Meet Our Personal Trainers

We’re proud of our team. Every one of our instructors is a highly qualified personal trainer, so whether they are working in our Pasadena or Echo Park/DTLA location, you know you’re in good hands. All of our trainers specialize in The Strength Shoppe’s uniquely effective slow-cadence training, utilizing our state of the art equipment and a wealth of knowledge to  ensure that you achieve the results you’re looking for.  Get to know our personal training team on this page. We all look forward to getting to know you, too.

Pasadena Personal Trainer Melinda Hughes

Melinda Hughes Owner & Founder

Melinda Hughes opened The Strength Shoppe in 2011 to bring the benefits of high-intensity strength training to Pasadena, California. In 2017, she expanded The Strength Shoppe, opening a second location in Echo Park/DTLA. Melinda discovered SuperSlow® strength training as a client. After experiencing more energy during the day and a more restful sleep each night, she realized her knee pain had disappeared and her back was stronger. In fact, her scoliosis wasn’t as pronounced because she had been able to safely correct muscular imbalances.

Working with hundreds of clients in tens of thousands of sessions as an instructor of slow-cadence training, Melinda attributes her passion for this method to the impact she has seen on the health of her clients. She loves to see clients of The Strength Shoppe significantly improve the quality of their lives, whether regaining the ability to walk unassisted, decreasing the amount of insulin necessary to control a diabetic condition, or simply fitting into a smaller pant or dress size.

Melinda graduated from Denison University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts magna cum laude with an Honors diploma. She earned a certification as a Nutrition Consultant from Hawthorn University, an accredited holistic health institute dedicated to the ongoing education of health professionals, before returning for a Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition (MSHN). Melinda is a certified American Council on Exercise (ACE) instructor and received her Power of Ten certification from Adam Zickerman in his Manhattan studio. She is a certified Mind Body Eating Coach through the Institute for the Psychology of Eating and advocates a balanced, active lifestyle with a whole foods diet and slow-cadence high-intensity strength training as the foundation for optimal health.

Melinda combines her expertise in holistic nutrition, exercise science, and the mind/body connection to coach clients all over the world into healing the relationships they have with their bodies so they may more easily shift into behaviors that positively contribute to the overall health they desire. In 2018, Melinda launched the Body Blueprint Movement, online support and coaching programs, to help people cultivate total health: mind, body, and spirit– and lead healthier, happier lives!

She invites you to join the movement through the Free Facebook group by clicking HERE!

Pasadena Personal Trainer Diana Hufford

Diana Hufford

Pasadena personal trainer Diana Hufford has always been active. She began dancing at age four, played soccer and then added lacrosse in high school and college. In between seasons, she ran to stay in shape. After training for and completing one half marathon and two full marathons, she developed knee and hip pain. Around that time, a friend fortunately introduced her to SuperSlow®/Power of 10 strength training.

Within six weeks of working out, she was surprised to feel herself getting stronger while her knee and hip pain disappeared. Diana was amazed to discover that, with only one or two focused 20-minute strength training sessions a week, she could effectively work her whole body and improve her muscle tone, while allowing her knees and hips to become stronger and heal.

She is so happy to have finally found a safer, more effective and efficient way to stay in shape and now helps her clients achieve their goals of building strength, losing weight, increasing resistance to injury, and improving their overall health and fitness. Diana holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Minors in both Spanish and Dance from Haverford College. She is ACE certified and earned her Power of 10 certification from Adam Zickerman.

Pasadena Personal Trainer Zach Lewis

Zach Lewis

Zach Lewis has long been an advocate of healthy living. After graduating from New York University, he became certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and began his personal training career at New York Health and Racquet in Lower Manhattan.

A short time later, a fitness colleague introduced him to the SuperSlow® technique and talked Zach into trying it out himself. Zach was amazed by how safe and efficient his workouts became. A shoulder injury that had plagued him for years became non-existent. He was thrilled with all the free time he had now that he didn’t have to workout 4 days a week anymore. The results he experienced convinced Zach to begin training all of his clients exclusively in this “new” method, which in turn led to his employment and study under two of the leading figures of slow-cadence, high-intensity weight training at their respective NYC-based facilities. The first was Fred Hahn (author of The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution) at Serious Strength. The second was Adam Zickerman (author of Power of 10: The Once-A-Week Slow Motion Fitness Revolution) at InForm Fitness.

Zach is passionate about exercise and truly enjoys helping clients meet their fitness goals. He moved to California in 2012 and began training at The Strength Shoppe almost as soon as his feet touched the ground. He has been a personal trainer in Pasadena ever since and is thrilled to be living and working in sunny So Cal.

Pasadena Strength Trainer Zorayda Guintu

Zorayda Guintu

Cameron McCormick took full advantage of growing up as an Adirondack girl in the mountains of upstate New York. She participated in a variety of sports, (she is an expert tree-climber and fort-builder), and avoided traditional exercise at all costs. Prior to becoming a Pasadena personal trainer, Cameron earned a B.S.Ed., with a Fine Arts Concentration and teaching credential from the University of Southern California (Fight On!) and graduated as valedictorian of the Rossier School of Education in 2003.

She went on to finish at the top of her graduate class, earning her M.S.Ed., Learning and Instruction, with a Reading Specialization in 2004. She enjoyed teaching at all levels, and also spent time private tutoring and teaching English to college ESL students from around the world. A series of unfortunate medical events led Cameron to try slow strength training.

The results were so astounding that she quickly became an advocate of The Strength Shoppe’s high-intensity, twenty minute technique. Cameron loves working one-on-one with people, and her background in education makes her an excellent coach, as she communicates with her clients in the way they each learn best. She enjoys teaching her clients how to exercise more effectively and efficiently, how to enjoy a balanced diet (which sometimes includes chocolate), and the importance of taking the rest of the week off. (There are trees to climb and forts to build, after all). In addition to being ACE certified, Cameron earned her Power of Ten Certification from Adam Zickerman.

Pasadena Personal Trainer Cameron McCormick

Cameron McCormick

Cameron McCormick took full advantage of growing up as an Adirondack girl in the mountains of upstate New York. She participated in a variety of sports, (she is an expert tree-climber and fort-builder), and avoided traditional exercise at all costs. Prior to becoming a Pasadena personal trainer, Cameron earned a B.S.Ed., with a Fine Arts Concentration and teaching credential from the University of Southern California (Fight On!) and graduated as valedictorian of the Rossier School of Education in 2003.

She went on to finish at the top of her graduate class, earning her M.S.Ed., Learning and Instruction, with a Reading Specialization in 2004. She enjoyed teaching at all levels, and also spent time private tutoring and teaching English to college ESL students from around the world. A series of unfortunate medical events led Cameron to try slow strength training.

The results were so astounding that she quickly became an advocate of The Strength Shoppe’s high-intensity, twenty minute technique. Cameron loves working one-on-one with people, and her background in education makes her an excellent coach, as she communicates with her clients in the way they each learn best. She enjoys teaching her clients how to exercise more effectively and efficiently, how to enjoy a balanced diet (which sometimes includes chocolate), and the importance of taking the rest of the week off. (There are trees to climb and forts to build, after all). In addition to being ACE certified, Cameron earned her Power of Ten Certification from Adam Zickerman.