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 Co-Owner & 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.


  

Lauren Arensdorf

LAUREN@EXPLOREFITNESS.COM

 
•  American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified

•  Specialties: Muscle Gain, Weight Loss, Sport-Specific Training

 

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1. When you’re not with clients, what are you doing?
I love all sports that exist, and am usually found either playing or watching one of them ... but especially volleyball. I coach high school and club volleyball as well as play in a couple of leagues around the city. If I'm not doing something sports related, I'm going on long walks or hikes with my husband and two Swiss Mountain dogs, snowboarding, running, or scouring the city for the best cup of coffee, beer, or happy hour.

2. What’s your favorite part about training?
Progress and hard work! I love when a client feels better about themselves and their overall wellbeing than when we first started, and I love motivating a client through a really challenging session. Seeing someone sweating their butt off and breathing hard but with a huge smile on their face at the end of a session is why I chose this career!

3. What’s a success story you’re really proud of?
My favorite success story was with a player on my volleyball team. When I first chose my team for the season, I took a poll at the beginning asking how many of them went to the gym to train on their own. Only 1 of them raised their hands. I asked if they had done any conditioning on previous volleyball teams and the answer was a shocking and resounding "no" from nearly everyone. I informed them that we would condition every day before practice, and that it would be challenging, but would make them all-around better athletes. The first day, we did a few sets of stairs and most of them could hardly complete the sets, but towards the end of the season, I had one of my players beat me in a set of stairs. It was awesome to see her improvement in her overall conditioning and speed, and made her able to not only last through long rallies, but thrive during them endurance wise. She told me, "Coach, I've never felt this in shape before!".

4. Who or what inspires you?
I'm inspired to train hard and live a healthy lifestyle because of how both my body and my mind feel when I do, and I want to continue feeling this way well into my nineties (and beyond!). But more significantly, I'm inspired by my best friend Liza, who lives with Rheumatoid Arthritis, which is an auto-immune disease affecting the joints. Liza could easily let this disease cripple her, but she choses a healthful lifestyle of veganism, conditioning, and strength training for her bone and joint health at least 4 times a week. She hikes or gets outside with her husband and dogs every weekend, runs regularly, and makes me an overall better person with her example of what it means to be genuine, honest, kind, and SO MUCH FUN. She lives this life, even with RA, so that she can be active and playful until her body literally won't let her, and I admire her strength more than anyone.