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.
In 2004 I walked into a local Fitness Center hoping to get a job cleaning and re-racking weights, totally unaware that I was stumbling upon a lifelong pursuit. They hired me the same day as a sale rep. That year I fell in love with the fitness industry. Over the next 6 years the industry took me all across the eastern United States.
In 2007, at 24 years old, I was promoted to General Manager, overseeing state-of-the-art Gold’s Gym clubs in Kentucky and Tennessee.
In 2008 I helped launch a consulting company called Enhanced Fitness Management, working with gym owners in Iowa, Indiana, and North Carolina.
In 2010, after 2 years on the road, my wife and I decided to move home and begin our next chapter. At that time I started my own consulting business, Pro Fit Management. I worked to improve the bottom line for many Snap Fitness clubs in the Kentucky and Indiana market.
In 2012 I decided to create my own personal training company, in a spare room at Snap Fitness in J-Town. That’s when BAREfit was born. I had recently met Curtis Hall, and hired him to help with one of my consulting projects. I brought the genesis of the BAREfit concept to him, and his creative juice started flowing. Right away we began to merge our visions, and soon started down the long road we’ve been on since then. We’ve grown BAREfit from that tiny J-Town studio, to the 4,000 square foot. fitness playground it’s become today.
I love being an entrepreneur. I love our BAREfit community and staff team. Outside of work I love reading, podcasts, UK sports, and adventuring with family and close 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 a 2014 graduate of Bellarmine University with a degree in Exercise Science (Sports Performance) and a Nutrition Minor and am currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Athletic Training back at my alma mater.
With an athletic background in rugby and recent involvement with competitive CrossFit (Granite Games Winter Throwdown 2019, 3rd place, Scaled), I have an affinity which gravitates me towards the biomechanics and mechanisms of the human body and how to improve it.
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!
My first experience sharing movement knowledge was as a dance teacher. Then while earning my BFA in Dance Performance at the University of Arkansas: Little Rock, I started coaching CrossFit. Through that world I built connections that led me to study and teach aerial silk acrobatics and work as a personal trainer.
After earning my undergrad, I continued to pursue a deeper understanding of movement while performing professionally with the hyperphysical dance company Abby Z & the New Utility in New York City and touring the nationally. My aim in physical training is to integrate the information I’ve learned from functional movement training, yoga, dance, Olympic weightlifting & beyond to offer people a wide range of access points to understanding their bodies and all the possibilities for movement available to them. I’m so excited to explore movement with the BAREfit community!
When I’m not in the gym, I’m making art and building community with my dear friends in the Good Guts Collective or I’m cooking, singing, or spending time outside.
I found Barefit in May of 2017, and have been hooked since. As a regular gym-goer, I had never experienced a group before then that just felt like home. On top of that, the creativity put in each workout allowed my fitness goals to be achieved while having fun! I’m happy to say I now get to be a part of the team that brings that same energy to every class!
Outside of Barefit, I also work as a full-time Clinical Therapist at a local nonprofit. When offered a break, you’ll find my partner and I with our fur-babies! We enjoy any kind of adventure, big or small, and spending time with our loved ones.
Barefit has been a piece of a puzzle that has changed my life for the better. I’m excited to see if we can help make that change for others as well!