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
SAM LITVAK—PERSONAL TRAINER
Hey! My name is Sam, and I was born and raised in Denver Colorado! I have an amazing wife, and 2 kids that my world revolves around.
I have always loved sports, and played basketball, soccer, and baseball in high school. I have always had a passion for sports, and I really fell in love with strength training in my early college years. Growing up loving sports but being unathletic and out of shape was really hard for me. Losing 70 lbs as a freshman in college really helped me start living a much more fulfilled life, and really helped me fall in love with exercise!
After years of different career paths ranging from real estate sales to hospitality and restaurant management, I just never felt like I was serving my true purpose. During the pandemic I knew it was time. I was ready to take my love for fitness and helping people and make it a career!
Why I’m a trainer: I became a trainer because I know first hand how exercise can change a person mentally and physically. When I was 8 years old, my dad passed away from heart disease at only 33 years old. It is my mission to help spread the importance of exercise and the benefits it has on your long term health. There is nothing that I love more than knowing I am helping adults and kids live in there healthiest body and teaching them ways to live a longer, healthier, and happier life.
Why I train myself: I exercise because of the amazing mental and physical benefits I get from it. I also exercise because I have two kids, and I know that in order for me to be the best dad I can be for them I need to be strong in every way!
Favorite Exercise: Landline squat to press. Love knowing my entire body is getting stronger with one movement!
Fun Fact: I am a first generation American, and English was the second language I learned how to speak!
Fun Fact: I’ve been skydiving but am afraid of bungee jumping.
- ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
- ACE Youth Fitness Specialist
- ISSA Nutritionist
- Youth sports performance
- Youth with special needs
- Weight loss
SANDRA DALMEIDA—PERSONAL TRAINER
Hey! My name is Sandra, and I was born in Togo, West Africa, but I was raised in Denver, Colorado.
I was actively involved in sports throughout high school, but my passion for strength training didn’t begin until I started college. I attended the University of Oklahoma. While there, my pursuit was to enter a career in physical therapy. This later changed when I began exploring other options at the university. My passion for health and fitness started when I began going to the gym consistently, and from there, I found myself spending hours exercising. As a result, I ultimately pursued a degree in health and exercise science.
Why I’m a trainer: I am a trainer because I know the benefits of regular exercise, and not only does it improve your self-esteem, but you’ll feel and look more robust and more confident. As someone who struggled with low-esteem and confidence, I found that having a regular exercise routine gave me an enormous sense of well-being. As a trainer, I want to encourage and help others to look and feel good.
Why I train myself: I train because for both the physiological and mental benefits. To me, exercise is therapy. I also love a challenge, so training allows me to push past my limits. I also love training because I love the process, and being able to see my body transform is a great feeling.
Favorite Exercise: Box jumps! I love incorporating plyometrics when I train, but given that a box jump is an explosive movement, it challenges me because I can manipulate this exercise in various ways.
Fun Fact: I went snowboarding and skydiving last year for the first time.
Fun Fact: I speak a tribal language called Ewe that many people aren’t familiar with.
LORI BLEVINS—PERSONAL TRAINER
I grew up in Southern California and moved to Colorado in the summer of 2017. I had long felt it was time to expand my horizons and go experience living in another part of the country. My family and I have fallen in love with Colorado and still have so much to explore!
I did not grow up as a healthy child, being overweight and inactive since early elementary school. This took its toll not only on my physical health but my mental and emotional health as well. By the age of twenty, I knew it was time for a change. I simply wanted to feel better about myself. I began to work out at the gym at my college and slowly—oh so slowly!—began to jog. Over the course of a few years, I lost 60 pounds and become an actual runner. I went on to run numerous 5 and 10 ks, 2 half marathons, and 1 full marathon. I also began strength training and loved how strong it made me feel. Fitness has been a part of my life ever since and I have spent over two decades growing my knowledge of fitness and have used it to help others live a healthier, more active lifestyle.
I have a master’s degree in elementary education and was an elementary school teacher for 17 years and I absolutely loved it for much of that time. But, it is an exhausting, under appreciated career and I felt burned out. During the pandemic, I knew it was time for a change and decided to pursue what I already had a passion for—fitness. I became a certified personal trainer, am currently studying for my nutrition certification, am a part-time freelancer, and have a long list of things I still want to learn. As a trainer and educator, I have a true love of learning and know that my own education is never done.
I am married with two sons, 18 and 16 years old. My husband, a triathlete, and I have run and worked out together since meeting twenty-two years ago and for probably the first two years of their lives, both my boys took their first nap of almost every day in the jogger! We have worked diligently to teach them what a healthy lifestyle looks and feels like in the hopes they will carry it into their adult lives.
Why I’m a trainer: I am a trainer because I have first-hand experience with how physical activity can impact your life. It literally changed the trajectory of my life and has been such a positive part of it ever since. I know that everyone can benefit from adding healthy habits to their lifestyle and I love being part of that.
Why I train myself: I train myself because there is nothing else that makes me feel as good. I am a happier, stronger, healthier version of myself when I am moving my body, whether that means strength training, yoga, cycling with my husband, or walking with my dog.
Favorite Exercise: Good ‘ole squats. So many ways to increase the challenge or make it a combination move!
Fun Fact: My first ‘date’ with my now-husband was a running date. It was only after he married me that he confessed he could have walked fast and kept up with me ‘running’!
- ACE Certified Personal Trainer
- FAI Functional Aging Specialist
- Strength Training
- Small Group Training
- Weight Loss
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.
CLAIRE BORTOT—YOGA INSTRUCTOR
Hey! My name is Claire! I was born in southern California but was raised in Colorado from the age of 2. I live south of Denver with my fiance and 2 crazy kitties.
I moved to northern California when I was 18 to attend Humboldt State University in the redwood forest. I studied wildlife management and ecological restoration. During my time there, I studied a variety of wildlife including elk, porcupines, elephant seals, barn owls, and got to assist with a blue whale necropsy. Through this work, I was able to further explore my love for animals and become the outdoor enthusiast I am today. I moved back to Colorado 3.5 years ago to be closer to family and to adventure around this beautiful state. I started practicing yoga 4 years ago as a stress relief to a busy schedule and completely fell in love with it. I finished my 200 hr YTT through Yoga Renew in 2022, focusing on Hatha, Vinyasa, and Restorative yoga styles.
Why I’m a yoga teacher: I got certified as a teacher to share my passion with others. I truly believe anyone with a body can do yoga and gain both physical and mental benefits. I want to inspire anyone and everyone to practice without the fear of being perfect. I want to watch my students grow every time they step on the mat just like I grow with every class I teach. We are in this together!
Why I practice myself: I practice because yoga has helped me become more aware of my body and mind. Listening to and understanding your body is so important for your overall health. Yoga allows me to take a mental break from life’s daily stressors, it gives me confidence, and it’s fun!
Favorite Exercise: Hiking! I love being able to move my body while also exploring the natural world around me.
Fun Fact: I spent a week in Ecuador in 2016 helping with a reforestation project. We partnered with local high school students and planted over 1,000 trees in a period of 3 days.
- Yoga Renew 200 HR YTT
- Specialized in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Restorative yoga styles
- Skilled in pranayama, meditation, asana flow and modifications
- 4 years of personal yoga practice
MICHELLE EVANS—LIFE COACH & GROUP EXERCISE INSTRUCTOR
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
MARIAH MEDINA—MARKETING COORDINATOR
Hello! My name is Mariah Medina and I was born and raised in Denver Colorado. I recently graduated from the University of Denver with a BS in Business Administration.
Most of my life has consisted of performance and competitive dance from age 4 to 17. I also participated in tennis, cross country, poms, and basketball in high school and continued my interest in sports in college as I joined the DU Club Curling team. Throughout my life, I have been interested in business and design which led me to pursue my degree in marketing. The classes I took at DU gave me the chance to work with small businesses and help them with their marketing strategies.
Why I work with small businesses: I enjoy working with small businesses because my dad owns a family Mexican restaurant called Cafe Chihuahua. I have seen how hard it is to own a small business and the amount of dedication it takes to run day-to-day operations. This has inspired me to work with other small businesses and someday open one of my own.
Favorite exercise: Dancing! My favorite style of dance is contemporary.
Fun fact: I studied abroad in Korea for five months this past fall.
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
- Certified in Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint, and Word
- Skilled in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom
- Six years of photography experience
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.