Meet Our Team

#FitnessTruth

Dawn has been with us here at World Gym for 2 years now. She is a 14-year veteran of the fitness industry, having served in many different roles throughout her career. Before venturing into fitness full time, Dawn attended The University of Mary Hardin Baylor on a full scholarship playing Basketball where she won Freshman of the year.

She is a team player and an experienced leader. She takes pride in developing staff, providing the best customer service and creating a welcoming environment for everyone who comes into the building. “Nothing is impossible! In fact, the word itself says, I’m possible”.

When Dawn isn't working at World Gym, you can find her riding and caring for her beloved Gusty Wind, a silver medalist dressage horse, taking a walk with her pups, spending time with her daughter and granddaughter or watching her Pittsburgh Steelers play on Sunday afternoon. She is full of life, love and laughter and you'll quickly see this demonstrated in the family like atmosphere she creates at the gym. Stop on by and say hello today!

Natalie is a fitness professional whose expertise lies in Group Exercise and has 8+ years experience in the Fitness Industry. Struggling with weight for most of her adult life she is passionate about helping members reach their goals and keep them motivated to achieve what they think is impossible. She is an Advanced Group Exercise Instructor and has certifications in BODYCOMBAT, SH’Bam, R.I.P.P.E.D and RUMBLE. One of her favorite quotes is, “Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do. Not a punishment for what you ate.

 Certifications: World Gym Athletics, Row-It, SMASH, CPR & AED

A Nationally ranked NCAA defensive end & D1 Football scholarship athlete, Ben has worked under two very well respected Master Strength Coaches at The University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA). Both on the field & in the weight room, Ben knows the significance of the do it right rule & the immediate impact it can have on someone's life. "The main objective here is to equip my clients with the proper physical & mental tools to help them achieve their fitness potential. I want to give them the opportunity that my coaches gave me, a chance to reach the pinnacle of a TRUE fitness journey. I'm definitely not just giving my clients a workout, I'm providing them with an education & the ability to execute/perform all ranges of motion with absolute confidence. We focus on functional fitness to improve flexibility, mobility, and overall strength...one day at a time." #FitnessTruth Reach Ben at: benjamin.kane@worldgym.com

 Certifications: World Gym Athletics, Row-It, SMASH, CPR & AED

A Nationally ranked NCAA defensive end & D1 Football scholarship athlete, Ben has worked under two very well respected Master Strength Coaches at The University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA). Both on the field & in the weight room, Ben knows the significance of the do it right rule & the immediate impact it can have on someone's life. "The main objective here is to equip my clients with the proper physical & mental tools to help them achieve their fitness potential. I want to give them the opportunity that my coaches gave me, a chance to reach the pinnacle of a TRUE fitness journey. I'm definitely not just giving my clients a workout, I'm providing them with an education & the ability to execute/perform all ranges of motion with absolute confidence. We focus on functional fitness to improve flexibility, mobility, and overall strength...one day at a time." #FitnessTruth Reach Ben at: benjamin.kane@worldgym.com

 Certifications: BA in Exercise Science, USAW L1, CPR & AED

Abelardo Martínez-López or "Abel" for short, is a competitive weightlifter at the university level. Originally from Brownsville, Texas aka (The Valley) Abel moved to San Antonio in 2015. "At around 18 years old I started to train with purpose in mind, that purpose was to improve 1 little thing each day, which has now turned into an ever evolving process. Over the course of time I've been able to compete both locally & nationally in the sport that I love! I want to help others who want to improve their wellness, both physically & mentally. One of the things that I most like about World Gym is how it brings people from all different athletic backgrounds together under 1 roof. We want our members to reach their fitness goals together and continue to rise above their personal best records!" Without doubt, Abel is a certified rock-star with the do it right mindset and driven by results. Here at the gym, he stands out as the resident authority in all things weightlifting...and then some! Possibly best known as the trainer that trains the trainers, it's priceless to see his clients reactions after the session ends. With technique that is second to none and a unrivaled belief that a challenge should be the norm, its easy to see why Abel is constantly in high demand. One BIG piece of advice for anyone training or thinking of training with Abel: BRING WATER, BRING A TOWEL & BRING YOUR A+ GAME...you're going to need it! #FITNESSTRUTH

 Certifications: NESTA, TRX, NCSF, WGA, CPR & AED

In 2011 Isaac was at his heaviest personal weight, weighing in at a little over 360 lbs. "I was a 140+ lbs. over my steady weight of 220 lbs. and I never imagined I would have gotten to that point in my life. Being overweight and walking on prosthetics was not only detrimental to my health, but it took it's toll both physically and mentally." Shortly after seeing a picture of himself, Isaac made the decision to lose the weight not for aesthetics but rather for quality of life. With the help of his friend & the support of his family, Isaac was put on a strict diet & exercise plan. "For the next 8 months I was able to lose around 10 lbs. a month. The results spoke for themselves and the dedication pushed me, fueled me, DROVE me to continue down that path. I became a personal trainer by June of 2015 because of the transformation that I personally experienced, in losing 160+ lbs. and achieving 200lbs which was the healthiest I have ever been in my life. I have stuck to the program and stayed the course to this very day." In 2017 Isaac became part of the R.A.H. team/fam I accomplished the Spartan Sprint, became an instructor at R.A.H. and now training at WORLD GYM! "I cycled in the Marine Corp Marathon which was the first marathon I had ever done! Coming in 10th out of 43 for the handcycle group with a time of 2h19m!" Isaac recently became part of the RAMPAGE sled hockey team. With no end in sight, Isaac continues to exemplify the phrase, BE ABOUT vs. talk about getting the job done. #FitnessTruth Reach Isaac at: gilbert.alderete@worldgym.com

 Certifications: World Gym Athletics, CPR & AED

Marty “T.C.” Calles, a United States Air Force Veteran and University of Arizona, Track & Field scholarship athlete has always had a passion for fitness. "Life has a way of teaching you lessons in the timely manner that need to be revealed. I have had my fair share of injuries that set my path in unforeseen directions." Taking in the bad with the good, everything has placed Marty right where he needed to be at the exact time he needed to experience it. As a result of these encounters, they have guided him to find his calling, Physical Therapy. Upon stumbling across an opportunity to assist in his professional growth, Marty became a certified Coach in World Gym Athletics! "It has been an exceptional learning experience, going hand-in-hand with my educational goal. My standard as a Coach is to influence athletes to set a higher standard for themselves. Guiding them to improve positive lifestyle choices, goals and aspirations. All while we learn, adapt and rise above together!" What you allow in your presence is your standard. #FitnessTruth

 Certifications: WGA, SMASH, One Barbbell, CPR & AED

Graduating May of 2019 from Texas A&M San Antonio, Shania studied Kinesiology with a specification in coaching. "With a passion for fitness I have learned so many different styles of exercise from body building to powerlifting and olympic weightlifting to body formation." Shania credits growing up playing sports for helping transition her into being an efficient athlete and effective coach. "I'll do my best to make you happy with who you are inside & out, I truly believe everyone is beautiful. Your personal health journey is one of the most important things you can do for not only yourself but for your family as well." Shania firmly believes that feeling comfortable in your own skin and fundamentally sharpening the tools to prevent injury are the key takeaways she wants you to have at the end of your journey with her. Whether it be one day or 180 days, know that Shaina doesn't just practice what she preaches, she lives by it.

 Certifications: World Gym Athletics, Row-It, SMASH, CPR & AED

A Nationally ranked NCAA defensive end & D1 Football scholarship athlete, Ben has worked under two very well respected Master Strength Coaches at The University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA). Both on the field & in the weight room, Ben knows the significance of the do it right rule & the immediate impact it can have on someone's life. "The main objective here is to equip my clients with the proper physical & mental tools to help them achieve their fitness potential. I want to give them the opportunity that my coaches gave me, a chance to reach the pinnacle of a TRUE fitness journey. I'm definitely not just giving my clients a workout, I'm providing them with an education & the ability to execute/perform all ranges of motion with absolute confidence. We focus on functional fitness to improve flexibility, mobility, and overall strength...one day at a time." #FitnessTruth Reach Ben at: benjamin.kane@worldgym.com

 Certifications: BA in Exercise Science, USAW L1 & CPR/AED

 Secret Power: All things weightlifting

Abelardo Martínez-López or "Abel" for short, is a competitive weightlifter at the university level. Originally from Brownsville, Texas aka (The Valley) Abel moved to San Antonio in 2015. "At around 18 years old I started to train with purpose in mind, that purpose was to improve 1 little thing each day, which has now turned into an ever evolving process. Over the course of time I've been able to compete both locally & nationally in the sport that I love! I want to help others who want to improve their wellness, both physically & mentally. One of the things that I most like about World Gym is how it brings people from all different athletic backgrounds together under 1 roof. We want our members to reach their fitness goals together and continue to rise above their personal best records!" Without doubt, Abel is a certified rock-star with the do it right mindset and driven by results. Here at the gym, he stands out as the resident authority in all things weightlifting...and then some! Possibly best known as the trainer that trains the trainers, it's priceless to see his clients reactions after the session ends. With technique that is second to none and a unrivaled belief that a challenge should be the norm, its easy to see why Abel is constantly in high demand. One BIG piece of advice for anyone training or thinking of training with Abel: BRING WATER, BRING A TOWEL & BRING YOUR A+ GAME...you're going to need it! #FITNESSTRUTH

 Certifications: NESTA, TRX, NCSF, WGA, CPR & AED

 Experience: 5+ years

In 2011 Isaac was at his heaviest personal weight, weighing in at a little over 360 lbs. "I was a 140+ lbs. over my steady weight of 220 lbs. and I never imagined I would have gotten to that point in my life. Being overweight and walking on prosthetics was not only detrimental to my health, but it took it's toll both physically and mentally." Shortly after seeing a picture of himself, Isaac made the decision to lose the weight not for aesthetics but rather for quality of life. With the help of his friend & the support of his family, Isaac was put on a strict diet & exercise plan. "For the next 8 months I was able to lose around 10 lbs. a month. The results spoke for themselves and the dedication pushed me, fueled me, DROVE me to continue down that path. I became a personal trainer by June of 2015 because of the transformation that I personally experienced, in losing 160+ lbs. and achieving 200lbs which was the healthiest I have ever been in my life. I have stuck to the program and stayed the course to this very day." In 2017 Isaac became part of the R.A.H. team/fam I accomplished the Spartan Sprint, became an instructor at R.A.H. and now training at WORLD GYM! "I cycled in the Marine Corp Marathon which was the first marathon I had ever done! Coming in 10th out of 43 for the handcycle group with a time of 2h19m!" Isaac recently became part of the RAMPAGE sled hockey team. With no end in sight, Isaac continues to exemplify the phrase, BE ABOUT vs. talk about getting the job done. #FitnessTruth Reach Isaac at: gilbert.alderete@worldgym.com

 Certifications: WGA, SMASH, One Barbbell, CPR & AED

Graduating May of 2019 from Texas A&M San Antonio, Shania studied Kinesiology with a specification in coaching. "With a passion for fitness I have learned so many different styles of exercise from body building to powerlifting and olympic weightlifting to body formation." Shania credits growing up playing sports for helping transition her into being an efficient athlete and effective coach. "I'll do my best to make you happy with who you are inside & out, I truly believe everyone is beautiful. Your personal health journey is one of the most important things you can do for not only yourself but for your family as well." Shania firmly believes that feeling comfortable in your own skin and fundamentally sharpening the tools to prevent injury are the key takeaways she wants you to have at the end of your journey with her. Whether it be one day or 180 days, know that Shaina doesn't just practice what she preaches, she lives by it.