Lead Coach – General Manager
Jena was a competitive gymnast for eleven years and also competed at the collegiate level in pole vaulting. With a passion for athletics, she decided to pursue fitness as a career.
Jena obtained her Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science and her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership for Sports Management at Winona State University in Minnesota. Jena has worked with a wide range of clients and over 10,000 hours of personal training, coaching, and programming experience. When not in the gym you can find Jena playing with Marshall, her puppy, hiking, or spending time with friends and family.
Ryan graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors in Integrative Physiology and brings with him an immense passion for human movement and obtaining a deep understanding of human anatomy as well as the nervous system. Since, Ryan has spent his time learning from a range of world class doctors and coaches in a wide variety of disciplines; Studied human movement with Ido Portal, Gymnastics Strength Training with Coach Sommers, Functional Range Conditioning or Mobility Training with Dr. Andreo Spina, and Muscle Activation Techniques with Greg Roskoph.
Ryan strongly believes in a sustainable approach to fitness; taking the time to lay down a strong foundation of strength, mobility, and proper movement mechanics in order to not only get people to their goals but get them there safely.
When not in the gym training or coaching, Ryan prefers to spend his time outside moving in any way, shape, or form; hiking, skiing, climbing, hunting, and playing a variety of sports with his friends to name a few.
Dominique Garcia O’Dell
Dominique is one of Bella Strength’s newest coaches, bringing with her a strong passion for health and fitness that started at a very young age.
Dominique has always enjoyed movement, whereby she became a cardio junkie for years on end. She started exploring the weightlifting world when she turned 20 and discovered she wouldn’t “bulk up” over night, but instead it boosted her confidence and kept her mind and body in check.
Along with a personal training certification, Dominique holds a Masters in Health and Social Psychology making her knowledgeable in goal setting, habit breaking, habit building and self-regulation.
If Dominique isn’t at the gym, she’s spending time with friends, writing cards, going on outdoor hiking adventures, or chasing a sunsets and sunrises.
Kara is a Colorado native who lives for fresh air above treeline. Kara began her athletic adventures at the age of 8 as a competitive swimmer which continued through college. Since then, Kara has found her love of the ”runner’s high” adventuring over Colorado peaks, completing various distances of races ranging from marathons to 50 milers. When she puts her trails shoes down, Kara can be found doing long distance open water swims, full triathlons, climbing or lifting heavy things (and putting them back down again). With a firm belief of form over function, and a degree in Human Physiology, Kara attributes much of her success on trails to the training she does with a kettlebell. Kara approaches coaching with the aim of combining her training in medical research with her experience in endurance athletics to aid others in crossing the finish line of their dreams. As a certified endurance coach, Kara will turn goals to accomplishments with a few humorous moments in between.
”There is no mountain you can’t climb, you simply have to know why you are climbing it.”
Karen is co-founder and owner at Bella Strength. She brings with over one hundred hours of various fitness certifications, and over 20 years of instruction. She has taught well over 10,000 classes to more than 100,000 people of all ages and fitness levels.
After experimenting and coaching so many different fitness routines over the years, Karen witnessed numerous overuse injuries from bad movement pattern and no real plan on how to achieve your goals. Her frustration with unsustainable results in the fitness industry grew into a deep passion to help people not only get fit, but stay fit for life.
At 40, Karen is stronger, fitter, and more confident than ever. She attributes this to eating clean, meal prepping and following a sustainably smart, simple and safe strength and conditioning program consisting of squats, deadlifts, pushes, pulls, gymnastics and proper mobility work. Karen strongly believes these fundamental movements are critical to living healthy, and they make up the foundation of the programming at BST.
Jon brings with him a solid background of training and programming experience and has accumulated well over 2500 hours of training and coaching experience. He holds a number of different coaching certifications and has trained under and worked with several world renowned coaches in the strength and conditioning field, including Drew Ash, Dan Wilson, John Wolfe, Erik Melland, Chris Duffin, CJ Martin, and Mike Burgener. Jon’s passion lies in developing sustainable results for his clients through smart, simple and effective programming (kettle bells + ropes + sleds) and proper movement mechanics (Turkish get-ups). He loves seeing his clients push through challenges to achieve things they never imagined possible. Jon’s hobbies include Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, backcountry hunting, fly fishing and of course beer drinking while playing guitar. When not in the gym training or coaching, Jon enjoys spending time in the Colorado mountains with his beautiful wife Karen, and two horrible dogs, Hector and Rudy.