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A love of skiing introduced Jim Baraglia to the Rockies and the Colorado lifestyle. Over a decade ago, Jim moved to Colorado and never looked back! He loves all things outdoors and is hooked on road biking, mountain biking, hiking, running marathons, camping, skiing, and competitive cycling. (Watch for updates on the LoHi cycling club.) Jim’s love of fitness and exercise naturally led to a career in the fitness industry. While working for a national fitness chain, he managed multiple clubs throughout Colorado and received multiple customer service awards. Jim holds a BS degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin.



A Chicago native, Dave Kaczmarek moved to Denver over a decade ago, looking for a change of pace and change in career. He began working at a national fitness chain and quickly moved into leadership roles. Dave discovered a passion for helping people acheive their fitness goals through motivation and fitness counseling. He brings his management skills to LoHi, including expertise on fitness training equipment. Hel leads the team to ensure LoHi shines as a friendly neighborhood fitness club where members enjoy working out. Dave has lived in the community for 10 years. He has seen the neighborhood evolve and is thrilled to be part of this positive change by bringing LoHi Athletic Club to the HIghlands. Dave enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and camping. Simply put, he loves the Colorado lifestyle.


  • B.A. Kinesiology – University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Holistic Lifestyle Coach – C.H.E.K Institute
  • Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner
  • Certified Personal Trainer – National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Sports Fitness Specialist – NASM
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist – NASM
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist – NASM
  • Apex Class I Dietician
  • 24 Hour Fitness Certified Personal Trainer/Master Trainer
  • 24 Hour Fitness Group Cycling certified
  • CPR/AED certified


Personal Training Director

I was born in Kiev, Ukraine and came to the U.S. when I was just 2 years old. Growing up in New York, I excelled in track and field, wrestling, and football. It was my love of the outdoors, that brought me to Colorado to pursue a B.A. of Kinesiology, at CU Boulder as well as my passion for triathlon, running, cycling, hiking and snowboarding. In the 11 years that I have been involved in the fitness industry, I have been a Master Trainer and manager for a large, international fitness company, giving me the opportunity to help educate clients as well as mentor and train other personal trainers. My clients have included everyone from weekend warriors, CEO’s, grandmothers, United States congressmen, college students, professional snowboarders and anyone who has the desire to reach for their next fitness goal. I believe that establishing a strong and friendly rapport with clients based on mutual trust essential. I take an all encompassing approach to training which is not based on fads or flavor of the month exercise trends, but rather on tailor-made programs to suit the specific person. I inject fun and variety into your exercise program but with a view to achieving tangible and long lasting results. As a Holistic Lifestyle Coach I also focus on helping clients increase vitality, decrease stress and sculpt the body of their dreams by addressing the underlying causes of disease and stress, by considering the body as a “system of systems” and providing guidance on how it can heal itself given the proper environment.

For More Information Call: 720-217-4296

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  • B.A. Nutrition in Food Science
  • MS Degree in Nutrition
  • MS Degree in Exercise
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • ACE Group Fitness
  • NCSF Certified Personal Trainer
  • TRX Certified


Personal Trainer

I like to eat, therefore I work out! Growing up in a household that enjoyed food led me to overeat as a child. But thanks to a nutrition class and Jazzercise, I learned how to eat and discovered that I liked to exercise, and lost 30 pounds! I found I wanted to share my passion for fitness with others, so in 2000, I became a Certified Personal Trainer and have been loving it ever since! Considering that nutrition is often the most difficult (and critical) factor in reaching one’s fitness goals, I decided to further my education and understanding by getting both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nutrition from San Diego State University. The knowledge I gained allows me to properly teach you not only how to eat for your goal, but how to enjoy it as well!

My goal in any fitness program is for you to not only see awesome results, but to have fun in doing so! I love adding a variety of exercises to my workout programs in order to help shock your system and avoid plateaus. I have multiple Personal Training certifications, as well as a  Master’s degree in Exercise (also from San Diego State), so no matter your goal, I have the knowledge to help you achieve it. So let’s get to it!

For More Information Call: 858-784-1764

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  • Education/Certifications:
  • B.S. Kinesiology and Human Nutritional
  • Science
  • A.C.S.M. Certified Personal Trainer
  • M.M.R. Tabata Bootcamp Instructor
  • I.C.E. Spin Instructor


Personal Trainer

Ever since I was young I loved to eat, and growing up outside of Chicago there were more than a few unhealthy options. Couple that  with an unhealthy lifestyle and by the time I was 12 years old I weighed over 200lbs.
I tried many different “fad” diets but I always gained the weight back. It wasn’t until I came to the realization that in order to truly change my body, I was going to need to change my lifestyle. I started regularly exercising and moderating my “cheat” meals and within a year I lost over 90 pounds!
In college, I pursued a degree in kinesiology and nutrition and took some graduate level coursework in human nutritional science. I have never lost my love for food, but my passion for health, exercise and nutrition as well as my desire to help others feel and look better continues to grow each day.
“The key is balance and moderation then focus on the physical activities you enjoy most and consistency will follow.”
My training philosophy relies heavily on non-linear periodization (never letting your body get comfortable with a routine). I believe it is important to challenge yourself often with new movements, methodologies and techniques so that your body is forced to always adapt. I have found this is the best way to create positive change as well as avoid plateaus and boring

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  • American Muscle & Fitness Certified Personal Trainer


Personal Trainer

Laurette Benedetti-Binke is from NY and graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Intercultural Communication & an emphasis in Marketing. After 9/11 she quit her corporate job as regional sales manager/corporate sales trainer to follow her passion in health & fitness. She became the manager of a Personal Training Gym in Denver while obtaining her Personal Training Certification through American Muscle & Fitness in 2002. Throughout her career she has done fitness modeling. Laurette was featured as one of Denver’s top female trainers in Denver Woman Magazine. She coined the SMRT method (speed modified resistance training)
to achieve her client’s fitness goals more efficiently. She inspires you & motivates you both physically & emotionally. In Laurette’s 10 years of training experience she’s worked with all ages & fitness levels, training one on one, couples & groups to achieve their fitness goals. On her off time Laurette can be found skiing, snowshoeing, cycling, hiking or playing tennis.

For More Information Call: 720-363-1229

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  • B.A. Sports Performance – Metropolitan State College of Denver
  • National Endurance & Sports Trainers Association
  • ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
  • Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
  • Certified Massage Therapist
  • Johnny G. Spinning Instructor
  • CPR/AED, First Aid


Personal Trainer

Katy Mendes firmly believes your body will go as far as your mind can push it. As a fitness instructor, personal trainer – for 10 years, and massage therapist – for 11 years, she helps clients fulfill their personal training and general health goals. As a long-distance runner, Katy has trained aspiring marathon runners as well as collegiate athletes, recreational athletes, and individuals seeking improvements in overall fitness. She specializes in helping clients with weight loss, improving their stamina, increasing their energy and improving their strength. Katy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Performance with a focus in Athletic Training from the Metropolitan State College of Denver. In addition, she holds a Baccalaureate in social economics from France. As well as being a personal trainer, she is also a Certified Massage Therapist and Johnny G. Spinning Instructor. Katy enjoys caring for her son, trail running, road biking, hiking and working out. An upcoming goal of hers is to run the ‘Leadville Trail 100.’ A Portuguese native, she loves to travel, experience new cultures and keep her language skills sharp (she speaks English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish).

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  • M.S. in Exercise Science
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist


Personal Trainer

Julie moved to Denver in 2008 from Nebraska. Her love of health and exercise led her to pursue a Master’s degree in Exercise Science. She then began her career in the fitness industry as a personal trainer. She sees fitness as a way of relieving stress, building self
confidence and improving one’s health. She knows working out alone for some can be overwhelming and intimidating, she is here to give you confidence in the gym and outside of it as well.

Julie has been a personal trainer for 10 years. She brings you a fresh, challenging new workout routine each time to keep away boredom, pushing you to do more than you think you can while also avoiding a plateau. When not at the gym, Julie enjoys caring for her son, spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, skiing and spending time outdoors.

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