WHO WE ARE
MJ Fit is a boutique gym exclusively for women and children in the Denver Tech Center area. We offer private training, small group classes, nutrition counseling, life coaching, and gym memberships in a supportive, empowering, and non-threatening environment. We have small group classes of varying intensities to accommodate all ability levels, and private training that is individualized to ensure our clients reach their goals safely and efficiently.
We understand making a lifestyle change can be tough, but our goal is to make the journey as enjoyable as possible. Our trainers and coaches have high expectations, but we also understand there are obstacles along the way. With our team, there is no shortage of accountability–we are certain of that!
Now that you’re as excited as we are, it’s time to get your butt to the gym!
Meet Our Trainers
My name is MJ, and I own and train at my gym, MJ Fit, exclusively for women and children in the Denver Tech Center! I grew up in a small farming community in Missouri. I never felt like I fit in, and at an early age I realized I had dreams bigger than most of my peers. Once I finished high school, I originally went to school for fashion, but quickly realized this wasn’t the path for me. A spontaneous early-life crisis lead me to Boston, MA where I spent 3 years discovering who I was and what I wanted to do. During my first year there, I struggled with body image, confidence, and direction, which caused me to develop the female athlete triad. It took another full year for me to recover, and find my love for health and fitness. Once I started toward my B.S in Sports Management through California University of Pennsylvania, I knew fitness/nutrition was the industry for me. I also discovered powerlifting during this time, and I will attribute my strength, both mental and physical, primarily to all my heavy lifting!
By the time I graduated college, I made the move from Boston to Denver to open a MJ Fit! It was a whirlwind when I moved to Denver; the dream I had of opening my own gym seemed so far away, but within 2 years of moving, I made it happen. At this point, I have competed in 7 powerlifting meets, taking 1st place in many, and I have successfully opened and expanded my gym! Every day I go into the gym (even if it’s 5am), I am grateful for all the incredible women and kiddos who have trusted us with their health, and for my trainers and coaches who work tirelessly to provide the same level of service and dedication to their clients as I would. Right now, we are expanding the gym to offer more classes, and more space for training too, so I can tell my adventure isn’t even close to being over!
Why I’m a trainer: Once I found powerlifting, my entire life changed, and I made it my mission to help other women and children live healthier lives, allowing them to feel fulfilled too! At MJ Fit, our mission is “inspiring women and children to be strong,” and I love helping my clients find their “strong,” even when it is very different from my own. It is so rewarding to see a client reaching the goals we discussed months or years before in our consultation, and exciting to realize how our team work is paying off!
Why I train myself: I have a background with personal insecurities leading to multiple eating disorders, the female athlete triad, osteopenia, and brittle broken bones. I finally decided this was not the life I wanted to lead. Once I discovered powerlifting, I fell in love and have now competed in several meets, taking home 1st place in all of them. I love seeing myself grow stronger, healthier, and more confident with each time I finish a workout!
Favorite Exercise: Deadlifts! For my upcoming powerlifting competition, I am shooting for a 405 deadlift! I love how strong they make me feel. Plus, I can usually beat the boys!
Fun Fact: I love to travel. I have visited 14 countries so far, and am always planning my next adventure! If you need help with travel resources, I am your girl! Just make sure to bring me back a magnet!
- B.S. Sports Management : Wellness & Fitness (California University of Pennsylvania)
- National Council for Strength & Fitness (NCSF) personal trainer
- Strongfirst SFG I coach
- ACE Nutrition Specialist
- Youth and adolescents with special needs
- USA olympic weightlifting (USAW) coach
- ACE hip & back pain
JORDAN SANDT—PERSONAL TRAINER
Hey! My name is Jordan and I was Born and raised in Denver Colorado.
I was an athlete all through school growing up and started strength training as a teenager. I absolutely fell in love with the gym and it became a huge passion of mine. I really started taking lifting seriously in college, which then led me to change my degree to Exercise Science and also attain my personal training certification. I graduated from metropolitan state university of Denver with a BS in Exercise Science and a minor in psychology.
Why I’m a trainer: I became a trainer because I have always known I’ve wanted to help people improve their lives. Personal training is a perfect combination of my two passions of health and fitness and helping people. Being able to help women feel confident and empowered brings me the most joy in life, and I thrive on the relationships I build with people through their fitness journeys.
Why I train myself: I train myself because it helps me feel strong physically, mentally, and emotionally. I like pushing myself and attaining new goals.
Favorite Exercise: Bulgarian split squat! Such a great way focus on single leg strength and stability. Great way challenge your balance and core strength as well!
Fun Fact: I’ve been skydiving but am afraid of bungee jumping.
JENA HRYNIEWICZ—PERSONAL TRAINER
Hi! My name is Jena, and I grew up in a small town an hour southeast of Philadelphia! I recently moved to the Denver area from Boston with my husband, and we are already in love with the beauty of Colorado. From a young age, my parents encouraged me to go into the STEM field, and at the time, it made sense because I enjoyed math and science. In 2018, I graduated from Penn State, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Shortly after graduating, I moved to Boston and worked at a defense company for three years. Throughout college and working my first job, I knew deep down engineering was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
I was on swim team from 5th grade though 12th grade, so fitness has been part of my regular routine for a while. Throughout college, working out became my escape. It allowed me to take some time for myself and challenge my body physically and mentally. I fell in love with trying new workout classes and the feeling of getting stronger every day.
During the pandemic, I decided it was finally time to make a career change. I listened to nearly all episodes in the Ken Coleman podcast, where he helps thousands of people find what they’re created to do. This is found at the center of someone’s talents, passion, and mission. As I was brainstorming what my next career move would be, I considered what I liked to do and what brings me gratification. I have always enjoyed fitness, especially when I can share my journey to help inspire others. Engineering was all I had ever really known, so it was scary leaving everything behind to transition into a new career. As soon as I decided to become a trainer, I began studying for my NASM certification, and finished it within a few months! I am looking forward to continuing my journey with MJ Fit and cannot wait for all the new connections and friendships I make along the way!
Why I’m a trainer: Working out has brought me so much joy and appreciation for my body. I absolutely love helping others live a healthy lifestyle and developing what a sustainable and enjoyable workout regimen looks like for them!
Why I train myself: I love challenging my body in new ways and feeling like I’m getting stronger! Working out has also helped with my mental health, and I know I am doing something good for my body! My goal is to take care of my body to improve my longevity and embrace my life purpose of inspiring other women to be strong and empowered for as long as possible!
Favorite Exercise: Squat jumps! The burn just hurts so good.
Fun Fact: I brew my own kombucha! The corner of my apartment where I brew, sometimes smells like hard boiled eggs, but it’s worth it!
- National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Personal Trainer
- High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) specialist
KERRY MADDEN E-RYT, YACEP—YOGA INSTRUCTOR
Kerry began her yoga practice in Chicago in 1999. She was blessed to have the opportunity to practice with some very inspirational local instructors that sparked her to make a life change. She was hooked and began teaching within that first year in hopes of being able to share this transformational experience. Yoga gave her the skills needed to heal mind, body, and spirit. It is her passion and has taught her how to get beneath the surface and uncover glimpses of her true essence
It is her sincere hope to share the gifts and blessings that yoga is sure to bring by helping to guide and remove the obstacles that prevent us from seeing our interconnectedness and highest Self.
She is an E-YRT and a 500-hour Yoga Alliance Education Provider, with additional training in Yin. It is through client feedback regarding her style of flow, that is the biggest affirmation that she is doing something right. She uses highly skilled adjustments, when appropriate, finding that the smallest adjustment can make all the difference for a client to feel into the benefit of a pose.
Kerry’s biggest accomplishment has been being diagnosed with brain cancer and not just surviving but thriving. Her favorite sutra is sthira sukham asanam, meaning that every asana should be ‘STEADY’ and ‘COMFORTABLE’ – STHIRA and SUKHA.
MICHELLE EVANS—LIFE COACH
My name is Michelle, originally from England but now a proud US citizen. I own a boutique life coaching services practice in the Denver Tech Center. I decided to partner (join forces) with MJ Fit for a number of reasons. Firstly, I LOVE the gym. Working out has been an integral part of my life since middle school, competing at a state level in swimming and track through high school. My biggest reason is that I have a real passion for helping our community of women and children live a fulfilled and balanced life. I love and respect MJ Fit’s mission of inspiring women and children to be strong. For me, this means uniting physical strength with mental and emotional well being. My belief is that we need to consider the whole human being – our body can not exist without the mind, and the mind doesn’t exist without the body. I recognize both women and children face many unique obstacles. As a mom of 3, I know the challenges women face adjusting to motherhood, and deeply understand the pressure women sometimes feel when starting a family. As women, we sometimes have blurred lines around what our role and purpose is in life – figuring out that balance is one key task. For children, there are many societal pressures, and even children and young adults can benefit from coaching. Having someone impartial to hear their concerns that is separate from family, friends, school peers, etc.
Why I’m a life coach: Coaching has always been the focal point of my career. Owning my own life coaching practice came from the desire to help others. I see my role as a life coach to work with each and every individual to achieve goals, overcome obstacles, and make changes to maximize success in health and happiness and every aspect of one’s life. Quite simply, coaching can provide immense value by having someone listen to you with an objective ear, validate your perspective, and gently challenge when needed. As a life coach, I will offer you a safe place to say anything and explore yourself.
Favorite exercise: Squats. I’ll be honest, it’s a love-hate relationship, but I truly love to challenge myself with this exercise. I love all powerlifting exercises!
Fun fact: I rode the Double ByPass last summer, 6 hours of riding & 6,500ft elevation. Also, when I’m not racing in triathlons or bike racing, I love to volunteer. Currently I hold a leadership role within the National Charity League for girls and I’m also mentoring 9th & 10th graders from an inner city school in California.
- ICF Certified Life Coach
- BSc Management
- MA Human Resource Management
- Learning & Development
- Interpersonal Skills
- Coach Approach
- Mentor Coaching
- Masterful Mindset
- Interview Skills
BELLA CABELLO—SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
Hi! My name is Bella. I am the newest addition to MJ Fit as the Social Media Coordinator! I’m a proud South Texas native and have been living in Denver for a little over 2 years now. (Va Spurs Va!) After getting my degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio in Marketing, I knew that I wanted to fall down the path of the Advertising world. This industry allows me to be creative, yet also supports an array of my other skills such as administrative support, digital media, email marketing, etc. Career growth and development is so important to me as a newer graduate, and I know that I have a lot to learn. I’m eager to contribute to the success of MJ Fit and strengthen my skills to grow as a young Marketer.
Why I’m in social media: I love all things social media related, specifically for businesses that advocate for a healthier lifestyle. (Food, fitness, womens wellness, skincare, travel, lifestyle, etc) This is what instantly drew me to MJ Fit!
Favorite exercise: Hot pilates or a good elliptical sesh
Fun fact: I have attended nearly 200 concerts/music festivals!
- B.B.A in Business Administration : Marketing & Advertising (University of Texas at San Antonio)
- Certified Tourism Ambassador for the city of San Antonio
- Strong admin skills
- Enjoys building personable relationships
- Maintaining and encouraging others to have a work life balance
- Creatively driven
- Personal history with major injuries and full recoveries
GABRIELLE HARSH—ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR
Hi! My name is Gabrielle! I’m an Ohio native but moved to Florida after high school to pursue my college degree. I have a 2-year-old son and recently got married. I am currently enrolled at Southern New Hampshire University on the path to receive my Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design & Media Arts with a concentration in web design. My ultimate goal is to use my degree to have my own web development/design business. Working as an assistant for MJ has granted me an opportunity to work on mastering the entrepreneurial skills and strategies that will help me to pursue my goals.