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
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
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.
I’m originally from Maryland but my husband and I decided to trade the beach for the mountains several years ago and never looked back! From a young age, as a child who was completely uninterested in exercise and eating well, I became accustomed to endless yo-yo diets and dramatic weight fluctuations. Fad diets helped me lose 80 pounds in my college years, but unfortunately, I gained it back having not learned how to keep it off.
I graduated from UMBC with a BFA in graphic design and while there are many things to love about the creative industry, I always felt like something was missing in my professional life. I often suffered from chronic pain from sitting at my desk and struggled to lift everyday items without discomfort and struggle. I craved a better lifestyle but felt lost as to how to get there.
Fast forward by several years, my poor lifestyle habits continued to impact my health in some pretty big ways. I knew it was (past the) time to hit the reset button and turn all of this around for good. This time, I approached it completely differently with education, working with a trainer, and small, steady, and sustainable changes instead of quick fixes. I’m proud to say it worked!
After losing more than 80 pounds twice, my outlook on nutrition and exercise has completely changed. I learned that fitness is for everyone, including myself, and that it can dramatically change your life for the better. I am stronger, healthier, and happier now than I ever have been and because of that, I also found my passion as a trainer!
Why I’m a trainer: When I began to reap the benefits of a consistent weightlifting program, I learned first hand how life changing it can be! I became a certified personal trainer because I want to help other people find exercises and movements that feel good to them, so they can experience the freedom and joy that comes from taking control of their health and wellness journey. I am passionate about helping people make sustainable improvements that they can see and feel in their everyday life.
Why I train myself: There was a time when I had to stop on the stairs landing to catch my breath because I couldn’t make it upstairs without feeling completely winded. I train because I want to function better and live a long, healthy life. Fitness helped me regain my life and I feel better now than I ever have before! I also found that living a healthy lifestyle can be one of the best forms of self-love out there, and that feels really good!
Favorite Exercise: Running! I’m not sure what I love more, crossing the finish line after a challenging run or collecting another 5k event shirt.
Fun Fact: I was the president of Best Buddies in my high school, an organization I’m extremely passionate about! Best Buddies fosters social, vocational, and inclusive living opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities within our community.
- ACE Certified Personal Trainer
- CPR/AED Adult & Pediatric
- Weight Loss
- Weight Management
- Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities
- Pre/Post Natal
- LGBTQIA+ Inclusive
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.
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
Hey there! My name is AJ Kikumoto, and I am excited to be your Barre instructor! I was born and raised on a horse ranch in Boise, Idaho, and drove myself here to Denver, Colorado, to try out for the Denver Nuggets Dancers. I made the team and have lived here mostly ever since! I am now married to my beloved husband, Charles Kikumoto, and we have six beautiful children (5 girls and 1 boy, ages 6-18).
I studied Elementary Education at Boise State University where I also danced with the national winning dance team Mane Line Dancers and was president my senior year. I even received my masters degree at Utah State University while I was teaching 5th grade and PE/Health teacher grades 1-6 at Cascade Elementary in Orem, UT.
Four of our six kids have Apraxia of Speech, as they were mute until the age of 4! I am a proud advocate of bringing awareness to invisible disabilities and have even spoken at the ApraxiaKids National Conference. Serving the community is a big passion of mine, so competing for Mrs Colorado America was a no brainer. Miss Congeniality and placing Top 12, along with serving my community in so many capacities is a point of gratitude in my life. I lost over 80 pounds, so I know the power of discipline and setting goals.
I have modeled for FORD Models Chicago and Donna Baldwin Agency. As a legacy project for competing in pageants, I published our children’s book series, Zoey’s Great Adventures ™️ based on our real adventures. I am the CEO of Queen Publishing Agency where I help queens like you get published. We were named in Marquis Who’s Who and have been on numerous podcasts and virtual book readings. Check out our children’s books, journals and coloring books. Look for our novel Mental Toughness for Young Athletes debuting soon!
Why I’m a barre instructor: I love fitness and the feeling I feel after a great workout. I just turned 50, so I want to keep up with my kids and all their activities, and Barre is a great way to do just that!
Why I practice myself: I practice Barre because I have weak knees from all the dancing I have done my whole life. I need a way to stay fit without more injuries. Barre is a great way to strengthen and build and tone muscle. I love to share my passion with you!
Favorite Exercise: Walks with my family and dog! We love to walk our nature trails right here by our home and Explore!!
Fun Fact: I broke a wild Mustang horse when I was 9 years old. I served a church mission for 19 months in Atlanta, GA. I got stuck in an elevator in our condo on the 27th floor in Chicago, IL with my baby and dog for over an hour. They finally had to pull us through the top in between floors. I have taught dance for over 30 years.
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
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.