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Meet the Team


Exercise Physiologist, President and Founder

Mira Rasmussen ACSM EP-C, NASM-CES, SFMA, FMS is an exercise physiologist, functional and corrective exercise specialist, holistic nutritionist, and founder of Fitness Beyond Training studios in central Texas. Her mission is helping people redefine exercise, so they thrive in it and overcome barriers to exercise, whether its their passion or means to a goal.  She specializes in functional and corrective exercise as a foundation for athletic performance, general fitness, and weight management. "Using these methods everyone can overcome weakness to achieve their goals.  Let's optimize movement to improve the human experience!"

Mira earned her degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Utah and is a certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. She is driven in advanced continuing education and develops her skills ongoing.  Mira advocates for wellness by serving on the Obesity Action Coalition education committee, writes for Your Weight Matters Magazine, speaks at community events and national conferences. Her work has been referenced on CNN.

Martin Ruiz  ACSM EP-C, FMSC, CF Level 1

Exercise Physiologist and Fitness Specialist

Martin holds a Bachelor of Science of Health and Human Performance with an emphasis on Exercise Science from The University of Texas at Brownsville. The discipline he developed through the years in JROTC has helped him throughout his fitness journey as well as in life. In his youth, Martin participated in many sports activities such as football, basketball, and Kenpo Martial Art. He has also competed in several bodybuilding competitions. He also enjoys  CrossFit which led him to attain Level 1 certification.

Martin has gained knowledge and experience in the clinical setting while working as the Exercise Physiologist for DHR Health Bariatric and Metabolic Institute.  He has invested time in the community by hosting educational fitness seminars and facilitated the “Walk with the Doc” initiative,  motivating others to stay active, regardless of age. Skilled in weight loss, metabolic analysis, and resistance training, he has helped many clients accomplish their goals. Fitness starts within, the will to change a lifestyle is greater than no will at all.

Chris Vega  ACE-CPT, Weight Management Specialist, FMSC, CF Level 1

Chris Vega is a bilingual Certified Personal Trainer. He is currently enrolled in the Exercise Physiology and Human Performance program at Texas A&M-Central Texas. From an early age, Chris started to practice several sports including Soccer, Tae Kwon Do and Swimming.  In the last few years, he has been dedicated to increasing his knowledge and experience in a broad spectrum of exercise modalities including CrossFit®, weightlifting and weight loss.  He has trained under world class coaches.

 Chris enjoys writing articles to inspire other people to take control over their lives. He has been dedicated to help people to fight obesity and to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Through his social media, he has been able to reach hundreds of people and give them a positive message about fitness to encourage them to take the next step into changing their lives. Presently he is working on publishing a motivational book about fighting Obesity. 

Angelie Juaneza  NASM-CES, FMSC, FMT

Exercise Physiologist and Health Fitness Professional

Angelie Juaneza holds a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis on Exercise Physiology as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She has consistently participated in an active lifestyle. Angelie participated in gymnastics for 10 years before she took up tennis in junior high. She played competitive tennis all throughout high school and gained Champ rankings before heading off to college. She was fortunate to play at UMHB all 4 years and held the role of team captain her senior year. She now participates in Crossfit, actively paddleboards, and just enjoys being outdoors!


Angelie has a fire and passion for helping other become the best version of themselves through health and wellness. During her graduate studies, Angelie committed her free time in the Human Performance Lab at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor as a research assistant. During her time there, she became proficient in administering and analyzing body composition scans as well as metabolic testing. Her experience in the lab has helped her guide clients towards achieving their personal fitness goals. One study she played a role in explored the anti-inflammatory effects on joint swelling which tends to become prominent as our bodies age. She believes it is important to stay up to date with the health and fitness field as things are always changing and growing. 

Chloe Mendelson  FMSC, FMT

Exercise Physiologist, Holistic Nutritionist, and Health Fitness Professional

Chloe Mendelson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and is currently working towards her Master of Science degree in Exercises Physiology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Chloe has been an athlete since the age of six. Her sports of choice are Field Hockey, snowboarding, cycling and CrossFit.

Chloe grew up in New England; she was born in Boston Massachusetts and raised in the great state of Maine. After completing her Culinary Arts degree at the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont she headed across the country for an opportunity to live and work in the Napa Valley. While in California Chloe fell in love with cycling and competed in two Gran Fondo competitions before she left the West coast.

Chloe is an Army veteran and spent 8 years in the service. She’s been deployed to Afghanistan and lived in South Korea for a year. After multiple injuries sustained while serving she decided to get out of the military to pursue her passion in the world of health and fitness. Chloe is passionate about helping soldiers, strength training, nutrition, mental health and living a balanced lifestyle.