Meet the Trainers

STEPHEN PITTS

FITNESS DIRECTOR
BLUE MOUNTAIN

Stephen specializes in fitness conditioning and sports performance. He has trained athletes of all levels including high school, collegiate and professional (MLB, PGA, MMA). Stephen has coached basketball, volleyball and track and has a background in comprehensive golf conditioning. His training is result driven, functional, emphasizing joint integrity, strength, flexibility, vertical jump and weight loss. Stephen’s interests include hunting, fishing, boating on Flathead Lake, horseback riding and calf roping.

  • B.S. Exercise Science, University of Montana
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
  • Egoscue Level 1 Postural Alignment Specialist
  • Certified Golf Conditioning Specialist
  • Certified Golf Injury Prevention Specialist
  • Fitness Nutrition Specialist

MIKE RANKIN

FITNESS DIRECTOR
DOWNTOWN

Mike began his career in personal training in 1991. His first health club affiliation was the Lake Ballinger Athletic Club in North Seattle. Following his return to Missoula in 1994 he served as the Fitness Director at the Courthouse Sports and Fitness Club for 15 years. In 2007 Mike joined The PEAK fitness department as director.

  • B.A. University of Montana
  • NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • ACE Certified Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach

SHANE JULIUS

PERSONAL TRAINER

Shane believes exercise is the best medicine you can give your body. He specializes in core and strength training, plyometric training, lifestyle changes, endurance training and has experience with clinical exercise training. Shane enjoys basketball, floating the rivers of Western Montana, fishing and hiking.

  • B.S. Exercise Science, University of Montana
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

DYLAN RICHMOND

PERSONAL TRAINER

Since moving to Montana, Dylan has participated in skiing, soccer, basketball, baseball and tennis. That desire of sports and performance became his focus of study when choosing a major at the University of Montana. Dylan believes the best way to stay healthy is to focus and train for activities you enjoy. Dylan specializes in core strength, sport specific training, functional weight training, and general fitness.

  • B.S. Exercise Science
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • TRX Level I Trainer

RICK LIONELLO

PERSONAL TRAINER

Rick is a retired Army officer and is passionate about helping people live healthy lives. He specializes in corrective and rehabilitative exercise, strength and conditioning, flexibility and recovery, functional core training and working with the senior population. He believes in a holistic approach to exercise and nutrition that is sustainable for everyone looking to live a happy, healthy life.

  • M.A. History, Eastern Washington University
  • B.S. Finance, Notre Dame
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation Certified
  • Silver Sneakers Certified Instructor
  • Senior Fitness Specialist
  • TRX Level 1 Certified

JANELLE BECK

PERSONAL TRAINER

Janelle grew up with two younger brothers on their family farm in Montana. She believes exercise should be a priority, just like eating and sleeping. The benefits of regular exercise are endless. There is no easy way out. Make the decision to work hard and never give up. The best things in life are worth the fight. She is motivated to help you meet your unique fitness goals. She specializes in health improvement, weight loss, increased muscle strength and endurance, functional fitness, and (TRX) suspension training. Her interests include water skiing, snowboarding, snow skiing, running, biking, hiking, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

  • B.S. Exercise Science
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified SPINNING Instructor
  • Certified INSANITY Instructor
  • TRX Qualified Trainer
  • ACE Certified Health Coach

    "Be your own kind of Beautiful" - Marilyn Monroe

MARISSA HALL

PERSONAL TRAINER

Your body is your greatest investment. I strive to help people achieve their health, fitness and life goals by implementing proper tactics while also creating a fun and exhilarating experience. A healthy lifestyle is a combination of mental, emotional and physical health. I specialize in: sport specific training, strength/endurance, balance/stability and weight loss. Some of my other interests include: basketball, volleyball, camping, fishing, hunting, cooking, baking and spending time with family and friends.

  • B.S. Exercise Science
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

    "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." -Colin Powell

TYLER CARLSON

PERSONAL TRAINER

I prescribe to a therapeutic approach to training; one that is centered on making attainable and sustainable changes to each individual’s fitness and nutritional practices. A properly designed and implemented program will help you accomplish your fitness goals while also improving postural health, mobility, flexibility, balance, and achieving a higher quality of life that allows you to do the activities that you enjoy. Specializing in: functional strength/explosiveness, weight loss/cardiovascular conditioning, core strength and joint integrity/mobility and muscular gain.

  • BS in Exercise Science
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

    “Fitness is a marathon, not a sprint.”

CARLIE GEHRMAN

PERSONAL TRAINER

Carlie's passion for living a healthy life started from a young age and has blossomed into a lifestyle she aspires to lead others to. Carlie specializes in strength training, functional fitness, and weight loss. She takes a holistic approach to reach optimum health; integrating the body, mind, & soul. In her free time she enjoys backpacking, mountain biking, snowboarding, reading, & spending time with loved ones.

  • B.S. Exercise science, Life University
  • ACE certified personal trainer

AUSTIN HERSHBERGER

PERSONAL TRAINER

Austin has always held a passion for athletics, and fitness in general. He played college basketball in both California and Illinois while earning his B.S. in sociology and psychology. Since graduating Austin has been personal training, coaching varsity boys high school basketball in California, and is currently in the final year of his masters program for coaching and athletic administration with emphases in both basketball coaching and strength and conditioning. Austin believes that every individual has the ability to achieve his or her fitness goals, and he has enjoyed helping people of all ages, abilities, and circumstances reach these life-changing milestones. Austin specializes in sport-specific training, strength and conditioning, functional training, muscle building, and circuit-style training. Outside of the gym and athletic competition, Austin enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and going on hiking adventures with his dog Zoey.

  • B.S. Sociology minor Psychology
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer

MARLON PAMINTUAN

PERSONAL TRAINER

Since he was a child Marlon has always strived to become a lighthouse. A beacon, the guiding light that shines in all direction and enables all who are adrift at the sea we call life, to use him as the helping hand. Marlon's strong desire to help led him to join the Army in 2010, where he helped develop and implement physical readiness training to a diverse population as a Physical Training Non-Commission Officer. Marlon is currently a senior pursuing a degree in Health and Human Performance at the University of Montana. He specializes in High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Circuit Training, Boot Camp and also focuses on Senior Fitness, Functional Movement and Rehabilitation Exercises and Strength and Conditioning. Outside the gym Marlon spends most of his time volunteering with non-profit organizations. When the weather allows it you can often find him hiking some peak.

  • B.S Health and Human Performance (in process)
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • ACE Orthopedic Exercise Specialist
  • ACE Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • AEA Arthritis exercise program leader
  • AEA Arthritis Aquatic program leader
  • U.S Army Combatives (MACP) Level 1

JULIE DIMITROFF

PERSONAL TRAINER

Julie has a passion for helping others achieve their fitness and personal goals. She was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where her active lifestyle in dance of all genres for 17 years, and strength training began. Throughout her college career, Julie worked in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor in a performance enhancement facility for both general population and athletes. Julie was also a NANBF bikini competitor and worked in the fitness model industry. By training side by side professional fitness competitors and top athletes, she applies that experience to help her clients in both exercise programming and nutritional guidance. Post-ACL/meniscus injury and reconstructive surgery, her approach to training mechanisms and understanding for others' fitness goals and needs ignited with the integration of a holistic approach - combining mind, body and soul to optimize ones' health. Her personal training career continued in Omaha and progressed to Charlotte, North Carolina, with the opportunity to train group fitness, athletic performance and personal training clientele. Julie specializes in one-on-one personal training, group fitness, circuit training, strength training, athletic performance, functional fitness, body-fat loss/muscular gain, bikini competition preparation, flexibility and injury prevention for athletes.

  • B.S. Exercise Science, Creighton University
  • NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach

CECILE ZHU

PERSONAL TRAINER

Cecile developed a passion for exercise training a decade ago when she struggled being overweight as a new mom. This passion led her to explore and investigate the field of Exercise Science, which brought her all the way from Shanghai (China) to Montana. Cecile believes that a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise will make a person feel younger and live better. She specializes in weight loss programs, strength and endurance training and flexibility. She has research experience in weight management using a combination of exercise prescription, dietary and lifestyle intervention strategies. Cecile also enjoys swimming, ice-skating, camping, fishing, paddle-boarding and piano.

  • M.S. Exercise Science
  • M.S. Nutrition
  • B.S. Food Science
  • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist

Austin Spring

ACE Certified Personal Trainer

  • B.S. Exercise Science—Health Enhancement, University of Montana


Growing up an athlete and competing as a football player at the University of Montana until injuries forced retirement, Austin developed a passion for rehabilitation and strength training. Working as a Strength and Conditioning Intern for the University of Montana Football Team and Tennis Team exposed him to the desire of not only getting individuals stronger but to be able to move better without pain. Austin strives for optimal movement to attain a better quality of life for his clients. He believes that a solid foundation of strength, mobility, and cardiovascular endurance carries over from the gym to daily life. His training seeks to improve clients overall strength, functional strength, joint mobility and integrity, postural correction, core strength, and fat loss.
Austin enjoys spending time with his wife, reading, training, camping, hiking, and serving at Sovereign Hope Church.