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 competitive swimmer. In her 20s, Gina worked as an adjunct college professor and senior technical writer in San Diego, CA. Shortly after meeting Bernard, she left San Diego for LA to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a health and fitness professional. In addition to serving as Managing Partner of TRIFIT, Gina is committed to helping people create a healthy and active lifestyle. She's competed in Ironman Triathlons and various other multi-sport races, as training and racing provide her balance, enjoyment, and a sanctuary from the craziness of running a business while raising a family.
Personal Training / Group Fitness
Competing in soccer, BJJ, and wrestling in his youth, Jimmy has had a passion for movement his entire life. After majoring in Kinesiology with a focus in Exercise Science at CSUN, he gained valuable experience working in several physical therapy clinics throughout LA. Jimmy believes in a balanced approach to fitness, combining both mobility and strength training for all his students. 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.
Personal Training / Group Fitness
Cruz grew up in East Hollywood/K-Town but spends most of his time at the beach enjoying sunsets, exploring new restaurants and going on road trips. He recently graduated from CSUN with a bachelors in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. During his time at CSUN Cruz offered group fitness classes/lectures to residents of the San Fernando Valley through 3 WINS Fitness and also conducted research regarding the relationship between dancers and strength training to prevent injuries. Cruz has over 5 years of experience in boxing, Muay Thai, BJJ, and wrestling and has 4 years of experience working in physical therapy clinics.
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.
Kim Vandenberg is an Olympic bronze medalist in swimming from the 2008 Beijing Games. Specializing in butterfly and freestyle, she has over 30 years of competitive swimming experience and 20 years of coaching all levels of swimmers. After competing in the Olympics, she trained in Europe with international swimmers and coaches, gaining valuable knowledge of stroke technique and the elite athletic mindset. She is also a Vinyasa yoga teacher and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Psychology to compliment her coaching style. Her focus is a holistic approach emphasizing the mind-body connection in order to reach the highest level of performance.
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.
Performance Testing & Coaching
A lifetime athlete from NorCal, Moses discovered his love of triathlon while attending UC Davis, where he was a USAT All-American triathlete and graduated with a major in Biochemistry and minor in Exercise Biology. Moses worked at the UC Davis Sports Medicine Center, before going on to study human performance at the University of Michigan, where he earned a Master's in Kinesiology, helping to develop programs for injury prevention and recovery. Moses is a Level 1 USAT Triathlon coach and successful age group racer. He is available by appointment for biometrics screenings, metabolic testing, bike fitting, race programming, and one-on-one coaching.
Personal Training / Group Fitness
Originally from Boston, MA, Lauren lived in New York before recently moving out to LA. Her passion for fitness and living a healthy lifestyle emerged just before college when she started making healthier choices for her mental and physical well-being. She enjoys helping others understand the power of exercise and how it can transform not only their bodies, but their lives and mindsets. Specializing in fat loss, muscle building/body building, strength/stability training, and high intensity training, Lauren has also explored Muay Thai kickboxing, running, and CrossFit. When she isn't at the gym, Lauren is a video producer and editor. She has been vegan going on 5 years now.
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.