Brandy Martin: Business Owner, Personal Training, Small Group Training-TRX-FAI and Yoga Certified

brandyI came from the “Big Box” work environment of corporate America. I was overweight, overworked, unhealthy and very unhappy. After doing some self-searching, I decided to clean up my eating and start exercising. I started jogging and lifting weights and doing yoga. I lost about 20 pounds when I realized that I could combine my desire to help others and my passion for health and fitness. I left my job and graduated from a Yoga Teacher Training in 2010 and have been teaching and learning ever since.

 

 

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As I continued to teach, I realized I wanted to learn more. In 2012 I completed the training to be certified in Indoor Cycling, Kettle bells and TRX Suspension Training System. Being able to work with clients through various aspects of fitness styles, I have been able to help everyone from the whole spectrum. I wanted to take it a step further so I became a Certified Personal Trainer.

I completed the NASM program and am enjoying training individuals and group classes. I specialize in working with mature adults who are beginners or intermediate with their fitness level. It can be life-changing to spend quality, one-on-one time with a trainer. I truly care about each of my clients and create relationships that last. Clients are my family! I truly love being a part of the accomplishment of their goals! Watching someone achieve greatness fills my heart! My training style is all about functional training. This means the client gets the most effective workout that will help them be the most successful at life! Being certified in different aspects of exercise, I will always find a way to challenge the body, yet keep it balanced and happy!

I always bring in a sense of humor and playfulness to each session or class because it never hurts to laugh or smile!! Being active at life, I crave adventure! I have jumped out of an airplane, climbed 14er’s, gone diving, hugged elephants, camped, surfed, zip lined, whitewater rafted, deep-sea fished, gone snowboarding, and have run 5k and 10k races. I enjoy traveling around the world and learning about different cultures. Passionate about health and wellness, I look to inspire anyone and everyone to create their most healthful and thriving life!


Sabrina Kennedy: Personal Training and Small Group Training

sabrinaThroughout my childhood I was always very active and outdoorsy, however I always struggled with my weight. My diet growing up was a typical American diet, of processed foods and high sugar intake. My freshman year of college, being on my own, fast food became a staple in my diet. I was a taco bell and Cheetos fiend leaving me at my heaviest, weighing in at 190 Lbs. I got my first look in to the health and wellness lifestyle when I was hired at Vitamin Cottage.

 

 

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The lifestyle of fellow employees and customers inspired me to take classes in nutrition and alternative medicine. From there it was a snowball effect of passion and drive in my educational career in health and wellness. I graduated Metropolitan State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in integrative therapies.  After graduation, I pursued my passion for herbal medicine and nutrition by attending Just for Health: School of Reflexology and Botanical Medicine, where I obtained my Master Herbalist certification. I gained experience by working with clients on health and wellness at a woman’s centered herbal apothecary in Denver, Holistic Pathways, over the course of five years.

In the summer of 2013, I achieved my Personal Training Certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. I have spent the last year working with clients with body weight exercise, HIIT training, and functional body movement. In August of 2015, I completed my Corrective Exercise Specialist certification though NASM; this specialist certification allows me to work with clients on muscle imbalance, poor alignment, injury prevention and injury rehabilitation.

I am excited to be part of the Feed Your Soul Fitness family. I was attracted to work with this company because of their philosophies, their community and their drive to help empower individuals in their fitness and health goals. Over the years I have focused on my own personal transformation with diet, personal fitness, and herbal medicine.  I believe transformation is a process that takes a lifetime, and I desire to empower individuals with the tools for their own growth and to heal themselves to their roots.

 

“Exercise to be strong and Healthy. A beautiful soul needs a sturdy vessel.”– anonymous


Jessica Talbot: Personal Training and Small Group Training

Jessica TalbotJessica Talbot developed a passion for health and fitness over ten years ago while attending school at the University of Colorado. It was there that she discovered how important wellness was, not only her physical health, but for her emotional and mental well-being as well. After toiling 8 years in the insurance industry post-graduation, she realized she was unhappy and decided to transform the passion she had developed for fitness into a career.

 

 

 

 

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Jessica recently became a certified trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and she is also currently working on a Masters degree in Counseling from Regis University. Jessica has personally experienced both the physical and psychological benefits of exercise and wellness and would like to incorporate those benefits into her work with others. In addition, Jessica has encountered her own obstacles and injuries, which included a serious knee injury after a skiing accident several years ago.

She had knee surgery to replace her torn ACL and damaged meniscus and endured almost two years of physical therapy before she could return to her normal activities. From this experience, she gained an appreciation for the inevitable struggles that can occur, while also understanding the psychological barriers individuals may experience along the way to their own health and wellness goals. Jessica will incorporate methods to overcome those unforeseen barriers in her coaching and training with her clients.

Jessica is a firm believer in self-care and finding a fitness program that works for the individual, as opposed to a “one size fits all” philosophy. She is a huge proponent of functional fitness in order to make health and wellness a lifetime achievement through realistic and obtainable measures. Jessica loves to spend time in the outdoors and enjoys running (having completed 5k’s, 10k’s and half marathons), hiking (with a goal of summiting all of the Colorado 14ers), camping, scuba diving, and skiing. She has also completed a sprint triathlon and enjoys yoga and lifting weights.

When time allows, Jessica loves to travel the world and spend time with her fur-children, which include a Chihuahua named Riley and a cat named Wrigley. She is a proponent of living the life you love and being true to yourself no matter what the endeavor!


DeAnne Spector:  Small Group Training and TRX Suspension Training Certified, Schwinn Cycling Certified.

deanne“Ageing is inevitable, but the quality of how you age is totally within your control.”  I strongly believe that it is never too late to get in shape and change your life, I know, I have done it.  When I turned 50, I reached a personal goal; I was in the best physical shape of my life!

I had spent 23 years in the oil and gas industry, in highly stressful and contentious positions.  Most of this time was spent sitting behind a desk, developing bad habits and a bad attitude.

 

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Fast forward to Fall of 2013 when I had a life changing illness with a 12 month recovery period.  As a result of my long recovery period, I lost my desk job, which became a blessing in disguise! During the next 12 months, I focused on everything fitness. As part of my rehab, I started my yoga practice back up with Brandy. As spring approached, I began Fitness in the Park with FYSF.

I became strong and was hooked on the variety and consistency of fitness and exercise. I lost weight, gained muscle strength and I met a lot of really cool people. I wanted more!  I had always enjoyed indoor cycling for a good cardio and endurance workout. In the fall of 2014, I attended the Schwinn Cycling Certification class.  I began instructing group cycling classes and loved it.

I wanted to further expand on my health and fitness coaching.  I became TRX certified and added Suspension Training classes to my repertoire. I desire more education, so I am currently enrolled in a course to become a Functional Aging Specialist through the Functional Aging Institute (FAI).  I look forward to training you in a session soon!


Toni Bustamento : Personal Training and Small Group Training

brandyI grew up with an active family that loved to play outdoors. Whether it was biking, kickball or a game of touch football we were always moving! I enjoyed going to the gym with mom to do aerobics & weightlifting. Because of my ongoing love for fitness, activity and health, I went to school and graduated from University of Houston with a BS in Fitness & Human Performance. I truly enjoyed working in various gyms & teaching aerobics. As life changed and shifted, I ended up in the corporate world.

 

 

 

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In my mid-thirties working my corporate job, I found myself not being as active, eating out with friends and not feeling the way I wanted. I decided I needed to change my life. I remembered my love of running and decided to train and run a half marathon. I ran my first one in 2005 and was hooked! Running helped with my life transitions and kept me on track to my goals for fitness. Running then lead me into Triathlons!

Because I always had fitness in my life and have a formal education in it, I wanted to bring it back into my life in a different way so that I could help others. I worked with my personal trainer and mentor Brandy Martin to figure out what path I could take. I have my Personal Training Certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). I’m looking forward to developing my knowledge by taking specialization classes and becoming TRX Certified.

I’m excited about joining Feed Your Soul Fitness and helping every client reach their goal whether it is being more active, being healthier, or just enjoying life more. I feel that my background and experience can relate to what many people go through. I want to support all clients to help them be their best!

When it comes to play time, you will find me on my road bike or out for a run. I also enjoy taking my dog, Chico, out for long walks to the park and hiking. In general, I just like playing outside. Looking forward to meeting everyone and hearing about your favorite activities!


Danielle Scott:  Personal Training and Small Group Training.

Danielle ScottAll through high school, I played sports like soccer and basketball, but my weight was always an issue. I had the skills to do well, but carrying around a lot of excess weight led me to not reach my full potential.
Once I moved out and went to college, I wasn’t playing sports as much and gained even more weight. In my junior year of college, weighing in at my heaviest of 240 pounds, I had had enough. One day I decided to make a change so I started with running and weight lifting, as well as significantly changing my diet.

 

 

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After 10 months of consistency, I had dropped 80 pounds, 8 pants sizes, and my entire mindset had changed. Fitness and health had turned my entire life around, and I became hooked. Before graduating college with a degree in Math, I got certified as a NASM Personal Trainer. I wanted to help people reach their full potential through living a healthy lifestyle.
After getting certified, I began training and saw my clients be hugely successful with their weight loss and health improvement.
It was then that I knew I wanted to help more people and followed my passion to continue on as a personal trainer. I am always reading articles about health and fitness, and constantly continuing my education on different aspects of it. Currently, I am in the process of getting certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Strength and Conditioning Coach. I am excited to be a part of FYSF and can’t want to meet more of you all!


Garry Appel: Yoga and Stretch Classes

garryI am a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200), who brings my unique and unusually broad scope of life experiences to the teaching of yoga and meditation.

A practicing attorney for thirty-five years, a photographic artist whose work is in private collections and has been exhibited throughout the Rocky Mountain region, a law professor at two universities, a published author and a much in demand seminar speaker, I bring to all my teaching an ease and gentle manner and ability to relate to other people, regardless of their age or background.

 

 

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I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. I studied a lot of things at the University of Colorado, beginning in 1970, including geology, philosophy, art and photography, among other subjects. I graduated in 1974 with a bachelor of arts degree. Following graduation, I made a meager living as a commercial photographer and – probably because of that – in 1975 entered law school. I have been a practicing attorney since 1979 and it turned out I had an aptitude for the law. Focusing on complex business reorganizations and bankruptcy, over the years my practice spanned the entire United States and branched out internationally as well. In addition to practicing law, I also lectured and wrote extensively on various topics, including substantive and procedural aspects of the law. Along the way I founded a software company, Digital Office Systems, and wrote a book – The Practical Paperless Office – which was the basis of for many seminars I taught on this topic.

I have been privileged to teach scores of classes to lawyers and business people over the past thirty years. Because of my recognized legal expertise, I testified as an expert witness in courts in the United States and abroad on a variety of legal topics. Since 1998 I have been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and at the University of Colorado Law School, usually teaching one class each semester.

In 1999, I returned to photography in earnest and have pursued it passionately ever since. My photographic interests are varied, but center primarily around the relationship of man to his natural and technological environment. My fine art work has been exhibited at many galleries and other venues throughout the Rocky Mountain Region.

A new door opened when two of my yoga teachers encouraged me to begin yoga teacher training, which I completed at Samadhi Yoga Center in Denver. That was truly a transformative experience. I now focus my energies on sharing yoga and other mindfulness practices with others. My broad and varied background, including a teaching career that has spanned thirty years, has been a precious gift and I am honored to be able to give of myself to others by teaching yoga and meditation. I think it is my extensive life experience that allows me to be a uniquely effective yoga teacher, accessible to students of different experience levels and varied backgrounds.

Contact: 1660 17th Street, Suite 200 Denver, CO 80202
303.548.2618
garry@garryappel.com
www.GarryAppel.com


Christine Eldridge :  Personal Training and Small Group Training.

Danielle ScottChristine stumbled upon fitness five years ago when she was ready to make a change in her life. She started attending spin and TRX classes and was quickly hooked. She signed up for a TRX trainer class as a way to enhance her own practice. She was randomly asked to teach a class one day with her newly acquired certification and has been teaching ever since.

 

 

 

 

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Christine can tailor a class to meet the needs of all fitness levels and is sensitive to modifications and enhancing form to maximize strength and safety. Christine recently competed a Personal Training program and is currently certified through NASM.
In her spare time, Christine loves snowboarding, hiking with her family, racing dragon boats, and kick boxing. She is an avid martial artist and is well on her way to becoming a certified black belt in Karate

 


Susan Dalen: Yoga and Stretch Classes

Growing up, I stayed active by playing lacrosse and field hockey. However, I was not the healthiest eater, and struggled with my weight up through college. In 2011, I ran my first race, a 5k in Washington DC with my family. After that, my passion for running was sparked and I began training for more races. I fell in love with the atmosphere of being in a race and thrived off of the energy in the running community. I was motivated by seeing changes in my body (losing about 30 pounds!) and seeing progress in my running. I have ran 2 half marathons, 1 full marathon, and several 10ks and 5ks.

 

 

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Despite becoming very active, my diet was not as healthy as it could have been. About a year ago I began the transition to a plant based lifestyle. Nutrition has become my passion. I am fascinated with nutrition and its relationship with mental health as well as physical health. Running began my journey toward a healthier lifestyle, but nutrition has allowed me to dig deeper in finding my healthiest and happiest self.
Yoga began as a means of fitness but after going through Yoga Teacher Training, it has transformed to a mindful practice/lifestyle on and off the mat. In my classes, we will work toward finding contentment in our own postures, finding confidence wherever we are in our practice. We will move mindfully, walking off of our mat with a grounded mind and body.

 


Anne-Marie Axilrod: Yoga and Stretch Classes

Anne-Marie found yoga ten years ago, as a way to bolster her training in track and field. It wasn’t until a few years later that she began to develop a deeper practice. After years of struggling with stress, body image, and unhealthy eating patterns, Anne-Marie turned to yoga as a gentler way to stay in shape. Up to that point, Anne-Marie’s fitness routines were based on aggressive training protocols and pressure from competitive sports. As she began practicing more frequently, Anne-Marie discovered how yoga could not only allow her to develop and maintain her fitness level, but how it could also quiet her mind, reduce emotional stress, and allow her to connect with herself on so many levels. Soon she was happier, healthier, and in better physical shape than ever.

 

 

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This motivated Anne-Marie to re-prioritize her life, to start taking better care of herself, and to really start listening to her body. For her, this meant leaving her stressful corporate job behind, and returning to school to study Holistic Nutrition at the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver.
After such a positive personal journey, Anne-Marie was inspired to share with others how loving and nurturing your body can often cultivate the biggest change. In addition to her nutritional studies, Anne-Marie pursued her yoga teaching certification in the summer of 2016.
In her spare time, Anne-Marie loves cooking, hiking, running, and spending time with her fiancé, and her grey tabby cat! She joins us from Dallas, Texas, and is excited to spread her light, love, and energy to the Feed Your Soul Fitness community.