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.

Kevin Wallingford NSCA-CPT, SFG, Crossfit Level 1

Kevin moved to Lander in the Fall of 2012 to pursue his passion for rock climbing. Being both an avid climber and crossfit junkie, he has gained valuable knowledge pertaining to both sport specific and general fitness programs.  He enjoys climbing, cross training, and anything in the great outdoors.  Whether it’s mastering your sport or increasing your overall fitness, if you’re willing to work hard, Kevin is willing to help you attain your fitness goals. You can contact him at kevin@elementalgym.com





Charlie Manganiello SFG II

Charlie started at Elemental Performance + Fitness in early 2011.  It was his first job when he moved to Lander from New Hampshire.  After a couple of years working the front desk he decided to pursue personal training and coaching, earning his level 2 SFG coaching certificate. Charlie now heads the Elemental Strength program.  He enjoys backcountry skiing, climbing, running, and strength training.  Charlie offers programs which include general fitness, strength training, and climbing training.  He is available for early mornings and evenings.  Contact him at charlie@elementalgym.com.





Emily Tilden NSCA-CPT

Emily is a trainer specializing in sport specific programming, interval training, metabolic and strength programs. She has been a Nordic ski coach at Lander Valley High School since 2007 where she has gained years of experience coaching both beginner and elite level athletes. As a former collegiate Nordic skier at Montana State University, she has significant training experience as a top level athlete. Her personal interests include long distance trail running, yoga, weightlifting, backcountry and Nordic skiing. Emily believes that every athlete, whether new to a sport or a veteran, benefits from continued focus on developing efficient movements, identifying and improving weaknesses and finding fun in the challenge of it all. You can contact Emily at emily@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






Steve Bechtel SFG II, 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 nearly twenty years.

He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and holds a degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Wyoming. Steve is an SFG II, 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