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Our coaches help you with every aspect of health and lifestyle, from nutrition guidance to lifestyle coaching and exercise prescription. Where personal trainers may have a couple weekends of training, we employ professional coaches with formalized lifestyle coaching in exercise, diet, energy system development, and beyond. This is a key difference between LOTUS and your average gym.

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Let the leaders in customized fitness programs help you reach your highest human potential.

Meet The Team

Meet The Coaches

We take the term coach seriously, as we believe in and understand the passion behind what that means: a person who embodies and teaches from a sound knowledge base ALL aspects of physical wellness. We believe in the value of a coach and see a clear distinction between those who instruct fitness classes and a true coaching professional.

We ARE coaching professionals who are educated in the art of proper exercise design, along with behavior change, digestion and lifestyle consulting.

Brandon Burchfield

Head Coach/Owner

Brandon

Sports, fitness, and nutrition have always been a part of my life in some form or fashion. The leading questions have always been, "What's the best way?" "How do I grow?" "What does it take to look back in 5 years and not recognize the person I was?". At 15 years old I remember standing in front of my mirror and saying those exact words, all vanity at that point of course. Through trial and error of almost everything fitness you can think of I have dedicated my life to learning and mastering the art of coaching others towards finding the truth in all the noise. I've lost count of how many coaches I have had, and firmly believe that is why I'm so successful as a coach today. I have broken my back having two fractures in my lower vertebrae from playing semi-pro football and I am all too familiar with the fears and worries of rehabilitation and being able to function again. After a full recovery and now even stronger and well balanced I have helped thousands of people along the same path. This is not a side thing nor is it a part time hobby of mine. Yet, it's ultimately where I am truly fulfilled, by leading and equipping you to obtain the highest quality of your life.

Michelle Tufford

Head Coach

Michelle

I am driven by three aspects in life: family, faith, and fitness.

Family has always been a huge part of my life. I grew up second oldest of a family of ten children. Being the oldest girl brought with it a lot of responsibility at a very early age. I was in charge when my parents were gone. My role felt a lot like being a second Mom. I learned a lot about leadership and setting a good example. It was not always easy but I am very grateful for the life lessons it taught me. I now have the opportunity to raise a family of my own. One of the greatest blessings in my life is being a mother to my son Ian.

Faith is what gives me the courage to push outside of the comfort zone of living only for myself. In the big picture my life is insignificant unless I live my life with the purpose of making an impact on the lives of those around me. Before I found LOTUS™ I was unfulfilled in my job and felt like what I was doing did not matter. Where I was working was a great job that allowed me to make a decent amount of money, but I felt like something was missing. With a lot of prayer I came to realize that empty feeling I was having with my current job was God leading my heart to what he had in mind for my life. When the opportunity came to start coaching at LOTUS™, I did not realize it at the time, but that was the door that cracked open for me to ultimately make the leap into my lifelong journey of helping people find fulfillment in life through fitness.

Fitness can sometimes feel like a selfish pursuit but I have found that the time I invest into my health helps me to be a better wife, mother, and friend. I have more energy, I’m happier, and I’m more confident. I also know that I’m investing in a future with my family. I want to be around to see my grandbabies and have the energy and health to run and play with them. I want to be a badass grandma who can do pull-ups and lift heavy weights.

I am grateful that, at LOTUS, I can help my clients along their own fitness journeys and assist them in living life to their highest values.

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Certifications: OPEX® Life Coaching Level 1, OPEX® Nutrition, OPEX® Assessment and Program Design, OPEX® Business Systems

CrossFit® Level 1, CrossFit®  Weightlifting

“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”  – Rikki Rogers

Cheri Fresh

Floor Coach

Cheri

Mental and physical wellness has been a passion and a driving force in both my personal and professional life.  Facing adversity, being resilient and accepting the challenge has always pushed me to succeed.

Understanding human behavior, and learning how the mind works, has driven me to my current profession. I have been a mental health therapist for the past 10 years. During that time the biggest lesson I learned is that mental and physical health go hand in hand and there is no “one size fits all” approach.

I assist people in developing a better understanding of themselves and making them more aware of their own thoughts and feelings—and how these things impact their behavior. I enjoy supporting and assisting them on their journey of working through life’s hurdles. By showing people they are in control of their own lives and choices, it gives them the power to steer themselves to success.

I love teaching and showing others how to improve their lives by sharing my passion, experiences, and knowledge of pursuing overall health and fitness. If we achieve both mental and physical wellness there is nothing we cannot overcome!

I am fortunate enough to have been with Eve through her journey since 2009. She has been a coach and a mentor.  Eve has opened my eyes to things that will never come from a book.

It has been a revelation to be a part of the LOTUS family and I want to share my experiences and what I have learned with every person I meet.

I was introduced to CrossFit® in 2009. LOTUS Independent Design has added an extra component of what fit and health truly are. I enjoy teaching people about resiliency and how powerful their body and mind are when they work together. I love helping others improve their lives by sharing my passion, experiences, and knowledge in pursuing overall health and fitness.  If we achieve both mental and physical wellness there is nothing we cannot overcome!

CrossFit® Olympic Weightlifting, 2014
CrossFit® Level 1 Trainer, 2013
CrossFit® Striking Certified, 2012

“Success is never giving up on yourself.”

Paul

Floor Coach

Paul

Growing up I enjoyed playing sports with a focus on baseball, basketball, and football. I love to be active and enjoy hiking, mountain biking and spending time at the lake with my wife Amy and son William, who is 8.

In November of 2010 I began Crossfit© and went on to place 5th at Regionals on the CFCDA team in 2012. As a Crossfit© Level 1 Certified Trainer I always loved coaching classes but I found it hard to truly help people in a large group setting.

I enjoy working one-on-one with individuals and truly making a difference in our clients’ lives at LOTUS™.