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, and nutrition counseling 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
Hi! My name is MJ! 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 stayed in Missouri to attend Stephens College as a Fashion Communications major with intent to become a fashion journalist. I quickly realized this wasn’t the path for me! A spontaneous early-life crisis lead me to Boston, MA where I spent three years discovering who I was and what I wanted to do. During my first year here, 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 gym exclusively for women and children.
It was a whirlwind when I moved to Denver; the dream I had of opening my own gym seemed so far away, but within two years of moving, I made it happen! At this point, I have competed in five powerlifting meets, taking first place at all but one, and six bikini bodybuilding shows as a natural athlete. However, what I am the most proud of is my successful opening of MJ Fit in the Denver Tech Center! 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 who work tirelessly to provide the same level of service and dedication to their clients as I do. I also have an adorable puppy, Stella, who is almost always at the gym with me to hold our clients accountable!
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: Squats! All of them, but mostly barbell back squats, because of how strong they make me feel. Plus, I can usually beat the boys! Click here to watch a video to learn how to do this badass exercise!
Fun Fact: I love to travel. I have visited 12 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
TERRI ROSS—PERSONAL TRAINER
Hello! My name is Terri! I was born in Texas but raised in Denver, Colorado. I have been a cancer survivor since 2016, and through my journey toward recovery, I realized the power of exercise and self-care. Through all my treatments and appointments, I realized how much I missed feeling STRONG, so I made the commitment to myself to get all this back once I beat cancer. I started looking forward to empowering women to conquer the mind game of life through fitness. Now that I have gotten all the necessary certifications and training to be an MJ Fit personal trainer, I am eager to share my love of fitness and exercise with those around me. When I am not working or at the gym myself, I enjoy time hanging out with my Triathlon team, and family! I also enjoy physical challenges such as mud-runs, triathlon, and long bike rides. I live in Littleton with my husband and I have an 18 year old daughter who is attending CSU in Fort Collins!
Why I’m a trainer: I became a personal trainer because I noticed how quickly I could flip the script of a bad day by simply walking into the gym. I want to help women get confident in the gym so they can do the same.
Why I train myself: I train because it makes me feel confident. I love to make a goal and crush it. I also train because, when doing so, I am actively fighting cancer.
Favorite Exercise: If I can be outside I love to ride my bike. Otherwise, I like plyo drills such as box jumps and slam balls. Click here to watch a video to learn how to do box jumps!
Fun Fact: I’ve been skydiving but am afraid of bungee jumping.
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Cancer Exercise Specialist
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.
CATHARINE FORTINO—PERSONAL TRAINER
Hello! My name is Catharine. I grew up in Michigan involved in athletics and drawn to the outdoors. During my time in college, I found a passion for studying nutritional science and began to pursue a career as a registered dietitian. Studying dietetics made me aware of just how impactful nutrition can be in every aspect of life! After completing my M.S. and obtaining registration as a dietitian, I decided to make the solo move out to Denver, CO. While I was always active and enjoyed working out, my first job after graduation was with a health and fitness club, leading me to obtain my CPT. This certification allowed me to bring together my passion for fitness and nutrition and overall create a comprehensive understanding of health and wellness. Over the past few years in practice, my focus has been expanding my knowledge of sport specific and women’s health in regards to fitness and nutrition.
Why I’m a trainer: I’m a trainer because I am passionate about building relationships and community among those I work with. Being able to help others on their health and wellness journey is something I’m privileged to be a part of!
Why I train myself: I spent years being in and out of the gym when I used to focus only on the aesthetic outcome. Since educating myself more on physical fitness and working in the industry, I was finally able to enjoy the process more than the outcome! I now love the continuous challenge fitness provides me, and look forward to learning and challenging myself for the rest of my life. 🙂
Favorite exercise: Deadlift! As my confidence with training grew, so did my enjoyment of this lift. One of the most functional and effective movements!
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.
KASEY MCBRIDE—GROUP EXERCISE INSTRUCTOR
As native to Colorado, I grew up in the mountains in Conifer. Since I was very little I have been highly involved in all types of sports. I had a goal to get a scholarship in softball in 4th grade and worked everyday after that to get to that goal. I went to school in Nebraska where I met my husband. We have been married for 10 years and have 4 kids together. When we are not chasing them around or coaching them in their sports we like to spend time in the mountains hiking or playing around in the backyard. After having our last baby I made a promise to myself that I was going to get back in shape and show my kids what it was like to be healthy. I found my love again of being back in the gym and decided I wanted to pursue my CPT. I’m so excited to be at MJ Fit and help others reach their goals all while becoming a stronger women both inside and out!
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.