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Meet the Personal Trainers Representing 24 Hour Fitness and Spartan in the 2019 Rose Parade

Meet the Personal Trainers Representing 24 Hour Fitness and Spartan in the 2019 Rose Parade

Set your DVRs: The 130th annual Rose Parade takes place in Pasadena, California, on January 1, 2019. That is your probability to ring in the new yr with superbly adorned floral floats and soccer—together with 24 Hour Fitness’ very personal Spartan-themed float.

This yr’s float celebrates the partnership of 24 Hour Fitness and Spartan, with the theme “Tuned for Any Challenge.” Crafted from greater than 45,000 flowers and standing 33 ft in peak, the float shows a strong feminine Spartan racer as she tunes up mentally and bodily for the twists and turns of the parade forward. Adorned with race obstacles, the float will even function six of 24 Hour Fitness’ personal Spartan SGX trainers and three 24 Hour Fitness–sponsored Spartan professional athletes.

Under, the six Spartan SGX 24 Hour Fitness trainers driving the float this January shared their pleasure surrounding the partnership, the Rose Parade and what it means to be a Spartan coach.

Why are you proud to characterize 24 Hour Fitness?

Jake Kenney: 24 Hour Fitness has actually helped me develop and develop as a coach and a supervisor. They’ve given me so many alternatives in such a short while with the firm, together with working with NFL Play 60 and the Los Angeles Rams and serving to me get licensed with Spartan. By no means have I labored with an organization that was so invested in its staff.

Glenn Payne: This firm invests in its staff to make us higher. In my eight years with the firm, I’ve gone from working overnights as a service consultant to a health supervisor and model ambassador. This firm builds careers. Once I first obtained employed, I didn’t plan on turning into a private coach. That choice was introduced to me by a health supervisor who noticed one thing in me. Now I’m celebrating near a decadelong profession with an organization that takes satisfaction in watching its staff develop.

Nancy Aceituno: I consider we’re greater than only a place the place we work out. We’re a group of caring and passionate people who love health and promote a more healthy way of life.

Vinh Duong: It’s a firm that empowers not solely members but in addition group members to reside match and wholesome lives. I maintain my originating intent near me, “to empower others through fitness,” and 24 Hour Fitness utterly encompasses this.

Alicia Ornelaz: On a private degree, I’m pleased with the undeniable fact that I’ve been capable of have an effect on as many individuals as I’ve in relation to their health degree but in addition how they view themselves. I actually respect having a profession in which I will help individuals turn into more healthy and happier whereas additionally enhancing their general high quality of life. Everybody deserves an opportunity to be wholesome and glad.

Kaylen Danz: I actually consider in all the values that type the basis on which we carry out. We use our ardour for health to assist encourage and empower others, and we’re devoted to altering lives and connecting our members with outcomes. I couldn’t be extra grateful that on a day-to-day foundation, 24 Hour Fitness permits me the alternative to have a constructive impression on the lives of others by means of health and vitamin.

What does the Rose Parade and 24 Hour Fitness partnership imply to you?

Kenney: As an enormous sports activities and soccer fan, I couldn’t be extra excited to be on the Rose Parade float for 24 Hour Fitness. It’s such a enjoyable and distinctive alternative that I’ll carry with me for the remainder of my life.

Payne: Pasadena is my hometown. I grew up right here, and I’ve been to some Rose Parades as a child. Will probably be a dream come true to experience via my metropolis on a health float.

Aceituno: I’m able to symbolize my membership in such a particular and well-recognized occasion in entrance of many individuals throughout the world, together with family members in others elements of the globe.

Duong: It exhibits the nation (and world) that we’re an organization with excessive ardour for what we do. This extends outdoors the health business into the reaches of each youngsters and adults, exemplifying what we stand for as an organization and what we do as a staff.

Ornelaz: It excites me that 24 Hour Fitness will probably have the ability to encourage hundreds of thousands of individuals throughout the nation to make a constructive change in their life. Personally, the Rose Parade is one thing that jogs my memory of my grandmother who handed away final yr. I liked her a lot, and she actually constructed a basis of motion and play in my life, and with out her, I’ll not even be as lively or enthusiastic about health as I’m in the present day. I’m grateful for the alternative to share what I really like and what 24 Hour Fitness represents with so many different individuals.

Danz: It grants 24 Hour Fitness further publicity, provides sure workforce members similar to myself the probability to proudly characterize an organization that we work so onerous for, and additionally broadcasts the thrilling partnership between Spartan and 24 Hour Fitness!

What’s the significance of the Spartan and 24 Hour Fitness partnership, for you?

Kenney: I’ve all the time actually loved impediment programs and competitors, so once I came upon that Spartan and 24 have been collaborating, I knew it was one thing I needed to be part of. I even have two shoppers who’re husband and spouse who additionally compete in Spartan races, and I assumed it will be such a terrific alternative to study as a lot as I might in hopes of offering them with a greater exercise to get them prepped for his or her subsequent race.

Payne: I ran my first Spartan Race in 2012, and since then, I’ve accomplished eight extra races. I acquired one Trifecta medal, and I’m engaged on extra. This partnership brings collectively two manufacturers that symbolize a health way of life, and I’m honored to be related to each of them.

Aceituno: What excites me about the Spartan and 24 Hour Fitness partnership is that each are nice in bringing health and enjoyable along with working arduous and challenges.

Duong: Spartan and 24 Hour Fitness go collectively like peanut butter and jelly for me. As a Spartan racer and coach, seeing this relationship join future racers with particular coaching strategies and Spartan veterans with entry to extra amenities solely excites me for what extra we’ve but to supply nonetheless in the coming years.

Ornelaz: Earlier than attaining my bachelor’s diploma, I joined the California Military Nationwide Guard as a approach to assist pay for college. Once I got here residence, I did a Spartan Race in Malibu the very subsequent day in December 2011. I used to be undoubtedly not in the greatest form I’ve ever been, nevertheless it confirmed me that though I wasn’t the place I needed to be bodily, I used to be nonetheless able to finishing the race with not simply my very own power and tenacity but in addition with the assist of others. I actually love that the Spartan Race is actually all-inclusive regardless of your measurement, strengths, weaknesses. It exhibits those that they will nonetheless work collectively, belief others and talk in order to realize a standard objective. It’s all too typically that we get pulled into our telephones and overlook to speak. The Spartan Race manages to deliver individuals collectively in a means that not all types of health can.

Danz: The partnership permits trainers comparable to myself the probability to study new methods and exercises via the Spartan SGX program and offers us with new instruments to assist our members conquer obstacles on the course, in the health club and in on a regular basis life!

What does being a Spartan-certified coach imply to you?

Kenney: Being prepared for something life throws at you, being mentally and bodily robust to beat any impediment, and all the time persevering with to study and develop to be a greater individual and chief. I’m a robust believer of main by instance, and Spartan provides me that chance.

Payne: It’s an honor to be a Spartan-certified coach. After collaborating in races and coaching for them year-round, it feels good to assist individuals begin or proceed their Spartan journey.

Aceituno: To me, being a Spartan-certified coach means bringing health to the subsequent degree, the place challenges are created and overcome in order to develop as athletes and stronger people in all areas— bodily, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually.

Duong: To be the bridge for brand spanking new members/racers to the Spartan tradition. It means to be the instance of what a match and wholesome way of life can convey, what new challenges to take, and that the human physique is rather more enjoyable to make the most of outdoors the health club!

Ornelaz: As a Spartan-certified coach, I hope to succeed in extra individuals. I hope to have the ability to present folks that they will exceed their very own expectations and grow to be succesful in a method that they by no means thought they might.

Danz: It’s dwelling the Spartan code by instance: It’s all the time discovering new methods to problem myself bodily and mentally, constantly studying and being a pacesetter, training what I preach, standing up for my beliefs it doesn’t matter what, giving again to my group, dwelling each second to the fullest, and sharing this lifestyle with others!

Which Spartan Race impediment is your favourite?

Kenney: I’ve not but competed in a Spartan Race however might be doing one this December and couldn’t be extra excited to take action. I do know it’ll push me past my limits, and I’m prepared. Monkey bars have all the time been certainly one of my favourite obstacles as a toddler and as an grownup, so I can’t wait to deal with them once I do my first race this December.

Payne: I’ve achieved 9 Spartan races and accomplished one Trifecta. All 9 races have made me mentally and bodily stronger. They’ve additionally confirmed me my limits and allowed me to show to myself that I can conquer any impediment. My favourite impediment is the Rope Climb. There’s nothing higher than pulling your self as much as the prime.

Aceituno: I’m undoubtedly wanting ahead to doing one in the close to future. My favourite obstacles are the Tyrolean Traverse and the Wall Climb.

Duong: I’ve accomplished two Spartan races: a Dash Race in 2016 and a Stadium Collection race in early 2018. It’s numerous enjoyable to see what you’re able to not simply bodily with the obstacles but in addition mentally. There’s a way of camaraderie in the air that’s contagious. Once I noticed a fellow racer pushing by means of their psychological worry of an impediment, I couldn’t assist however be a part of the different racers in motivating and serving to the individual efficiently full it and transfer on to the subsequent. Bodily challenges are typical in races, however seeing and experiencing psychological challenges overcome in the Spartan tradition was the most enjoyable I might have whereas doing cardio! My favourite impediment is the Spear Throw. It was the solely impediment I skilled challenges in coaching for. (Hardly any individuals throw spears in Southern California.)

Ornelaz: I’ve carried out three: two in Malibu and one in Castaic. I’d like to do extra. A Spartan Race might be the solely method anybody might actually get me to run lengthy distance. I like that the races are all the time totally different and no impediment is ever predicted. It retains me shifting and challenged. The Barbed Wire Crawl and just about any sort of wall impediment are my favourite. I’m brief, so I like the Barbed Wire Crawl due to the benefit, and I like the Wall Climb for the problem.

Danz: I tackled my first Dash on December 9 in Castaic, California, and I couldn’t wait to crawl by way of mud beneath barbed wire!

Meet the trainers

Jake Kenney has been a health coach since 2015, and he has been with 24 Hour Fitness for nearly two years. He’s a NASM-certified coach, Spartan SGX coach and NASM health vitamin specialist. He’s at present the health supervisor at 24 Hour Fitness Simi Valley Sport.

Glenn Payne has been a health coach for seven years, and he has been with the firm for eight years, the place he began as a gross sales consultant. He’s a NASM-certified private coach, AFAA- licensed group train teacher, Spartan SGX coach, Schwinn-certified Spinning teacher, Les Mills BODYPUMP teacher, mixed-martial arts power and conditioning specialist, Hyperwear SandBell coach, GEAR indoor biking licensed, and IG7 Coach by Colour indoor biking licensed. He’s at present the health supervisor at 24 Hour Fitness Pasadena Lively.

Nancy Aceituno has been a health coach for the final 5 years, and she has been with 24 Hour Fitness for nearly one yr. She is a licensed private coach, group health teacher and Spartan SGX coach at 24 Hour Fitness Mission Hills Sepulveda Tremendous Sport.

Vinh Duong has been a health coach for almost seven years, and he has labored for 24 Hour Fitness for 3 and a half years. He’s licensed as an ACE orthopedic train specialist and is a Spartan SGX coach. Duong additionally holds certifications in Useful Motion Techniques Degree 1 and Precision Vitamin Degree 1. He’s at present the health supervisor at the 24 Hour Fitness Apple Valley Tremendous-Sport location.

Alicia Ornelaz has been a health coach with 24 Hour Fitness for greater than 5 years. She spent 4 years earlier than becoming a member of the firm teaching basketball at the middle- and high-school ranges. Ornelaz is a Spartan SGX coach at 24 Hour Fitness Woodland Hills Topanga Tremendous Sport and holds a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology with a spotlight in bodily schooling.

Kaylen Danz has been a private coach at 24 Hour Fitness for the previous 4 years. She is a NASM-certified private coach with a health vitamin specialization. She can also be a Spartan SGX coach and a licensed barre teacher. Danz works at 24 Hour Fitness Burbank Empire Tremendous Sport, and she is at present going to high school for her affiliate of science bodily therapist assistant diploma.