Trainers

Trainers & Staff at Coop's

Meet Our Team

Meet the incredible team behind the success of Coop’s Iron Works. Our staff helps our members with training, classes, events, and much more at Coop’s.

Rob Cooper

Owner

Rob has been working out in gyms since he was 13 years old. He played Division III College Football for the Alma Scots from 1995 to 1999. He also has competed in multiple National Physique Committee (NPC) Light-Heavyweight Bodybuilding Shows, earning 2 overall wins and multiple weight class awards. He is currently training to compete in the Arnold Amateur in March 2019.

Michelle Cooper

Co-owner

Michelle has been a distance runner for more than 23 years. She has participated in several local races as well as 5 half marathons, 3 full marathons, including the Boston Marathon, and 16 Crim 10-miler races. She has competed in 6 Figure Competitions and 5 Women’s Physique Competitions.

Nikki Jones-Milburn

Fitness Background: Nikki is a Dance Fitness Diva!  She has been a Dance Fitness instructor since 2013 introducing a fusion of dance, strength, and hardcore cardio!  Nikki has studied dance and also has taught a 30 minute cardio combo class. 

Area of Specialty or Interest: Dance Fitness

Hobbies: Nikki enjoys creating new choreography, creating hair pieces, making wigs, cooking, running, walking and living her best life!

Fitness Philosophy: Keep your fitness up’s and down’s  when you become transparent others appreciate your realness!  I have weighed over 235 pounds at my heavest.  Once I became determined to change my overall health lifestyle the results happened…

Classes: Hip Hop Fusion. Now this class puts the P in party!  Nikki has fused together dance and fitness into an hour of high calorie burning fun!  You don’t have to be an awesome dancer to enjoy this class.  The hip hop, cardio, and strength moves are fun and easy to learn.  Such a fun class you forget your working out!   Hip Hop Fusion is a very high impact cardio class with a hype playlist that will leave you a hot sweaty mess.  All are welcome to the Party!

Tori Hall

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Science of Nursing

Fitness Background:
Tori has been teaching group fitness classes for five years. She has been teaching kickboxing, bootcamp, weight lifting, and cardio dance style classes. She has taken courses specific to heavy lifting, proper form, and nutrition.

Areas of Specialty or Interest: Weight Lifting
Kickboxing
Nutrition

Hobbies: Helping others make and achieve goals- big or small, hiking, and hanging out with my husband and dogs.

Fitness Philosophy: “Starting over sucks so keep going”

Classes: Body 360. In my class we will achieve a full body workout utilizing dumbbells, barbells, and other training equipment. This class will focus on proper form while strengthening your large and small muscle groups. I am all about pushing you to pick up that heavier weight to maximize our hour together. This class is constructed for all fitness levels and modifications can always be made.

Triple Threat : My goal for Triple Threat is for each person to conquer something new each time. In my class we will explore all of the unique equipment Coops has to offer us! This class is typically a circuit style that will expand your comfort zone. Be prepared for loud music and fast paced cardio that will have you dripping in sweat by the end of the hour. Again, modifications will be available for all fitness levels.

Gene Dombrowski

Fitness Background: Gene is an avid runner and weightlifter that has competed in multiple marations and ultra marathons. He has taught weight training, circut training and bootcamp style group fitness classes for three years. Gene currently holds a Personal Training Certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is working towards his Nutrition Certification.

Areas of Specialty or Interest: Form Focused Weightlifting, Running, Weightloss and Weight managament

Hobbies: Gene enjoys lifting weights, trail running, reading and nutrition

Fitness Philosophy: Surround yourself with people that are going to lift you higher.

Classes: Power and Strength Circuits

In this class I focus on stability, strength and power in a circuit training environment. It is a full body workout utilizing challenging weight for the 10-20 rep range. We use continuous movement to maximize calorie burn and strength gains while having active rest periods to not over stress specific muscle groups. Great for beginners and season lifters alike.

Jaimi Carter

Education: Registered Nurse

Fitness Background: Jaimi is a varied fitness lover whose background includes running in multiple 5K’s, completing a 1/2 marathon, & CrossFit competitions. She has been a group fitness instructor for over 5 years teaching weight based, kickboxing, and bootcamp style classes.


Areas of Specialty or Interest: Weight lifting,
CrossFit Styled workouts,
Weight loss and Weight management

Hobbies: Jaimi enjoys lifting weights, CrossFit, helping others reach their fitness goals, & shopping

Fitness Philosophy: “The Power is in the choices I make everyday. I eat well, I live well, I shape me.”

Classes: Body 360. In my class we will use a variety of strength training equipment, dumbbells, weighted bars & steps. Some classes we use them all and others just one. It’s an hour long class using lighter weights with medium repetitions designed to increase strength and burn calories. Don’t be surprised if I whip in a little light, weighted, cardio to maximize calorie burn!!

Triple Threat. Get ready to sweat! My classes have a CrossFit flare mixed with bootcamp. When you step into this class be prepared for fast-paced, high-intensity, functional movements. These workouts are designed for all fitness levels with modifications available for the novice & experienced!

Sara Grunow

Certifications and Education: Sara has her certification in massage therapy and has attended both Saginaw Valley State University and Delta College.  She works outside sales in the office technology industry throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Fitness Background: Sara has been interested in health and fitness since she began playing sports in her grade school years.  With five years of leading group fitness classes under her belt, she has continued to prioritize her health and remain committed to instructing, even throughout the adventures of having three children.

Areas of Specialty or Interest: Form Focused Weight Lifting, High Intensity Interval Training, Cardio Kickboxing, Weightloss and Weight Management

Hobbies: If it involves being outdoors then Sara is in!  Camping, hiking, swimming, kayaking and traveling with her family are her favorite ways to pass some time.

Fitness Philosophy: Nothing is accomplished in your comfort zone.  Step outside that zone and see what you are really capable of doing!

Body 360: If it’s heavy, let’s pick it up!  In this class Sara focuses on form, muscle endurance and strength building through the use of weights and equipment.  In this one hour class you will get a head-to-toe workout with a different muscle group focus each class.  Sara stresses continuous improvement with the goal of increasing weight as your fitness level increases.

Power Cardio: You’ll earn that post-workout shower in this class!  A full hour of nothing but cardio gets your heart pumping and the sweat pouring.  Sara will pull out kickboxing bags and pads, steps and anything that gets you moving.  Burpees are your best friend and she will show you why!

Triple Threat: This class is the ultimate playhouse for gym lovers!  Sara will utilize any and all equipment (and there’s a ton of it!) to create a high intensity, plyometric style workout.  This hour will focus on explosive muscle strength that will require maximum effort in short intervals.

Wendi Barber

Profession: Event Coordinator

Fitness Background: Wendi started her true fitness journey after having 2 beautiful boys. After trying Running, Yoga, Crossfit, HIIT, and General Group Fitness, she found her passion. She has been a Group Fitness instructor for over 7 years. Within this realm she has taught free weight lifting, kickboxing, and bootcamp classes. Wendi will be working on her Personal Training Certification in the fall. 

Areas of Specialty & Interest: *Weight Lifting, *Novice Runner, *Healthy Balanced Living, *HIIT

Hobbies: *Learning new workout styles, routines, and equipment. *Inspiring others on their fitness journey. *Going North with her Family. *Spending time outdoors– woods, water, hiking trails

Fitness Philosophy: “Fitness is not about being better than someone else… it’s about being better than you use to be”

Classes:

Body 360: I love to sweat, and just because you are lifting weights does not mean you shouldn’t sweat! In my class be ready to use a variety of muscle and endurance building equipment. You will want to have a set of free weights, a weighted bar, and a step board. We will mix combinations of medium repetitions with multi muscle group movements. This may also include a small amount of basic calisthenics depending on the workout for the day. I promise you will leave feeling accomplished and strong!

Triple Threat:

In my class you will find a mix of HIIT (high intensity interval training) and cardio with a “Wendi Flare.” I love to use equipment to push and strengthen the mind, body, and soul. This class is generally set up in stations and you will workout at your own pace. I will be available for modifications, motivation, and instruction. This class is designed for every level, and welcomes the beginner!! My goal in this class is for you to try, learn, and push your body to new levels of fitness. 

Chris Casetta

Education: Plumbing & Heating

Fitness Background: Chris has been in the group fitness industry for over 7 years. Fitness has been a passion of his ever since he was able to shed over 100 pounds and improve his overall health.

Areas of Specialty & Interests: Weightlifting, Running, Weight Loss & Weight Management, Proper lifting Techniques & Form

Hobbies: In his free time, Chris enjoys boating with family, working out, and watching/playing sports.

Classes:

Body 360: Chris likes to start off with the heavy weights then drop down to the smaller weights are the class progresses. He works the smaller and bigger muscles until they are fully exhausted. his goal is to leave your muscles tired and them wanting more.

Fitness Philosophy: If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied.

Chelsea Casetta

Education: Bachelors In Science

Fitness Background: Chelsea has been a group fitness instructor for over 6 years. Health and fitness has always been a passion of hers. She has been brought up to play every sport under the sun since the day she could walk.

Areas of Specialty & Interests: Weightlifting, HIIT, Core Strength, Weight Loss & Weight Management

Hobbies: Chelsea loves to go up north and boating with friends and family. Sports are a huge part of her life so any sporting event going on she is in. She also loves to inspire others to make healthy choices.

Fitness Philosophy: Be Focused. Be Persistent. Never Quit.

Classes:

Body 360: Chelsea likes to start by getting that heart pumping and blood flowing. She starts class with some cardio movements and moves into weightlifting. Her main focus is on muscle endurance. She loves to use the weighted bar, free weights, step and exercise ball. This is a great class for any fitness level. Her goal is for you to leave each class feeling stronger than when you started.

Triple Threat:  Chelsea will use as many pieces of equipment in the gym as she can for this high intensity class. This class will go at a fast pace and be a ton of fun. Every muscle will be worked. This is a great class for any fitness level.

Megan Morell

Education: Mental Health Therapist, LMSW Megan specializes in trauma-focused therapy and works with a wide range of children and families. 

Fitness Background: Since she could walk, Megan has always loved fitness of some sort. She has grown up playing sports and has always had a competitive side to her. After receiving her master’s degree in 2012 she started expanding her fitness interests. She took a particular liking to HIIT workout, weight-based training, kickboxing, and running in different events ranging anywhere from a 5k, mud run, to a 55 mile team run. Megan has been involved in group fitness for over ten years, until she finally expanded her passion and become a group fitness instructor in 2016. 

Areas of Specialty or Interest: HIIT, Kickboxing, Weights and strength-based workouts, Bootcamp 

Hobbies: Megan enjoys working out, being outdoors, traveling, and sharing her fitness passion with others by encouraging and inspiring them. 

Fitness Philosophy:

“You can’t expect what you aren’t willing to work for. Look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself you can do it. Celebrate every ounce of success because at the end of the day, because it is YOU that is making it happen.” 

Classes: I teach all the classes that are offered, but the class I teach regularly and am most moved by is ‘Power Cardio.’ I incorporate various styles including Kickboxing, HIIT, and Intervals where I will often incorporate free weights. There are always going to be the basic fundamentals and movements to cardio, but I try and make it different and more unique from the average aerobic or cardio class. A lot of the time I use the energy from the members, and am quick to think on my feet or try a new idea. I make the vision in my head become real life. Those are my best classes. You will see this from me in any class that I teach. “Megan Madness” didn’t just come from anywhere. 

When I teach, I live in the moment. I try to drive and encouraging others, while being my spunky self. I get just as much from people in my classes as I give. It doesn’t get much better than that! 

Courtney Licavoli

Education: Registered Nurse

Fitness Background: Courtney has always been an avid fitness lover with an extreme passion for health and wellness. She has been a group fitness instructor for six years with a variety of expertise. Her classes vary from cardio, boot camp style to weight-based involved classes.

Areas of Specialty or Interest: Weight lifting, HIIT workouts

Hobbies: Courtney enjoys helping others see the fun in working out. She enjoys lifting weights, taking vacations, and spending quality time with family. Courtney also has a black lab named Nova, who is the center of her world.


Fitness Philosophy: “Don’t think about what can happen in a month. Don’t think about what can happen in a year. Just focus on the next 24 hours in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be.”

Classes:

Power Cardio:
During this 60-minute workout, be prepared to challenge yourself while also getting a good sweat on! This class is a high-intensity, cardio-based class that is different every time when Courtney is teaching. Whether it may be with the punching bags or kickboxing pads, be ready to work hard while having fun!

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