Anneliese Spence (Bs. Kinesiology, CSCS, TSAC-F, FRC, FRA, PRI, USAW ) began her iron journey over a decade ago. Filled with a deep love for science, science fiction, and comic art she became fascinated with drawing the body, in particular the anatomy and musculature of the human system. At the young age of 12, she bought a copy of Strength Training Anatomy by Frédéric Delavier. Inspired by the art within, she joined ProFitness, a local gym in a grungy basement filled with powerlifters, bodybuilders, and other knowledgeable mentors. She found her home amongst the weight racks, chalk, and old 80’s lifting gear. Fascinated and filled with curiosity she spent hours in that basement training and tearing through every book and resource on training she could get her hands on.
Since that time, she has put in thousands of hours with the iron and learned just how life giving the pursuit of strength is. At 20 years old she survived a traumatic crush injury rendering her with 6 open pelvic fractures, organ damage, and extensive nerve injury. Over 24 hours of surgery and 6 months of hospitalization in New Zealand left her with 29 screws and 3 plates in her pelvis and spine. Three years later, she graduated in Kinesiology, founded her first brick and mortar location, and that fall fell sick with a MRSA infection in her hardware which destroyed her left hip joint. After a year and a half of bone on bone coaching and training she had a complete left hip replacement leaving her with an even greater gratitude for movement, health, and strength as well as an intimate understanding of what it truly means to be strong, to fight for one’s life, and to reclaim one’s body.
Coach Spence offers client centered coaching in person and online drawing on years of experience, her degree in the field, and her broad reaching professional certifications.
When she’s not coaching, training, or putting her nose in a book somewhere she can be found outside with her wife and their two dogs playing ball or spending time with community at her favorite local cafe.