Meet The Coaches
ROCHELLE DIEM – HEAD COACH
The idea of becoming a personal trainer first crossed my mind when I was a teen-aged gym rat. I watched and admired the trainers at my gyms, thinking what a great career it would be. It wasn’t until I over a decade later, when I took my first class in applied exercise physiology, that I KNEW training was my calling! I had only taken the class out of boredom, but I felt so much more passion in those 8 weeks than I had in my 4 years of studying psychology.
In my early days as a fitness professional, I was blessed with the opportunity to train in a variety of settings. I worked with local collegiate soccer and basketball teams, a high school lacrosse team, weight loss challengers, taught bootcamps and even high school P.E.
When opportunity knocked again and I was thrust into the role of heading my own training business, I chose the name Top Form Training. Not only does it reflect the results I strive for with my clients, but it also reflects one of my main training principles: form first. Regardless of what type of training I do or who I work with, I emphasize proper form to keep the workouts as safe and effective as possible. That said, I find a way to push my clients beyond their perceived limits and still make each workout fun so that they keep coming back for more!
I have been an athlete in one sport or another my whole life. I began playing soccer at age 7 and seemingly have never stopped. I spent many years on the soccer field, the tennis court, and was on a local cycling team during my high school years. I became a Marine in 1991, and was forced (happily and willingly) to continue my quest for fitness. I began my journey into running races, cycling (again), and triathlons in the late 1990’s. I have completed multiple half marathons, the Marine Corps Marathon (2002), and a half Iron Man (2003). I began a journey of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2005 and have been training this great art ever since. I earned my purple belt in 2015. I led several BJJ programs while a Marine aboard MCAS Miramar and while deployed to Afghanistan in 2012.
I am wholly supportive of my wife, Rochelle, and when she asked me to help her at Top Form Training SD, I did not hesitate to join the team. I have found I love working with people and helping them reach their goals, push a little harder, and become better. I apply many training concepts I learned during my 22 1/2 year Marine career and integrate Rochelle’s “form is most important” philosophy as well. I am having a ton of fun working with Rochelle and all of our clients.
However, I am most excited about starting a Jiu-Jitsu program at Top Form Training SD. I will be getting back to the mats and teaching people this great art along the way. I am a firm believer in SAFETY FIRST, on the mats and off of the mats. My Jiu-Jitsu philosophy is “you never lose, as long as you always learn.” I am looking forward to sharing my training passion with all who want to learn and experience the fun environment Top Form Training SD creates.