MEET OUR TEAM

Meet Denver’s best fitness and wellness professionals

Carl Van Loan

   

Carl Van Loan

CARL@EXPLOREFITNESS.COM

 

•  Explore Fitness Founder & Endurance Coach
•  United States Olympian: 2002 and 2006
•  Four-Time United States World Championship Team: 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005
•  Category One Road Cyclist
•  Professional Cycling Guide (United States and Europe)
•  American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified
•  American Fitness Training of Athletics (AFTA) Certified

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1. When you’re not with clients, what are you doing?
When I am not with clients, I’m spending time with my family and riding my bike. Unless it’s during the winter — then I am on skinny skis, fat skis and everything in between!

2. What’s your favorite part about training?
My favorite part about training is watching a client succeed at something they’ve never done before. Whether it’s a single pull up, an extra-high box jump, or running a marathon. It’s a priceless moment when a client realizes they're physically capable of doing something they never thought possible.

3. What’s a success story you’re really proud of?
One of my clients has lost 50 pounds and has gone from zero pull-ups to well over 10 in a matter of months. He now trains like a true athlete.

4. Who or what inspires you?
One of my best friends Billy Demong, who won the gold medal in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. He inspires me to make deliberate and decisive decisions that will better me as a person, coach, and an inspirational mentor to others.

Taylor Jackson
   
  

Taylor Jackson

TAYLOR@EXPLOREFITNESS.COM

 

•  Explore Fitness Director of Programming
•  Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
•  TRX Suspension Trainer Certified
•  Equinox Fitness Training Institute, Tier III Certified
•  Kettlebell Athletics Certified Instructor, Levels I & II

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1. When you’re not with clients, what are you doing?
Getting outside to play. Skiing, biking, lacrosse, soccer...I was a Labrador retriever in a former life, so I like to chase things around with other people.

2. What’s your favorite part about training?
Teaching people how to feel better than when they walked in the door. Whether it's a minor adjustment during a single session or a major change over several years, it's more than gratifying to hear from my clients that I had a part in it.

3. What’s a success story you’re really proud of?
Training professional athletes Max Seibald and Rob Pannell through two World Lacrosse Championship tournaments. The first result for team USA was gold and the second, silver.

4. Who or what inspires you?
My grandmother. She's 92-years-young because she stays active and positive. She walks at least once a day, stretches frequently, still teaches piano, and loves every phase of her life despite the challenges she's faced.

Doug M Bouck

  

Doug M. Bouck

DOUG@EXPLOREFITNESS.COM

 

•  American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified
•  Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certified
•  Specialties: Muscle Gain, Weight Loss, Endurance, Kettlebell
•  Sport-Specific Training

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1. When you’re not with clients, what are you doing?
You can find me mountain biking, playing hockey, hiking, fishing, skiing and snowboarding — anything outdoors.

2. What’s your favorite part about training?
My favorite aspect of training is giving my clients the skills they need to enjoy a better quality of life. I take pride in seeing clients succeed mentally and physically. There's nothing better than watching people become happier and more confident in themselves.

3. What’s a success story you’re really proud of?
I worked with my brother-in-law as he went from 17% body fat to 6%, and added 10 pounds of muscle in a short period of time. His physical transformation and dedication was truly inspiring.

4. Who or what inspires you?
My inspiration comes from a drive to be healthier and more efficient in the sports and activities that I enjoy doing on a weekly basis. It propels me to help others get on board with what I'm striving for in life: the pursuit of wellbeing.


   

Elise Munn

ELISE@EXPLOREFITNESS.COM

 
•  Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
•  Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
•  Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (SASTM) Certified
•  American Heart Association BLS Certified

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1. When you’re not with clients, what are you doing?
I'm usually snacking or drinking coffee at the Explore gym. But when I'm not doing either of those things, I'm outside playing! I like to ride bikes on the road and in the woods, hike up mountains and ski down them, and run to explore new spots. I also enjoy partaking in anything competitive whether it's soccer, slam ball, or taco eating contests.

2. What’s your favorite part about training?
I enjoy motivating others as I believe there is strength in numbers. Whether it is signing up for races together, getting people together for early AM runs, or pushing through a grueling workout, I enjoy challenging others to become their best self. I find that this often also pushes me to become better at what I do and never settle for complacency.

3. What’s a success story you’re really proud of?
I worked with a middle-aged woman after she fractured her ankle and had undergone orthopedic surgery. From her initial physical therapy to post-rehabilitation, I felt like I witnessed the entire rollercoaster that is healing and recovering from injury. We worked together to get her ready for ski season and soon she was partaking in my high-intensity outdoor circuit classes, dancing, and basking in her accomplishments. It was an incredible journey and watching her confidence increase throughout the process was immensely rewarding.

4. Who or what inspires you?
My Uncle Chris inspires me to love the life you live and live the life you love. After retiring as an Army Colonel, he was diagnosed with ALS in 2013. Rather than letting the disease minimize his life, he has only grown stronger while having one adventure after another with the people he loves. Whether it's hiking mountains, backcountry skiing, sunset boat rides, or skating across lakes, he is truly living every day to the fullest. He challenges me to get out and explore, find the positive in all situations and to never take a day for granted.