Tony Sykes, CPT
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

Certified Personal Trainer - ISSA
Specialist in Fitness Nutrition - ISSA
CPR/AED Certified

Tony grew up in Walden, CO in a family full of UW fans. Because of this, he was encouraged to attend UW and did so earning his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology. However, Tony's number one hobby, interest, and passion has always been weight lifting. Tony is a Certified Personal Trainer through ISSA (International Sports Science Association) and is currently working toward his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification through NSCA. Tony has also served in the U.S. Military since 2007 and served overseas in 2013-2014. When Tony isn't dedicating his time to coaching and serving our country he enjoys dirt biking, riding snowmobiles, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. At Altitude Fitness Tony leads our team of coaches as our Head Strength & Conditioning Coach. He has a wide variety of experience and training in strength training/muscular development, aerobic/cardiovascular training, weight loss/body composition, nutrition adjustment, goal setting, and program design/workout strategies. Tony plans to help Altitude Fitness grow into a regionally known training facility and show everyone that big things come out of Wyoming! Tony is excited to be a part of the Altitude Fitness team because "coaching and watching people learn and grow is a very rewarding experience. If I can continue to give that to people in Laramie and the surrounding region I will be happy. Giving people the tools and knowledge to achieve what they thought was impossible makes everything worth it. I believe and know the AF team can do that for anyone."

Katy Hall, MS, CSCS

Director of Athletic Performance

M.S., Exercise and Sports Science
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist - NSCA
B.S., Kinesiology and Health Promotion
Certified Personal Trainer – NSCA
CPR/AED Certified

Katy Hall graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2013, with a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, she immediately began the Kinesiology graduate program at UW. She will be completing her Master's Degree in Exercise and Sport Science, with an emphasis in Exercise and Sport Psychology in December of 2016. Katy is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is currently working towards becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, CSCS. While attending UW, she competed for five years for the cowgirl's track and field team primarily as a 60–meter and 100–meter hurdler. During her time as a Cowgirl, she was able to achieve honors on the track and in the classroom as both a Mountain West All Conference team member and Mountain West Scholar Athlete. Katy is excited to be a part of Altitude Fitness because she has a profound passion for training and conditioning because of her own personal experiences and wants to share that with others. Her passion for athletics is what drives her to help others achieve their goals.

Michael "Joe" O'Leary, CPT
Community Wellness Coach

USAW Sports Performance Coach - USAW
Certified Personal Trainer – ISSA
CrossFit Level One - CrossFit
FRC Mobility Specialist - Functional Anatomy Seminars
Certified Youth Trainer – ISSA
Specialist in Fitness Nutrition – ISSA
Senior Fitness Specialist – ISSA
Exercise Therapy Specialist – ISSA
Specialist in Strength & Conditioning – ISSA
MovNat Certified Trainer, Level 1, Level 2, & Combatives - MovNat
Bioforce Certified Conditioning Coach - BioForce HRV
Primal Health Coach - Primal Blueprint

Joe is originally from Ely, Nevada but grew up in Rawlins, Wyoming. He found his way to Laramie for two reasons, to complete a Pre-Med Physiology degree at the University of Wyoming, and to climb. Joe has an Associate's Degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Personal Training and is working toward his B.S. in Human Physiology. He plans to further his education by "crushing the MCATS" then attending medical school in Seattle, Washington through the WWAMI program. Joe is a highly trained coach with diverse certifications such as; ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Senior Fitness Specialist, Exercise Therapy Specialist, Certified Youth Trainer, and Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is also a USAW Sports Performance Coach (level 1), FRC Mobility Specialist, MovNat Certified Trainer (level 1, level 2, and combatives), CrossFit Level One coach, and Primal Health Coach. Joe has many notable achievements related to his coaching background and hobbies. He served as USAW Marshal for the American Open in 2015, the largest American weightlifting meet in history, as well as successfully integrated a strength training program into a Multiple Sclerosis treatment regime. Additionally, he has summited Gannett Peak, Mt. Elbert, and Mt. St. Helens. Obviously, in his free time Joe enjoys rock climbing, backpacking and mountaineering, but he also enjoys, snowboarding, Parkour, and archery. In the future he plans to; summit every 14er in Colorado, climb every pitch at Vedauwoo, summit every peak in the High Cascades, Practice medicine in Laramie or Jackson Hole, summit Denali, backpack South America, summit K2, and die happy. Joe is excited to be a part of the Altitude Fitness team because he "always relishes the opportunity to work with Wyoming athletes. Add to that, Altitude Fitness is one of the nicest facilities open to the general population in the country and I consider it a privilege to be offered the opportunity to coach here."

Marten Baur, CPT

Certified Personal Trainer - ACE
CrossFit Level 1 - CrossFit
Bioforce Certified Conditioning Coach - BioForce HRV
CPR/AED Certified

Marten is strength and conditioning coach with a passion for Olympic Weightlifting and optimizing human biomechanics. He is a certified personal trainer through the American Counsel of Exercise and has received certifications ranging from CrossFit level 1 trainer, USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, and Bioforce Certified Conditioning Coach. He has also completed a 100 hour internship with USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame Coach Bob Takano, gaining a deeper understanding of the classical lifts, strength training, and program design. Marten’s interest in pain-free movement and performance optimization shows through his programming and coaching style. Originally from Lander, Wyoming, Marten moved to Laramie to pursue higher education. He is currently finishing two Bachelor’s degrees in Kinesiology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming. After graduation, he hopes to continue his education at physical therapy school. Marten is excited to teach what he is passionate about, and is proud to be a part of the Altitude Fitness team. He enjoys the opportunity to impact the health of the Laramie community and learn more about himself in the process. He enjoys outdoor activities (backpacking, mountain biking, climbing, mountaineering), playing music, and training for weightlifting competitions.

Molly Vigen

Pilates Mat 1 - Balanced Body
Pilates Reformer 1 - Balanced Body
Certified Barre Instructor - Barre Forte
CPR/AED Certified - American Red Cross

Originally from Alexandria, MN, Molly made her way west in 2014.  Relocating for her husband's job brought her family from the plains of ND, to the mountains of WY. Together with their three boys,  the Vigens dove head first into life in the Rocky Mountain West- they took advantage of old hobbies, like skiing, but discovered new ones, too, like hiking and snowshoeing.  After playing basketball for the NDSU Bison, Molly became a student and eventual teacher of Pilates to further develop her strength and flexibility, while improving muscle tone and core strength both on the mat and with a reformer.  Molly is certified in Mat & Reformer Pilates as well as Barre. When she's not teaching classes, Molly is busy cheering on her three boys on various sports fields and in life in general.  Beyond that, she loves cheering for the Wyoming Cowboys, spending time with family and friends, and making her way back to enjoy MN "lake life" with any free time to spare!  Molly loves spreading her love and knowledge of Pilates to all ages and abilities in Laramie, and lives by the quote, "There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up."

Chantelle Valencia, CPT

Certified Personal Trainer - ACE
Basic Life Support Certified - American Heart Association
B.S. Nursing - University of Wyoming

 

Chantelle was born and raised in Laramie, Wyoming.  Chantelle grew up wrestling, and was 3rd ranked in the women’s division at 105 lbs when she retired from the sport.  After graduating from high school she earned a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Wyoming.  During that time she also took first place at the Colorado State NPC competition in 2017. Always active, Chantelle also enjoys hiking, snowboarding, flipping real estate, and spending time with her Yorkies.  In the future, she hopes to own several investment properties, become an ICU nurse, and continue helping people with their own fitness journeys. She is excited to be a part of the AF coaching team because “Fitness has always been an important aspect of my life and I am excited to be a part of the AF team to help motivate, educate, and emphasize the importance of exercise and nutrition in everyday life.  I would like to spread body positivity by creating an optimistic training environment and stressing the significance of not only physical health, but mental health as well. I hope to inspire others and ultimately help them fall in love with the process of bettering themselves each and every day.”

Brittany LaPalme

Certified Zumba Instructor - Zumba
CPR/AED Certified

Brittany came to Laramie from Centennial, Colorado, to pursue a double Bachelor's Degree in  Music Education and Music Performance from the University of Wyoming. She is joining to Altitude Fitness family to teach Zumba® classes and share her powerful transformation and passion with our community.  In 2015, Brittany weighed 214 pounds, and was considered obese for her height. She lacked self-confidence and struggled with her body image and identity. Wanting to turn her life around, she began running every day.  After some time, she tried a Zumba® class at the University, and was instantly hooked. Her journey of discovering self-confidence through exercise has lead to losing over 80 pounds, and becoming a certified Zumba® instructor!  When she isn’t helping others dance their way to health or pursuing scholastic achievements she pursues research in various fields of study including; diet, fitness, physiology, international news, and the bible. Brittany is excited to join the AF team because “As a Zumba® coach at Altitude, I am looking forward to building a sense of community and empowerment. Seeing individuals meet personal goals and be excited to come to class is rewarding for everyone. I am hoping that my fitness testimony and passion for what I do can inspire those who are seeking to better their confidence, body-image, identity, and fitness. I can’t wait to dance this journey with everyone!”

Hailey Wilkinson

CPR/AED Certified - American Red Cross

From Jackson, Wyoming, Hailey recently came to Laramie to pursue a degree in Kinesiology & Health Promotion with a minor in Physiology.  She is also working towards her Mat Pilates certification through the Body Arts and Science International Pilates School (BASI). An avid dancer in high school, Hailey discovered Pilates as she recovered from a spine injury her junior year of high school.  Pilates greatly increased her body awareness and strength, helping her fully recover from 2 herniated discs with no recurring pain! When she isn’t studying or doing pilates, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, playing with her dog and listening to podcasts.  Hailey is excited to join the AF team because “I love to surround myself with others that have similar interests in health and wellbeing. I am looking forward to learning from other members of the AF team.”

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