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Meet VRTX Trainers

The VRTX team of certified trainers create plans tailored to your goals. Together, you’ll work to unlock the results you want.

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McKenna Abbott


McKenna is an ACE certified personal trainer and lifelong athlete. As a collegiate athlete she encountered multiple knee injuries which led her on a journey to prevent injuries for herself and others. Strength training helped her heal physically and become a more functional well-rounded athlete. “What you do in the gym should directly impact and enhance what you enjoy doing outside of the gym.” McKenna structures individualized programs focusing on intentional progression and uses a variety of training modalities to help clients achieve their own unique goals. She is most passionate about weightlifting and metabolic resistance training.

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Jack Dowdell


Jack is an ISSA certified trainer. He grew up in the Bozeman area and came to Missoula to attend the University of Montana. In Bozeman, from the age of 15 he worked and lifted in a powerlifting gym for 6 years. Jacks’ passion is strength training, whether it be for competitive lifters trying to increase their totals or those just seeking to get stronger for daily life. He has helped people from all walks of life, ranging in age from 13 to 70 years old get stronger and more fit. Jack currently works with local high school football players as a strength and conditioning coach. ​ He also coached a local high school powerlifting team to 2nd place their first year competing! ​Coaching is some of the most fulfilling work he has ever done. During his time in Bozeman, he has accumulated thousands of hours of hands-on coaching. Jack is always trying perfect the craft and expand his knowledge of every aspect of fitness. Whatever your goals, I can help guide you in the right direction. “Strength is never weakness”

Emily Straw

Emily Straw


Emily is a NASM certified personal trainer and an ISSA certified nutrition coach. She was born and raised in California and is new to Missoula. Her love for fitness started when she was a competitive gymnast and has evolved in strength training, HIIT training and marathon running.

She found her passion for coaching a couple years ago and loves nothing more than coming along side people to help them achieve their goals.


Hayle Sundquist


Hayle is a NESTA certified personal trainer and group fitness coach. Born and raised in Montana, Hayle loves backpacking, fly fishing and paddle boarding. Being raised in a small sports centered community allowed her to gain a competitive mindset and love for athletics. After high school, Hayle competed in track for the University of Montana. Unfortunately, after two years of repetitive injuries, her sprinting career ended by fracturing both feet. Finishing her athletic career and starting from ground zero allowed Hayle to gain a new perspective on health and fitness and helped her find her passion for coaching. Hayle’s goal is to make sure people gain confidence inside and outside of the gym. I will push people to break through their wall of comfort, while also coaching the importance of listening to their body.

“You will always be the greatest companion in your life, learn to love YOU.”



Julia Ronney

Julia is a NASM certified personal trainer. She obtained a degree in Biology at the University of Montana while playing tennis for the Griz. Julia has been a tennis and fitness coach since she was 18 years old. After graduating college she pursued a career as a personal trainer and professional tennis player. Through her journey as a professional tennis player, she found a passion for strength training and overall health. 
She believes that anybody at any stage of life can benefit from personalized training programs. Her goal as a personal trainer is to help people feel better physically and mentally through thoughtful and intelligent programming
“Action is the key to all success”
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