Staff

 

We pride ourselves on having the most well educated and dedicated coaches in Polk County! Our clients come from a diverse set of backgrounds with a multitude of needs. We strive to create a staff that reflects these needs. Whether you are looking for injury rehab, strength and endurance gains, or something in between; our coaches can guide you there! 

 
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Rebecca Maglischo

M.S. Human Movement

Full Body Systems, Holistic Nutrition Lab

MovNat Level 1                         

USAW Level 1                     

FMS Level 1& 2

Becca’s personal journey has been greatly linked to sports and fitness. As an adult, she realizes the greatest things in life come from hard work, perseverance, and courage. It is this belief in the tenacious spirit and a love for movement that drives her program design and the design of Haka Fitness.

“Whether you compete at some level or just do fitness for fun, whether you laugh while you sweat or cry through a workout, it is my hope for you that you always know that you are so capable of being a better version of the you that you are right now. Strive for that daily!”

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Danae Moss

Danae is a current student at Florida Southern college. She is pursuing a degree in exercise science, with the intent of eventually becoming a physical therapist. Danae's personal fitness journey began shortly upon arrival to college. The freshman 15 became the freshman 20 and her mission to lose weight transformed into her passion for helping others achieve their health and fitness goals. 

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Jake Vandergriff

B.S. Human Movement and Performance

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)

 

Jake has been an athlete since he was old enough to throw a ball and it's this lifelong passion that has fueled his desire to bring out the inner athlete in all his clients. No matter your age or ability level, strength, endurance, and the ability to move your body through space are the lost fundamental elements of life, Jake keeps this in mind in all of his classes so that everyone can grow into the best version of themselves.

"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

 
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Cheryl Boyd

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Gretchen Aguayo

500 YRT

MovNat Level 1

 

Gretchen is a wife, mother of two, and a yoga teacher, among other things. She is always searching for ways to move better and be better. Yoga and movement are a mode of expression as Gretchen embraces life's many challenges.  Longevity in movement is the ultimate goal. Always a student, Gretchen is constantly seeking ways to help clients move and feel better by improving her own coaching. 

"Movement tells the story of your life. As we open up areas that are 'stuck', we open ourselves to discover anew. It's true with your body... and it's true with your heart."

 
 
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Lou Gardner

During 2007-2008, Lou developed the very unique exercise program called Strength Express for which she is now well known. She began offering it at Kelly Rec in March of 2009. Strength Express accommodates small groups and Lou is very happy that she can now offer a valid and safe strength-training program! Momentum is minimized in order to ensure that the muscles do all the work while at the same time the joints and connective tissues are protected from injury. Every movement is done in accordance with joint and muscle function

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Mark Maglischo

B.S. Exercise Science

FMS Level 1

 

Mark has been interested in sports and fitness for his entire life. His approach to movement has evolved over the years into a deliberate and purposeful style. With an eye for quality movement, Mark specializes in aging populations and those who value a slower approach. 

"The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun."- Napoleon Hill