TAC Performance Trainers & Coaches

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Jennifer Mendez

Lead Personal Fitness Trainer
Performance Center Co-Director

  • Accreditations:
Personal Trainer/Instructor
CHEK BioMechanics Certified
TPI Certified - Level 2 Golf Fitness Professional
Functional Movement Screen Certified
NASM - Sports Fitness Specialist
NSCA-CSCS Certified

I use a wide variety of fitness tools to bring out the Best in You. My workouts are fun and challenging and will push you in a direction based on your specific goals and needs.

When I left the accounting field in 1998 to pursue my interest in fitness, it immediately became a passion. I have extensive training and certifications which all complement my belief that anyone can have improved posture, flexibility & strength at any age. I specialize in the biomechanics of the body to help each client excel in their sport including golf, tennis, running, skiing, endurance training as well as general fitness. I have a talent for helping my clients overcome back pain and balance issues as well as improving posture, fitness endurance and injury prevention.

I also believe that the body is a system of systems that all work together and feed off each other. I want to help you to discover more about how your body moves and how you can train to feel better, become more energized and stay moving pain free for the many years to come!

Jen has over 30 certifications in the fitness/health field including:

  • Golf BioMechanics (at the renowned CHEK Institute)
  • TPI Golf Fitness Professional – Level 1 & 2 (Titleist Performance Institute)
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • National Academy Sports Medicine (NASM) – CPT & Sports Fitness Specialist
  • Integrated Flexibility Training (through NASM)
  • Scientific Back & Scientific Core (CHEK Institute)
  • Advanced Metabolic Typing Advisor (finding yours and what foods work best for you)
  • Nutrition Lifestyle Coach (CHEK Institute)

I am a Dallas native and graduated from University of North Texas with an Accounting degree. I have been doing various races since 1992 -- road & trail runs, adventure races, triathlons, marathons, ultra-marathons, winter up-hill races, etc. I also enjoy golfing, biking, hiking and eating! I moved to the valley in 2009 and absolutely love the energy and activity of the Roaring Fork Valley.

Kate Lokken

Performance Center Co-Director & Coach
ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
Executive Director My Community Health Foundation

Originally from Iowa, I moved to the Roaring Fork Valley 12 years ago. A collegiate athlete in both volleyball and basketball, I have been active my whole life, with a passion for fitness, sport, and nutrition since a young age. I worked with the Aspen Club for several years, developing and executing programs focused around whole health, including the Younger Next Year Total Immersion retreats, a lifestyle change program on how to move better, feel better, and connect into your 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. I have been fortunate to work under and with some of the best physical therapists, trainers, instructors, and professionals in the industry.

 

My training philosophy is to improve performance in everyone, no matter the fitness level. Mobility, stability, and proper movement patterns allow individuals to do what they love at all ages. To achieve longevity in health and fitness, it’s critical to emphasize safe and effective foundation training and programming that will enhance the lives of any client. Increases in strength and endurance in the gym transfer into our everyday activities. I work with a variety of individuals, including young athletes, those who strive to manage weight, and those who simply want to feel better by training in the right way to manage or eliminate pain. I believe that by addressing all components of our health (mental, emotional, physical), it gives us the best chance at attaining goals and creating sustainable, lasting change, with exercise being the catalyst.

 

In addition to being Director of the Performance Center, I run the Dynamic Movement program for the Aspen Valley Community, working with clients with varying stages of dementia. I also serve as Executive Director of My Community Health Foundation, a non-profit striving to improve access to health and wellness resources and education to everyone in the community.

 

In my free time, you’ll often find me on the volleyball or basketball court, trying out a new sport or activity, or paddle boarding in the summer on the water. I love spending time with my family, my friends, and my dog and taking advantage of the many things this community has to offer.

Emily Steers White

Personal Trainer
Group Instructor
Performance Coach

Accreditation's: 
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), CPT
Hatha Yoga Instructor, 200 hour
Functional Movement Systems (FMS), Levels 1 & 2 Certification


I love adventure. I enjoy the act of relaxing into long mountain bike rides, meandering trail runs, my yoga practice and my everyday life. There is a shift that happens when we settle into our own rhythm, commit to our journey and allow our destination to unfold before us.

I left Vermont and landed in Carbondale in 2011, equipped with a keen eye for analyzing and detecting imbalances in runners' gait patterns and a strong desire to help athletes live happier healthier lives. I immersed myself in a Hatha-based, Yoga Teacher Training that taught me a methodical and refined way of moving through life. Through years of hands-on PT Aide experience, I’ve learned how the body recovers from injury and the foundational work that is necessary to cultivate stability, balance and strength from the inside out. In 2016, I earned my National Academy of Sport Medicine (NASM) Personal Training Certification. In 2017, I received my Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Levels 1 and 2 certification.

I believe that a positive attitude, a quiet mind and an open-hearted approach to learning are essential ingredients for us all to evolve, grow and thrive. I am dedicated to educating, energizing and empowering you to do the activities you love from a place of confidence and joy.


Will McAlpine

Personal Trainer
Performance Coach
Nutritionist

I started my fitness journey in 2009 as an overweight and out-of-shape young adult: at 18 I weighed over 200lbs and couldn't even jog a quarter mile. Fed up with my unhealthy relationships and lifestyle, I moved to Miami and began the hard work of forging a better life for myself. I started by purchasing the Insanity Workout off of late-night infomercials on T.V., and completed the program in the little free space I had in my bedroom. Completing that program left me with a sense of accomplishment and self worth that I had never known before, and ignited my passion for health and fitness.

After several years of exploring that passion on a personal level, I made the decision to commit myself to it professionally as well, and certified myself as an ISSA Fitness Trainer. Since then, I have been lucky enough to work with and learn from numerous Fitness Professionals, and have expanded my skill set considerably. Now, I believe that every person has the right to a healthy, functional body that will allow them to live their lives free of pain, and with a high level of confidence in their own selves.

I consider it my responsibility to educate my clients in everything we do so that they can apply that knowledge to their daily lives, and eventually develop the skill set necessary to define and execute their own fitness regimen and lifestyle. To that end, I strive to keep all of my workouts Achievable, Effective, and Efficient, with special attention given to my clients ability to Sustain and Repeat all of our efforts on a scale unique to them.

I have spent a large portion of my life as less than what I was capable of, and it is now my sincere honor to assist you in finding the same joy and freedom that I have by earning a better version of yourself. 

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