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.
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509-475-5258 ♦ [email protected]
Adan Pereyda - CFT/CFSC and Certified Group Instructor - Strength/Agility Class, Boot Camp and Strength Camp
Being a local Spokane girl I grew up heavily in competitive dancing, enjoying competitions across the US. This athletic style drove me in my high school years to be at the top of my game competing in cheerleading making it all the way to nationals. As a young adult while attending college my husband and I ended up starting our Family sooner than we had anticipated. Once having my first, then second, and finally 3rd daughter my weight fluctuation and hormones were in a constant roller-coaster ride.
It came to a point where I had enough of trying to win the weight loss battle alone. I came to A Personal Fit looking for help. I worked with Miranda and Amy and decided to do my first competition in Figure and Physique and fell in love with working out and challenging myself. In doing so I found a life style that I love and enjoy the comradery that the gym atmosphere brings. I also enjoyed how welcoming these ladies made me feel and how encouraging everyone was. After stepping away from APF for a short Hiatus I received my personal training certificate through ISSA. I look forward to helping others with their fitness goals.
509-389-2453 ♦ [email protected]
Mandy Vahlkamp - CPT/CFSC
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.
509-710-1153 ♦ [email protected]
Mica Johnson - CPT/CFSC/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!
208-596-0823 ♦ [email protected]
Hi everyone! I am a ﬁercely devoted wife, mother to three boys and I have a serious passion for ﬁtness! Things weren’t always so good for me physically. When I was 17 I was in a car accident where my family was hit by a drunk driver on the freeway. I was given a grim prognosis of what my future should look like with the injuries I sustained. It took years of working through chronic pain and depression to build my body back to a reasonable ﬁtness level. Being unable to be as healthy and active as I wanted really lit a ﬁre in me! I am determined to maintain a ﬁt healthy lifestyle because I know ﬁrst hand what it’s like not to.
I have embraced a life ﬁlled with movement and helping others. Since 2000 I have worked as a clinical and sports massage therapist. I spent 6 years teaching yoga and group cycling classes. After the birth of my second son, I was struggling with Postpartum Depression and began long distance running with my dad and that helped greatly with my mental health. I completed several races at the 10K, half-marathon and full marathon distances. I am certiﬁed through the RRCA to coach distance runners up to the marathon distance. I also love weight training and have competed in four bodybuilding competitions. In 2013 I completed my B.S. in Exercise Science/Pre-physical therapy through EWU. I am also an ACE certiﬁed personal trainer. I spent 2 with the LIVESTRONG program at the YMCA, in which I worked with post-treatment cancer patients focusing on exercise and developing a community of support within the class. I have 500+ volunteer hours in Physical Therapy in various facets of the profession. As a personal trainer, I am conﬁdent working with all types of people including those who are elderly, have orthopedic limitations, working their way back from a surgery or injury or an extended period of inactivity. Every individual is unique! Please let me customize a ﬁtness program that ﬁts your needs and goals!
Pepper Root - CPT
509-904-9837♦ [email protected] I have always had a passion for athletics starting from a young age. I come from a family of swimmers, I took my first lesson at three and never really left the water. I was even a professional mermaid at one time! The love of water eventually transitioned into other sports for me, mainly cross country, dance, and cheer, all of which I did into college.
In 2014 I suffered an illness that left me stripped of all athletic ability. I couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs or even put on my own shoes. I had to start over, completely. Had I not been an athlete before getting sick, I would not have survived. Although this was by far the worst thing I have ever been through, it was also the best. It has given me a serious passion and desire to help other people because I understand how tough ground zero is. Not just physically but emotionally and spiritually too.
Eventually I returned to aquatic work and dove deeper into the fitness industry. I ventured into group fitness and then personal training. I am an A.C.E certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor, certified American Red Cross Lifeguard/CPR/First Aid/AED instructor, certified Barre and Zumba instructor and I have over 400 hours teaching TRX, Cycle, Yoga Fit, Cosmic Kids Yoga, Boot Camp, Barre, Body Conditioning, 30/30 and Water Aerobics.
More than just getting fit, I try to instill in my clients, and students, an intrinsic connection to themselves, and living a healthy lifestyle. Not just for a short term fix, but a long term change.
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