Melisa Aguilar-Rehm | Kara Deleon | Courtney Carlisle | Mona Kasik | Pia Marie Paulone | Billy Triplett | Sarah McCarty | Amber Reile | Jessica Clark | Christine LaHaye | Brian South | Denise Thew | Stefani Walker
Melisa has over 10 years in the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer, CrossFit coach and group fitness instructor. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness Promotion and Master’s degree in Health Education from Texas State University. Melisa currently personal trains clients in-home and at 5 Fitness Training Studio in Austin, TX. She also coaches boot camps, and owns two Anytime Fitness centers with her husband in Fredericksburg and Dripping Springs, TX. She is very passionate about health and wellness, and encouraging others to become active and healthy. For Melisa it’s not about “how fast you can get in shape” or reaching that “desired weight goal”; it’s more about teaching people that this is a lifestyle that not only helps keep you looking great and performing great, but more importantly helps you feel better! As a Pump & Shred success story, Melisa knows firsthand how the program can help her clients. She believes that changing your health will change your life.
Metabolic Effect Hormonal Female Fat Loss – Level 1, AFAA Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, CrossFit Level 1 Coach, CrossFit Endurance Coach, USA Track & Field Level 1 Coach, Schwinn Spinning Instructor
Melisa ran Cross County and Track at Texas State University, competed for Team USA in Duathlon, winning 3 National Championships in both Short Course and Long Course Duathlon and 1 World Championship in Long Course (2006-07), and finished the Boston Marathon. Melisa has competed in two NPC bodybuilding competitions in the Figure division, and competed in the 2014 CrossFit South Central Regionals on The Combine team. She continues to train for both CrossFit competitions and endurance events.
Kara has over 5 years experience in the health and fitness industry as a CrossFit Coach and most recently as a Coach at Atomic Athlete in Austin, TX. Kara has a passion for coaching people and seeing the success and results in her athlete’s getting Stronger, Faster and Harder to Kill.
Kara is a certified Crossfit Level 1 Coach and has multiple CrossFit certifications including: Coaches Prep, CrossFit Barbell, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Nutrition, CrossFit Endurance, CrossFit Running and CrossFit Mobility Certifications.
Kara played soccer, volleyball and ran track in junior high and high school. Kara found a passion for jiu jitsu and kickboxing and did that for a few years and then found CrossFit, which she coached for 4 years until going to Atomic Athlete. Kara has a passion for nutrition and loves helping others with nutrition questions and helping them to succeed in the nutrition goals. Kara is dedicated to living an active and healthy lifestyle and has a passion for helping others with theirs.
A Texas A&M alumnus, Courtney is a Coach and Athlete at OTL Fitness in Central Austin. Courtney took part in the Pump and Shred program during Summer 2013 and received great results! She has always been passionate about health and fitness, especially after discovering Crossfit in 2007.
AFAA Group Exercise Instructor, Weightlifting Wise Seminar: The Art of Coaching Weightlifting
Courtney loves competing in local Crossfit, Track and Field, and Weightlifting competitions. She is very involved in the fitness community in Austin. At Of the Lion Fitness, she takes on the role of Head Coach for Lion Pride Boot Camps, Assistant Coach for the Indoor Strength and Conditioning Classes, and provides personal training for clients who are looking to conquer their weaknesses in a one on one environment.
In high school, Mona played softball and ran track, and enjoyed running throughout college. In 2011, she was diagnosed with two herniated discs in her lumbar spine, which has limited some of her physical capabilities. Instead of allowing this chronic back injury dictate her lifestyle she stays active and moving, dialed in on nutrition, and is able to just enough of the right physical activity to stay strong and lean. Mona wants to motivate and encourage others to take advantage of their health and ability to be active and moving, especially those who think they are unable to live lean due to chronic pain or injuries. More on Mona’s story here.
Pia Marie Paulone
An active athlete all her life, Pia Marie reached a turning point in her life when she finished her masters’ degree from Indiana University and made the move to Austin in 2011. The fit lifestyle she was surrounded by drove her to make over her life, and as a Fall 2013 Pump & Shred graduate, she’s found the largest and most substantial piece of “the” puzzle.
Pia Marie wants to bring information about health, nutrition, and fitness to the Deaf community she’s so proud to be a part of, and to support others through the same journey she took.
Pia Marie played three sports in college and translated that into a decorated international volleyball tenure. She represented the USA in three separate Deaflympics and at two World Championships, bringing home four medals. CrossFit and Weightlifting are now her sports of choice, though, and she hopes to push for Weightlifting to be added to the Deaflympics for 2017, and possibly add to her list of international competitions. Pia Marie loves getting Stronger, Faster, and Harder to Kill at Atomic Athlete. She also loves the fact she’s discovered a passion for helping coach people, whether it be in the gym or in the kitchen.
As an active athlete since childhood, Billy Triplett has always put hard work and discipline in the highest of regards. A product of the Communication and Sports Comm program at Mississippi State University, Billy has a knack for laying out the facts to those who are willing to learn. Having moved to Austin in 2011, he came to realize that he was in the perfect place for honing one’s natural born talents… both physically and mentally.
Striving to become better each and every day is the one goal that he aspires to… a goal he wants not only for himself, but for those around him as well.
Billy played Football in High School helping to lead the Winston Patriots to four consecutive State Titles. He also enjoyed intramural sports in college having played both rugby and soccer. Running, Rucking, CrossFit and Weightlifting are his passions now, and as a “Hybrid Athlete” at Atomic Athlete, Billy wants to continue to sharpen his abilities and take all of the lessons he learns to become “Stronger, Faster and Harder to Kill” both inside and outside the gym.
As an adult, Sarah has returned to the endurance distance races and has found a deep love for half and full marathons as well as half and full Ironmans. She’s raced in six marathons, three Ironmans, and isn’t stopping anytime soon. Most recently, Sarah snagged first place at the Oilman Triathlon 70.3 in November 2012, second place at HITS Marathon in December 2013, and placed top ten at the 3M Half Marathon in January 2014.
Amber has 6 years experience in the nutrition and fitness community that started with a degree in Physical Education and Health that has transpired into a professional career in the marketing world. Health and fitness has always been a part of her life showing up in activities such as coaching soccer, running half marathons, and most recently getting involved with CrossFit.
Besides CrossFit, Amber loves barre classes and uses the Nike Training Club app for training ideas when traveling for work. After taking part in the Pump & Shred program in 2013, she now uses food to fuel her activity and to feel strong and healthy. She is excited to share her knowledge with everyone. Amber is currently located in Chicago, IL.
BA: Physical Education and Health, MS: Sport Administration
Amber played soccer, basketball, and track in high school with soccer always being her favorite. She now runs a few races each year for fun and hopes to compete in her first CrossFit competition this fall. She loves “geeking out” about meal planning to really show her clients that eating clean doesn’t have to be boring, and truly is a lifestyle.
Jessica is the founder of Pump & Shred, a Pump & Shred Coach, and manages business operations, marketing, and program development. In addition to her background in fitness and nutrition, Jessica has over 8 years of corporate marketing experience and holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree of Business Administration.
Outside of coaching and business development, Jessica is a Nationally-Qualified Bikini Division Competitor in the National Physique Committee (NPC) of bodybuilding and fitness model. She lives the code and follow the same nutrition, supplementation, and fitness guidelines that she prescribes to her clients.
Christine has been working in the health field for over 10 years. After burning out on nursing she changed careers to Physical Therapy and has been happily helping people rehab injuries ever since. Specializing in orthopedic and sports rehab as well as manual therapy, Christine helps patients strengthen weakness and heal overworked muscles. After completing Pump & Shred in 2013, and enjoying the process and results so much, Christine knew she wanted to help others find their lean living protocol.
Christine ran track in junior high and high school and has enjoyed running most of her life. In 2011 she began weight lifting, which has since become a passion of hers. Christine trains not only for aesthetics, but to be a well-rounded athlete. She enjoys both bodybuilding and performance-style workouts, as well as sprinting and distance running. Her love of the process of training has sparked a desire to train for and compete in her first NPC Bodybuilding Competition in 2015. Christine is currently located in Racine, WI, and is taking on local and distance clients.
Brian is the owner and head coach of BMF Training in Austin, TX. He is extremely passionate about helping people better themselves both inside and outside the gym and believes a coach should do much more than just yell for another rep. Brian prides himself on being an effective communicator and places a great deal of emphasis on the sustainability of any fitness or nutrition program he creates.
Brian is a certified USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach and a certified Crossfit Level 1 Coach. Brian also has several other CrossFit certifications including: CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Powerlifting, CrossFit Strongman, and CrossFit Defense.
Brian grew up playing many sports including baseball, soccer, basketball, swimming, and ran track as a hurdler in high school. After getting quite out of shape in college, he decided to make a change and began educating himself on health and fitness. Armed with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Human Biomechanics, Brian has a special appreciation for the body as an integrated system and an eye for optimal movement patterns. After discovering CrossFit in 2009, Brian decided to start his own gym, BMF Training and has helped the entire spectrum of athletes achieve great success. At BMF Training, “We don’t use machines. We build them!”
Brian competes locally in many CrossFit competitions and events and can frequently be seen wake boarding on Lake Austin or creating a great meal (mess) in the kitchen!
Denise is a deaf psychologist and clinical researcher with public health focus located in Rochester, NY. She is extremely passionate about helping people boost their overall mental and physical health, and embraces the philosophy of achieving a healthy balance in life, and the importance of integrating behavioral tools to achieve optimal healthy lifestyle.
Denise believes that nutrition formula be tailored individually (vs following a protocol that involves restrictions), and she is thrilled that Pump & Shred executes this stance. In her clinical practice, Denise trains individuals the core skill of mindfulness and confirms that the foundation of this P&S program utilizes this tool naturally.
After enrolling in the Pump & Shred program, she noticed immediate improvement at the gym but most importantly, she learned healthy portions to minimize afternoon energy crashes that often occurs when blood sugar spikes after eating imbalanced meals. Denise knew right away that she wanted to help others find their ideal formula, as a coach.
Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology and Master of Science in Clinical Investigation with Public Health focus.
Denise is a lifelong outdoor adventurer, and especially enjoys backpacking and reaching the summits of mountains. She regularly trains in CrossFit and Strongman. Denise is dedicated to living an active and healthy lifestyle and has a passion to help others achieve their health and fitness goals through nutrition and mindfulness.
When Stefani believes in something, she is all in. That is how she has always been. Whether it’s raising her son, creating healthy meal plans that taste great, working as a senior contract representative for a major defense contractor in Virginia Beach, VA, or helping her clients have a more healthy and rewarding life, Stefani gives her all.
Stefani is passionate about fueling the body in the best way possible to improve health and fitness. She is constantly researching the literature and media for changing trends, looking for fresh ways to prepare nutritious foods that taste great. She loves the sense of accomplishment that comes from helping people realize the potential to change their lives “from diet to lifestyle”.
NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Bachelor’s degree of Business Administration/Marketing
Stefani does not just preach a healthy, active lifestyle, she lives it. Stefani played basketball and ran track in high school, qualifying for states many times. She now enjoys ashtanga yoga, running, CrossFit, and is an avid cyclist. Nothing gets her more pumped than finding new ways to keep life fresh and exciting.