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Fitness & Performance Team

Meet the trainers

Our personal trainers offer unlimited pathways to achieve your goals. By finding your motivation and tapping into it, we’ll keep you inspired to continue your accomplishments.

  • Candice Baumgardner, ACE, AFAA

    Candice Baumgardner, ACE, AFAA

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

    Education & Certifications

    • BA Sociology
    • BS 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

    • Assessor in BODYPUMP and BODYFLOW and for the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
    • Master trainer for Step and floor aerobics

    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.

     

    Personal Notes

    • Candice joined the fitness center when the AHWC first opened seven years ago as the Group Exercise Manager.
    • She has worked 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 manages the fitness trainer team, in addition to the group exercise department, and acts as liason between the fitness center and the marketing team.
    • 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!) 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 the center, she enjoys cooking, gardening, travel, reading, riding her bike, and spending time with her family.

  • Tim Holan, NSCA-CPT

    Tim Holan, NSCA-CPT

    Tim Holan, NSCA-CPT - Assistant General Manager

    Education & Certifications

    • BS Exercise Science, Carroll University – Wisconsin
    • NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
    • Kettlebell Athletics Certified
    • EXOS Fitness Specialist
    • CPR/AED

    Areas of Specialization

    • Functional strength
    • Metabolic resistance training
    • Weight loss
    • Injury prevention

    Philosophy
    “Strive for progress, not perfection.”

    Personal Notes

    • Wisconsin native
    • Played football and baseball at the collegiate level
    • Love anything outdoors: hunting, fishing, snowboarding, hiking, camping
    • Dog lover

  • Nicole Gleason CCES, CPT

    Nicole Gleason CCES, CPT

    Nicole Gleason CCES, CPT - BfitBwell Cancer Exercise Program Manager

    Education & Certifications

    • BS Health and Exercise Science – Concentration in Health Promotion, Colorado State University
    • 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 Notes

    • 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!

  • Lauren Heap, CPT

    Lauren Heap, CPT

    Lauren Heap, CPT - Senior Fitness Specialist

    Education & Certifications

    • BS Psychology, Xavier University
    • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
    • EXOS – XPS Performance Specialist
    • EXOS –  XFS Fitness Specialist
    • Schwinn cycling instructor certified
    • CPR/AED Certified

    Areas of Specialization

    • Mindset
    • Functional Training
    • Strength Training
    • Weight Loss
    • 1:1 coaching, semi-private coaching, group fitness

    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 is something you CAN control. The importance of consistent and deliberate action to becoming better starts with a step forward and a positive vision. Long term change begins with setting up routines and habits you can stick to. Let’s find a way to improve together and have some laughs along the way!

    Personal Notes

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

  • Emily Meier, CPT

    Emily Meier, CPT

    Emily Meier, CPT - Fitness Specialist

    Education & Certificates

    • BS Clinical Exercise Science, Grand Valley State University
    • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
    • EXOS Fitness Specialist (XFS)
    • EXOS Performance Specialist (XPS)
    • TRX Group Suspension Training
    • CPR & First Aid, American Heart Association

    Areas of Specialization

    • Functional Strength Training
    • Endurance Conditioning
    • Injury Prevention
    • Sport Specific Training
    • Posture and Gait
    • Weight Loss
    • Mindset
    • Special Populations

    Philosophy

    “The best things happen outside of your comfort zone.”

    You get one body! It’s my goal to teach my clients how to invest in it.

    Personal Notes

    • Grand Rapids, MI native
    • Detroit Red Wings Fitness Testing Assistant (2017-2018 season)
    • Lifting, hiking, skiing, rock climbing/bouldering, running, Spartan races.. You name it, I’ll do it!
    • I enjoy challenging myself!

  • Linh Nguyen, CPT

    Linh Nguyen, CPT

    Linh Nguyen, CPT - Senior Fitness Specialist (Virtual Training Only)

    Education & Certifications

    • BS, University of California, Irvine
    • PTA, Physical Therapist Assistant
    • NESTA-CPT, National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association
    • NESTA SIS, Sports Injury Specialist
    • EXOS Fitness Specialist (XFS)
    • CPR/AED Certified

    Areas of Specialization

    • Sport 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 Notes

    • Competed in Malaysia on the Women’s USA paintball team, 2014
    • Coached junior athletes in rock climbing
    • Powerlifter, prior deadlift state record holder in 57kg class, 2016
    • Outdoor enthusiast, camping and hiking
    • Avid fisher
    • Guinness World Record Holder

  • Ian Moran CPT, CET

    Ian Moran CPT, CET

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

    Education & Certifications

    • BS Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University
    • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
    • ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer
    • Outdoor Emergency Care Technician
    • BLS, American Heart Association

    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 Notes

    • 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

  • Zach Oates, CSCS

    Zach Oates, CSCS

    Zach Oates, CSCS - Fitness Specialist

    Education & Certifications

    • BS Fitness, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
    • NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
    • First Aid/CPR/AED, American Red Cross

    Areas of Specialization

    • Sport-Specific Training
    • Strength & Conditioning
    • Corrective Exercise
    • Functional Training
    • Weight Loss

    Philosophy

    “The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Work is the key to success, and hard work can help you accomplish anything.”  – Vince Lombardi

    Personal Notes

    • Wisconsin Native
    • Avid outdoorsman ― hiking, fishing, overlanding, camping, and many other activities
    • Completed personal fitness transformation by losing 150 lbs

  • Caitlin O'Brien, CPT

    Caitlin O'Brien, CPT

    Caitlin O'Brien, CPT - FITNESS SPECIALIST

    Education & Certifications

    • BS Clinical Exercise Science with a Concentration in Cardiac Rehabilitation, Central Michigan University
    • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
    • EXOS Exercise Fitness Specialist
    • TRX Force Level 1
    • FMS Level 2
    • Schwinn Cycle
    • POP Pilates
    • Fierce45 Certified Reformer Pilates Coach

     

    Areas of Specialization

    • Core and Foundational Training
    • Pilates
    • Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation
    • Special Populations
    • Cardiovascular (HR) Training

    Philosophy

    Find a workout that brings you joy; something you can connect with and make it a fun experience. Exercising should not feel like a chore. Being healthy is a lifestyle choice and should be about balance.

    Personal Notes

    • Michigander
    • I have a puppy named Dunder (as in Mifflin)
    • If I’m not in a gym or fitness studio, you can find me on a trail with a bag of Sour Patch Kids

  • Ciara Van Ness, CPT

    Ciara Van Ness, CPT

    Ciara Van Ness, CPT - Fitness Specialist

    Education & Certifications

    • BS Integrative Physiology CU Boulder
    • NASM CPT
    • BLS- American Heart Association
    • Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt- Six Blades

    Areas of Specialization

    • Martial Arts Training- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
    • Injury Prevention + Rehabilitation
    • Pre & Post Surgery
    • Weight-loss
    • Mobility
    • Group Fitness
    • Sports Performance
    • Metabolic Conditioning
    • Mindset & Lifestyle Coaching

    Philosophy

    “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”  — Martin Luther King

    Personal Notes

    • Jersey girl born & raised
    • Food enthusiast especially burritos!
    • Active jiu jitsu competitor on a local & world level- 2020 Pan American Nogi Champion
    • Long-term goal to become black belt in BJJ and Judo
    • Movement in any capacity & anything involving nature and the mountains
    • Preserved through multiple injuries including a life changing knee surgery that allowed me to gain a newfound perspective and appreciation for the importance of health/movement.

  • Jared Laxner, CPT

    Jared Laxner, CPT

    Jared Laxner, CPT - Fitness Specialist

    Education & Certifications

    • MS in Kinesiology, Sport and Exercise Science
    • BS in Exercise Science, Nutrition Minor
    • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
    • Eleiko Certified Strength Coach, Olympic Lifting
    • Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Certified

    Areas of Specialization

    • Strength and Conditioning
    • Exercise Technique
    • Functional Training
    • Conditioning & Cardio Training
    • Weight Loss
    • Sport Specific Training
    • Injury Prevention
    • Mobility & Flexibility

    Philosophy

    Consistency is key. We all start somewhere but staying consistent is what brings about long-term success in our health and fitness goals.

    Personal Notes

    • I love Soccer! Former D1 player and continue to play competitively as much as possible.
    • Illinois native, grew up an hour from Chicago.
    • Middle kid of seven! Two younger sisters dealing with us five older brothers.
    • I highly enjoy outdoor activities, live sports, live music, going out with friends, movies, traveling as much as I can and spending time with my big crazy family.

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Fitness Center: 303-724-WELL (9355)
Wellness Clinic: 303-724-9030

12348 E Montview Blvd.
Aurora, CO 80045

Fitness Center Hours

M-TH: 5am-10pm
FRI: 5am-9pm
S-S: 7am-5pm