Staff

James Mills

James is a highly effective coach who helps clients learn how to move with greater intention and control. He never sits back and administers a workout, rather he is there with you encouraging, assisting, and helping you make the most of your effort. He founded Synapse to offer a much-needed counterpoint to the mindless, one-note fitness currently dominating our society. There is a more effective way than slogging through high-rep burpees or running endless miles while you can barely squat down and play with a two-year-old. 

James danced ballet professionally for twelve years. He played almost every sport during his childhood and continues to use his body playing in the great Colorado outdoors. He holds a B.A. in Performing Arts from St. Mary’s College of California and a J.D. from the University of Florida. He is a CrossFit Level 1 coach, The Ready State 102 certified Movement & Mobility Coach, and Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist, but most importantly, he doesn’t limit himself to any one method, but continues to learn and incorporate various tools and approaches.

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Ryan Trificana

Ryan has been a student and practicioner of many different physical practices his entire life from competitive sports, CrossFit, martial arts, fitness, gymnastics, yoga, and running.

Ryan merges his experience from these different disciplines into his love of teaching group classes. Expect challenging, effective workouts with plenty of creativity and fun mixed in.

Ryan’s current passion is teaching others and exploring the limitless world that comes with a movement perspective. He believes that by moving outside the perception of what fitness is, we can take a wholistic, and often more fun and playful, approach to developing strong, capable, pain free bodies.
 
Other Relevant facts:
Ryan is a cat lover, sandwich officianado, and appreciator of rad movies.

Kelly Haley

Kelly is a mom, a movement educator and a wanna-be urban homesteader. Kelly holds a Masters in Exercise Physiology from San Diego State University, is a certified yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and is Pre and Post Natal Specialist through The Center for Women’s Fitness. Kelly’s past certifications include a Certified Personal Trainer and Restorative Exercise Specialist with the Nutritious Movement Center and the American Council on Exercise, a Peak Pilates Full Comprehensive Certificate, and a Spinning instructor certificate with Mad Dog Athletics. 

Kelly began her journey in the fitness industry over 20 years ago working with athletes of all ages, from middle school through professional. She also worked for the Department of Defense researching warfighter physiological performance. Kelly has worked one-on-one as a personal trainer as well as a group exercise instructor in many different modalities, most recently Vinyasa Yoga. Kelly now focuses on the effect a natural movement lifestyle has on biological processes such as pregnancy, birth and postpartum recovery for women, as well as longevity, body mechanics and quality of life for all populations. Currently Kelly is working on her Postnatal Fitness Specialist certification through JMG Fitness Academy and is working toward a Women’s Health Coach certification through the Integrative Women’s Health Institute.