About Our Fitness Trainers

Lizzy Sawyer - Owner/Studio Director
Personal Trainer & Nutrition Managment
CPR AED and First Aid Certified

Before I moved to Bend for the first time in 1997 I lived in Hawaii, one of the most naturally beautiful places on Earth! Growing up in one enormous outdoor playground, I was surrounded by active and healthy people whose example became my fitness guide. Living with inspiration all around has led me to become passionate about exercise, and since then fitness has evolved into a way of life.  Today, my goal is to encourage others to make fitness a part of their lives too.

Staying fit, healthy, and motivated can be very difficult for many of us, but it doesn't need to be. Instead, I believe exercise should  be a fun part of our daily lives that we look foreword to, not some dreaded chore that we avoid!  I also believe that staying fit becomes very possible with a little encouragement and accountability, and that is why I believe in what I do!

As a certified National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and Weight Loss Specialist, I have made it my personal mission to inspire others to get excited about fitness!  I'm here to motivate, challenge, and support you through your fitness journey!

Lizzy Sawyer

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Meredith Warren - Floor Manager
Personal Trainer & Group Fitness, CPT
Ace Certified Personal Trainer
CPR Certified

Participating in dance and cheerleading during her high school years, Meredith lived an active lifestyle growing up. However, during her college years here at COCC in Bend, she didn’t put as much emphasis on fitness and her body began feeling the affects. After studying nursing, she decided she wanted to take control of her health and followed a path that lead to a degree in health promotion. It made perfect sense to incorporate health and fitness into her career. The interest grew further and she completed her Personal Training Certification as well as a Nutrition Certification through the American Council on Exercise. Her passion is to help people appreciate the connection of fitness and nutrition towards the well being of each individual. When she's not training, she enjoys art, playing the guitar, and enjoying all the amazing sights in Central Oregon.


Hannah Culver - Member Services
Yoga & Nutrition Therepy
200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified
Licensed Zumba instructor
CPR Certifie

Hannah's love for movement and passion for yoga stems from her background in dance. She studied dance at the University of Oregon, where she gained experience in performance and choreography. After college, she moved to Maui and discovered yoga. She found that yoga supported her lifestyle, spiritual beliefs, and her love for movement. Hannah then left Maui to study yoga in Bali, Indonesia. She returned to Oregon feeling inspired and excited to share her love for yoga with others. In Bali, Hannah's teaching style blossomed.

Now, she enjoys teaching a physically challenging class that has a dance-like flow, relatable theme, and leaves students feeling restored and inspired to live in the moment: taking yoga with them, off the mat. Seizing any opportunity to teach, practice, and learn, she is always evolving with her experiences and constantly creating movement along the way. Hannah is currently studying to become a Nutritional Therapist Practitioner, hoping to pair her yoga and nutrition education to help clients achieve optimal health and wellness in a holistic way.


Lisa Gentz -
roup Fitness Trainer, TRX & Power
Shwinn Indoor Cycling Instructor, INSANITY Instructor
CPR/AED Certified

By training motivated individuals from all different fitness backgrounds, Lisa has developed a highly adaptive training style. This gives her the necessary tools to get you exactly where you want to be. Lisa focuses on functional fitness and using big, compound movements to build strength, balance, and endurance. She is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine and holds degrees in fitness technology, as well as healthy older adult fitness. When she's not training Lisa enjoys skiing, racing cyclocross, mt biking, hiking, and yoga.

Katy Nicholls-
Group Fitness Instructor, Yoga & HIIT
RYT-200, CPR AED Certified

Katy is new to the Bend area, hailing from Northern California and Southern Oregon.  A lifelong interest in fitness, and an instinctive aptitude for body alignment, made becoming an instructor  natural fit.

Katy loves creating challenging but playful classes, where people feel uplifted and empowered.  She is passionate about self love and acceptance.  She feels strongly that we don’t need to be fixed!  That is not what fitness is about.  A natural result of self compassion is that we begin to see a challenging workout as something that our bodies crave, shifting away from the model of working out as a way of beating ourselves up.  Similarly, we can provide the food and fluids that our bodies crave, as a loving gesture towards ourselves.

Katy is a devoted yogi and student of meditation and spiritual thought.  Life goals include becoming a therapist, learning Spanish, and living in a foreign country.  She loves reading, travel, cooking/DIY, art, nature, camping, and her four-legged bestie, Bagheera.

Katy is more than thrilled to be a part of the TLA team and welcomes the chance to get to know our community!

Shannon Abero-
Group Fitness Instructor, Dance
15+ Years experience

Shannon Abero has been teaching dance for over 15 years. She received training in Southern CA at local studios, such as Debbie Reynold's and Millenium Dance Complex. Her background includes: Nike, touring internationally with Asian singers, Memoirs of a Geisha, performing at House of Blues, The Ellen Show and TedXBend. Shannon currently resides in Bend and teaches various styles of dance at local schools and dance institutions (West African, Hip-Hop, Creative movement and Cultural Dance Fitness, to name a few). She loves teaching dance and being able to share her passion with all of her students!

For more info about our Personal Trainers contact us at 541.241.2339!

Move.  Sweat.  Sculpt.

1441 SW Chandler Ave, Suite 104
Bend, Oregon 97702