B.A. Statistics, B.A. Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA


National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF)
American Safety Training Institute CPR/AED Certified


Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, Bodybuilding, Tennis, Weight loss


Non-fitness related activities include: Watching films (movies, TV Shows, and anime), reading books, trying new foods, Esports


My personal philosophy is to have fun with all things you do in life. Sometimes you have to put in the hard work, but having fun motivates you to continue to reach your goals. Personally, I love training and being stronger than I was last year. I want my clients to feel the same when I train them. My goal is to help and teach my clients, whether it be through sports, general fitness, or other activities. I want my clients to be able to find what they love and I want to help them get to where they want to be.


Growing up, I was always the last kid to be picked for any team sports. I wasn’t motivated to do anything, and all I wanted to do was play video games. When I entered high school, my family wanted me to try out for tennis. I was able to make the team after just a few months of training and continued to play competitively throughout my high school years.

After three years of tennis, I had a torn meniscus in my knee and was unable to play for several months. I decided to find a new hobby, but I still wanted to stay in shape. I bought dumbbells and watched videos on how to workout at home.

After I got into UCSB, I gained access to the gym and my friends told me about powerlifting. One day, as I looked up videos on form, I stumbled upon videos of Dmitry Klokov, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Silver Medalist. He was throwing heavy weights over his head, more than I could even pick up off the floor. I was so amazed by his strength and technique that I decided to try it myself. Since then, I’ve been devoting most of my training towards Olympic Weightlifting.

Our trainers are certified by nationally recognized programs such as American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), or National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and set the standard in the fitness industry for their knowledge and education.

To better serve you, we select trainers with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and interests to provide you the opportunity of finding a trainer that best fits your needs and availability
    •   Mark Adkins
    •   LaVonne Beacom
    •   Janina Emery
    •   Alana Hodge
    •   Matthew Kendrick
    •   Phuoc Ngo
    •   Haylesh Patel
    •   Carolyn Reynolds
    •   Yvony Richards
    •   Merritt Robinson
    •   Jeff Rother
    •   Byron Spain
    •   Zurich Solomon
    •   Jonathan Tam
    •   Araceli Velasco
    •   Nesve Yaylar
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