Owner/Coach Amy Klein in known for her motivation skills. “I want to know what motivates every athlete here so I can hit those triggers when they are in the gym,” she says. “I want to know what their favorite music is, what their favorite movements are, what they hate. Yes, it’s a bit extreme, but these things matter. They are the things that can make or break a workout, and they are important!”
Before Opening Upper Limit, Amy worked as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for more than 16 years. She was a national bodybuilding competitor for 7 years and holds the 2015 Arizona State Women’s Masters Division first place in Olympic Weightlifting.
Coach Nick Shafer has been a CrossFitter for six years and like every CrossFitter, would say his goal is to specialize in everything. His passion is helping others to achieve their goals—and he loves to see members passion for fitness and when they put in 100% effort.
Nick played football and ran track in high school. “Nothing crazy,” he says. “I was working a 9-5 in an office every day and it was killing me. I would help out people in the gym while I was training, giving them bits of advice on technique or training. Then someone suggested I should do this for a living.” He’s quiet at first, but is actually very outgoing and talkative once you get him started.
His favorite motivational saying: “Quit making excuses. Do the work.”
Coach Michael Prangner “did not wake up like this.” He says, “I changed my lifestyle for this. I work out late for this. I changed what I eat for this. I sweat for this. I made this, and this is worth it!”
He’s passionate about helping people succeed and change themselves with a healthier lifestyle. “I love to see my members (my family) do things they didn’t know were possible for themselves and to reach goals they have never reached before,” he says.