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Since elementary school John Gunn has been involved in athletics. Whether it was peewee football or baseball, college rugby, cycling, yoga, ultra-running, and even a brief bout of amateur MMA, he has always found it important to not only maintain a physically active lifestyle and a competitive mentality, but to constantly challenge himself while learning new skills along the way, and this is the same attitude he brings to his workouts.

John studied Kinesiology and Human Performance at the University of Wisconsin and is currently certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Personal Trainer.

He is the founder of Forward Strength & Fitness and teaches group classes 5 days/week as well as private training sessions throughout San Diego County.

trail running, ultramarathon

If you've been to a Forward group class or event, it's very likely that you've met Trish; and if you did, you would certainly remember her.


She is constantly working behind-the-scenes to promote and grow our small community in any way she can, from marketing and outreach to event planning and operations. She is hardworking, endlessly encouraging, and if you find yourself working out next to her, you'll catch her dancing between sets. 

She and John share a life, a home, and a couple of dogs in Golden Hill.

Alyson Lebeau has been a practicing Massage Therapist and Bodyworker for thirteen years, a Registered Yoga Teacher for three and a Fitness Instructor for one. She has a passion for all things related to the health, wellness and longevity of the human body. Her classes are feel-good, alignment-based and powered by her extensive knowledge of anatomy.


As Newton's law of inertia states, "a body in motion stays in motion." She believes there's never been a more important time than now to cultivate strength and awareness of both body and mind. 

Alyson teaches yoga with us and regularly hosts special workshops centered around recovery and self-care.

alyson, yoga instructor

Lolo Rowley has been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching for 5. She studied vipassana meditation in Lumbini, Nepal (birthplace of the Buddha) and iyengar yoga in the foothills of the Himalayas in Dharamshala, India (home of the Dalai Lama).


She has a deep appreciation for traditional yoga practice but also loves a good workout. She will be guiding us through iyengar-inspired sessions to activate the fascia and cleanse the nervous system. If you're not familiar with iyengar, its emphasis is on detail, precision, and alignment in the performance of yoga postures. This class is designed specifically to complement a week of workouts by adding length and strength.

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