MEET OUR TRAINERS
CHICO SPORTS CLUB PERSONAL TRAINERS
“You’re not truly succeeding in the gym unless you fail every once in a while.”
Alex is a fun-loving husband and father of three. He loves fitness because it has helped shape his life and has allowed him to help shape the lives of others. Alex enjoys working with people all over the fitness spectrum and appreciates the challenge of breaking through barriers and plateaus. He isn’t afraid to push you to become the best version of yourself.
NESTA Certified Personal Trainer, 2014
Division 1 Athlete (Football)
Certified Trainer/Coach since 2011
Aesthetic Lifting, Weight Loss/Gain, Strength & Conditioning, Preventative Strength Training, Deep Tissue & Myofascial Stretching
“There is always something to love about movement.”
Andre has been active his whole life: training and competing in wrestling, football, basketball, and track and field. In 2012, he began coaching at a local CrossFit gym and subsequently started competing in the sport of CrossFit. In 2016 and 2017 he competed in the CrossFit Games California Regionals and in 2017 earned the title of “31st Fittest Man in California.” Andre is a detail-oriented trainer who has worked with people of nearly all ages (8-65+) and fitness levels.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, 2012
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, 2017
Developing Work Capacity, Safety & Longevity, High Exercise Efficacy, Nutrition & Lifestyle
“It’s all about keeping your mind still, your chin up, and your heart quiet.”
Bruno’s passion for fitness began as a competitive high jumper. It was through his dedicated practice that led to a blossoming interest in biomechanics. As a trainer, he instructs all of his clients on how to exercise and move with perfect form thus achieving a balance between mobility and stability. In his free time, Bruno enjoys meditation in the style of music: relaxing and playing Samba and Bossa Nova on his guitar.
B.S. Physical Education, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, 2013
Functional Training, Mobility, Stability, & Balance, Running Coach
“Be kind, be patient, be involved. This is where transformation begins.”
Carolyn was raised in Chico and was competitive in various sports: gymnastics, track, volleyball, and obstacle course racing. Her passion for sports and movement, instilled by her parents and grandfather, Dr. Wayne Dawson, led her on the path to become a Coach and Personal Trainer. Carolyn enjoys helping people of all ages discover and improve upon a fit and healthy lifestyle. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, gardening, and running with her dog.
B.A. Kinesiology, CSU-Chico, 2017
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, 2017
ISSA Sports Nutrition Certified, 2018
Strength and Conditioning, Functional Fitness, Nutrition, Youth Fitness
“Invest in yourself and your health.
Find out how amazing you are!”
Erin has over 30 years of experience as a classical ballerina and transitioned into the world of fitness in 2010 as a Zumba® teacher. From there she developed an interest in strength training, functional movement, and Pilates. She loves bringing these elements together in order to build strength, balance, coordination, and stability to her dance students, fitness groups, and clients.
Barre Above® Certified, 2019
STOTT PILATES® Certification, 2017
AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, 2016
Balletone® Certification, 2012
AFAA Certified Group Exercise, 2011
Licensed Zumba® Instructor, 2009
Dance Fitness, Strength Training, Bodyweight Training, Self Myofascial Release
“Health is everything!”
As a mature trainer, Jean has a clear understanding of what older adults are going through physically, mentally, and socially. She loves helping clients gain strength, improve balance, and feel good about themselves. Jean first started training in 1985 in the Palo Alto area through a program she created called “Home Stretch” and has been training or teaching ever since!
ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, 2001
B.S. Biology, SJSU, 1971
Senior Activity Instruction with emphasis on: Resistance Training, Balance & Mobility, Aerobic Endurance, Flexibility
“Set goals, work hard, and enjoy the journey to achieving optimal health.”
Sports have always been the driving force motivating Kira towards fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. Her inspiration for weightlifting began freshman year of high school when she was on the waterpolo and swim team. Learning to lift allowed her to realize the excitement that comes from strengthening oneself through weight training. In her free time Kira enjoys hiking, Muay Thai, cooking, and traveling!
B.S. Sports Nutrition, CSU – Chico, 2017
ACE Certified Personal Trainer, 2017
Certified Water Safety Instructor, 2017
Strength Training, Functional Fitness, Cardiovascular Training, Swimming
“Determination, discipline, and dedication is all you need to achieve your greatest fitness potential.”
Growing up, Lea was always active in dance so it was only natural for her to start teaching hip hop aerobics when she was 22. Now she teaches a wide range of classes from Body Blast to older adult classes in addition to personal training. Lea has competed in four fitness competitions since 2006 and in 2015 she placed first in the Norcal Fitness Classic. In her free time she loves being with her four beautiful children.
Certified Personal Trainer, 2008
NESTA Certified, 2017
Figure Competition Training, Injury Prevention/Rehabilitation, Pregnancy, Weight Loss/Gain
Group Exercise Classes
“A 1 hour workout is 4% of your day. What’s your excuse?”
Matt has been lifting consistently for the past years 10 years at Chico Sports Club. He enjoys working with clients of all ages and helping them to achieve their fitness goals. Matt believes that if you’re willing to work for it, there is no goal that his clients can’t reach. He owes his success in the gym to many years of proper lifting and nutrition.
NPTA Certified Personal Trainer, 2017
Hypertrophy Training, Weight Loss/Gain, Muscle Building & Toning
“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”
Sarah’s passion for fitness drives her towards making it a special part of each of her clients’ lives. When she’s not training, you will often find her around the Club teaching group fitness classes including Pump, Pilates, and H.I.I.T Thursday. In her free time she enjoys cooking, gardening, and traveling with her loving husband and three beautiful children.
Barre Above® Certified, 2019
STOTT PILATES® Certification, 2018
AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, 2011
All fitness levels