About Us: Personal Trainers



About Us: Personal Trainers


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



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

Owner-Evolution Fitness Systems

Danny has been a professional in the Fitness and Nutrition field for over a decade. After earning a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona, he conducted research in the Metabolic Monitoring Lab 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. He is also FMS Certified. Danny is the NASA Powerlifting National Record holder for Submasters 181lbs weight class.

 Jeanine Palmieri, NASM CPT, HKC

Jeanine Palmieri has traveled the United States as an Air Force wife and holds 15 years experience in the corporate wellness and fitness field holding numerous certifications in Personal Training, corrective exercise, and group training. Jeanine has introduced specialized fitness programs at corporate wellness facilities as well as a part-time faculty instructor for the University of Nebraska-Omaha in the Health Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Department. She most recently moved to Tucson from Hickam AFB in Hawaii, where she designed and taught Athletic Core Conditioning Classes and started up the base TRX Suspension Training Program for active duty military whose goal was to pass the required yearly personal fitness test. Jeanine found her niche in training active duty personnel who were on profile for injuries.  Jeanine’s constant desire to grow and learn keeps her current in the field.

Favorite quote: “If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means, paint, and that voice will be silenced.” Vincent Van Gogh



Courtenay Epperson, SFG, SFL
Operations Manager 
Courtenay is a Certified StrongFirst Kettlebell and Barbell Instructor. Courtenay teaches many of our kettlbell classes here at Evolution and coaches many one on one clients as well. She is also the Operations Manager of Evolution Fitness so she makes sure Evolution Fitness is running on all cyliders all the time!

Jacqueline Luciano SFG Level 2, RKC

Jackie,  joined the Evolution team in January 2011. She is one of only a couple level 2 SFG instructors in the state of Arizona and she also holds the FMS and StrongFirst Barbell Certifications.  She teaches many of our Group Kettlebell classes as well having a full schedule of one-on-one  training sessions as well.  Jackie demonstrates her commitment by continuing her education continuously as well committing to a very intense training schedule as a strength athlete.  Jackie is  a competitive Olympic Weightlifter and Powerlifter. She currrenlty holds the Arizona State Record for the Deadlift in her weight class. Her



Aracely Favela, SFG

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.

Jeremy Layport MS, Sr. SFG

Jeremy  is a Senior SFG instructor and has been a strength and conditioning coach for the last ten years. Eight years were spent at Division I San Jose State University and the last two at Division II Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  Jeremy received his masters’ degree in exercise physiology (2006) from San Jose State University.  He received his under graduate degree in exercise science and sports medicine from California Lutheran University (2002).  While at Cal Lutheran University Jeremy was an All Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC)  football pick, team captain (2001,2002), and voted most inspirational member of the Kingsmen football team.  Post football, Jeremy competed in Olympic weightlifting.  Jeremy qualified twice (2008, 2006) for the Olympic Lifting Nationals in the 94k class.  In 2008, Jeremy was ranked 13th nationally in the 94k weightlifting class.  In 2006, Jeremy became the third person to pass the RKC’s Beast Tamer Challenge. Just recently, Jeremy won best male heavy weight male lifter (220lbs) and best squat at 100% RAW Powerlifting American Challenge held right here at Evolution Fitness. When he’s not lifting or coaching, Jeremy is watching his beloved 49ers on Sundays or listening to the greatest progressive rock band ever – TOOL.