Ankeen Tashdjian

Ankeen Tashdjian

Founder of KEEN FITNESS

Fav Quote: ``In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.``

ANKEEN TASHDJIAN
FOUNDER & LEAD COACH

The driving force behind KEEN FITNESS is Ankeen Tashdjian. Passion and motivation drives Tashdjian to provide the ultimate fitness environment for women. Tashdjian has immersed herself in over 300 hours of classroom instruction and 200 hours supervised hands on gym time at a six month program through NPTI (National Personal Training Institute) as well as certified through NASM (National Academy of Sports and Medicine).

She is also certified as a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and continues to educate herself on all things fitness and nutrition. A lifelong athlete Tashdjian has a strong bond with her clientele as she can relate to the ups and downs that every woman faces with health and confidence. Breaking points are only a stepping stool to a larger reward. When you’re ready to give up, Ankeen won’t.

What Drives Me?
Watching girls reach their goals, doing something they couldn’t do when they first started, lifting weight they couldn’t do.
Food Indulgence

Pizza & Fries, DUH!

Song I Jam to in the Shower

“La Isla Bonita” by Madonna

Ani Ivanov

Ani Ivanov

Circuit Coach

Fav Quote: ``It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.`` - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

ANI IVANOV
CIRCUIT COACH

Fitness is my passion!  I was born and raised in Bulgaria, Eastern Europe, and from an early age I became passionate about fitness. Training and competing as a gymnast developed a solid foundation for athletics, and ignited my desire to continue growing as a fitness professional. 

I am NASM certified, and TRX Qualified coach. Additionally, I coach indoor cycling and am in the process of becoming a NASM Master Trainer.  My objectives as a coach are to inspire, motivate, encourage, and mentor my clients in creating and sustaining healthy lifestyles.

Coaching others is an art and science! Knowing the client’s strengths helps me to develop progressive programs that will build upon their strengths and further challenge them to improve and accomplish their goals. 

If you want to hear more about myself just ask me! Take my classes and accept the challenge to better yourself!

What Drives Me?

My inner desire to continue to perfect myself, clients’ successes, children’s’ smiles, being genuine, offering a helping hand, the list is endless…

Food Indulgence

Peanut Butter Sandwich

Song I Jam to in the Shower

“Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap

Stephanie Iwasaki

Stephanie Iwasaki

Kickboxing Coach

Fav Quote: ``If you don't set small goals to reach your main goal, that ultimate goal isn't a goal. It's a dream``

STEPHANIE IWASAKI
KICKBOXING COACH

I’ve been teaching kickboxing for 10 years plus! Not only do I LIVE to workout, but I LOVE to workout! To share my passion for fitness and pushing clients to their limits is such a rewarding feeling!  The desire to help others achieve their best led me to teach kickboxing and everyday I find that fulfillment in my job!

I love being able to introduce women to a sport that they may have normally not been attracted to, and furthermore, tailoring my workouts to allow women to feel empowered by their beautiful bodies!

I have a sweet little boy, and I went through my entire pregnancy working out, adapting, adjusting and understanding the need to stay physically and mentally balanced.

I always encourage my clients to push harder in their workouts while incorporating a fun, non-intimidating environment.

What Drives Me?

Knowing that I can make a positive impact on someone’s life!

Food Indulgence

Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies from TJ’s! OMG!

Song I Jam to in the Shower

“I Found A Boy” by Adele

Sarah Purdum

Sarah Purdum

Kickboxing & Strength Coach

Fav Quote: ``Do things that scare you!``

SARAH PURDUM
CIRCUIT COACH

I have been an athlete my entire life and love to workout. In high school, I got my first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and that was the beginning of my love of martial arts. Since then, I’ve done kickboxing, Krav Maga, Jiu JItsu, and MMA over the years.

After attending Boston University where I studied acting, I moved to LA. For the last three years, I have been a personal trainer and a group weightlifting instructor in a group setting.  I still love learning new ways to workout and frequently do crossfit and lift weights. I love helping people find their inner strength, and teaching them effective ways to train and fuel their bodies for optimum results!

What Drives Me?
Watching women gaining confidence and making healthy changes in their lives. Seeing women overcome physical challenges and walking away with lots of endorphins.
Food Indulgence

Ice cream and does beer count?

Song I Jam to in the Shower

“Electric Love” by BORNS

Leah Purcell

Leah Purcell

Fitness

Fav Quote: ``The strength comes out of the struggle”

LEAH PURCELL
CIRCUIT COACH

Before Leah became a fitness instructor she started out her career as a professional dancer in New York City, performing in numerous Broadway National Tours. After 5 years in New York she then moved back to her native home of Southern California. Always living a healthy and active lifestyle Leah decided to make fitness and nutrition a priority. “Health is something that should be an important factor in one’s everyday life no matter what age or fitness level.”

She started teaching Dance Fitness classes and became a certified Pure Barre instructor 7 year ago and there her passion for teaching fitness began.  In search of some more intense training Leah discovered HIIT and began teaching her own boot camps based in High Intensity Interval Training. Since the start of her own classes Leah has also been asked to teach and program corporate wellness classes for major corporations through out the Los Angeles area.

Leah graduated with bachelors of Arts degree in Dance from UCI. She is an ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified group fitness instructor with specialties in functional training and senior functional training.

Leah loves brining her passion for fitness to people through her classes.

What Drives Me?
Knowing that our mind and body are capable of some pretty amazing things.
Food Indulgence

Carrot cake or red velvet.
Must have a thick layer of cream cheese frosting!

Song I Jam to in the Shower

Anything by Justin Timberlake

Toni Grafton

Toni Grafton

Strength Coach

Fav Quote: ``There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm``

TONI GRAFTON
STRENGTH COACH

I had an athletic upbringing, as I was active in soccer, horseback riding and cross-country running. My love for competition lead me to participate in triathlons and body-building. Over the last decade, I have finished 5 Ironman triathlons and earned my pro card as a Natural Bikini Fitness athlete.  My obsession with fitness lead me into the world of personal training, where I get to help others around me embrace this healthy lifestyle as well. I believe that persistence in perfecting your weight lifting form, and dedication to your goals, will lead to the best results. Lean muscle, strength and positive body image are great goals to have!  Fitness is an integral part of who I am and sharing it with others makes me so happy.

What Drives Me?

I love when you see the moment a person falls in love with lifting. Physical strength and mental strength feed off of each other. When women accomplish tasks in the gym, they are able to carry that power into the rest of their life.

Food Indulgence

Apple fritters!

Song I Jam to in the Shower

Burning Man, by Dierks Bentley

Lugene El- Harazi

Lugene El- Harazi

Fitness Coach

Fav Quote: ``NEED QUOTE HERE``

LUGENE EL-HARAZI
STRENGTH COACH

Fitness and working out has been a passion of mine my whole life – there isn’t a time where I wasn’t all about getting a sweat in. I grew up as a competitive tennis player, and found my way to other forms of working out when I started college at USC. Spinning, CrossFit, Pilates, boxing, and eventually Keen Fitness, where I became a member 5 years ago!
With a little push from Ankeen, I went on to enroll at the American Fitness and Nutrition Academy and received my NASM certification. In my class, I’ll help push you to your limits while also making sure you walk out feeling like the baller that you are!

What Drives Me?
What drives me: Always wanting to be the best version of myself, and helping others do the same.
Food Indulgence

ANYTHING sweet!

Song I Jam to in the Shower

“Upgrade You” by Beyoncé

Ebony Lopez

Ebony Lopez

Fitness Coach

Fav Quote: ``NEED QUOTE HERE``

EBONY LOPEZ
KICKBOXING COACH

Boxing is not just for the physical, but the mental as well- that’s why I love it.
I’m Cali born and raised. I have been competitive for as long as I can remember.  I started boxing in middle school through the PAL boxing program. Honored to have been trained by the best. It not only taught me discipline, but also helped build my confidence and strength. It gave me a healthy outlet. It shaped me into the person I am today. It changed my life forever. 
At a young age I knew that I wanted to help other women feel strong, confident and proud. I want to help them push beyond and teach them something no one can take away; the art of boxing. My goal is to motivate and inspire others to step out of there comfort zone and try something new. I want to help you be the best you can be mentally and physically !

What Drives Me?
What drives me: My dog haha, and of course, seeing that smile on people’s face when they’ve accomplished what they thought they couldn’t. Happiness is contagious.
Food Indulgence

I love it all & ice cream!

Song I Jam to in the Shower

“Two Lover” by Mary Wells