Athlete of the Month


Coaches Nicky and Sierra nominated two of their long-term clients for Athlete of the Month. Alec Irion and Elaine Kasper work hard both in and out of the gym, and their coaches custom build programs for them that change as each athlete’s goals change and develop. We love to see our clients meet their goals while always having fun!

ASF South: Alec Irion

From Alec’s trainer, Nicky Trbovich:

Alec has been one of my longest clients, and the progress he has made over that time has been inspiring to witness. He has shown the utmost dedication to reaching his goals in and outside of the gym. When he is in the gym, his sessions are always a blast to be a part of, because of how he gives the proverbial 110%. He always comes in with a great attitude and never has a negative view towards anything. I want to congratulate Alec on all that he has accomplished in his fitness journey and personal life as well. He deserves every bit of success along the way and definitely deserves being May’s Athlete of the Month.



Alec had a few things to say about training with Nicky:

What do you enjoy most about training with your trainer/at ASF? My favorite thing about training with Nicky is his style of encouragement! He knows when I need an extra push and always holds me accountable to accomplish the goals we set. He also gave me the building blocks for a much healthier relationship with food, something I have struggled with my entire life.

What have you been most proud of since you started training? While I’m extremely proud of the 17 lbs lost over the past few months, I’m most proud of how Nicky has helped me completely rebuild my strength and stamina from scratch; two things that were lost during the pandemic.

What are you looking forward to? I’m already stronger and have more energy than I did last year, but I have every intention to keep making large strides in my overall health. I’m always cautiously looking forward to the personally-tailored programs that Nicky designs to kick my ass and make me stronger and healthier than I was yesterday.



ASF Central: Elaine Kasper

From Elaine’s trainer, Sierra Nevels:

Elaine is one of my clients who really “gets it.” Elaine is a runner (marathoner, now wants to focus on short distances) who came to me with goals in mind, and one very important goal was to stay healthy! Which comes slim to none for most marathon or even average joe runners. Why? Because they don’t prioritize strength training to compliment all the pounding they do day in and day out.

I say Elaine gets it because she understands this isn’t just me her coach telling her what to do; she also understands she has to continue to do her own work outside of me. I.e., communicating with me and her running coach, taking care of her body outside of the weight room with me and outside of running with her running coach. She gets it, she doesn’t wait to be told to do things, she does things on her own, proudly taking ownership of her own success as well, not JUST me. Which makes her unstoppable and is how you keep making progress.

Elaine is the perfect client. I’ve been training her for 4 years plus now, and she’s only getting better and better every training session. Cheers to more years and more races!

Here’s what Elaine had to say about Sierra:

What do you enjoy most about training with your trainer/at ASF? ASF is an incredibly supportive, welcoming, and caring community of athletes and trainers who have been so fun to get to know. I love training with Sierra. She is super smart and focuses on my athletic goals outside of the gym as she plans and tracks my workouts, quickly making any necessary adjustments. The 30-minute sessions are perfect, enabling me to accomplish so much and easily fit it into my schedule! I also appreciate Sierra’s commitment to continuing her education as she stays up-to-date to best support and train her athletes.

What have you been most proud of since you started training? I started training with Sierra about 4 years ago after signing up for my first marathon and hoping to stay injury free. I completed that first marathon (!!!!), qualifying for Boston and NYC, which I’ve run since. In the gym, I cannot believe that I can actually do a pull-up – something I never thought possible for me!! It is fun to work towards lifting heavier weights and I absolutely believe that doing so translates to my becoming less fatigued on longer runs.

What are you looking forward to? I am excited to see how Sierra will adjust my training as I’m now working on some different running goals. I’m also looking forward to training in ASF’s beautiful new gym with the extra space and new equipment!