James was motivated to become a physical therapist after a life changing car accident which required 18 months of serious physical therapy. His personal trainer was exceptionally motivating and made it possible for James to return to athletics. After nine years of studies, James became a sports medicine practitioner specializing in injury prevention. James has practiced in various realms of rehabilitation including; pediatric occupational therapy (primarily autism), pediatric physical therapy (primarily sports injuries), post-op physical therapy, and athletic training. Throughout his studies, James worked at Taix Workout Studio and Extreme Boot Camp® as a personal fitness trainer. After working in various hospitals, clinics and sports teams, James found his work at Taix Workout Studio and Extreme Boot Camp® most rewarding and loves the exciting work environment. He is a Certified Personal Trainer with the Aerobics Fitness Association of America. A former member of the Air Force Auxiliary, training in search and rescue, James has also trained for urban search and rescue confined-space rescue, and wild land rescue. He is currently a high school and college Track and Field Coach with a specialty in pole vault. He has competed in triathlons, marathons, steeplechase, and pole vault.
Jonathan DeTuno is an Advanced Certified Fitness Trainer and Nutrition Consultant with the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI). He has a strong athletic background, particularly in basketball. At Torrey Pines High School, Jonathan received all league honors while also winning a CIF city basketball championship. He was awarded a basketball scholarship to Dominican University of California. After college, Jonathan coached high school basketball at both junior and varsity levels. For the past four years, Jonathan has been working for elite health clubs as an advanced personal trainer, while earning certifications in kickboxing, kettle bell, Vipr, and completed all three levels of Equinox extended education program (EFTI). Jonathan’s ultimate passion is helping others achieve their fitness goals.
GODWIN MORDI, MS, B.PT. ACSM HFS
Godwin completed his Masters Degree in Applied Health Sciences with concentration in Health and Fitness at the US-Northwest Missouri State and graduated with honors. He is also a qualified Physical Therapist, who has trained elite athletes in major international sporting events including in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, among others. He is also a certified
Health and Fitness Specialist of the American College of Sports Medicine and a Corrective Exercise Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Godwin is passionate about fitness. He keeps fit by playing soccer and volleyball, as well as working out. He currently plays as a forward for Galacticos FC in the Adult Pasadena League. He was a member of the coaching staff of Maryville High School Soccer team, The Spoof Hounds. Godwin is the contact person for the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (IFSPT), Netherlands, and recently attended a joint conference of the IFSPT and the Sports Physical Therapy Session (SPTS) in Las Vegas. Godwin completed Para-Military training during his National Youth Service Corps assignment.
Jake has a BS Degree in Physical Education and a MS Degree in Nutritional Consulting from Novus University. His advanced credentials are from both the International Sports Science Association (ISSA) as a Sports Performance Specialist and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a Personal Trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist and a Corrective Exercise Specialist.
David Gonzalez is a National Council on Strength and Fitness Training. He has a strong emphasis in endurance running technique with a detailed breathing rhythm. He took his personal trainer course with Caldwell University and continues to further his education in Kinesiology. He has served over 10 years, and continues to serve, in the U.S. Army and reserves as a Staff Sergeant. Recognized frequently for his leadership in fitness and was awarded the Army Physical Fitness Excellence badge. David has competed in four half marathons with A-B group pacing, a full marathon, and five 8+ mile obstacle races.
Amirah Leonard is a Certified Fitness Trainer with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She has a strong athletic background, particularly in basketball and soccer. At Ventura College, she became the Junior College California State Player of the Year; she later won a full basketball scholarship to Clemson University, where she graduated with a B.A. Degree in Speech and Communications and a minor in Social Science. After college, Amirah played professional basketball in Virum, Denmark. While there, she also coached 14 different high schools. Currently, she coaches the girls’ varsity basketball team at her alma mater, Crescenta Valley High School; she also continues to privately coach at the junior high, high school, and collegiate levels. Amirah was recently one of the longest-running contestants on NBC’s Couples Fear Factor.
Jake is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CSCS). He has also obtained certifications with Functional Movement Systems and USA Weightlifting. Jake is constantly expanding upon his experience and education through graduate school, his own research, and completion of several high-level internships including UCLA’s Athletic Performance Department where he worked with national championship and Olympic level athletes.
Jake began his personal training career with Taix’s in early 2016 and has worked with clients of all variety, need, and goals; from weigh loss, strength, movement quality, and injury rehab/recovery. For his own fitness, he loves strength training, especially with Kettlebells, and occasionally participates in obstacle course races. In his own studies, Jake is passionate for learning about primitive and developmental movement patterns and how they can help the human body recover and stay healthy, especially in our increasingly sedentary lifestyles.