Our Company

At Trainiac, we believe that to make an impactful change in this space, we need to work with the best most passionate folks around. Here's the team that's making it all happen.

Akshay Ahooja
CEO & CO-FOUNDER

Akshay is obsessed with building impactful products. He's a built a career doing so as a Product Manager at Facebook, Microsoft, and now founding Trainiac. Working out regularly and building healthy habits changed his life, and he won't stop until everyone has access to do the same. Akshay grew up in Toronto, Canada and is a lifetime Raptors fan.

Frank Fan
CTO & CO-FOUNDER

Jing (Frank) Fan has 15+ years of experience in software development at Microsoft and Facebook, where all the free drinks and food took their toll on him. After finally losing over 20lbs through exercise and diet, Frank co-founded Trainiac with Akshay as CTO, with the mission and passion of using technology to help people get into a fitness routine and stay there for a lifetime.

Stephanie Hughes
FOUNDING PRODUCT DESIGNER

With professional experience at Facebook, Microsoft, and Artefact Stephanie has built a career out of designing next-gen products and thoughtful user experiences. After designing a variety of products ranging from consumer electronics, mobile apps, and advertising software she joined the team at Trainiac to build tools that promote healthy habits and positive behavior change.

Aurora Sekine
Director of personal training

With over nine years of experience in the world of education, Aurora loves helping people learn and realize their full potential. She's thrilled to combine this with her passion for exercise and wellbeing and is excited to help people experience fitness as a lifestyle with Trainiac. Outside of the office, you'll find Aurora teaching group fitness classes around Seattle, drinking matcha, and watching Great British Baking Show.

Geoff Tripp
HEAD OF FITNESS SCIENCE

With over a decade’s worth of exercise programming experience, Geoff brings his passion for health and fitness to Trainiac. Over the years, he’s learned that a well-designed exercise program gets results, and that there is no room for a cookie cutter approach. Geoff spends his free time training for Ultra Marathons and lives in the small mountain town of Winthrop, Washington.

Andrew Wright
ADVISOR + INVESTOR

As Managing Director of Wright Ventures (a seed stage investment fund) Andrew partners with founders to help them build their businesses from the seed investment stage through venture funding or acquisition. His main focus is on consumer products with an emphasis around content and media businesses that are supported by advertising, transaction and subscription business models.

Mackenzie Banta
LEAD TRAINER

With a passion for holistic health, Mackenzie brings a wealth of knowledge to her clients and mentees with her athletic background, a 200-hour yoga teacher certificate, 5 years of leading group fitness, and as a certified health coach. Mackenzie loves bringing her experience to the Trainiac team to influence and enhance the way we bring value to all who want a personalized fitness experience through the app. A Seattle native, Mackenzie enjoys the outdoors whether it be snowboarding in the Cascades, surfing in Lake Washington, or running on the trails throughout the city.

Stephen Foster
LEAD TRAINER

Stephen developed a passion for health and fitness at an early age. He has experience working with a range of individuals, from geriatric clients, in a clinical setting, to athletes. He believes with the right amount of consistency and creativity, improvement can be life-long. Outside of training, Stephen’s favorite part of his day is taking his dogs on late night runs.

Andi Nguyen
LEAD TRAINER

Andi's health and wellness strategy is targeted towards making clients feel satisfied both physically and mentally. She wants her clients to continuously challenge themselves to gain confidence and pursue the things they love outside the gym. Andi spends her time learning about training the body and mind to continuously improve her abilities. She can often be found playing outside, whether it be splitboarding, hiking, backpacking, and everything in between.

Ben Palocko
LEAD TRAINER

Ben has been at the forefront of online training, working with clients this way since 2011 while playing college hockey at Ohio University. Since, he has developed his own philosophy of training that takes a simplified approach. He believes there’s too much misinformation being throw around about health and fitness and that it’s more important than ever to educate clients and help them listen to their body. Ben lives in Cleveland with his husky Emery and plays guitar in a rock band.