This week on the blog, we caught up with Kyle Gates.When he’s not fishing in a bass tournament, or playing semi-pro football for the Arkansas Boltz, he is helping others achieve their dreams at Club Fit. Kyle came to Little Rock from Decatur, Illinois, but his fitness journey began in Davenport, Iowa, where he attended St. Ambrose University and got his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management.
Kyle decided to become a trainer because he wanted to spread his passion for fitness and living a healthy lifestyle to others and help them become the best version of themselves as possible.
“My favorite thing about personal training is seeing my clients get better day after day, whether it be them getting stronger, or losing weight or just feeling better and more confident in themselves.”
Kyle has 5 years training experience and is an ISSA Nationally Certified Personal Trainer. He specializes in one on one training with clients of any age, gender, and fitness experience with emphasis in strength training, weight loss, and athletic performance. Not only does Kyle preach living an active and healthy lifestyle, he practices it and loves to stay active through weight training, biking, swimming, and playing football.
Kyle is currently accepting new clients, so give us a shout if you want to schedule a session!
Help us welcome April Johnson to the Club Fit Team! You may have seen her around the gym or teaching a spin class and now we are officially welcoming April as one of our personal trainers.
April works hard and plays hard. She works full time at EF Group in the Simmons Tower Downtown. She is also a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and a Zyia Active Wear representative. Before becoming a trainer, she was at home with her kids and working out every day. One day, she decided she loved working out so much, that she should get paid to pursue her passion and help others do the same. So the studied her butt off and got certified.
Helping people with their health and fitness is April's passion. She loves being around people and feeds off the energy from her class participants. Her energy is contagious! April has been an ACE National Certified Personal Trainer since 2013 and specializes in teaching group fitness classes including Spin, Cardio Sculpt, and more!
When she's not working, April is a busy bee, uber-ing her 2 crazy kids (ages 12 & 8) around town from one activity to the next . She also loves to be outdoors. Hiking, swimming, boating, and floating are some of her favorite activities. She also loves live music and loves to travel and is on the leadership team and family life committee at church.
If you're looking for a new personal trainer, April is a great option. She has high energy and guarantees a challenge and some sweat! Right now, she has an available time for a new client Tuesdays at 6:30 and 7:00 p.m.
Rachael Hopes is a certified personal trainer at Club Fit and she is also one of our class instructors. Rachael established Hopes 4 Health over 7 years ago. "It started because I wanted to help those who started out like me; I couldn’t go to the gym because I didn’t know what to do and I never worked out before. I was unemployed and overweight, by 50 pounds. Then, I decided to take my life back, losing 30 pounds in a little over 30 days! With the help of my husband I decided that my new career focus would be group fitness classes, then expanded to personal training. I’m forever grateful for all the people whose trained with me over the years. My humble beginning as a trainer started in a church in Little Rock, my sister and I ran the church ministry which opened up to anyone who wanted to attend. And it took off from there."
Rachael is certified in personal training and group training and can teach any format, which is why she is able to work with all fitness levels. Her favorite thing about being in the gym is meeting new people and seeing them change their life. "People come see me who can’t do a sit up or push up, when they reach a goal there’s a feeling I can’t describe that they show, and in return I’m rewarded with the fact that I helped with that goal, I helped change someone’s life!"
When Rachael isn't at Club Fit, you an find her napping or hanging out with her husband of 8 years and 16 year old daughter. Rachael believes rest is very important to your body, especially as you age. Rachael truly enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband and all her family and friends. Instead of going out, she likes to hang out at friends houses and play games, eat and laugh. And, you can often find Rachael and her family at Club Fit Downtown working out together.
"I think the hardest part about being a personal trainer is being judged by your look, most people think we’re uptight robots who only eat salads and judge others, it’s quite the contrary for me. I believe in you being happy with a healthy you, whether you’re a healthy in size 2 or size 22! ! We all come in different shapes and sizes, that’s the beauty of the world. It’s so much more to us, so much more to me! Introduce yourself to me and see how I can help you make fitness a priority in your life too! My mantra: fit at any age, one day at a time."
If you haven’t been to a Club Fit Yoga Class Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 in the Regions Building in Downtown Little Rock, you are missing out! Yoga engages your core, stretches your muscles, strengthens your balance, and gives you a chance for a little time to yourself. Our resident yogi, Chi, is naturally drawn to the practice as she also practices meditation. “Initially, I was not very consistent in my meditation practice, but after trying yoga, I found it to be a very good fit. Then, after practicing for a few years, I decided to get my certification. I wanted to be able to share the many health benefits of yoga practice with others.”
Chi loves the balance yoga brings to her life and the sense of calm and peace which transcends into her everyday activities. She believes it’s not just about becoming more flexible and stronger in your physical body, but it affects how you live life off the mat.
During the day, Chi works downtown at Anderson, Murphy & Hopkins as a legal assistant, but she has many hobbies other than yoga. She enjoys Tai Chi, Zumba, singing, reading, sewing/creating, swimming and spending time with her family and friends. As Chi plans her retirement, she hopes to have much more time to share her practice with others. We are happy to have Chi as a part of the Club Fit family.
Jake Snowden is a subscriber to using whatever he can find to workout, especially when he is away from his gym, Club Fit, on the 3rd floor of the Regions Building in downtown Little Rock. Flipping logs or big tires, jumping over things, doing pull-ups on a tree, sprinting up hills, jumping up a flight of stairs. Jake knew at a young age that he wanted to help people stay as fit and healthy as they wanted. His goal is to treat his career in personal training as a catalyst to truly make a difference in his client’s lives. Jake got a degree in Kinesiology then started training. He has been training and managing gyms for over 17 years and he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
Jake’s flagship fitness program is B3 Bootcamp for women. The six week fitness program for women is a favorite at the gym. B3 is for beginner and advanced and helps women lose weight and gain strength and confidence. The next round starts in January.
Recently, Jake had the opportunity to open a new gym, Club Fit. We are in the heart of downtown LR and we love the environment and energy downtown and what we’ve created at Club Fit. “I wanted something that literally could make anyone want to come in and be comfortable here. When you hear the word “community”, our gym IS community. Our trainers, equipment, healthy food and smoothie options, gym layout and classes are all designed for anyone and especially the person on-the-go! Fast. Effective. Efficient. This is our motto and it’s what we are designed around. 30 minute workouts and classes makes exercising easier done than said. I invite you to come check our little community and let us help you get moving!”