The Fitness Branch Team
All our instructors are SFG or RKC certified professionals. This means that we value form and technique at the highest level. Come experience a smart way to fitness!
Meet our team!
All Kettlebell coaches are SFG or RKC certified instructors. This means that we value Kettlebell form and technique at the highest level!
The Fitness Branch is run by Kettlebell fanatic Leandra Branch and her husband, who also caught the Kettlebell bug, Benjamin Howard.
The Fitness Branch offers clients a one-of-a-kind personal experience with expertise that goes beyond making you sweat! We believe that within a fun, supportive, inspirational and educated environment anyone can exceed their goals and become a healthier, stronger version of themselves.
LEANDRA BRANCH, Founder & Head Coach
Our founder and head coach Leandra Branch has a love for creating beautiful movement! Having a background in Physical Therapy and a Bachelors of Science with an emphasis in Integrative Physiology, she specializes in injury prevention and movement rehabilitation. Her clients not only get a great workout but also increase their range of motion and flexibility as well... essentially, they learn to move with quality!
Leandra received her Russian Kettlebell Certification (RKC) in April of 2013. Graduating with recognition, she was immediately asked to assist future certifications, a true honor! Through the years Leandra has created a name for herself in the Kettlebell world and in Denver! She is the gal that other trainers seek to learn Kettlebell technique!
BENJAMIN HOWARD, Co-owner & Coach
Ben completed his RKC 2016, after years of attending his wife's classes he finally took the plunge! The years of handwork paid off, Ben graduated top of his certification for his technique and ability to coach! Ben is an ex athlete and had many aches and pains from over trained muscles paired with a few years of letting it all go. Training at TFB has balanced out his muscular train not only making those aches and pains go completely away but also put Ben in the best shape of his life!
Ben is known for his energy and is always coming up with new and inventive workouts that will keep you guessing. You will be sure to have fun and get your booty kicked in the best way possible!
SAMI POWERS, Kettlebell Coach
Sami began training with kettlebells in 2008. She loved the intensity and effectiveness of kettlebell workouts from the first time she touched a bell. Sami began training with Leandra soon after having her first child in 2014 and has been impressed at the physical transformation of her body through two pregnancies, births, and recoveries. Sami has always been a student of form and got her StrongFirst SFG I Kettlebell Certification to begin teaching in 2017.
Sami loves participating in and teaching classes. She enjoys encouraging people to think about movement to train efficiently and effectively through thoughtful form and meaningful function. She loves to push people to perform at the next level.
SAM MALONE, Kettlebell Coach
Sam's Kettlebell relationship got serious until about 4 years ago when she found The Fitness Branch and Leandra! She was immediately drawn to the warmth and camaraderie of The Fitness Branch community. Sam loves how strong (and badass) kettlebells make her feel, as well as seeing her overall fitness increase substantially. Sam completed her StrongFirst SFG 1 in the summer of 2017. She became a coach because she wants to help others increase their strength and find their inner badass too!
Sam's passion for bells and coaching shows in her classes. She will go out of her way to make you feel welcome and is always up for grabbing a cup of coffee after class!
SABRINA REEVES, Yoga Goddess
Yoga has been a part of Sabrina’s life for over a decade, and is known for her authentic, fun, and uplifting teaching style. She believes yoga is for everyone (not just the super flexible people!) and encompasses this philosophy in her teaching. Her classes encourage growth of the physical and spiritual self by fostering powerful mind body connections through breath.
She completed her 250-Hour Power Vinyasa Yoga Certification at CorePower Yoga in Denver, Colorado and is a member of the Yoga Alliance. Additionally, Sabrina holds a Yoga Sculpt Certification and specializes in building strength and flexibility.
MR. BALOO, Moral Support Coach
Mr. Baloo is our mascot and loves visiting his TFB family ! He enjoys hanging out in his "spot" enjoying the air conditioning and dosing off while we sweat it out! Baloo is known to greet his favorites and ignore new members, don't worry he warms up to you the more you visit!
If you're not into dogs we understand! Baloo would love to stay home and take the day off, just let your coach know.