Certified Personal Trainer
Carissa began training at Altius in March of 2021, but she has been a trainer for nearly eight years. Prior to working at Altius, Carissa graduated from Bethel University with a degree in Biokinetics. While studying there, Carissa gained incredible experience relating to metabolic and nutrition, and she now uses this knowledge on a daily basis.
She is passionate about nutrition and working out, but it hasn't always been that way. Before getting her training certifications (CPT), Carissa had an eating disorder for several years. She had a complicated mindset surrounding food, and Carissa wasn't nearly as strong as she wanted to be. Eventually, one of her friends invited Carissa to work out, and her passion for health and strength grew from there. Carissa began lifting, doing yoga, working out, and she absolutely loved the results. She grew stronger, more confident, and she knew that she wanted to help others with how they view body image and help them get stronger, both inside and out.
Now, Carissa emphasizes the importance of nutrition throughout her sessions. She strongly believes in the paleo diet and everything it can do for the human body (especially for athletes!). She understands that fad-diets can be difficult to avoid, but paleo helps with our immune systems, energy-levels, performance, and more.
At Altius, Carissa’s favorite part of her job is building relationships with her clients, especially through nutrition consultations. She wholeheartedly invests in the people she works with, and she is trustworthy. Carissa is kind, encouraging, and fun, and she is willing to walk alongside people through challenging seasons of life. Walking into a new gym can be intimidating, but Carissa is welcoming and she genuinely cares for every single person who walks through the doors. She is relatable and safe, and she truly wants to see her clients succeed in their goals.
While she’s not training at Altius, Carissa can be found lifting, playing sports, reading, or cooking. She also loves spending time with her family: her husband and two kids. They enjoy heading up North to hunt, boat, and 4-wheel. Carissa likes to travel, as well, and her favorite destination is the beach!
Carissa has been a fantastic addition to the Altius family, and we are so excited to see her continued accomplishments!