We are a small group of highly qualified professionals providing you with evidence based personal training and wellness coaching.
After a 20-year career in engineering, Marilyn left Hewlett Packard to pursue a master’s degree and a new career in health and fitness. She was ready for a new challenge
centered around helping others improve their lives through fitness and strength.
After more than10 years of experience working with a wide range of clients, Marilyn has developed two particular areas of focus: strength training to enhance sport performance and exercise for breast cancer survivors.
She has provided strength and conditioning for serious and not so serious athletes involved in swimming, cycling, mountain biking, running, distance walking, baseball, ice hockey and tennis. It is great to see a well designed, sport specific, strength training program pay off in better performance and reduced injuries. Marilyn also enjoys helping a woman discover, or rediscover, the athlete within her.
Using her knowledge and experience with exercise, Marilyn helps individuals improve their fitness, which in turn often changes their lives in other positive ways. This connection between fitness and quality of life is a powerful force in the lives of cancer survivors. In addition to Marilyn’s work at Mountain States Tumor Institute, she offers individual and small group training for breast cancer survivors at the Your Fitness Your Life studio. Marilyn is the only Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer (ACSM/American Cancer Society) in the Treasure Valley.
- M.S. Exercise and Sport Studies, Boise State University, 2005
- B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, 1980
- Certified Personal Trainer, ACSM Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, ACSM/ACS
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NSCA
- USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach, 2008
- Health Care Provider CPR&AED, American Heart Association
- Adjunct Faculty, BSU, 2002-2005
- Dryland Coach, Boise YMCA Swim Team 2001-2009
- Physical Therapy Aid, St. Alphonsus Rehabilitation, 2005-2008
- Running Coach, See Jane Run 2005-2009
- Exercise Instructor, Integrative Medicine Program, MSTI, 2007+
- Presenter for ACSM Personal Trainer workshop, 2007-2010
Marisa Dial joins Your Fitness Your Life from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her diverse background and experience in working with clients of all ages and abilities allows her to personalize fitness programs for you as an individual.
She studied Broadcast Journalism and Meteorology, and went on to work for 8 years in the television news industry, working for CNN, CBS News and RSN, as an reporter, morning show host and Meteorologist. When asked why the career change, she will tell you she enjoys working one-on-one with clients and seeing lives transformed through fitness.
She is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). She then completed their comprehensive Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) Program, which allows her to work with individuals who may be starting or returning to exercise, post surgery and/or physical therapy. She has worked with clients with a wide range of health challenges including: multiple sclerosis, arthritis, weight loss, scoliosis, anorexia, diabetes, high blood pressure. She has also worked with high school and adult athletes, specifically in tennis, golf, running and soccer.
Marisa a certified Pilates Instructor through Body Arts Science International (BASI), and studied under the tutelage of Rael Isacowitz and Kristi CooperWhite in both Pacific Palisades and Costa Mesa, California.
Marisa ran cross-country for Pepperdine University, and has been running ever since. When not working with clients, you can find Marisa training for the Boise Ironman 70.3, and spending time with her husband and two Weimaraner dogs, Mel and Mac.
- B.A. Telecommunciaton-Broadcast Journalism
- Certified Personal Trainer, NASM
- Corrective Exercise Specialist, NASM
- BASI Pilates, Physical Mind Mat, Balanced Body Reformer
- Heartsaver AED
- USA Track and Field
- USA Triathlon
Holly is a Boise native and has always enjoyed the many outdoor activities provided by our region. She ran cross-country and track at Boise High School and the University of California. In addition, Holly has pursued other outdoor activities including skiing, biking, and hiking. Her interest in health drove her academic studies, as she studied Human Anatomy and Physiology as an undergraduate and Microbiology/Biochemistry as a graduate student.
After working in research for a few years and taking time off to stay home with children, Holly returned to a career that combined her two strengths: a passion for health and fitness and a love of working with people.
Holly works with a wide range of clients, from teenage athletes to octogenarians. She welcomes the challenge of finding the right fitness plan for each individual, whether their goal is to reach a peak performance in high school sports or to achieve a level of confidence in balance and coordination to continue leading an active, independent life.
- B.S. Human Anatomy and Physiology, University of California-Berkeley, 1991
- M.S. Microbiology/Biochemistry, University of Montana, 1995
- Certified Personal Trainer, ACSM
- Cancer Exercise Specialist Certification, Cancer Exercise Training Institute
- Health Care Provider CPR/AED, AHA
- Varsity Strength Coach, Bogus Basin Ski Team, 2009
Before pursuing a master’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science, Cortney worked as a psycho-social rehabilitation specialist helping chronically mentally and physically ill clients develop life skills and symptom management techniques. Through this work she recognized the need for medical professionals to actively integrate fitness, nutrition, and behavioral change techniques with traditional medicine. This integrated approach to wellness is the foundation of Cortney’s personal training practice.
Cortney has particular expertise in individual wellness coaching, corporate wellness workshops & trainings, mental skills training for performance enhancement, post-rehabilitation, and fitness training. Drawing from experience with dance, yoga, and basic taekwondo, Cortney creates varied programs that address functional movement, strength, balance, and flexibility. Focusing on the individual needs of each client, she creates custom programs to help them reach their fitness and wellness vision. Her clientele includes professional athletes, individuals with chronic medical illnesses, and those who want to lose weight and improve overall strength.
Certifications and related experience:
- M.S. Exercise and Sport Studies, Behavioral Emphasis, BSU, in progress
- B.S. Psychology, BSU, 2004
- Certified Personal Trainer, NASM
- Corrective Exercise Specialist, NASM, in progress
- Wellcoach® Trained Fitness and Wellness Coach
- BLS & AED, American Heart Association
- Physical Therapy Aide, Physio Therapy, 2006
- Graduate Assistantship, BSU, 2006-2008
- Adjunct Faculty, BSU, 2009-2010
Julie has worked as a software engineer for 25 years, most recently at Micron Technology in Boise. Looking for a new challenge, she became a NASM certified personal trainer in 2011 and began organizing and leading exercise activities at Micron.
Her love for sports started when she was in elementary school. During her school years her athletic activities included: track, volleyball, and table tennis. In college, she played tennis and racquetball regularly, though just for fun. Shortly after college, after having her first child, she started daily workout routines during lunch at a local gym. She has been a gym rat for over 23 years now, working out almost daily. During the outdoor season, Julie can be found playing sand volleyball on most days. Julie also has taken Muay Thai for 4 years and still practices weekly.
Julie is passionate about fitness and helping others to get on the right path for a healthy life. She has been teaching a weekly circuit training class at Micron. She has quite a following; there is a waiting list for this group class. She provides proper exercise routines and advice for individuals who need more help to achieve their fitness goals.
Her students will tell you that she will steer you in the right direction whether you are looking to lose weight, get advice on proper nutrition, learn the proper exercises to get in shape, train for a sport event, or simply maintain a healthy diet and life style. Julie is energetic and is extremely motivated to help people.
- B.S. Computer Science, UNLV
- Certified Personal Trainer, NASM
- Health Care Provider CPR/AED, American Red Cross
- Fitness Instructor, Micron Technology