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MEET THE BFFS

Our mission is to provide a community where each participant feels challenged and motivated to reach their greatest fitness potential. Our instructors are dedicated to each students personal goals as well as their results.

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NICHOLETTA DONALDSON

INSTRUCTOR + OWNER

National Academy of Sports Medicine: Certified Personal Trainer
Youth Fitness Specialist
Weight Loss Specialist Performance Enhancement
Specialist Corepower Yoga:
RYS 200 Hour Power Yoga Instructor
Certified Yoga Sculpt Instructor
200 Hour Hot Yoga Instructor
Spinning:
Cycling Instructor TRX Certified Instructor


Nicholetta found her love for health and wellness when she studied health and exercise science at Colorado State University. She has been a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and spin instructor since 2008. She completed her TRX certification, and group fitness specialist certification, in 2013. Nicholetta is always continuing her knowledge and education in the fitness industry. She is incredibly passionate about helping her students challenge themselves and reach their fitness goals. Nicholetta believes that our bodies can do much more than our minds will allow and she loves showing her students how to take it up a notch. Functional fitness is Nicholetta’s true fitness passion. She believes anything functional is the best way to train and remain healthy and fit for a lifetime.
Outside of teaching you will find Nicholetta spending time with her husband and two boys, Tucker and Toby. Nicholetta also enjoys running, stand-up paddle boarding, and cooking.

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ZACH DONALDSON

INSTRUCTOR + OWNER

Zach played football, while studying Bio-Medical Sciences, at Colorado State University. Since then, Zach has spent his professional career building entrepreneurial companies in Colorado. He has always had a passion for fitness and the outdoors. Zach enjoys hunting, fishing, and all kinds of sports. He is married to Nicholetta Donaldson, and together they have two young boys, Tucker and Toby. Zach lives in Water Valley and is excited to be a part of the Windsor community.

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Brooke Wagner

Yoga INSTRUCTOR

Brooke’s love for yoga began in 2001 and since the moment of her first class, it has been a constant in her life. She has always been active and wanted to find something that balanced her lifestyle…yoga was the answer! She has found a true passion for yoga and continues to search for a deeper meaning to bring to her daily prac-tice. Brookes Creative sequencing and her amazing Sanskrit make her classes an incredible experience for all practitioners. Brooke received her 200 hour Kripalu Yoga certification during the summer of 2005 at Discovery Yoga in St. Augustine, Florida.

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ELISE WALLIS

CYCLE FIT INSTRUCTOR

Elise is a Baltimore native, but has lived in Colorado off and on since 2007, making this most recent move permanent. She is passionate about health and fitness and this passion started in 2009 while training for her first half marathon. Since then, Elise has competed in multiple distance races and triathlons. In 2011, Elise knew she could inspire others with the love for fitness and became NASM certified as a personal trainer and worked full time as an individual trainer and taught group exercise classes. Currently, Elise works full time in her and her husband’s chiropractic office, helping to lead others to greater health, while instructing fitness classes part time. She believes that Functional fitness training is an extremely important part of health and allows the body to be successful in many different fitness areas, but they all come back to the core functional movements.

When not in the gym teaching or training for her next triathlon or marathon, you can usually fine Elise outside spending time with her husband, Dan, at farmers markets, cooking, or shopping or spending time with her friends.

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Adam Poehlmann

Brick Warrior + Brick Fit Instructor

Adam’s passion for fitness began to develop when he returned home to Fort Collins at the end of his collegiate baseball career. Going back to the gym where his family spent a large amount of their time, he took a position as a housekeeper and began working his way up the ladder. The more time he spent in that atmosphere, the more he was fascinated with fitness. What really intrigued him was bodybuilding, especially since his father used to compete. He believes that the process of achieving a desired physique says many things about an individual. A quote that Adam greatly appreciates goes something like this – “A well built physique is a status symbol. It reflects you worked hard for it. No money can buy it, you cannot borrow it, you cannot inherit it, you cannot steal it. You cannot hold onto it without constant work. It shows discipline, it shows self-respect, it shows patience, work ethic, and passion…” Once he began to train and learn the ins and outs a fitness lifestyle, he was hooked. Upon receiving his personal training certification Adam began training clients and sharing his knowledge and experience with others. He loves to continue to learn about every other realm of fitness in order to better his client’s relationships and results. Teaching classes is one of Adam’s many joys in his life and is very happy to be a part of the BFF team. In his free time, Adam loves to play baseball, workout, go to the lake, run his online training business, and eat Mary’s Mountain Cookies.

Sarah Poling

Sara Poling

Cycle Fit + Brick Fit Instructor

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM):
Certified Personal Trainer
TRX:
Suspension Training Course
Functional Training Course


Sara Poling is a Wyoming native, but moved to Colorado after getting married in 2013. Fitness and being active is her passion. She considers it a joy and privilege to be able to encourage, inspire, and challenge others in whatever season they are in. She specializes in small group fitness and the use of TRX suspension trainers. Her goal is to help others move better and find balance in everyday life while being encouraged and energized.
Her background is in teaching and although she has transitioned to fitness, she continues to love learning new things. In her free time, she enjoys reading, making old things new (aka crafting), wandering flea markets, cook-ing, eating ice cream, running, and spending time outdoors in the beautiful state of Colorado with family and friends.

TJ Biskup

TJ Biskup

Barre Instructor

TJ has always been passionate about health and wellness. She believes exercise is symbolic of life – you have to believe in yourself and your ability to push beyond your perceived parameters to find your inner strength. Only then do you realize truly what you’re capable of! She has been an avid runner and weight-lifter since moving to Colorado in 1998. She enjoys participating in events and activities that challenge her both mentally and physically. She spends her free time outdoors with family and friends. She is a certified Barre Instructor.

Jovanna Brunner

Jovanna Brunner

Yoga Instructor

Jovanna first experienced the world of yoga during her recovery from an eating disorder in 2007. She was intro-duced to the idea of slowing down, becoming intentional, letting go of expectation, and breathing in positive energy and passion. As she continued practicing her newly found mindfulness techniques she began to share her passions, methods, and story of recovery from anorexia with the community. This is when Jovanna first found her love for teaching and helping others reach their health and wellness goals. In 2014, after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with her bachelors degree in psychology and communications, and having gotten more of a taste for the postural side of yoga, Jovanna received her 200-hour yoga teacher certifi-cation from Elan Yoga in Fort Collins. She has experience both in Vinyasa and restorative styles of yoga.
Jovanna is in the process of completing a Personal Training Certification and hopes to one day be certified in Barre and Pre-Natal Yoga as well. This fall, Jovanna will be returning to school to complete her Masters of Public Health with a concentration in community health education.
When Jovanna isn’t studying, working, teaching yoga, or sharing essential oils, she is spending time with her husband and family, enjoying early morning cups of coffee and a good book, crafting, or searching for deals at thrift stores.

Steph Furrow

Steph Furrow

Cycle Fit + Brick Fit Instructor

Stephanie is a small-town Kansas girl who has had a love for sports since she was a little girl. She grew up par-ticipating in volleyball & basketball & always enjoyed staying in shape during the off season by doing weights & conditioning training. Despite coaches telling her she needs to go to college to become a personal trainer, she received her degree in Family Studies & Human Services from Kansas State University in 2009 & taught pre-school for 8 years. After getting married & having two beautiful little boys, Cooper & Kipton, Stephanie once again found her love for health & fitness & became an ACE certified group fitness instructor in 2016 & shortly after became certified in Stroller Strides, specializing in prenatal & postnatal fitness. Stephanie moved to Colo-rado in June 2016 & in her spare time she enjoys exploring the beautiful mountains of Colorado with her hus-band Beau & two boys, training for half marathons, watching K-State football (Go Cats!) & riding four wheelers & horses at her in-laws back in Kansas.

Dawn Hager Brickhouse Functional Fitness Instructor

Dawn Hager

PROGRAMS DIRECTOR

BRICK STRENGTH + CYCLE FIT + BRICK FIT INSTRUCTOR

CF-L2 | USAW Sports Performance Coach | BIRTHFIT Coach

I was always active in sports and riding horses. In 2007-2009 I got involved in Figure and Bikini competitions. In 2008, I was introduced to CrossFit, and in June of 2009, I became a Level 1 CrossFit Coach. I have competed at the CrossFit Regionals two years on a team, and done many local events and competitions. Over the last 8 years of coaching, my skills have developed and matured. I am now a Level 2 CrossFit Coach and USAW Sports Performance Coach, and in 2017 I became a BIRTHFIT Coach. I am passionate about helping others through functional fitness, and optimizing their bodies in life whenever needed. After having my son, I discovered an immense interest in helping mama’s prenatally and postpartum through fitness and mindset. As a BIRTHFIT coach, it is my goal to support mothers during their transition into motherhood while utilizing fitness, nutrition and mindset to prepare for labor and delivery and heal and rehabilitate in the postpartum period.

Taylor Knoop

Taylor Knoop

Barre Instructor

Taylor is a Colorado native who has a deep passion for helping people learn how to care for their bodies trough fitness. Growing up, Taylor’s dad was/is in the business of holistic health, which helped to instill the values of healthy eating and exercise. Starting out, she went to school to become an X-ray technician, and worked in the medical field for 6 years. In 2011 Taylor earned her certification in Pilates Mat training, which helped her stumble on the technique that is now barre. Taylor fell in love with barre, and decided to get certified to teach, and eventually open her own barre studio. In the beginning of 2017 she merged her studio with Brickhouse Functional Fitness, and now teaches barre and TRX barre fusion classes. When not teaching classes Taylor enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her husband, 3 large dogs, and cat.

Randi Swenson

Randi Swenson

Barre Instructor

Randi first tried a barre class via a fitness video a friend had recommended. She instantly feel in love with the movements and enjoyed the video. She has always loved any kind of dance and this was an amazing way to balance out her high intensity fitness regimen. Several years after trying the video a childhood friend opened a barre studio in Windsor and couldn’t wait to start taking classes. She caught on quickly to the technic and her passion for barre really became apparent.
She has worked hard to learn the ends and outs of becoming an instructor and has become a certified instruc-tor after years of regular classes and getting trained.

Renee Thompson

Renee Thompson

Barre Instructor

Certified Barre Instructor
Certified TRX Instructor


Renee’s love for barre started with her very first class and made it a short term goal to become certified in order to share her passion with others. When Renee isn’t taking classes or teaching she can be found playing with her two boys or experimenting in the kitchen.

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Haley Nelson

Yoga Instructor

Haley has lived in Fort Collins her whole life and is proud to be able to make her dream of becoming a yoga instructor happen in her home town. Haley received her 200 Level Yoga Certificate while attaining her degree of Associate of Applied Science in Holistic Health. Her passion for yoga and the holistic way began when she was pregnant with her daughter. She began taking her yoga practice seriously to help with discomfort and pain throughout the whole pregnancy. With personal success in many areas, Haley continued her education to learn as much about the mind, body and soul as a whole. Through this education, Haley found a deep passion to heal many parts of herself physically, mentally and emotionally. Yoga became a positive part of her daily life in order to maintain a balance. Through this personal growth, she found an aspiration to be able to help others start their own journey. Haley’s passion for this way of life is expressed through her teaching to help people of all ages receive the benefits and balance that yoga can bring. Yoga has been such a beautiful part of her life and she hopes to bring that into each one of her classes.

Mandy Mullen Brickhouse Functional Fitness Instructor

Mandy Mullen

CYCLE FIT INSTRUCTOR + BRICK FIT INSTRUCTOR + RUN FIT INSTRUCTOR

Mandy grew up in Northeastern Colorado and is a proud CSU Ram alumn. She found her love for fitness after college as a means to leading a healthier lifestyle. While spending most of her me running, she learned just how valuable a well-rounded and diverse fitness routine is. She is now an avid endurance runner, founder of a local running group for women, certified UESCA Running Coach and ACE Group Fitness certified. Mandy believes that a diversifed, supported and challenging fitness routine is important for everyone. She loves that the community and team at Brickhouse embody those same values. She strives to help others in their fitness journey discover their potential and path to a healthy lifestyle in a motivating environment. In her free me you can find Mandy running half marathons, spending me with her husband and two young boys, attending classes at Brickhouse and cooking Mexican food.

Matt Raymond Brickhouse Functional Fitness Instructor

MATT RAYMOND

LEAD PERSONAL TRAINER, CORPORATE WELLNESS DIRECTOR

BRICK FIT + BRICK STRENGTH INSTRUCTOR

Kinesiology/ Exercise Science BS
National Academy of Sports Medicine- Certified Personal Trainer American
Council of Exercise- Health and Wellness Coach
StrongFirst SFG Instructor Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor

Matt fell in love with fitness after reading a copy of Bruce Lee’s The Art of Expressing the Human Body while in the Marine Corps. Matt started using the basis for functional training to better prepare himself and his Marines for the physical demands of their jobs. And later, to develop rehabilitation programs for wounded veterans trying to regain the function they had prior to being injured.Matt has been a fitness instructor since leaving the Marine Corps, with a passion for helping people live the healthiest, most pain-free, active life they can.

Outside of teaching, Matt is an active martial artist. He was an amateur boxer in San Diego, and continues boxing and MMA recreationally. Individual self-defense classes are another passion Matt believes ties into functional fitness training. Outside of the gym, Matt goes hiking and primitive camping whenever the opportunity arises.

Jodene Foy Brickhouse Functional Fitness Instructor

Jodene Foy

CHILD CARE MANAGER + CHILD CARE PROVIDER

Jodene Foy is a Wyoming native who moved to Colorado in 2015. Jodene attended the University of Wyoming obtaining a Bachelors degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. She enjoys caring for and teaching children and hoped to provide a positive fun environment for the member’s children. Jodene is relatively new to fitness but loves the community of Brickhouse. Because of Brickhouse, she has found a new love of fitness and herself.
When she is not at Brickhouse in the childcare area or attending classes, Jodene loves spending me with her family, sewing, and going for walks. She is the mother of 2 beautiful children Ella and Paxton and wife of Christopher.

Join Our Team

Interested in joining the Brickhouse Functional Fitness team? Email your resume to nicholettad@brickhouseff.com and tell us what would make you a great fit for the BFF Family!

testimonials

RAVES & REVIEWS

  • " I love the classes at BFF. They are high energy, challenging, and I always walk out feeling stronger! BFF classes are well-planned and adaptable to any fitness level. The work-outs are varied and fun and always a challenge"

    Jessie D

testimonials

RAVES & REVIEWS

  • " I love the classes at BFF. They are high energy, challenging, and I always walk out feeling stronger! BFF classes are well-planned and adaptable to any fitness level. The work-outs are varied and fun and always a challenge"

    Jessie D