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Alison Parakh, MS, CSCS, USAW

Alison has over 12 years of experience as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at the collegiate level. Having earned both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physical Education from the University of Oregon, Alison has developed a lifelong passion for physical fitness. During her years in the fitness and wellness industry, Alison has come to specialize in the development of programs for athletes ranging from the high school to college level. In addition to her experience working with athletes, Alison is equally enthusiastic about helping “non-athletes” reach their fitness goals. Alison’s approach varies according to her client’s needs, but generally includes a blend of total-body strength training, conditioning, flexibility, and nutrition counseling. She holds the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist credential from the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as the Level One Coaching Certification from USA Weightlifting. Alison indeed practices what she preaches: she personally enjoys running, lifting weights, playing soccer, and getting outdoors as often as possible to hike or cycle.

 

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Elyse Warnecke, HFC, CWC

Elyse became a certified Health Fitness Specialist (HFS) through American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and a Health and Wellness Coach (HWC) in June of 2011. Her areas of interest and expertise include: injury prevention, corrective exercise and post rehabilitation, postural improvements, mindfulness, strength, stabilization, core and balance training, somatics, gyrokinesis, hiking, swimming, skating, acroyoga, dancing, and rebound fitness. Before her fitness certification, she received her B.S. in Chemistry (Geology minor) from UCSB, where she worked as a scientist for years before realizing how much she missed and enjoyed classes. It was at that point when she decided to go back to school to pursue a degree in Exercise Science. Elyse has always been interested in overall wellness, and was curious as to what could motivate people to make their health and well-being a priority, while making it easier and more joyful to maintain optimal health! "I noticed that as much as we all would like to take great care of ourselves, most people have a difficult time maintaining a healthy lifestyle over the long term. It’s not always easy or fun to maintain good eating habits, exercise regularly and engage in healthy behaviors... I wanted to rediscover that child-like excitement I used to feel about going outside to play (essentially exercise), instead of feeling apprehensive at times, like I had to drag myself to the gym because ‘I should’, or force myself to cook a healthy meal because ‘it’s good for me’. I have always enjoyed being active and eating healthy, so if someone like me felt a lack of motivation at times, I struggle to imagine the dread those who do not enjoy healthy behaviors must feel! I’ve learned there is so much more than just the desire to be healthy, because truthfully that’s important to us all, but so few consistently maintain good health (current statistics reveal that about 1/3 of US adults are obese, and another 1/3 are overweight, and 7 out of 10 do not exercise regularly!!!). It’s more than just knowing how to eat and exercise: it’s about discovering what truly motivates you, what encourages you to continually make healthy choices lifelong. My goal as a health and fitness professional is to help people discover those deeper motivations that are compelling enough to keep us engaged in healthy behaviors!"


Fabian Ortiz, CPT

Fabian obtained a degree from UC Santa Barbara in Exercise and Sport Studies with an emphasis in Personal Fitness and is a Certified Personal Trainer. His passion for fitness first started in his high school wrestling team, where his coaches emphasized weightlifting, cardiovascular exercise and endurance, which helped him to be in the best shape of his life. He brings this passion into his work and trains his clients with many of these principles, in an effort to help them achieve their maximum physical potential. Fabian is bilingual in English and Spanish and also specializes in post rehabilitation for special populations.




Ryan Gage, CPT

Ryan is a graduate of UCSB's Exercise and Sports Studies minor with dual emphases in Personal Training and Group Fitness Instruction. Ryan has experience training a variety of populations from pre and post-physical rehab, to those devoted exercisers who need a push to get to the next level of physical fitness. Ryan's fitness background includes; resistance and cardiovascular training, Pilates, cycling, HIIT, and over ten years of dance training. As a trainer, Ryan works with her clients to help them maintain healthier lives through exercise. She will work with you to develop a program that is both challenging enough to improve your fitness level, and fun enough that you'll want to work out everyday.


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