Michael became hooked on fitness at age 11, the moment his father bought him his first Weider weight lifting bench. He devoured every book about fitness, body building, and nutrition that he could get his hands on. By age 15, Flex Magazine published a photo of Michael along with his encouraging words to other young readers. Since that first weight bench, his passion for health and fitness have only increased. Michael loves helping others reach their personal goals of losing weight, toning, building muscle, being healthier, and just feeling better inside and out.
Outside of training, Michael’s other passion is music. He’s had the opportunity to be part of the Christian rock band, Pillar, and travel the world since 1998.
- ERP Training Certified
- Fitness Nutrition Certified
- ISSA Certified
Matt has been into exercise and fitness since his childhood, playing multiple sports and training year round. He has grown into competing in bodybuilding, jujitsu, and has become a competitive athlete in the sport of Crossfit. He has won several Crossfit competitions in the last 3 years. He loves to push others to their maximum potential and to see them be successful in their fitness journey!
Personal Training Certifications:
- Nasm Corrective Exercise
- Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
- Crossfit Mobility
- Crossfit Olympic Lifting
Whitney attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he received a BA in Chemistry. It was there that he began training. His very first client won the swimsuit competition in the Miss Southwestern Pageant. Since 2007, Whitney has helped clients lose 10, 20, 30, and even 60 pounds. He loves coaching people into new healthy lifestyles and helping them accomplish their goals.
“Whether that means losing weight, building muscle, or just staying active, I really enjoy being involved in people’s lives to help them grow so that they can experience life to the fullest.” Whitney specializes in weight loss, muscle toning, body sculpting and nutrition.
- ERP Training Certified
- Sport Nutrition Certified
- Kamagon Certified
Christian is a very energetic and motivated trainer. At the age of 6, he began leaning about exercise and fitness through competitive sports. As his passion for sports grew, his love for exercise grew with it.
Coming out of a family that struggles with health problems, Christian decided at a young age that he was going to become a Certified Personal Trainer. After becoming certified, his focus has been on learning new and natural ways to keep himself and his clients as physically healthy as possible.
Using a variation of exercise techniques. Christian will show you ways to have a stronger body and a more confident mindset. Christian is ready to help you achieve your fitness goals.
- American Aerobic Association International
- Internal Sports Medicine Association
“I have always believed the human body is more than blood, bone, muscles, and tissues. It is an awesome creation where all parts are intricately woven together.” Brandie’s fitness journey began during the biggest ‘storm’ in her life. After four beautiful kids and much stress, her body had become her last priority. He overall health was poorly affected and she needed strength both physically and mentally. Brandie began personal training and was awed by how her body responded. Within 8 months she had a strong body yet more importantly, developed a strong mind and spirit too. As the ‘storm’ passed, she felt called to help others achieve their health and fitness goals. Brandie became a certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist to help others also develop a strong body, mind and spirit.
In addition to being a corrective exercise specialist, Brandie also specializes in injury prevention and injury rehab. She loves helping those who have been told they cannot workout due to injuries or illness. She’s worked closely with a number of physical therapists to train individuals with physical issues, to achieve weight loss goals and increase cardio health.
- NASM CPT
- Bootcamp Instructor
- FMS certified (functional movement screen)
Daniel attended KU on a full golf scholarship where he received a BS in Exercise Science. He has competed in several long drive championships, took home two titles and was featured in Golf Illustrated. After college he decided to put on more muscle to play semi-pro football for the Oklahoma Thunder. Daniel also competed in a couple of Mr. Natural Competitions and qualified for the CrossFit Games. It’s his passion to live healthy and stay healthy for his family. He loves reaching out to others so he can help them achieve and experience a healthier lifestyle.
If you are serious about reaching your fitness goals, Daniel is your trainer! It’s never too late to become what you might have been. Daniel’s training specialities are: Strength, Sports, CrossFit, Endurance, Weight Loss, Golf Training and Mobility, Wellness and Well-being.
- Bachelors in Exercise Science
- USAW Level 1 Olympic Coach
- CrossFit 1
- CrossFit Kids 1
- Power Plate
Smiley Elmore has been married to Angela Elmore for 23 years. They have 4 great children. Smiley has earned 3 academic degrees with a Doctorate in Christian Education (Children’s ministry emphasis). He has traveled the world with The Power Team and Strength Team for 18 years, wowing and encouraging thousands of people with amazing feats of strength and words of healing. He is an IFPA Professional Natural Bodybuilder (Open & Masters).
Smiley played college football and was the 2nd leading rusher in the nation behind Barry Sanders. He has appeared on American Gladiators and several other TV shows. He is a published writer and Certified Master-Level Fitness Trainer. He has 21 years of experience training and has trained several thousands of individuals in both group and 1 on 1 settings.
- Master-Level Fitness Trainer
Fitness has always been a huge part of Josh’s life. He is a second degree black belt in TaeKwonDo, played soccer for several years and participated in both track and field and cross country during high school.
When Josh was 18, his brother wanted to lose weight and get back to how he used to be. They worked out together and his brother lost 45 lbs in 5 months. Seeing that change and his brother’s outlook on himself made a drastic impact on Josh. He started reading and researching everything he could get his hands on in the field of exercise. Josh became a certified Personal Trainer in 2011 and started helping as many people as he could. Josh is currently working on obtaining his Masters in Nutrition and becoming a Registered Dietitian.Josh is currently working on obtaining his Masters in Nutrition and becoming a Registered Dietitian.
Personal Training Certifications:
- ACE Certified Personal Trainer
- NASM Sports Nutrition
Growing up Jason always had a knack for sports as he grew up playing baseball, basketball and football. Growing up dealing with asthma didn’t make him quit and only drove him to want to play harder. Dealing with life Jason had to drop out of sports and gained a lot of weight due to asthma medication. After realizing that the weight was hindering his health, his senior year he decided to make a change for the better and dropped about 100 pounds and played high school football his senior year.
After graduation Jason got the opportunity to play collegiate football for the University of Arkansas and was able to make the team. After dealing with injuries Jason didn’t decide to give up and actually thought that since he knew he could make a healthy life change then he can help others and decided to jump into the fitness and health industry. After enrolling through the fitness and health program through Community Care College and getting the National Academy of Sports Medicine certifications and decided to specialize in general fitness, HIIT, group fitness, weight loss and started in corrective exercise. “If I can do it, then why can’t you?”
Personal Training Certifications:
- Associates in Occupational Health Science
- NASM-Corrective Exercise Specialist (in progress)
- First Aid and CPR certified
- Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology (in progress)
After being a track and cross country runner and avoiding weights in high school because she “didn’t want to get huge,” Courtney finally turned to weights after becoming overweight from having a desk job. “I had never been that big before, but knew I needed to change something,” she says.
After seeing results from weight lifting, she became addicted. It’s been 4 years now and she still can’t get enough of the gym. She became a personal trainer due to her love of helping people reach their goals and wanting everyone to love fitness like she does.
Fitness has helped her find her passion and has made her into a better person in everyday life.
Personal Training Certifications:
- ISSA certified personal trainer
- First aid and CPR/AED certified
As a kid, and in the stage of being an awkward teenager, Nathan Pray was always the overweight kid who got bullied in school. There were times that kids picked on him at school that he would go home and feel worthless. In 8th grade, he made a decision to become healthier. With the guidance of his uncle, who was a nutritionist, he dropped 95 pounds by the beginning of the 10th grade.
Sadly with going through a rough relationship at the time he gained some of it back and fell into a slight depression of trying to get the weight off. However, in his senior year of high school, Nathan was able to partake in an internship at a fitness studio called Kettlebell 360. There Nathan learned what true fitness was. He was able to improve his poor movement patterns, gain strength, and eventually losing 50 pounds of the weight that he gained back.
With this new found passion of health he changed his career choice to become a fitness coach. In the beginning of 2017 he earned his StrongFirst Level 1 Kettlebell certification; during this time he worked two jobs and was a full-time student. And if the stress of school and work wasn’t enough, his grandfather that he was close to died. Despite the emotional toll, he fought through the pain, and came out on top.
Nathan’s goal is to help you become a stronger, happier, and healthier human being that you were designed to be.
Laura Dill originally born in New Jersey and lived on Long Island, NY until she was 8. She has always had the passion to keep moving. As a young girl she was involved with tap dancing, clogging, gymnastics, track and field and cross country. She went to Broken Arrow High School and graduated in 2002. She also attended Tulsa Vo Technology for Medical Assisting. In 2001 she enlisted into the Army National Guard and shipped out for Basic Training 20 days after graduating high school.
Once she graduated basic training and AIT she returned home and started working as a medical assistant for St Johns Health Systems. Over the next few years she underwent a breast reduction to help with pain in her neck, shoulders and lower back from the constant tugging from the weight from her chest. Physical therapy was attended weekly to help her rehab from the damage that was done. She then got married had her first child and personally started on her own fitness journey through training for 5k, 10k and 1/2 marathons. After countless injuries and hours and hours gone every week from running 25-35 miles a week, an injury finally got the best of her. She was placed in a foot brace and told not to run for 9 weeks. She didn’t know where to turn or how she will stay fit if she couldn’t run. This led her to cross training at local gyms and in her garage. She enjoyed the change in style of exercise and noticed a positive change in her physique. Instead of being skinny fat she started to increase muscle mass and was able to burn more calories lifting heavier things. She wanted to share this with others and launched an outdoor Bootcamp for her neighborhood.
Still working in the health field she was introduced to the infamous Kettlebell through a physician she worked for. Slowing getting exposure to proper form during the different style of lifts she learned to love it. After 3 months of practice she noticed her lower lumbar pain was almost completely gone. She knew she was on to something. She then decided this would be an excellent opportunity to become certified through DragonDoor and over the next 9 months she worked towards her first certification called HardStyle Kettlebell and then on the Russian Kettlebell Challenge. She converted all her Bootcamp’s over to KB Training and it exploded. She went from owning a garage gym to a 2000 sqft facility in Broken Arrow called Kettlebell360.
She now holds 3 different levels of KB certifications HKC, RKC, SFG I and SFG II,SFL which is StrongFirst lifter barbell certification and also level 1 and 2 with the Functional Movement Systems with years of hands on training and experience through all different levels of fitness and movement dysfunction. She is currently enrolled in school to pursue deeper knowledge of the rehabilitation world and working towards Physical Therapy.
Her focus is to find your imbalances and weakness and build a stronger foundation of strength and stability so you can exercise pain free.
She also competes in the Highland games and Kettlebell sport. She has placed 2nd in the IKLF US BOLT Nationals 2017 women’s open division heavyweight in the double clean and jerk 16kg and placed third place in the open heavyweight snatch division at the national level with the 16kg. She moved onto the IKLF US BOLT World Championship and placed 2nd place in the heavyweight snatch and 2nd place in women’s heavy weight double clean and jerk on the 16 kg KB.
Deborah grew up in southern California where her passion for an active lifestyle began on an archery range with her dad. They also visited Venice Beach often and would stop by the famous Muscle Beach Gym to watch the bodybuilders. She was fascinated with the vitality she saw in the athletes’ faces and demeanor. When she was a sophomore in high school she took her first weightlifting class and was hooked. She began learning all she could about fitness and nutrition.
When college came she passed that knowledge to friends by teaching them how to lift and live healthy. While attending NSU in Tahlequah she felt a call to full-time missions work but “life” happened-she became pregnant and married into an abusive relationship-trying to fix her mistakes, she gave up on her dreams. Feeling like a million broken pieces, she surfaced from that relationship and raised two kids on her own. It was putting God first and getting in the gym that brought back her sanity. She got back in the routine of lifting heavy, eating clean, and running hard. After 6 months she lost over 60 lbs and not only gained back her physical strength, but a mental and spiritual strength she never knew existed. Today, Deborah empowers clients aged 8-88 with the tools they need to not only transform their bodies but their spirit as well.
She is a NAFC certified personal trainer and certified MMA Conditioning Coach. She and her husband Larry are known as a power couple in their community in Claremore, OK. They co-own a Brazilian jiu-jitsu school, BJJ Coach Claremore, where she conditions fighters and trains ladies and teens through her outreach ministry, Empower Fitness-Faith.
Deborah specializes in strength and body sculpting through weightlifting (her favorite lift is bench press) and also metabolic conditioning–which is a fusion of HIIT, bodyweight exercises, and resistance training that torches fat and builds a fighter’s physique.
Fav food: chips n guac
Fav workout: Insanity
Hobbies: being a Community Leader coach at Life.Church Catoosa and a member of the prayer team, anything jiu-jitsu, archery, fine arts, SoCal culture
My name is Elias Zamora. I’m a Venezuelan- American finance student at NSU-BA. Competitive bodybuilder and athlete. I played all the main sports growing up but track and field is where I really fell in love with fitness and the application of fitness in sports. Starting at age 13 I started weightlifting to try and get faster at my sprints, once the application of it worked I was hooked and haven’t looked back since.
My favorite part of fitness is how it can better us and our health not just physically but mentally as well. The older I got the more serious I got with fitness/weightlifting and wanted to help others on their fitness journey. So I got certified and now am doing what I love while I finish school. Living the dream every day. I also love the outdoors, the ocean, my dogs, and reading books that are going to teach me something! Favorite food is a Venezuelan dish called Pabellon (Shredded Beef, white rice, black beans and plantains).
Rachel Ponder grew up in Houston, TX where she recently moved from to Tulsa. As a former Division 1 college volleyball player, her love for training and fitness began during her days as an athlete. She became a personal trainer while attending grad school, and took on the role of Director for a Sports Performance facility in Houston after graduating. She trained all levels and types of athletes, with a not surprising specialization in volleyball players. She also managed a Corporate Wellness program for a major Oil and Gas company, and loved being onsite and giving a typical sedentary office worker a chance to get away from the desk be active during their work day.
When a new workout facility was opening up in Houston, she was excited to be a part this new studio! There, she taught group classes that ranged from All Body & All Endurance, to All Strength. She kept this coaching position for many years even while moving out of fitness as her full time job. While away from fitness, Rachel was able to learn so much about a balanced life.
She developed an appreciation and love for a healthy lifestyle and the role fitness plays.
She is excited to meet people in the Tulsa community, and help spread the love of fitness.