BlakSteel Fitness gives clients the attention and personal service needed to help them achieve their personal goals. Whatever the goal—trimming some inches, beginning a mommy makeover, increasing muscle tone or getting ready for a big event—we’re here to help you achieve success. Work, sweat and laugh your way to the top!
Because variety is the spice of life, especially when it comes to fitness, we offer a diverse array of training modalities.
Todd Shuler, Owner and Operator
Todd Shuler has been in the fitness industry for over thirteen years. He is NCSF certified, as well as BOSU, Battling Ropes, and Active Stretch I & II certified. He has studied various methods of fitness including Boxing, Cycling, and Qi Gong. While cultivating his craft, Todd has had the opportunity to work with a number of different clients with different goals and personalities.
His experience allows him the unmatched ability to create several different modules of training and has given Todd a unique outlook on life and perspective into the minds of clients. This is what enables him to give each client a specific and truly personal experience. Todd believes we each have our best life ahead. The key to accessing this best life lies in our bodies and our health. Let Todd help you unlock your best life and inner super hero.
“As a trainer and a man, I’ve witnessed many things that affect people’s lives and joy. In all cases I have found that the happiness with one’s self directly affects the duration and outcome of those moments in life. The clarity and love in which you view yourself is guided by your physical vigor, and the height of your mental and spiritual attitude. Health is achieved by the positive balance of these things.”
Read more about Todd in Voyage Phoenix magazine.
Dawn DybdahlDirector of Operations
Dawn has worked as a legal assistant for over 30 years, both in Phoenix and in Minnesota. She has worked in many practice areas, including commercial litigation, criminal defense and intellectual property. This extensive administrative background and knowledge is a great asset to BlakSteel Fitness.
Dawn is excited to be able to apply her administrative background in an arena for which she has great passion. She is a fitness fanatic whose fitness journey began when she started personal training with Todd over seven years ago. She fell in love with the physical and the mental challenges that fitness presented.
“Fitness to me is much more than physical. It is amazing energy, it is a mental empowerment, it is a challenge – but to me it is also incredibly fun and I have met the BEST people and life-long friends since starting this journey. I absolutely love seeing people enjoy something that I love so much.”
When she is not working her “day” job, or bossing around Mr. BlakSteel, she enjoys horseback riding, traveling, photography, music, reading and just relaxing!
Read more about Dawn in Voyage Phoenix magazine.
Contact Dawn for assistance with any administrative, scheduling or other concerns that you may have.
Lisa started teaching in 2012 when her love of indoor cycling and all things fitness led her to get Barre and cycling certified. Since putting on the mic that first class at CoreBalance Studio her love for sport and people has only grown. Her respect and care for her clients has also motivated Lisa to get her nutrition certification and add more classes to her game.When she is not in the gym sweating or motivating clients, Lisa loves yoga, reading, hiking, painting, and spending time with her kids.
Take a class with Lisa and you will sweat, dance, laugh and curse!
Jennifer is a fun, energetic mom and native of Phoenix. Active all her life, Jennifer has participated in dance, track ‘n field, rhythm dance roller skating and softball. Sports led her to fitness and she enjoys many varieties of fitness regimens including boot camps, spin and yoga classes, hiking and trail running, P90X and Krav Maga. Jennifer seriously fell in love with fitness when she became a mom and was introduced to the Tone It Up® and Amenzone Fitness© programs. Being a new mom, she learned that health is wealth and that exercising and taking care of your body is more than just about losing weight; it is fundamental to the mind, body and soul. Jennifer loves to work with clients to encourage them to do their best, by incorporating a variety of strength and cardio movements in an exercise routine.
Jennifer believes that it takes dedication, discipline and effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle. “The fact that you’re making any effort at all, that’s the biggest difference. I’m here to educate, inspire, listen and remind you.”
“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not”
~ Denis Waitley
Andi has always loved moving – she would try anything active just to have fun. While growing up in Oregon and Colorado, she enjoyed soccer, basketball and downhill skiing. Over the years, she began running and training in local gyms, participating in anything from CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting to Yoga. Andi has also competed in Body Building, Trail Running, and Triathlons. Her passion for fitness led her to become certified in spin and kettlebell instruction and she has been blissfully teaching fitness classes for over 6 years. She knows that your time and health are irreplaceable and therefore Andi strives to make every moment you spend with her count towards reaching your goals.
When she’s not in the gym, Andi is running or hiking in the desert, riding her bike, in the garden with her chickens, or in the kitchen cooking! Her infectious passion for fitness and having fun WILL motivate you and help you to LOVE your workouts.
Ijeoma (African-Creole Queen) is a Louisiana Native. Ijeoma recently completed 200 hours yoga teacher certification under the mentorship and teachings of Tara Martell, Hamid Jabbar, and Julie Tuomisto-Bell. She is also professionally trained in a variety of mindfulness practices. Ijeoma has been active most of her life, participating in soccer, competitive swimming, bootcamps, yoga, zumba, indoor cycling, hiking and kickboxing. She's down to try it all!!
Ijeoma strives to maintain a fun-loving, energetic, and healthy lifestyle. She values her mind, spirit, and willingness. "These assets represent my character. My mind allows me to obtain and receive knowledge, to have wisdom, and be resourceful. My spirit is lively and a beautiful part of me that helps to inspire others. My willingness allows me to expose myself to new opportunities, new people, and learning experiences."
When she is not doing yoga, Ijeoma spends most of her time being of service to her community and nurturing her well-being by planning the next wild adventure, traveling, enjoying life with family and friends, thrifting for new treasures, and breaking a sweat in a variety of workouts.
La Mar HintonInstructor and Personal Trainer
La Mar has many years of personal and group fitness training experience. He is NASM certified, has worked as the Fitness Director at Anytime Fitness, and was the Executive Director of Certification and Training at AmenZone Fitness. La Mar is a former elementary school teacher and loves working with children, as well as adults.
La Mar’s coaching focuses on functional group training, boxing conditioning, SAQ (speed, agility, quickness) work, low-impact training, building lean muscle mass, and weight loss.
“I believe that one of the most challenging aspects of fitness is staying consistent with your individual goals and maintaining the motivation to want to better yourself. My goal is to push my clients out of their comfort zone and I thrive to challenge them both mentally and physically. Are you up for the challenge?"
Annie KertesInstructor and Personal Trainer
Annie has had a lifetime passion for sports and fitness. She grew up in a small town in Hungary where she could always be found playing one sport or another, but it was water polo that ended up stealing her heart. She represented her national team in the European Championships and in the Youth Olympics. In 2011 she was offered a scholarship to ASU, seized the opportunity, and soon arrived in the US with one suitcase and a smile. She later transferred to UOP in California where she finished her water polo career earning an All American title, as well as GCC player of the year. She then coached collegiate water polo for a year, before returning to Arizona with her wife, Christina. In their search for a fitness home, Annie and Christina found BlakSteel Fitness. Here, Annie once again fell in love with fitness, and hasn’t looked back.
Annie recently received her NASM Personal Trainer Certification, and is currently working on completing her Behavior Change Specialist certification. She is fun, energetic, and loving, but won’t go easy on you!
“I love diversity. I celebrate all bodies. I see people as perfectly imperfect beings. I believe there is happiness to be found in every struggle. Most people (myself included) have difficulty finding time and energy to workout with our busy lives. However, you show up and you do it! Might as well have fun while you’re at it. A healthy body = nourished soul, and a healthy mind = happy heart. They are all interconnected and I believe fitness has the power to bring them all together.”
Tony GarciaZumba Instructor
Tony took his first Zumba class in 2008, he loved it so much he became a certified Zumba instructor in July of 2009. Tony says "Teaching Zumba is such a blast! You really don't feel like you are working out!" Tony has taken dance classes all his life, including ballet, jazz, and contemporary. He graduated from a performing arts school, and has been choreographing weddings and quinceanera's for over 5 years. He has taught at multiple gyms across the valley but has decided to make BlakSteel his new home for Zumba classes! Come join Tony for a heart-pumping, calorie-burning, infectious dance party!
Self Protection Department (Combat Trainers)
Charles MasonSelf Defense/Personal Trainer & Instructor
Charles has over 20 years of experience in physical fitness and martial art instruction. He emphasizes personal empowerment and physical well-being by consulting, designing and implementing customized fitness training and martial arts programs for individual and group sessions. His instruction will ensure clients are maintaining proper form and discipline while exercising and training; encouraging them to exceed their perceived limitations. In addition to instructing small group classes, Charles offers a hands-on Self Defense Course, “Girls on Guard” classes and personal training.
*Qualifications: US Army Physical Readiness Leader, Level IV Modern Army Combatives, Master Trainer, Gracie Jujitsu, Kodokan Judo, Okinawa Kempo, Certified "Girls on Guard" Instructor
Fidel HernandezBoxing Consultant
Since turning pro in 1996, Fidel fought over 20 fights in 6 years, finishing with a record of 17-3 with 10 KOs. He has claimed two titles as a professional – The AZ Middleweight Championship and a minor World Title.
Fidel is a consultant for BlakSteel Fitness. He is here to aid in knowledge and training for our staff and Steel Combat program. With a Champ in the house, you can count on the very best from us!!
Terry Lastoria, aka DJ T-Last, has been dj-ing for 13 years. His career took off in 2012 when he became a fixture at CoreBalance Studio where he dj'ed Spin classes with Mr. BlakSteel. The clientele loved the additional energy DJ T-Last brought to the classes.
DJ T-Last was soon offered many opportunities to dj in the fitness industry. He began dj-ing spin classes (known as “The Grind”) at the Madison Improvement Club, again with Mr. BlakSteel. He became the resident DJ for Amenzone Fitness©. He dj’ed tour stops for Amenzone in both New York and L.A. He had regular gigs with Reformed Pilates and Lifetime Fitness and has had numerous guest appearances at the Gypsie Bar, Ecko Store, lululemon athlitica®, The Village and Fit Republic.
Currently he is dj-ing a number of spin classes at Mountainside Fitness, the Madison Improvement Club, is the resident DJ at Let It Roll Bowl, and of course is the resident DJ for BlakSteel Fitness! DJ T-Last has also done numerous weddings, private and corporate events and birthday parties. You can also catch him every Friday night at 11pm on 101.1 The Beat!!
DJ T-Last began his career because of his love for music. He believes that music is the gateway to happiness. He loves to see the joy that his music brings to other people, he loves to see them dance, smile and have a great time. Dance, smile (and sweat) to DJ T-Last at BlakSteel Fitness, or one of his many places, to hear the sickest beats and feel the amazing energy he and his music provides.
Read more about Terry in Voyage Phoenix magazine.
Visit his website: djtlast.com