Our Staff

Julia Karlstad, M.Ed., NSCA-CSCS, ISSA-SFN

Founder & President, JKFITNESS, LLC

San Antonio Location

I’m Julia Karlstad and I am the President and Founder of JKFITNESS, LLC. I have worked in the fitness industry and specifically the medical wellness community for several years. I hold over fourteen years of experience developing, implementing and directing exercise, education and training programs within medical based programs and facilities. I am extremely passionate about helping people change their lives through fitness. My business, JKFITNESS, LLC, is a specialized personal training and wellness studio. We perform metabolic assessments, provide nutritional programs, outline individualized exercise prescriptions, and lead individualized and small group personal training sessions…all while focusing on a long-term lifestyle approach to complete wellness. I have a Master of Education in Exercise Science as well as a Bachelor of Science in Basic Sciences from the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). I have authored two books about exercise as it relates to weight loss, “Rx Fitness for Weight Loss: The Medically Sound Solution to Get Fit and Save Your Life” and “Bariatric Fitness for Your New Life”. Additionally, I’ve been published in numerous periodicals and was featured with one of my clients on TLC’s “My 600 Pound Life” reality show. In 2013, I was voted Reader’s Choice “Best Personal Trainer” and in 2012 I was the “Featured Personal Trainer” on the cover of San Antonio Express’ Trends Magazine. I have a knack for motivating and excel in speaking platforms. I’ve been a guest speaker for several events and organizations to include: American College of Surgeons Annual Convention, Texas Association of Bariatric Surgeons Weight Loss Summit, Obesity Help Conference, Obesity Action Coalition’s Your Weight Matters National Annual Convention, Baptist Vascular Update Conference, the American Diabetes Expo, Methodist Health for Life Support Group, the Neurology Institute of San Antonio, the American Cancer Society and the Northern Arizona University Athletic Department. Before owning my own business, I personally developed and directed an exercise physiology program that consisted of two bariatric hospitals and three medically supervised weight loss clinics. I also spent ten years active duty in the United States Air Force and was an intercollegiate NCAA Division I athlete for the women’s basketball team at USAFA. I hold three nationally recognized fitness certifications and constantly pursue venues to further my formal education. I’m CPR/AED certified and I’m an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the American Diabetic Association and the Obesity Action Coalition.

Kimberly Black, E-RYT 200/RYT 500, YACEP, AFAA-CFT

Health & Fitness Professional

San Antonio Location

I’m Kimberly Black and my passion for health and fitness has spanned throughout my entire life. I have always led an active lifestyle; playing sports, as well as coaching and refereeing in high school. This passion led me to obtain my Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Exercise Science from UTSA. While in college, I began to attend yoga classes and realized what an amazing affect it has on both physical and mental health. I have now been practicing yoga for over a decade. Upon completion of my bachelor’s degree, I decided I wanted to study yoga more in depth and I began my training to become a 200-hour registered yoga teacher. During my study I was able to link my passion for health and fitness with the yoga aspects of mind, body, and spirit.

My love for yoga has grown infinitely and is why I ultimately decided to continue my yoga training and am now a 500-hour yoga teacher and yoga continuing education provider.  I thoroughly enjoy spreading the message of self-acceptance, mindfulness, and self-awareness.

Kelseia Hertzog, M.S., ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, RYT 200

Health & Fitness Professional

San Antonio Location

Hi, I’m Kelseia Hertzog. My love for the Health and Fitness industry started over 10 years ago. From my days as a cheerleader and weight lifting team member, I was able to explore different variations of exercise. This was the start of pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and later a Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology. My time as a graduate student and Exercise Physiologist gifted me the opportunity to work with many special populations and through this gave me the confidence to train anyone with any condition.

I am an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist with an Exercise is Medicine level 2 credential. I hold a Basic Zumba certification and I am a 200-hour registered yoga instructor. I love being able to offer my clients different forms of exercise and educating them on the importance of having a balance between strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility type workouts. I truly love what I do!

Kieran Loving, CSCS, ATC, FMS

Health & Fitness Professional

San Antonio Location

My name is Kieran Loving and I have been involved in health and fitness since 2003. I graduated in 2008 with a B.S. in Athletic Training and minor in exercise science from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. I hold multiple certifications including the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from NSCA, Texas Medical license in Athletic Training, Functional Movement Screen, and the National BOC certification in Athletic Training. I have been involved with all ages and fitness levels and enjoy the difference I can make in a person’s personal journey. I enjoyed my time as a health and physical education teacher and athletic trainer in Virginia for 10 years as well as working in a fitness and performance facility the past 3 years! I love helping people achieve their goals. I am a proud husband and father of 2 boys that keep me busy with their athletic competitions on the weekends.

Annalaura Gary

Nutrition & Fitness Professional

San Antonio Location

My name is Annalaura Gary I’ve been passionate about nutrition for almost 20 years. I began my nutritional training working with primates at Southwest Research.  This passion continued throughout the years with the drive to learn more.  I love educating individuals on the importance of nutrition through a lifetime.  My passion is nutrition for the whole family. I graduated with my Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Schreiner University in 2008. In 2010, I received my Health Coach certification and continued on to complete my Master’s of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition in 2020.  While in school both my daughter and I received Celiac diagnoses which brought the importance and dangers of certain foods home.  I love working with individuals to find the solution to their alignments through food and watching them thrive.

Leonardo Gonzalez Health and Fitness Professional, ISSA Certified Personal Trainer

Nutrition & Fitness Professional

San Antonio Location

Hello, I’m Leonardo Gonzalez. My passion for health and fitness started in high school where I played football and trained in the strength and conditioning programs. Through college, I trained with powerlifting style programs and currently train for and compete in strongman events. I have a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of the Incarnate Word. I am an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer as well as an ISSA Specialist in Strength and Conditioning. I have experience working with and educating various age groups such as coaching youth football, assisting in strength and conditioning programs for high school athletes, and have taught conditioning classes for industrial athletes in a manufacturing setting. I also have experience as a PT technician in a Physical Therapy clinic. I enjoy working with and motivating people to help them achieve their goals.

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