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Summit Strong Gym Denver
Todd Zalinski

TODD

During his time spent in the fitness industry, he noticed that most people focus on the exercises and programs but not on the lifestyle while trying to achieve their results.

There are important aspects of exercise and programming to focus on while training, but it is also important to know what to do outside the gym on your own to achieve and maintain the desired results of each person.

Equipped with an extensive scientific background and years of experience, there is not a person out there that Todd cannot help achieve their fitness goals. He is an intense, driven individual that inspires others to reach new heights that they may have not thought possible.

Todd ensures that all clients achieve their results in the safest, fastest, way possible.

Specialities & Certifications:

  • Triple majored in college (Exercise Physiology, Athletic training, Exercise Leadership) while also playing NCAA division III football

  • Founder Summit Strong

  • Founder TZ Fitness

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer

  • NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist

  • NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist

  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist

Summit Aaron

AARON

Aaron has over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry as well as a being a former  competitive athlete. He strives on using simplicity when it comes to fitness and nutrition. 

Aaron specializes in strength training, Olympic Weightlifting, athletic performance, fat loss,  nutrition, and injury prevention. No matter if you’re a competitive athlete or someone who just wants to move, look, and feel better, he can help.

Aaron is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Functional Movement Screen certified, a USA Weightlifting Coach and Precision Nutrition Certified.

Specialities & Certifications:

  • NASM

  • Functional Movement Screen certification

  • USA Weightlifting Coach

  • Precision Nutrition Certified

Summit Nate

NATE

Nate’s fitness journey started when he was 13. His father got him involved in lifting weights and working out to keep him on the right path. He was also involved in wrestling in high school and shortly after his senior year, he started training in Mixed Martial Arts. At the age of 18 his favorite ultimate fighter was Forrest Griffin, and after watching him fight, Nate wanted to challenge himself to compete as soon as he could out of high school. Since then, he’s had 9 MMA fights, 2 boxing bouts and 1 kickboxing bout. He’s experienced in all disciplines and has been training for about 10 years. He continues to learn and grow as a martial artist and a trainer/sports performance coach. My passion is to help others achieve their fitness goals and push them to accomplish them.

Specialties & Certifications: 

  • NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist

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RYAN F.

Ryan has been in the fitness industry since 1999. From bodybuilding to personal training clients from all ages to build confidence, a  healthy mind set, body and forming good habits . He also provides personalized meal planning to teach the importance of nutrition. He feels no greater satisfaction than seeing a client feel good about themselves, along with the friendship and bond he builds with that person.

 

Specialties & Certifications: 

  • ACE CPT

Summit Alec

ALEC

Alec Wakeley is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Nutritionist. Alec has a drive for helping others conquer their health and wellness trials. He is focused on building healthy habits and routines to achieve realistic and measurable goals. Whether they are looking to lose weight, build muscle, or improve your overall lifestyle, Alec has the experience and knowledge to create a personalized program to their unique goals and needs. 

 

In addition to his certifications, Alec is known for building an approachable form of discipline, accountability, and fun to their clients journey. Open communication and trust are keys to being successful and safe as they progress. He believes that with the right combination or exercise, nutrition, and habits, anyone can achieve their desired results.

Specialities & Certifications:

  • NASM

Summit Nikia

NIKIA

Nikia is a NASM certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor who focuses on her clients’ overall health including, mental wellness, nutrition, strength conditioning, body building, and triathlon. With over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry training clients individually and in group fitness classes, her passion continues to be assisting clients to be the best version of themselves.

Nikia is an Ironman and bikini body building competitor and former competitive powerlifter in college. Her personality is vibrant, motivating, kind, and positive. She is also working towards completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology to be a licensed therapist who specializes in fitness and holistic wellness.

 

Outside of the gym, she enjoys hiking with her dog Milo and being outside in the sun. She recently moved here from Hawaii and is currently learning how to snowboard (and is loving it!)

 

Specialties & Certifications: 

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

  • TRX Certified

  • Precision Nutrition Certified

  • Endurance Athlete Training

  • Strength and Conditioning

Summit Mason

MASON

Mason comes from a small town in Wisconsin where he was raised on the importance of discipline, hard work and mental determination that he learned through over 15 years of wrestling. As he grew older he found a deep passion for fitness which he found helped him not only physically but mentally grow as an individual. With that passion Mason decided to pursue the path of physical training where he completed his certification through NASM.

 

With his abilities and passion, Mason aims to provide each and every one of his clients with the tools and skills they need to continue to climb and reach their summit. Whether you are just starting out or you are ready to get back into the gym, Mason is equipped to guide you toward success.

 

At the end of the day - Mason’s goal is to help you reach your goals of a physically and mentally fulfilling lifestyle!

Specialties & Certifications: 

  • NASM

Summit Kristen

KRISTEN

Kristen is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer. She has been powerlifting for over five years, competed in the USA Powerlifting federation (USAPL), and was a competitive dancer for nine years before she discovered lifting. She specializes in lifting and flexibility training. Kristen graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Florida with a health science major and a double concentration in biology and psychology. She understands and empathizes with anxieties that occur from daily life and believes exercise is a positive form of therapy. Through lifting, she has gained a tremendous amount of confidence and recognizes how beneficial exercise can be to others’ mental and physical health. Kristen became a personal trainer because she wants to teach others how to gain confidence in themselves and in a gym atmosphere by showing them how strong they truly are and how to master hard lifts with proper technique.

Specialties & Certifications: 

  • NASM

  • BA of health sciences from University of South Florida

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HANK

Hank has had a passion for health & fitness his entire life. Growing up a natural athlete, he played & competed in all major sports, but fell in love with basketball which became his focus. Hank played Division 1 basketball at the University of South Florida as well as Illinois State University while still developing his knowledge & skills as a trainer. Graduating from USF in 2018 with a Bachelors in Exercise Science & finishing his college career in 202, Hank has been working as a professional trainer for the last 3 years. He specializes in Strength & Conditioning style training with an emphasis on mobility & joint health. "It's more than just personal training for me. It is about positively impacting people's lifestyles. I love helping people achieve their goals & seeing success for others is one of the greatest feelings in the world."

Specialties & Certifications: 

  • NASM

  • BS in Exercise Science from University of South Florida

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PERI

Peri Heft is a 360-degree health and wellness coach and trainer who educates, encourages, and inspires others to improve their Meals, Movement, and Mindset. With over 6 years experience, she is a certified personal trainer, nutritionist, yoga and fitness instructor, and is a published author of a macro-friendly cookbook. Her knowledge and experience surrounding food and physical training plays a large role in her success as a leader, educator, trainer, and author. If you work with Peri, you can expect to feel educated, empowered, strong, and grounded -- whether in a private session at the gym, in one of her fitness classes, or in one of her coaching programs.

 

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, working out, creating artwork, enjoying live music, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.​​

Specialties & Certifications: 

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

  • Certified Nutritionist

  • Yoga and fitness instructor

Summit Katrina

KATRINA

Katrina is a registered dietitian nutritionist, & founder of KMD Nutrition, LLC. At KMD Nutrition, Katrina offers personalized one-on-one nutrition coaching to develop a tailored nutrition plan based on each client's goals, needs, & unique situation. Katrina specializes in weight management, general healthy eating, & relationship with food, & also provides medical nutrition therapy to clients with underlying medical conditions in the areas of cardiometabolic health, women's health, gut health, & much more.

Katrina's personal & professional philosophy towards nutrition is centered around sustainable lifestyle change. She has a passion for helping clients reach their full potential without restriction or an all-or-nothing mentality & has helped over 100+ clients achieve their health & wellness goals through education, introspection, & accountability. She holds bachelor's & master's degrees in Human Nutrition from the University of Alabama & completed the Dietetic Internship at Boulder Community Health Hospital through Aramark from 2021-2022. Prior to starting her own practice, she worked in the ICU at Presbyterian St. Luke's/Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children as a Clinical Dietitian, & for a virtual Price Practice.

Specialties & Certifications: 

  • NASM

  • Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, 2021

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Human Nutrition

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