Renah Jones

Renah Jones

Owner

I'm not a naturally athletic person, nor did I possess the confidence needed for athletics when I was younger. Working out and being healthy just became a regular part of life at some point in my early twenties. I found that exercise made me stronger – mentally and physically. It made me happy. It made me a little tougher, a little harder to knock down. Most importantly it changed all the ideas I had about “me” and what I could and could not do. The more I did the better I felt, the better I became, the more I believed in myself and in the world around me.

I've been a trainer for six years, and have been a business owner for five. It has been the most challenging and rewarding endeavor I've ever taken on! As for my own workouts, strength training is truly what I enjoy the most. My favorite exercises are the pull-up, deadlift and just about anything with the kettlebell!

The approach for success at Dragonfly has always been and always will be - meet clients where they are. I truly enjoy helping others get stronger, reach their goals, believe in themselves and become more interested in living a healthy lifestyle by learning and doing. And as they do that the most amazing thing happens - they transform from the inside out!

• Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise (ACE)
• Strongfirst SFG Level II Certified Kettlebell Instructor
• Precision Nutrition Certified, Level 2 Nutrition Coach
• Training for Warriors, Level 2
• TRX Suspension Training
• Athletes for Animals, Board Member

Specialties:
• Kettlebell Training
• Bodyweight Training
• Strength & Functional Movement Training
• Increasing Mobility
• Working with Beginners
• Nutrition Coaching & Weight Management

Deb Siewing

Deb Siewing

Studio Manager/Coach

I have always considered myself a natural athlete and sports enthusiast. I have played or coached sports forever; however, I didn't quite live the ``healthy lifestyle.`` I always knew I had a love for fitness and helping others, but didn't know what to do or how to begin.

At the age of 45, I began focusing on my personal fitness and health. I started weight training and incorporated running into my new routine. Since then, I have completed over 20 half-marathons, 10 marathons, and a 50K Ultra Trail Race. I began participating in triathlons, including sprints and Olympic distances, and I completed an Ironman Triathlon at the age of 49.

My love for fitness, teaching, coaching and inspiring others led me to obtain my certification in personal training and embarking on a new career path. After being in the retail industry and multi-unit management for many years, I decided it was time to follow my passion. I became a CPT in March of 2014 and knew I wanted to work somewhere special -- somewhere where I could make a difference and really connect with each person. Meeting Renah in 2014 made this dream possible. Joining Dragonfly Fitness and Training has been an awesome experience!! I have the pleasure of living and working in the South City community.

Although I love to challenge myself, I find the greatest success in motivating and inspiring others to reach their goals. The saying ``Do what you love and love what you do`` definitely is my motto, and I live it every day thanks to Dragonfly Fitness. It's never too late to pursue your dreams or achieve your goals. Enjoy the journey!

• Certified Personal Trainer, AFAA (Aerobics & Fitness Association of America)
• TRX Certified Suspension Trainer
• Surfset

Specialties:
• TRX Suspension Training
• Strength and Endurance
• Running/Multi-Sport/Triathlons
• Rowing
• General Nutrition for Sports

Missy Reiter

Missy Reiter

Membership Manager/Head Coach

I spent 15 years working in retail management and while there were aspects of my job that I enjoyed, I no longer found it satisfying. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be when I “grew up” so I kept plugging along, mostly because it was easier to stay than to step outside my comfort zone and try anything new. I’ve always been pretty active but had never tried any sort of strength training or group classes until I (nervously!) joined Dragonfly as a client in January 2014 – I was looking for a new challenge and a way to de-stress. Not only did I find a great place to work out, but I found an amazing group of supportive women in a completely comfortable, fun environment (and it’s in my neighborhood – yay!).

Timing is everything – in October 2014 Renah put out a note that she needed some help managing/marketing the studio. I saw what a great place this was and the positive effect it and Renah had on all of the clients. I wanted to be a part of the great community that Dragonfly is – so I made the leap, left my retail job and haven’t looked back!

I understand what it feels like to be intimidated by strength training and lifting big weights, but with the proper coaching, it became one of my favorite things, and I hope to help other ladies feel that way, too!

• Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise (ACE)
• ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist Program
• StrongFirst Kettlebell Course

Specialties:
• Strength & Mobility Training
• Working with Beginners
• General Nutrition

Joe Switzer

Joe Switzer

Boxing & Martial Arts Instructor (BAM)

When I was growing up I never would have imagined that I could help lead others on their fitness journeys. While I was active, playing soccer and wrestling for many years, I was also very introverted and often picked on because of my size. It wasn’t until after I became a victim of an armed robbery that I decided to begin working on getting healthier and studying self-defense.

As is true with so many people’s health and wellness journeys, I have had my ups and downs. I hit a personal rock bottom in 2012 and decided that it was time to get back to martial arts. I made the gradual transition from student to instructor as I received my 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and my Kickboxing Instructor certification (AFAA) in 2014.

I am so pleased to join the team at Dragonfly. I honestly believe that each and every one of us has greatness within us. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, but we can accomplish more than we ever dreamed of if we can step outside of our comfort zone sometimes and be open to new experiences. I look forward to training with you.

• AFAA Certified Kickboxing Instructor
• 2nd Degree Black Belt – Taekwondo
• Certified Class C Official – Amateur Athletic Union (AAU): Taekwondo
• Blue Belt – Hapkido

Colby Jones

Colby Jones

Director of Welcomes & Wags

I just love being at Dragonfly Fitness! I'm a little shy at first, but I really love being around people. I stay pretty busy monitoring the situation around here during the day, but I get lots of pets and treats and downtime too! I also enjoy going for walks, riding in the car and hanging around the house with my cat brother and sister. And I love summer vacations - I've been to Wisconsin and Colorado!

My mom's friend Kelly rescued me from animal control in 2011 and I was taken to Five Acres Animal Shelter. The nice lady at Five Acres thought my mom would be a good foster for me, but my parents ended up adopting me instead. (Probably because I'm such a good boy.) I'm happy I get to spend lots of time at Dragonfly Fitness and I hope to meet you!