At Thrive, our mission is to develop a community, a Pack if you will, that enhances the lives of its members. We strive to empower our Pack members to be the healthiest version of themselves that they can be, both physically and mentally!
Developing our Pack and achieving our mission are guided by our core values. Without values, you don’t have a true understanding of your true north:
1. Offer the best client service day-in and day-out
2. Gain new knowledge daily, be accountable and always challenge the status quo
3. Be vulnerable with yourself and with others
4. Embrace and always increase the value of The Pack through your knowledge and passion
5. Be adventurous and have fun
6. Create an atmosphere in which all participants are supportive of each other and conducive to the overall goals
7. Discover the most innovative ways to achieve maximal results
My name is Jerry Scarlato. I am the founder and Performance Coach at Thrive Fitness. My journey to this current destination began when I was in high school. I played sports my whole life all the way through college. In the process I developed a deep passion for “working out”. I loved lifting heavy weights and seeing the results transfer onto the field or track or court.
Because of this passion for sports and sports performance, I decided to start coaching other athletes in the art of becoming stronger in order to enhance their performance. In process of coaching athletes, I also began coaching adults as well because, well, they asked me to and it was nice to have the extra money. At the time, I looked at coaching adults as a means to an end. The end being the best Strength and Conditioning Coach I can be.
As I got further and further along in my coaching journey, something began to change. I loved coaching athletes, and still do to this day. At the same time, I came to realize that there is a huge demographic in this world that is being neglected when it comes to their health and wellbeing. The women and men who are spending their lives focusing on their family and work don’t have a clear path to vitality. They spend the majority of their times focusing on everyone else, and don’t have the tools to keep themselves vital to be able to perform at high level. And, although there are many avenues available to help this group, they typically lead to dead ends.
That’s why we created Thrive Fitness. We wanted to create something that allowed those women and men to achieve lasting vitality. Our mission is to build sustainable habits so that you can become the best version of yourself to continue to help your family and increase you productivity at work.
Hi, I’m Sharon Kuntz. I am a Personal Trainer at Thrive Fitness in Alexandria, KY. I graduated from Northern Kentucky University in May of 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I enjoy being active outdoors, doing anything from walking to playing basketball to canoeing, and everything in between! I also enjoy reading and learning in my spare time.
My interest in Personal Training started late in my college career. In my third year of college, I had actually decided that I really wanted to pursue a career in Psychology. In my fifth year, I decided I really did not want to pursue a career in Psychology, which was a big setback for me. I continued with my Psychology education because by this time I already had all of my Psychology classes under my belt besides one.
This is when a co-worker asked what it is I would do if I had to work without getting paid. My answer was: “Exercise.” That lit the spark that I needed to determine where my future was heading.
I started weight lifting consistently about one year after I graduated high school, and I committed to a gym membership at Planet Fitness. I had the “Black card” membership, which allowed me to bring a friend to the gym with me for free any time. My friends and family started pointing out that they could see positive results in my body shortly after I started working out consistently, and began to ask me to bring them to the gym with me to show them what I do. Many people told me I should be a personal trainer, but it was only after the first person told me that when I decided they were right, and that I wanted to become a personal trainer after school. The only problem was that I almost had a Psychology degree. I decided to finish out my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, but I began learning everything I could about personal training and I started (slowly) studying the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) textbook. In the meantime, I was offered a job at Thrive fitness to gain experience before I got my certification.
In May 2015, finished my degree and began (diligently) studying for the NSCA Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam. Two long and grueling months later I passed the CPT exam. Now, I am a proud Certified Personal Trainer at Thrive Fitness.
Hi I’m Treves Janszen. I have been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years. Nine years ago, I found myself 100 pounds over weight and really felt hopeless to ever lose it. Through a friend, I was introduced to resistance training and learned about eating clean.
Through this lifestyle change, I was able to lose all 100 pounds and maintain it. During this process, I developed a passion for fitness and nutrition. I spent my free time reading and learning all I could about it.
Five years ago, I met Jerry and with his encouragement I decided to use this passion to help others. In 2014, I obtained my certification as a nutrition coach from Precision Nutrition. Now I am doing what I really love everyday to help people make sustainable changes to their lifestyle and improve their lives.