NASM-CPT, StrongFirst Team Leader, Elite Instructor, & “Iron Maiden”, CK-FMS, DVRT I, Pn1
Born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, Artemis Scantalides is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, StrongFirst Team Leader, Elite Instructor, and “Iron Maiden”, Certified Kettlebell-Functional Movement Specialist (CK-FMS). She specializes in Hardstyle Style Kettlebell Training and women’s strength training. She is also a Black Belt in Kung Fu, a certified SPIN® Instructor, DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Level I Instructor, Precision Nutrition Level I Coach (Pn1), as well as certified to train the pregnant and post-partum client. Artemis attended the George Washington University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Minor in French. During her undergraduate years, Artemis studied abroad in various foreign language programs. As a result of her international studies, she is fluent in French and proficient in Arabic, Italian and Greek.
Artemis has been working in the Fitness Industry for over 17 years. She made a drastic career change and left her job as an IT Consultant in order to pursue a career in fitness and never looked back. Working in an office did not suit her as she has been an athlete all of her life. Artemis was a ballet dancer for 23 years; she began training in Classical Ballet, Russian Technique, at the age of four, and continued on to study various types of dance with the Boston Ballet. After receiving her BA from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, Artemis relocated to New York City for two years. While living in New York City, Artemis worked and trained closely with celebrity trainer Ary Nunez, (Nike Sponsored Athlete, owner of Gotham Global Fitness LLC and personal trainer to celebrities such as Rihanna). At that time, Artemis decided to hang up her ballet shoes in order to study Kung Fu.
Artemis started her martial arts journey studying Southern Shaolin style Kung Fu with a focus on the Five Animal System. Artemis returned to her University town of Washington, DC in 2005 where she began to study T’ien Shan Pai style Kung Fu and Contemporary Wu Shu. She competed in her first two Kung Fu competitions in June and September of 2007 where she won three gold medals and one silver medal.
In 2009, while living in Washington, DC, Artemis obtained her Black Belt in T’ien Shan Pai style Kung Fu and Contemporary Wu Shu. Artemis will attest that next to training and testing for her RKC Instructor Certification, obtaining her Kung Fu Black Belt was one of the most challenging accomplishments that she has ever achieved.
In 2011, Artemis’ love for kettlebells and strength training drove her to open her own hardstyle kettlebell and training gym in Boston, Massachusetts, Iron Body Studios, with her husband, fellow StrongFirst Instructor and Certified Athletic Trainer, Eric Gahan. In addition, after she completed the Iron Maiden Challenge in 2014 (she was the ninth woman in the world to complete the Iron Maiden Challenge between StrongFirst and the RKC and the lightest and smallest woman to date as of July 25, 2014 to complete The Challenge), Artemis created her own women’s strength workshop, I Am Not Afraid To Lift®, with the mission to educate women about the importance of strength training, about how to strength train properly, and to help them to feel empowered through strength training. Artemis believes that the self-efficacy and confidence that you build in the weight room carries over into all areas of life and over the past 6 years, she has taught dozens of her Lift® workshop to hundreds of women, both nationally and internationally.
Artemis and her husband closed Iron Body Studios in 2016 and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada so that her husband could accept a Head Therapist position with Cirque du Soleil. Shortly after arriving in Vegas, Artemis also accepted a position with Cirque du Soleil to work as a Performance Conditioning Specialist in support of their Las Vegas resident show KÀ. Due to the demand of her online coaching and workshop business, Artemis stepped down from her position as the dedicated strength and conditioning coach for KÀ because she could no longer handle the demands of her business along with her responsibilities at Cirque du Soleil.
In addition to her online coaching and workshop business, Artemis remains an On-Call strength coach for Cirque du Soleil and teaches courses and certifications as a StrongFirst Team Leader.
Artemis seeks to empower women through strength as she continues to encourage and inspire women to not be afraid to lift weights and she swears by kettlebell training and strength training, as she states: “Kettlebell training and strength training not only strengthened and changed my body, but also my mindset.”