A.J. has been in the fitness field for over 10 years. She first started as a recreation attendant while finishing college and receiving her BA in Environmental Studies. However, years of working in the gym and after losing 80 lb.s from having two children, she got inspired to help others reach their goals.
She got her personal training through ACE and Group X through AFAA and started training at her gym on MCAS Miramar in 2008. Throughout the years she has received certifications in Kickboxing, Spin®, Olympic lifting, HITT, TRX, ACE Life Style Weight and Management, and ACSM Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer. She was a unit pt specialist for the Marine Corps and helped them become combat ready and injury free. She now trains a variety of clients that need weight loss, were wounded or injured and wishes to have a healthier lifestyle. She also loves to teach spin a variety of Group Classes.
Train for life! Train for longevity and a healthy life, looking great and confidence are just great side effects. My passion in life is to have all my clients reach their goals and help build them a foundation for a healthier and happier lifestyle. Nothing makes me happier than watching a client grow and change into the person they want to be.
Educational, functional, sweaty, and killer fun!
Bethany grew up in Poway, California and has always been involved in sports and fitness; from gymnastics, to skiing, to playing soccer on scholarship at Biola University.
Like many moms, losing the baby weight was a roller coaster, but under Cat’s direction it finally all clicked, and with that came a desire to help coach others. As an ACE certified personal trainer Bethany is known for absolutely killing it on Small Group and Personal Trainings. And, when it comes to her Spinning® classes expect a fun, high energy packed house!
Whether you’re training for a triathlon, or simply have a desire to lose the baby weight too, this 5 foot bundle of energy will be there to encourage and coach you through it with a lot of laughter along the way.
I love it when people want to work hard! It truly pushes me to push them. But, at the same time I love having the challenge of having someone in my class who needs help with finding modifications. I love helping people to get fit, stronger and happier with their bodies and their whole self!
I love to work as hard as we can right up to the minute! We don’t waste any time. Your time is valuable and so is mine! Let’s get it done, let’s get sweaty, and have a great time while doing it! Nothing deep here! 🙂×
Want to know who the starting pitcher was for any MLB team in 1992? Ask Brian. He seems to know every sports stat out there! Especially for any Boston teams, since that’s where he was born and raised; FANatic about his Red Sox and Pats. He played baseball and football from the time he could run or hold a mitt all the way into college. Speaking of college, Brian has a BA from Colby College in Maine, an MBA from Northeastern and is currently a finance executive at a Fortune 50 company, but one of his favorite accreditations is his newest, his SPINNING® certification!
Despite a heavy interest in athletics and sports, Brian’s weight and fitness level have ebbed and flowed over the years with “rock bottom” coming ~ 5 years ago when he lost his commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Guess where he found that commitment again? Studio SWEAT! With the support, guidance and encouragement from Cat and the amazing trainers at Studio SWEAT, Brian shed close to 60 pounds the RIGHT way – healthy eating, exercise, hard work and a whole lot of fun! Brian LOVES working out, everything sports related and most especially spending time with his family and friends. Oh, and you’ll see when you take his classes they’re pretty hard, but he always inserts a little humor into the mix making them insanely fun.
I train because I want to be healthy, feel good and have the energy to enjoy life. I train because I want to, not because I have to
Tough, fun and motivating!×
You want high energy? You want motivation? Meet Studio SWEAT favorite, Brooke. She grew up in the San Diego area and has always had a passion for fitness. Brooke a natural born Spinner® and has been at it for over 7 years. Her love for the bike led her to become a Certified SPIN® Instructor through Madd Dogg Athletics. She is also is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, TRX® Trainer, and a member of TRX® CORE.
Brooke graduated from the University of San Diego with a BA in English Literature. She’s the active mom of two young boys, and when she’s not in the Studio, she’s spending every moment with her family. Her passion is to help people reach their goals and to push them past what they think is possible.×
Accomplished. Amazing. Bad Mama Jama.
If experience is the best teacher, then Carolyn is probably one of the most educated fitness professionals in the world! I swear the woman has not only seen it all, she’s lived it all. She brings a lot of diversity to our Studio SWEAT team, holding certifications in TRX®, Spinning®, Krank Cycle, ACE, NESTA, Mat Pilates, EFI Gravity, Hydrorider, Kinesis, Jillian Michael’s BODYSHREDTM, and more.
Speaking of Jillian Michaels, Carolyn is currently is the Director of Sales and Business Development for Jillian Michael’s BODYSHREDTM program, and can be seen on the new BODYSHREDTM DVD series coming out in the fall of 2014.
As far as why she fits in so well at Studio SWEAT, well Carolyn has never stopped enjoying what she does. Her classes are fun, dynamic, and downright tough. She knows how to push trainees beyond what they think you can do, and she loves helping people achieve results. She also sets an extreme fitness goal once per year so she can hold herself to the same standards that she holds her trainees to. 2014 she won the West Coast Classic Figure Competition in LA. Expect her Motivation, and Inspiration to translate into your Perspiration.
She is dedicated to helping clubs/gyms member experience by launching successful programming and exciting classes.
Experienced, energetic and fun!×
I worked as a technology consultant and engineer for many years, using my Business & Technology Degree from the University of Washington, but after years of doing that I decided that life was too short to keep doing something I didn’t love. I had always been involved in fitness to some degree. My first job at the age of 16 was at a gym in Palmdale, CA. With that said, I dove in and started working on becoming a certified personal trainer to supplement my group fitness instruction. My first certification was in Spinning because I LOVE SPINNING! Best workout I had ever experienced and loved that anyone could do it and that everyone left looking like they had been hit by a fire hose. I really plunged into the fitness world when I bought my gym in Washington State. Even as the owner managing the business, I continued training clients and leading group exercise. Why? Because THAT is what I love doing. I’m passionate about it! I live the life and help others do the same. When I moved to San Diego in July of 2009 I really had no intention of opening another operation, but it’s just in my blood. A couple of months later I started leading Fitness Camps, then at the end of February 2010 Studio SWEAT was born. My goal was the same as it always has been. Create a welcoming environment where people feel comfortable no matter what fitness level they currently are. Along with that, show them they are capable of more than they ever imagined. When people walk in the door they feel at home. When they leave they are drenched in sweat and proud of what they just did. I love my job.
You came, you saw, now let’s conquer. BUT, all work and no play makes training no fun so my joy comes in making each workout an experience that includes pushing you to YOUR limit, while making sure you feel great about what you accomplished and wanting to come back for more.
Tough, encouraging, entertaining and creative. You never know what to expect, but you can always expect it to be good!×
Canadian born and Chicago raised! Her love for athletics was handed down to her by her incredibly talented parents. She grew up playing sports year round and being raised in a city with one of the best sports cultures to date.
Elli’s husband and she relocated to San Diego going on 4 years ago and are enjoying raising their three kids there! She says, “It’s truly my passion just to make sure people have a great time while getting their body moving! I lead with my heart and never give up on those I’m invested in. My favorite part of any industry I’ve worked in is the connections I’ve made. I love being a constant in someone’s journey through health and I did that long before I became a certified instructor. I look forward to the ways I can continue to make an impact! I’m new to the industry but not the idea. I am SO excited to learn, grow and be a part of the Studio SWEAT team!”
Have fun. Honestly! I like to smile when I sweat. We spend so much time being tense or stressed, when I come to the gym to teach I want it to be the best part of your day! Your family away from your family. I like to be silly and keep it light so as you truly feel the burn and the pain of a good workout you also feel the fun of pushing yourself to incredible limits. It makes it light and it makes it fun. If I can push you 2 minutes longer or 15 reps more without you knowing it, I’m doing my job right. Plus, throwing in a little dance move never hurt nobody!
BUSY. I like a lot of compound movements, intervals and rotating stations. If I can change it up and keep my team engaged then we are all having fun.×
Eric has been creating videos ever since he knew how a camera worked. Being a self-taught videographer, editor, and director, he continues to learn and hone his skills through real-world experiences. As the head of Studio SWEAT onDemand video production you’ll find him busy at work on class production, preview clips, promotional videos and more! He also plays a key role in the social networking and marketing of Studio SWEAT and Studio SWEAT onDemand. To add to this, Eric is also a certified personal trainer, as his work with Studio SWEAT has encouraged him to learn more about fitness and nutrition.
Aside from filming, editing, and chatting with you all online, Eric volunteers for a local youth group, reads and writes constantly, trains daily, and can frequently be found on the hiking trail with his wife Haley and dog Nala.×
She is no joke people. I’m talkin’ legit! She is a certified Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist. She is passionate about fitness and loves to bring attention and focus to her trainee’s nutrition, which she believes is a key component of any training program.
As a former figure competitor, body transformation is her specialty. Her training regiments include goal setting, and she holds strong to the belief that our bodies are truly incredible machines. Halima truly enjoys coaching and training individuals through the process, and she sees fitness and wellness as a journey and lifestyle. She has true desire to help you reach your goals, and, along the way, discover passion, discipline, and the mental toughness you may have never known existed. In short, she loves bringing out the best in people.
Halima says, “Fitness is the greatest metaphor for life; what you put into it is what you get out of it.”
My focus and specialization is in nutrition and body transformation. As a former figure competitor, I am a huge advocate of goal setting, mindset, and hold strong to the belief that our bodies are truly incredible machines. I see fitness and wellness as a journey and lifestyle. I have a passion to help people understand the benefits of eating right, exercising, and living a healthy life of overall wellness. I have a true desire to help lead people to their goals, discover passion, discipline, and find the mental toughness they may have never known existed. In summary, I love bringing out the best in people.
Kisha, a San Diego native, has taken advantage of her environment by keeping active as a child by playing soccer, challenging her body in gymnastics, learning the graceful art of ballet, flying through the air as a figure skater and occasionally “Sweatin’ To The Oldies” with her grandma.
With an athletic background, Kisha understands, as an adult, how important it is to stay active. She found that attending various group fitness classes, working out in the free gym, and hiking and biking outdoors helped her maintain her fitness and health while still enjoying time with her husband and their two boys.
After stumbling upon Cat and the team at Studio Sweat a few years back, Kisha found the instructors and class formats to be way different than your average Spinning® class. They were inspiring, challenging and fun! With the guidance of Cat, in 2015, Kisha decided to take a leap from being a participant in group classes, to leading them. About a month after obtaining her first fitness certificate, Kisha started having issues with her left kidney which delayed her debut, but after her recovery she came back more ready than ever and with a powerful purpose to help others. She now has several fitness certifications from Spinning to Strength, and is ready to take on the world!
Everyday is an unexpected journey. Train for the unexpected incorporating balance, strength, agility and flexibility.
Fun, energetic, upbeat… did I mention fun? Always with a smile.×
Meet Competitive Mountain Biker Lisa! She began a training career in 2001. In 2007 she changed her training focus to include Spinal Cord Injury where she worked with paralyzed individuals to regain function.
Currently she enjoys many types of training including fitness, athletic and SCI wellness. Her goal is to help her clients understand fitness and their body. With that in mind she instructs and educates with each session helping her clients reach their personal goals.
Lisa enjoys the San Diego weather, where she resides and spends lots of time outdoors. She competes mainly on the Mountain Bike, but enjoys racing in outrigger paddling and trail running as well.
B.S. Kinesiology emphasis in Fitness Nutrition and Health | ACE Certified Personal Trainer/Group Ex | GRAVITY Group | Johnny G Spinning | Fitness Specialist – Mesa College | Stott Pilates | AHA CPR Certified.×
After 10 years in the US Coast Guard, Mere decided to pursue her passion – fitness and helping others! Her style of class maybe regimented, but when mixed with her quirky fun loving personality it ensures everyone has a good time while getting a killer workout. She has the innate ability to motivate and create an environment where clients can reach their maximum performance. Meredith is a certified Spinning instructor and NASM Certified Personal Trainer.
Meredith has a BS from the US Coast Guard Academy in Operations Research, and an MS from the University of Maryland in Biotechnology. She is the mom of two daredevil little boys who keep her on her toes at all times. Her passion is helping clients reach their goals in a way that is maintainable for life.
Work hard, but have fun!
Motivating and encouraging, without wasting a second!×
Meredith is an active member of the San Diego Triathlon Club competing in various races throughout the year. She has a passion for helping others realize and exceed their personal fitness goals, and believes there is an athlete in everyone. She holds a B.S. degree in Health and Sport Sciences from the University of Oklahoma, is an ACE certified personal trainer, BBU Certified Pilates instructor, as well as certifications in Spinning, CPR, and First Aid.
At Studio SWEAT Meredith is a well respected Personal Trainer, Triathlon Training Coach, she heads up the Half-Marathon Training program and, of course, tears it up as a Spin and Strength Training instructor.
I love to workout with people who love to work hard! In a class setting we feed off each other’s energy. When everyone contributes their very best effort, regardless of fitness level, it brings everyone’s game up a notch and makes for a killer workout. Bring all you’ve got every time!
Cat gave me my nickname as “Coach Mere” years ago. Seems pretty fitting. I expect a lot from those that I train with. I’m here to×
Mike has a Ph.D. is and is a Learning Researcher who focuses on neuroscience and human development. He is a certified Spinning® instructor, a USPTA Tennis Professional and an avid cyclist, runner, swimmer, and golfer. His unique style often brings road rides into the Studio, and his sense of humor keeps his class focused and entertained at the same time.
The goal of training is to remove the need for a trainer. This is done over time by transitioning from extrinsic to intrinsic motivation — working out because we can — not because we have to. If someone has to scream at you to motivate you, you are not yet ready to transition from exerciser to athlete.
Sublime. Cycling is not complete unless the body is joined by the heart and mind during a ride. This is done by focusing on tempo. Riding is rhythm.×
Miriam has been a long standing fan of Studio Sweat and has reaped the many benefits it offers. Just to name a few, total body stress relief, physically/mentally challenging workouts, low body fat, and a home away from home. SS is a special place for Miriam, and now is honored to be part of the talented staff.
What makes Miriam qualified is her 15 years in dance, apprenticeship with renowned dance instructors/choreographers, and teaching dance, stretch, strength, yoga inspired, and balance and coordination classes for over 8 years. She is also well versed in the health and science field being a Registered Dietitian with her Masters in Public Health. In her Masters program her focus was Exercise Physiology and Exercise Nutrition.
Miriam is passionate and an avid learner in human health. She will be sure to care for you and teach a unique blend of stretches.×
Monica’s contagious smile and bright spirit fills a room. She grew up in the sunshine state (California), which may explain her happy energy! She’s been fortunate enough to have the great outdoors, from the mountains to the sand dunes, to explore her entire life with her friends and family, which includes 2 very active children!
Along with being a Spinning instructor she’s got a full-time career in the corporate world, and believes that the only way you can keep up with everything you want from life is by having a healthy fitness level. Giving yourself and your body the attention it needs to feel good about yourself.
Spinning is, by far, her favorite workout, and she’s tried them all! She says, “Feeling the energy around me when I was taking a great spin class with a top-notch instructor made me want to get certified to teach. I don’t get any greater pleasure than leading a group of athletes who enjoy a challenge and have a great time doing it!”
Have fun, embrace and challenge what your body is capable of when training and eating right.
I have been told that my classes are incredibly fun, but also very challenging.×
Olga grew up in the Ukraine and struggled with her weight as a child often “Yo-Yoing” with fad diets. When she came to the U.S. in 1996 – she was at her heaviest and took control! She joined a gym, hired a personal trainer, got smart about nutrition and got ADDICTED to spinning. Like a lot of us – she loves the sound of clipping in! Spinning helped Olga drop 100 pounds and stay fit.
After filling in to teach a class one day, Olga got certified as a spin instructor and eventually Pilates, bosu and TRX. She is also continuing her Physical Therapy education at SDSU. She loves her family and friends and teaching people – helping them to achieve their goals, whatever they may be.
If you haven’t taken a class from Olga, you should know – she’s tough, motivational and a whole lotta crazy! And that’s why we love her.
I believe with proper training anyone can achieve any goal.
Challenging, fun, and always with major focus on the form.×
Former NCAA Champion / Olympic Trainee Rower, Rebecca finds instructing extremely rewarding. It allows her to elevate the performance of others while providing them a constant challenge. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a major in International Relations and a minor in Germanic Studies, while competing four years in Division I Rowing as a walk on.
An ongoing Ironman participant, she knows how to bring out your absolute best in every workout! There is never a shortage of enthusiasm or energy with this one. As a mother of three awesome kiddos every free moment is spent enjoying her family! She also enjoys teaching children’s art classes, in addition to leading groups in both Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. Rebecca’s current goal is to qualify for the Kona World Championships.
If you need a motivational push to jump start your workouts here’s the perfect fit!
I love the saying perfect practice makes perfect….not
Practice makes perfect.
You must train the way you want to perform. Focus on all aspects of your goals not just one.
You cannot train 80% most of the time and expect to have your 100% effort improve. To get the results I want I usually have to work 3-4x harder than I ever thought…
I train side by side with every one of my clients (which sometimes is very hard at the end of the day when your body thinks it has given everything it has to give.) But it’s the perfect motivator because if I can do it you can do it. I don’t ever ask my clients to do something I cannot do with them and show them proper form before, and during. I think that’s why I love what I do so much ?
It’s totally interactive not just telling someone: ” do 20 push-ups, 10 burpies then …..”×