Meet Our Team

At Catalyst Personal Training and Nutrition, our core mission is to create a positive and supportive place where everyone — regardless of fitness level or ability — is welcomed and encouraged to achieve their own version of success. This spirit of community fosters a sense of belonging, which is a powerful tool that can absolutely crush the barriers standing in the way of your personal success. There’s no judgment, no intimidation. That’s what makes Catalyst Personal Training and Nutrition different from other gyms. We speak beginner, to elite athlete, and everything in between.

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Meet Our Team

At Catalyst Personal Training and Nutrition, our core mission is to create a positive and supportive place where everyone — regardless of fitness level or ability — is welcomed and encouraged to achieve their own version of success. This spirit of community fosters a sense of belonging, which is a powerful tool that can absolutely crush the barriers standing in the way of your personal success. There’s no judgment, no intimidation. That’s what makes Catalyst Personal Training and Nutrition different from other gyms. We speak beginner, to elite athlete, and everything in between.

BOOK YOUR FREE ASSESSMENT TODAY

What’s Our Secret? We Hire Great People.

They bring their A-game every day to fulfill our mission and deliver an exceptional experience to every client. We’re incredibly proud of and grateful for our dynamic team of professionals who are 100% committed to your success.

Jim Adams, Owner

  • Author
  • NSCA CSCS
  • FMS Level 2
  • USA Track and Field Level 1
  • 3 of 5 Postural Restoration Institute Modules
  • Poliquin Biological Signature Leve 2
  • Reflexive Performance Reset Level 2
  • Member of The Secret Trainer Society
  • Host of Masters in Fitness Business Podcast
  • USA Hockey Level 4 Coach

Jim Adams is a native of St. Louis, Jim is a fitness expert, entrepreneur, and popular speaker who knows what it takes to overcome adversity and achieve new levels of health and fitness. Years ago shortly after high school, a near-death experience changed the trajectory of Jim’s life forever. He became weak and frail. Doctors told him he should accept this new reality. But Jim refused. Instead, he fought back with strength and determination. And, he started doing something he’d never done before: he began to work out. He continued working out in college while pursuing his degree in social work. Each semester, as he supplemented his core classes with electives, his destiny seemed to shift into focus as he found he was naturally gravitating toward classes like kinesiology and nutrition.

After college, he began his career in social work. But when a friend opened a training studio and asked if he wanted to work with him, Jim couldn’t resist. As much as he loved the field of social work, he realized his true passion was fitness and training. Jim joined his gym and soon became a trainer, helping to grow the studio into one of the most successful training facilities in St. Louis. He stayed there for 22 years until he opened his own training studio in 2015.

Jim opened Catalyst Personal Training with a team approach to health and fitness. He wants clients, trainers and health care professionals to contribute to the education, training, nutrition, and pain free movement that is required for sustainable health and fitness.

FUN FACT: Jim was 50 when he first started Jujutsu.

Debbye Roman, General Manager

  • Hospitality Management BS
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist
  • ACE Weight Management Specialist
  • FDN Certified

Debbye received her degree in Hospitality Management in 2011 and then moved to Orlando in 2012 where she worked for WDW for a year. She soon realized a career in that industry was not was she was passionate about- so after falling in love with health and wellness in 2013 she decided to start her career in fitness. She combines her love for customer service and fitness knowledge as she strives to give our clients the best workouts! She is also passionate about nutrition, and in 2019 she got certified as a Functional Diagnose Nutritionist. She believes in the healing power of healthy foods, daily meditation, and tacos.

FUN FACT: Deb speaks fluent Spanish and LOVES anything 80’s.

Grace Shryack, Assistant Manager

  • Graduate Degree in Exercise Physiology
  • ACLS and BLS (Advance Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support)
  • ACSM-EP (Certified Exercise Physiologist)
  • NASM-CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist)

Grace completed her undergraduate degree in 3 years at SIUe in Exercise Science in 2018. During this time, she worked at We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gym, did research in SIUe’s Exericse Physiology lab, and completed in internship in Sports Performance at NXT Level Performance Institute. After her undergraduate career, she continued her education at SIUe, earning a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology in August of 2019. While taking classes, she was a graduate assistant for SIUe, a rehabilitation aide for Athletico Physical Therapy, and completed another internship in Sports Performance through SIUe’s Strength and Conditioning program. She loves being outside, lifting, trying new foods, and hanging out with her friends.

FUN FACT: Grace went skydiving on her 23rd birthday and plans to do it again!

Taylor Bettis, Trainer

  • BS in Kinesiology
  • ISSA CPT (Certified Personal Trainer)
  • CPR
  • BLS (Basic Life Support)
  • Cum Laude

Taylor attended SIUe for 4 years and finished with 2 majors (Exercise Science & Nutrition) in 2019. During school, Taylor worked in Campus recreation for 4 years. He also had an internship with SIUe’s Athletic Training department. Upon graduating he worked with UC Health in Colorado and later accepted a position with Strive Physical Therapy as a PT Tech. He is new to St. Louis…so please inform him of places for hiking and camping, and also food.

FUN FACT: Taylor has been out of the country only once. It was to Ireland.

Austin Bondurant, Trainer

  • Personal Training Certification (ISSA)
  • Exercise Therapy (ISSA)
  • Nutritional Coach (ISSA)

Austin first came to loving fitness, and a passion for helping others after he lost 75lbs of his own weight. Upon completing his own journey of weight loss he went on to complete his Personal Training certification, along with a certification in Exercise Therapy. Also, he is a certified Nutritional Coach from ISSA and he comes with an Associates Degree form LE’Cole in Culinary arts and Hospitality Management. He loves cooking/baking, anything outdoors, trying new restaurant, and experiencing new cultures.

FUN FACT: Austin has never been to a Chick-fil-A or had a fresh sandwich.

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