Meet the Fitness Experts

Ayse Elma, strength coach, Age Performance

Ayse Elma

Strength Coach | MS, CSCS

Ayse was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Istanbul University. During her internship time at Philadelphia when she was a junior, she decided to come back to America for higher education. After her undergrad completion, she came to Carbondale, IL and pursued her Master’s degree in Exercise Science at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

During her grad school, she worked with Saluki Athletics; specifically, Football, Women’s basketball and Men’s basketball. Besides working with college athletes, she was also Teaching Assistant for 2 years at SIU Carbondale. She gained knowledge about strength and conditioning in regards to different sports and different levels. Also, different approach for exercise modalities enhanced her ability to be a better coach.

Before moving to US, she played a college volleyball back in Turkey. Grabbing her camera in her free time to enjoy wherever she is at is one of her favorite hobbies. Since she is thousands of miles away from her loved ones, she loves to FaceTime with them every single day.

With a master’s degree in Exercise Science and being a collegiate athlete Istanbul, Ayse brings a unique style to her training helping clients reach their longevity goals.

Ayse Elma, strength coach, Age Performance

Meet the Fitness Experts

Our certified team boasts over 50 combined years of training experience.
  • Paul Holbrook

    Founder & Strength Coach | MA, CSCS

    With a master’s degree in gerontology from the Fischer Institute for Wellness at Ball State University, Paul has clocked over 60,000 personal training hours in his training career.

  • Holly Michaels

    Strength Coach | MS, ACSM-EP, NASM-CPT, CHES

    As an experienced trainer and former college athlete, Holly is passionate about tailoring exercises to fit her clients’ individual needs and goals.

  • Brian Deede

    Strength Coach | MA, CSCS, USAW

    As a past NCAA football player with over 15 years of teaching and coaching experience, Brian’s enthusiasm for fitness fuels his passion for individualized training.

  • Michael Powell

    Strength Coach | BS, CSCS

    A dedicated rock climber with a background in coaching, Mikey enjoys helping people connect with a better quality of life through improved movement, strength, and mobility.

  • Jasmine Yadeskie

    Jasmine Yadeskie

    Strength Coach | BS, CFSC

    Possessing a comprehensive knowledge of the latest advancements in health and wellness in the field of aging, Jasmine has a genuine passion for helping seniors lead fulfilling lives.

  • Ayse Elma, strength coach, Age Performance

    Ayse Elma

    Strength Coach | BS, CSCS

    With a master’s degree in Exercise Science and years as a collegiate athlete, Ayse brings a unique style to her training, helping clients reach their fitness and longevity goals.