Meet the team
MEET THE TEAM:
Aaron Anthonsen is the owner and head coach of GYMGUYZ Peachtree, and is certified as a personal trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association. He first gained a passion for fitness while serving in the military, where he started coaching friends in his spare time. Aaron loves to challenge his clients with the GYMGUYZ methodologies, incorporating experience with individual and group strength training, boot camps, obstacle course races, circuit training, and running. Aaron earned his Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. He is a veteran, flying Navy SEAHAWK (H-60) helicopters for several years, and is still active with the Navy Reserve. When he’s not training, Aaron enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, or playing guitar.
Deanna Smith is an ACE certified personal trainer and worked in the fitness industry for over 8 years before joining the GYMGUYZ team. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Georgia Southwestern State University.
Deanna was a Fitness Specialist at Upson Regional Medical Center in Thomaston, GA before launching an independent gym specializing in women’s fitness that she owned and operated for over five years. Deanna believes creativity and variety in workouts is the key to success, and she loves to employ GYMGUYZ methodologies with multiple approaches including circuits, boot camps, interval training, and many others. When she’s not training clients, Deanna enjoys running events and spending time with family.
Samantha Drake is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer. She earned a degree in Nutritional Science and Health from Arkansas State University. While a student at ASU, Samantha competed in intramural sports and competitive rock climbing. From a young age Samantha has been passionate about participating in a variety of sports. Now she brings that same passion to the GYMGUYZ team and looks forward to bringing a deep understanding of the importance of good nutrition and fitness to each GYMGUYZ client. She believes that “food is fuel” and that health and fitness, is about balance and variety. When she’s not training clients, Samantha enjoys getting outside, watching basketball, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.
Brandi joined the GYMGUYZ team in 2016 as a licensed massage therapist specializing in Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Sports Massage. She is a firm believer that massage therapy is the tool to good health and wellness.
Brandi earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Xavier University of Louisiana, and earned her license in Massage Therapy from the Atlanta School of Massage after completing 750 hours of classroom and clinical instruction. She uses her knowledge and practical experience of message therapy to make her GYMGUYZ clients feel relaxed during each hour long session.
Brandi’s passion is to help her clients feel better in their own skin. If you are living with pain or just need to relax and relieve some stress, you can enjoy the same massage techniques that her GYMGUYZ clients enjoy every day. Brandi will provide an awesome massage that will nourish your body and make you feel rejuvenated!
Originally from south suburban Chicago, IL, Brandi is happy to be living in the warm state of Georgia since 2011. Brandi lives in Newnan with her two children and adventurous terrier. She enjoys reading, traveling, dancing and spending quality time with family.