COACHES

Fernando Rodriguez

Fernando moved to Lawrence KS from Mexico City (DF) early in his teens. Passion for athletics were installed in him from an early age. Deriving from a very active and athletic family loaded with professional athletes where competition, work ethic and fearlessness influenced Fernando’s passion for physical movement. As a member of the Mexican National swimming team and Division 1 football athlete, Fernando was fascinated with the art and science of strength and conditioning. He studied ‘Exercise Science’ at the University of Kansas. After completion he went on to further his education by supplementing it with ‘Health Promotion and Marketing’ from Emporia State University. With great encouragement of friends and family, Fernando started The Underground Lab in summer of 2009. He and his amazing colleagues continue to reach new creative heights with their instruction and work toward making the experience positive and productive for each and every member of the Underground Lab Nation.

  • Favorite style of training

    Explosive & Multi-directional Training. I love performance so any type of training style that will make me jump higher, run faster, lifter more explosively I enjoy.

  • Coaching Expertise

    High Intensity Training and Fat Loss (Transformation Expert)

  • Favorite Training Tool

    Kettlebell and Barbell

Certifications:

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Associations- Certified Personal Trainer – (NSCA-CPT)
  • American College of Sports Medicine- ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • USA Weightlifting I
  • Poliquin International Certification Program II
  • Poliquin- Biosignature Modulation
  • Functional Range Conditioning- (FRC)
  • Precision Nutrition (CC)
  • NSCA National Trainer of the year runner up. 
  • Lawrence Trainer of the Year. 
Be courageous & bold enough to carry the world on your back but wise enough to know that you can’t.Fernando R

Get to know your new coach!

  • 01

    What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well?

    Working a full time job while taking 28 credit hours during my final semester at ESU. It was a wonderful opportunity to prove to myself that  I was capable of surpassing challenging obstacles by working hard, focusing on the task at hand and cultivating a relentless mentality.  It’s incredible how much you learn about yourself if you just get out of your comfort zone and fight for what you want, following your heart and doing it with immense passion. 

  • 02

    They say that everyone has a book in them. What would your book be about?

    Actually one my goals in life is to write this book. It has been on my mind for years.  The book would be about my dad and his brothers  exciting journey of living a fascinating life filled with ups and downs infused with many life lessons. (From being cast as the first Tarzan, to being an olympic boxer, to becoming D1 Football player to a strength and conditioning coach for the NBA to other accomplishments and pitfalls.)    

  • 03

    What skill would you like to master?

    I really enjoy creative undertakings. I am currently pursing the art of photography, videography and tee-shirt printing.  

  • 04

    There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?

    Those that are proactive and those that are reactive.  Some people wait for life to happen and those that go out there and make life happen! 

Scott Belzer

  • Favorite style of training

    Favorite style of training – I enjoy all types of training, but my core method is Olympic Weightlifting

  • Coaching Expertise

    Olympic Weightlifting

  • Favorite Training Tool

    The Barbell

Certifications:

  • Director of Operations at The Underground Lab 
  • USA Weightlifting Club Coach

Get to know your new coach!

  • 01

    What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well? 

    Getting married at 21!

  • 02

    They say that everyone has a book in them. What would your book be about?  

    My book would be about my journey of faith in God and of following the teaching and example of Jesus Christ. 

  • 03

    What skill would you like to master?  

    Speaking another language

  • 04

    There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?  

    Those who get busy living and those who get busy dying.

Melissa Farve

Melissa is a coffee and sushi fan (not at the same time) who does professional fitness training, in that order. 
Born on an Air Force Base in the Philippines in ’85, Melissa made her way to Kansas and became a fellow Lawrencian in ’91. With endless energy as a kid, Melissa had the drive to play many sports and experience many active games with the kids in her neighborhood.  This joy of constant physical activity integrated the passion Melissa carried with her post team-based sports. Now with 8 years as a personal trainer, Melissa continues to share her commitment to physical activity through fun, effective and creative workouts.
  • Favorite style of training

    I prefer to train my clients and myself with variety. Training the general population is what I love to do, so being able to offer skills that are supportive to being efficient in any situation in life is my favorite. I love to add weight training mixed with days of HIIT or Metcon fun.

  • Coaching Expertise

    Being creative with ways to maneuver the body as well as being able to quickly adapt to changes or alternative exercises for individuals need in a group training session (our Fitness Modules and SPEfit)

  • Favorite Training Tool

    The “hooman” machine is my favorite tool for training. Our bodies are capable of so much more than we give ourselves permission to use. We are constantly using our bodies as a vehicle to travel from one place to the next, as well as picking up objects, throwing items & so much more. My goal is to support others with proper mechanics to use the body as safely and efficiently as possible. If I were to choose a complimentary tool, I would select free weights such as dumbbells, kettlebells and/or medicine balls.

Certifications:

NSCA-CPT, Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, sitting in to take the NASM-CPT certification.

How you choose to show up is a mirror for how you live in the now and carves a path for your future. Be present, grateful and driven.Melissa F.

Get to know your new coach!

  • 01

    What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well? 

    I’ve experienced a lot of dumb things in my life, so it’s hard to pinpoint which one takes the crown as the most dumbest with a positive outcome. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I made the choice to seek greatness in all situations. I remind myself daily to live in gratitude and in the present. I’m just a silly girl who rides the crazy wave of life.
  • 02

    They say that everyone has a book in them. What would your book be about?  

    Box of Chocolates: A Life of Unpredictability
    Our lives truly are like a new mystery chocolate that we get to bite right into.  It is uncertain what this crazy life will throw at us, but how we react to sweet, salty, or spicy moments sets the pace for the day/future.  Each chapter would highlight either a triumph, obstacle, embarassment, corny jokes or strange encounter that I faced. The goal of this book is to be completely raw, vulnerable and most of all RELATABLE. What I’ve learned in this crazy life of mystery choclates is that we are not alone.  
  • 03

    What skill would you like to master?

     

    -Culture: fluent in 3 languages
    -For Fun: road trip across the country
    -Self-reliance: carpentry and drive stick shift
    -Helpful Skills: mastering self-defense 
    -Spiritual: being present to and understanding my spirit numbers
    -Health/Safety/Outdoors: surviving the wilderness (like Naked and Afraid except not naked )
    Fitness: 1-Arm Pull-Up

  • 04

    There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?  

    People are like Sour Patch Kids….they’re either sweet or sour  sometimes sour then sweet.  Everyone deserves a chance, right? 

Brian Leimer

  • Favorite style of training

    Powerlifting

  • Coaching Expertise

    Strength: Squat, bench press, deadlift.

  • Favorite Training Tool

    The Barbell

Certifications:

American College of Sports Medicine-CPT

Get to know your new coach!

  • 01

    What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well? 

    I didn’t like to rehearse my jazz band solos but they always seemed to turn out well.

  • 02

    They say that everyone has a book in them. What would your book be about?  

    The evolving mind, attitude, and behavior of a young man.
  • 03

    What skill would you like to master?

    Investing

  • 04

    There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?  

    Determined and undetermined individuals. The determined individual is persisted and unwavering in accomplishing their goals while the undetermined individual settles for an outcome less than they once sought after.

Dylan Filburn

As a child, I participated in athletics year round, from soccer to baseball, basketball, football, and eventually finding my passion in track and field. I turned that passion into success at the collegiate level, earning All-American honors three times in my career and one national championship. Coming from a family with a history of many college athletes, I wanted to work in a field where I could help others achieve their athletic dreams. After moving to Lawrence, I quickly found the Lab, where there is also a rich history of crazy talented athletes, each in their own distinctive way. I look forward to working with these athletes every single day!

  • Favorite style of training

    HIIT or IWT

  • Coaching Expertise

    Speed and Agility

  • Favorite Training Tool

    Trap Bar

Certifications:

  • USA Weightlifting I

Get to know your new coach!

  • 01

    What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well?

    In college, I qualified for indoor nationals in the 600m, 800m, 4×400 Relay, 4×800 Relay, and Distance Medley Relay my Sophomore year. At the national meet, I ran the 800 leg of the DMR, 800m, and the 3rd leg of the 4×8, all of which took place in less than 24 hrs. I ran personal bests in two of those 800s and earned All-American honors in 2 of 3 events.

  • 02

    They say that everyone has a book in them. What would your book be about?

    The decline in quality of music throughout history.

  • 04

    There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?

    Those who say and those who do.