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Meet Our Team

Ali

CrossFit Coach

I am from the Dubuque area and have always fully committed myself to health, wellness and my community. Becoming a certified CrossFit coach has allowed me to really live out those priorities every single day. In 2016 I found CrossFit to be the perfect replacement after college athletics. I am not only passionate about the sport of CrossFit, but also how to participate in a safe way that creates a lifestyle of community, friendships, and LONG-TERM health. I do my best to bring energy, positivity, and learning to each of my classes. There’s a lot of fear around trying CrossFit, but each new member continues to prove their assumptions wrong, so come check it out!

Certification: CrossFit Level 1

Armin

Personal Trainer

I graduated from the University of Dubuque with a Bachelor's Degree in Wellness and Exercise Science and a Minor in Psychology. I've been in competitive sports my whole life and transitioned that into my fitness. Now I try to help others understand their fitness journey and guide them to a better life. I started my journey to improve my soccer abilities in high school and switched over to bodybuilding to gain muscle size. After a few years, powerlifting became my main workout and I competed in an amateur powerlifting event and ended up getting second place overall in my age group. I started CrossFit at Volv and have been in the program ever since with Olympic weightlifting on the side.

Certification: Personal Training

Bill

CrossFit Coach

I was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa. Starting in 2014 I became immersed in the CrossFit program, finding a passion for health and fitness. CrossFit quickly brought a new and important element to my life that I would like to share with others as a Coach. In 2017 I went from being a committed member to becoming a Certified CrossFit Coach.

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1

Brett

CrossFit Coach

I am currently a student at Loras College pursuing a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology and minors in Coaching and Psychology. I also play football, and was a three sport athlete in high school. Lifting and working out have been a part of my life from a young age. I was first introduced to CrossFit as a form of training. I hope to help others achieve their goals whatever they may be.

Cassie Foley

Group Exercise Instructor

I grew up in the Tri-State area. Nutrition is something I've always found myself passionate about, but it wasn't until I realized how important and successful you can be with training when the two are combined, that I became interested in instructing fitness classes. I have always worked out and belonged to a gym, but I did not realize how much I would love teaching classes! I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with my Bachelors in Health Promotion and moved back to Dubuque in 2015. I got my group fitness instructor certification in 2015 and have not looked back since.

Certifications: ACE Health Coach, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, Precision Nutrition Level 1

Cassie Hamer

Personal Trainer, CrossFit Coach, FOCUS Coach, Group Exercise Instructor

I earned a B.A. of Science in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in Health Promotion-Wellness from UW- Platteville. As a college student-athlete I developed skills in leadership, communication, collaboration and teamwork.

My experiences include coaching kickboxing and CrossFit assessments, assisting patients with progression of exercise, leading a youth basketball program, coaching and facilitating summer youth recreation programs. I am a motivated and hardworking person who loves working with people to help them reach their fitness and health goals.

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1

Chris

Head CrossFit Coach

I was born and raised in the Dubuque area and wasn't the quintessential fitness fanatic that you would expect. My journey into the fitness world began when I hired Coach Brad to help get me in shape to run a half marathon. From there I found CrossFit, dropped 100 lbs. and began my journey as a CrossFit Coach and my involvement into health and wellness.

Certifications: CrossFit Trainer (CrossFit Level 3), and also holds certificates in CrossFit Weightlifting, Mobility, and Endurance.

Dakota

CrossFit Coach

I joined the Army at the age of seventeen during my senior year of high school. I served in the United States Army as an Engineer Diver for seven years and, after completing a year of training and graduating from dive school I was stationed at Ft. Eustis in Virginia. While serving in the Army I traveled all over the United States and world. Finishing my time in the military I moved to Denver Colorado and attended college. During that time I became a professional CrossFit athlete competing at a very high level including two appearances at the CrossFit Games. Shortly after transferring to school in North Carolina I was offered the opportunity to become a firefighter for the city of Raleigh where I worked until turning my sights on becoming a helicopter pilot, which is what brought me to the University of Dubuque in 2020.

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Weightlifting, CrossFit Mobility

Harry

Personal Trainer

I was born and raised in Dubuque. Throughout my life I have been very active in sports. My senior year of high school I tore my ACL, MCL, and meniscus playing football. I rehabbed and played football at Ellsworth Community College but, during freshman year summer camp I re-tore my acl. After my second ACL tear, I struggled with weight gain and lost motivation to workout and be involved in any sort of fitness activities. I then found bodybuilding and was immersed in the art form of the sport. The science of building muscles intrigued me. I fell back in love with all aspects of fitness. In 2021 I became certified and my goal as a personal trainer is to strive to help others reach their full potential to be the best version of themselves, inside and outside of the club.

Certifications: ISSA Personal Training, ISSA Nutrititionist, ISSA Bodybuilding Specialist

Heather

Heather

Member Services

I am a part time customer service enthusiast at Volv Fitness, where I aspire to make every member feel like a real part of the Volv Family. I am native of Chicago where I worked at a fitness center for over a decade, providing excellent customer service for my many roles with the company. During that decade I held the roles of front desk/sales, juice bartender and massage therapist. Being a member since 2014, I am an uncompromising supporter of the Volv Fitness! I am an animal lover and a musician.

Janel

Group Exercise Instructor

I live in Dubuque with my husband, 2 kids, 4 dogs and one cat. My decision to become a Personal Trainer came after some personal struggles with weight gain and loss along with my son's Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis at the age of 6. I decided to complete my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program in 2015 and have been teaching ever since. I received my ISSA Personal Training Certification in 2019. My goal as a trainer is to help other people bust out of their shell and become more comfortable within their own bodies! Everyone starts somewhere and I would love the opportunity to help those who want the help to make that first step!

Certifications: 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, ISSA Personal Training, ISSA Nutrition Coach

Kate

Yoga Intructor

I was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa. I started practicing yoga my freshman year of high school and immediately fell in love with the physical and spiritual practice. I decided I wanted to get my yoga certification during the pandemic. In 2021 I received my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification. In Fall of 2022 I will be attending the University of Iowa to pursue a degree in Enterprise Leadership.

Kathleen

General Fitness Instructor

I have been a fitness instructor since 1985 and a massage therapist for over 15 years. I am a firm believer in what all fitness modalities can do to enhance your life. When the aerobics craze came along in the 80's I was quick to jump on the bandwagon. I have taught a variety of fitness classes, including aerobics, water aerobics, and weight-based toning classes.

Katrina

Chiropractor

Hi! I'm Dr. Katrina! I'm the owner and Doctor at Home Team Chiropractic! I'm originally from Crystal Lake, IL and was brought to Dubuque through Loras College where I majored in Athletic Training. Knowing that my passion was helping people, I continued my education at Life University in Marietta, GA where I received my Doctorate in Chiropractic. Using a specific chiropractic technique, I assist people of all ages and fitness levels restore function and to live their best life. As they say, "Every organ in your body is connected to the one under your hat." Every organ, muscle, blood vessel and even your immune system is controlled by your brain and spinal nerves. A pinched nerve blocks communication and can really wreak some havoc! I'd love to connect and be a member of your health team! You can find me in the Crossfit Restoration space!

Kim Burken

Sales Manager

I grew up in the Quad Cities and have been involved in sports my whole life. I started my college career at UW-Platteville where I studied Health Promotion and played on the Women's Soccer Team. I transferred to Ashford University where I became the Graduate Assistant for the Women's Soccer Team and earned my degree in Sports and Recreation Management and continued my soccer career with a semi-professional team for one season. I was a personal trainer in Cedar Rapids for before moving around and taking some time off to focus on raising my children. I've been in Dubuque since 2017 and love being a part of the gym industry.

Kim David

Owner, President, CEO

I purchased The Gym in 2010 with the vision of creating a business that supports a healthier lifestyle for the Dubuque Community. The goal was to be different than any other fitness club by offering not only a place to exercise, but a place to learn about physical improvement, performance gains and life changing habits. We set out to help people succeed at achieving a happy, heathier life both physically and emotionally. After 25 years in the Corporate workplace, I experienced first-hand the decline that can happen when you lose focus on your health.
With the rebranding of True. Fitness | Life, to Volv Fitness in 2020, we are achieving the goals we set for ourselves in 2010. We have introduced enhanced programming that fits all fitness levels, including nutrition and wellness offerings, personal training and functional fitness. The culture and the community we have created at True. is the best of the best. Our members are our priority! We care about them and their ability to reach their goals, see outcomes, and realize success. I’m proud of the work we are doing, the support we provide, and the team and inclusive environment we have built.

Kory

Head FOCUS Coach, Personal Trainer

I attended the University of Dubuque and played football throughout my college career. Fitness has always been a huge part of my lifestyle and I could not imagine a different career for myself.

Certifications: ACSM certified, Onnit Academy level 1 certified, Onnit Academy steel mace certified

Logan

Physical Therapist, Group Exercise Instructor, Social Media Coordinator

I am the on-site Physical Therapist through my own practice, Life In Motion Physical Therapy. I am originally from Dubuque and went to the University of Iowa for my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. I focus on helping active adults get back to the gym after injury, and improve overall daily movement and performance to prevent injury in the first place. I wanted to become a physical therapist because movement is such a major part of our lives, and I wants to help you stay moving and doing what you love for as long as possible. I stay very active myself, with teaching cycling and attending CrossFit classes. I am also a general fitness instructor substitute and our social media coordinator.

Certifications: Physial Therapy License , Cycling

Maria

Group Exercise Instructor

I graduated from the University of Dubuque with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science. I have been competing in bikini competitions since age 13 and have run several half marathons. I have a huge passion for fitness and helping people live a healthy lifestyle.

Certifications: NSCA-CPT, Onnit Level 1, Schwinn Spin Certificate, Sports Nutrition Certificate

Mary

Group Exercise Instructor

I have been a wellness professional for over 20 years and love my job! My passion is EMPOWERING individuals to achieve their wellness goals. There is no greater reward than making somebody feel happy from the inside out! I love the water! Fun fact, I have my sailing certification and desire to make sailing, traveling and fitness a lifestyle some day.

Certifications: Personal Trainer, AFFAA- Fitness Instructor, Spin, Kickboxing, Weight Training, AFFAA- Nutrition and Lifestyle Management

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Michaela

Member Services

I was born in Colorado, raised in Wisconsin and got my Bachelors Degree at Upper Iowa University in Exercise and Sports Studies. I have always been involved in some kind of sport growing up and knew when I went to college that I wanted to continue to be involved with the field. When I am not at the gym I love exploring outside with my two wonderful dogs and my boyfriend.

Mike

Personal Trainer

I graduated from Loras College in 2019 with a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology. I was a multi-sport athlete in high school so I was no stranger to the weight room and exercise. I had found CrossFit after I graduated from high school. I played collegiate football at Loras where, unfortunately I was forced to end my career from multiple knee injuries. Currently, I am continuing my education to obtain my Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Certifications: ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, APX Tier 1 Coach, CPR & AED Certified.

Nick

CrossFit Coach

I'm from Southfield, Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a minor in Health Promotion. I made my way to Dubuque as I am now the Head Men's and Women's Swim Coach at Loras College.

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, ACTION Personal Trainer, American Swim Coaches Association Level 3

Reagan

Personal Trainer, CrossFit Coach, FOCUS Coach

Hi my name is Reagan Friend, I was born and raised in Michigan and moved to Arizona with my family in 2009. I was able to return to the midwest in 2015 to complete my B.A. in Kinesiology and play basketball at Loras College. Following my gap year in 2020, I traveled to Pennsylvania to complete my first year of my Masters program in Cancer Care with a specialization in Clinical Exercise Physiology. I am continuing to pursue my Masters online while working in the CARES Lab through Loras College. I started at Volv as an intern and joined CrossFit classes in 2019, and have enjoyed the challenges, physically. I began coaching CrossFit in 2021 and it has become my sanctuary but, I have also coached FOCUS along with some personal training. I love helping people find their passion for fitness and allowing it to be a positive influence on their lives! I plan to get my CFL1 to continue coaching CrossFit in the Fall and my Clinical Exercise Physiology certification by Winter.

Certifications: CPR/AED, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Tabitha

Community Outreach, External Sales

I have lived in Dubuque Iowa my entire life. I was a very active child and did cheerleading in high school. I worked many years in Customer Service where I enjoyed helping others, but then took on the role of a full time mother. I didn’t get into fitness really until after my 3rd son when I knew I needed something to help me get more in shape and stay healthy for my children. I was then introduced to Powerlifting. I started that back in 2017 and since then have done multiple Powerlifting Meets and more to come. It made me want to be more involved with fitness all around. I worked at another gym for almost 4 years before coming to Volv. I am looking to one day become a certified personal trainer so I can help others learn proper strength training and fall in love with it like I did.

Tony

CrossFit Coach and Personal Trainer

I graduated from Loras College in 2010 with a Business and Finance Degree, but learned quickly that fitness was a huge passion of mine. Having played sports throughout my childhood, I knew I enjoyed the competitive outlet of sports and wanted to stay involved in some form of competition after graduating college. Pursuing a career in fitness has given me a career that I enjoy waking up for every morning.

Certification: CrossFit Level One (CF-L1 Trainer), CrossFit Mobility certificate, CrossFit Goal Setting certificate, CrossFit Olympic lifting certificate, Certified in Personal Training, Nutritional Counseling and weight loss specialist.

Will

Cleaning Specialist

I graduated from Hempstead in 2020 and I am a huge Cubs fan. I am the youngest of 3 siblings and my favorite food is macaroni and cheese. In my free time I enjoy watching Supernatural, Walker, baseball and basketball.

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