Meet The Team

Jesse Coddington

Jesse Coddington

Owner, Fitness Coach, Weight Loss Specialist

@jessecodd / Coming from a family ridden with diabetes, weight issues, poor eating habits, and a multitude of other health issues, as well as coping with his own weight issues, and eating disorders, Jesse’s desire to work with “regular” people, and not just athletes and fitness competitors has paved the road of his Fitness Coaching career.

Jesse stepped into the fitness world at the age of 13 in the small town of Fort Sumner, New Mexico, where a local natural body builder, and manager of the teen rec center took Jesse under his wing to help him gain strength for high school sports. During high school Jesse realized that it was the “training” for the sports that was his true passion, so instead of playing college football he began competing as a Natural Bodybuilder. While attending Eastern New Mexico University Jesse worked at both the ENMU Fitness Center, and Bodies In Motion, a small fitness center in Clovis, NM. While attending college Jesse became a Certified Fitness Trainer through the International Sports Science Association.

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After finishing college, Jesse packed up his belongings and headed to Glendale, Arizona to propose to the love of his life, Mandy, and take his first personal training job at Bally Total Fitness. Through hard work and building authentic relationships with his clients, Jesse became one of the “Top 3 Personal Trainers for Bally Total Fitness” in the state of Arizona. Although Ballys was a great experience for Jesse, he knew it was time for him to venture out on his own, and so began New Roots Personal Training in 2008.

People that train with Jesse tend to recapture their lives. No longer do they dread dropping their keys and having to bend over to pick them up. No longer do they have to try and convince themselves to start “dieting” next Monday. One particular client of Jesse’s was ecstatic after 3 months of working with Jesse, when she was able to wrap her towel all the way around her body for the first time in years. Another touching weight loss story involves a client being able to wear her wedding ring again after years of it not fitting.

Jesse has coached many of his clients to lose 30, 50, 100, and even 150 lbs!

Ben Ledvina

Ben Ledvina

BS Exercise Science, Fitness Coach, MMA/BOXING/MUI TAI/KICKBOXING Coach, KRAV MAGA Instructor

@benledvina_coach / Ben Ledvina is a Flagstaff local and became interested in athletics at an early age, training as both a competitive swimmer and martial artist. He earned his degree in Exercise Science from NAU while working as a trainer for the university and local gyms. Ben has an extensive background in fight training (boxing, mma, self defense, Krav Maga) and has a passion for empowering others to defend themselves. Since finishing his career in swimming, Ben found a home and an outlet in weightlifting and loved being in the gym. “I love the physical challenge of course, but even more powerful is what weightlifting does mentally. It teaches us discipline, persistence, and shows us in a very tangible way that we can achieve our goals and that we alone are responsible for the outcome. One of my favorite things is providing a platform for people overcome their trepidation of lifting and find their healthy life style. I am recently married to the most amazing woman and hope to live in Flagstaff for a long time. In my time away from the gym I enjoy reading, writing, and trying to grow a full beard.”
Taylor Connolly

Taylor Connolly

M.S. Environmental Engineering, B.S. Environmental Engineering, B.A. Spanish, Fitness Coach, AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, Les Mills GRIT instructor

@tayloroster / Born and raised in Flagstaff, Taylor Connolly began participating in a variety of sports at a young age. From soccer to basketball to softball, Taylor thrived during the fitness portions of the practice and games rather than playing the sport itself. In middle school and high school Taylor transitioned to cross country and found a love for long distance running. Growing up in a family whose family members constantly struggled with weight and health concerns, Taylor was determined to break the cycle. Her first job was also at a local gym which only increased her passion for exercise and fitness. In college Taylor studied engineering, but spent many hours diving deeper into fitness- always excited to try new workouts in weightlifting, HIIT, TRX, etc. In 2017, Taylor became a certified AFAA Group Fitness Instructor and Les Mills GRIT Instructor for a local gym in town. She quickly realized that teaching group fitness classes and empowering others to push past their comfort zones was incredibly fulfilling. Since then, Taylor has continued to learn new workout styles and train more seriously in weightlifting. In early 2019, Taylor joined New Roots as a fitness coach and has loved being part of a fun and cutting-edge team of trainers who care for clients in a way that is world-changing. In her spare time Taylor enjoys hitting the Flagstaff trails, eating good food, and spending time with her husband Sean and golden retriever Midge. 

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