La Jolla’s Finest Training Team

Trainer Bios


Jeremy Manning: Owner/Head Trainer

Jeremy Manning, owner of La Jolla’s Finest Training, has been consulting and training the fine citizens of La Jolla since 1997 when he completed his tour as a United States Naval Helicopter Search and Rescue Swimmer. He also served as a Search and Rescue instructor, Physical Readiness Coordinator and is trained as an Emergency Medical Technician. Jeremy trained for and WON the National Search and Rescue Competition, against 100 of the top competitors from FEMA, the SEALs and all other United States rescue teams from around the world. Since transferring to the private sector he has performed over 20,000 personal training sessions with great success. Jeremy has obtained multiple certification and continually participates in advanced studies of human physiology and biomechanics. Jeremy’s approach to training is an intergrated, whole body concept. Whether your goal is to improve athletism, transform your physique or live life stronger Jeremy’s whole body training methods are a must have.




Jessica Speciale graduated in 2003 with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from San Diego University with a emphasis in Exercise and Nutritional Sciences and is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). With almost a decade of personal training experience, she has also earned certifications with the National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF) and The Gravity Training System. She specializes in decreasing body fat by resistance and cardiovascular training, increasing lean muscle mass and strength and prenatal and postnatal fitness programs. She works with clients of all ages and all fitness levels. With her caring and energetic approach to fitness as well as customized nutritional counseling, you can expect result!

Certifications: ACSM, NASM



Galen Thorne has been working as a personal trainer for the last 10 years. He has had the privilege of working at some of the most prestigious facilities in Southern California, alongside the top professionals in the industry. Throughout his career, he has developed a versatile and scientifically based training technique, concentrating on biomechanics and functional training. Galen combines knowledge from his many backgrounds of strength and conditioning, martial arts, athletics, and massage therapy to provide his clients a safe and effective workout with visible results! Whether you are trying to lose weight, tone your body, eliminate stress and tension, gain energy, improve your quality of life, or just get a great workout, Galen is a reliable, energetic, dedicated and positive professional who will help you meet your goals.



Kandal Smith has an outgoing, energetic and caring personality. She earned a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State University, is certified by American Council on Exercise, is Gravity Training System certified and is an IDEA ( Health and Fitness) member. Kandal provides a manageable approach to fitness by setting realistic and achievable goals. She is able to work with a full range of clientele to improve their bodies and lives. She has a passion for fitness. If she is not working with a client, researching for a clients needs or volunteering to help with wheelchair soccer, she is training herself. Kandal is inspiring! Be inspired!

Certifications: ACE



Zachary Wheeler lives life to help better the lives of others. Zach is a highly positive, energetic and dedicated individual. He is certified by American Council on Exercise and a graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Fitness, Nutrition and Health. Zach has been living a healthy and physically fit lifestyle all his life and though his journey has gained a lot of knowledge in all aspects of fitness, health and well being. He would love to share his knowledge and passion with you. Zach believes everyone carries within them the ability to reach their fitness goals and dreams. Reach High!! For the sky holds no limits.

Certifications: BA in Kinesiology, ACE



Mara has been working and training in the fitness industry since 1986. She specializes in creating training strategies for functional outcomes for individuals of all ages. Mara is extremely versed in program design and implementation of exercise programs for seniors. She is a Certified Senior Exercise Specialist through the American Institute of Fitness Educators. Mara is also certified through by the American Council on Exercise and the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer. She has extensive training and practical application of balance and stability programs and lifestyle management counseling. Mara takes great pride in her work and strives to motivate and inspire her clients to engage in a healthy, well balanced lifestyle. She believes in personal attention, open communication and building meaningful relationships while working toward each individual client’s goal of lifelong health, fitness and a positive approach to every aspect of daily life. Mara’s philosophy is to “focus on what matters”. It is never too late to start, or restart a fitness regimen. In today’s stressful, fast pace world it is important to remember to focus on your health first and balance the rest. You are the center of your world.

Certifications: Senior Exercise Specialist through AIFE, ACE, NASM



From an early age, Tamara has embraced a life focused on health, fitness and overall well-being. Tamara excelled in track and field and captured the Maine state pole vault record and received a track scholarship to attend the University of Vermont. While there she set the university record and competed in the America East Championships. As part of her training routine, Tamara’s coach suggested that she begin to explore yoga. This ultimately changed her life. The union of body and mind through the connection of breath, movement and higher consciousness was what she had been thirsting for within herself, and she became eager to share this knowledge and practice with others.

Tamara is a certified yoga instructor, personal trainer and is a licensed massage therapist. She is trained and experienced in Thai massage and lymphatic drainage on post-operative patients.

By combining her knowledge of massage, yoga, fitness and nutrition Tamara seeks to help her clients progress towards achieving there optimal state of health. Tamara’s sessions are developed to help each individual cultivate better mind-body awareness, improve muscular imbalances, strengthen and tone the entire body, and ultimately to improve overall wellness.

Certifications: Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Yoga Instructor, ACE

Mike Spillman


Mike Spillman is a lifelong fitness enthusiast. After serving in the United States Navy, Mike took his passion for health and fitness to a professional level. He is a Certified Fitness Specialist through Mesa College and a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Specialist through American Council on Exercise. Mike has experience working with all fitness levels, beginners to athletes. Whether you are looking to take charge of your fitness, or need to cross-train in preparation for an athletic event, Mike has you covered!

Mike is an avid runner, he has competed in (1) ultra-marathon, (4) marathons, (15) half-marathons, (1) 25K and dozens of 5 & 10K’s. He has trained extensively in cross-training and training progressions for race preparation. Get the most out of your efforts by training with Mike!

Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Group Exercise Specialist, ACE