Owner and Personal Trainer
Gaining new confidence in your own healthy biomechanics is one of the things you get from working with Sam. His analysis is unique. Sam puts three decades of thought into your training. He has over 60,000 hours of personal training experience.
Sam has held eighteen national certifications in personal training and nutrition and maintains only the best, including the National Academy of Sports Medicine, ACPT (Advanced Certified Personal Trainer) and National Fitness Therapy Association, Accredited Fitness Therapist. He has been CPR and First Aid Certified for more than 15 years. He is the father of four and revels in a playful embrace of life.
More than an avid exercise enthusiast, Sam has broken the American power lifting record three times. In winning multiple Colorado power lifting championships, he has broken state records in many categories as well. He competes in the Lifetime Drug Free category (sometimes called PURE), and in many competitions Sam uses no supportive equipment.
In order to share his views on fitness and sport, Sam has donated his time to schools and government agencies, teaming with those who seek to recharge some of the policies regarding physical education for our young people. He served on the board of directors of the Colorado Governor's Council for Physical Fitness, a strictly volunteer group that promotes physical activity and exercise programs and sponsors youth events throughout the state.
Although you may hear the term “Functional Fitness” used elsewhere, it was Sam who originated the analysis system behind it. He has discovered that by using everyday life movements, he and his trainers can analyze skeletal position, muscular discrepancies and movement patterns to determine what is moving properly and improperly. Then he creates exercise programs that truly change the way you move and set you on the path to pain-free fitness. Often, movement problems are the root cause of many physical and emotional ailments. He gets to the source of the problem, not just the symptom. And he does it in the buoyant atmosphere of teamwork and camaraderie that is the community spirit of Functional Fitness.
Alexandra de Ladurantaye
Alex is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist with a Bachelors Degree in Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise from Virginia Tech. Her personal weight loss and health journey lead to a strong passion in helping women and young girls not only lose weight, but also gain strength and confidence in their lives.
Alex recently moved to Boulder from Charlotte, NC where she worked in a small women’s only gym and also owned her own fitness business designed specifically for teen aged and young women. Although her career has focused strongly on women’s health she loves to help anyone reach their personal fitness goals in a healthy and positive way. She wants you to move better, feel less pain and become a stronger, healthier you! Her philosophy is that any exercise you engage in should be fun and enjoyable, not stressful or obligatory. Therefore she strives to create workouts with each individual in mind and deliver a positive and encouraging environment for all of her clients.
Outside of the gym Alex loves to hike, ski and be outside whenever she can. She loves all animals and hopes to one-day have land enough to rescue old and/or no longer needed farm and work animals.
I have been a trainer for over seven years now, and in that period of time I've also studied anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and coaching. My philosophy of functional training uses full body movement to incorporate multiple muscle groups which challenge the whole neuro-muscular system. This very complex training brings to life the body as a whole. The exercises we do in the gym translates to a person's life outside of the gym, and helps my clients function better and more optimally when they're not thinking about training - whether at work, at their desk, moving things around, cleaning up - this type of training makes each movement so much more effective. In the demanding environments of the modern workplace the balance of wellness, personal and professional endeavors are more important than ever. I feel so fortunate to be able to help people improve their wellness. Click here to see a video about me.
Colleen’s versatility is her strength; she has the skills to help you achieve a balanced, strong and flexibly body, one that has coordination and agility. She works with all ages for improved biomechanics, gait training, posture and specializes in the more mature adult. Her focus on foot health and full body core is a big plus – Colleen believes you ARE CORE.
Expect great workouts/programs with unbridled enthusiasm and results. You will have fun.
Colleen has been teaching for 35 years and her certifications include; PMA-Gold Certified PTA-Global, PTA-Global Advanced Training, TRX-Group X Training, Sole Training (foot based fitness) WillPowerandGrace-Level I and II and Evidence Based Training-Foot Specialist Level I. Additional certifications include but are not limited to scoliosis, pelvic floor dysfunction, therapeutic exercises for the back, knees/hip and neck.
Recently Colleen became a Purium Health Coach to further support her clients’ health and nutrition in order to take their health to the next level with organic, non-GMO super-foods. Programs for Life-Style, Detox and Athletic Programs as well as dense green super-food nutrition for the whole family. Colleen has taught and created Pilates Comprehensive Certification Programs for professionals for over 28 years, has presented at conferences both domestically and internationally and has been featured in books, magazines, videos and on television. If you are interested investigating some of her Pilates work you can find her videos on Pilates Anytime. Use Code ColleenGlenn for a free month.
Education: Business at University of Houston/ Dance at Lamar University
Mind/Body Coaching and Personal Training
Never before has science understood so exactly and specifically how the mind affects the body and what to do about it. The latest advances in neuroscience, epigenetics and biology prove that the content of our mind radically impacts:
- Our physical fitness and body composition
- Our genetic expression
- Our basic internal chemistry (reductive/oxidative - acidic/alkaline)
- Our enzyme and hormonal levels
- The architecture, neurochemistry, and function of our brain
- Our digestion, organ function, and total body health
- Our ability to overcome stress, pathogens, and environmental pollutants
Simple and practical techniques exist that can allow any individual to harness the power of their mind to increase balance in their body and radically improve their health.
Evan Manée is helping young and old direct the power of their mind to optimize their bodies and live extraordinary lives. With a decade of experience instructing exercise and solving biomechanical issues Evan combines mindset coaching as a trained Demartini Method and Values Facilitator to helps people transcend mental blocks helping to change the way they THINK while they exercise to achieve incredible results.
Evan Manée is a coach, facilitator, and trainer. He is not a licensed mental health professional and does not treat mental illness.
Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer
Kaitie is a Massage Therapist and Certified Personal Trainer who uses these skills to eliminate pain and discomfort by increasing strength or mobility in the right muscles for each individual client depending on their movement patterns and daily activities. People seek Functional Fitness to learn how to move properly and through this understand more about their bodies and how they can empower themselves through strength in functional movement.
Empowering her clients is by far the most rewarding aspect of Kaitie’s job. Her clients are rewarded through recognition of their strength and potential for a more balanced life and body. She feels fortunate to have the capability to provide a space and the expertise to construct a program in which clients can achieve their goals, exercise intelligently, and live a more pain-free and functional life.
Kasey O'Leary BS, MSPT has been in practice as an orthopedic physical therapist for over 20 years. Her wide ranging experience includes acute and chronic spinal problems, tendonitis/tendonosis, movement system imbalances, joint pain, post operative rehab, massage therapy and Yoga instruction. Each session is an hour of one on one care that may include manual therapy, integrative dry needling, individualized exercise programs, movement retraining, MYK (myokinesis technique) and class IV laser. Her collaborative and holistic treatment approach will help return you to activities you love and instill in you a deeper awareness and knowledge of your body that will guide and inform your healing process.
Katharine Hauge, PT, DPT, OCS has 15 years experience as a Physical Therapist treating people with a wide range of orthopedic and sports injuries. By staying current on treatment techniques and advances in orthopedic medicine, she helps people reach their individual goals efficiently. Treatments can include trigger point dry needling, a range of manual manipulation techniques, and a thorough postural and movement analysis. She assesses her patients' functional movement patterns which is essential to helping them recover and stay injury-free. Whether a patient has unresolved back pain, joint pain, weakness, or needs post-surgical rehab, Katharine is committed to providing sound advice and excellent health care.
Personal Trainer and Massage Therapist
Lisa is a Licensed Massage therapist, Personal Trainer, and Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist. She studied at the Boulder School of Massage Therapy, the Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, and well as UC Davis (Bachelor’s of exercise science). Lisa is passionate about helping her clients to learn about their bodies, while empowering them to move better so they can live their lives to their fullest potential. She accomplishes this through massage as well as movement. She has worked with everyone from the elderly to professional athletes. Whether a client is coming for bodywork (massage or connective tissue release) or movement/fitness training she meets the client where they are at and will adapt to and help rehabilitate any injuries or pain issues.
Matt came to Functional Fitness after graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a degree in Biology, Psychology, and Political Science. Functional Fitness is the beginning of his career as a personal trainer, but his interest in fitness started several years ago in the Crossfit and Olympic weightlifting circuit. It was in these formats where he noticed how exercise can be rewarding, but also damaging to the human body. Through his education in Biology he gained an unique insight into the molecular and anatomical aspects of exercise.
In addition, through a background in psychology, Matt has also seen the plethora of benefits that exercise provides the human mind. It is these experiences that Matt brings into every session. This way each individual can improve their body and mind correctly and safely. The benefits of exercise can come in time and without harm.
At Functional Fitness since 2005, Melissa has sharpened her skills in actively listening to her clients to understand their needs. She then provides her clients with an initial evaluation, on the spot corrections, specific exercises, and homework to meet their needs. A follow-up range of motion and functional analysis is then performed. She and her clients construct a program that can be applied on the road, in the home, and at the gym. Clients goals range from pre-habilitation, pain management, post-rehabilitation, and general fitness improvement.
Melissa is an avid cycling enthusiast, who has cycled in the French Alps and Pyrenees, the Italian Dolomites and Lake District, the Belgian pave of Liege, and Germany. Of course, she loves to cycle the roads of Boulder and Colorado.
Melissa is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist and a certified Sivananda Yoga instructor. Currently, she is co-authoring a new yoga training manual for teachers.
Sandy Bertrand is an orthopedic physical therapist, specializing in manual therapy, bio-mechanical analysis, movement retraining, integrative bio-medical needling and FMS corrective therapy.
In his free time Saulius is an avid hiker, exploring our natural wilderness zones, and enjoys volunteering with the Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance to help preserve those areas. The exercise and solitude allows him time for reflection that he is then able to bring a more refreshing energy into his work as a massage therapist.
Shari Lynn MacCallum is an Advanced Certified Rolfer who attended the Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado and the Rolf Institute in Torino, Italy. Rolfing® Structural and Movement Integration balances your body in relationship to gravity making it more comfortable and capable through hands-on soft tissue work and movement education. Rolfing works by opening, lengthening, and softening restrictive fascia (thin sheets of connective tissue that surround muscles and other tissues throughout your body) and by helping you to become aware of and to change inhibiting movement patterns.
Will is a graduate from CU Boulder with a B.S in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology. He has been working as a personal trainer for several years spending time as a strength and conditioning coach, teaching bio-mechanically sound Olympic lifting and is also a certified Crossfit Coach. Will decided to become a personal trainer after seeing the incredible benefits while helping a friend lose weight move and feel better while achieving his fitness goals. During Will's diverse experience he has seen many strength programs be more damaging than beneficial to athletes over the long term and is determined to put a stop to these poor movement practices.