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Meet The trainers
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Deborah, a former college athlete, has been a fitness instructor since 2015. A lover of all things fitness. Through her own journey in health and fitness she understand the challenges and importance of taking a holistic approach to exercise, diet and healthy lifestyle choices. There has never been a fitness challenge she hasn’t wanted to conquer or a person she isn’t inspired to help. She thrives on challenge and competition, and believes that, “anyone can accomplish anything with someone in their corner”. She believes in the strength of team and is ready to partner up with you to help you overcome your fitness challenges. She is a ACE certified personal trainer, has done certifications with Mossa, TRIBE, Les Mills, Stages Cycling, and TRX. Her hobbies include running, yoga, water sports, hiking, and connecting with people! Whether you are 8 or 88 she is ready to help you take your next step to be the healthiest you!
Matt, who hails from North Carolina, joined the Sun Oaks management team in August of 2011. Before coming to Redding, he developed his training background and philosophy through his experience in clinical research, coaching, and business marketing. This philosophy includes a focus on vision, progression, and fun in the training process.
Matt received his degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He continued his education and development in exercise and training with a personal training certification from the American College of Sports Medicine, corrective exercise specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Matt also works as the Head Trainer in the Athletic Dept; coaching and facilitating sport and athletic training programs. His expertise includes a Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a Level 1 Sport and Performance certification from the US Weightlifting Association.
If you have any questions or need any help, feel free to stop by the weight room office and say hello. Matt is ready and willing to help with any of your exercise aspirations and goals.
Taylor has lived in Redding for 5 years with her spouse their 2 children. Taylor’s passion for health and fitness blossomed at a young age and has always been something she loved to pursue. Taylor always strives to love her best life, which led her to become an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and an ISSA Certified Sports Nutrition Coach. Taylor’s heart and passion is to walk side by side with clients in their wellness journey to achieve and sustain their goals, whatever they maybe.
I was born March 14, 1995 and lived in Kansas and Missouri until 1999
when we moved to Redding. I attended Enterprise High School and
graduated in 2013. During my senior year of high school, I enlisted
into the Marines Corps for 5 years active duty and spent my time
stationed at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth. During
my time in the Marines I worked as an Avionics Technician for C-130
Aircraft. I also held roles as a Marine Combat Instructor of Water
Survival, Combat Marksmanship Coach, funeral honors, and participated
in a few shooting competitions. I left the marine Corps as a Corporal
Sep of 2018. Upon leaving the Marines worked a few various jobs,
ultimately returning to Redding where I decided to become a group
fitness instructor and moved into personal training and nutrition,
which has been the best job I’ve had to date.
Personal Trainer, Strengthening for Martial Arts & Weight Loss
David has always had a passion for exercise, including weightlifting, a black belt in Shotokan karate, and happy hour at Cattleman’s. With over twelve years of experience in personal and group training, he brings a unique blend of the conventional and unconventional, combined with a rich background in Martial Arts and the Armed Services.
In 2007, David personally took up training for triathlons. in addition to personal training, and small group training, he runs a popular triathlon training program here at Sun Oaks; including two “triathlite” races per year. David’s motto is “Do what you love/love what you do, and you will reach success.” It’s this attitude that he brings into every exercise and training session.
Wendy hails from Seattle, WA but has called Redding home for the past 10 years. During her childhood in the PNW, Wendy grew up primarily in the outdoors; backpacking, mountaineering, skiing, mountain biking, climbing, and trail running! This, coupled with education in Psychology and Outdoor Leadership, developed a great love for the outdoors, a fitness oriented lifestyle, and a passion for helping others experience these things as she has. Wendy has guided backpacking trips for various companies for several years and has taught the Summer Adventure Trainings for Sun Oaks. Now off the trail, she has pursued personal training to continue guiding people through their fitness journeys and up and over their own personal mountains. Since having a family, Wendy has dove into the world of Ultra Running…not to compete in races, but to run various routes mapped out in the Trinity Alps and Lassen National Park. She has spent the last year writing race plans and helping coach people through their training journey for Ultramarathons. You can find Wendy (and her daughter, Ellie!) around the club throughout the week and on trails or in the snow with her husband and Golden Retriever, Sauvie, on the weekends! Wendy is an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer.
Jill Grew up in Southern California and made her way up to Redding in 2010. She has been the fitness industry for 20 years and has worked with countless clients to help them develop a balanced lifestyle through the mind, body, spirit connection. Over the years she has developed the tools and resources to lead a well-balanced life through fitness, clean eating, and mindful living. Through relationship and accountability, she helps her clients stay focused and realize their success. She has obtained a master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in wellness and is currently working on a PHD in Public Health. Jill specializes in working with clients to help them remove barriers of fear and defeat, so they can passionately run after their dreams. After successfully raising four children on her own, she now enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, reading, and writing in her spare time.
Jill has been a certified Personal Trainer since 2010 with I.S.S.A. She also has a certificate in Cardio Kickboxing from American Kenpo Kung-Fu, Silver Sneakers, and Zumba.
Sabrina is a NASM certified personal trainer and Redding native. She enjoys spending her time with her husband and their black lab, Shelby.
Sabrina has always enjoyed leading an active lifestyle. She started dance lessons at the age of four, and passionately continued competing through college until the age of eighteen. Prior to becoming a personal trainer, Sabrina earned an associate’s degree in Emergency Medical Services and worked as an EMT and 911 dispatcher.
Sabrina believes in the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, while maintaining balance between fitness, work, and social life. She wants to help your reach your goals all while having fun and creating sustainable change.
Warren is a certified personal fitness trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He has been a certified personal trainer for over twenty years and holds advance certifications as a Performance Enhancement Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist. These advance certifications assist in working with athletes looking to elevate their athletic skills and game to the next level. As well as assisting individuals who are recovering from surgery, sports injuries, or muscle imbalances.
As a seasoned trainer, I enjoy using a variety of training modalities to keep training sessions fresh and fun, while maintaining focus on reaching the clients optimal fitness goals. If you’re an athlete looking for a sport specific or high-performance training program, Warren utilizes the Functional Movement Screening (FMS) to find any asymmetries, muscles imbalances, or movement pattern deficiencies to build a customized fitness program to improve performance and injury prevention.
For golfer’s looking to improve their dynamic flexibility, balance, and strength. Warren is a certified TPI golf fitness specialist who conducts specific golf assessments, which is used to build a customized training program to help lower your golf score.
In addition to his fitness background, Warren is an Elite USPTA certified tennis professional who has directed tennis programs at world class resorts, prominent country clubs, private clubs, and international destinations. His playing experience includes attended the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, held junior rankings, and attended the Stephen F. Austin State University on a full tennis scholarship.
Warren continues to stay fit and active by mountain biking, swimming, paddleboarding, weight training, and hiking. I look forward to meeting you and helping you with your fitness goals.
Sara Strang is a NASM-certified personal trainer and found her love and passion for fitness here at Sunoaks! She has lived in Redding California her entire life, and in her free time she enjoys long runs, snowboarding, and hanging out with her husky Levi.
Sara has always enjoyed having an active lifestyle, she participated in soccer and basketball in her younger years, but found her passion for weightlifting her freshmen year of high school. She also enjoys competeing in races from 5k to 10ks and is trying her first bikink comptiton this year.
Sara believes, with her years of training here at Sunoaks, that to achieve a healthy lifestyle you need to have a balance of all things of life. She sees how much fitness has changed her mental health for the better and explains fitness hasn’t just transformed her physically, but how it has improved her mental health. Sara enjoys meeting new people and is willing to work with any ages. She loves to see people achieve goals and challenge themselves to do better.
Sara wants to help you become the best and healthiest version of yourself.
Livi Lindsey is a certified personal trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She is originally from Redding, California and is a former collegiate athlete. Livi’s passion for health and fitness began at a young age during the participation of several sports. She has an educational background in exercise science, organizational leadership, and physical therapy. Livi believes in creating healthy habits and maintaining a positive and active work life balance. She loves encouraging and helping others on their fitness journey and makes exercise fun and something to look forward to. Some of her hobbies include basketball, running, snowboarding, and playing spike ball. She looks forward to meeting you and help you achieve your fitness goals.
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