Our Instructors

Melissa Gunn

Melissa Gunn

Founder & Instructor

Melissa has been practicing high-intensity strength training since 1996. In her quest to achieve the best possible results in the least amount of time, Melissa found this technique to be in a class alone.

In 2004, she founded Pure Strength in Studio City, California, to share the benefits of this system with her clients. Pure Strength was created with simplicity, efficiency and balance in mind; to give individuals the very best personal training in a private and focused environment.

Her mission is to help men and women between the ages of 45 and 65 gain strength and stay healthy so they can better resist injury and lessen back and neck pain. Melissa attributes both her additional energy and increased endurance she appreciates in her favorite recreational activities to the slow-cadence workouts in her studio.

Ellie came upon Pure Strength in 2007 after hearing that strength training was an effective way to burn fat and increase muscle tone. The concept of slow weight training made a lot of sense, but it wasn't until she became a client at Pure Strength and experienced the effects of the once-a-week workout first hand, that she became passionate about this form of exercise . Her body changed and she felt stronger than ever before. Her energy increased dramatically, her posture improved and her cardiovascular endurance was noticeably better.  She will never again underestimate the value of muscle, in every aspect of life. And since becoming an instructor, sharing this knowledge and technique with other people has been exciting, and extremely rewarding. 

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Ellie

Instructor

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Ellie

Instructor

Ellie came upon Pure Strength in 2007 after hearing that strength training was an effective way to burn fat and increase muscle tone. The concept of slow weight training made a lot of sense, but it wasn't until she became a client at Pure Strength and experienced the effects of the once-a-week workout first hand, that she became passionate about this form of exercise . Her body changed and she felt stronger than ever before. Her energy increased dramatically, her posture improved and her cardiovascular endurance was noticeably better.  She will never again underestimate the value of muscle, in every aspect of life. And since becoming an instructor, sharing this knowledge and technique with other people has been exciting, and extremely rewarding. 

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Amanda

Instructor

Amanda started slow motion training in 2010, and enjoyed it so much she pursued her personal trainer certification to teach others at Pure Strength. The appeal of a workout that can drastically change your life and only takes 20-30 minutes was undeniable; as a woman on the go, she was hooked! Pure Strength allowed her to feel the best she has ever felt, and she couldn't help but want to share it with others! Amanda enjoys working with people and loves helping her clients reach their goals like she did.

Carly has been teaching the slow method since 2004.  Carly is a firm believer in this technique and a natural-born coach with the ability to bring out the best in her clients. Her attention to detail, her caring attitude, and her knowledge of the health field will help motivate you to get the most from your workout.

Carly is dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle and knows from first-hand experience that this is the optimal workout to achieve her goals.  "At first I was skeptical I would get results, but seeing is believing and after trying it, I was hooked. I know I'm a better, more effective instructor because I totally believe in and do the slow training myself."

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Carly

Instructor

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Carly

Instructor

Carly has been teaching the slow method since 2004.  Carly is a firm believer in this technique and a natural-born coach with the ability to bring out the best in her clients. Her attention to detail, her caring attitude, and her knowledge of the health field will help motivate you to get the most from your workout.

Carly is dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle and knows from first-hand experience that this is the optimal workout to achieve her goals.  "At first I was skeptical I would get results, but seeing is believing and after trying it, I was hooked. I know I'm a better, more effective instructor because I totally believe in and do the slow training myself."

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Kerstin

Instructor

Kerstin grew up in a small town in Sweden; it was her curiosity and passion for traveling that brought her to Los Angeles, her new home. Here she found Pure Strength, where she was introduced to the slow movement method of strength training. Kerstin immediately fell in love with the workout and the science behind it, and decided to turn slow weight training into a lifestyle and career. She noticed positive effects from her workouts from the very start, attributing her overall increased energy and physical strength to Pure Strength. Kerstin believes that taking care of our physical health allows us to experience life to the fullest!