Chief Creative Force
I received a Bachelors in Exercise Science and Community Health from the University of Louisville in 2008. I was certified with the NSCA, CSCS in 2009. From my humble beginnings at the Y, to building/managing training programs in small gyms, to helping create and grow BAREfit beginning in 2012.
In addition to my fitness background, I've led outdoor adventure and team building programs, and built everything from bikes to work trucks to houses. After seeing the ineffectiveness of "hamster wheel fitness," my desire was to create a program combining the community and personal growth of team building, the challenge & functionality of adventure sports, and the tactical edge of "do it yourself" minimalist culture. Thus BAREfit's training methodology was born with the goal of empowering people to ditch the machine workouts and "Make The World Their Playground."
When I'm not bomb-proofing bodies and crafting new exercises at BAREfit, I'm usually exploring trails, mountains, rivers and backroads near and far via foot, bike, paddle or rope, whatever the adventure calls for. This is usually followed by a locally brewed strong drink (preferably bourbon barrel aged stout) with good friends, the best of which being my beautiful wife.
Chief Servant Officer
My fitness industry journey began in 2004, at age 21. I walked into a local gym hoping to get a job cleaning and re-racking weights. They hired me the same day as a sale rep. Soon I fell in love with the job, and it became a career. Over the next decade I lived and worked all over the eastern United States, progressing to Sales Manager, General Manager, District Manager, and Consultant. After moving back home to Louisville and settling down a bit, I was blessed with the best job of them all, Co-Founder and Chief Servant at BAREfit Adventure Training.
I’m filled with gratitude. I love being an entrepreneur. And I’m genuinely excited everyday to work with our energized staff and amazing BAREfit members. Outside of work I love watching University of Kentucky sports, reading, podcasts, and adventuring with family and friends.
I was born and raised in Louisville, KY. I got into fitness in 2004 when I made a promise to my mother never to let myself get out of shape. I soon found out that I loved working out and became very passionate about it.
After years of learning about nutrition and exercise, and realizing I have a gift for encouraging others, I decided to attain a longtime goal of getting certified with the ISSA.
I am excited to begin helping others improve their health and quality of life! I love adventure and being outdoors. When I'm not in the gym you can find me at the Red River Gorge with my husband rock climbing or hanging with family and friends listening to live music. I love helping people reach their goals and I'm so thankful to be a part of the BAREfit community.
I'm from Fountain Valley, California. I am currently a Third Year Exercise Science Major (Sports Performance/Pre-Physical Therapy) and Nutrition Minor at Bellarmine University.
With an athletic background in rugby of four years with playing experience with Trinity High School, UofL, LRFC, and Bellarmine University I have an affinity which gravitates me towards the biomechanisms of the human body and how to improve it.
With a genuine interest and passion with connecting to those around and developing a sense of community, I find no difficulty with being an open book to the BareFit Family. Not only will your BareFit experience be a learning experience for yourself, but for me as well. I am always willing and will be more than happy to talk outside of sessions about anything. One mind, body, and soul!
I am a Louisville native and also a University of Louisville graduate. I have always loved being outdoors and being active. In the past couple of years that love of being active and desire to always be moving has narrowed into a real interest in working out. I have been involved in kickboxing for almost three years now. I am also a big fan of American Ninja Warrior and that has led me to wanting to work on upper body and obstacle course training!
My interest in becoming a personal trainer started about two years ago when I began to realize that it might be a good way for me to connect my love for fitness and my love for being able to help and encourage people.
My other interests, include working with kids and especially the special needs community. I love the ocean and all things water. Also my family, church, reading, coffee, food, travel and theatre. I am very thankful for the BAREfit family and this great opportunity to start my fitness career here!
Mary Margaret Sparks
I've always been an active person and I really enjoy playing volleyball and soccer as well as doing pretty much anything in the water. I'm a beach lover to my core.
In college I got into water polo playing intramural sports with my sorority but steered more towards my creative roots getting a degree in Fine Art.
I spend my free time developing my small handmade business. My husband and I joined BAREfit early on when they were still at Farmington Historic Plantation. I was a member for almost a year before I joined the team helping out behind the scenes with administrative duties.
You can find me at BAREfit working out in the evenings when I can sneak away from my sweet two little kids. I love the accountability that BAREfit provides and the encouraging atmosphere. It's the best workout I've ever done!
I started working out at Barefit in August of last year. Prior to that, I had a membership at what Curtis aptly referred to as a "treadmill rental" gym. I dreaded working out there. Honestly, I've never liked exercise... until Barefit. I love it so much, I started working here! I believe in the methods (I'm seeing the results as we speak!) and I love the community that exists within its walls. I'm excited to be a part of the team!
Outside of Barefit, I'm the mom of an exceptionally cool 14 year old daughter, an avid music and sports lover (GO CARDS!), and a pretty active lover of the outdoors. My day job is working at a law firm and if you spend even a few minutes with me, I'm going to try to make you laugh.