Meet The Defined Leadership Team
We have a highly experienced leadership team at Defined who are all passionate about helping you achieve the changes you are looking for at Defined. Get to know our diverse team and next time you are in the gym make sure to say hello, after-all we are all on the same team!
Meet Our Leadership Team
Senior Group Fitness Manager
Lawrence Chavez is the Senior Group Fitness Manager at Defined. In 1991, Lawrence became a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor at Defined Fitness. His passion for health and fitness started during his younger teenage years; when he would wake up his little sister between the hours 5:30 and 6:00 a.m., and they would do an early morning workout that he would make up. During his high school years, he began encouraging his friends to work out with him at the gym during the early morning hours before school. In 1996, Lawrence graduated from the University of New Mexico with his B.S. in Exercise Physiology. In November of 2007, he accepted a job offer to become the Group Fitness Manager at Defined Fitness. Throughout his childhood, and now through his professional career, his mom has continued to be the most influential person in his life. She is one of the most charismatic, dedicated, loyal and passionate individuals that he admires and deeply respects. He has learned a great deal from her over the years and has carried these qualities over into his personal leadership style with his team. Lawrence is currently certified in and teaching Les Mills BodyPump, BodyCombat, BodyJam, CXWorx and Cycling. A big highlight for him was competing in Regional and National Aerobic Championships from 1996-1999. In 1999, Lawrence placed 3rd at the National Aerobic Championships in Los Angeles, CA. When he is not in the office, he enjoys spending quality and quiet time with his family and his four dogs, Diesel, Tank, Lexie and Dozzer; they are a huge part of his life in many ways.
Club Manager at our Sandia Club
Ian Clark is a Club Manager at our Sandia Club and has been with Defined since January 2016. Ian played safety and punt returner for the University of New Mexico from 2005 – 2010. After college, he pursued his career in the fitness industry and began personal training at a private studio in Downtown Albuquerque. He soon changed career paths after having his beautiful daughter Jayda in 2011. After 5 years of restaurant management, Ian joined Defined Fitness San Mateo as a personal trainer. In May of 2016, he became the Fitness Manager at the Riverside location and eventually moved to our Juan Tabo Location in May of 2017 where he helped Defined members reach their goals through personal training. During May of 2020, Ian became our Sandia Club Manager and is currently focusing on inspiring, empowering, and supporting our community and team members to pursue positive change.
Operations Manager at our Bosque Club
Joe Crespin is the Operations Manager at our Bosque Club. Joe started with Defined in 2013 and has held various positions in the company since. He has earned several awards from Defined Fitness including the Defined Hero Award as well as being recognized as an All-Star finalist in 2015.
Assistant Group Exercise Manager at Defined Fitness
Cristal Garcia is the Assistant Group Exercise Manager at Defined Fitness. Cristal was the starting shooting guard for the University of New Mexico Women’s Basketball team from 1999 – 2004. During her career at UNM, the team won one Mountain West Conference Championship, Runner up in the WNIT tournament and made school history by playing in the school’s first ever NCAA Sweet 16. In 2005, Cristal graduated from the University of New Mexico with her B.S. in Business Administration. In 2007 she received her Master’s from NYIT in Marketing and Project Management. She then accepted a job offer from the National Basketball Association (NBA) D- League where she was the Director of Corporate Sponsorship and Operations for five years. In 2011 she made the transition out of professional sports and into college athletics. She accepted a job with Learfield Sports/ University of New Mexico athletics where she was an Account Executive and over saw national and local Corporate Sponsorships for the Athletic department for 6 years. Cristal is very excited and honored to be a part of the Defined Fitness Family. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to work with amazing Group fitness instructors who have the same passion as herself in helping members build confidence mentally and physically while working out in a fun environment. Cristal believes that with a strong mindset anything is possible! When she is not in the office, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, being outdoors and enjoying life.
Operations Manager at our new Rio Club
Jared Fitch is an Operations Manager at our new Rio Club. Jared was born and raised in Grants, New Mexico, and graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2017. Jared worked in the fitness industry for two years prior to making his start at Defined. While at Defined, Jared found his passion for helping people pursue and achieve a healthier and more positive lifestyle. In his spare time, Jared enjoys listening to music, playing sports, spending time with family and bodybuilding.
Regional Fitness Manager
Jim Lezeau is the Regional Fitness Manager for Defined Fitness. Jim has an MS in Exercise Science from the University of New Mexico and is both a Corrective Exercise Specialist and a Performance Enhancement Specialist with NASM. He has 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer, performance coach and program manager. In his 18th year with Defined Fitness, he continues to have passion for education and working with building the best personal trainers in the industry. Before obtaining his degrees, Jim played college baseball in Arizona and Colorado as well as minor league baseball in the Colorado Rockies organization. Jim is the proud husband of a wonderful wife and father of two amazing boys.
Club Manager at Farmington Club
Steve Lien is the Club Manager at our Farmington Club. He has been a part of Defined Fitness since 2008, and contiunally makes it his daily goal to help his members accomplish their goals. Passionate about his hometown health, Steve has been able to use the amazing Defined Fitness platform to constantly pursue & support positive change in the gym & in the community by being on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Health & Wellness Committee, and Membership Committee. Steve is always striving to be a stronger leader & servant to his family and team members. Hobbies & Goals include relaxing with family, golfing, biking, & maintaining a balanced, healthy lifestyle.
Club Manger at Rio Club
Darlene is the Club Manger at our Rio Club. Darlene has been a member of Defined Fitness for the past 5 years. She has always had a passion for health and wellness, and for the past 19 years, she’s studied herbalism and holistic health. In 2016, Darlene entered her first fitness competition and won Overall Figure Pro. She was then inspired to become certified in Personal Training and Sports Nutrition leading her to launch her own business. Darlene’s mission is to help people have more confidence and to help them love the reflection they see in the mirror by having a more positive body image. She is excited and thankful to be part of the Defined Fitness family. She is also a proud mother of 5 and enjoys biking, hiking, and anything outdoors.
Club Manager at Capital Club
Matthew Priest is the Club Manager of our Capital Club. Matt has been a part of the Defined Fitness team for 8 years. He started as a front desk staff member at and worked his way up through the company working several different position including Maintenance, Custodial Supervisor, and Assistant Manager. Before he started at Defined Fitness, Matt was involved in athletics in many different capacities ranging from high school track coach to professional athlete to coach of professional athletes. Matt believes that in order to be successful you must challenge yourself and learn from your experiences, and that every great success is preceded by small failures. Matt thrives in a challenging environment when he is able to try new approaches. Matt has always prided himself on his ability to bring an innovative clever approach to any task at hand and come out with the best possible product available.
Group Fitness Coordinator at Sandia Club
DeeAnne Peay is the Group Fitness Coordinator for our Sandia Club. DeeAnne has taught group fitness class for over 30 years. She is passionate about functional fitness and health at any age and believes that you are never too young or too old to start a healthy lifestyle. DeeAnne is currently certified in and teaching Les Mills BodyCombat, BodyFlow, BodyJam, BodyPump, and CXWorx and is also very involved in the SilverSneakers Program for the State of New Mexico. She currently has her certification in SilverSneaker formats such as Classic, Circuit, Splash, Yoga, Boom Move It, and Strength and Stretch. DeeAnne finds that family time is so valuable and would not trade that for anything. She also enjoys traveling to different places throughout the US, Mexico and its nearby islands.
Membership Manager at Metro Club
Erica Sluder is a Membership Manager at our Metro Club. Erica has been with Defined since May of 2017. It was not her passion for fitness that led her to her current position as a Fitness Manager, but a passion for people and the impact fitness has on them. The profound emotional connection she develops with clients through sharing life-changing stories, personal needs, intimidating insecurities, and seemingly out-of-reach goals far exceeds any other job description. Erica feels privileged to have the opportunity to empower individuals with the knowledge, support, skills, and resources to inspire them on their health and fitness journey, ultimately improving their self-image and quality of life. They say if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans. Erica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management, proof that fitness was not the career path she had initially planned. Throughout a series of very fortunate events, Erica started at Defined Fitness as a Part-Time Fitness Manager and Certified Personal Trainer at the Sandia Club on Juan Tabo. She is now acting as the Membership Manager at the Metro Club with a team of impeccable co-works that know how to help potential members chose Defined Fitness as their home gym. The gym is Erica’s second home; whether she’s working or working out, she is doing what she loves.
Fitness Manager at Hilltop Club
Hannah is the Fitness Manager at our Hilltop Club in Rio Rancho. Hannah started with Defined as a personal trainer at Hilltop in June of 2016. She has a BS in Exercise Science and MS in Sports Administration, both from the University of New Mexico. Her passions for fitness and helping people become the strongest they can be, physically, mentally, and emotionally, is what led her to the fitness industry. She loves helping her clients to reach goals they never thought were possible, overcome obstacles, and improve their quality of life.