Our Coaches

There are a variety of personal trainers and fitness coaches out there. In our quest to give the very best service possible, we do extensive in-house coach training as well as national level certifications and testing. When an individual hires a fitness professional, it’s usually because they’ve tried everything they could think of to get fit, and nothing worked. That’s why it is critical that a coach provide the utmost in expertise, motivation, and safety. That’s why a coach needs to get results.

Our trainers are the most educated and experienced in Lander. Our programs, both for performance and weight-loss, are second to none.

Mandy Pohja NSCA-CPT

Mandy is a personal trainer with experience in metabolic, strength, and sport-specific training plans. She enjoys the challenge of helping others reach their fitness goals with hard work and good style. Once a collegiate pole valuter, Mandy’s pursuits now include climbing, skiing, cycling, hiking, and nutrition. You can reach her at mandy@elementalgym.com



Sylvia Carl NSCA-CPT

Sylvia is a Certified Personal Trainer and certified yoga instructor at the 500 hour level through D’ana Baptiste and has been teaching for 4 years.  She has been practicing yoga, climbing, and running for more than 15 years and has recently taken up bike touring and triathlons. Contact Sylvia at sylvia@elementalgym.com





Ellen Bechtel NSCA-CPT

Ellen is the managing trainer at Elemental and is a Certified Personal Trainer with the NSCA. She is an avid climber and runner, and specializes in weight-loss programs, training for seniors, and coaching endurance athletes. She can be contacted at ellen@elementalgym.com




Lee Brown NSCA-CPT

Lee has been with Elemental Performance + Fitness since 2006. He been running and working out most of his life. He is an accomplished backcountry skier and trail runner. Lee is available for fat loss training, athletic development, and specializes in ski-specific programs. He is available for personal coaching any time including early mornings and late evenings. Contact him at lee@elementalgym.com




Jagoe Warren CMT, NSCA-CPT

Jagoe has been training at Elemental since February 2008.  She holds certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and USA Weightlifting.

Jagoe offers personal training, small group training, individualized off-site training programs and personal flexibility coaching. Her personal pursuits are cycling and running. Please contact her with any questions at jagoe@elementalgym.com

Steve Bechtel CSCS

Steve Bechtel is a strength coach and personal trainer. The founder of Elemental Performance + Fitness, Steve specializes in helping even the most challenged individuals move toward their weight-loss goals. Using training plans built around his clients’ schedules and nutritional preferences, he has helped people with fat loss for over fifteen years.

He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and holds a degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Wyoming. Steve is a USA Weightlifting Certified Coach, a USA Cycling Elite-level coach, and has been coaching triathlon for nearly 15 years as a USAT-certified coach. A world-renowned expert in the training of rock climbers, he coaches many top-level climbers and writes extensively on climbing training at the website Climb Strong. Steve offers training consultation and specialized / long-distance coaching. Please call or email for prices. He can be contacted at steve@elementalgym.com