About Us


Evolution Fitness System is committed to improving lives and inspiring out members to become stronger and healthier in mind and body. We promise to create an experience for our members in an energetic and fun environment. We will always deliver excellent hands-on intruction and intelligent programming. We will persistently improve out knowledge and skills to lead by example and be the best in our field to serve our community


Strive for Continual Growth and Knowledge

Train with Purpose has been our tagline since we opened. We will always have a vision of being better than we were yesterday, last month, last year.

We strive to always increase our knowledge as well as improve ourselves physically and mentally. Maintenance is not an option. We must embrace change and learn new skills.

Persistence in improving ourselves
is who we are.


We are here becuase of our members. Our Focus is to help others reach their goals

We will always find the best way to serve each of our members, and will meet them at their level.

Our intention will always be to encourage, inspire, and make sure our members have access to the tools they need to succeed.


Laughter, friendship, and community are at the heart of Evolution Fitness.

We will make it fun.

Anyone can take you through a workout, but creating a results-driven community that allows people to laugh and enjoy their experience is priceless.

Anyone can take you through a workout, but creating a results-driven community that allows people to laugh and enjoy their experience is priceless.

Thank you for visiting Evolution Fitness Systems located at 5252 E. Speedway Blvd, (just west of Craycroft)Tucson, Arizona. We are a training facility that specializes in Group Training and One on One Training Programs. We view Personal Training not as the role of just a motivator (really anyone can be a cheerleader), but also as an educator, and as professionals in human movement. Many trainers now a days watch a YouTube Video of how to do a cool new workout and pass it on to clients without any understanding of how that workout will specifically effect that person.

Numerous trainers use kettlebells without any idea of how to do the movement. Anyone can set up a workout that will make you sore, but exercise is more than just sweat and soreness. We have thoughtful programs that vary from One on One Training to Small Group Training, so whether your goal is weight loss, corrective exercise, high intensity training, or olympic lifting we have program that will help you achieve your goals. Our Training philosophy is always based on making sure proper movement patterns are always used and then we focus to build intensity and strength on a healthy foundation.

This isn’t a gym with dancing aerobics or fluffy fitness, this is a strength training facility that is unlike anything offered in Tucson, Arizona. Whether you are interested in group training or one on one we always take YOU into consideration. We are owner operated. Meaning the Owner (Danny is on site). We are Tucson’s School of Strength.

Tucson Strength Training Facility  Personal Trainers

Danny Sawaya (SF Team Leader, CK-FMS, CSCS, BS Nutrition)

Strength Coach Tucson

Founder, CEO-Evolution Companies

Danny has been a personal trainer  and in the nutrition fields for over 2 decades. After earning a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona, he conducted research and taught nutritional sciences at the University. He is a StrongFirst Team Leader, as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. Danny underwent all of his Russian kettlebell training with Pavel Tsatsouline the man who brought kettlebell training to the United States. Danny has worked with strength coaching staff of San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks teaching proper kettlebell form and technique. He has also had the privilege of being the strength coach to Canadian Olympic Mountain Biker and Pan Am Gold Medalist Emily Batty. He has also worked with USA Olympic Team Mountain Biker Chloe Woodruff. Danny is the NASA Powerlifting National Record holder for Submasters 181lbs weight class. He has also broadened his athletic endeavors to the endurance sports and is currently training for the Oceanside 70.3 IronMan in April 2017. Danny is no longer taking on new clientele as he is focusing all of his attention on developing the programs and the team at Evolution Fitness.


Jesus Acuña- Precision Nutrition coach  personal trainer tucson

Jesus Acuña received a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education with a minor in Spanish from the University of Arizona. He has also earned the prestigious Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Precision Nutrition Level 1 Sport and Exercise Nutrition Coach, and a level 1 StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor.

Jesus became interested in fitness after going through his own journey of losing 100 pounds in 2009.

He joined the Evolution team in 2015 and is our General Manager of the gym.

Jesus specializes in lifestyle habit changes, nutrition education, weight management principles, cardiovascular fitness, and various strength training modalities. As a fitness professional, Jesus has helped men and women lose hundreds of pounds while working with various programs through organizations like the University of Arizona, El Rio Health Services, Codac Behavioral Health Services, the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson, various Tucson Public Schools, and through his own private personal training services.

During his off time you can find Jesus strength training in the gym, off on a trail riding his mountain bike, playing soccer, or baby proofing his home with his wife, Annette, for their growing family.”

Genevieve Ure, Customer Service Manager, SFG, RYT 200

Personal Training Tucson Arizona

Genevieve joined the Evolution Fitness team in January 2015 as the office manager. In addition to running the office she also teaches classes for us. She is an RYT 200 Instructor (registered yoga teacher with 200 hours of training) and has been practicing Yoga since 2006.With her yoga experience as well as a background in Dance, Genevieve has been active all of her live but has new found appreciation for strength training and the way it carries over to all aspects of life. She is also a certified SFG Kettlebell Instructor. When Genevieve is not at Evolution or teaching yoga, she can be found working on her Acroyoga, practicing her rock climbing skills, or out hiking with her dogs. Genevieve seeks to remain a student above all and learn as much as she can.


Personal Training Corrective Exercise Tucson Fitness

Aris comes to us with an strong understanding of the fundamentals of human movement . He is truly a student of Strength and has studied strength and conditioning programming at a level that few people I know have done . One of the best qualities of Aris, is he can sit down with a client, break down their goals and understand the direction that he needs to take them to achieve them. As for his philosophy here are a few things he has to say about it.

  • Experience training oneself and others is at least as valuable as book knowledge for any coach.
  • Being able to teach the basics well and knowing and when to start incorporating anything beyond them is the most useful skill for a trainer to have.
  • Circumstances should dictate goals.
  • Do what works, now. There is no ‘what works, period.
  • Long term discipline and consistency trump short term motivation and intensity.
  • Progress should be the standard, not perfection

Sergio Giardini, SFG


SFG Certified Kettlebell Instructor with over 20 years experience as a trainer in Tucson. Sergio has an extensive background in fitness and health. He has trained at numerous facilities and owned his own training facility. Sergio brings a great energy to all of his classes.

Steve Callahan, SFG

Kettlebell Trainers Tucson Personal Training

Steve started his professional training career in 2010, but his love for health and fitness began when he was 16. Struggling with health issues, he found weight training as a healthy and more positive treatment than medication. Steve is a testament that diet and exercise can have a profound effect on not only physical health but especially mental health. Since he received his first weight set back in high school Steve has been studying and participating in

any and all activities possible. He started with swimming, wrestling and drum line in high school then moved on to gymnastics, yoga, Kettlebells, powerlifting, and dancing as an adult. Steve loves to dance! Steve has competed in the 100% Raw Powerlifting organization progressing to the world championships three consecutive years; placing 1st in his age group and weight class twice. Steve has a strong passion for learning and teaching everything health and fitness. After spending his son’s first two years being a stay at home dad, Steve took the StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor certification at Evolution in February of 2016. It was then he knew he needed to get back into teaching. Steve and his wife made the decision to swap roles and Steve is now full time at evolution. When Steve’s not in the gym you can find him with his wife and son in the park, hiking or practicing the drums.

Stacie LaPointe, SFG, NASM-CPT, M.Ed

Personal Training Tucson Arizona Fitness

Stacie LaPointe, NASM-CPT, B.S., M.Ed.

Stacie comes from a teaching background. Her career began as a high school biology teacher after earning a Bachelor of Science in Molecular & Cellular Biology/General Biology and Master of Education from the University of Arizona. Fitness has been an important part of Stacie’s life since she started training for distance running in 2002. Looking for a new challenge, Stacie began competing in triathlons in 2010 and is an active member of the Tucson endurance community. She served as President of the Tucson Tri Girls in 2014. In 2016 Stacie successfully passed the SFG Kettlebell Certification, which is a 3 days of intensive training in the skills and strength of kettlebell training.

Stacie joined the Strong and Healthy Woman Program in 2013 and discovered a new passion in strength training. As a trainer at Evolution, Stacie has been able to combine her love of teaching with her enthusiasm for helping people achieve their fitness goals.

Outside of her work at Evolution, Stacie spends her time keeping up with her two young children, running, and swimming.

Aracely Favela, SFG

Personal Trainers Tucson Evolution Fiitness

Aracely is an SFG Certified Kettlebell Instructor. Strength and Conditioning is at the core of Aracely’s personal philosophy . Her classes are full of energy and tend to be non-stop action. Aracely also has a very strong focus on proper nutrition and eating habits. She spends much of her time learning more about how nutrition impacts body composition and perfomance in the gym.

Mike Moran, OS

Original Strength Tucson Personal Training

Mike Moran is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Enshin Karate & Original Strength Level 2 Coach. Discovering Enshin Karate led him to a path of rebuilding his body. He has lost over 100lbs in the course of this journey and decided to learn everything he could how to strengthen his body using Kettlebells and Original Strength. He is focused on making himself better everyday and wants to help others to do the same. Mike runs a web forum dedicated to full contact Karate styles and you can find it at ​​. In his downtime he is with his family or enjoying a good book,film or tunes.

Endurance Training Running Groups Tucson

Coach Gail Leveque heads up the endurance component of Tucson Strength. Gail is in charge of our running club, training programs and is available for 1 on 1 coaching for running, rowing and multisport training. A self-described adult onset athlete, Gail was like a lot of women starting out….a little overweight and loaded with self-doubt. Her journey from non-athletic mother of two to elite age group triathlete has given Gail the unique ability to relate to athletes of all ages and abilities. She has completed more than 100 triathlons, duathlons and running races since beginning training at age 36. Her athletic accomplishments include:

  • 4 X USA Triathlon All-American
  • 2 x Top 3 USA Triathlon Long Course National Championships
  • 2 x Ironman podium finisher
  • 2 x Ironman World Championships qualifier – 6th place age group 2004
  • Boston Marathon Qualifier/finisher – 2013
  • Multiple triathlon, duathlon and running overall or age group winner

Faced with a number of health challenges in recent years, Gail has “retired” from competitive racing but still enjoys the benefits of an active, multisport lifestyle and loves to do the occasional race with friends and family.

With more than 15 years or coaching experience, Coach Gail has helped hundreds of athletes of all levels. Whether you are looking to get started running safely, increase your distance and speed or improve your race results, Gail has the experience and knowledge to make it happen. Some coached athlete’s accomplishments:

  • Overall winner – Race Across The Sand (RATS) multi-day trail run from Grand Junction to Moab
  • Age Group Prodium – 70.3 World Championships
  • Boston Marathon qualifier
  • USA Triathlon All- American
  • 100% 1st time Ironman finish rate