Julian Kaufman, Owner

Julian Kaufman earned his B.A. degree in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University. He went on to earn a master's degree from Covenant College in Curriculum and Instruction. Julian is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). The NSCA (www.nsca.com) is the world's leading authority on strength, conditioning, and fitness. The NSCA distinguishes itself from the hundreds of other certifying organizations because its foundation is rooted in scientifically reliable research. The NSCA bridges the gap between the lab scientist and the fitness practitioner. Julian also holds certification from USA Track and Field.

Julian has worked in several diverse health-related fields in Chattanooga since 1993. His technical experience includes working alongside exercise scientists in human performance (vital capacity, stress test, heart rate, blood pressure, body composition, flexibility), exercise physiology (max VO2, O2 deficit, hydrostatic weighing, anaerobic threshold), biomechanics and motor development. Currently Julian serves as a strength and conditioning coach, wellness teacher, fitness instructor, football coach and track coach at the Baylor School.

Julian's personal philosophy is centered on the idea that health is holistic in its nature. Spiritual, intellectual, emotional, relational and physical health should be viewed in an integrated manner. As an individual deals with the physical aspects of their health, they should also be careful to care for the other, more complex components of their overall health. As the physical is worked on and developed, it must focus on substance versus image. This substance is whole health with the goal of preventing disease, increasing potential for longevity, and improving and maintaining quality of life.

Andy Wells, Trainer/Manager

Andy graduated from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga in 2012 with a B.S. in Business Marketing. He also holds certifications with the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Personal Trainer as well as the American Heart Association for First Aid, CPR, and AED.

Andy takes great pride in his client’s achievements and it brings him great joy to see them not only reaching but exceeding goals they never thought possible. He believes the ultimate measure of a great personal trainer is the ability to educate others with the proper knowledge and tools necessary to be successful.

As a trainer for the past 5 years, Andy has had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients from all walks of life. By doing so, he has accumulated the knowledge and experience required to train those individuals with different physical limitations.

Andy and his wife, Lisamarie, recently welcomed their little girl Hadley into the world in October of 2018. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering at church, being outside and spending time with family.

Alex Enter, Trainer/Asst. Manager

As a teenager, Alex made a common but dangerous mistake: starving herself to be “healthy.” She eventually dropped to 82lbs at 5’8 tall. She felt terrible. Something had to change.

Alex turned to trainers whose guidance taught her how food fuels the body with proper nutrition and she began to gain strength and energy; learning not only how to exercise, but to actually enjoy it!

Alex became a personal trainer so that she could help others learn what it means to actually be healthy. Nothing makes her happier than helping clients find their limits and break through them, sharing that amazing feeling when we realize that we’re capable of so much more than we think.

Alex believes in total mind and body fitness. Her approach combines strength training, cardiovascular endurance, and yoga postures. Alex holds a 200HR Yoga Vinyasa Certification.

When she’s not training clients, Alex enjoys hiking, CrossFit, weightlifting, running, and yoga!

Melinda Phillips, Trainer

Melinda and her husband retired to Jasper Highlands from Florida with their 2 bulldogs in August of 2018. They have 2 grown sons and 4 grandchildren and they love to spoil them every chance they get.

Melinda has a BS degree in Dental Hygiene but has always had a passion for staying healthy and fit. She started teaching Jazzercise in her 20’s and eventually received numerous certifications in multiple fitness genres. To this day, she is still enrolled in fitness courses for continuing education. She believes you are never too old to learn and improve. She has Spin, Pilates and PT certifications, and has an extensive background with all fitness levels and ages.

In addition, she is a certified PTR tennis pro. Tennis is her first passion but she feels like she was destined to work in the Health and Wellness field. It has been a very rewarding career. She prides herself on making exercise fun for all, yet challenging for all levels of fitness. She likes to educate her clients by focusing on proper form, posture and balance. Her motto is “show people what you love to do, and they will learn to love it too”.

Kelli Hays, Massage Therapist/Trainer

Kelli Hays has been a Personal Trainer for over 13 years and graduated from Bryan College in Dayton, TN with a degree in Exercise Science. During her time at Bryan, Kelli was a student athlete, playing on the Women’s Varsity Soccer Team.

Kelli began her career as a Personal Trainer at the local YMCA in Chattanooga, TN and she specializes in functional fitness for the aging adult population. In fact, many of her clients are either recovering from or preparing to undergo surgery for joint replacements. She believes that strengthening and stretching the muscles around the injury can help clients recover quicker and get back to normal life.

Kelli has been a massage therapist for over a decade and has worked in multiple spas and chiropractic offices, where she has gained valuable experience to better serve her clients. During her time at the chiropractic office, Kelli became a chiropractic assistant, helping to prepare patients for adjustments and demonstrating therapeutic recovery exercises.

Currently, Kelli is enrolled at Roane State in Oak Ridge, TN to become a certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Her hobbies include rock climbing, training, crafting and traveling.


Jasper Highlands

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