Personal Trainer Profiles


Devon

Devon, Personal Trainer at the IMA

Education & Certifications

  • B.A. Philosophy, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Health/Fitness Instructor (HFI), American College of Sports Medicine
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), National Strength & Conditioning Association
  • TRX Suspension Training® Group Course

Availability

  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday          11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday/Thursday                         12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Background

Devon has been a personal trainer since February 2000.  While pursuing a Master’s degree at Southern Illinois University, he interned in a cardiac rehabilitation unit at St. Mary’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri.  He has also worked as a Fitness Assistant at a hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation team.

Devon has experience working with clients of different ages and levels of fitness, including elderly and high risk populations.  He believes all health and fitness is rooted in a proper foundation of core strength and muscular flexibility, as these traits affect other areas of fitness such as cardiovascular conditioning and muscular strength.

He enjoys running, music, history and travel in his spare time.

Specialties

  • Functional Training
  • Strength Training
  • Endurance Sports
  • Team Sports
  • Cardiovascular Conditioning
  • Special Populations

Faith

Faith, Personal Trainer at the IMA

Education & Certifications

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy student, University of Washington
  • B.S. Kinesiology, Humboldt State University
  • Health Fitness Specialist (HFS), American College of Sports Medicine

Availability

  • Monday/Wednesday          3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday                              3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday                                  6:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

*Faith will only be available through August 2014.

Background

Faith has been a personal trainer since 2010, first in a hospital based fitness center and most recently at a commercial gym.  Although she enjoys working with a diverse range of people and abilities, she also helped people recover from injuries or living with chronic illnesses.

Her exercise programs tend to emphasize functional strength training, core strength, and high intensity interval training.  She also is big on education, explaining what you’re doing and why, with the hope that you can gain the confidence to workout independently.  She believes the most rewarding part of her job is helping others gain the strength, mobility, and confidence to feel great while doing the activities they enjoy.

In her free time she enjoys cycling, ultimate Frisbee, playing board games, quilting, working in her garden, and dancing in flash mobs.

Specialties:

  • General Fitness
  • Rehab
  • Special Populations
  • Weight Management

Jason

Jason, Personal Trainer at the IMA

Education & Certifications

  • B.S. Exercise & Sport Science, Oregon State University
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), National Strength & Conditioning Association
  • TRX Suspension Training® Course

Availability

  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday          2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday/Thursday                         8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Background

Jason has been a personal trainer and group fitness instructor since 2006.  He is a Seattle native with a diverse athletic background that has influenced and shaped the way he trains clients.  Although he grew up playing traditional sports like football, baseball, basketball and track, he also dabbled in power lifting, parkour, yoga and rock climbing.  He enjoys functional training, doing multi-joint exercises that require you to use your core.  A typical workout of his will include a variety of equipment:  the TRX Suspension Trainer, kettle bells, free weights, even body weight exercises.  He has worked with OSU’s student athletes, metabolic clients at PRO Sports Club and people who just want to lose weight and improve their fitness.

Jason’s biggest claim to fame:  In 2002, he competed in the WABDL’s world championship for the deadlift—and won!  Since 2005 he shifted his focus to rock climbing, snowboarding and yoga.  When he’s not training, you can find him up in the mountains rock climbing.

Specialties

  • General Fitness
  • Power Lifting
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Sport-Specific Training

Juli

Juli, Personal Trainer at the IMA

Education & Certifications

  • B.S. Exercise Science, University of New Mexico
  • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), American College of Sports Medicine

Availability

  • Monday                       10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday/Thursday     1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Background

Juli believes her success is measured by her client’s and takes a holistic approach to working with people, believing that fitness, nutrition and attitude must support the goal.  She has worked with numerous clients in a variety of personal training and physical therapy settings.  She likes to develop challenging and fun programs that help you reach your goals but also improve your understanding of leading a healthy lifestyle.

Juli is a former collegiate athlete who played indoor volleyball.  Her current focus is competing in beach volleyball and coaching track at a local high school.  With her background in athletics, she enjoys sport-specific training combined with functional training.  Her experiences as an aide and volunteer in various physical therapy settings strengthened her knowledge of prehab, rehab and functional training.

She enjoys being outside, taking advantage of the diverse recreational activities available in Seattle.

Specialties

  • Prehab/Rehab
  • Sport-Specific Training
  • Functional Training
  • Weight Management
  • Posture
  • Plyometrics

Kevan

Kevan, Personal Trainer at the IMA

Education & Certification

  • B.A. English & World Literature, Pitzer College
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), National Strength & Conditioning Association
  • TRX RIP Training® Course
  • TRX Suspension Training® Course

Availability

Monday – Friday          6:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Background

Kevan treats each client differently, recognizing that what works for one person may not work for another.  He believes that health and fitness goals can be reached through hard, smart training and a little bit of determination.  Since 2007 he has pushed clients past what they thought were their physical limits.  He believes in intense training programs that are rich in variety, challenging your muscles and cardiovascular system while focusing on the mind/body connection.  As a former amateur boxer, he often implements aspects of the sport into his training sessions, including focus mitt and heavy bag work.  He swears that everyone loves to throw a punch and relieve some stress.

Kevan is always active, with hiking, trail running and boxing at the top of his list.  He also enjoys playing the piano and listening to a wide range of music.  Currently he is working on becoming a master card magician, although he’s not quite there. . .yet.

Specialties

  • Functional Training
  • Core Training
  • Sport-Specific Training
  • Power & Speed Enhancement
  • Cardiovascular Conditioning

Marsa

Education & Certifications

  • M.S. Exercise & Sport Studies, Smith College
  • B.S. Exercise Science, Western Washington University
  • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), National Strength & Conditioning Association
  • USA Cycling, Level 3
  • USA Rowing, Level 1

Availability

  • Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday          9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • On vacation July 24 – August 30

Background

Through coaching, teaching and training, Marsa has worked with a broad range of clientele.  Her experience varies from working in rehabilitation and medically-managed obesity clinics to working with high-level endurance athletes as a rowers and cyclists.  Her philosophy has been shaped these various experiences, fully appreciating the importance of individualized training design.

She welcomes the opportunity to work with any level of athlete, from beginners of all ages who want to become comfortable and confident in the fitness center, to experienced athletes who are aiming to elevate their performance to the next level.

Her free time is spent outside rowing, coaching, running or playing in the mountains.  Once she has worn herself out, she will be inside enjoying a good book.

Specialties

  • Weight Management
  • Functional Training
  • Sport-Specific Training
  • Endurance Sports

Reed

Education & CertificationsPersonal Trainer - Reed Phinisey

  • M.Ed. Educational Administration, Student Affairs, University of Nebraska
  • B.S. Exercise Science & Health Promotion, Florida Atlantic University
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), National Strength & Conditioning Association
  • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), National Strength & Conditioning Association
  • Sports Performance Coach, Level 1 (SPC), USA Weightlifting

Availability

  • Monday & Thursday                     7:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday       7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Background

Reed started his training career in 2008, and since then has immersed himself in different avenues of fitness to gain a better perspective with working with clients.  He focuses on finding activities that clients will enjoy and unlock their potential as a fitness enthusiast.

Reed is a big proponent of corrective exercise, believing that all people are asymmetric by nature and in order to move forward with quality training, one must decrease their relevancy.  He has worked as a personal trainer and program administrator at the collegiate level, in both recreation and athletic departments.  Additionally, he was a strength & conditioning coach for the St. Louis Cardinals minor league baseball team.

Originally from Florida, with a few years studying in Lincoln, Nebraska, Reed is a recent Seattle transplant.  He is passionate about staying active and trying new things, which has led him to cycling, basketball and Olympic weightlifting.

Specialties

  • Olympic Weightlifting
  • Sports Performance (baseball & basketball)
  • Corrective Exercise
  • Weight Loss

Semere

Semere, Personal Trainer at the IMA

Education & Certifications

  • B.S. Kinesiology, Washington State University
  • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • TRX Suspension Training® Course

Availability

  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday          12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Background

Semere has worked in the health and fitness industry since 2002 in a variety of settings.  His experience includes working as a personal trainer at a private fitness studio in Los Angeles; as an Athletic Engineer at Olympic Physical Therapy, specializing in post-rehabilitation exercises, core training and stabilization training; and as an exercise physiologist for a medically managed weight loss clinic for special populations.

He is passionate about fitness and designs individualized exercise programs that are fun, challenging and get results.  As a current nursing student and newlywed, his free time is limited, but he does enjoy playing basketball, running and spending time with family.

Specialties

  • Functional Training
  • Corrective Exercise
  • Core & Stabilization Training
  • Weight Loss

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