Jimmy Pinjuv grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and learned to play the magnificent sport of tennis in an environment with many national and world top ranked junior players. He started his teaching career running a summer kids tennis camp at Spanish Trials Country Club at 16 years old. He was a leading player in singles and doubles for the Bishop Gorman high school tennis team which won State all four years, taking 2 doubles titles with his partner. He went on to play tennis at Miami Dade North, after a severe illness late in his high school senior year, and then played for The University of Reno, Nevada’s tennis team. Jimmy was the captain in 1990 and 1991. After giving up his partial scholarship in 1992 to open Jim’s Deli, he put his racket down for almost 20 years, in pursuit of climbing and other various adventures. Jimmy settled down in Hamilton, Montana where he raises his 2 wonderful, gifted girls, Matilda now 15 and Tallulah 12. Now confident of his abilities to focus while always having fun, which he learned from his years of climbing and exposed adventures, it was time to pick the racket back up when asked to help with the Hamilton High School team as an assistant coach in 2011. This led to him becoming the head coach for a few more years and becoming a busy tennis instructor on the public courts. In 2014 he became the head tennis professional at the Canyon’s Athletic Club and started helping with instruction at the Stock Farm shortly after. Jimmy has been teaching at a private facility in Hamilton for 6-8 months a year, 4-5 days a week since 2013 and continues teaching there to this day. Volunteering for the BTA, Bitterroot Tennis Association, the JTT, Junior Team tennis through the USTA, and Hamilton High School tennis is all part of growing the tennis community, spreading the love for tennis. Jimmy fundraises money for the BTA, helping to create a more affordable entry point for juniors into the JTT and other programs offered through the BTA. Playing as a pro/volunteer at the Watkin’s Shelter Pro-Am at the Peak Athletic Club, in Missoula MT, since 2014 is a blast for him and is usually accompanied by his daughters. Jimmy looks forward to working in environments where he can assist in making peoples lives’ healthier & happier through the wonderful game of tennis. He strives to look after the needs of not only those students which he will be providing services to, but more importantly, work symbiotically with co-workers which will ultimately improve the atmosphere and environment at the Canyons, Stock Farm, Roaring Lion Ranch or any other tennis facility where he can help. Jimmy can’t wait to meet you on the court!!
Ryan is a former sergeant of marines and senior wildland firefighter for a hot shot crew. He has been certified through National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a personal trainer. Outside of training, Ryan is passionate about coaching hockey in Missoula for the youth Bruins travel teams. He loves to play hockey, workout, play guitar and horn hunt. His coaching philosophy is attitude and effort, taking extreme ownership of your life, and will coach discipline to achieve your goals. Ryan is a strong believer in being authentic and realistic with your goals and expectations.
“Everyone has different goals in life and I want to help you build the mindset that sets the foundation for your continued success in all things.”
Debbie is a certified personal trainer, and also one of our group exercise instructors. She has a vast background in fitness from her days as a personal trainer and aerobics instructor at a YMCA in California.
Step, bosu, kick boxing, floor aerobics, water aerobics, indoor cycling classes, nutrition, pilates, and yoga are some of the areas she has training, along with her personal training certification.
Debbie is also in the process of becoming Silver and Fit certified.
George is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). George enjoys working with people of all ages, but especially enjoys helping our senior members achieve their fitness goals through private instruction, and group exercise classes.
George is also a ranger at Yellowstone National Park throughout the tourist season.
Annie is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and has her B.S. in Kinesiology. Her goal in training is to use fitness to help people achieve their personal health goals and enjoy active and functional lives. Annie also has a background in working with people with developmental and intellectual disabilities and people with heart conditions.
Brooke is an ISSA certified personal trainer. She is currently finishing her bachelors degree in business from The University of Montana- Western and pursuing her ISSA bodybuilding certification. Her active lifestyle has included 9 years of competitive archery and 5 years of weight training in preparation for her first figure/physique show next spring.
Brooke is eager to share her own experiences and expertise to help you transform into the best version of you!
Marla is a RYT500 hour certified Vinyasa Yoga Instructor, trained through YogaWorks NYC and L.A. Marla is an experienced instructor with over 13 years teaching private yoga and group classes She teaches All Levels, from beginner to advanced practitioners with attention to alignment, and smart, creative sequencing. Marla adds lightness and humor to her classes, creating an uplifting and invigorating yoga practice everyone can benefit from, and enjoy the journey! Marla began her yoga journey while working as a graphic designer at MAD Magazine in New York City. It was a wonderful way to stretch and release tension after sitting at a computer for most of the day. Her consistent yoga practice alleviated lower back pain symptoms due to scoliosis. Essentials in all of Marla’s yoga classes: Alignment, Breath, Flow, Strength, Feel Good, and Have Fun!
Wendy teaches a variety of dance fitness classes including Zumba, Aqua Zumba, and Zumba Gold. Her classes are high energy and use many different styles of music, something for everyone. Wendy loves to incorporate FUN in her fitness classes. Laughter is a great core workout after all!
Outside of the club, Wendy has worked with American Airlines as a flight attendant out of Phoenix for over 33 years. She enjoys traveling with her husband, Kelly Zeiler, to many international destinations seeking adventure. Wendy also enjoys the great outdoors, long walks, golf, cooking, baking, socializing with friends, and loves tap dancing!
Hello, my name is Megan Pace. I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve for the past seven years as an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor here at The Canyons Athletic Club. Current classes that I teach are STRONG, Poundfit and Total Body Conditioning. Movement is one of life's greatest joys for me; being able to share the experience of healthy, productive movement with a room full of people is an absolute thrill and an honor, every single time! My husband and I, along with our two young children, own a small 5 acre farm on the West side of Hamilton. Currently, the biggest challenge in my life is preparing to take the ACE Personal Trainer's exam in March of 2019. Wish me luck!
Brenda has been a part of the fitness industry for 28 years. She has taught a variety of group fitness, including Hi/Lo Step, Kickboxing, water classes, and Pilates. However, Pilates soon became her favorite format and has become her main focus. Brenda became trained in the Stott Pilates method 18 years ago. She now teaches Mat Pilates and Barre group fitness classes, along with private and semi-private Reformer sessions.
Brenda is married to Dan Gwynn going on 30 years. They have 2 daughters, Nicole and Penny. Brenda enjoys spending her free time with her family. She also enjoys spending time outdoors hiking with her girls and husband.
Lindsey Wilkins was born and raised in Hamilton, MT. She’s been back in Hamilton since 2014 and has enjoyed bringing her fitness knowledge to her hometown. She started teaching aerobics during her freshmen year of college where she completed an instructor training course through the university. She taught at the university fitness center until she graduated college. Since then she has continued to teach professionally. Her favorite format to teach is step, although she enjoys all cardio formats. Lindsey finds instructing to be a great way to give back to the community. When Lindsey is not teaching aerobics she a mom to two little boys. She enjoys attending concerts and sports events with her husband Robert. She also loves horses, crafting, baking, building houses and traveling.