The Alchemy 365 Community is Growing: Meet Coach Elena!

By Elena Smale

Hi – Coach Elena here! I am beyond pumped to be a part of the Alchemy community. No surprise here, but I’ve already been welcomed in with open arms, tremendous support, and encouragement in the past 4 weeks, so I know the future here is only going to be bigger, brighter, and better 🙂

A little bit about myself – I was hired on as a full time Assistant Studio Manager and will be Interim General Manager at Highland Park as Alex Zauner is out on her maternity leave (so excited for the wonderful addition to her family and selfishly, to our community!). This role at Alchemy is a perfect combination of my three greatest passions – health/fitness, entrepreneurship/marketing, and working with people! To sum up my background, I have a degree in marketing, experience in customer service/healthcare, am a certified health and life coach who specializes in self love and codependency, and have been a fitness instructor for the past 4.5 years.

So… Why Alchemy? To be honest when I saw the job description online, I couldn’t help but think that it was written just for me, especially at this point in my life. I’m all for an empowering, growth-oriented, challenging, and supportive environment, whether that be in the studio or in my everyday life. In short, I love the Alchemy brand and everything they stand for. Alchemy’s core values are truly a mirror image of how I choose to live my life already. I wholeheartedly care and want to share in other peoples’ journeys of inner and outer strength, confidence, growth, and ultimately, feeling alive.

What’s my PYL? When I think about what “pursue your legend” means to me, it all comes back to connection. I LIVE for human connection (I mean don’t we all in some shape or form?). Whether that be through community building, 1:1 interactions, or empathizing with someone over a love/hate relationship with burpees. Every point of connection matters and makes a difference. I’m hoping that my love for connecting with other humans will resonate and make an impact with each and every athlete I interact with at Alchemy. Wooof that’s a big goal, but I like to dream big!

All in all, I am ready for an amazing journey to be had alongside all of your wonderful journeys. And I know everyone says this and it’s cheesy, but let me tell you something.. I will be your biggest cheerleader. You can hold me to it 🙂 Let’s goooo athletes!


Coach Elena is an Assistant Studio Manager at Alchemy 365 Highland Park in Saint Paul, MN and  Alchemy Northeast in Minneapolis. When she’s not coaching in the studio, she’s coaching women 1:1 on better self-love practices as a Health & Life Coach, embracing her inner foodie by checking out new restaurants with friends, and feeding her curiosities with all the personal growth podcasts, books, and courses.

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