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Septembers member(s) of the month is Ken Klingler and Kris Bowen

This month we’ve have two members spotlights!  Congratulations Ken and Kris.  Your exceptional work has stood out and we thank you for being valued members.

Ken and Kris

You can read Ken’s story below.  We will hear from Kris when he is back from vacation.


Tell us how you got started and your experience.

 I met Thomas and could tell he knew what he was talking about. So I decided to give the gym a try in December 2013.

The success and struggles you have been through at Amplified Fitness.

One of my personal successes was when I out lifted my high school personal records on the power lifting movements.  I never thought I would get back up to those numbers.

Another is how I look in the mirror.  I think I weigh about the same as I did when I started, but you wouldn’t guess it from my before and after pictures.

The toughest thing for me has been when I hurt my knee running.  Rehabilitation in my 40’s doesn’t go as quickly as it did when I was in my 20’s.

How often do you attend sessions at Amplified Fitness?

I try to get to the gym 5 days a week, but I end up averaging closer to 4 days a week.

Favorite movement(s)?

My favorite movement is the Bench Press.  It is by far my most powerful.  However, I am really starting to like the squat now that my knee is just about back to 100%.

Least favorite movement?

Running (in fact, it is my three least favorite movements)

Current goals?

I want to get my back squat up to 300lbs.  I am only at 235 after hurting my knee, so I have a ways to go still.

 Anything else you want to share about yourself: what you do for fun, what you do for work?

 I spend almost all of my time either at work (I am a CPA) at the gym, or with my family.  My wife Heather is also a member of Amplified Fitness.  We really enjoy going camping and going on vacations together.

-Why you keep coming back for more?

 Sense of family in the AM class and the motivation from the coaches.

What do you like most about Amplified Fitness?

 The people.

What Would You Tell Someone That Was Considering Joining Amplified Fitness?

You need this.  You don’t know it yet, but you need this.  After a few months of treating your body right, you will feel so much better and you will start to see results in the mirror.


7 family friendly dinner Recipes

A client recently asked me to share my best tip for losing a lot of fat quickly. She exercises regularly but wanted another way to accelerate her results. Can you guess what I answered? Stop eating unhealthy, high calorie dinners.

This is a tough one for most of you. Life, work and family are hectic and time consuming, so the concept of eating a healthy, simply prepared dinner seems completely out of reach.

The truth is that we over complicate the idea of a healthy dinner. I suspect this is because we are so used to eating out at restaurants where entrees are accompanied by sides, sauces and garnishes.

Click the link here for the recipes.  You and your family will love them!

August member of the Month is Gerry Christiansen!

Jerry, oops I mean Gerry ;p is our August member of the month!  Thank you for your hard work, tenacity and being a valued member of our community Gerry!

 A brief history at Amplified Fitness.  Tell us how you got started and your experience.


At the beginning of every year, I make the resolution to get in shape. A friend of mine, who I noticed had lost a lot of weight, told me what he was doing and so I made the call to Thomas. Fortunately I lined up a visit to the gym to try it out.  I had planned to visit a few other gyms as well, but after the first workout, I was so impressed with the environment and instruction, that I ended up signing up right after the workout.

The success and struggles you have been through at Amplified Fitness.

The beginning was really tough. When I started I was in really poor physical condition. I’d really thought I was too far gone to get in good shape, but knew I needed to do something. Many of the workouts I couldn’t complete as outlined. Most of the time I didn’t know if I could complete the workout, but I pushed through. I learned early that I just needed to focus on making personal progress and not compare myself to those that were doing better. I was pleasantly surprised how encouraging everyone was and felt a sense of team. I’ve since learned that is just part of the Amplified culture. Everyone is in it together and wants to see each other succeed. It’s pretty damn cool!

Because I stuck with the program and focused on getting better, one workout at a time, I’ve made solid progress. I still have a long way to go to reach the goals I have for myself, but I know as long as keep following the program I’ll will achieve them. All the doubt and limits I’ve had in the past are gone. It’s really nice to have a more positive outlook about myself and future.

How often do you attend sessions at Amplified Fitness?

My goal is at least 5 days a week. Sometimes my schedule and other responsibilities I have keep me from hitting the mark, but most weeks I hit it.

Favorite movement(s)? 

 Deadlift and KB Swings.

Least favorite movement?

In the beginning, burpees. Now it’s t2b.

Current goals? 

1. Get body fat under 20% by end of 2015, long term get it to 10-12%

2. Hike to the top of Lone Peak by end of September.

3. By the end of 2015, I’d like to reach the following lifting milestones:

    – Bench: 280  (Current: 235)

    – Back Squat: 350 (Current: 295)

    – Front Squat: 275  (Current: 235)

    – Dead Lift: 375 (Current: 360)

    – Clean: 225 (Current: 165)

4. By the end of 2015, my goal is to meet or exceed the following cardio/endurance milestones:

    – Break an 9 minute mile

    – 2k Row to sub 7:30 (Current: 9:14)

    – Level 12 on beep test


 Anything else you want to share about yourself: what you do for fun, what you do for work?

The best part of my life, without question, is being a dad to my little girl, Ali. I work as a Database Engineer for  In my spare time I love to be in the mountains. One of the things that has been great about getting in better shape is I’ve been able to enjoy several hikes this summer.

-Why you keep coming back for more?

Easy. I love the results I’m getting. Not just physically, but mentally. The mental strength I’m gaining is translating into several other areas of my life. I’m happier and have so much more energy. I don’t want that to end, so I do whatever I can to make it every day. If I end up missing a day, I feel it.

What do you like most about Amplified Fitness?

 There are so many things. To narrow it down to one thing, I’d have to say it’s the people. It has helped me so much to be around a group of like minded people who encourage me to get better. Also, I love that the workouts have so much variety. Even though we are in a group environment, I still get a lot of personal coaching. I also love that there are several workout times each day, allowing me to adapt my workouts to my busy life.

What Would You Tell Someone That Was Considering Joining Amplified Fitness?

Join! It is the best decision you could make. At first I wondered if the price would be worth a gym membership. After all, you can join a regular gym for much less. I now realize I’m getting a bargain. For everything you get it is easily a much, much better value! At Amplified I get a personalized diet plan, customized workouts, a trainer that coaches me daily, demonstrating proper form and technique.


Get Drunk not fat

Its that time of year where many of us enjoy to imbibe. In this video blog I will be going over intoxication efficiency tips while minimizing fat gain.

Don’t ruin your fitness with alcohol! Alcohol is fat sparing and caloric dense. Learn how to drink less calories while achieving your buzz.

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June Member of the Month

June’s Member of the Month is Victor Vazquez!  Congratulations Victor and thank you for being a valued member of our community.



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February member of the month.

The February  member of the month is Dawn Moore!


                                                                                      What do you like to do for fun?
           For fun, I love going hiking/snowshoeing, traveling, reading and playing with a pretty adorable 4 year old.
Why you keep coming back for more?
 I keep coming back for the way working out makes me feel (amazing, powerful, accomplished, strong, confident) and my amazing gym family who help me along my journey.
                                                      What do you like most about Amplified Fitness?


The people.  Hands down, these are the people I want to go workout with everyday.  Even at 9am in the morning (and I am not a morning person).  It’s so awesome to go gym and have such a positive and uplifting group of people who are excited to see you and cheer you on during even the roughest workouts. 
What Would You Tell Someone That Was Considering Joining Amplified Fitness?  

Come in now!  Everyday that you wait or put it off with an excuse, is another day that you are missing out on great new friendships, killer workouts and an amazing sense of confidence. Don’t be nervous, just come in and there will be people ready to great you and cheer you on as you learn the ropes.