to work with and to be able to stand by participants through this unique fitness journey.

    Personal Notables:

    • Enjoys doing pilates, being outside, spending time with her daughter and husband, skiing, playing soccer and watching any sporting event, especially baseball!

    For more information about the Cancer Exercise Program, email Becca.

  • Ian Moran CPT, CET

    Ian Moran CPT, CET

    Ian Moran CPT, CET - Cancer Exercise Specialist and Professional Research Assistant

    Education & Certificates

    • Colorado State University – BS in Health and Exercise Science
    • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
    • ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer
    • Outdoor Emergency Care Technician
    • American Heart Association – Basic Life Support

    Areas of Specialization

    • Cancer
    • Special Populations
    • Pre- and Post-Surgery Rehabilitation

    Philosophy

    I believe in order for there to be positive change within our lives we need to be challenged. My goal is to challenge you to a point that you didn’t think you could previously reach, while still being able to succeed. We are all mentally and physically stronger than we think.

    I truly enjoy working with cancer patients because of their inspiring drive to never stop despite facing extraordinary adversity.

    Personal Notables

    • Loves mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, trail running and pretty much anything else that involves getting outside for extended periods of time
    • Member of the Winter Park Volunteer Ski Patrol
    • Former college lacrosse player

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