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 30,000 personal training hours. He is also certified in the Functional Movement Screen.
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 can't wait to turn 50 (next year) so he can compete in the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George. 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.
Teresa Soutas, BS, NASM, CES, CWC
Teresa is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sport Medicine (NASM), as well as a NASM certified Corrective Exercise Specialist. Teresa is also certified as a Wellness Coach (CWC) through Wellcoaches Corporation and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Additionally, she holds a Life Coaching certificate through the Hendricks Institute of Conscious Studies.
Teresa was a member of the University of Utah's inaugural Division One Women's Soccer Team. She received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology also from the U of U. She has been working in the fitness and wellness industry for over 15 years.
Teresa's goal as a Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach is to be in partnership with her clients to better facilitate them on their path to health and wellbeing. She strives to empower her clients to recognize their own innate ability and resources to make lasting changes for the better. Her goal is to teach her clients core skills for conscious, healthful living, inculcating more creativity, more purpose and more vitality.
Teresa loves trail running, hiking, riding her bike, snow shoeing, skiing, and pretty much any activity in Utah's majestic Mountains. She enjoys spending time with her friends, her family, a good book, a good teacher, and of course her beloved dog. She is very passionate about her career and is appreciative of all the opportunities she has to learn and grow from her clients, mentors and colleagues.
Paula Last, BA, MS, CPT- ACE, 500 hour RYT
Paula Last began dance lessons at the age of five, running track at fifteen and won her first national award for a televised fitness demonstration on cardiovascular health at the age of sixteen.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Theatre with a dance emphasis at the University of Utah and went on to receive a graduate degree in Exercise Physiology from Brigham Young University, with a Gerontology Certificate.
Ms. Last has developed several specialized exercise programs including: Fitness after Fifty, Cardio Conditioning for Dancers and Yoga for Athletes. She has worked in various health organizations developing wellness programs for hospitals and corporations, where she has performed extensive fitness testing and education.
While working for Norwegian Caribbean Cruise Lines in Florida, Paula helped develop a series of videos for the Fit With Fun program aboard the ships, and hosted fitness and sports them cruises. While in Los Angeles, she worked as a fitness consultant and trainer at Jane Fonda’s Workout in Beverly Hills, and also at Laurel Springs Retreat in Santa Barbara.
She has long been an advocate for group fitness, and loves teaching dance, fitness, and indoor cycle classes. She was the founder and director for a dance exercise studio in Burbank, California. She has danced professionally and spent two years teaching dance and fitness classes in Europe. She spent several years working as an exercise therapist and consultant for Intermountain Health Care’s Fitness Institute, specializing in lifestyle education. PAL Training Systems is a private training and wellness consulting business that Paula founded over twenty years ago.
She has recently returned from living in the beautiful state of Idaho, where she taught at Boise State University and pursued extensive training in yoga and pilates. It’s a lifelong pursuit to continue spreading the word and sharing the joy of moving and aging joyously.
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