Meet The Team!!!
Casey Smith (Owner)
Head Personal Trainer/ Strength and Conditioning Coach
Casey grew up on the central coast his entire life and was always a part of fitness and sports communities. He played numerous sports throughout his childhood and played basketball at Righetti High School. After finishing high school Casey went to Allan Hancock College for a few years before transferring down to Long Beach State University to finish his degree in Kinesiology Exercise Science. After college he obtained his CSCS or Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification. He then embarked on strength and conditioning internships to gain more knowledge about training and fitness. He interned at UCLA and Long Beach State University. He helped train many sports teams including baseball, volleyball, swimming, waterpolo, soccer, and track and field. Working with people and athletes is a passion for Casey, always wanting the best for everyone else.
After the internships were over Casey moved back to Santa Maria. His goal was to provide his services to the community and help anyone in need. It was at that point that he opened up C.O.R.E. Fitness and Performance. Casey wanted to start a company that focuses on strength training and movement. His goal is to be known as a trainer who changes people's lives by offering specialized training focusing on each client's needs.
- B.S. Kinesiology Exercise Science
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
- Strength and Conditioning Internships at UCLA and LBSU
- Training since 2013
- Teaching big 6 lifts: Squat, Hinge, Lunge, Push, Pull, and Carry
- Functional strength training movements that transfer over to everyday life activities
- Metabolic Resistance Training
- Hex Bar Deadlift
Personal Trainer/ Strength and Conditioning Coach
- M.A. Kinesiology & Sport Science
- Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT)
- Graduate Assistant at the University of South Dakota
- Strength training to improve health, performance, and prevention of injury
- Every movement has a purpose
- Quality over Quantity!
- Glute Bridges
Kenna was raised right here in Santa Maria and has participated in sports ranging from basketball, cross-country, soccer, track & field, and karate since the 1st grade. During her high school career at Righetti she competed on the varsity cross-country, soccer, and track & field teams. Before attending a university she obtained her A.A. in liberal arts from Allan Hancock College while also competing in soccer and track & field where she broke the school records in the long and triple jump. She then received a scholarship to the University of South Dakota to compete in track & field and moved to Vermillion in 2010. During her collegiate career she was a 5x conference champion, 2x NCAA Division I Regional qualifier, and currently holds the school and facility records in the triple jump. After completing her B.A. in Recreation in 2013 she accepted a graduate assistantship for the track team at USD where she was in charge of the technical and strength programming of the horizontal jumpers while pursuing her M.A. in Kinesiology. During her time as a G.A. she also trained and competed on the professional level in the triple jump and finished as high as 2nd in the nation at the 2015 Indoor Championships and jumped a personal best of 44’2.25”. After graduating in May of 2015 she moved to Nashville, TN to train with a group of athletes in hopes of making the 2016 Olympic Games. Unfortunately she suffered a string of injuries that ultimately left her unable to train and compete at the level she was before.
After many injuries and unable to qualify for the trials, Kenna concluded it was time to move on from track & field and decided she wanted to give back to the community where her athletic career began. While looking for jobs in the area relating to her degree she came upon an ad for a personal trainer who would work in partnership with a physical therapy office. After her personal experience with multiple injuries, this opportunity stood out among the other job openings. She hopes that with her knowledge she can contribute to improving athletic skill in the youth as well as the health and wellness of the community.
- NASM Certified Personal Trainer
- B.S. Sports and Health Science (In Progress)
- Functional Training to Make Everyday Life Easier
- Athletic Movements to Improve Performance and Health
- Hard Work Pays Off!
- Goblet Squats
James was born in raised here in Santa Maria. He grew up playing a variety of sports ranging from baseball, basketball, and soccer. Throughout high school, James wrestled and played baseball. During senior year, while playing for a local scout team, James blew out his knee which put an end to his athletic career. He tried to return but soon fell victim to another injury in his shoulder. Realizing what he had done, James then decided to join the Air Force where he began his health and fitness journey. Being "fit to fight" was a large part of the Air Force's core values. Finding this passion led James to pursue a career in health and fitness. James began school through the American Military University working towards his B.S. in Sports and Health Science. During his time in the military, he was only able to be a part-time student, with his work taking up a majority of his time. After spending four years in the military as a weather forecaster in Louisiana, James decided to separate from the military and move back home to follow his dreams. Now back in California, James continues to work towards his B.S. in Kinesiology.
Once James returned home he began working at a local physical therapy clinic that provided him with the opportunity to also work as a personal trainer. C.O.R.E. has allowed James to work towards his dreams while also continuing his education and sharing his knowledge and experience with his clients and the community.
- NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
- B.S. Kinesiology Applied Exercise Science
- The Importance of Proper Exercise to maintain a Happy and Functional Life
- Make Training a Lifestyle, Not Only for Special Occasions
- Perfection Before Progression
- High Bar Back Squat
Kaila began her athletic journey at a young age. In her childhood she participated in dance, cheerleading, and gymnastics . This helped to develop her love for fitness. She has since continued her cheerleading career where she went on to win national titles in both high school and collegiate levels. Once in college Kaila realized she wanted to expand her knowledge of biomechanics and went on to complete her undergrad with a degree in Kinesiology. While finishing her degree she worked in a Physical Therapy clinic where she learned the importance of injury prevention and rehabilitation which lead her to the path of personal training.
With the help of her degree and training in Physical Therapy Kaila understands the importance of proper exercise and hopes to use her knowledge to help others sustain lasting healthy lifestyles
- B.S. Fitness & Wellness
- NASM Certified Personal Trainer
- Efficient movements using correct muscular activation
- Functional training develops usable strength, injury prevention, and good habits
- Listen to your body!
- Single Leg RDL
Collin was born and raised in a small town in the north suburbs of Chicago. There he played football, baseball, and numerous outdoor activities as a young kid and continued throughout highschool. After finishing highschool and moving out to Arizona to attend Northern Arizona University, Collin explored many different activities to do in the new environment. Hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding, skateboarding, and altitude training were all activities Collin found himself love doing. Within living this lifestyle, he also obtained a degree in Fitness & Wellness. Collin got his NASM Personal Training Certification as a Junior in college which gave him opportunities to work with collegiate athletes, physical therapy facilities, and one-on-one programs. Since a kid, Collin knew he wanted to be involved with sports, the body, and everything in between. This career path is what he truly loves doing and with that, makes him eager to keep learning and experiencing everything there is to know about the world of fitness. After graduating college, Collin hit the road and traveled around the country in his Jeep and explored. After a few months he found himself planting down in the central coast of California. Within his journey he was exposed to surfing and kickboxing which Collin has avidly done since. Using specific training and movements to better performance in all activities is something Collin is passionate about.
With the experience, education, and overall love for training Collin has, it sets him up nicely to help other people reach their goals in a safe and efficient way. He hopes to provide the community with
specialized and functional training and add an ounce of positivity to everyone’s day.