33 South Pratt Parkway

Longmont, CO 80501

Suite 200

info@gritfitnesscenter.com

Tel: 303-485-1000

The Grit Team

Sam Banola

 

Health and fitness has been a part of Sam's life – for nearly all of his life. His passion for athletic competition has personally led him to training for and competing in a wide variety of sports including boxing, football, mountain biking, snowboarding, soccer, Xterra triathlons, and wrestling.

 

For the past 20 years Sam has been both a student and practitioner of health and fitness, helping clients to get leaner, stronger, and more flexible. As such, he has been learning how to improve upon the process with each successive client.

 

His training specialties include bio mechanical assessments for postural alignment and functional fitness, corrective exercise, core conditioning, pre-natal & post-partum fitness, cardiac rehabilitation, nutritional and lifestyle coaching, balance training, strength coaching, and trainer mentoring.

Sam Banola

Owner & Personal Development Specialist

 

Health and fitness has been a part of Sam's life – for nearly all of his life. His passion for athletic competition has personally led him to training for and competing in a wide variety of sports including boxing, football, mountain biking, snowboarding, soccer, Xterra triathlons, Ninja Warrior and wrestling.

 

For the past 20 years Sam has been both a student and practitioner of health and fitness, helping clients to get leaner, stronger, and more flexible. As such, he has been learning how to improve upon the process with each successive client.

 

His training specialties include bio mechanical assessments for postural alignment and functional fitness, corrective exercise, core conditioning, pre-natal & post-partum fitness, cardiac rehabilitation, nutritional and lifestyle coaching, balance training, strength coaching, and trainer mentoring. Sam has a B.S. in Exercise Science an M.S. in Cardiac Rehab, and has been a certified strength and conditioning coach through the NSCA since 1996.

Melanie Newkirk

Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer

 

Melanie is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. 

 

While in college, Melanie was introduced to strength and conditioning and was quickly inspired to become an Exercise Science major. She served her internship at her local gym which included running weight loss challenges, and personal training.

 

Now, Melanie has found that her passion is helping and encouraging others to reach their personal goals. Melanie teaches horseback riding lessons to students of all ages and conducts training classes at The Warrior Playground for the Grit Fit Challenge.

Joseph Mendoza

Performance Director, Fitness & Nutrition Coach

 

Joseph believes that all must “Create their own reality” in order to achieve anything in life. He guides individuals to believe they can always reach the next level by never giving up or giving in to the easy road. Joseph loves to inspire people to become stronger physically, mentally and emotionally for life. He educates his client’s about the importance of setting realistic goals, the benefits of holistic nutrition and other wellness strategies that support a truly healthy lifestyle.

Joseph has been in the fitness industry for 10 years and counting. He received his undergraduate degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2012 in the field of Human Sports Performance with a focus on Adult Exercise and Science. One of Joseph’s top selected achievements was his experience in his internship with Steadman Hawkins Clinic (Human Sports Performance) where he was mentored by Loren Landow.