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Athletics and fitness have been a lifelong pursuit for both of us, first as a hobby, then as a passion, and finally as a career. We are now fortunate enough as parents to be able to witness the same excitement in our son as he develops his athleticism. It has been our dream to offer a style of coaching and training that builds each individuals athletic prowess while focusing on the mind/body connection. It is our goal to offer an experience that meets each individual where they are physically and mentally at, and allows them to reach the goals that are important to them. Our focus is on the individual as a whole and recognizing each persons strengths, desires, limitations, and assess progress as it is pertinent to their specific set of goals. Our priority is to offer a safe and fun, non-judgemental, non-ego driven environment, that develops each individual at an appropriate level of progression as they achieve the goals important to them.
Denny Pondo Head Coach and Owner I've been in the fitness industry for 18 years. From personal training at Powerhouse Gym to managing Lifetime Fitness in Troy Michigan while running the largest Alpha Training program and Boot Camp in the country to owning my own gym. Throughout all of these years I've never thought of this as a job, because no job allows someone to do what I get do to do everyday, which is inspiring others to realize their full potential and achieve things they never thought possible. L1 CF, USAW, NPTI, NASM, Husband, Father, Owner of DMP Rochester Carpentry. Journeyman Carpenter.
Alayna Pondo Life Coach and Owner MA, wife, mom, therapist, life coach. As a lifelong athlete, competitive equestrian, competitive mountain biker, and all around fitness enthusiast, it is a passion to combine the mind/body aspect of athletics in an effort to inspire and guide individuals in the pursuit and achievement of their goals.
we could not be more excited to announce the arrival of our newest coach, Adam Mena. We met Adam several years back when he interned under Denny, and we were both impressed with his drive to learn and grow, as well his ability to relate to others. Adam is no stranger to fitness and athletics, he was awarded a scholarship to the University of Notre Dame for soccer and while there Adam received many team, personal, and academic honors and achievements. He went on to play soccer professionally in Vancouver before unfortunately suffering a career ending injury. Since that time Adam has continued his education with his goal of coaching and training others. He has NASM- CPT, NASM- Corrective exercise specialist, and NASM- Performance Enhancement Specialist certifications, as well as a BA in Psychology. Adam is one of the nicest, most down to earth guys we know, and he has a true passion for coaching and helping others reach their personal fitness goals. He is also terrific at working with our younger athletes and we can’t wait to watch him help the next generation of athletes succeed at their sport. We are so excited that he has chosen MHA as his new home and we can’t wait for all of you to welcome him and his lovely girlfriend, Abby, into our community!
Samantha Piro. Sam is an RYT200 certified yoga instructor, and practicing Limited License Professional Counselor, who enjoys combining mental wellness with the physical practice of yoga and movement. In addition to yoga, Samantha loves working out, lifting weights, and power lifting.
John Cook. I’ve been a certified personal trainer for over 18 years. In those 18 years, I’ve met and trained some very remarkable individuals who have motivated me to expand my education because I don’t like not having the answer. I have my Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from Oakland University and my Bachelors in Kinesiology from Michigan State. I’m currently a certified clinical exercise physiologist, corrective exercise specialist, cancer survivorship trainer, Strength and conditioning coach, and certified public health specialist. My training experience is diverse and I owe it all to of the individuals who I have trained over the years. I have a passion for helping others develop confidence in themselves with proper exercise programming, discipline, and straight up hard work. My fitness goal is to do an Ironman, marathon, or half marathon in every state. In total, I’ve covered 33 states with 2 Ironman’s, 6 half Ironman’s, 13 marathons, and over 30 half marathons. That being said, I started my fitness journey at 19 years old at 303 lbs. and passed out on the treadmill while trying to run a full mile. The first step of your fitness journey can be scary, but the rest will lead you to success. Just keep going.

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