Introducing the Epic Fitness team

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Epic Fitness

Our team of fitness and nutrition professionals are invested in your health. We make every decision with our members’ well-being in mind. Achieve your goals with us!

The Team

Mitchell Cook coach at Epic Fitness
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Mitchell Cook

Director of Fitness/ Corporate Wellness Manager

Mitchell originally hails from Wisconsin, where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology-Human Performance at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire & his Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology at UW-La Crosse. Mitchell is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA as well as a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP) through the ACSM. During the first 5 years of his training career, he has experience working with middle aged adults focused on fat loss, athletes looking to improve sport performance, cardiac and pulmonary patients rehabilitating post-surgery/diagnosis, and empowering individuals with disabilities through movement and exercise. Mitchell enjoys spending his free time focusing on his own physical, mental, and spiritual wellness through hiking, resistance training, acro yoga, meditation, skiing, reading, researching, conversing, & cooking. He is a strong believer of establishing an open mindset for lifelong happiness and health, and lives by the daily mantra of “Better Never Stops.”

Erin - Coach at Epic Fitness
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Erin Barton

Director of Awesomeness

As the Director of Awesomeness, Erin ensures the smooth operations and customer needs, while providing a daily dose of Awesome! Erin’s professional journey began after earning her Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Utah, where she gained valuable experience in television production and sales. Erin was introduced to Epic Fitness through the Upgrade Your Life Challenge in 2023, where she developed a deep appreciation for the workouts that changed her life and the wonderful people in the Epic community.

Erin has a zest for life and is dedicated to fostering relationships and building communities. In her free time, she enjoys attending concerts, spending quality time with loved ones, and indulging in her passion for singing karaoke. Erin’s most prized possession is her passport, as it allows her to explore new destinations and immerse herself in diverse cultures. She’s excited to bring an extra dose of awesome to each day!

Hannah Israelson coach at Epic Fitness
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Hannah Israelson

Coach

Hannah graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s in Exercise and Sport Science. She is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Physiologist. Her background includes training at a fitness retreat to help adults lose weight and gain confidence as well as creating exercise programs for cancer patients at Huntsman Cancer Hospital. She also enjoys running a small park bootcamp for moms. Hannah loves to help others find a love for fitness and become 1% better each day with exercise! Hannah’s passions include cycling, running, and spending time with her kids outdoors.

Brian Anderson coach at Epic Fitness
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Brian Anderson

Coach

Brian completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. He is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). As a Chicago native, Brian moved out west to enjoy all of the activities that the mountains offer. In his free time, you can find him out in the sun doing what he loves, whether it’s skiing, mountain biking, camping, or water sports. He is also an avid Chicago Cubs fan and a proud Utah Ute. Brian believes in the compounding effects of everyday self-improvement. His goal as a coach is to help motivate and inspire individuals to make beneficial changes to their lifestyles in pursuit to live well-rounded and high-quality lives.

Kim Gonzalez coach at Epic Fitness
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Kim Gonzalez

Coach

Kim completed her Bachelors Degree from Brigham Young University – BS Recreation Management. She is certified through the NASM – CPT, Women’s Fitness Specialist, and as a Senior Fitness Specialist. Kim hails from the greater DC area of Virginia. Her love for coaching runs deep. Before Epic, she coached and guided rock climbing, has experience as a Rehab Aid & volunteered at the National Ability Center working with people with disabilities. Kim truly has a passion for helping people improve and learn in a safe environment, and loves to focus on the mental and emotional health aspects of movement and exercise.

Keyli Tueller coach at Epic Fitness
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Keyli Tueller

Coach

Keyli is proudly representing her roots in the breathtaking landscapes of Utah. Keyli is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Coming from a background as a boxing coach, her journey in fitness is all about personal and professional growth. Beyond the gym, you’ll catch Keyli experimenting in the culinary world, gliding with rhythmic grace on roller skates, and tending to a lively bunch of pets. It’s not just about expertise; it’s about blending her passion for health with personal interests and creating a journey that’s as dynamic as it is fulfilling.

Trent - Coach at Epic Fitness
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Trent Sims

Coach

Trent graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Trent is a certified personal trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). Once a collegiate sprinter, Trent is now taking his love for speed to new levels as a skeleton athlete. He is also a CG artist/animator and, when he isn’t serving as a coach at Epic, training, or sliding headfirst down the Utah Olympic Park ice track, you can likely find him practicing his art form at home.

Trent loves art, music, film, and all things that keep him moving. Be careful sharing new things with him, because if you get him too excited, he’ll likely throw himself headfirst into it as a new hobby. Sometimes literally.

Katie Martindale coach at Epic Fitness
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Katie Martindale

Coach

Katie graduated from University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Wellness. She is a certified Elite Trainer & Sports Nutritionist through ISSA, RYT 500 Yoga Instructor and is pursuing her Corrective Exercise certification through NASM. From track and field to cheerleading in high school to competing in fitness competitions turned marathon runner through and after college, she has always had a passion for fitness and helping others with establishing a healthy relationship and ‘lifestyle’ with their own body and the food they put in it to become the best version of themselves. She enjoys hiking and exploring new destinations and camping anywhere under the stars. Snowboarding in the winter and wakeboarding in the summers. Spending time with her fur babies, meditating next to a waterfall or in the desert is where you will find her and her Zen!

Robert Liessmann coach at Epic Fitness
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Robert Liessmann

Coach

Robert completed his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Nutrition from the University of Utah. During that time Robert worked as a CNA, and this fueled his passion to achieve his degree in Kinesiology to be able to help people live healthier lives. Robert is currently a Sargent First Class in the US Army, and has served for the last 12 years. Robert is a Certified Functional Strength Coach through CFSC, as well as a certified Hardstyle Kettlebell Coach (HKC). During the first 3 years of his training career, he has experience working with all ages focused on many goals from fat loss to athletes looking to improve sport performance, cardiac and pulmonary patients, post-PT patients, and those getting ready to join the service. Robert enjoys spending his free time focusing on his own physical training to be ready for any and all missions. He enjoys running and backpacking to get away from all the little things of daily life. He loves to help others live a healthier life by having healthier habits. Robert lives by the daily mantra of “last one best one.”

Amy Fogel coach at Epic Fitness
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Amy Fogel

The Bosses Boss

Amy graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. She helps keep Epic Fitness running smoothly by maintaining the daily ins and outs of the business, taking care of all of the behind the scenes items, plus she handles the party planning for Epic Fitness’s amazing challenges, prize giveaways and events. Amy loves doing whatever it takes to ensure that our Epic coaches and Rockstar members stay happy, healthy and continue to get 1% better every day!

Ben Fogel owner of Epic Fitness
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Ben Fogel

Owner

For over 15 years Ben has been coaching people of all types and backgrounds. As a former World Cup and World Championship athlete himself, he’s learned from some of the best in the world how to be a great coach and mentor. Ben graduated with honors in Exercise Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Ben spends a great deal of his time learning, growing, and increasing his knowledge in order to benefit his clients and the Epic Fitness team. He loves seeing all of the Epic members achieve their goals! As important as anything, he lives by the concept of getting 1% better everyday. It is his goal for you to get 1% better each time you step into Epic Fitness, and that is when magical things will happen!

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