Founded by Erin Peterson, FemTribe is one of the most respected health and wellness brands for women in the field.

 

My name is Erin Peterson and I currently live in Denver, CO. I moved to Denver four years ago because I was dancing professionally for a few modern and jazz companies. In addition to my dance career, I am also a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) and AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) licensed personal trainer with specialties in women, women's weight loss, and sports performance. In addition to training clients one-on-one, I also teach group exercise classes, run boot camps, and teach Zumba.

My History: How I got to Denver and what lead me to establish FemTribe

I grew up in Knoxville, TN with a very athletic family. On weekends we were constantly driving up in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park (only a short 45 minute drive) to go hiking, rock climbing and camping. My family also owned a boat and couple of jet skis, so during the summer months, water sports were very popular, especially in that southern Tennessee humidity! I loved wake boarding and water skiing, and would spend all summer perfecting my techniques.

My mother is really into horses, so she made my sister and I take equestrian lessons from the time I was born. While, I ended up not particularly liking the sport as much as some others, my younger sister still rides and competes to this day, and has become an extremely talented and accomplished equestrian rider.

In addition to my active family, I also played about every sport while in school. I absolutely loved soccer and basketball, but also played volleyball and ran track. All the while, I was still dancing;  studying ballet, modern, horton, and jazz. In high school, it became time to choose which sport to devote my time to, and without hesitation, I knew it was dance.

Throughout high school, I dedicated nearly every waking moment to dance. I was in a pre-professional performing company where we performed a variety of styles including classical and contemporary ballet, modern, jazz, and contemporary. After graduating high school, I attended the University of Iowa on scholarship. While there, I received my BFA in Dance with high honors and distinction.

It was during my sophomore year of college when I received my Zumba license and started teaching twice a week at the University Rec Center. While there, my fitness manager at the time told me that I should consider personal training. So with that, I studied up and became an AFAA licensed trainer.

Three days after graduating from Iowa, I packed up and moved across the country to Denver, CO where I had signed a contract with my first professional dance company: Kim Robards Dance. I spent a year there and then started dancing for Hannah Kahn Dance and Apex Jazz Dance. In order to supplement my dance career, I got a job as a personal trainer at 24 Hour Fitness and started teaching Zumba at Denver University a couple times a week.

Fast forward, five years later and my passion for fitness and women's health is still burning in my heart. I started graduate school at Regis University working towards my Master of Arts in Counseling where I am a counselor in training, studying to be a clinical mental health counselor (CMHC) and a licensed professional counselor (LPC). 

Why FemTribe?

As a trainer, I work with a plethora of different body types, personalities, ages, and genders, but my specialty is women and women’s weight loss. I love helping people learn about their bodies and showing them healthy ways to reach their individual fitness goals. In today’s society, it is so easy to get caught up in what media wants us to look like (and this is especially prevalent for women), so when I work with clients, I focus on changing their perspective of their body and fitness from a healthy and acceptance based lens. This is not to say that we can't set goals and work hard to achieve them, but we do so because we love our bodies, not because we are trying to punish them.  

I got into personal training because I wanted to help people learn how to love and shape their bodies into something they are proud of. As someone who has struggled with an eating disorder, I aim to educated women about their bodies from a place of love and acceptance. And how to fight for the body they have.

With FemTribe, I want to further help my clients, other women, fitness fanatics and whoever is on a journey to better health and self-love, to explore healthy recipes, challenging exercises, motivational thoughts and discussions on current health topics. Fitness has changed my life in so many wonderful and powerful ways, and it is my hope that I can pass on some of the knowledge I have gained through my journey thus far, in order to help others. 

 
 
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Erin Kathleen Peterson

Owner, Founder, Personal Trainer, Teacher, Mental Health Counselor-In-Training

Originally from Knoxville, TN, Erin received her BFA in Dance from the University of Iowa. From there she moved to Denver, CO where she began her professional dance career dancing with various companies including Hannah Kahn Dance, Kim Robards Dance, and the AXS Group

She has been a personal trainer and group exercise instructor for the past ten years, and has loved every minute of it! Erin is  a NASM licensed trainer, AFAA licensed trainer, Zumba instructor, Insanity Instructor, Vipr Trainer, Sports Performance Enhancement Specialist, and women's health/fitness educator. 

Additionally, Erin is graduate student at Regis University working towards her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Contact: erin@femtribe.com  


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Brendan Peterson

Co-owner, Personal Trainer (in-training)

A Colorado native born in Colorado Springs, CO, Brendan received his bachelors degree in Resort management from Metro State University of Denver. In addition, he also studied at Montfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado. During college, Brendan was recruited to play college baseball and ended his career at MSU. 

He is currently in pursuit of his NASM personal training license, but has been involved in the world of fitness since '03.

Brendan currently works at Dagmar Branding as the senior account manager.

Contact: brendan@femtribe.com


Amanda Brant 

Lead Nutritionist, CNTP

Amanda is a Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner who works with a variety of nutrition related issues. Her specialties and passions include fertility, pregnancy and postnatal. She is familiar working with diabetes, weight management and hormone balancing. Being a wife and new mom, she is increasingly interested in natural family life and traditional living. Amanda also enjoys working with people who want to feel good overall.

Amanda has a refreshing approach to motivating clients, whether it is breaking away from the “dieting mentality” or needing to make changes to improve your health. She is an advocate of whole foods eating and nutrition education. Amanda can help implement an intuitive eating approach that breaks away from traditional dieting in a non-judgmental, compassionate environment. She personalizes every session to meet your specific needs and believes in sustainable changes that will last you a lifetime. Amanda focuses on addressing her clients’ metabolic individuality as a key factor in her functional nutrition protocols and health coaching. She is passionate about helping you establish a healthier relationship with food and yourself. Amanda will help you work on modifying behaviors so you can achieve your goals and maintain success throughout your life.

Contact: nutrition@femtribe.com

 

 
 

Alexandra Fifer

Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Yoga Instructor

Ali is a holistic nutritionist currently working towards her Masters in Nutritional Therapy. She fully understands the profound healing powers the human body contains and will help you reach your optimum health by discovering what you personally need to get back to a more natural state of balance through nutrition. She knows that having confidence in your body and health can transfer to EVERY aspect of your life - relationships, athletics, careers, parenting.. everything! While nutrition is key, fitness is also a very important component of a healthy body.

Ali is also a Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, Personal Trainer, and Yoga Instructor. She uses functional fitness methods to help you reach YOUR fitness goals.

Contact: ali@femtribe.com


Elizabeth Reed

Brand Ambassador, Blogger, Outdoor Educator

Elizabeth Reed is the Outdoor Educator/Yoga Enthusiast and Blogger for FemTribe! She grew up surrounded by hiking, camping, and various other sports in the foothills of Smoky Mountain National Park in Knoxville, Tennessee.

In addition, Elizabeth is classically trained in ballet, jazz, and modern, and joined a pre-professional dance company at age 13. Having been active her whole life, being healthy and incorporating exercise into her everyday life is not only her number one priority, it is her lifestyle.

Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography with a Minor in Dance from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. It was during her college years that she started developing a love for the outdoors. She moved to the Pacific Northwest with her husband and dog, Blossom, a couple years ago. She rock climbs, trail runs, hikes, camps, backpacks, paddle boards, bikes, snowshoes, kayaks, and the list just keeps growing! She is a huge advocate for women in sports and the outdoors, as well as pushing women to take care of their mental health. When she is not in hiking boots or a climbing harness, Elizabeth loves cooking, doing yoga, and working on her photography.  


Casey Fitzgerald 

Brand Ambassador, Blogger

If the picture didn’t clue you in already, Casey has the privilege of being Erin Peterson’s younger sister.  Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Erin and Casey grew up living a very active lifestyle from a young age. Track, cross country, dance, volleyball, basketball, and particular for Casey, riding horses, kept them on a very busy schedule nearly every day. This developed an innate love of teamwork, fresh air, exercise-related stress relief, and overall health.

Casey graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2015 with a Marketing and Business Analytics major and minor in Psychology. She has a passion for people, numbers, and making the world a better place.

Since graduation, Casey accepted a full-time job as a project manager for the printing company, RR Donnelley. It was an unusual and shocking change for her to go from her very active lifestyle to sitting behind a desk a large part of the day. This has given her much material to blog about, as well as the inspiration to find a strategy that incorporates work success with a healthy balance of exercise and personal health. Casey is a huge believer in women’s rights and wishes that every woman could see how beautiful they are. Everyone is unique and has something to offer, and it is one of Casey’s goals to help people see those qualities within themselves. Afterall, weight is only a number.

 
 

Katherine Keel

Brand Ambassador, Blogger, Ski/Swim/Cycle Expert

There must be something in the water in Knoxville, TN, as Katie Keel is yet another FemTribe member hailing from the beautiful Smoky Mountain region. An lifelong outdoor enthusiast, Katie tried nearly every sport growing up and loved them all. 

She chose to focus on swimming, and accepted a scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she excelled both academically and in the pool. Throughout her career, Katie attended numerous Grand Prix meets, Long Course and Short Course Nationals, Atlantic Coast Conference Championships and last but not least, finished her career by competing in the 100m breaststroke at the 2012 Olympic Trials. 

Graduating with a degree in Journalism (Marketing / Advertising), Katie squeezed every ounce of fun out of her time in Chapel Hill. After moving to Colorado five years ago, she's truly embraced the active community here and has been known to double dip when the weather is great- ski in the morning, bike in the afternoon! She's dabbled in triathlon over the years, and finished her first full Ironman in 2015. Backcountry skiing and mountaineering have recently captured her attention, but Katie is truly happiest outside- regardless of what the sport is. She is incredibly passionate to help other women get involved and break into the heavily-male dominated outdoor industry. 

In her daily life, Katie enjoys a multitude of activities- skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, road & mountain biking, yoga, triathlon, swimming, exploring, eating, getting lost in the woods, camping, photography... the list goes on. If it takes place outside, chances are she is probably into it.

Contact: getoutside@femtribe.com


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Sandra T. Martin

Senior Advisor

Sandy was born and raised in Knoxville, TN and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Professional Interior Design with highest honors.  She worked for two interior design companies for five years before opening her own firm, Corporate Interiors Inc, in 1983. Corporate Interiors specialized in interior design for businesses and public use spaces which included interior finish selection and documentation, color coordination, and furniture layouts and specifications. Corporate Interiors also purchased and installed corporate furnishings. Sandy opened a second office in Johnson City, TN and at one point, Corporate Interiors was the largest dealer in the east Tennessee area with over 30 employees. She successfully ran her own business for 23 years and sold it in 2006 to a Nashville firm that wanted to expand into the Knoxville market.

Sandy was also the second female ever to be elected president of the Rotary Club of Knoxville. She continues to be an active rotarian and serves on many other boards in the Knoxville community. 

Sandy has always been athletic, and in high school was voted "Most Athletic". She ran track and placed second in the city in the 100 yard dash. She has always maintained an active lifestyle and believes exercise is essential for a healthy body as well as a healthy mind. 

Since retiring, Sandy has become an avid outdoor enthusiast. She is constantly hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where she hikes weekly with the 900 Miler Club. She has completed ALL trails in the GSMNP three times! There are almost 900 miles of trails in the GSMNP and complete all, one has to hike an average of 1400 miles. In addition, Sandy ran two half marathons in her 50’s. Currently, she hikes, rides horses, and works out six days a week. Her motto in life is “if you don’t use it, you will lose it”.  She firmly believes that staying active and exercising, is essential for a long happy life and being able to play with grandchildren!