Garage Gym Reviews Expert Panel

We have a substantial network of health and fitness experts who help our team at Garage Gym Reviews. They provide us with scientific data, research and their expert opinion on the articles we publish.

Cooper Mitchell

  • Owner, Garage Gym Reviews
  • Co-owner, Intentional Fitness

Cooper is a graduate of Missouri State University with a degree in Finance. He found his love for fitness while training for hockey, a sport he played with various teams throughout his career, including Lindenwood University, St. Louis AAA Blues, and the St. Louis Jr. Blues.

At IFP, Cooper focuses on the training layout and client experience. In addition to co-owning Intentional Fitness & Performance, Cooper runs the website and associated channels for Garage Gym Reviews

When not eating tacos or staring at a screen, Cooper can be found with his Wife Mollie, son Ezra, and dog ‘famous’ Amos.

Mike Masi

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the International Society of Sports Nutrition
  • Credentialed Orthopedic Specialist

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Sarah Faske

  • CrossFit Level 2
  • NCI Level 1 Nutrition Coach
  • Master of Science in Exercise Physiology

Sarah grew up competing in both gymnastics and dance. In 2010, she discovered her love for CrossFit, and has since gained over 9 years of coaching experience. Sarah has worked with young athletes as well as adults age 75+ in both group and personal settings.

After years of helping people attain physical health, she continued to notice a struggle for her clients within the hours outside of the gym. While training only addresses about 3% of their time, she challenged herself to create a program that would help clients master the other 97% as well. This passion led her to investing in more education and experience around nutrition.

Sarah is a Certified Nutrition Coaching Specialist and started her own remote Nutrition Coaching business in 2018. She also co-owns CrossFit Doors of Daring in North Carolina.

Jacob Penner

  • Owner, DOD Weightlifting Club
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach
  • NCSA Certified personal trainer
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Jacob is passionate about bringing out the best performances from others in a healthy, sustainable way. He has more than six years of experience in athletic leadership positions, including coaching competitive weightlifting. An athlete himself, he has been competing in weightlifting for about two years. He has coached athletes to both regional and national level events under his weightlifting clubs.

Prior to his extensive track and weightlifting coaching career, Jacob was a member of six state championship teams with the Marvin Ridge cross country and track and field programs.

Tristan Faure

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Master's degree in exercise physiology

Tristan is a former NCCAA D1 triathlete who graduated with a Master’s in exercise physiology. Tristan has 3 years of CrossFit coaching experience and 9 years of overall coaching experience. He now co-owns CrossFit Doors of Daring in Waxhaw, North Carolina.

Kate Meier

  • Senior Editor, Garage Gym Reviews
  • Co-Owner, CrossFit Doors of Daring
  • Certified USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach
  • Certified CrossFit Level 1 Coach

Kate has more than a decade of experience training both adults and children in some capacity, whether in CrossFit, boot camps or soccer. She has a deep-rooted passion for pushing people to achieve their goals. With a Level 1 certification from both USA Weightlifting and CrossFit, Kate now co-owns CrossFit Doors of Daring in Waxhaw, North Carolina.

Kate has been a fan of fitness nearly her entire life, starting when she was 4 years old doing Jazzercise in her living room with her mother at 5 a.m. She has been doing CrossFit as an athlete for six years and has competed in weightlifting for three years. Prior to finding the barbell, Kate was a runner who raced full and half marathons. She played soccer year-round for about 15 years, including playing competitive club soccer in college.

Anya Perry

  • Certified Primal Health Coach
  • Certified USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach
  • Certified CrossFit Level 1 Coach

Anya grew up in Soviet Russia and left home after getting her college degree by age 19. She went to the best musical Academy in Moscow, Russia, and immigrated to the US in 2010.

Barely speaking the language, she put myself through school and 3.5 years later graduated from Clarkson University with honors. In 2016, she became a certified Primal Health coach and took up the sport of weightlifting.

Since then, she has helped thousands of women via private coaching, virtual summits, and other programs to become the unstoppable badasses they always wanted to be.

TJ Mentus

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Trainer
  • Paul Chek Holistic Life Coach Level 1
  • Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist

TJ has been a personal trainer for 6 years. He fell in love with working out as a way to change for sports as a teenager. During his college years he began to seek out more knowledge of health and fitness and eventually became so passionate about the field he decided to pursue it as a career. Fitness had been a huge part of his growth as a person and his goal was to use fitness as a vehicle for others to also improve their lives overall.

When training clients he wants to help build up their bodies so that they are prepared for the physical challenges of life. Making sure movement patterns are good and improved upon first, then building strength, muscle and conditioning to get the body performing the best it can physically.

For his own fitness he focuses on training to compete in CrossFit and weightlifting competition which he has been competing in for over 2 years.