Meet the Team
Our Age Performance Specialists are educated and experienced to work only with older adults. Each trainer is instructed in the Age Performance methods which ensure a safe, challenging and comprehensive program to achieve optimal results.
Paul Holbrook, MA, CSCS
Paul has a Masters degree in Gerontology from the Fischer Institute for Wellness at Ball State University. He worked as an intern at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University under the direction of Dr. Maria Fiatarone and Dr. Miriam Nelson. In addition, Paul also studied the social and psychological aspects on aging in relation to health. He was involved in increasing muscle strength and mass through resistance training in older adults at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged, in Boston, MA.
Paul is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has worked as a personal trainer for over 20 years with over 40,000 personal training hours. He is also certified in the Functional Movement Screen. Paul is also on the advisory board for the Functional Aging Instutute. Paul has been a Zen practitioner for 20 years and is currently working toward his Big Mind Zen certification from Zen Master Genpo Roshi.
In 2005, Paul founded Age Performance which is a human performance training center for adults 50 plus where he develops comprehensive strength training programs to improve their physical function and human performance. Paul gives frequent seminars and workshops on older adult physical performance at fitness centers and senior housing developments. He currently competes in Master Track and Field meets participating sprints. He won three gold medals and one silver medal at the Intermountain Masters Track and Field meet in Colorado in 2008. He currently medals in the Huntsman World Senior Games in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m track events. Paul is married with two children.
Eric Aragon, MS, CSCS, USAW–Senior Coach
Eric earned his Master’s degree from the University of Utah in Exercise and Sport Science and his Bachelor’s from Weber State University in Physical Education. While in Graduate School, he worked as an Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for the University of Utah Athletics Department. He spent three years as the Health and Fitness Coordinator for the Huntsman Corporation.
In 1990, he became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists and in 2004, a Level 2 Senior Coach for USA Weightlifting. Eric teaches three simple rules for success in exercise: 1) Show up 2) Workout 3) Do rule #1 and rule #2 as consistently as possible. It really is that simple!
Eric has been with Age Performance for 4 years
Ryan Carver, BS, CSCS
Ryan Carver received his BS from the University of Utah in Exercise Science-Fitness Leadership, minoring in Nutrition and Spanish. Ryan currently holds his Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Ryan's has been working with clients for 6 years. He believes in the power of food and helping his clients unlock their potential even when they don't see it themselves. Ryan is happily married with a beautiful little girl.
Some of Ryan's interests include competitive cycling, ultimate frisbee, racquetball, MMA, playing the piano and being outdoors with his family.
Bret Lucas, ACE, CPT
Bret has twelve years of experience as a personal trainer, including eleven years at the wellness center in Arlington Heights, Illinois. After graduating from college with a degree in the arts, he renewed his interest in athletic pursuits that he first developed in his cross country and track. Over the years Bret has finished 6 Ironmans, including the 2012 Ironman Canada in Penticton, British Columbia. He has competed in many marathons in many locales (Chicago, Indiana, Cincinnati, Wisconsin and New York) and will be competing in the 118th running of the Boston Marathon this spring. He has also enjoyed touring the United States and Canada by bike.
As a triathlete, Bret has developed many exercise classes specifically directed toward triathlons; he has headed race-training classes and running classes and has led a Master-swim program. He has also trained many people interested in losing weight and getting in better physical shape and has inspired them to improve their fitness-lifestyles. Not only have many met their goals, but many have developed an interest in an athletic pursuit and/or discovered a life-long way to live a healthy life. As a trainer Bret has taken a special interest in joint stability and proper joint function. Bret has experience training people of all ages and abilities and loves to help people discover their capabilities.
Bret relocated to Salt lake city in 2013 in order to live near the mountains and enjoy the outdoors.
Erica Lemke-Pembroke, MA, ACE Senior Fitness Specialist
Erica earned a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, minoring in Business Administration in 1993. Having a lifelong passion in working with older adults, she continued her studies, receiving a certificate in Gerontology and a Master's degree in Community Counseling. Desiring to combine physical and mental health with older adults, Erica focused on pursuing a career as a personal trainer and obtained her ACE certification as a Senior Fitness Specialist.
In her past, she worked as a project manager for the Area Agency on Aging, school counselor, senior peer counselor, Zumba dance instructor and senior center coordinator. She believes in trusting the process and creating positive change through meaningful connection.
Erica hails from Northern California - the snow, the majestic mountains and love brought her to Utah. She enjoys travelling, dancing, reading and spending time with her amazing family.
Marc Halpern, RD, BS, MS, CSCS
Marc has over 12 years of experience in personal training and nutrition. He lost 70lbs by learning the basics of strength and proper nutrition, and went on to make it a career. His philosophy is to use the gym to move more fluently, get stronger, and stay out of pain so that your improved physical and mental wellbeing keeps you able to do the things you love. As a Registered Dietitian, he has the ability to provide nutrition counseling for anyone and blend with a training routine.
When Marc isn’t teaching strength or nutrition he can be found skiing powder or hiking with his wife and 3 dogs.
Mike Brown, BS
Mike has spent the past decade splitting time between coaching in the gym and on the field. After earning his B.S. from the University of Utah in 2009, he began coaching under world renowned strength coach, Dan John. Mike believes that training should support the activities and lifestyle you love. His primary goal is to provide you with the tools, path, and knowledge to take control of your own health and fitness journey.
Mike’s philosophy is based on improving joint mobility and increasing lean muscle through the progressive mastery of fundamental human movements. Each day you will strive to move well. Once you move well you will want to move more often. Most importantly, training will be FUN!
Dr. Junggi Hong
Junggi Hong exercise science professor, graduated from Exercise Science Department, Oregon State University in 2008. He worked at Corban University from 2007 to 2008 and has been working as assistant professor of Department of Exercise Science at Willamette University from 2008 to present. His research interest is to better understand the underlying neural mechanisms of motor performance in athletes, elderly people and a variety of clinical populations, and their adaptability in training, injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Dr. Hong has been investigating the effects of sonic wave vibration on diabetic peripheral neuropathy from 2009 and has published his pilot works in various exercise science and diabetes related peer reviewed journals.
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