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Paul Herberger

Beginning his career as a professional skier on the Freeskiing World Tour, Paul switched to triathlon after retiring from big lines and big air. Paul competed in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Zell Am See-Kaprun, Austria in 2015 and is an IRONMAN Certified Coach, Level 2 ASCA Swim Coach, and a NASM-certified Corrective Exercise Specialist. Paul is the head coach at Epic Athletics, recruiting, guiding and mentoring the training and coaching staff. Paul is the coach of Epic BZN Triathlon and provides fitness and triathlon coaching for individuals and racers virtually and in person in Bozeman. Paul holds a BS in Kinesiology from Montana State University and consults for fitness and health-oriented start-ups.

For more information, contact Paul at paul@epicathleticsbzn.com.

Joe Bergantine

Joe Bergantine has been a cyclist since childhood, ripping the trails south of Bozeman on an original Schwinn when they were still little more than horse paths. With a decade of yoga practice experience, Joe is a USAC Level 3 Cycling Coach, Yoga Alliance RYT200 Certified yoga instructor, RealRyder Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor, CyclingFusion Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor and CyclingFusion HeartZones Certified heart-rate based training instructor. Joe leads cycling and yoga classes at Epic while keeping things functioning behind the scenes. Contact Joe at joe@epicathleticsbzn.com.

Nikki Kimball

Nikki Kimball’s professional running career spans more than a decade and a half and includes wins at the most prestigious ultramarathons and stage races in the world. She’s been a multi-time member of three separate US Nation Teams: ultramarathon, mountain running and snowshoe racing. She has 11 national championship titles and has been named Ultrarunning of the Year for both Ultrarunning North America and USATF three times each. She has appeared in several films and is the star of the multiple award-winning documentary, Finding Traction, which can be found on Montana PBS, YouTube and Netflix. When not running or coaching she is a physical therapist at Clearwater Physical Therapy where she specializes in the treatment of injured runners.

Nikki is one of only four RRCA certified coaches in Montana and coaches individuals and groups both online and onsite. For more information, contact Nikki directly at nikki@epicathleticsbzn.com.

Jackie Autio

Jackie Autio has always considered herself to be an athlete; from a very young age it was instilled upon her that leading a healthy and active lifestyle was of paramount importance. It was this innate passion within her, coupled with the desire to help and motivate others that propelled her into a life of fitness. Jackie is an AFPA-certified Group Fitness instructor, RYT200 certified yoga instructor and is MRF on the Barre certified.

Mike Tarantino

"Mikey T." as we affectionately call him, graduated from Montana State University in 2015 with a degree in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in Exercise Science. During his time at MSU he studied applied sports biomechanics and adaptations of anaerobic exercise abroad in Salzburg, Austria. Mike is a certified personal trainer and performance enhancement specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has been training since 2011. His training revolves around the motto of “Just Keep Moving” and focuses on progressing through fundamental movement patterns. Outside of the studio, Mike plays club soccer in Bozeman and is an avid fly fisherman and disc golf junkie.

Jen Cade

Jen has been active her whole life. Starting in school, she was a cross country runner, and a cheerleader. In 2006 she ran and completed the Bridger Ridge run. She worked at Golds Gym where she had been a active member taking the group fitness classes. During her 6 years of employment she was the daycare manager and became a BODYPUMP instructor. Gold's became Access Fitness where she became the General Manager, Group Fitness Manager and taught several different classes. In the past 6 years she completed numerous trainings and advanced trainings through LesMills. Her passion of teaching group fitness encouraged her to become the owner of the Lesmills portion inside of Epic. Jen is an advanced Les Mills instructor, certified in BODYPUMP, GRIT, SPRINT and CXWORX. Her LesMills classes are being taught and coached with top-of-the-line smart tech equipment. She is actively studying to receive her personal training certification through NASM.

Melissa Carter

Melissa found her love of fitness through running. She has competed in several races in the area including the Jim Bridger trail run. Running led to weight lifting where she trained and competed in the NPC bodybuilding competition. Melissa's passion is fitness and wanting to help others which is what brought her to Les Mills. She is now an advanced instructor in Les Mills Body Pump as well as CX Worx, Sprint and Grit.

Dylan Gillespie

Dylan Gillespie, grew up with a passion for exercise in all forms. He found the sport of triathlon in 2009 which lead to him joining the swim team his sophomore year, breaking high school swim records in the 50-yard freestyle. Dylan continues racing triathlon competitively while looking to find his greatest potential in the sport. Dylan is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has been coaching endurance athletes since 2011. Dylan is a gifted bike mechanic and formerly worked as a volunteer firefighter.

Angie Kelley

Angie Kelley has been working in the Fitness Industry for over 20 years. She taught her first classes to over 70 of her peers in a packed gymnasium at MSU back when Step Aerobics was cool. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Montana State University in Exercise Science and studied her Masters in Exercise Adherence at The University of Tasmania – Australia. Angie has worked in all areas of health club management and has taught Cycling, Zumba, kickboxing, Step, HIIT, Kettle Bell, and Foundation Training. In her free time, you’ll find Angie hiking or running mountain trails with friends and her dog. She has completed several running events including: Jim Bridger, Bangtail Divide, and Headwaters Relay. She never wins any of these races but she’s always wearing a smile and enjoying every step of the journey.