Every October I feel compelled to do something, to share something, to acknowledge, that like it or not, I am a representative of a community of which I would never have chosen, but am very grateful to be a part.  While public speaking does not come naturally to me, I could not say no when my 15 year old daughter asked me to share my story at a breast cancer awareness event at her high school this past week.  This month being dedicated to celebrating survivors, honoring those we have lost, raising funds and awareness, I’d like to share my story and some thoughts with all of you, members of another of my cherished communities, my FiT Family.


When I’m asked about my story, I struggle with where to start as breast cancer has been an unwelcome companion of sorts for most of my life.  


I was 9 years old when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36 and had a single mastectomy.  I was 11 when she had a recurrence and underwent a year’s worth of chemo with a course of radiation mixed in.  This was before breast cancer awareness was a thing.  There was no internet to speak of, nor breast cancer organizations, that offered support to her nor my family.  My mother’s diagnosis and subsequent treatment were spoken about in whispers.  Hard to imagine, with how openly it is spoken about these days, but back then, it was the ‘c’ word.  


I remember being terrified and helpless with my only support being my immediate family and my best friend, who while wise, was also 9 years old.  I am happy to report that my mother, who is now a 3 time cancer survivor, recently celebrated her 75th birthday!


As our family’s experience with cancer moved into the rearview mirror, I went about my life.  I knew I was supposed to do self exams but, if I’m being honest, I was not particularly vigilant about them.  


In 1994, the breast cancer gene was discovered.  I was a sophomore in college, and my sister was preparing to start business school.  Our mother spoke to her doctor,  who practiced out of a major cancer institution in New York City, to ask about testing for the gene. She was told not to worry about it since she was the first woman in our family to be diagnosed with breast cancer.  We all breathed a sigh of relief.


Fast forward a few years and I am now 29 years old.  That year I got engaged to the love of my life, trained for and completed my first (and only) Ironman triathlon and was diagnosed with breast cancer … in that order. Ironman, for those of you who don’t know, is a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride, followed by a 26.2 mile run- yes, all in the same day:) Suffice it to say, I was arguably in the best shape of my life and looking forward to my wedding in 6 months time.  


One afternoon, a few weeks after the race I was getting changed after a workout.  As I performed the contortions required to get out of my sports bra, my fingers grazed a lump that I hadn’t noticed before. I will spare you all the details but suffice it to say my doctors didn’t expect a healthy 29 year old in great shape to present with breast cancer. No mammogram was ordered, no ultrasound, no MRI. I was sent home with a recommendation to use hot compresses and triple antibiotic ointment. With the lump still there after following the doctor’s recommendation for a few weeks, I returned and asked if it could be removed. This request likely saved my life. Had I known then what I know now, I would have asked for imaging not surgery but, as it turned out, surgery was inevitable anyway. 


Following my diagnosis,  I received chemotherapy, lost all my hair, got married having a wigs optional wedding, and underwent radiation treatment – again, in that order. Six months after completing treatment, we learned we were pregnant with our son, Jake. Next month will mark 19 years of survivorship. 


I am grateful that we, as a society, recognize a point in time to remind our communities to be vigilant, that efforts to support women and men dealing with breast cancer need our support, and to raise awareness.  Prior to speaking at my daughter’s school though, I was a little shaky on what was meant by ‘awareness’ as it often feels like an explosion of pink when October rolls around without a ton of substance andI don’t think there is a single person reading this who is unaware of breast cancer.  Still, there is much that is misunderstood or about which many people are unaware so wanted to raise awareness about these things.


In the United States, despite a lower rate of incidence, age-adjusted breast-cancer mortality is about 40% higher among Black women than among non-Hispanic White women. Raising awareness, educating and supporting black women in our community and beyond should be a priority for any breast cancer campaign as this statistic is nothing less than unacceptable.  This is awareness.


Breast cancer is the second leading cancer cause of death in women; it is the leading cancer cause of death in women aged 30-39. Breasts are not a life sustaining organ meaning breast cancer when contained to the breast is not deadly. The key here is vigilance- self exams, annual medical exams, prioritizing any abnormalities you find because breast cancer in young women tends to be highly aggressive, and not allowing your concerns to be minimized due to your age, race or apparent state of health.  While it is still a ‘rare’ disease when found in young women that doesn’t mean it’s something only your future self needs to be concerned with! This is awareness.  


Many people believe they are at risk of breast cancer because a family member had it.  I received genetic testing after my diagnosis and learned that I do carry the gene, as do both my sister and my mom who were tested after I was found to be a carrier. Turns out having a relative who is diagnosed before the age of 50 and being of Ashkenazi Jewish descent both increased the chance that my sister and I could be carriers of the gene but that wasn’t known back in 1994.  There are two known genetic mutations that increase risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers referred to as the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. Bear in mind that in the US genetically linked, or hereditary, breast cancers account for 5-10% of breast cancers in women and 5-20% in men meaning the genetic mutations we know about, and can test for, do not play a role in the majority of breast cancer diagnosis.  Still, many people who believe they are at high risk delay genetic testing for fear of the result which is a personal choice that is not up for debate as far as I am concerned.  However, if you believe you are at high risk, you must speak to your doctor to determine if, in fact, you are.  If you are, you must be as diligent about screening as you would have been had you tested positive for the gene.  This is awareness.  


There is ever growing and, oftentimes, conflicting information out there about how best to screen for breast cancer and when to start.  Self exam is non-invasive and takes a matter of minutes.  Knowing what ‘normal’ looks and feels like can be the difference in early detection.  Learn how and make self exams a monthly habit- the more familiar you are with your body, the easier it will be to notice if there is a change. Check in with your mom or your sister or any woman you love to see if they have done theirs and if they are up to date with their medical screenings.  This is awareness.


Some additional information from one of our clients Allyson Spence, MD, PhD, an oncologist at Stanford, who offers the following recommendations for detecting signs early on. 

  • Genetics: Evaluate family history, if someone in your family was diagnosed with breast cancer you should speak with your primary care physician to consider your risk.
  • Yearly Mammogram – Depending on risk factors, you should be getting an annual mammogram as early as the age of 30, if you are at higher risk there may be more extensive screening. 30% of breast cancer is caught between yearly mammograms so it is important to schedule them on a regular basis. 
  • Breast Self Exam: It’s recommended that you do a self exam at least once a month. Over 260,000 women in the US per year are diagnosed with breast cancer, so it’s crucial that this is a part of your monthly routine. While incident rates are increasing due to screening, mortality rate is decreasing more than ever because of catching it early on, and improved treatments and care. 


  • Physical Activity: Exercise including strength training is one of the best ways to lower risk of breast and other cancers. Previous studies suggest that physical activity reduces the risk of developing breast cancer by 20%.

One last note, related but slightly off topic note, about doing hard things.  While I didn’t endeavor to complete ironman, or any of the other endurance events I chose to participate in for that matter, to ‘prepare’ to face cancer, I can think of no better preparation.  The discipline, fortitude, mental strategies and resilience I developed through training and competing gave me the confidence to know I could do whatever was required for however long I had to.  See, I was not, and am not, naturally inclined toward endurance events.  Honestly, I hated running until I trained for my first marathon.  I still don’t really like biking but did what I had to do, logging hundreds of miles training and racing.  I learned that I can do hard things even when my body, my mind, or both say otherwise.  I learned to be strong in the face of adversity because there is a lot of frustration and disappointment that comes with taking on challenges and doing hard things.  While I thought all of this learning was about the race and the accomplishment, it turns out it was about much more.  None of us know when we will be forced to face hard things which is why voluntarily doing them from time to time is so important as it prepares us for the inevitable challenges, big and small, that are a part of life.  


I share this in honor of breast cancer awareness and as we prepare for our annual Fight Gone Bad challenge in hopes of encouraging each of you to consider participating.  Do hard things – Push yourself beyond your comfort zone, learn that your mind and body are capable of more than you give them credit for, and celebrate the strength and resilience you have developed by showing up and taking care of yourself week in and week out!

While becoming more aware can be scary, there is much to celebrate this month.  Most importantly, over the past 3 decades there has been a steady increase in the number of women who are alive and thriving following diagnosis and treatment.  And while we still haven’t figured out how to prevent it, we are not helpless.  We can be vigilant, we can raise awareness and offer support to people of color in our community, we can know our bodies, and we can help hold one another accountable for staying current on screenings.  Knowing that physical activity reduces risk we can find the willpower to stick with it even as days grow shorter and cooler in coming months.  And, we can choose to do hard things so whatever obstacles lie ahead, we are physically and mentally prepared to overcome them.

For more information about Breast Cancer, please visit: https://www.breastcancer.org/facts-statistics

Megan Justice


Spirit Animal: Grizzly Bear


Megan grew up in the Sierras, enjoying all the activities found in the mountains as well as 11 years of basketball and 4 years varsity golf. After graduating high school, she studied Integrated Human Biology at Bastyr University and worked in physical therapy for 4 years following school while also getting her Master's in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. After learning so much from her doctor counterpart in the PT practice, she decided to open her own business as a personal trainer and health coach. She loved helping clients and teaching them about all the fascinating intricacies within their own body. She values client education and holistic health and wellness, prioritizing the many facets of health with each of her clients. 

When she isn't kicking client's butts in the gym, you can usually find her hanging out with her partner and two dogs Bubba and Moose. She enjoys hiking and backpacking, golf, yoga, weightlifting, and can always appreciate any televised sports. 



Jon Angeles


Spirit Animal: Leopard


Jon is from San Jose, CA and has always considered himself an athlete. After playing soccer at West Valley College he began working at Stanford University as a personal trainer.  Jon went on to pursue a Masters degree in Kinesiology, multiple certifications and now has over 7 years of experience. When it comes to his training philosophy, he likes taking a strength approach. In his experience, when clients focus on getting stronger and increasing muscle mass, other aspects of their fitness journey fall into place. Helping the general population find their confidence through this type of exercise is truly rewarding.

Outside of the gym, he enjoys spending time with his wife and dog wherever that may be. He makes sure there’s always a travel vacation booked or being planned for the future.



What I love about FiT:

FiT's philosophy around the 5 tenets of optimal health aligns well with my beliefs surrounding how best to care for my clients and myself.  When clients subscribe to FiT's services, they are signing up for a training program that includes learning about how to live better for longer.  Who wouldn't love that?

James Frederick


Spirit Animal: Orca


James Frederick is a Personal Trainer at FiT and certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. His top three strengths are relationship building, executing and strategic thinking. In order to be of better service to his family, peers and clients James believes self love is the quickest way to lead a more enjoyable and productive life.
James has a diverse background of skills and attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has been an educator in the specialty coffee industry, practiced applied stretching theory at Stretch Lab, and as a personal trainer, he has helped people of many different backgrounds improve their quality of life through strength training and behavior change.
Residing in the Bay Area for over 20 years, James currently lives in Campbell with his wife and son. In his free time he enjoys cooking, reading, playing guitar, kettlebell training and going for walks with his family and dog Ziggy.


What I love about FiT: FiTs health hierarchy provides a holistic and scientifically founded model unlike any I have seen in the fitness industry. People don’t just need workouts to stay healthy, they need solutions to modern day problems. I feel like FiT provides the framework to bring about long term positive change in its members. The staff is amazing and I love the opportunities for continuing education.


  • Dynamic Variable Resistance Training (DVRT) Level 1 Certification
  • Certificate in Nutrition (FAB Academy)
  • Certificate in Applied Stretching Theory and Practice (FTP)

Jake Verhulp

Trainer Spirit Animal: Spider Monkey
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Jake played baseball at Gunn High School and in college until a series of rotator cuff injuries abruptly ended his playing career. Inspired to help others avoid similar outcomes and help people perform at their best, Jake went on to pursue and attain a B.S in Health & Human Sciences from Loyola Marymount University. With experience in both the physical therapy and personal training settings, Jake brings a unique perspective and a passion for integrating the principles of injury prevention and human performance. His goal is to help each client unlock their body’s potential with immense value placed their individual goals. When Jake is not training or researching, he enjoys watching baseball, snowboarding and spending time with his dog, Barney.
What I love about FiT: It is a combination of great, passionate minds and an amazing community feel. Favorite sports: Baseball, Basketball, MMA

Hannah Golden

Trainer Spirit Animal: Phoenix
Hannah has been working as a trainer since 2015.  She has a masters degree in Sport and Exercise Science, is certified through both NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) and the NATA (National Athletic Trainers Association).  Hannah has extensive experience in corrective exercise and rehabilitation having spent the better part of 5 years working within collegiate athletics. Helping clients correct movement dysfunctions and optimize how their bodies move enabling them to lead healthier lives is where Hannah leverages her expertise.  She is also a BIRTHFIT coach who supports women through the motherhood transition with education, support and fitness training. In her free time, Hannah enjoys hiking around the bay area, visiting with family, and hanging with her two cats Simba and Nala.
What I love about FiT: I love the community that FiT provides and how quick it takes to feel right at home. Favorite sports: Cheerleading

Serena Earwicker

Operations Manager

Spirit Animal: Owl


Serena manages the day-to-day operations at FIT. If you need help with something apart from training, she is the one to get it done.

Outside of FIT you will find Serena hiking, biking and playing at the beach with her family.

What I love about FiT: FiT is welcoming and supportive to all. It feels like a hug, a sweaty one. Haha

Favorite sports: Anything I get to see live! Love the energy.

Tracey Downing


Spirit Animal: Owl


Tracey Downing has dedicated her life's journey to empowering individuals to discover newfound confidence in their physical abilities and take command of their long-term well-being. Together with her husband, Thom, she established FiT, a health promotion company, in 2000, impacting numerous lives by guiding them towards positive lifestyle shifts and instilling the importance of prioritizing their health.

Her academic journey at the University of Michigan, where she graduated with a degree in Kinesiology, was complemented by a vibrant period of exploration. Tracey's adventures took her across the globe to live in places like New Zealand, Ireland, and Scotland. These enriching experiences allowed her to indulge her passion for travel while simultaneously nurturing her professional growth, with roles in clinical and professional sports settings.

Beyond her entrepreneurial pursuits, Tracey treasures her role as a mother to two wonderful children. Outside of her business endeavors, she has completed an Ironman Triathlete, a testament to her unwavering determination, had the incredible honor of being an Olympic Torch Bearer for the Salt Lake City Olympics, and is a 20 year survivor of breast cancer.

In Tracey's world, fostering physical wellness is not just a profession; it's a lifelong vocation driven by a genuine desire to inspire and uplift others on their unique journeys toward lasting health and vitality.

What I love about FiT: Seeing people change: doing more than they thought they could, learning more than they thought they would, and showing up to make themselves better.

Favorite sports: Playing tennis and watching anything my kids are playing

Brett Lando

Physical Therapist

Spirit Animal: Cheetah


Brett grew up in San Francisco and attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory where he ran cross-country and track and field. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of California, Irvine where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology. While at UC Irvine he competed on the cycling team in road and cyclo-cross races and helped manage the campus bike shop.

Brett graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of California San Francisco/San Francisco State University. He is a graduate of Agile’s yearlong Orthopedic Residency, is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and most recently completed a yearlong Fellowship in sports and manual therapy.

In his free time, Brett enjoys road cycling, the occasional triathlon, alpine skiing, surfing, backpacking, traveling and cooking with his wife.

What I love about FiT: The TEAM, Learning new exercises from the trainers, and a variety of fun, innovative exercise equipment.

Favorite sports: Cycling, Skiing, Surfing


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Board- Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

Kendra Wagers

Massage Therapist


Kendra Wagers has been a Massage Therapist since 2001. A native to California, she began her massage career in the Central valley working with various injury and chronic pain methods under experienced Chiropractors and physical therapists. In 2003 she relocated to Las Vegas, NV to attend the Nevada School of Massage Therapy’s accredited massage program which led to obtaining her National certification from NCBTMB. For over 13 years she worked as a licensed massage therapist in Nevada, including employment at top rated Spas on the Las Vegas strip. Receiving training in various modalities over the years including; Hawaiian Lomilomi, Thai, Sports and Shiatsu. In January of 2017 Kendra decided to return to California and is currently enrolled in the Traditional Chinese Medicine program at Five Branches University, furthering her education on overall health and wellness. With more than 17 years of experience and over 1500 hours in training Kendra has been able to hone in on her passion for healing while combining multiple techniques to provide a personalized and detailed massage to every guest. Her serene approach combined with her roots in structural techniques, offers harmony, balance, and ease to injuries or everyday stresses.

CA State Massage License #73011

Katie Deangelis

Personal Trainer
Strength and Wellness Coach

Spirit Animal: Hummingbird


Originally from the Bay Area, Katie graduated from Chico State University with a Bachelors in both Exercise Physiology and Nutrition with an emphasis in Sports. While observing strength coaches during her internship at Norcal Strength and Conditioning, she became fascinated with the human body and its biomechanics.
Shortly after her first year in college, Katie found that excelling her knowledge in both the foundations of functional movement and nutrition was essential in order for her to pursue her career in preventative health care.

Katie enjoys training each client individually tailored to their goals and intentions by incorporating multiple training styles, thoughtful programming and relating exercise to their interests and daily lifestyle. Her mission is to help clients feel physically and emotionally powerful, strong, and pain-free by using an extensive and realistic approach to intentional movement, intuitive eating, and to encourage behavioral change rooted in nourishment for the brain, body, and soul.

What I love about FiT: FiT embodies a comprehensive approach to fitness and overall health so that you can not only envision but become the best version of you. Our priority isn't just about what you can accomplish inside the gym, it's about training for the life you visualize living. It's about showing up as the healthiest, strongest, and most powerful version of you. At FiT, we don't just workout, we train because we see the athlete in everybody.

Favorite sports: Functional bodybuilding, weightlifting, swimming, boxing, biking, and volleyball


  • American Council on Exercise
  • Crossfit Level One
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, In Progress
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified, In Progress

Kevin Martin

CSX- Opex

Spirit Animal: Puma


Kevin graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX with a B.S. in Business Administration with a focus in marketing. As a student, Kevin was a five-time conference champion in the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard diving events. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

He has a particular passion for rehabilitation and improving overall functional status. He enjoys identifying and correcting areas of the body that are not operating at their full potential so that everyone can live life to the fullest!
Kevin has completed a full ironman, multiple 70.3 triathlons, 2 full marathons, as well as several shorter distance triathlons and road races. In addition to triathlon, he has a background in gymnastics, swimming, diving, and volleyball. He enjoys helping everyone find the athlete within themselves and find a love for movement and exercise.

When Kevin isn’t training at FiT or exercising, he enjoys cooking, surfing, hiking, and spending time with his wife and dog. He especially loves being a father his young daughter Mayley.

What I love about FiT: Community, Hard work, Supportive, Fun

Favorite sport: Volleyball, Surfing, Diving, Running, Cycling, Swimming (triathlon), Weight lifting. I love watching all sports.

Tyler Pinkney

Trainer Spirit Animal: Dragon
Tyler has had a passion for fitness and competition since he was a young boy. As he grew, his passion and competitiveness grew big enough to help him win multiple achievements as a Division I student-athlete at the University of Oregon. After his collegiate career concluded, he knew he wanted to stay connected to the fitness world leading him to pursue his Masters of Education in Coaching, Sport, Recreation, and Fitness Administration from Angelo State University. Tyler has worked for multiple universities helping athletes achieve success during their collegiate careers. Now he is excited to put his expertise to work for FiT’s clients and use his knowledge and expertise to help them reach their goals.
What I love about FiT: The people I work with and the opportunity for knowledge. Favorite sports: UFC, Boxing, Soccer, and Track  
  • 4 years of collegiate coaching experience
  • Former Division I Athlete
  • Assisted multiple athletes to the professional level
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and
  • Conditioning Association
  • Basic Olympic Lifting Certification, Totten Training Systems
  • Bachelors of Science in Psychology
  • Masters of Education in Coaching, Sport, Recreation, and Fitness
  • Administration

Juliana Oliveira


Spirit Animal: Dolphin


Helping people to achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle is Juliana’s passion. Originally from Brazil, Juliana grew up playing different sports such as swimming, volleyball, and surfing. She has always had a passion for exercise. After moving to the US, she decided to turn her passion into a career and obtained her personal training certification. Juliana believes with hard work and determination anyone can achieve their goals. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, working out, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

What I love about FiT: I love the schedule flexibility.

Favorite sports: Snorkeling and swimming

Angelo de la Cruz

Orthopedic Massage Therapist & Personal Trainer

Spirit Animal: Wolf-bear-dragon-unicorn beast


While studying biological sciences at Cal Poly SLO, it became clear that my health was suffering. I was always tired, I couldn’t sleep well, I had digestive issues, and my emotions would swing dramatically at times. The realization came that in order for me to enjoy life to its fullest, I had to get serious about improving the quality of my health.

Since then, I’ve studied with doctors, physical therapists, clinical nutritionists, physical trainers, bodyworkers, and top innovators in the field of health & wellness. Instead of chasing the symptoms of illness, the most effective approaches to well-being are those that work to eliminate things that degrade health AND instill lifestyle habits that allow the natural environment of our bodies and mind to operate as efficiently as possible. In this way, we can be lead lives with less pain & sickness.
My work aims to use the technology of the body to help you live a more vibrant & productive life.

Some of the things I have fun doing are Olympic Weightlifting, breakdancing, parkour & free-running, snowboarding, creating electronic music, digital art photography/ videography, competing in American Ninja Warrior (My competition run is here) & learning about quantum physics.

What I love about FiT: Uplifting, motivating, supportive

Favorite sport: Martial Arts, ninja warrior obstacle courses, break dancing

  • Former Life Science Support Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center
  • Certified High Performance Coach
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo
  • CrossFit – Level 1 Certification
  • USA Weightlifting Club Coach Certification
  • Intrinsic Coach Certification – Life & Health Coaching
  • BS Anatomy & Physiology
  • American Massage Therapy Association – Professional Member
  • Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Certified Hendrickson Method Instructor
  • Primal Reflex Release Instructor
  • Certified Massage Therapist
  • Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner

Shaun Conness

Trainer Spirit Animal: Australian Shepherd
Shaun graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in recreational resources. Shaun is a Certified Medical Exercise Specialist with the American Academy of Health, Fitness, and Rehabilitation. Member NSCA. He is a C.H.E.K. practioner level one and a C.H.E.K. Certified Golf Biomechanic. He is a Titlist Performance Certified Golf Fitness Instructor (TPI CGFI). Shaun has also completed the BacktoGolf program in Carmel, CA. Through these courses and application, Shaun has gained extensive knowledge about the mechanics and flexibility demands of the golf swing, as well as the strength and conditioning needed to optimize one’s golf potential. Shaun has trained athletes from senior Olympic Sprinters to PGA and LPGA golfers over his career. He has worked in the home, large gym, and private studio settings. Shaun prides himself on having a strong work ethic, being positive, and enjoying life. You have to have fun.
What I love about FiT: The culture, the environment, and the team. Favorite sport: College football and basketball, pull ups  
  • USAW Club Coach
  • NASM Certified Trainer
  • TPI Golf Fitness Instructor
  • CHEK Practitioner Level 1
  • CHEK Certified Golf Biomechanics Specialist

Jennifer Mulry

Personal Trainer

Spirit Animal: Bear


Jen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S in Psychology in 2005.  She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a USA Weightlifting Club Coach, and is ACSM Special Populations Certified.  In October 2006, Jen started FITBuddies, a training group for individuals with autism and Down syndrome.  In 2011, Jen founded BuddiesInAction to expand FiTBuddies programs.  BuddiesInACTION now offers 1:1 training, group classes, virtual training and health & wellness consulting services for individuals of all abilities. Jen’s passion is teaching individuals to not only move properly but also learn to enjoy movement.  She enjoys teaching other professionals how to work with the special needs population and loves the creativity of building unique programs that fit every individual’s needs. Outside of FiT, Jen spends most of her time chasing after her twins. She enjoys long walks with her duo, hiking, reading, uninterrupted dinners with her husband and is always looking forward to the next east coast visit with family.

What I love about FiT: I love the family atmosphere at FiT and the collective effort to all be the healthiest version of ourselves.

Favorite Sport(s): Basketball & Swimming

Jeff Samson

Martial Arts Trainer
Assisted Stretch Practitioner

Spirit Animal: Blue Whale


Jeff has been working with clients in the Bay Area since 2007 and performs personal training, martial arts instruction, and assisted stretching to youth, working adults and retired seniors. Most of his youth was spent as an unathletic chubby kid who found various ways of getting into trouble. It wasn't till he was a young adult that he began to study fitness, train himself and learn martial arts. He entered and won a fitness transformation competition in 2006 which changed his life forever. The personal training he received and positive changes he saw from the competition inspired him to teach others. Jeff went back to school and earned his Fitness Specialist certification through the Wellness and Human Performance Department of Mission College and has held certifications in Circular Strength Training, USAW Olympic Weightlifting, and Bioforce Conditioning Coach. He currently holds a BA in Humanities from The New College of California, is a Life Stretch Instructor through the Stretch to Win Institute and certified FST (Fascial Stretch Therapy) practicioner. Jeff is a longtime local having lived in California all his life from San Diego to the Bay Area. When he's not training clients or learning new things about health and fitness he enjoys trying new restaurants, sipping specialty coffee, whiskey tasting, looking for whales in the sea and taking road trips.

What I love about FiT: Great space, staff, clients, ability to pursue my passions

Favorite sport: Jiujitsu