We are MORE THAN JUST A GYM. We have used fitness and healthy living as an avenue to create a positive and healthier community. We have an extreme passion for what we do and we will continue to strive for this upper echelon in the community. The coaching team at CFA will create significance with every member who is a part of our program. Because the bigger the dream, the more important the team!!
Every CFA Fitness Coach is required to complete a comprehensive internship to learn the CFA Training System before they can train members. Most importantly, everyone on the CFA team is a genuinely nice person and will be extremely dedicated to assisting members reach their goals!
“I literally wake up every day ready to motivate, inspire, coach and lead others to ultimate living. I value my health, my energy, and my athleticism and see the positive impact these things can have on the rest of my life. My family is my spark plug. My wife is the most understanding and loving person I know. I am grateful to have her as my best friend. We are blessed to have three wonderful children, 2 girls (Olivia Jo-Jo, Bobbi Jo) and 1 boy (Riley Joe). These kids are the brights spots in my day. I always look forward to coming home and hugging my family.
I started in fitness by training my friends in college. I didn’t know what the heck I was doing. I didn’t have the expertise or credentials but I had PASSION and that is what drove me into this industry. My passion led me to obtaining my BA degree in Human Performance and Sport from New Mexico Highlands University. Oh by the way, I was a pretty good placekicker back in my hay day and I kicked through high school, college and had a short stint playing Arena Football.
After graduating, I became a “personal trainer” at a big box gym. I loved coming to the gym every day and thought, “man, I want to do this forever.” Working with people became my life mission. I use fitness, healthy nutrition and personal growth as my avenues to echo my message that LIFE IS LIMITLESS and ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. I believe in this message so much that in 2012 I ran 300 miles in 101 hours to prove the point that when you truly believe in yourself, surround yourself with positive and supportive people and have extreme determination, Anything does become possible. I strive to instill this platform to everyone I come into contact with.
In 2006, I stepped out onto a ledge and into the self-employment world. Standing on a tightrope without a net underneath me, I quickly realized that owning a business was difficult. But my determination, ambition, and passion as been my fuel to grow our company. We started in a 2400 square foot facility and in 2011 we moved to a 6500 square foot facility.
I am truly grateful for the relationships that I have built and the people that are in my life. I am determined to continue living life at ultimate levels. The more people we can convince that positive and healthy living is the way to go, the better the world will become. It is in our hands.
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Kelsey ChrismanChange Your Life Manager / Fitness Coach
Kelsey Chrisman is The Change your Life Manager and a Fitness Coach at California Fitness Academy and is Precision Nutrition certified. She is a native of Jefferson City, Missouri, where she graduated from William Woods University in 2012. She was a 4-year Collegiate Softball Player receiving honors of NAIA 2009 American Midwest Conference Freshman of the Year, NAIA 2010 American Midwest Conference Player of the Year and was First-Team All-Conference all four years. She is a double major in Exercise Science and Sport Management with a double minor in Coaching and Management Information Systems. In September 2012, Kelsey did a 12-week internship at California Fitness Academy. In February 2013 she returned to California to pursue her fitness career at CFA. Kelsey’s commitment to enriching the lives of other individuals has made her a valuable CFA team member. She is very motivational and has a canning ability to gently push her clients to believe in themselves and reach their fitness goals. Kelsey just completed her first half marathon, figure competition, and triathlon.
Jody WilliamsonFitness Coach Manager / Athlete Program Director
Jody has been in the CFA family for over 7 years. Her journey began when she was on the College of Sequoias Softball team in 2007. She was 95 pounds and Coach told her, “For you to play on our team, you need to weigh 110 pounds.” Jody’s extreme determination and constant work ethic was revealed with this challenge and she achieved and surpassed the goal. She did not let anything get in her way. Fast forward 7 years and Jody is now a valuable asset to the CFA Team. After receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Kinesiology, Jody came back to CFA to become a Fitness Coach. She has progressed into becoming not only a top coach but as of recently became our Fitness Coach Manager. Jody has tremendous integrity and is a person of high character. When Jody is not training clients or going through her own workouts, she spends time working on her parents ranch out in Yokohl Valley and hanging out with her family and friends.
Tristan StidhamFitness Coach
Tristan is quite the life changing story. After losing nearly 100 pounds through diet and exercise, he quickly realized the fitness industry was his calling. He heard about CFA’s Internship program and came in for an interview. After completing a 10-week internship, Tristan graduated to our Senior Internship program. Tristan’s dedication to the CFA System and Philosophies has led him to becoming a high-energy and knowledgeable fitness coach. He thrives when he is training CFA Members in group workouts and private sessions. His passion, energy, and love for helping people is what makes him a great leader and coach.
Tristan loves the San Diego Chargers and you will find him talking about “his” team throughout the year. He is also working towards a degree in Kinesiology as he is taking classes at College of Sequoias and eventually transferring to Fresno State University.
Nikki SchollRelationships Director / Fitness Coach
Nikki came to California Fitness Academy first as a member. She implemented the tools CFA gave her and since has positively changed her fitness, lifestyle and mindset. Being a mother of 5 boys, Nikki realized the benefit of staying healthy, energized and optimistic. Her role as CFA’s Relationship Advisor allows her to share her experiences to incoming and current members. She has also completed CFA’s fitness coach internship which gives her the tools and expertise to train and motivate our members. Nikki has an unique ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Her genuine and passionate personality is truly valued at CFA.
Kyle MccalisterFitness Coach
Kyle is a dynamic individual with positive energy that exudes every single day. Growing up in Visalia, Kyle has always been into athletics and fitness. Growing up he was a competitive hockey and baseball player. Once he graduated from Mt. Whitney high school, he found his passion in fitness and helping others get healthy. He came into CFA with the willingness to improve and become a top notch coach. CFA is very lucky to have this dynamic individual on our team.
Kayla BarberFitness Coach
Kayla’s love for movement and exercise started at a very young age. She was born and raised in the small country town of Madera Ranchos where she spent most of her time outside playing and running around, or on the softball field. While she played many sports growing up, Softball became her full-time job and passion. In college, she played 2 life-changing years at the College of the Sequoias, before transferring to continue her career at Chico State. (Wildcat Pride!) She graduated from California State University Chico with a degree in Kinesiology: Movement Studies and a minor in Adapted Physical Activity. Although that is her degree on paper, her 4 year degree in Life and her commitment to become her best self, physically; mentally; emotionally & spiritually (via inspiration from CFA and Giantland) is what she is most proud of. “Life itself truly is my passion and I live to empower others to come alive and step into the limitless possibility that is in themselves.” Kayla completed CFA’s 10-week internship and we are proud to have her as a coach.
Chad ChrismanInternship Director
Chad Chrisman was a Strength Coach at CFA for 2 years before getting a full time teaching position at Green Acres Middle School. Currently Chad is CFA’s internship director where he instructs and guides the individuals in the program. Chad received a Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy from Fresno State, is a CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist), and has his teaching credential. Chad loves the science and intricacies of exercise and his expertise is something we value.
Being an athlete since the age of 4, Aaron has always been active and moving but truly found his passion for fitness after his athletic career at College of Sequoias. He fell in love with specifically, Bodybuilding, while still keeping his athletic background. Which he calls functional Bodybuilding. A lot of what he’s learned wasn’t in a classroom but from reading books, articles, watching videos and performing movements through trial and error. To him, fitness is more than just being fit. It’s more than muscle.