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 Meet Our Trainers


 
 
 
 
At SparkFit I receive intentional, one-on-one instruction.
— Missy Cherry
 
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Glenn McCracken

Co-Owner / Personal Trainer / Counselor / Circuit & Pilates Fusion Teacher

Licensed Counselor, AFAA Personal Trainer Certified, Pilates Reformer Level 1 Certified, Russian Kettlebell Certified

I am a Licensed Counselor recognized by the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling (A1406080). In addition to my counseling license, I have over 12 years in the Fitness Industry. Services that I provide are but are not limited to: Counseling, Personal Training, Wellness & Nutritional Consultations, Public Speaking, Educational Presentations and Online Exercise Programming and Accountability.

In the beginning exercise did not start as a choice, it started as a positive coping strategy to manage my tumultuous adolescent life. In fact, I had never exercised other than to play sports before I was given a Billy Blanks Tai Bo video the summer after my 8th grade year. I was still in rehab and had been hardening my heart for three years to the point where I felt no emotion. But something happened the first time I used that tape; Billy Blanks broke me down in a puddle of sweat and tears and my life has never been the same!  Up to that point, I felt as though I was unworthy of love and care and therefore I did not love or care about myself. The truth is, I hated everything about myself.

 Getting connected to exercise and my physical body gave me an outlet for self care and avenue to learn and grow.  In the beginning, though, my physical body received all of the attention and I continued to neglect my internal self.  But the experience of healing in the physical body eventually led me to an opening of the spirit and the mind, as well. I was able to think more clearly and truly CARE about all aspects of myself! Since then, it has been a continuous process of becoming an integrated, balanced and whole being.  Learning to respond to myself in a compassionate way during this process, has given me the gift of empathy and compassion to work with others in a similar way.  This gift is the foundation for the love and passion I have for my work.

Before Glenn I had never worked with a trainer. To say that he’s changed my preconception would be an understatement – And frankly, the word ‘trainer’ doesn’t do him justice. He is consultative, dynamic, sincere, holistic and prescriptive – He goes beyond training to ensure that his clients LEARN how to move safely and healthily. He has truly honed his craft and provides a level of service that’s unmatched. I hope to always have Glenn as my fitness guru! He really is exceptional.
— Lindsay Carter
 
 

 
 
 

Kecia McCracken

Co-Owner / Personal Trainer / Pilates & Circuit fusion Teacher / Yoga Teacher

500 RYT, Pilates Reformer Level 1 Certified

 
 

I graduated from the U of A in Fayetteville in 2006 and hold a BSA in Horticulture. I’m a 500-hour certified Yoga Teacher, trained by Matthew and Holly Krepps of Circle Yoga Shala in Jasper, Arkansas, where I also lived and apprenticed for a year. I have experience teaching individual and group classes since 2009.  In 2013, I graduated from Touching America Massage Therapy School in Maumelle, Arkansas. My most proud accomplishment, however, is being the mother of a bright and rambunctious two-year-old, named Olive.

As a mother, a horticulturist and yoga practitioner, I’ve learned that attention is crucial to growing something well, whether it is a baby, a plant or a movement practice. I first began nurturing a consistent yoga practice in 2006, when I moved to Little Rock. I was physically ill with an autoimmune disorder and almost debilitated by anxiety. My physical issues were the catalyst for beginning in Yoga; however, with the consistency of practice, I realized that it was my mind that was being the most profoundly influenced. The ongoing and ever-evolving gifts of Yoga in my life are tools to develop my attention as a path of inquiry into my thoughts, emotions and internal disposition. I now live a life that is thriving.

Placing one's attention on breath and physical movements, linking them together in a felt connection, brings stability and ease internally, no matter if you are in a challenging yoga posture or a challenging life situation. Overall, yoga provides a framework to practice the honesty and compassion required to be with yourself in the present moment, exactly as you are and exactly as life is. It is my sincere desire to be at peace with reality and to live in this world as a congruent being. My personal practice motivates my desire to teach others the foundations of a mindfulness practice so that we may all be free from the suffering of our minds and collectively awaken as human beings. I have a heart for teaching beginning students, restorative classes, and classes designed especially for busy mommas!

 
 

 
 
 

Brad Hamilton

Personal Trainer / Circuit Fusion & HIIT TeacheR

SFG Kettlebell Instructor Certification

 I have been a Personal Trainer for over 12 years.  For the past 10 years I’ve held the SFG Kettlebell Instructor Certification (formerly RKC) and am the first person in central Arkansas to attain this advanced level certification. As an Assistant Team Leader for StrongFirst, I have also helped certify other kettlebell instructors all over the country.

I’ve always been physically active and competed in many sports throughout my life, including soccer, golf, basketball, and tennis. My weight training began sporadically in high school but got more serious during my time in the US Navy. Before finding fitness, music was my first big passion. I have been playing the guitar for over 25 years, and have had 3 years of formal vocal training. Being healthy was more important to me than the sacrifices I saw as necessary to pursue music for a living, and since you haven’t heard an album from me on Spotify, clearly, I chose to pursue fitness as my career.

As I’ve long fancied myself a spider monkey trapped in a man’s body, I enjoy challenges that go beyond strength training and include balance, agility, coordination and survival. So naturally, I tested my mettle on the hit show American Ninja Warrior. I also competed in the regional/local obstacle course race, Conquer the Gauntlet, where I placed in the top 1%.

Over the past 17 years I’ve lovingly “competed” in the arena of fatherhood, which I believe should probably be an Olympic event., Raising a family requires sacrifice and focus, meaning I couldn’t spend as much time on myself. Over the years, I’ve taken a more balanced approach to my fitness that includes becoming more spiritually and mentally centered, as well. As a trainer, nothing brings me more joy than helping someone achieve something they thought was impossible for themselves. Coming in at a close second is helping someone feel and/or move better in their body. In a world filled with constant comparison, “no pain, no gain” attitudes towards health and fitness, and a difficult nutritional terrain to navigate, I’ve come to learn that self-confidence, self-patience, and self-forgiveness goes a long way on your personal journey.

After a lifetime of weight management issues, I reached the point of “if not now, when?” in November of 2014. I began training with Brad in January of 2015. Four years later, I’m convinced it’s the best investment I’ve made in myself. Utilizing simple equipment such as kettle bells, weights, resistance bands, and my own body weight, Brad customizes individual training programs for me. I trust his knowledge and years of experience as a personal trainer, and highly recommend him to anyone wanting to take control of their health and wellbeing.
— Amy Ellison
 
 

 
 
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 Nicole McBride

Personal Trainer / Nutrition Coach / Circuit Fusion Teacher

Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified

 
 

My passion for health and fitness began by participating in sports as a kid. I pursued my love for softball and walked on to a DII collegiate team, however, that ended right before the season started. Though I did not move forward with softball, I continued to pursue my education and kept up with my passion for being active and weightlifting throughout college. My educational pursuits immersed me in the world that is academic clinical research and taught me the value of attention to detail and outcome based decision making. At the end of graduate school, I found myself extremely unhappy with my health and had a huge disconnect with how I viewed myself vs. what I saw in the mirror. I had put so much focus on my academic career and education that I, unknowingly to me, had consequently put my health on the back burner. A breaking point of mine was when my doctor sat me down and talked to me about my weight. I couldn't believe it because that same day I had run 3 miles! I had to face what I was choosing to ignore. I finally decided to take control of my health. I realized the biggest thing that needed to change was what I was eating and how I was eating. Slowly over time, I started to implement small changes to my nutrition and also to my physical activity, sleeping habits, and mental health. I focus on progress rather than perfection and I aspire to help others begin their journey to becoming their best self.

When it comes to improving our health, mind, and body, I truly believe in the power of how we’re fueling it AKA our daily nutrition. All of our actions, behaviors, and thoughts are fueled by what we feed our body. We all eat differently, we all have different bodies, and we all are at different stages in our health, so a key principle I have with my clients is individualized programming. I believe that meeting them at THEIR starting point and building from there is fundamental for success. I take a holistic and outcome based approach (thank you research skills!) when it comes to programming. I coach others to make nutrition choices that aligns with their goals and resonates with who they are and who they want to be. I don’t believe in quick fixes, good or bad foods, magic supplements, or the existence of a best diet. I coach nutrition skills and habits to help others look and feel better FOR LIFE.

Nicole met me where I was at physically. She sincerely asked me where I wanted to be....and WHY!!! And together we crafted a tailored health plan and timeline to realistically achieve my goals. She is not just my trainer - she is my dedicated Goals Coach
— Susan Screeton
 
 

 
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Claire Admire

personal trainer / Pilates Fusion Teacher / Yoga teacher

200 RYT, Pilates Reformer 1 Certified


 

Like many people born in the pre-smartphone era, I grew up enjoying an active lifestyle full of sports, movement, and running around neighborhoods. I focused my energy on swimming and sailing, and competed on both the state and national level while in high school. Rather than pursuing any of these sports through college, I turned to competing in the Miss Arkansas pageant to earn scholarships and pursue my love of singing. It was during these competitions that I had my first experience working with a personal trainer, and I quickly fell in love with the dynamics and of one-on-one coaching and setting goals. I’ll never forget the difference it made for me to have a partner in my fitness journey, and this is how I want each of my clients to view me: as a partner in the process.

My brief time with a trainer sparked a passion for fitness, but I was soon on my own again. I ravenously devoured all the “gym advice” I could, but something simply wasn’t working. Even though I was constantly on the go and working out all the time, I didn’t feel healthy at all, mentally or physically. My weight frequently swung back and forth, and I felt frustrated by the contradictory movement and nutrition information that I kept hearing. I had no idea how to tune into what my body needed me to do in order to make it well, and no idea how to keep myself sane during the whole process. Right on time, I found the practice of yoga, and my lifelong teachers Matt and Holly Krepps. As I worked on myself with love and compassion (both inside and out) I watched in amazement as my overall wellness blossomed. Not only was my body becoming stronger, my diet was also changing, my skin was clearing, my mind was settling, and my hope was growing.

I finished my 200 hour teacher training at the Circle Yoga Shala in 2017, and am currently in my 500 hour advanced teacher training. I completed my Balanced Bodies Reformer 1 training in October 2018 with Lisa Webb. My background in yoga, pilates, and athletic conditioning enables me to provide holistically-oriented and creatively blended training sessions. Whether you are a high-level athlete who needs recovery programming, or a new mom looking to strengthen your core, I can partner my undivided attention with you. I promise all my clients that they will feel seen and supported on their journey to wellness!