Meet Coach Clarissa
Clarissa Gannon is the owner of the online coaching company, Vegan Fit For Life and is a multiple-times certified fitness and nutrition coach.
Clarissa founded Vegan Fit for Life in 2014 and has over a decade of experience in the fitness industry. Clarissa founded Vegan Fit for Life as a result of her experience in the fitness industry and the observation of just how broken it is. After Clarissa made the decision to incorporate a vegan lifestyle to help some health and digestive issues in 2017, it became quite apparent that this - the vegan community - needed real information and real nutritional strategies.
As a result, Vegan Fit for Life has become a main source of nutritional information for not only the general population, but also for the vegan competitive athlete. Clarissa holds several specialist certifications and she implements full integration of health in all nutritional protocols.
Clarissa herself is an avid competitor in the NPC as well as mother to four amazing children (young adults) and wife to an entrepreneur. Residing in sunny New Mexico, she helps women around the world achieve lasting success.
Meet Coach Maria
Maria Rose first discovered yoga in college. She practiced off and on for years while finishing her undergraduate and graduate degrees, becoming a mother, and pursuing a career in the arts. In 2018 Maria Rose was in a car accident that left her with a back injury and a fear for her long-term mobility. Initially practicing yoga at home as a part of her recovery, Maria Rose eventually wanted to take it to the next level.
In 2021, she started Yoga Teacher Training at the New Mexico School of Yoga under the direction of Maria Garré. Maria completed her 200-hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training and immediately continued her education. She is set to complete her 500 Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training in the fall of 2022. Maria teaches private, online, and group classes while continuing her yogic education.
Maria’s approach to yoga remains ever focused on connecting the mind, body, and spirit. Her Ayurvedic classes are created to suit the individual and the season. You can expect to find a balance between hard work and gentle connection to self.
Meet Coach Hanah
Hi, I'm Hanah! I love camping in my converted van, hiking with my dogs, and creating unique, healthy recipes that everyone can enjoy. I used to call Dallas, Texas my home, but in June 2023, I made a new home in Colorado Springs with my boyfriend and two sweet pups.
With a bachelor's degree in food and nutrition and a 500-hour certification in Ayurvedic digestion, I bring a holistic/ root cause approach to wellness.
I've been through burnout, spending two hours in the gym every day, seven days a week, while restricting myself to under 1000 calories and doing excessive cardio. But I realized that the societal notion of working out to become smaller wasn't aligned with the best version of myself. So, I changed my mindset. I shifted to lifting heavy weights, embracing self-love, and nourishing my body with more food. I fell in love with the process of becoming the strongest version of myself.
Now, my mission is clear: I want to help women discover their strength, boost body confidence, and establish healthy relationships with food. It's all about finding balance and living a fulfilling life!
Meet Coach Melissa Love
Hi, I’m Melissa Love.
I’m a Holistic Nutritionist and a Plant Based Chef.
My interest in nutrition started when I was first introduced to a plant based lifestyle, 30 years ago. I had been suffering with various autoimmune issues and I had immediately noticed a difference in my health once I changed my diet. I had also, gratefully, grown up in a household where I was exposed to an array of delicious Italian foods, much of it plant based by default. This inspired me to use food as my creative outlet, and also led me on a path to study wellness and the powers that plants have to heal us.
Over the last few decades I have worked in professional kitchens crafting creative plant-based cuisine. Seeking a new challenge, I moved on to product development in the organic food and beverage sectors, and have developed products for some of the top wellness companies in the US.
Through my development work, I realized that my real passion was in working with people to improve their health, to teach them how to heal themselves. In my quest for knowledge, I earned a degree in Natural Health and Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health, and received certifications in Plant Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies at Cornell University and in Holistic Nutrition from Pacific Rim College. I am currently studying Herbal Medicine through the Integrative Health and Medicine Specialization at University of Minnesota.
I love sharing my wealth of knowledge, and am excited to invite clients into a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.
Meet Coach Kayla
My name is Kayla.
I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer with a specialization in Golf Fitness (GFS) and Youth Exercise (YES).
I fell in love with fitness about seven years ago, when I stepped into a gym for the very first time and met Clarissa. After struggling with my own weight for so many years, I decided to set an example for my kids and take the plunge by working with a personal trainer. I was able to get my weight and health under control with guidance and support.
After a couple of years working in a gym, I decided to take the next step by becoming certified myself. I love helping people feel better, both physically and mentally and I am very excited to start this new journey with Vegan Fit For Life!