Meet The Trainers

Sarah Wake

Sarah Wake

Certifications:

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

I am a 36 year old mother of 3 who knows that finding time for health and fitness can be hard. My passion is helping people attain a higher quality of life through fitness. No matter your limitations we can work together to meet your goals! I received my personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. I pride myself on the ability to adapt to each person’s unique abilities and level of fitness.

Chris Ankher

Chris Ankher

Certifications:

  • ACTION Certified Personal Trainer 
  • ACTION Certified Advanced Nutrition Specialist

Chris Ankher is a Certified Personal Trainer and Advanced Nutrition Specialist who’s dedicated to enhancing, and helping clients create and maintain a healthy lifestyle. After spending nearly a decade working as a volunteer basketball coach and health enthusiast for 94 Feet of Familiarity, Chris knows what truly drives physical awareness, mental toughness, and harnessing the capability to creat change and it’s contrary to the basic form of diet and exercise. It’s how well you’re able to connect your mentality with what one wishes to accomplish physically to create change.

Chris has experience coaching various types ranging from a broad spectrum, including strength and flexibility, balance, endurance, HIIT, functional fitness, as well as CBT which deals in psychological/emotional and economic health. In addition to his extensive PT and nutritional experience, Chris is a trained Life Coach.

Amanda Wheeler

Amanda Wheeler

Certifications:

  • BA Exercise Science - University of Nebraska
  • Exercise Physiologist - American College of Sports Medicine
  • Certified Yoga Instructor

Amanda graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a degree in Exercise Science. She is a certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine and is also a certified Yoga instructor. Amanda has over 10 years experience in the health and wellness field. Her passion is helping people of all ages reach their individual health and fitness goals whether it's to lose weight, gain strength or have more energy for their grandkids.

Collin Wolf

Collin Wolf

Certifications:

  • 4th Degree Black belt WTF,ITF Tae kwon do
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt Shotokan Karate
  • 31 years martial arts experience
  • Multiple State and National Taekwondo Championships
  • Competed in full contact Kickboxing and MMA
  • Produced over 50 black belts
  • B.A. Psychology and Sociology
  • M.B.A. Human Resources
  • ACE Certified personal trainer
  • Certified Taekwondo Instructor
  • Certified police officer

I believe having a healthy fitness lifestyle is the key to longevity and a happy life. I enjoy teaching and helping those I teach reach their health and fitness goals. I have also taught martial arts for many years and enjoy my students making progress as I continue to grow in my own goals from martial arts and fitness competitions.

Candi Despain - Group Fitness Director

Candi Despain

Group Fitness Director

Certifications:

  • Zumba Fitness
  • Turbo Kick Live
  • PiYo Live
  • High Fitness
  • Hot Hula Fitness

Candi is a fun, energetic, motivated, and enthusiastic instructor! Being physically fit has always been very  important to her, and she loves to share her talent and motivation with others. Her class will leave you feeling great and wanting more! Initially Candi only taught Zumba, but has come to love many many formats. She is a mom of 4 who never let pregnancy slow her down. You'll see her at the gym in every stage. She knows how quickly busy days can drag you down, so she likes to be an inspiration to WANT to go to the gym. Prepare for a fun time, new friends, and a great attitude--your time here is going to count!

Jennie Coleman - Group Fitness Instructor

Jennie Coleman

I love teaching group fitness.  I have over 25 years experience in teaching and hope to teach until I am 85 years old.   I have too many formats to list that I have taught over the years.  Currently, I am teaching Zumba, Bootcamp, Spinning, Yoga, Aqua aerobics, turbo kick, and Body pump and HIIT.

Cathy Taylor

Hi!  I'm Cathy Taylor and I am soooooo excited to be teaching SHiNE Dance Fitness at Idaho Fitness Factory!  I am a busy momma of 5, passionate about health and wellness, run 2 successful businesses and am actively involved in volunteer work.  For years I wanted to be consistent with my workouts, but found it hard to make time for something that felt like drudgery.  In fact, I hated running so much that I tried out for Drill Team in high school, having never taken a dance class in my life, just to avoid running the mile in P.E. :)  When I took my first SHiNE class, I fell in love.  Dancing with friends in a group environment?  Letting loose and being a little silly?  It didn't matter if I wasn't a good dancer.  It was so much FUN, and at the same time, effective!!!!  I couldn't WAIT to go to class!  That's when I knew that I wanted to be an instructor and help others find a passion for exercise, relieve stress, and experience more joy in their lives!

Michelle McKendrick

Michelle loves fitness and finds so much satisfaction in motivating and leading others! She teaches Zumba, all formats of Zumba, hot hula, and is AFAA Certified. Let Fitness change your life! 

Stephanie Birdsall

My name is Stephanie Birdsall and I'm excited to be teaching at Idaho Fitness Factory! I have trained in
ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop and am currently a dance instructor and the Artistic Director at Artistic Dance
Company in Boise.I fell in love with Zumba because I realized I could combine my love of dance with fitness and lead a
workout that is not only extremely effective, but super fun. I am also certified in Zumba Gold and I teach
chair classes at an assisted living/memory care facility. I try to incorporate a variety of dance styles into my Zumba class...from the latin dances like Salsa,
Merengue, and Cha Cha to Bollywood, African, and current Hip Hop hits you hear on the radio. It is fast
paced, and you will definitely sweat in my class! I love seeing how people get addicted to this format of group exercise because it feels more like a dance
party than a workout. Come join me and give it a try!!

Bailey Riddle

Bailey Criddle

"I started my fitness journey five years ago. August of 2016 I became a certified Pound instructor. My goal is to make every person who attends my class feel accomplished"

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