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
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
SARA MISUSTIN—PERSONAL TRAINER
Hello! My name is Sara! I grew up in a small town in Utah. After dealing with child-loss I decided that I needed a lifestyle change for the better. I made several habit changes, I fell in love with distance running, and I watched my body and my mind transform. Eventually, training myself wasn’t enough and I had to give the love I had for fitness and mind-body wellbeing to others!
I am a NASM certified trainer, specializing in Cardio for Performance, Behavioral Change, Weight Loss, and Nutrition.
I love working with all populations. Experienced or new to working out, I am happy to connect with you!
Why I’m a trainer: I love bringing mental and physical fitness to those around me. Showing others what fitness can do for them no matter the stage of their life is my life goal.
Why I train myself: I train myself because fitness is my peace. It gives me the drive I need throughout each and every day.
- NASM personal trainer
- American Red Cross CPR/AED
- NASM integrated reactive training
- NASM integrated balance training
- NASM bodybuilding
- NASM integrated core training
- NASM neuromuscular stretching
- NASM integrated resistance training
- NASM cardio training for sports performance
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.