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Meet Our Trainers
Every fitness coach at GOAT Fitness in Irvine, CA has a passion for training people. With different backgrounds and specialties, we have no doubt that one of our coaches will be the right fit to help you reach your specific goals.
Jon Sheppard, AKA Sheppy (Owner/Coach)
Jonathan (Sheppy) Sheppard has been helping people reach their fitness goals for over 10 years. Jon began his career as a commercial diver/underwater welder and moved from there to Hyperbaric Medicine, which has recently emerged as a highly regarded training aid in the sports and performance industry.
Jon has been a sports enthusiast and athlete for his entire life and started sharing his knowledge and experience for free as a hobby to anyone who wanted to learn. As his client’s results began speaking for themselves, a business providing valuable services was born.
Jon is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), a Fitness Specialist (FS), an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and a Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT). Jon has won multiple strongman competitions and has competed in marathons and endurance events— but his personal goals are focused on physique, strength, and health.
Clara, AKA the Wolf of Wall Street
Clara is a big part of the GOAT Fitness family. Not only does she impress in the gym with her strength capabilities and execution of technique, but she has the experience and education as well.
Clara has her Bachelors’s Degree in Exercise Science and Health, as well as extensive knowledge from her internships in her university’s strength and conditioning program. Clara went to the University of Idaho where she was recruited to play D1 soccer for the women’s team. There she won two back-to-back conference championships and broke multiple assist records for Idaho. Clara specializes in strength and conditioning, weight loss, and athletic performance.
“Fitness and sports have always been a part of my life. My passion for fitness has not stemmed from always being an athlete, but from seeing firsthand what becoming strong and healthy does to a person’s confidence and wellbeing. As a coach, I strive every day to help my clients reach their own fitness goals, but more importantly instill in them that they have what it takes, with a little push and lots of support, we can get there. “
-Clara Gomez (B.S Exercise Science)
Drew, AKA Drew Baby
Andrew’s sole purpose in life is to help people discover and unleash their Inner Badass. Andrew (Drew) is a Marine Corps veteran who served in 3 combat tours to Iraq. Drew helped to ensure unit readiness by making sure his team was in top physical condition. Drew also helped fellow Marines who were not within the Corps’ height/weight standards (believe it or not, not all Marines look like John Cena and The Rock) to lose weight and improve their Physical Fitness Test score.
After being discharged from the Marine Corps, Drew continued to study Exercise Science and eventually became a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, as well as a Precision Nutrition Coach. Armed with academic knowledge, years of experience, and otherworldly good looks, Drew aims to unleash the Warrior that lies dormant in most!
In addition to working with Armed Forces personnel in combat readiness, Drew has helped high school athletes get college athletic scholarships; he has helped an NFL player post-injury; Drew helped a bride lose weight for her wedding; he has helped busy fathers shed the dreaded “Dad Bod”; and he’s helped an elderly nurse recover from “frozen shoulder”.
Whether you’re looking to gain strength and athleticism, or just a bigger butt, Drew will help you achieve your goals.
Keith, AKA KG Fitness
Keith is an incredible coach and motivator— he has more education and real-world experience than most coaches/trainers you would meet— but it is his competitive history that makes him a truly great asset to clients. When Keith tells you he can get you in the best shape of your life, he means it, because he has been there himself and has helped many clients get there too.
Keith is also an amazing strength & conditioning coach that helps athletes gain an advantage over the competition through current and cutting-edge scientific training and nutrition concepts. Keith specializes in contest prep athletes for bodybuilding shows and sports performance athletes.
•Master’s in Kinesiology
•NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
•Personal trainer/contest prep coach
•Men’s classic physique competitor
Emily is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and an ergonomic occupational therapist with several focuses such as mobility, weight loss, post- and pre-surgical patients, senior strength; and conditioning, endurance, and strength training.
Emily has been an avid weightlifter for over 10 years and has a passion for a variety of activities such as rock climbing, yoga, running, and strength training. She believes that fitness should be a lifelong commitment and should be a top priority.
Emilie’s goal as a trainer is to achieve your fitness goal and keep you moving, pushing you onto new horizons, and adapting exercises based on each individual.
Ciara, AKA Cee
Ciara Gonzales is the entire package when it comes to fitness coaching. With a Masters’s degree in Kinesiology from CSUF, she definitely has the education— but it’s her passion and personality that has clients fighting for her schedule.
Her personal fitness goals revolve around Olympic Lifting, Strongman Training, and physique/bodybuilding. If you want a trainer that not only knows but loves fitness, then Ciara is your coach.
Josh is your classic example of a “gymaholic.” He started in high school playing both football and track, where he excelled in both sports. Josh has been training his friends and family for several years, and decided that he wants to continue to help people achieve their goals in fitness.
Josh graduated from Liberty University with his Bachelor’s in Health Science and is constantly furthering his education to be a better trainer for his clients. When Josh is not in the gym training his clients, he is either on prep for his next body-building show or out serving his country as a medic in the army.
Josh has been competing at the national level of competitive cheerleading for several years. Josh is a firm believer that ¨most people fail not because of lack of desire, but because of lack of commitment. ¨ Sometimes, all it takes is taking the first step.
Mike was born and raised in Southern California.
His career as a personal trainer began in 2002.
He has trained and managed multiple gyms around California and spent 6 years in Oaxaca, Mexico as an owner of a group fitness and personal training studio.
Mike pays attention to the details and is always 100% focused on your workouts. His goal is to make each workout as efficient as he can to get the best results possible. He has extensive experience training people of all ages and fitness levels. He looks at each client as an individual and designs each workout to fit their goals and needs.
Mike specializes in fat loss, building muscle, mobility, and core conditioning. He loves to see how fitness can make a huge positive impact on his clients lives in and outside of the gym.
Matt, AKA the “Gym Batman”
Matt has been a personal trainer since 2001, and has been able to work with many people, from children working on becoming better athletes to adults as old as 95. Along the way, he has been able to help many people with mild to serious physical limitations.
In 2003, he started working as a strength & conditioning coach for young athletes, specializing with figure skaters. Matt has worked with athletes of many different sports, believing that a training program— when properly done— builds not just stability and strength, but confidence and character as well.
Why Work With a Personal Trainer?
- Optimize your workout time
- Ensure proper form
- Accurate assessments
- Personalize program design
- Learn from our trainers’ knowledge and experience
- Receive motivation and accountability
- Work out specialized areas
- Prevent injury
- Maximize results
- Answer questions
Everyone can benefit from a trainer. The top athletes in the world still use trainers to have an outside eye and to keep them progressing.
Most people don’t push themselves past their comfort zones, trainers can do that while staying within your limits.
Plus, it sounds pretty cool to tell people you have a trainer.