In the heart of Santa Monica, a city crowded with corporate gyms and studios, lies a truly independent health club co-owned and operated by Gina and Bernard Baski. TRIFIT is the largest independent family-owned health club in the Santa Monica, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades areas. Santa Monica residents voted, and its mayor awarded TRIFIT the city's Most Loved Gym in 2019 and 2020.
Fitness to Inspire
Our mission is to instill knowledge, ignite enthusiasm, and create new fitness opportunities for our members as they discover their athletic potential. We want our members to pursue fitness activities that provide them with a sense of accomplishment, instill discipline, and most importantly, are enjoyable.
Our hope is that everyone who walks through our doors will leave TRIFIT with the tools they need to lead a healthier, happier, and more productive lifestyle.
Meet Our Team
Gina’s athletic roots began in her early years as a gymnast and as a competitive swimmer. In her twenties, Gina worked as an adjunct college professor and senior technical writer in San Diego, CA. Shortly after meeting Bernard, Gina left San Diego for Los Angeles to pursue her life-long dream of becoming a health and fitness professional. In addition to serving as Managing Partner of TRIFIT, Gina remains committed to helping people create a healthy and active lifestyle. She has competed in Ironman Triathlons and various other multi-sport races. Training and racing have always provided her balance, enjoyment, and a sanctuary from the craziness of running a business while raising a family.
Personal Training / Yoga
Rachel has athletic roots, having played softball for 13 years. As a catcher, she experienced debilitating back and hip pain and was introduced to weight training and yoga as a means to relieve pain, and strengthen and stabilize. She is a NASM certified personal trainer and a Yoga Alliance 200-hour certified yoga instructor. Rachel loves to pass on the benefits of yoga to her students through classes that flow to warm up the body, and strongly held poses. Her experience teaching yoga brings a unique take on personal training, strength training, and mobility. She hopes to encourage all her clients toward a healthier and more mobile lifestyle, both physically and mentally.
Personal Training / Group Fitness
Competing in soccer, brazilian jiu jitsu, and wrestling during his childhood and high school, Jimmy has had a passion for movement his entire life. After majoring in Kinesiology with a focus in Exercise Science at California State University, Northridge, he gained valuable experience working in several physical therapy clinics throughout Los Angeles for 8+ years. Jimmy believes in a balanced approach to fitness, combining both mobility and strength training for all his students. Whether it’s improving sports performance, learning to get up off the ground pain free, or keeping up with your kids, he believes in providing a fun, positive training experience to improve quality of life. When he isn’t at the gym, you can find him trail running/hiking/backpacking, attending music festivals and live sports, traveling the world, and spending time with his family.
Sports and fitness have always been at the center of Bernard’s life, which began with fifteen years of amateur and professional hockey training with Canada’s top coaches. His desire to help other young up-and-coming hockey players excel was the turning point of his career. His devotion to the sport of hockey motivated him to pursue a career as a trainer and a coach at one of Canada’s top internationally renowned training camps. His experience with aerobic, anaerobic, and strength training allowed him to develop a successful training formula for athletes of all ability levels.
Tara Lyn Emerson
Native to California, Tara has been involved in athletics her whole life. As an ACE certified trainer, spinning, and TRX instructor she was named one of LA's best instructors in 2016 by Class Pass. Tara lives with neuromuscular dystrophy but does not let the condition control her life. By maintaining her physical and spiritual strength, she has been able to defy any challenges associated with the incurable condition. Tara's motto: "You don't have to be the best athlete in the room. You just have to be the best version of you."
Personal Training / Group Fitness
Hunter hales from Manasquan, New Jersey and just recently relocated out to sunny Santa Monica. He has been a personal trainer for just over 4 years now, specializing in functional training with a recent shift in focus towards a more calisthenics based approach. Being a vegetarian since birth, he follows a lacto-ovo plant based diet, which includes eggs & dairy products but no other animal proteins. With a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition & Food Science, his goal is to help educate clients on how they can still enjoy their meals without prolonging goals or totally stunting their progress. Hunter considers himself an average guy who simply understands the immense benefits of living and leading a healthy lifestyle. As he tells all his clients, "I just want to live long, feel strong, & look good naked."
A former professional fighter in his 20s, in his late 30s, Beau got involved with TRIFIT when he wanted to start competing in triathlons and shortly thereafter joined the TRIFIT team as a spin instructor. Beau's positive and inclusive attitude and his enthusiasm for fitness have been a wonderful addition to our community. He has since fallen in love with ocean swimming and cycling, completing difficult races and distances in both disciplines. If you’re ready to come out of your shell and give it all you’ve got in class, Beau will take you there!
Tim was born in Hong Kong and moved to California when he was 8. After completing his B.S. degree in Nutrition from Cal Poly, Tim's favorite sports are soccer and tennis. Specializing in weight loss, strength and conditioning, and nutritional guidance, Tim has the tools to get you fit no matter what your goals. His training philosophy is "No gimmicks, just hard work". Tim holds his CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) through the NSCA, as well as a kettle bell certification through IKFF.
With over fifteen years of ballet training with Ballet Master, Stefan Wenta, and eight years of yoga study, Denise is conditioned for endurance. Having completed her training with Holistic Yoga Flow (Travis Eliot & Lauren Eckstrom) and Yoga Salt (Tamal Dodge), Denise is a 500 RYT offering teachings that are soundly based in alignment, breath awareness and safety. Though Denise's classes are athletic & fun, she also believes in the healing power the sacred practice provides. Denise aims to help you find strength, peace and reach your maximum human potential. She is also trained in Reiki, Trauma Yoga, Mat Pilates, Yoga Sculpt and Thai Yoga Massage.