Our staff makes all the difference. See why here.

Bryce Templeman, CSCS
Strength Coach
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Bryce attended Central Washington University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Physiology with minor in Exercise Science and Athletic Training. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Bryce has been always been involved in health, fitness, and athletics; wrestling and running cross country throughout high school and continuing to pursue personal fitness during college. He is particularly interested in the science of performance and nutrition, and enjoys helping people pursue their goals in a fun, systematic, and evidence-based fashion.

Fitness Director
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Damien attended the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science with an Emphasis in Fitness and a Concentration in Strength and Conditioning. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Special Population Specialist, Tactical Strength & Conditioning Facilitator, and Certified Personal Trainer, all earned through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Damien began working in the field of fitness in 2002; since then he has worked with clientele of all ages including athletes, military and law enforcement personnel, as well as special populations of all sorts. He enjoys helping everyday people reach their goals and prides himself on producing tangible results.

Joel Mitchell, CSCS, ACSM HFS
Strength Coach
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Joel earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Temple University. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and an American College of Sports Medicine Health and Fitness Specialist. Joel has always been active; he began running track at a young age and did not stop until after college. He understands human movement and enjoys helping people reach goals that they thought they could never achieve. Joel believes that the key to achieving your goals is consistency, while never forgetting that fitness can and should be fun! He will make your workouts fun and challenging, keep you motivated, and above all keep you consistent.

Matt Sweeny
Matt Sweeny, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Strength Coach
509.833.1001 /

Matt attended Western Washington University where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Exercise Science. He is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer and registered nationally as an Emergency Medical Technician. Matt has been passionate about helping people improve their health and fitness since a young age and he has enjoyed training various populations including collegiate athletes, older adults, kids, and everyone in between. When Matt is not training he enjoys learning more about exercise science and working as a firefighter.

Melissa Uftring
Melissa Uftring, MS, CSCS, ACSM-CPT, TSAC-F
Strength Coach
253.905.4883 /

Melissa Uftring came to Varta Fitness after serving as the Health and Fitness Program Manager for the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District. She got her start working in the fire service by conducting her graduate research on firefighter performance optimization. Prior to her time in the fire service, Coach Uftring worked as a strength and conditioning coach for collegiate and professional sports. She has also worked with all ages and fitness levels of the general population as a personal trainer, yoga teacher, group fitness instructor, and fitness director at gyms, resorts, and country clubs. Melissa currently serves as the department chair at a local college where she teaches undergraduate students and leads the strength and conditioning programs for the athletic department and fire academy.

At Varta Fitness we only associate with the finest professionals. Our strength coaches, instructors, and personal trainers are all educated, certified, experienced, and personable.

Fitness is a profession, not simply a job. Our staff teach people how to take care of their body, and we take that responsibility seriously. We provide advice and instruction rooted in kinesiology; we are not swayed by popular opinion or anecdotal evidence.

We do not just say that we are the best, we show that we are, and here is how:


We know what we are talking about. Education is the foundation of any fitness professional’s skill set, and our foundation is strong. At a minimum, our staff have a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, and some of our staff have master’s degrees as well.


We have passed the test. There are two big names in personal training certification: the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and our staff are affiliated with one or the other. Look for ACSM-HFS, ACSM-CPT, CSCS, CSPS, TSAC-F, or NSCA-CPT after their name. You will not find anyone affiliated with Varta Fitness with a certification that could be attained online or by attending a weekend seimnar.


This is not our first day at the gym, and it shows. Our staff have worked in research labs, trained sports teams, worked with special populations, and regularly participate in athletic activities themselves. Above all we set a good example and we “walk the walk”.


Exercise should be fun, and we keep it that way. Without a strong personality the aforementioned strengths of our resume would not amount to much. Come by and get to know us! Our staff are easy to get along with, we know how to keep exercise interesting, and we truly care about you and helping you achieve your goals.

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