Meet the Fitness Experts

Michael Powell

Strength Coach | BS

“Mikey” came to Utah from Grand Rapids, Michigan to earn his degree in kinesiology while indulging his passion for rock climbing, which he has coached since 2016. While rock climbing’s mental and physical challenges make it one of Mikey’s favorite sports, he has also enjoyed a variety of others, including football, diving, and quidditch.

While earning his degree, Mikey built experience working as a trainer and group fitness instructor at a nearby gym. He later transitioned into an internship at Age Performance, which became a full-time role as a personal trainer upon his graduation.  

Today, Mikey enjoys working with older adults to improve their quality of life through better movement, mobility, and strength. He continues to rock climb in his free time.

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.

  • Mike Brown

    Strength Coach | BS

    Splitting his coaching time between the gym and field, Mike believes training should support the activities and lifestyle his clients love — an idea reflected in his unique training approach.

  • 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

    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.

  • Emily Ellis

    Strength Coach | BS, NASM

    Fascinated by the human body, Emily lives by the philosophy that exercise leads to a better quality of life, and believes everyone can be successful with fitness, no matter the age or body type.