In 2007 my husband and I decided to put some new trees in front of our house. After shoveling only two shovels full of dirt I was out of breath! I thought, "OK this is ENOUGH, I have to get into shape!" I was the heaviest I had ever been in my life. Something had to change and change now!
I decided to conduct some research on weight loss and discovered how our body works and figured out what to eat and why and what exercises I needed that would fit my goals and my lifestyle. Fitness and health became my hobby, my children saw my enthusiasm and started asking questions and now read food labels and want to exercise with me; it is a great feeling to know that I am setting a great example for my children.
After all my hard work and persistence I was so excited to reach my goals. I lost 27 pounds (I am only 5’2”, so that is a lot of weight for me) and went from 29% body fat to 18% body fat and went from a women’s size 9 to a junior’s size 1.
I grew such a passion for health and fitness that I decided to enroll in school to become a personal trainer. I became a Certified Fitness Trainer and a Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the International Sports Science Association (ISSA), where I learned to work with all ages of people, all fitness levels and now have the ability to provide nutritional advice. I know how I felt when I met my goal, which is why I am so excited to help you reach your goals!
No more dieting, you will be making a long-term lifestyle change.
A Personal Fit ♦ Amy 509-475-5258 ♦ [email protected]
I have always been an active girl, I first started playing soccer at a very young age. I played for 7 years and found my second love; volleyball. Soccer and volleyball play at the same time in high school so I had to choose between the two. I chose volleyball hoping to do well in the future. I’m really glad I did because I played with the best bunch of girls at Spokane Falls Community College for 2 years. After playing for the Falls I was ready to start a career and live my life.
I became a full time Dental Assistant but I was missing being active. That is when I was introduced to Amy Brantner. I had trained with her for 2 years, ready for new challenges. After training so hard and looking at the amazing results, Amy and I competed together in a Figure Competition. I would have never imagined competing in a figure competition. After this we came to the conclusion that since I enjoyed working out so much, and since I already loved helping others in class that I was ready to help other ‘s change their lives. I went back to school to become a Personal Trainer. I am very excited to meet new people and help them change their lives.
A Personal Fit ♦ Miranda 509-998-5495 ♦ [email protected]
I have always loved playing sports and being active. When I was a child I used to go with my grandpa to his physical therapy appointments and I remember being amazed seeing a huge improvement in his mobility and strength. He got his life back. He was able to do all the things he wanted to do. At that point I knew I wanted to help people improve their lives physically.
I went to Eastern Washington University and graduated with a bachelors in exercise. While getting my degree I was apart of Eastern's womens golf team. After I graduated I worked in a physical therapy clinic for over a year and then became a personal trainer. And here I am today. My specialties are rehabilitation, golf swing biomechanics, sports strength and conditioning, and weight loss. I am excited to meet everyone and be apart of the A Personal Fit Team!
A Personal Fit ♦ Kellie 541-297-3342 ♦ [email protected]
Mica Johnson - CPT/Marketing manager
Growing up I was an active teen, involved in golf and captain of my Cheer squad. After high school, College took it's toll. Working fast food, I noticed the pounds begin to pack on but quickly blamed it on the freshman 15. After college, getting married and having two kids I decided it was time to get back in shape. I met Amy and Miranda when I joined the first Fat Loss Challenge at APF. After training with them for a year I decided to do my first of many Figure Competitions and this started my journey in the fitness world!
While continuing to be a full time mom, wife and photographer; I noticed that more and more of my time was being devoted to fitness, food prep and trying to make my family healthier as a whole. I began teaching classes...and this lead to teaching more classes! I LOVE spending time with my friends I have met at APF, every class is just more time to spend with these amazing people!
I went back to school and received my certification for Personal Training and am excited to help others reach their goals and maybe even create new ones along the way!
A Personal Fit ♦ Mica 208-596-0823 ♦ [email protected]
Mandy Vahlkamp - CPT
I have been involved in athletics since I was a child, I was very active in volleyball, track, and also traveled for competitive all-star cheer. I started coaching competitive cheer about seven years ago and I love working with the kids and seeing them progress. In 2014 I decided to take my fitness level to an extreme and competed in my first figure and bikini show. I fell in love with the sport and decided that fitness was truly what I loved so I decided to change my career to help others reach their fitness goals. I was excited to be able to start personal training at A Personal Fit because I truly believe in the company and what they stand for when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. I've now competed in five shows over the past few years and also took on coaching girls for Bikini. There's no better satisfaction than helping people change their lives whether that be to have the body that they've always wanted or just to have a better handle on their health and fitness. Being physically fit is something I believe that most people are striving for and with the proper tools it's a very achievable and maintainable lifestyle.
A Personal Fit ♦ Mandy 509-710-1153 ♦ [email protected]
Carolin Cooley - CPT/SSN
My passion for health, fitness and nutrition stems from my personal fitness challenges; I enjoyed horseback riding and competitive swimming and being active in my early life, but after three children and over a decade as a military wife, and many moves across the country, I found myself overweight and out of shape as an adult.
After relocating to Spokane in 2010 I became active and very passionate about open water swimming, triathlons and weight lifting, which greatly inspired me to empower others to do the same. I already work as a Dietary Analyst in food manufacturing, but decided to go back to school and become certified as a Personal Trainer, Specialist in Sports Nutrition and as a Specialist in Strength and Sport Conditioning.
I believe that anyone can improve their fitness level, regardless of age or what someone’s physical condition may be. Functional exercise and nutrition can be incorporated into even the busiest daily routines and will improve your quality of life.
My clients have included all ages and goals, from weight loss, post injury, targeted strength development for medical conditions (such as osteoporosis), to bodybuilding. I strive to help each client establish and accomplish their goals by designing programs that will help develop strength, power, endurance, flexibility, mobility and balance, as well as improve neuromuscular efficiency (brain to muscle to movement connection). As your personal trainer I will challenge, empower and drive you to achieve your personal fitness goals!
A Personal Fit ♦ Carolin 509-270-4268 ♦ [email protected]