Photo Credit, Thank you : Kerstin Holster
I'm Kandace! I am a conditioning coach that has a Masters Degree and is a multi sport athlete that competes at National levels, with an extensive background in fitness and movement. My Masters degree is in Teaching/Instruction and Bachelors in Exercise Science and Health. One of my favorite things to do is go fast, I love racing mountain bikes. I have experience opening gyms, supervising gyms, training various extreme sport athletes, teaching students, working with people who have never touched weights before, helping people who want to just get fit and stay fit, olympic lifting, fitness training military personnel, hot yoga, teaching motorcycle classes for the state of Oregon, worked with martial arts personnel, ran bootcamps, hosted powerlifting events, prepared hunters for hunting season, CrossFit, Strongman, Bodybuilding, working with elderly, kids, etc. I also worked as a hospital cardiac and pulmonary exercise specialist for patients and taught Physical Education all grade levels for close to 10 years.
I grew up in the outdoors, running around being a wild child. We would build forts out of sticks, climb high things, skate at the skate park, have snowboarding days into the night, tie flies for fly fishing, scuba dive amazing things such as the blue hole in South America, hunt for food, backpack for weeks, play traditional sports and extreme sports like football and mountain biking, ride dirt bikes up things I couldn't walk and refurbish motorcycles then touring the world with them- were just some of the things I enjoyed - you name it. I absolutely love to move and enjoy life.
I have helped athletes get back on their feet after injuries, developed specific training for patients out of cardiac rehab, and have assisted with shoulder and hip rehab, as well as sciatic relief and strength training as a result of less persistent pain. I've had the experience of creating training programs for a variety of elite-level athletes, including: ultra-marathoners, gymnasts, strongman competitors, powerlifters, and mountain bikers. In addition to that, I have trained many high-school (and younger) level youth athletes, and some of my favorite clients are retirees! I love clients that push me to grow my skillsets as well. If I don't have direct experience with an issue or goal, I gladly research as well as think critically and creatively to develop an effective course of action.
I have played many different sports myself at a national and world level, and am personally a pro level athlete. I coached softball, volleyball, track, cross country. I personally have seasonally trained for soccer, softball, ultimate frisbee, kickball, football, cross country, tennis, powerlifting, dirt biking, and in bodybuilding. I've gotten the chance to assist in a few published peer reviewed scientific studies, which was actually quite interesting! I have competed world/nationally in flag football and pro downhill and enduro mountain bikes and have been featured on the front webpage highlight of Hydroflask in a mountain biking video for them. I have also been featured as a National winner for WD-40 video promos, Oikos promos, and Norco mountain bike ads. My Grandmother was a National Archery Champion, and My great great uncle was a Doolittle Raider. My family loves to compete. Runs in my blood.
Overall, I love having fun and helping others achieve their goals!