Training the athlete in every body™

Thom Downing

Owner

Shaun Conness

Personal Trainer

Jennifer Mulry

Personal Trainer

Jeff Samson

Trainer & Assisted Stretch Therapist

Jeffrey Prusmack

Personal Trainer and Neuromuscular Therapist

Angelo De La Cruz

Orthopedic Massage Therapist & Personal Trainer

Jeff Gordon

Personal Trainer

Juliana Oliveria

Personal Trainer

Kevin Martin

Personal Trainer

Tyler Pinkney

Personal Trainer

Katie DeAngelis

Personal Trainer

Hannah Clark

Personal Trainer

Jake Verhulp

Personal Trainer

Myra Victa

Personal Trainer

Our Pledge

We’re not like other gyms.
We want you to hold us to the highest standard.
We will:

Create a space where feel welcome whether you're smiling, sweating, or grunting.
Work as a team so you benefit from all our minds.
Come well-prepared and punctual to all sessions.
Keep you focused on your goals, every hour, every day.
Inspire you to go the extra mile.

Thom Downing

Personal Trainer & Owner 

Spirit Animal: the Kodiak Brown Bear

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Thom began establishing FiT’s role in shaping the health and wellbeing of Silicon Valley’s highest performers long before FiT itself came into being.  Working alongside countless physicians while pursuing his Master’s Degree and for some time after, Thom learned that while the medical community provided solutions to many problems and dysfunctions there were many other aspects to overall health and wellbeing that didn’t fall within the doctors’ scope of practice.  Collaboration with these physicians and others Thom encountered along the way, coupled with his personal experience working with thousands of patients and clients and those of his peers, led to the comprehensive approach that FiT employs to determine and address the keys to optimizing health and wellbeing for the individuals it serves.  

From the Silicon Valley elite to the area’s superlative sports franchises, Thom has successfully coached Bay Area high performers for over 2 decades.  Adding to the knowledge acquired through his schooling and experience, Thom, who has both his masters and bachelors degrees in Kinesiology, has researched and studied everything he could in the areas of exercise physiology, nutrition, neuroscience, sleep, and psychology.  Applying this knowledge and know how to his clients has enabled him to effectively turn around health profiles, guide clients in the adoption of life changing habits, and ultimately, enhance the vitality of those with whom he and his team of professionals has worked.  

Hard work and determination were ingrained in Thom at a young age.  His high school years were marked by a drive to compete in athletics at the collegiate level and to earn the respect of his community as a commercial salmon fisherman in his hometown of Kodiak, Alaska.  Venturing to the lower 48 in pursuit of higher education and the opportunity to play baseball at Southern Oregon initiated a series of events that led to the discovery of his true passion.  Unlocking the ‘secrets’ to a living a long and vibrant life and sharing those with others is Thom’s life work.  He is constantly learning and refining his practice for the benefit of others.  In addition to his work with individual clients, Thom provides corporate lectures, continues to collaborate, gives and receives training alongside area health professionals and other thought leaders, and has assisted in designing and testing various wellness related products and tools. 

Through common sense, research, and his own experience, Thom recognizes that making time for the people that are most important is key in the pursuit of living vibrantly and makes this his top priority.  He enjoys coaching his children in their chosen activities, spending time outdoors and connecting with loved ones. 

What I love about FiT: The comraderie with my co-workers, clients and community. I love learning about our clients, their history and their challenges to help them find sustainable solutions to feeling better and improving their health.

Favorite sports: I like anything sporty! From Football, Ice Hockey and baseball to the Olympics and even dodge ball and corn hole!!

Shaun Conness

Trainer

Spirit Animal: Australian Shepherd

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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

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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

Trainer
Martial Arts Trainer
Assisted Stretch Practitioner

Spirit Animal: Blue Whale

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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

Jeffrey Prusmack

Neuromuscular Therapist, Z-Health Practitioner, Strength and Conditioning Coach

Spirit Animal: Sea Turtle

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Throughout decades in the health & fitness industry, Jeff has had the pleasure to work with hundreds of fantastic people whom he considers all to be athletes. His approach utilizes a neuro-centric approach to training and bodywork which incorporates movement and postural rehabilitation, myofascial and trigger point therapies, musculoskeletal strength & conditioning, and other various strategies.

When not in the gym or doing bodywork, he enjoys listening to music, playing music on the drums, spending time with his partner and their dog, hiking and exploring, cooking and eating, and learning new things.

What I love about FiT: I love working with awesome people and assisting them with their goals. I love when they leave feeling better than when they came in.

Favorite sport: Olympic weightlifting

Personal Training

  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, NSCA
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach
  • Performance Specialist Level 2 Coach, Poliquin International Certification Program
  • BioSignature Practitioner, Poliquin International Certification Program

Bodywork

  • Z-Health Exercise Therapy Specialist (EEP, R, I, S, T)
  • Advanced Neuromuscular Massage Therapist & Health Educator
  • Certified Massage Therapist (CAMTC #80926)

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2001

Current and past athletes

  • Desk Jockey
  • Parents
  • Post-rehabilitation
  • Special Conditions
  • Hockey – NHL Professional
  • Tennis – Youth National Champion
  • Fencing – Junior/Senior World Ranked
  • Triple Jump – Junior/Senior National Ranked
  • Olympic Weightlifting – Masters
  • Equestrian 3m Jump – Amateur
  • Sculling – Masters
  • Downhill Skiing – Amateur
  • Black Belt Karate – Amateur
  • Figure Skating – Youth
  • Varsity Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball, Golf, and Football

Angelo de la Cruz

Orthopedic Massage Therapist & Personal Trainer

Spirit Animal: Wolf-bear-dragon-unicorn beast

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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

Jeff Gordon

Trainer

Spirit Animal: Sasquatch

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Jeff has been training in commercial, corporate, and private gyms since 2010 working with a broad spectrum of clientele, from athletes to those who are just starting their fitness journey. Jeff has a passion for helping others live better lives through fitness by helping them become stronger, more fit, healthy and pain free.

Jeff blends together many training methods based on his belief that doing so not only makes the workouts more engaging for his clients but is also the best way to achieve optimal results. Jeff strongly believes that with consistency, dedication and trust in the process, anyone can reach, possibly even surpass, their fitness goals and achieve more than they imagined.

A Bay Area Native, Jeff was a high school baseball standout at Wilcox High School in Santa Clara where he earned “First Team All CCS” and was awarded a Division 1 baseball scholarship to the University of San Francisco and then later the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he participated in two collegiate world series regionals, one at each program.

In Jeff’s free time he enjoys watching Giants baseball, relaxing on the beach, and constantly improving his fitness and health knowledge to help better his client’s lives.

What I love about FiT: Our group of trainers are knowledgeable professionals and serious about helping our clients reach their goals; at the same time we also have a lot of fun and help them to enjoy the process!

Favorite sports: Baseball

 

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NSCA
  • Crossfit Level 3 Trainer, “Crossfit Certified Trainer”
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach – Level 2
  • USA Weightlifting Level 2 Coach
  • Eleiko Certified Strength Coach
  • Precision Nutrition Certified, PN1
  • OPEX CCP, In progress

Juliana Oliveira

Trainer

Spirit Animal: Dolphin

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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

Kevin Martin

CSX- Opex

Spirit Animal: Puma

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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

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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

Katie Deangelis

Personal Trainer
Strength and Wellness Coach

Spirit Animal: Hummingbird

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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

Hannah Clark

Trainer

Spirit Animal: Phoenix

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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

Jake Verhulp

Trainer

Spirit Animal: Spider Monkey

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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

Myra Victa

Trainer

Spirit Animal: Elephant

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Prior to becoming a fitness professional, Myra worked in financial services for eight years. While she was helping others with their financial and career goals, she began to neglect her own health and wellbeing.  Realizing that investing in her health paid different, but equally important, kinds of dividends than the financial sector, Myra dedicated herself to years of learning from industry leaders and restarted her career. 

Since making this change, Myra has helped hundreds of clients progress toward their fitness and lifestyle goals by working with them both in person and online as a personal trainer and nutritionist. She is passionate about helping others filter through false or misleading fitness fads by bringing evidence-based information to the general population.  She has also helped fitness entrepreneurs grow their businesses and promote this mission. Believing that fitness isn’t just about looking a certain way, Myra supports clients in making lifestyle changes enabling them to feel their best, do their best, and be their best now and in the future.

When she’s not working, Myra likes traveling, spending time with loved ones, and working out/training.

Education/Certifications:

  • Certified Personal Trainer, NASM
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist, NASM
  • Fitness Nutrition Specialist, NASM
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1, Precision Nutrition
  • Certified Nutritionist, Mac Nutrition Uni
  • Functional Movement Specialist L1, Functional Movement

What I love about FiT: The holistic focus on health and wellness and the team camaraderie

Favorite sports: Basketball, Football, Muay Thai