Trainers

Ali Garoutte

Hometown: Bend, Oregon

Personal Training Certification: American Council on Exercise

How long have you worked at X Gym?  Since October 2016.

Why do you love training clients?  The most rewarding part of training clients is having the ability to help someone turn their entire day around and make progress towards their goals. A lot of the time I have clients come in who are having an off day, or are just down in the dumps; it is amazing to see them be able to leave their workout feeling like a brand new person, with a new lookout on the day. With our workouts only being 21 minutes, I am able to work with so many more of our incredible clients in a day, and am always inspired and motivated by the progress our clients make within these 21-minute sessions.

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Why did you choose to work for X Gym?  My first experience with X Gym was actually as a member. I went through about a month and a half of consistent workouts twice a week, which let me tell you was no joke! While maintaining workouts twice a week and taking in nutritional advice from my trainers, I was blown away by how fast I saw results. I felt stronger, had more energy, and confidence all within a couple of weeks at X Gym. I chose to become a trainer here because I fully believe in what we do at X Gym and wanted to be able to help others achieve the same results I had experienced. One of my favorite parts of working at X Gym is being able to watch clients transform mentally, emotionally, and physically in such a short period of time right before my eyes. We are truly a family here and the support of others while working toward their goals is undeniable.

Tell us something interesting about yourself:  When I am not training clients I am actually training as a dancer! I grew up in Bend, Oregon and have been dancing since the age of 8. My background in dance has allowed me to branch into the fitness industry and I love how the two coincide so well together. Currently, I train about 15 hours a week, with the goal of becoming a professional working dancer in the industry. I have trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, lyrical, and hip-hop. Other things I love to do are hiking, wake surfing, kick boxing, and traveling. 

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Jasenko (Jay) Cordalija

Hometown- Bellevue, WA

Personal Training Certification: American Council on Exercise
Additional Training, Certifications, and Education- CPR/First Aid

How long have you worked with X Gym? Since 2011

Why do you love training clients? I love training clients to see their improvements both physically and mentally. Large and obvious changes such as shedding body fat and gaining muscle are great, but I really love when they tell me that they are now flexible enough to touch their toes, or when they were able to engage in a sporting event they’ve done in their past once again.

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Why did you choose to work for X Gym? I love training X Gym clients because I feed off the passion and effort they put into our time together. It is something I have never experienced in other fitness facilities. Our clients take their health and fitness seriously, and that is exactly why I am at X Gym.

Tell us something interesting about yourself: I am a movie buff, and I can talk for hours about any movie, any genre. I speak 3 languages. I grew up in Western Europe, and I have lived in 2 different countries in Europe. Bodybuilding was my passion for about 5-6 years.

Terrence Spencer

Hometown- Tacoma, WA

Personal Training Certification: X Gym certified, CPR

How long have you worked with X Gym? Since 2016

Why do you love training clients? I enjoy helping people see the potential in themselves that maybe they find hard to see sometimes. We all just need someone to believe in us more than we do in ourselves and I love the fact that I'm able to be that for our clients.

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Why did you choose to work for X Gym? Being able to change lives and have a positive influence on someone has always been something I continuously strive for, and what better place to be than X Gym, when the main goal is to help clients become the best version of themselves physically and mentally? The X Gym isn't like any other gym I've experienced, I consider myself lucky to be a part of something truly unique and cutting edge.

Tell us something interesting about yourself: I have an identical twin and we are the youngest of five boys. My other occupation outside of X Gym is a professional Choreographer/Dancer and aspiring photographer.

Jim Simbe

Hometown- Los Angeles, CA

Personal Training Certification: X Gym certified, Titleist Performance Institute, CPR

How long have you worked with X Gym? Since 2019

Why do you love training clients? I’ve been in the personal training business since 2004 as well as a golf pro and tennis instructor, so it feels natural for me. There’s a lot of pride coupled with the personal and professional satisfaction of knowing that you’re being asked to help and improve the physical well-being of someone. It’s a true calling for me...on a minor note, the constant interaction with clients also helps me further hone my budding stand up comedy routine, which has been in development for some time as well...

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Why did you choose to work for X Gym? Having been in the personal training industry since 2004, I’ve been privy and witness to numerous training philosophies and methodologies over the years. My first interaction with PJ and subsequent observations of the training methods incorporated at X Gym just blew me away. Just when I thought I had a grip on every training method available due to my years of being in the business, I was pleasantly shocked to discover that wasn’t the case. Since becoming an X Gym Team member I can say I now even train myself exclusively using X Gym methods...

Tell us something interesting about yourself: Outside of work/personal training, I love playing golf. I’m also involved with an 80s New Wave Band that performs frequently at various venues.