Regarding movement, we love the FMS doctrine, “Move well. Move often.” What exactly does it mean to move well? We agree with Kelly Starrett of MobilityWod that there are specific positions and anatomical shapes that the body should be able to get into free of injury and without a major strain. Moving well means you have the movement freedom to:
Hip Hinge • Pistol • Front Rack • Overhead • Hang • Lunge • Press
Whether you’ve worked with a trainer before and are looking to get back into an effective program or you’re brand new to the experience and want to learn proper form along with all the basics, let us show you the difference a true fitness professional can make.
Taylor grew up in Charleston, South Carolina and played sports throughout all of his childhood. Taylor’s life changed about 15 years ago when he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. While he sat in the hospital bed with severe joint and abdominal pain, he began to greater appreciate the ability to move and do the fun things that he loved like playing basketball. Taylor’s fitness journey began soon after his diagnosis. He began performance and strength training to become stronger and more agile to be better at basketball, and he quickly fell in love with the process of working hard and seeing physical results. With a new outlook on health, Taylor started taking his nutrition more seriously as well, and wellness became his passion.
After Taylor finished his four-year college basketball career and Economics degree at Sewanee, Taylor became a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM, and worked many long hours training a variety of age groups and ability levels. He gained experience in a number of training environments including collegiate strength and conditioning and his own bootcamp fitness business. Taylor over the years has studied and completed a number of advanced certifications including corrective exercise, nutrition, and Fascial Stretch Therapy. His most recent work was a group in Tennessee called Stretch Fusion. Taylor coached about a number of individuals ages 10 to 91 years old to achieve goals such as weight loss, athleticism, mobility, and strength.
Taylor’s true passion is helping people to move their bodies and do what they love for as long as they can. His inspiration comes from his Dad who can continue to play basketball four times a week at age 60. Taylor has a great skillset to where he can help a variety of clients no matter their ages or ability levels. What you can expect when you train with Taylor is a great program which includes fitness, nutrition, stretching, accountability, and a friendship.
Taylor lives with his fiancée and their eight pets in the heights. In his free time, Taylor loves to play basketball, go hiking, run, surf, and hang out with his dogs and cats.
Growing up, fitness wasn’t a giant part of Emma’s life. Aside from youth sports, she never really focused on her physical health. Because of this, Emma started to gain some weight in her early teen years. This made her very insecure about her body, especially growing up in a generation where social media became big, making it easy to constantly compare herself to the girls she’d see online.
When she decided it was time to make a change, she joined a local cardio kickboxing gym. After a few months of this and becoming more athletic, she was approached by a coach who wanted to train her to box. She began training and became very strict with her diet and workout routine. After months of training, she competed in her first fight, and lost. Completely defeated, she quit boxing and decided fitness just wasn’t for her.
A few months after this, she was approached again by the same coach, but this time asking her to teach cardio kickboxing. This new opportunity excited her and she began coaching. Within just weeks of coaching, she realized there was nothing she loved more than helping others reach their goals. In search of more knowledge, she began weightlifting to expand on her skills, and saw a tremendous change in not only how she looked, but how she felt. She was able to create the body she always dreamed of having, doing exercises she thought she’d never be able to do.
After seeing this change, Emma decided she wanted to show others how fitness could change their lives too. That’s when she chose to become a personal trainer and completely changed her career path. To even further her education, she changed major and is now pursuing a B.S. in Exercise Science at the University of Houston. With everything she has learned, and continues to learn, Emma is confident in helping others achieve their fitness goals. She wants to show how a person can build their bodies to their unqiue goal, and how fitness helps with so much more than just physical appearance.
3+ Years Experience
James Wiseman was born and raised in Guatemala but moved to the United States when he was 12 years old. During his high school years, James primarily played soccer as well as the guitar. After graduating from high school, James decided to pursue college hoping to attain a career with music; however, during the first 2 years of college, James began to be involved with fitness and began to learn more about it. Even though he was aware that he was new to the fitness industry he wanted to take a different approach and craft his own method. Eventually, he decided to switch careers and pursue a career in Sports Exercise and Science.
During his time in college, James began to practice the handstand because it was a different perspective for engaging the physical body and because physical aesthetics wasn’t something he was ever interested in. As James became more experienced he came across Calisthenics, a Gymnastic originated strength work method, which included learning skills such as handstand-pushups, planches, front levers and so forth. However, even though the idea of learning complex/flashy skills was fun, James gravitated towards this method because it taught him: self awareness, self appreciation, balance, static movement, dynamic movement, rhythmicality, improvisation, freedom, discipline, perseverance, humility, consistency, standards, and much more. In addition, some of his major influences include Ido Portal, Daniels Laizans, Ronaldinho and Yuri Van Gelder because of their unique perspective on physical activity.
Even though his foundation was Calisthenics, what he truly seeks is “mastery of the human body” so he has also taken the time to understand other forms of practices such as powerlifting, yoga, dancing, static movement, dynamic movement, and locomotion. To this day he continues to learn more about the human body.
After college, James decided to embark on a new challenge, so he decided to move to Huston, Texas to fulfill his dream of becoming a personal trainer and share his knowledge and passion towards physical activity.
3+ Years Experience
After spending his youth in athletics, Marcus had to overcome several sports injuries forcing him to grow his knowledge of recovery while building his appreciation for form and function. After obtaining his SFL1 giving him proficiency with a Kettlebell, he realized the value of controlled range of motion and decided to get his certification in mobility from the best in the industry with Kelly Starretts Mob1 course. If you’re looking for injury free progress while gaining strength and function for a lifetime, or wanting to process in your sport, Marcus will deliver with and attitude professionalism while making sure you’re having as much fun as hanging out with your friends.
8+ Years Experience
John is a coach that you can say has been around the block a few times. Growing up in Seattle, WA he was a multi-faceted athlete playing football, wrestling, tennis, track, and soccer.
But being a student athlete can take its tole on the human body. Having suffered multiple injuries, John struggled to continue to play the sports he loved because of the nagging aches and pains. He even contemplated quitting sports altogether.
John began seeing a physical therapist once a week during his senior year in high school. This PT opened his eyes to what the human body was capable of in terms of movement, and being in pain isn’t normal or something you have to deal with.
Thats when John shifted his love from sports into a passion to help others experience the freedom of “pain free movement”
Since graduating from one of the nations top personal training programs in 2013, John has immersed himself in the fitness industry specializing in strength & conditioning, functional movement, rehabilitation, athletic development, weight loss and nutrition.
Having worked with clients of all ages and needs, John strives to give each and every client the freedom to express movement within their own bodies.
John’s passion and love to help others is what makes him an incredible coach.
8+ Years Experience
Jake has dedicated himself to Coaching and Personal Training for the last 8 years. During this time, he’s worked with an array of different clientele making him a ‘jack of all trades’ within his craft. Specializing in body transformations from fat loss, lean muscle gain, and sports specific training, he is ready for any challenges his clients face.
His life of fitness really started at 13 when his father took him to the gym the first time. From there, Jake went on to chase his career as an athlete throughout high school, making his way into Collegiate football. This experience gave him the taste of overcoming his own challenges to reach success. After graduating, Jake found his passion in helping others reach their full potential, overcoming their own obstacles along their fitness journey.
In his pursuit for knowledge and experience, Jake completed three internships for Division 1 Strength & Conditioning programs consisting of Yale University, University of Houston, and Texas Southern University.
Jake takes pride in his work and his ability to help his clients pass their limitations… what they dream as an impossibility with their own body becomes a reality.
8+ Years Experience
As a Texas native, Mick grew up playing sports throughout his youth and high school. After high school, he joined the United States Navy wanting to serve his country and travel the world. Serving in the Navy for 5 years through 4 deployments to the Persian Gulf on the USS Ronald Reagan - he got into CrossFit / functional fitness from his military service as a way to stay healthy. After spending some time with various CrossFit gyms in the San Diego area, he knew he wanted to make a career out of helping people with their health and wellness.
Mick has been coaching professionally since 2014, and has coached / trained a wide variety of clients throughout the years. He specializes in functional fitness with certifications including CrossFit Level 2, USAW Level 1, and he is currently finishing his OPEX CCP certification. He has helped many people achieve strength, weight loss, and quality of life goals throughout his coaching career. He also helped run and manage 210 Crossfit in San Antonio before making his transition to Houston.
Mick’s passion is to help those around him live healthier, fuller lives through active living and functional fitness.
7+ Years Experience
Chelsea has a passion for sports and comes from a very diverse background. In High School, she played four years of basketball and softball with a traveling team. She was offered a softball scholarship to A&M Corpus Christi and later transferred to Southern Arkansas University and continued to play. Inspired by tough early-childhood years and her love of sports, she chose to major in Exercise Science.
Chelsea was always confident in her athletics, but not always with her appearance. Growing up, she was incessantly bullied by peers who shamed her for her body type and appearance. Those painful memories during her adolescence were part of what fuels her passion for fitness to this day. Her step father, who was a coach in youth sports, inspired Chelsea to join every sport offered in Junior High Athletics! This is when softball became her true love. This newfound passion helped her build friendships, sharpened her focus on health and sports performance, and planted a powerful seed that has led her to become the Coach she is today.
Chelsea’s love for coaching group exercise began at the town’s football field, where she held her first bootcamps during college summer breaks for friends and family. Those bootcamps proved to be more than just fun and competitive sweat, (and trust us, Chelsea will never turn down a chance to compete) but she realized her calling: To impact and support as many lives as possible, through coaching.
After graduation, Chelsea continued to instruct bootcamps and began private coaching at Texas Academy of Sports Medicine and the Houston City Club. In 2014, she became a full time EXOS Coach for Chevron Downtown Houston. This is where her degree and experience were matched with the highest quality wellness methodologies, and shes loved this opportunity to expand her education. Now a skilled EXOS-Certified Sports Performance Specialist, she is focused on individual differences and fitness levels through the versatility of EXOS education.
In her free time, Chelsea stays motivated and competitive in various sports. She competed in CrossFit over a span of seven years and later placed 1st in class and 2nd overall at her very first Bodybuilding show (GBO)! Her personal victories over fad diets and unhealthy patterns were won through changing her mindset to a focus of strength work and overall health, in lieu of drowning in the futility of “taking up less space”. In addition to high quality movement and strength, having a healthy relationship with food and prioritizing mental health became a huge part of Chelsea’s programming.
Chelsea is stoked to bring an authentic story to the Facet Seven Family and share everything she has learned along the way. From strength and endurance to mobility and biomechanics, to simply learning to genuinely love the person you see in the mirror… Chelsea Knox can coach you through it.
7+ Years Experience
Fitness hasn’t always been a part of Jeraldine’s life. Jeraldine grew up being what most people would consider as thick. Due to her genetics, she always had thicker legs and hips than most girls. Because of this, she started struggling with body image and self esteem issues from a very young age.
Her lower body made her feel very insecure about herself and the social pressure to be thin eventually drove her to do everything she could to get skinny. Jeraldine spent several years running every morning and severely under eating. And although she did manage to lose weight, she did so in a very unhealthy and unsustainable way. Instead of feeling better about herself, she only became more obsessed with watching the scale.
As the years went by, Jeraldine’s fitness goals started to change. She started to understand that beauty does not come from what the scale says. She began focusing on becoming a healthier and stronger person. She understood that she could not change her genetics and slowly learned to embrace her naturally thick and curvy body.
Today, Jeraldine spends her days helping other women realize what took her so many years to realize on her own. She teaches women to love themselves and to love their bodies. She motivates them to make good and positive choices to become healthier individuals.
Jeraldine understands that joining a gym can be a difficult and often a very intimidating decision for most women, and therefore created Fierce Curves Fitness as her voice in pursuit of motivating and inspiring her ladies. Many times the added pressure of being surrounded by men can steer many women away from ever embarking upon their fitness journey. Which is why with Fierce Curves Fitness, our goal is to create an environment where women of all ages and backgrounds come together to motivate and encourage each other to achieve their fitness goals without feeling the need to conform to a certain stereotype.
We strongly believe that fitness is not about being a specific size or shape. It is about being healthy and more importantly, it is about learning to love yourself and your body. Our goal is not only to help you lose weight and build muscle. It is to encourage you and guide you in your journey to a better body, mind, and spirit. And to show you that there is nothing a woman can’t achieve!
If you are looking for personal training or group training classes in Houston that specialize in women, you’ve come to the right place! Get in touch today to learn more about our services and special offers!
6+ Years Experience
Nick has been a personal trainer and powerlifting coach for 7 years in the Houston area. He has a passion for training individuals with unique needs and has found success with his clients by emphasizing communication, consistency, and tenacity.
With a background coaching a broad range of clients, he’s found his niche in helping lifters over the age of 60 to retain independent, functional, and adventurous lives with strength training. While many of his senior lifters have never picked up a barbell, yet he has been featured twice on local Houston news with one of his clients, Mrs. Townsend. Despite her rheumatoid arthritis, she has broken numerous state powerlifting records. You can learn more about her here.
Currently an ACSM certified personal trainer, and holding both a BA and MA in philosophy from the University of North Texas, Nick prides himself in remaining teachable even as he teaches others. He regularly attends barbell seminars and has worked with Starting Strength, Barbell Logic, and USAPL.
Further combining his skills and passion, Nick is also a professional powerlifting coach. Taking on the role of programming and coaching a team of lifters of all ages, he not only programs the team for powerlifting meets, but he also helps them at the meets and loves watching them become part of the strength community. His experience has led him to also handle Olympic weightlifters and count attempts at Olympic Weightlifting meets.
Nick has competed in powerlifting off and on since the early 2000s, overcoming congenital spine and hip defects and the pain associated with them. He currently competes in both the USAPL and USPA (drug tested) federations of powerlifting, specializing in the bench press. While still competing in all three lifts, he has qualified for USAPL nationals in bench-only for several years now. He has also competed successfully in football and the discus throw.
He also periodically organizes and runs strength events at Facet Seven EaDo. Recent events have included mock powerlifting meets before official meets, the strength portion of the Fall Fitness Fest, and most recently the first annual Space City SuperTotal, which combined Olympic weightlifting with powerlifting for one total score.
13 Years Experience
USW L1, Strong First L1, CFL1, NASM
Bandera, TX 50k Trail Run, Zell am See 70.3 Ironman, Alaskaman Extreme Ironman
“Since working with my Facet Seven personal trainer I’ve noticed a great increase in strength and flexibility. Emotionally and spiritually I’m also much happier and have a more positive outlook. It feels so much better to be physically fit – it manifests itself in every aspect of my life.”