JR Spear is the owner and founder of PowerFit Bootcamp. He is a 4th degree Black Belt and has experience in many different styles of Martial Arts. In addition to being the Senior Instructor at PowerFit Bootcamp, JR is a martial arts and fitness instructor, has experience teaching MMA Fitness, Cardio Kickboxing, Individual and Group Personal Training sessions. JR has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.
JR is an Iraqi Veteran honorably discharged from the United States Navy, Fleet Marine Force. He spent his first tour at Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia from 2003-2006 where he helped train future Marine Corps Officers. From there, JR was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California and was deployed to Iraq with the 1st Marine Division, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines from 2006-2007. During his time in the military, JR participated in leadership training and assisted in military martial arts and self-defense/combat skills.
JR has passion for helping people achieve their goals and becoming the best they can be, both physically and mentally. He works hard to ensure that client needs are met and strives to give the best customer service to all bootcamp members.
JR is a strong Christian and loves to play the guitar and sing/write worship music. He is a runner, triathlete, and loves to compete in races to help him achieve his personal fitness goals. He plans on competing in his first half Ironman in the near future and someday complete a full Ironman. Some of his lifetime goals are to continue expanding his business, PowerFit Bootcamp, and to be a devoted husband and father.
Dr. Sarah Wilmsmeyer is a nutritionist and pharmacist. After graduating from UMKC in May of 2007, Dr. Sarah continued to seek challenges and went on to manage a pharmacy. After moving to St. Louis in 2009 she was introduced to Nutrition Response Testing?. Even though she begrudgingly started a program she almost instantly fell in love with the work and the results that could be obtained with the basic, systematic approach. Dr. Sarah received her Advanced Clinical Training Certificate in Nutrition Response Testing? in Clearwater, FL in September 2011. She was the first pharmacist to complete the program.
Dr. Sarah’s passion lies in helping people find why they aren’t getting results and why they aren’t getting the health they deserve and need to be able to live the rewarding life they are seeking. She specializes in helping kids with ADD/ADHD and Autism. She also enjoys working with athletes and helping them move their game to the highest level the body can perform at. Dr. Sarah is working on building an army that will take over the health of the nation and the world while assisting those who are looking for a better form of health.
Dr. Sarah is excited to be a part of the Powerfit Bootcamp team and to help clients break through on the food choices that are holding them back.
Kyle Nunnally graduated from Fox High School in 2010 and is now studying at Jefferson College. He has 13 years of experience in Tae Kwon Do, competed in various tournaments, highlighted by participating in the 2003 Junior Olympics, and grew up actively involved in many sports.
Kyle is a dedicated Christian, who attends St. John’s Lutheran Church and uses all aspects of God in his life. He enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys hanging out with friends, participating in sports, listening to music, reading and writing. He also loves helping and encouraging others.
Kyle has many lifetime goals which consist of one day having a family of his own, improving upon playing music, staying involved in sports, and to help grow PowerFit Bootcamp into a big and successful program.
Alison Sanker has been married for nine years to her wonderful husband, Louis. They have three beautiful children – William (first child), Addison (2nd child), and Averie (third child). She is so grateful and thanks God every day to be so blessed to have an amazing family!!
Alison lives and grew up in Columbia, IL. She is a nurse anesthetist and absolutely loves her job! She graduated from SIUE with a bachelors in nursing in 1999 and also with a masters degree in 2003. She has been interested in fitness from a very young age competing in gymnastics and cheerleading as well as track and volleyball. Exercise and fitness is part of her daily routine and feels that is her personal time for herself. She has a passion for fitness and loves to run. In the past few years Alison started competing in half marathons and absolutely loves the thrill of the events.
In the summer of 2012 she discovered PowerFit Bootcamp and it has completely revived her workouts!! She has never been as motivated and enthusiastic about any workout routine! She is thrilled to be part of PowerFit Bootcamp’s team and is simply amazed to have the opportunity to teach and instruct classes!
Susan is originally from Montgomery, IL. (40 miles West of Chicago). She is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys fishing, hiking, obstacle style racing. She was a multisport athlete her whole life playing Tennis, Basketball and competitive Softball. She attended Illinois State University in Normal, IL where she played softball and received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Sociology in 1994.
At Illinois State, she met her wonderful husband Bob and they have been married 18 years. They have a son and a daughter together, Rory (15) and Rachael (9). Susan is a follower of Jesus Christ and is an active member of Harvester Christian Church in St. Charles. She wears her faith on her sleeve and believes the greatest thing you can do for a person is to share the gospel with them. Her family goes to New York City every summer with Spreadtruth Ministries to run inner city soccer and basketball camps, VBS as well as set up prayer stations in the streets and parks.
After having children, Susan had taken a break from exercising and eating unhealthy and had gained quite a bit of weight. In the fall of 2010, she made a decision to take back her life and started attending boot camp style classes and eating a balanced diet. Within 2 years, she lost nearly 80 pounds and 8 sizes and has kept it off. Her journey to get stronger and leaner is still going. She learned to love exercising again and turned that passion into a career to help others do the same. In 2012, Susan and her family moved to the St. Louis area and she took that opportunity to become a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. She began taking one on one and small group clients while getting better at what she did. She always loved how boot camp had changed her life and she had a passion to help others do the same thing. When God opened the door to become a part of the Powerfit Instructors Team, she jumped on it.
As a Powerfit Trainer, she understands the struggles that some face when starting a new exercise program, because she has been there. She loves designing quality workouts which will not only challenge the beginner but the seasoned veteran as well. Susan strongly believes that by maintaining a positive, encouraging, and motivating environment at all times, anyone, at any level can reach their goals.
She truly believes in the abilities of all of her clients and stands with them through it all providing support all along their journey. She can’t wait to help you change your life for the better, from the inside out!
Joann was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri. She graduated from the University of Missouri in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. Go Tigers! Upon graduating college Joann took a job with an up and coming IT Company where she continues to work there today. Growing up Joann enjoyed various sports from Soccer to Cross Country. She took an interest in fitness and nutrition at a young age. Joann’s passion for exercise and nutrition continues today and she believes both are essential keys in living a healthy lifestyle.
It only took one PowerFit Bootcamp class for Joann to get hooked. It was unlike another class she had ever taken. When given the opportunity to become a trainer it was something Joann could not pass up. She believes that she is up for the challenge and more excited than ever. She feels blessed to be given the opportunity to do what she loves and can’t wait help to people achieve their goals they never thought was possible!
“You are only one workout away from a good mood.”
Kuang is originally from Pelham, NY (20 minutes outside Manhattan) he came to the St. Louis area to study at Washington University School of Medicine for a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He is currently in his 2nd year of study in the 3 year program. He has a strong interest in orthopedics and sports physical therapy with future plans to pursue post graduate education in manual therapy.
Kuang has a plethora of varied experiences in the world of fitness. While attending Ithaca College between 2004-2009 Kuang worked as a strength and conditioning specialist for the men’s club basketball team and the women’s rugby team. Also during his college years, at the age of 21, Kuang competed in his first drug tested natural bodybuilding competition. To date he has competed in 15 competitions, placing in the top 5 in 11 contests, 4 in the top 3, and 2 1st place titles. He has coached 3 competitors to 1st place finishes and now currently serves on the judging panel for the OCB and NANBF organizations. He has worked in gyms as everything from a front desk attendant all the way up to general manager, before deciding to acquire his ACSM health fitness specialist (http://certification.acsm.org/acsm-certified-health-fitness-specialist) certification in 2011 and become a personal trainer and group fitness instructor.
Kuang was an all league high school football player and captain of the lacrosse team. Although he had a strong background in working with an athletic population, he chose to pursue a specialty certification because of his belief that exercise is medicine. He has taken his personal experiences and professional knowledge and helped clients ranging from those with medical conditions including people with diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and arthritis– to high level competitive athletes and weekend warriors. Kuang has worked with college athletes including lacrosse and baseball players, division 1 soccer players and dancers, and cheerleaders. He has coached national level youth hockey players involved in US junior olympic program and for a teenage soccer player trying out for the Major League Soccer NY Junior Red Bulls development team. Kuang has done strength and conditioning for MMA fighters, Ju-Jitsu grappling competitors, and semi-pro football players of the Tri-State Bulldogs.
Kuang has always enjoyed teaching bootcamp style metabolic conditioning circuits because of their fun and absolute effectiveness at delivering results. Recently Kuang has developed an interest in functional strength and fitness and loves using alternative equipment in both his own training and the training of his clients. He acquired a Kettlebell Concepts KBC instructor certification in early 2012 and has loved experimenting with new ways to use kettlebells. Kuang has taken up running as his next challenge and in August ran his first 5k in a time of 18:52.
Kuang is looking forward to seeing you in his next PowerFit Bootcamp class. He believes in 3 basic philosophies for success in the class:
1) “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” –Napoleon Hill
2) “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” –Lao Tzu
3) “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” –Confucius
KEEP MOVING AND HAVE A GREAT TIME!
Josh Gibson was born and raised in Manning, South Carolina. He has been active his whole life playing various sports such as; baseball, basketball, football, golf, tennis, and soccer. As a child Josh was over weight and realized to be better at sports he had to train. As early as seventh grade Josh started devoting time to fitness training. Josh spent countless hours practicing drills and perfecting his athleticism. By ninth grade he had lost all the extra weight and concentrated on getting faster and stronger to perfect his skills in high school football, basketball, and baseball.
At the time Josh started high school his parents saw his potential and love for fitness and wanted to help encourage him with his dreams and goals. They purchased a home gym that allowed him to pursue his skills and to become a better athlete. Josh was hooked and pushed forward in becoming more physically fit ever since. By the tenth grade Josh had friends coming over after school to lift weights and to run drills outside.
Josh’s love for sports, and physical fitness did not stop after high school. He devoted his time to learning different styles of training from calisthenics, weight training, as well as endurance training. He has worked with athletic trainers, body builders, and strength and conditioning coaches to only help better his skills and knowledge of becoming a better trainer. Fitness has become a life style that he loves and wants to show others how rewarding it can be.
Morgan was born and raised in Mid-Missouri. She went to Truman State University to finish her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science. While in undergrad Morgan worked as a Program Instructor for aerobics classes (Cardio Kickboxing, Bootcamps, Ab Blaster) & was a personal trainer for the university (3 years). Morgan also spent some time as an Intern at Health & Fitness with Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. In 2009 she moved to St. Louis and attended St. Louis University to pursue a Masters degree in Public Health. During that time she worked at Fleet Feet in Fenton, MO.
Upon graduating from St. Louis University Morgan moved to Maryland in 2011. She worked for the US Army Public Health Command as an Injury Prevention Epidemiology Fellow. Her primary responsibility was to assess injury patterns during basic training and prevent injuries among Soldiers.
In 2012 Morgan moved to South Carolina to attend University of South Carolina. While attending University of South Carolina she is working on her PhD in Exercise Science, Health Aspects of Physical Activity. Morgan has an interest in Environmental and Social Determinants of Physical Activity (aka – What makes people be active and stay active?).
Morgan has been active her entire life and has done a little bit of everything! She participated in Volleyball, Softball, and Track & Field in High School. During college she began running, hiking, and teaching aerobics classes and agility drills. In 2009 Morgan ran her first full marathon – St. Jude’s Marathon, Memphis Tennessee. Her goal is to one day compete in a Triathlon!
Lanaea Snead has lived in Columbia, SC most of her life. She grew up playing soccer, many times being the only girl on the team, which made her very competitive. She still loves anything that has a competitive aspect to it, even if she’s just competing with herself.
Lanaea has been married for 18 years and has three kids, ages 14, 11 and 4. She is very busy at home, homeschooling her kids. Her favorite part about homeschooling is that she and her husband get to be the greatest influences in their kid’s lives. Not only do they have the freedom to pursue the education they want, but they have a lot of time together. They exercise, shop and cook together. She gets to do her favorite activities with her family, like swimming, bike riding and roller blading.
Lanaea is also a youth group leader, and being in shape allows her to join in all the fun activities like volleyball, soccer, and ultimate frisbee. She’s also involved in women’s ministry, and she’s excited that she gets to share what she’s learned about fitness and encourage other women to pursue health one good choice at a time.
She started taking PowerFit classes over a year ago, and knew right away it was something she wanted to continue. As time went on, she realized she would love to teach others and encourage them to work hard and persevere through challenges. As soon as an opportunity became available to be an instructor, she jumped on it! She’s excited about learning more about fitness and nutrition and sharing with others the benefits of living in a healthy way.
Lynde Weatherford is originally from Iowa City, IA but has recently made the decision to move to the Charlotte, NC area. She has been a Personal Trainer for 4 years now and loves to see her clients gain results towards living a healthier lifestyle. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from the University at Buffalo in New York and also has her certification through the NSCA as a Certified Personal Trainer. In the past year she has expanded her knowledge as a personal trainer and has become a group fitness instructor.
Lynde played basketball and volleyball in high school, but always keeps active in her daily life. While not at work she loves to be outdoors running, biking, roller blading, taking a walk, or laying out by the pool with a book. Lynde was a musician and has been singing since she was 3 years old with her 2 sisters. Even though she doesn’t sing right now she enjoys going to concerts and singing to the radio.
Lynde is ready to embark on this new journey not only in her personal life but also in her fitness career. With PowerFit Bootcamp she loves not having to be at a gym to give people a great workout and to show clients that anyone can improve in their personal fitness. She is excited to reach out to more people to improve their lifestyles and more than ever she is truly passionate about her career.