GET TO KNOW OUR

TRAINERS

Our team of professional personal trainers are nationally certified and experienced in the field.  Our team members specialize in providing a tailored movement program in a safe and welcoming environment. See what our clients have said here.

Anna Branam

Position: Studio Co-owner
Personal Trainer +  200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher

Alma Mater: Indiana University
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Anna is no longer taking new personal training clients.  However, she works closely with her team of personal trainers to embody her personal training philosophy and believes in each team member fully. Reach out today to become a part of the studio family.

Anna was brought to Bloomington by her rowing career, which landed her on Indiana University’s rowing team in 2008. After her rowing career culminated, Anna coached the novice team while continuing her undergraduate studies at Indiana University’s School of Public Health. As a Health and Fitness Specialist major, she gained the knowledge necessary to bring elite-level training to people of all ages, capacities, and needs.

Her clientele has ranged in ages from 13 to 84 years old with each having unique needs and goals. In 2013, Anna became a certified personal trainer through the American Council of Exercise and also currently holds her CPR, AED, and First Aid certification. In 2017, Anna became a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher through Nourishing Heart Yoga (NHY) with Matece Skow. In 2018, Anna became a faculty member of the NHY 200 hour curriculum where she teaches future yoga teachers how to integrate functional training with traditional yogic philosophy. 

Anna believes in the power of healing through motion. Her programming is focused on establishing a mind-body connection through proper movement patterns, posture alignment, and range of motion. As a practicing yogi and former collegiate athlete, Anna’s training fuses yoga with functional strength training to find the optimal balance of increasing muscle mass and flexibility simultaneously.

Anna is passionate about each client’s unique wellness journey and creating a community within personal training. She works to achieve her own wellness goals through regular strength training,  time on her yoga mat, meditation, and intuitive eating. When Anna is not at the studio, she can be found at IU teaching Personal Fitness or walking her dogs around Bryan Park

Chris Branam

Position: Studio Co-Owner, Head Personal Trainer. + Olympic Weightlifting Coach
Alma Mater: Campbellsville University, Bachelor of Arts | Antioch University, Masters in Creative Writing
Hometown: Bloomington, Indiana

Chris is a townie, born and raised in Bloomington. His love for movement began with his career in wrestling, where he discovered the advantages flexibility and strength gave him over his opponents. Chris competed at the national level for Campbellsville University and finished his career as an Academic All-American.

After college, Chris began competing in the Scottish Highland Games in order to continue his love for competition. While training for Highland Games and looking for ways to develop more explosive strength, Chris discovered the sport of weightlifting in which he continues to compete. Weightlifting taught Chris a lot about the power of flexibility, stability, and the importance of breath and postural work. At home, Chris continues to cultivate a meditation and yoga practice and fully believes in the power of mindfulness.

Chris comes to the studio excited to empower people in their own bodies through strength training. He is a teacher by trade and a lifelong student. Chris studies kinesiology in his spare time – his strength training has led him to functional movement screenings through the teachings of Gray Cook and postural restoration breath work through the teachings of Quinn Henoch.

He explores new mobility and corrective exercises for himself and his weightlifting athletes. He continues to expand his knowledge through time spent learning from Dr. Steve Casper’s extensive knowledge and prescribed exercises. He is excited to share his passion with others and to help his clients fully realize the movement potential they are blessed with.

Interested in off-site programming? Weightlifting specific programming/coaching? Reach out to Chris today!

Zach BeMiller

Position: Personal Trainer
Alma Mater: Indiana University

Zach graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology as a Health and Fitness Specialist Major in May of 2019. Starting his freshman year and continuing to this date, Zach is an Athletic Performance Intern with Indiana University Athletics focusing primarily on Olympic Sports but has a hand in all 24 Varsity Sports along with the Cheerleading Teams over the last 4 years. In high school, Zach was a three-sport athlete, competing in Football, Wrestling, and Track and Field.⁠

Zach has always been involved in an active lifestyle and, because of this, knows the impact that an active and healthy lifestyle can have on an individual. He has developed a passion for coaching and helping to guide individuals towards achieving their goals both in a team and one on one setting.⁠

In addition to his love for making people better, Zach enjoys being active in any way possible, playing guitar, and spending time with friends and family. Through his experience in athletics and knowledge from his education, Zach looks to lead his clients towards a more active, better moving life where they are truly the best versions of themselves that they can be.

Elena Lancioni

Position: Personal Trainer 
Alma Mater: Bowling Green State University

Elena received her Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science from Bowling Green State University. During her undergrad years, she ran track and cross country for BGSU’s women’s team for 4 years and has been running since she was 8 years old. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health specializing in physical activity and behavior at Indiana University.

She wants to be able to provide the resources and knowledge one needs to live a fulfilling life. Elena has found that she is happiest when she is working with the public and connecting with others. She loves learning from people with different perspectives and challenges besides her own.

Elena wants others to experience a deep sense of accomplishment when they conquer something they did not believe they could. She hopes to impact people by reaching them on a personal level and creating goals together to help them feel good in their bodies and lead a life of which they are proud.

Greg Belyayev

Alma Mater: Indiana University

Greg Belyayev was born in Moscow, Russia, but has been a Hoosier since 2003. He attended high school in Indianapolis and has recently finished his studies at Indiana University. Greg received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a minor in Entrepreneurship in 2019.

Greg spent the 2019 summer interning at UFS, he completed behind the scenes work along with training at the studio. He currently holds an American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal training certification, Functional movement screening certification, and a CPR/AED first-aid certificate. Although his internship has concluded, Greg writes the weekly Urban Writes blog about a variety of fitness/wellness topics and continues to personal train as a member of our the team!

On his free time, Greg enjoys competing in ultra-endurance obstacle course racing competitions.

His training includes functional movement along with running the stunning trails Bloomington has to offer.

Greg is looking forward to moving with you and helping you become your most strong, happy, and healthy self!

Julie Hood

Position: Personal Trainer
Alma Mater: DePauw University
Hometown: Newburgh, Indiana

Julie moved to Bloomington during the summer of 2019 after living out of state for 6 years; but she is a Hoosier at heart and is excited to be back! Sports and fitness have always been a part of her life and that love even allowed her to run cross country and track for 4 years at DePauw University. She went on to run nine marathons and many half marathons after graduating college (and she sees a few more in her future hopefully!).

Julie became a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2016 and also currently holds her CPR, AED, and First Aid certification. She enjoys helping others learn how to incorporate more activity into their lives and find a form of movement that they enjoy! Exercise should be energizing and not an activity that you dread!

As a mama to two young kids, Julie knows exercise can look different during certain seasons of life - but she wants to work with you to find out what motivates you to move and find the best form of physical activity for you.

When not working with clients, Julie is most happy in a pair of tennis shoes exploring the outdoors with her two toddlers and husband!