About Us

The Nerd Gym is a semi-private fitness studio providing individualized workouts for amazing people. But we’re far more than “just a gym.” Our welcoming space is one where our members can be themselves while pursuing fitness goals with the guidance of an expert coach.

Click here to read about The Nerd Gym featured in the Arizona Daily Star.

Helping our members become healthy and fit is just part of what we do. We see your fitness goals as a fantastic adventure, and every adventurer needs a team of super-friends to help when things get crazy. We build a community of superheroes ready to support each other with fun events, special workouts and the most incredible people in Tucson!

If you’ve been let down or bored with “regular gyms” in the past, come join our superhero squad and level up your life with us.

Our Team

Coach Ysa Rodriquez:

Satellite of Sweat, Admiral of Awesome Asanas, Princess of Poses | Pronouns: She / Her

Patronus: Unicorn!

Hobbies: Lifting Heavy Stuff, Yoga, & Pretending I’m a Master Chef!

Fav. Thing About TNG: Everyone is so supportive of one another, it’s such a positive environment!

Quick Fit Tip: BREATHE! You’ll be amazed what your body can do when you’re mindfully breathing.





Coach Alicia Engelstad:

Domina, Trainer of Warriors | Pronouns: She / Her

Spirit Animal: Muin’iskw, aka Bear (which is the female-specific spirit, or Muin, the male Bear spirit; pronunciation for him “moo-win.” The female spirit is like the male, though there’s an extra bit of the mama-bear fierceness around her kin).

Hobbies: Krav Maga/Combat Training & Pedagogy!

Fav. Thing About TNG: The authenticity of the community.

Quick Fit Tip: Discomfort is the portal to change and growth. Get uncomfortable, and dominate your fears.

Coach Jaime J. Soto:

Master Sasster Fitness Blaster | Pronouns: He / Him

Patronus: Gwen Stefani (“The boys rehearse way more than me, ‘cause I just feel like I’ll just wing it.” Words to live by).

Hobbies: Sleeping, Dudes, Art, Saying Yes to Everything, Hairbrush Mirror Mic-ing, Crying, Lifting Heavy Things, & Pretending to be the Most Emotional Member of the X-Men.

Fav. Thing About TNG: Torturing Mel with a really long and dramatic story about a dude, “Artistic Expression,” a different dude who inspired my “Artistic Expression,” another dude, that one dude, or that new-ish dude.

Quick Fit Tip: Stop thinking. DO IT. ‘Cause one day you’ll be dead. Live your life.

Ms. Rambo Rose Reza:

Sparkly Cat Herder | Pronouns: She / Her

Patronus: An Actual Housecat Dressed as a Pop-Tart Flying through Space Trailing a Jet of Rainbow.

Hobbies: Weightlifting, Karate, Playing The Legend of Zelda With My Cat, Modeling, Spending Time With My Cat, Stripping, & Burlesque.

Fav. Thing About TNG: It is a space where I, and others like me, can exist authentically, setting and meeting sustainable fitness goals.

Quick Fit Tip: Listen to your body! Saying “Pain is weakness leaving the body” is ableist and wrong; never stop listening to your body, it knows best! Remember, discomfort is a natural part of any fitness regimen; pain, however, is our body telling us to stop what we’re doing and assess the situation.

COACH Melanie Tschoppfrey:

Matron of Muscles & Meal Plans | Pronouns: She / Her

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Patronus: Godzilla.

Hobbies: Weightlifting, Crafts, & Cosplay!

Fav. Thing About TNG: Seeing people grow stronger and more confident every day!

Quick Fit Tip: Be brave. Be bold. Don’t Wait!

COACH Eric Frey:

Dungeon Master | Pronouns: They / Them

Patronus: Housecat.

Hobbies: Martial Arts, Video Games, & Miniature Wargaming.

Fav. Thing About TNG: All of the diversity and the variety of awesome things everyone brings to the table! I love hearing about our members’ hobbies and passions.

Quick Fit Tip: Fewer, better reps will always make you stronger than more, sloppy reps. Quality over quantity. And then a quantity of quality.


Is The Nerd Gym right for you?  If this sounds like you, get in touch.  We want to help you level up your life!

Wanna join the team?

Hook us up with your resume and show us what you got!