Meet Our Instructors
We are excited to introduce you to our wonderful staff of friendly, experienced Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers. Our staff is here to support you in your fitness journey and are committed to making Kim’s Gym a fun and friendly environment.
MS | ATC | Personal Trainer | Group Fitness Instructor | Graston Practitioner
Kim Shaffer has been a personal trainer and group fitness instructor since 1979. Kim has owned two health clubs, three personal training studios, a natural foods café, and numerous other businesses. She also traveled for four years training and certifying group fitness instructors and produced two fitness videos. Her life time experience in the fitness industry has taught her that wellness is very basic and that diet, exercise, attitude, family and friends are the keys to living life to its fullest. Opening Kim’s Gym in Salida has been a dream of Kim’s since 2006 after moving back to Colorado. It will be a gym that people have fun and get fit.
As an older adult, Kim understands the needs of an aging population. Kim believes that many people are no longer concerned about how fast they can do something, but instead just want to enjoy the activities they love and to live pain free. This drive to help people become more active and fit is Kim’s passion.
Kim is certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer; the American Council on Exercise as a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Medical Exercise Specialist; the American Association of Health and Fitness Professionals as a Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist; as well as numerous other agencies such as the Arthritis Foundation and the US Weightlifting Federation. Formal schooling involved earning a Bachelors’ degree in Sports Medicine and passing the National board exams to become a Certified Athletic Trainer. Kim also earned a Masters’ degree in Rehabilitation Science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2013 and is a Certified Practioner of the Graston Soft Tissue Mobilization Technique.
Kim recently resigned as a professor of Human Anatomy & Physiology at Colorado State University-Pueblo and has decided to focus on helping those individuals that may need direction in their fitness goals. Kim is also a retired United States Olympic Marathon athlete and top competitor in races like the Pikes Peak Marathon, the Big Sur Marathon, and the Sacramento International Marathon.
Today, Kim enjoys teaching all class formats such as Bootcamp and group strength training and helping her personal training clients achieve their goals. Kim and her husband, Mike, are the owners of Mountain Pawn & Gun in Salida and live in Coaldale with their dog Opus. Her hobbies are running in the mountains with Opus, shooting at targets with her husband, landscaping, and carving pumpkins.
Leslie Duran is a physical therapist specializing in geriatrics and Parkinson’s disease. She has been teaching group exercise for about 5 years and is certified in PWR! Moves. She is passionate about promoting health and wellness in older adults and believes that exercise should be fun. She is a Colorado native born and raised in Glenwood Springs. After living in Denver for the last 27 years, she moved to Poncha Springs in 2018. She is happy to be back in a smaller town, especially one that offers easy access to the outdoors. Her interests include hiking, mountain and road biking, snowboarding, and playing the guitar.
Certified Personal Trainer | Certified Health & Wellness Coach
I’m inspired by the beauty of Chaffee County, my family and friends to help people discover their path to a more active life.
As a certified personal trainer and health coach, I focus on working with people who are transitioning to their next stage of life get more physically fit.
I’ll help you build your stamina and strength so you can make the most out of life – from daily activities, to playing with grandkids, to your dream vacation. Now that you have the time and resources, you just need the energy to do it!
Together we’ll create a personalized plan based on what works best for your lifestyle, what you enjoy doing, and what you want to be able to do. I’ll keep you motivated and accountable, and you’ll feel the difference!
When I’m not working with clients, you might find me mountain biking on S Mountain, maintaining the Little Rainbow Trail, helping with Town Challenge or skiing at Monarch, hiking in the Sawatch range, paddling a duckie with my husband, or volunteering with Salida Sunrise Rotary.
I’ve been doing yoga for about 20 years and I’ve been teaching alignment-based yoga for about 10 years. I became certified at the Anusara Inspired level and that continues to inform my teaching. I love exploring the effect that subtle movement has on the body and I really enjoy helping my students overcome physical issues through improved alignment in every day movement. I do not believe that we need to become weak and ill as we age so I continually challenge myself to build strength and stamina. Yoga is the perfect accompaniment to every other aspect of life from endurance sports to sitting at a desk. It’s always important to build balance and flexibility into all aspects of life. I like to make my classes accessible to everyone, fun, and just challenging enough! See you on the mat.
Amanda Davidson is an ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor. Originally from western New York state, she landed in Salida in 2012, after many years spent exploring life in various parts of the country.
Amanda encourages her class participants to make more space in their lives for self care, to help the restore mind, body and spirit. She believes anyone can improve their overall sense of wellbeing by making positive lifestyle changes.
When she’s not in the aerobics room, Amanda can be found getting lost in nature, camping hiking and kayaking.
Tiffany found fitness when she needed it most, when her life took a hard turn in her middle years and left her feeling sad, confused, lost, and directionless. A friend signed her up for a complimentary membership at the gym she owned, and the darkness Tiffany was experiencing slowly – but ever so surely – began to slip away. With her consistent visits to the gym, light started to emerge, and her confusion became replaced with clarity.
Tiffany knows that starting a new fitness regime is daunting and intimidating and wants her future clients to know shes been there. She knows what it’s like to weigh the decision to start a fitness routine and hire a personal trainer. She wants you to know that you are not alone, and she can relate to the doubt that might be creeping in. She is highly sensitive to this mindset, and she will help you face it head on, just as she did. You will begin to look forward to working out, as well as realizing that exercise can turn a bad day into a great day. By making your workouts fun, engaging and effective, she will help you build strength…from the inside out!
Tiffany Smith has been calling Colorado home for 26 years. While she resides in Villa Grove in the northern San Luis Valley, she considers herself lucky to be a part of Salida’s vibrant community. With the Sangre de Cristo and Collegiate Peaks mountain ranges as the backdrop of her life, she draws much inspiration from her surroundings. She is a passionate amateur photographer, novice cyclist, spirited walker/hiker, river enthusiast, and an all-around animal lover.
NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer | 200hr RYT | Strong First L1 Kettlebell Instructor | Steel Mace Flow L1 Instructor | RockTape Certified Movement Specialist & Fascial Movement Taping
LaShay has been in Colorado for 17 years and recently moved to Salida to escape the city and enjoy small mountain town life. She is excited to support the community through fitness by teaching movement and self care. Her dedication to her clients is immeasurable; establishing goals and focusing on your needs comes first. She has worked with people of all ages and physical abilities and believes that movement is accessible to anyone who is willing to try.
Like many of us, LaShay had an on/off relationship with fitness until 2014 when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She knew she needed to lose weight and be strong to fight the autoimmune disorder, so she hired a personal trainer to teach her how to navigate around the gym and build strength. Fitness became part of her life in a way that she had never imagined! Over the course of 4 years she continued to learn from her coaches and mentors and lost a total of 80lbs. In 2018, she became a certified personal trainer and has been coaching Yoga, Kettlebells, and Steel Mace Flow classes ever since. Learning and teaching new movement strategies is one of her greatest passions. In addition, she has a BFA in Fine Arts, is an experienced seamstress, and is working on starting a business making handmade clothing.
Just recently she finished 250 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Course with Megan Kahn, et al.of Yoga Olas In Salida to augment her skills in teaching especially Vinyasa Yoga. Zel’s goal and passion in teaching yoga is to encourage others to turn inward and strive to feel their best. Zel’s classes are accessible to every practitioner through modification, alignment, breathing and through listening and honoring their bodies. She continues to expand her practice and teachings through additional trainings such as Ashtanga, Mysore and YIN. She believes education is continuing process.
Sandy is a Colorado native. She grew up in metro Denver skiing, hiking and camping with her family, which has continued through her adult life as well. Being an elementary school teacher left her a few weeks in the summer to get out of the city and into the mountains for a hike or a week or two of camping.
After retiring from education, it was time to move to a place where her heart is happiest, and that place is Salida. There is plenty to do outdoors and her work at the gym provides an opportunity to meet friendly people every day!
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