Savannah BainbridgeSavannah is a senior at the University of Utah studying Kinesiology with a minor in Nutrition. She is currently a manager at Xcel Fitness in Holladay, UT. She has spent her entire life playing basketball, volleyball, weight lifting, and enjoying the outdoors. She is passionate about all things Health and Fitness, and helping people realize that there is something everyone can enjoy- from CrossFit to Yoga, and everything in between. Outside of the gym, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending quality time with her family.
Dana BensonMy name is Dana. I was born and raised in Salt Lake City and started at the University of Utah in 2013. I enjoy yoga, weight lifting, river rafting, hiking, skiing, and paddle boarding. If it involves physical activity or being outside I’ll probably love it! I hope to continue my education in the health field, although I’m not sure what that will look like.
Shawnee BronsonShawnee Bronson is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Utah. She is a senior and currently studying Exercise and Sport Science/Kinesiology. She will have her bachelor’s degree in ESS as well as a minor in nutrition in the spring of 2018. One of her passions include a love of food. She genuinely enjoys nutrition, and learning about food. This also includes tasting different/new foods and learning how to cook them. Some things she enjoys to do out of class would include anything outside. She enjoys swimming, hiking, camping, etc. Also anything to do with animals and going to the gym. A personal moto that she reminds herself daily is that attitude is everything.
Megan IrelandMegan Ireland is a Kinesiology major in her third year at the University of Utah. Megan is deeply passionate about helping people maintain a healthy lifestyle and she strives to live a healthy lifestyle every day. Along with her Kinesiology major, Megan is also minoring in nutrition. This minor in nutrition is another tool she uses to maintain her healthy lifestyle and to teach and help people achieve a healthy lifestyle as well. Outside of class and work Megan enjoys volunteering as much as she can and she enjoys relaxing at home and playing her guitar. Megan’s motto for anything she does in life is go with the flow and enjoy the ride and she tries to live up to her motto not just in her everyday life, but in every class she teaches.
Amery KonqphouthakhounAmery Kongphouthakhoun is a student at the University of Utah studying Kinesiology with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness. Since her teenage years she has played and participated in a wide range of sports and athletics including: kickboxing, weight training/bodybuilding, long distance running and much more. When she is not in the gym she likes spending time helping friends, family and her community through her passion in health and fitness. In the past she has volunteered as a coach at Lincoln Elementary for “Girls on the Run”, where she was involved with empowering young 5th grade girls to run a 5k race. One of her passions in life is to help and inspire others through fitness and diet. Her motto is: “Exercise is more than just physical—it’s therapeutic and a way of life”. Aside from helping others through fitness, Amery enjoys traveling, hanging with her two best friends, trying new cuisine and cooking.
Sarah McMasterSarah has lived in Utah her entire life and has loved every minute of it. There she enjoys spring, summer, fall, and winter sports. She loves the mountains and is always trying to find an excuse to go up to them. She is passionate about hiking, backpacking, camping, and long distance running. She is currently training for the St. George Marathon in October and loves to share advice and experience about running. She currently works for a sports medicine and orthopedic surgeon and has experience with sport related injuries and regenerative care. Her personal motto has always been "finish strong" which is very applicable to endurance sports.
Braiden MeikelBraiden Meikel is a NASM certified personal trainer. He is currently seeking a degree at the University of Utah in Exercise and Sport Science for Personal Fitness and Wellness. For Braiden, fitness is more than just a hobby, it is a way of life. His main goal with all of his clients is to help them learn the skills necessary to live a long and fulfilling life through exercise and physical activity. He prefers to spend his spare time in the mountains with friends and family or trying out new healthy recipes he finds online to help curb his insatiable sweet tooth.
Alyson PalmerAlyson is a senior at the University of Utah studying Kinesiology with emphasis in fitness and wellness specialist and a minor in nutrition. During spring semester of 2016 she had the opportunity to be a PE teacher for an elementary school. Alyson has the ability to work with big groups and has experience with teaching yoga. She is also CPR certified and will continue to hold that.
Alyson has a passion for fitness and health. She enjoys doing yoga, lifting weights, aerobics, and walking. Alyson loves helping people. She wants to inspire others to reach their best potential in health and fitness. She wants to improve how people feel, look and think about themselves. Her goal is to create an environment where everyone can feel accepted and please with their body.
My name is Cecilia Tang, I am a senior here at the. My major is Kinesiology with a minor in nutrition. I am a certified indoor cycling instructor through Schwinn Fitness. I like to live an active lifestyle and keeping myself busy with different activities, like weight lifting, running in/outdoors, going on hikes, yoga, and dancing. I was born in Argentina, lived half of my life in Bolivia, and the other half here in Salt Lake. I am full Chinese and speak three languages. I believe that anything is possible with hard work and determination. I am very excited to be teaching and training with everyone this fall! I know that this will be an extraordinary experience for me and hopefully for all my clients as well!
Mike TraberMike is a passionate instructor who cares about getting the most out of his class/clients by educating them on proper exercise technique and the benefits of the exercise. At the moment, Mike does not have any official certifications, but is currently working toward his CSCS to hopefully pursue a career in training athletes. However, Mike does have a ton of practical experience. When he was 17-18 years old Mike lost over 100 pounds so he could make his high school varsity basketball team, and health and fitness has been a part of his life ever since, as well as 10 years of personal experience in resistance training. Mike’s passions include basketball (which was his first love), coaching, and accumulating applicable knowledge. When he is not working or going to school Mike can usually be found playing basketball or golf, out at a sporting event, or at home playing watching Netflix or reading a book. My personal motto is that sustainable health requires only two things: adherence and consistency. If you can find some form of exercise that is fun for YOU, it will be much easier to stay with it and be consistent for consecutive months and years. This class is meant to give you a fun way of exercising, while educating you the proper technique and benefits of the exercises so you can feel comfortable doing them on your own.
Steven ZundelOver the last decade, Steve Zundel has completely transformed his life. As a teenager he, like far too many Americans, was Morbidly Obese, sedentary, and had very negative relationship with his body. Now, he’s 14% body fat, loves the gym, hiking, and recreational running.
Although he believes in hard work, Steve understands, both personally, and professionally, two often-overlooked aspects of life change. First, he believes the best approaches to “recomping” are centered around small, easy-to-maintain, daily habits. Second, he believes in celebrating with food and play, rather then depriving yourself of food, and “working out”.
Merging personal experience with the traditional studies of Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, Steve is compiling a comprehensive, habit-centered approach to fitness, one specifically designed to elevate lives in a safe, steady, and joyful way.
When Steve isn’t sliding down mountain glaciers, or wading through rivers framed by sienna canyons, you can find him studying, cooking, or enjoying music. Chief among his many, non-fitness-related pass times, edures creative writing, a life long hobby, which he improves upon daily.