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After working for years in different sales potions, I found myself 50lbs over weight at 39 years old and being medicated for high blood pressure. This was alarming since heart disease runs in both sides of my family. I decided at that moment I needed a life style change.
I joined the fitness industry and hired my own personal trainer. Over the next 7 months I dropped 64lbs and competed in my first body building competition.
I left the industry in 07’ to work from home and raise my family, while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle and continuing to compete in body building and physic competitions. I still had clients that were upset that I left and my passion drove me back to work in the fitness industry. I enjoy helping people not be victims of their bodies. I competed spring 16’ at the age of 55. I plan on competing again at the age of 60. I’m certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and have a total of 15 years of training in the fitness industry.
My name is Cari Powers and my fitness journey started in 2005. As a bridesmaid in my brother's wedding, I was the biggest girl in the group and when the pictures came back, I didn't even recognize myself. I looked happy, but I wasn't. I was trying to make myself smaller to blend in with the people around me. I knew then that I had to change. I joined a small gym and a local Weight Watchers meeting and things have never been the same since. I lost 80 pounds within a year and although there have been ups and downs since, I've maintained a 50 pound weight loss for the last decade.
I worked at a gym to put myself through college, selling memberships, teaching aerobics, and personal training. When I graduated, I went straight into corporate life and the weight started creeping back. I realized that it wasn't the stress of corporate life that was bringing back some old, unhealthy habits. Instead, it was the fact that I didn't feel fulfilled. I wasn't truly helping people in the same immediately rewarding way that I used to when I worked in a gym. I couldn't wait to get back into the fitness industry. I updated all my certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and got on the hunt!
In my time at the Grove Fitness Club & Spa, I've taken on strength conditioning and cycling classes, and added many clients to my personal training roster. As a trainer, I tend to focus on balance and core strength as a fundamental that is often overlooked. I combine balance, core, and flexibility with traditional strength training for the most efficient workouts possible. Of course every program is designed specifically for particular clients and their individualized goals, abilities, and inclinations. I firmly believe that exercise and nutrition programs have to be enjoyable and realistic (read: not too strict! not 2 hours a day!) for long-term change to happen. I have a strong passion for helping women and first-time exercisers, or anyone who might find the gym environment intimidating. When you're ready for results, I would love to help you get them!!!
My name is Jacob Clifton. I’ve lived here in Boise all my life, and if you had asked me at any point in my life would I consider a career in fitness, I probably would have laughed. I was very active growing up, but time and circumstance caught up with me and I slowly let myself go. Weighing in at 268lbs when I got married in 2014, I had never felt worse about myself. I always wore a brave face and never let the ones I cared most about see how much I didn’t like what I saw and felt when I looked in the mirror. I decided to make a change so I started working out here at the Grove Fitness Club and Spa. Along with a big change in my eating habits and a lot of hard work I have now lost over 64lbs!
Along the way I encountered things about myself that I had ignored and buried deep inside. I was forced to take a good hard look at myself and who I thought I was. Facing these challenges and overcoming them I slowly realized a purpose. I realized that helping people to discover who they are and who they want to be mentally, physically, and emotionally was what I truly wanted to do with my life. I am now a NASM certified personal trainer at the very gym where I made all the changes in my life, and where I l know you can too! Whatever your goals are I know I can help you reach them, and I’m here for you! My name is Jacob Clifton, welcome home.
Throughout my adult life, I have had the opportunity to travel extensively and interact with many diverse populations. I have always really enjoyed the opportunity to learn from and connect with others.
As a former journalist, I learned how to ask questions and really listen to what my sources were telling me. Eventually I realized that I was still missing out on how I could best serve others. Armed with the skills of being a strong listener and observer, I decided to put down my lap top and pick up a kinesiology book.
It was with that I made the choice to enroll in a massage therapy program at Broadview University, and I've never looked back. Though I am new to the industry, I am surrounded by spectacular resources and a tireless urge to learn more so that I can continue to serve a diverse client base. Being part of the team at The Grove Fitness and Spa has been incredible so far, and I look forward to continuing to grow and serve all of my clients with the highest quality care possible.
I have always had a passion and drive to help people. The amazing effects of massage therapy were first introduced to me when I was 7. Someone asked me to feel a "knot" in their shoulders and rub it for them. Being able to feel the tension leave the muscle was mind-blowing to me and that experience is one that has always stuck with me. Throughout the following years, massaging was always at the forefront of how I would offer to help people with their pain.
After high school graduation, I knew that helping people was the career path I wanted to take. I went directly into school for Medical Assisting and obtained my degree. After working a few years in that field but finding it was not quite as fulfilling as I had thought it would be for my own goals. My fallback was always the desire to touch people's lives and really make an impact on their pain and quality of life.
In 2013, I finally got out of my way and pursued a career in Massage Therapy. Learning different techniques and modalities helped me to solidify my knowledge and confidence in my abilities to effectively accomplish my goals in helping people and improving their quality of life. I graduated with my Associates of Science in Massage Therapy Degree with honors. I am a National Board Certified Massage Therapist as well as a Licensed Massage Therapist.
I am skilled and trained in the following modalities: Prenatal, Deep Tissue, Sports, Lymphatic Drainage, Craniosacral, Myofascial Release, Hot Stone, and Swedish massage. I also have the knowledge and ability to do wraps and scrubs.
Madalyn is an aspiring skin care entrepreneur whose taste for knowledge never ends.
Madalyn received her training in esthetics at Austin Kade Academy in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She chose Esthetics as her career after realizing her passion to help men and women feel more comfortable in their own skin.
Teaching others how to care for their unique beautiful skin is what she is dedicated to. She loves being a girly girl and embraces the joy of beauty while also being committed to learning the science behind having beautiful skin. Everyone deserves to live the life they want without the harsh signs of aging, let Madalyn be the one to help ease you into that transition with healthy glowing skin.