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Renee loves to coach/introduce people to high intensity training. Identifying what constitutes high intensity for people with different experience levels is very rewarding. She loves nothing more than having someone finish a workout and say, "I can't believe I just did that!" We all struggle with self-doubt and exercise is a fantastic way to begin to change the negative internal dialogue that accompanies that.
A former CrossFit devotee, Renee has found my "forever home" in military-style training which blends the intensity and techniques from CrossFit with development of mental toughness, proper breathing, deeper physical endurance and a strong focus on injury-prevention through stretching and yoga.
What is your next goal? In my five-year plan is either GORUCK's Selection or SEALFIT's Kokoro Camp. All of my current training, injury prevention and nutrition is aimed at achieving one of those goals.
- GORUCK Constellation - October 2017
- GORUCK Heavy - February 2018
1RM: Back Squat - 165 | Deadlift - 205 | Bench Press - 115 | Overhead Press - 100
Dark Horse time 5:14 - 26#
- Numerous half-marathons (road and trail)
- Stump Jump 50K
- Tough Mudder (2)
- GORUCK Tough (3)
- GORUCK T/L (1)
- GORUCK Navigator
Katie Dawkins absolutely loves teaching clients basic movements like squats, deadlifts, push-ups, pull-ups etc. These push/pull movements are the basis for any great workout. Her goal is to set clients up with good form and a library of exercises so they can feel comfortable stepping into any gym. Whether it’s in a session, with a friend, or on their own, she want clients to feel confident when moving their body.
Variety is key. If exercise isn’t fun, engaging, and challenging then why do it? Katie especially enjoys working with kettle bells and bodyweight training. Katie incorporates functional, natural movements into all of my workouts.
What do you find most rewarding about coaching? - The most rewarding aspect of coaching is watching a client get their first (_insert something awesome here_). Whether it’s stringing together 10 push-ups, getting their first pull-up, or doing a heavy front squat- seeing a client reach a goal or do something they didn’t think they were capable of doing is the best feeling
Staci Buford is a wellness enthusiast, fueled by LOVE + POSITIVITY!Helping people feel better about themselves is my thing. Active lifestyle training is her thing. Providing Fun, Effective Workouts is her thing. Loving fitness is her thing. Passionate living is her thing! She looks for adventure, gratitude, great food and good energy in each day.
Staci specializes in bodyweight and cardio training, as she enjoys teaching people how to move efficiently. Staci is drawn to clients who value the wellness benefits of exercise.
What led you to become a personal trainer? - I've always enjoyed physical fitness. Prior to becoming a certified trainer people would always ask me for exercise tips based on my love for exercise. I thought it would be great to become a professional expert!
What's your next personal fitness goal? - Finish a 5 and 10k.
Troy began working at Climb Nashville shortly after working as a professional dancer for 10 years dancing for various music videos, awards shows, movies and commercials. A career demanding top health, strength, flexibility and cardio moved Troy into fitness and personal training.
Adjustable to male or female, Troy's personal training style focuses on getting the body to a lean and strong state by combining agility, muscle isolation (muscle building), stability, strength and cardio endurance. Certified under National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM), Troy leads classes in Power Endurance, Strength, Climb Fit and Climber Core.
What do you find most rewarding about coaching? - When someone comes up to me and says they were not able to perform a certain workout and now they can do it with no effort.
What's your next personal fitness goal? - To hike the 160 mile Colorado Trail Loop, which I will attempt this summer 2017.
Fitness is something that changed Courtney's life in several ways, not just physically. She is passionate about fitness and the results she has seen in her life. Now all Courtney wants to do now is help others feel just as great about themselves!
Courtney's favorite style of training is circuit training, because it targets strength building and muscular endurance.
What type of client are you most drawn to? - I would say I am most drawn to clients who are just starting out or have a general idea of fitness. I say this because, only 4 years ago I was at the “beginning” stages of working out and can relate. The process can be hard!
What is your next goal? - To complete my nutrition certification. Complete a Spartan Race, GORUCK Challenge, and a half marathon. To finish a set of 10 pull-ups unbroken, and to deadlift my body weight.
A student of Functional Fitness, Andrew trains train physically, mentally and spiritually to better meet the unsolicited demands of life. Constantly on the search for the next experience or adventure, Andrew aims to build strength, provide a connection, and encourage adaptation through adversity.
What do you find most rewarding about coaching? - I exercise to stay healthy and I got into fitness due to an injury in 2013, the most rewarding aspect of coaching is being a support to someone experiencing a failure or success.
What is your next goal? - To just keep moving while in school!
Sarah is a cardiac rehab RN at Vanderbilt and has been an ACSM certified personal trainer since 2014. Whether working with patients/clients with limitations related to injury or acute disease, avid climbers or the fittest of the fit, Sarah focuses on sustainability and teaches people how to make safe exercise a norm in their daily routine. She believes the key to a healthy life is spending active time outdoors. Sarah is an avid climber, runner, biker and paddle border. Sarah recently placed first in the Women's 6 mile SUP 14' in the Music City SUP & Kayak race.
Sarah's favorite piece of workout equipment is your own body! She loves the way bodyweight exercises provide challenge, promote body awareness and can be done anywhere. Sessions with her are heavily focused on core strength and HIIT training.
Sarah's personal fitness goals include:
- Complete the Jack & Back, a 2 day 150 mile round trip bike ride, part of the Bike MS series from Franklin, TN to Lynchburg, TN and back.
- Progress in climbing to comfortably lead 5.11s
- Do 10 strict unbroken pull-ups
- Be an American ninja warrior!