Ann Casey ~ Monkey Bar Gym Certified Natural Trainer, Rehabilitation Movement Therapist, Structural Integration Rolfer
Ann has been a student of the human body for more than 20 years. She has been in private practice in Salida since 1994 as a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, Rehabilitation Movement Therapist, Arthro-Kinetics, Structural Integration/Rolfer and a Certified Nutritionist. Her athletic background, College of Charleston Women Soccer, Whitewater raft guide, ACA Kayak instructor instigated her desire to understand more about how we move. Over the years, she has seen many clients with pain complaints stemming from athletic injury, lack of healthy functional movement and routine weight training with isolation machines found in many “traditional” gyms. This inspired her to open a functional fitness training gym in Salida, as a part of INTEGRATE mind•body•fitness. Functional Training is by no means “new”, it is just a more balanced way of strengthening and toning the body without many of the painful side effects that often accompany the routine use of isolation machines or weights. Simply participating or training in only one sport, be it skiing, swimming, cycling etc. can lead to imbalances in the body. Cross training with constantly varied, high intensity, whole body functional movement is the foundation for Integrate Salida’s fitness program. This foundation results in positive effects for everyone, whether you are a serious athlete, weekend warrior or simply want to live with less pain. It is what inspired Ann to bring Monkey Bar Gym fitness to Salida. Improving inner awareness is where it all starts and Ann inspires her clients to begin and/or maintain that journey!
Kim Shaffer ~ Boot Camp and Personal Trainer
Kim Shaffer has been a personal trainer and group fitness instructor since 1979. Kim has owned two health clubs, three personal training studios, a natural foods café, and numerous other businesses. She also traveled for four years training and certifying group fitness instructors and produced two fitness videos. Her life time experience in the fitness industry has taught her that wellness is very basic and that diet, exercise, attitude, family and friends are the keys to living life to its fullest. As an older adult, Kim understands the needs of an aging population. Kim believes that many people are no longer concerned about how fast they can do something, but instead just want to enjoy the activities they love and to live pain free. This drive to help people become more active and fit is Kim’s passion. Kim is certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer; the American Council on Exercise as a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Medical Exercise Specialist; the American Association of Health and Fitness Professionals as a Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist; as well as numerous other agencies such as the Arthritis Foundation and the US Weightlifting Federation. Formal schooling involved earning a Bachelors’ degree in Sports Medicine and passing the National board exams to become a Certified Athletic Trainer. Kim also earned a Masters’ degree in Rehabilitation Science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2013. Kim recently resigned as a professor of Human Anatomy & Physiology at Colorado State University-Pueblo and has decided to focus on helping those that may need direction in their fitness goals. Kim is also a retired United States Olympic Marathon athlete and top competitor in races like the Pikes Peak Marathon, the Big Sur Marathon, and the Sacramento International Marathon. Today, Kim enjoys teaching all class formats such as Bootcamp and group strength training and helping her personal training clients achieve their goals. Kim and her husband, Mike, are the owners of Mountain Pawn & Gun in Salida and live in Coaldale with their dog, Skittle. Her hobbies are running in the mountains, shooting at targets with her husband, carving pumpkins and pulling Skittle around in his cart behind her mountain bike.
My passion and respect for physical activity and sport started at ten years old when I discovered my love for running. There was such an immense feeling of freedom and power in it that I wanted to share the positive impact it has had on my life with others. In 2008, while working as a nurse in a family practice, I became inspired to do just that after witnessing many patients’ discouragement about their health. Many were looking for a quick fix through medication and completely skipping over the root cause of their problems. They were just giving up. This inspired me to go back to school for nutrition and fitness and immediately after that I started my own personal training business. After realizing that this was the key for me to truly be able to help others I never went back to nursing. In 2010, I found the community blew me away. I loved the intensity and discipline but more than anything I loved the encouraging and supportive family atmosphere. I was instantly hooked and went to get my L-1 certification and began coaching shortly after. At the time I had no idea of the amazing experience that was ahead of me through my journey competing in this sport. It has continued to be a tremendous passion and source of strength in my life and I am very grateful to be able to give back to this sport and community as a coach. I couldn’t imagine my life without it.
National Personal Training Institute (Philadelphia, PA 2009)
Crossfit L-1 (Boston, MA 2011)
Crossfit Endurance (Philadelphia, PA 2012)
Crossfit Mobility (Denver, CO 2014)
Joe Mariola ~ Capoeira
Joe’s interest in martial arts started with Capoeira. He trained for two years under the tutelage of Mestre Canguru at Beginnings Dojo in Briceland, California and Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. After moving to Salida, Joe joined the Agoge MMA Gym where be began learning Jiu-Jitsu. He furthered his Jiu-Jitsu knowledge with coach Tom Reynolds at Yama Dojo in Salida, where he was also introduced to Akido with Sensei Rick Thompson. Joe is a student of movement. When he’s not building stuff, he enjoys kayaking and mountain biking.