Our Team



Our Team


Sarah Giboney

Owner/Personal Trainer/Pilates Instructor


I believe that a healthy lifestyle is the catalyst to a happy life. Experience has proven to me that there is a SAFE ENTRY point for all persons when it comes to physical activity and as the owner/operator and head personal trainer at Foundation Fitness I am dedicated to helping my members find this point. I not only provide a comfortable environment, our personal training and fitness classes utilize approaches that incorporate appropriate physical activity, moderate nutrition practices and rest so my clients improve their health outcomes, vitatlity and longevity.

My facility does not cater to the body builder, but rather to regular folks like myself who are not athletes or fitness models. I provide Foundational and Functional Fitness equipment and classes that provide options for all persons to be active no matter your strengths or limitations. The space is never over crowded, always clean and has other members just like you – just like me. Those seeking a healthy lifestyle without extreme approaches in a space they feel comfortable. We offer a 3 day Free Trial to allow you to try before you buy. Don’t let your dislike of average gyms keep you from walking in the door. So many members mention – “I thought I hated gyms. Not this one!”

Along with the memberships, we offer personal and small group training. My clients find that I have a valuable perspective to share as I am no stranger to the obstacles and setbacks that our culture can bring both physically and emotionally. Proper nutrition and physical activity have not always been a part of my daily life. I took a leap of faith when I left my secure career to pursue this dream of being a fitness professional and have found that there is no substitute for seeing members and clients reach goals and feel great about themselves. By sharing my knowledge, experiences and ideas to help others achieve higher levels of well being, I too improve my happiness. It’s a cycle that I thrive on…you will too.

My education includes a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business and Health Promotion and various fitness instruction certifications including TRX Suspension Training. I’ve worked with over 200 clients over the past 8 years and my first client is still a current client. I am Type I Diabetic which opens me up to helping others like working to manage their blood sugar and their loved ones understand the disease and use healthy habits to improve our health outcomes. I have experience working with persons with sight limitations, hearing limitations, memory issues/dementia/Alzheimer’s, hip and knee replacements, general posture issues and cancer surviors, as well as, folks interested in losing weight, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.

I’m open to working with ANY person who wants to improve their health. My fitness approach is All Things in Moderation and I promise you we’ll work together to find your healthy balance. I want to help you make feeling great a reality.

Feel free to reach me by phone or email anytime – I would love to hear from you!

Be Happy!

Sarah Giboney
816-810-9931
sarah@foundationfitnessbriarcliff.com

Sarah Giboney

Owner/Personal Trainer/Pilates Instructor

I believe that a healthy lifestyle is the catalyst to a happy life. Experience has proven to me that there is a SAFE ENTRY point for all persons when it comes to physical activity and as the owner/operator and head personal trainer at Foundation Fitness I am dedicated to helping my members find this point. I not only provide a comfortable environment, our personal training and fitness classes utilize approaches that incorporate appropriate physical activity, moderate nutrition practices and rest so my clients improve their health outcomes, vitatlity and longevity.

My facility does not cater to the body builder, but rather to regular folks like myself who are not athletes or fitness models. I provide Foundational and Functional Fitness equipment and classes that provide options for all persons to be active no matter your strengths or limitations. The space is never over crowded, always clean and has other members just like you – just like me. Those seeking a healthy lifestyle without extreme approaches in a space they feel comfortable. We offer a 3 day Free Trial to allow you to try before you buy. Don’t let your dislike of average gyms keep you from walking in the door. So many members mention – “I thought I hated gyms. Not this one!”

Along with the memberships, we offer personal and small group training. My clients find that I have a valuable perspective to share as I am no stranger to the obstacles and setbacks that our culture can bring both physically and emotionally. Proper nutrition and physical activity have not always been a part of my daily life. I took a leap of faith when I left my secure career to pursue this dream of being a fitness professional and have found that there is no substitute for seeing members and clients reach goals and feel great about themselves. By sharing my knowledge, experiences and ideas to help others achieve higher levels of well being, I too improve my happiness. It’s a cycle that I thrive on…you will too.

My education includes a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business and Health Promotion and various fitness instruction certifications including TRX Suspension Training. I’ve worked with over 200 clients over the past 8 years and my first client is still a current client. I am Type I Diabetic which opens me up to helping others like working to manage their blood sugar and their loved ones understand the disease and use healthy habits to improve our health outcomes. I have experience working with persons with sight limitations, hearing limitations, memory issues/dementia/Alzheimer’s, hip and knee replacements, general posture issues and cancer surviors, as well as, folks interested in losing weight, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.

I’m open to working with ANY person who wants to improve their health. My fitness approach is All Things in Moderation and I promise you we’ll work together to find your healthy balance. I want to help you make feeling great a reality.

Feel free to reach me by phone or email anytime – I would love to hear from you!

Be Happy!

Sarah Giboney
816-810-9931
sarah@foundationfitnessbriarcliff.com


Kate Cookson

Personal Trainer/Class Instructor


If anyone is to blame for my career in the fitness industry it would have to be Billy Blanks and his life changing workout…Tae-Bo! I loved them so much that in 2001 I earned a group exercise certification and started teaching cardio-kickboxing. Thank you Billy!!!

Since that time I’ve earned additional certifications including Silver Sneakers, indoor cycling, boot camp, Yoga-Fit Level I and II, Zumba, and Barre, as well as, getting acquainted with the belly dancing community. I’m proud to say, I’ve shimmied my heart out at many Ethnic Enrichment festivals and those moves have made their way into my Zumba classes.

In 2006 I earned my personal trainer certification through the National Exercise Trainers Association allowing me to add one-on-one training with clients to my existing group fitness expertise. Overtime, I’ve focused less on group exercise and more on personal training. From 2011-2016 I worked in a corporate fitness facility creating individualized programs with a focus on injury prevention to counter the effects of repetitive motion.

After all of that, I’m happy to be back to teaching yoga and offering my unique training at Foundation Fitness.

Why do I do what I do? Because I know that exercise is the best medicine. It can almost instantly make someone feel better – even just 20 minutes can change your day. In addition to helping clients reach fitness goals with programs for weight loss, muscle gain, improved balance and cardiovascular health I offer myofasical release techniques (self massage with foam rollers and such) to keep my clients feeling their best.

*My philosophy*

No one can give health and fitness 100% of their attention 100% of the time. Our wellness journey swings back and forth like a pendulum. Sometimes we’re going towards vitality and better health. Sometimes we’re going away from it. My solution is to make peace with where you are. Looking back and comparing ourselves to others or our previous self won’t propel us forward. Lasting change begins by easing up on ourselves and accepting credit for all the steps we’ve taken in the right direction. Results from behavioral changes are often incremental but they do add up with time and consistency.

Let me help you reach your goals with a program tailored to fit your needs.
It just takes one phone call!

Kate

Kate Cookson

Personal Trainer/Class Instructor

If anyone is to blame for my career in the fitness industry it would have to be Billy Blanks and his life changing workout…Tae-Bo! I loved them so much that in 2001 I earned a group exercise certification and started teaching cardio-kickboxing. Thank you Billy!!!

Since that time I’ve earned additional certifications including Silver Sneakers, indoor cycling, boot camp, Yoga-Fit Level I and II, Zumba, and Barre, as well as, getting acquainted with the belly dancing community. I’m proud to say, I’ve shimmied my heart out at many Ethnic Enrichment festivals and those moves have made their way into my Zumba classes.

In 2006 I earned my personal trainer certification through the National Exercise Trainers Association allowing me to add one-on-one training with clients to my existing group fitness expertise. Overtime, I’ve focused less on group exercise and more on personal training. From 2011-2016 I worked in a corporate fitness facility creating individualized programs with a focus on injury prevention to counter the effects of repetitive motion.

After all of that, I’m happy to be back to teaching yoga and offering my unique training at Foundation Fitness.

Why do I do what I do? Because I know that exercise is the best medicine. It can almost instantly make someone feel better – even just 20 minutes can change your day. In addition to helping clients reach fitness goals with programs for weight loss, muscle gain, improved balance and cardiovascular health I offer myofasical release techniques (self massage with foam rollers and such) to keep my clients feeling their best.

*My philosophy*

No one can give health and fitness 100% of their attention 100% of the time. Our wellness journey swings back and forth like a pendulum. Sometimes we’re going towards vitality and better health. Sometimes we’re going away from it. My solution is to make peace with where you are. Looking back and comparing ourselves to others or our previous self won’t propel us forward. Lasting change begins by easing up on ourselves and accepting credit for all the steps we’ve taken in the right direction. Results from behavioral changes are often incremental but they do add up with time and consistency.

Let me help you reach your goals with a program tailored to fit your needs.
It just takes one phone call!

Kate


Jenna

Front Desk Associate


Hi everyone! I’m Jenna, and I am at always at your service right here at the front desk. My goal is to consistently provide our members with the cleanest and friendliest gym in town, making sure we have the best environment to “get healthy.”

As an Occupational Therapy student, I view wellness on a mind, body and soul (or whole-person) spectrum, and Foundation Fitness is a gym that provides its members with resources to do just that. I am originally from the Chicago-land area, and moved to Kansas City a little over a year ago to continue my education.

Sarah has provided me the perfect part-time job while being a full-time graduate student, and the opportunity to promote wellness at the same time! Aside from school and work, I enjoy the food, drinks and constant activities that Kansas City has to offer. With that being said, I am always open to suggestions on the best places to grab a bite to eat, or to wind down with a drink–stop on in at the gym, and we can chat! 🙂 

Jenna

Front Desk Associate

Hi everyone! I’m Jenna, and I am at always at your service right here at the front desk. My goal is to consistently provide our members with the cleanest and friendliest gym in town, making sure we have the best environment to “get healthy.”

As an Occupational Therapy student, I view wellness on a mind, body and soul (or whole-person) spectrum, and Foundation Fitness is a gym that provides its members with resources to do just that. I am originally from the Chicago-land area, and moved to Kansas City a little over a year ago to continue my education.

Sarah has provided me the perfect part-time job while being a full-time graduate student, and the opportunity to promote wellness at the same time! Aside from school and work, I enjoy the food, drinks and constant activities that Kansas City has to offer. With that being said, I am always open to suggestions on the best places to grab a bite to eat, or to wind down with a drink–stop on in at the gym, and we can chat! 🙂 


Melodee Reigel

Yoga Instructor


After returning to the mid-west, having been spoiled by the moderate California weather and leading an active outdoor lifestyle, I found myself working out at that “gym I would never join”. Suprising even myself, the workout bug bit me and I now happlily combine the gym workouts with my outdoor pleasures which include cycling, walking, hiking, swimming and even fishing. Following a skydiving accident that required me to approach my workouts in a different manner I developed a great passion and desire to help others and have launched a career in leading group fitness. I am Piyo, R.I.P.P.E.D. and Zumba certified and I am currently pursuing other fitness certifications that will allow me to specialize in working with older adults, people with injuries or disabilities and the youth community. I am especially fond of coaching baseball which I did while my son was growing up and still enjoy giving a few lessons here and there and passing the knowledge onto my grandchildren.

Over the past few years I have done numerous 5Ks, 10Ks, sprint triathalons and duathalons. Following my injury, Yoga played a big role in overcoming my limitations and getting back on track. Because of that, I want to help others in the same manner it helped me and am now studying at KCFitnessLink, School of Yoga, Massage, Nutrition and Holistic Health and am leading Yoga practices here at Foundation Fitness in addition to my responsibilities in helping maintain a friendly, happy and clean atmosphere at this facility. One of the best kept in the city!!

I believe that athletes come in all shapes, sizes and ages and I encourage those new to fitness to remember that we were all there once so not to let that deter you from the feel good stuff working out can offer. I welcome walkers, hikers and cyclists and those interested in trying group fitness to join me regardless of experience level as I love to introduce newbies to these activities and watch their abilities and self-confidence grow.

Namaste`

Melodee Reigel

Melodee Reigel

Yoga Instructor

After returning to the mid-west, having been spoiled by the moderate California weather and leading an active outdoor lifestyle, I found myself working out at that “gym I would never join”. Suprising even myself, the workout bug bit me and I now happlily combine the gym workouts with my outdoor pleasures which include cycling, walking, hiking, swimming and even fishing. Following a skydiving accident that required me to approach my workouts in a different manner I developed a great passion and desire to help others and have launched a career in leading group fitness. I am Piyo, R.I.P.P.E.D. and Zumba certified and I am currently pursuing other fitness certifications that will allow me to specialize in working with older adults, people with injuries or disabilities and the youth community. I am especially fond of coaching baseball which I did while my son was growing up and still enjoy giving a few lessons here and there and passing the knowledge onto my grandchildren.

Over the past few years I have done numerous 5Ks, 10Ks, sprint triathalons and duathalons. Following my injury, Yoga played a big role in overcoming my limitations and getting back on track. Because of that, I want to help others in the same manner it helped me and am now studying at KCFitnessLink, School of Yoga, Massage, Nutrition and Holistic Health and am leading Yoga practices here at Foundation Fitness in addition to my responsibilities in helping maintain a friendly, happy and clean atmosphere at this facility. One of the best kept in the city!!

I believe that athletes come in all shapes, sizes and ages and I encourage those new to fitness to remember that we were all there once so not to let that deter you from the feel good stuff working out can offer. I welcome walkers, hikers and cyclists and those interested in trying group fitness to join me regardless of experience level as I love to introduce newbies to these activities and watch their abilities and self-confidence grow.

Namaste`

Melodee Reigel