Our Team


Katherine Gonzalez - Owner - Online Coach/Personal Trainer

It all started with gymnastics. I became a gymnast at an early age and spent countless hours in the gym. Somewhere around the seventh grade, I became burned out and decided to pursue another sport I fell in love with – volleyball. I was clearly a one-sport woman, devoting my heart, soul, mind and body to one thing. I had a burning desire to succeed and an unmatched discipline to do so from an early age.

After a brutal ACL tear my junior year of high school, I decided if I was going to be immobile for 6 months I had to do something so I wouldn’t become out-of-shape. This is when I fell in love with “fitness”. By my sophomore year of college I had hired 3 personal trainers just so I could learn more about strength training and became an AFAA certified personal trainer myself. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism. Even though my passion was fitness, I decided I could use this degree to help educate, motivate and encourage my clients..

The more I train the more I realize my passion for helping people become healthier, more confident individuals. Throughout my personal fitness journey I have fought the battle of low self-esteem and won. I have fought the battle of constant self-criticism and won. I have fought the battle of unhealthy obsession and came out victorious. I know what it means to be healthy and fit without deprivation.

My desire is to teach this to every client I encounter. Being healthy is not just a physical manifestation of the body. Good health manifests itself mentally, emotionally and spiritually too. I am committed to looking at the entire picture of health for every client and am dedicated to producing results.

I am currently an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, have a CrossFit Level 1 Certification and am currently pursuing a sports nutrition certification.


Britany Thomas -Online Coach

My fitness journey began in 2015 when I realized how much I hated my body. My relationship with food was extremely unhealthy and I was eating fast food almost every single day. I started by training in the gym and eating only salads, chicken, and rice thinking I would magically get my dream body. While I did make some progress doing that, it led to binging on the weekends because I deprived myself so much during the week. I trained hard five days per week but I wasn't seeing the results I really wanted. Looking back, I now know I was overtraining and undereating. In 2018 I began tracking macros, but I wasn't doing it the correct way or either I wasn’t given the correct macro counts for my body. It wasn't until I met Katherine and Arise Fitness when I began getting the results I thought I should have the entire time!  Kat wrote my training program and gave me custom macro counts that produced results. Now, I have a good relationship with food along with a flexible diet. I enjoy training hard and I no longer view foods as “good” or “bad” anymore. I have learned how to fuel my body with the adequate nutrition my body needs and have seen the most insane results since. Now, I love my body and have so much energy. More energy than I ever have before! Now, because of my experience, I am more qualified to help those who are struggling in their fitness journey.

Moral of the story: Once I began fueling my body with adequate nutrition and training appropriately for my goals I was able to CHANGE my physique. I knew I needed a coach, so I hired Coach Kat and I have been able to achieve results I was never able to achieve in the past. Throughout my entire fitness journey I have learned so much about food, training, discipline, and the power of accountability.

Since the beginning of my fitness lifestyle I wanted to become a coach, but it wasn't until I met Katherine that I REALLY knew I wanted to empower others to achieve their fitness goals. I have learned so much from her and am so very thankful for her. Now I can share what I know with you and help you achieve your dream body!

Daniel Reese - Online Coach/Personal Trainer

Daniel is not new to living a healthy lifestyle. Once over 350 pounds, Daniel lost over 150 pounds over the course of two years learning and applying healthy principles of nutrition and a fitness regimen. Daniel has experience working with a variety of populations through different fitness domains including strength and conditioning, weight loss, building lean muscle, weight training, and functional fitness. Clients can expect an individualized training that combines the advantages of programs designed to improve cardiovascular health, while increasing power, endurance, and strength to assist clients in goal-setting and achieving their maximum potential. Daniel enjoys working with clients from various backgrounds, especially those who are new to the weight-lifting and cross-training and wants to redefine their fitness journey.


Ty Young - Online Coach/Personal Trainer

Ty has been strength training for 18 years now and competing for 11 years. He has been a coach/personal trainer for 12 years and has seen tremendous success with his clients! Ty specializes in:

  • Nutrition Programs with Macro Guidelines
  • Training Programs
  • Muscle Gain
  • Fat Loss
  • Men's Bodybuilding Competitors
  • Women's Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure, Bikini Competitors

He is extremely knowledgeable and genuinely cares about his clients and their success. Ty is currently prepping for the 2018 NPC National Bodybuilding Championships in Miami, Florida where he will compete with the super heavyweights with a goal to become a Professional Bodybuilder in the IFBB. We are thrilled to have him on the team! He loves the industry, loves helping people become better versions of themselves. has an overwhelming desire to learn more, is always growing (mentally and physically), is passionate about nutrition and training, and produces results. Whether your goal is to compete in a bodybuilding/figure/bikini competition, gain muscle, lose body fat and/or just become healthier overall, he is your coach! Also, if you want to just become a plain freak you should probably contact us because HE is your man! Interested in working with Ty? Message us so we can get that ball rolling!