Personal Trainer and Instructor Bios

I’m Sheena Temple, proud founder, and manager of HDF. The Marine Corps brought my husband and I to Ridgecrest in 2006. I have been an ACE Certified Personal Trainer since 2010. 
I’m also a certified Silver Sneakers instructor and provide free fitness classes for Ridgecrest seniors at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.  I have worked with a wide range of clients, ranging in age (from toddlers to 105!) as well as the ability (from fresh out of physical therapy to a Spartan Race and Marathon participants).
I can’t imagine doing anything else in the world!  I love helping people achieve a healthier, fitter version of themselves!  My passion is fitness and I love lifting, hiking, mountain biking and competing in fitness competitions. What are your goals?  Let's tackle them together!!

I was born and raised in Kentucky.  At the ripe old age of 18, I decided it was time to leave the bluegrass state and spread my wings.  How better to do that than to hop aboard an airplane and head down to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot - Parris Island in Beaufort, SC! That was the beginning of an amazing career serving America in the Marine Corps.  Semper Fi!  After a successful 15 years working on the F/A-18 Hornet, Sheena and I decided it was time for a change.  I left the Marine Corps in early 2010 and we took up permanent residence here in Ridgecrest. In 2011 I followed Sheena’s lead and completed my personal training certification and started Ridgecrest’s first and longest continually running boot camp, Rockin’ Body Boot Camp! Since then I’ve completed all the required certifications and been designated a Master Trainer through the International Sport Sciences Association. Along with being a Master Trainer, I have certifications in Exercise Therapy, Youth and Senior Fitness, Strength and Conditioning and finally Fitness Nutrition.  I’ve been practicing DDPYoga for over a year and started teaching it at our Yoga and Pilates studio in April.  It’s the only early morning, rock-based, yoga class taught in Ridgecrest.  I’ve got my fitness goals set.  What about you?  Let me help you set specific, realistic and achievable goals.  Then we can set up a plan to reach those goals and go beyond them! Remember, tomorrow never comes.  Start today.  See you soon.

Hello, my name is Adrian. While in the navy I found myself overweight, failing standards and struggling to understand my health and reach my fitness goals. I struggled with fluctuating weight and body image for years but felt a calling as a personal trainer. In 2013 I became committed to making a change by gaining an understanding of my nutritional habits and dedicating myself to consistent exercise and eating habits that have become my best tools for offering success to you and my other clients. I am National Academy of Sports Medicine certified trainer, certified in myofascial release techniques (foam rolling) and I carry degrees in Nutriton and Culinary Arts. I spend my free time with ny family, cooking and eating delicious food.

Hi everyone, it’s nice to meet you!
I was born and raised in Ridgecrest, California. I was a high school wrestler, so I know a few things about hard work, discipline, and perseverance. I wrestled three out of my four years, freshman, junior, and senior. After my freshman year, I gained 50 pounds and I went from 10% body fat to 29%. After that, I decided that I had enough of and I made a change in my lifestyle. I went from a weight class of 182 to a weight class of 145. It took six months and it was difficult, but I learned a lot and I never felt better. When I was 18, I knew I wanted to be a personal trainer so I could help people feel exactly how I did after I lost the weight.
After getting out of high school, I decided to challenge myself and take my physique to the max. I competed in a men’s physique competition, and it was the most I ever challenged myself. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it was so worth it in the end. I am always looking for motivated clients who want to challenge themselves and achieve their goals. Whether you want to lose weight, gain strength, or get yourself ready for an event, I can guide you to your goal. I’m looking forward to talking to you!

Hello, I’m Katie Wisecarver Eldridge. I am originally from Ridgecrest, moved away for several years and am now back with my husband and two of our daughters. Our oldest is grown, out of the house, and now on her life journey. Our weekends are spent at Jr. Rodeos or traveling for High School Swim. I enjoy running, weightlifting, spin classes, and yoga. I am certified as a Personal Trainer, specializing in Fitness Nutrition and Functional Movement through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). BrandX Method certified trainer for Youth and Teen Weightlifting. Yoga Alliance certified Yoga Teacher. I have the privilege of working with a wide range of clients from 10-87 yrs. old. My hope is that I am able to oer a program that is unique to each individual and fosters a love for movement.

Yoga has been a part of my life for over 7 years, and my practice has helped me gain strength, flexible and confidence, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully.

 

I completed my 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher training with Akasha Yoga. I will always be a student of the practice and am deeply grateful for the loving wisdom my teachers and mentors have shared with me.

 

In my classes, I combine creative sequencing, with a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. I seek to help others thrive in life by nurturing the body, mind and soul through yoga, and my hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balance.

ACE Certified Personal Trainer

I'm Raeanne Horn and I teach Pilates and Tabata GX here at HDF. I was born and raised here in Ridgecrest and am currently raising my teenage daughter here. I love being here in Ridgecrest and part of this amazing family here at High Desert Fitness.


 My journey to become an instructor started when I went with a friend to a Mat Pilates class just to try it out back in 2011. Well I fell in love with the work out and started going to help get myself back into shape. The instructor knew that she would be leaving town within a year so she and I started working together for me to learn all that I could from her and then I went and got trained in Stott Pilates down in Long Beach, CA. I am glad that I get to be a part of peoples live journey to be healthier and happier. I enjoy seeing how Pilates helps build core strength and can help build overall body strength while adding flexibility. 

I decided to go to the Tabata training to add something different to my line up. I love how challenging that 30 mins is on your entire body! It is always a great class that I am incorporating functional movements into to help anyone that takes it everyday movements. It is a class that will challenge anyone at any level of fitness and I think that is what is so appealing to teaching it to me. ​

I have been doing yoga for 25 years. In 2001 I took a 650 hour training in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. I felt that it would give me a. Enter understanding of how yoga helps our bodies heal. In 2002 I graduated from the program. I began offering one on one yoga therapy sessions. I opened a studio at The Center for Personal and Family Counseling, and started to teach small group classes. When the counseling center expanded I gave up my space. I have taken numerous weeklong trainings with my mentor, Angela Farmer. I resonate with the feminine form of yoga. I believe that exploring our bodies through yoga is physically empowering and the awareness and attention to our breath enables emotional regulation and centering. I have been teaching my Monday & Wednesday 8:30-10 class for five years. It is a moderately difficult class but everyone is welcome and reminded and encouraged to stay present in their own body and to never cross into pain.

Hello! My name is Deanna Agostinacci. I grew up in Ridgecrest and I'm now raising a family here. My husband, Anthony, works at Golden Queen in Mojave, CA and my son, Patrick is 5 years old and starting Kindergarten this school year. We enjoy spending quality time together whether it be a movie date or getting outdoors for a hike. I love being active, lifting weights, and performing body weight movements. HIIT and Cardio are some of my favorite ways to get moving. I'm currently teaching the group fitness Tabata Bootcamp and working on getting my Personal Training Certification through ACE. I love helping others reach their goals. It's so inspiring! I'm excited for the great ways I'm growing here and looking forward to what's to come! I feel so lucky to be a part of this incredible team! ​

My name is Elvis Williams and I'm an American Council on Exercise certified personal trainer. Pretty much my whole life I've been active, doing martial arts, hiking, and weightlifting. I'm also into music and have been playing the saxophone for ten years. I'm inquisitive and love getting to know people and dialoguing with them. I'm always curious and striving to learn more and understand how the information applies. I'm excited to use these attributes and the knowledge i have gained over the years to help you find motivation within yourself to achieve your goals in a safe and efficient manner. Excited to meet you!

Samantha Ford’s fitness journey started with lifestyle changes due to the frequent migraines.
After that, walking the dog turned into hiking. Hiking turned into weight lifting, and so on.
Becoming fit changed her life in so many ways that she wanted to share it with others who were
struggling. Going to school at Bryan University for her Associates Degree in Advanced Personal
Training and Exercise Science put together all the pieces she had gained from doing her own
research. She currently works with seniors in the Silver Sneakers Program along with the Rock
Steady Boxing Program for Parkinson’s patients and it has been one of the most rewarding
career decisions she have been blessed with. She loves her job. She loves the people she
works with. She can’t wait to share it with the rest of the community. Come join us and let us
make you stronger and better than you were yesterday.

My name is Tammy Pounds. I have been part of the fitness industry since my 20’s. I am certified in yoga and Trauma sensitive yoga. Also in Barre. Which is a combination of yoga Pilates and dance. There is so much value is keeping your body strong, healthy and moving. Feeding it good nutrition but also having balance. I love helping others in their fitness journey. So thankful to do something I’m passionate about.

Physical fitness is a worthy goal no matter your age, physical limitations, or current life demands. I feel
privileged to join the High Desert Fitness team as a small group instructor for FIT- Functional Interval
Training. FIT is a class for all abilities from novice to advanced and for anyone wanting to improve their
quality of life by pursuing greater physical fitness. I have over 15 years of experience teaching group
fitness in various formats such as Aqua Aerobics and Barre (a fusion of Ballet, Pilates, Yoga, and
Traditional Strength Training). I recently became a Certified Personal Trainer to enhance my ability to
guide participants in proper form while also providing specific modifications for individual client’s
limitations.
My family recently settled in Ridgecrest returning to my High Desert roots after a 17 year sojourn living
in various parts of the Midwest as well as a short stint in the Czech Republic. When not teaching group
fitness, I enjoy being with my family, especially exploring the great outdoors together. I look forward to
getting to know you and helping you become FIT!

My name is Karen Gum, and I was born in Watertown, New York. For most of my life traveling around the country and overseas became my life until landing here in Ridgecrest.

Obtaining my B.S. in Elementary Education, along with many minors, my teaching career began. After teaching grade school students for over 30 years, I thought my teaching career was over. Forever a teacher at heart, in 2015 a second career was started. Since doing yoga from my middle  20’s, it felt like a good fit to be able to teach yoga to others and share the many benefits it can bring to the mind, body and spirit.

My first objective was to obtain 200 hours hands-on study in Hatha Therapeutic Yoga, plus additional 40 hours of extra training in Yoga Nidra, Yoga Paced Breathing, Sound Healing for Relaxation, Yoga for Meditation, Restorative Yoga, and Yoga Concepts for Understanding Back Pain.  Presently, I am engaged in 40 hours of study in Subtle Yoga and another 20 hours in The Yoga and Neuroscience Connection.

Currently I hold certificates in Music Therapy and Sound Healing, Mediation, Healthy Aging, Mindfulness and Brain Health.

Presently I am interested in the personal connections and benefits that the Silver Sneakers Program offers and am looking at getting trained for this.  I am constantly searching out new methods and philosophies in yoga, and any other educational programs that will help to keep the body moving and the brain engaged.

Presently at High Desert Fitness my yoga class deals with slow and gentle yoga for all body types, breathing, meditation,  restorative and self-care. So come join me for a slow to moderate yoga practice. As long as my body is willing and my mind is engaged, I will continue to stretch and strengthen my mind, body, spirit and would love to take you along with me.

Namaste.

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