May 15th, 2017

a’Xel, LLC was a combined effort when, in 2007, our founding group decided to formalize their coaching relationships and their passion for the art of figure skating by incorporating.

The relationship began and was built years prior as we each got to know one another through our coaching.

It was then that the founding group began discussions of what they believed to be the right training environment and training regiment for competitive elite athletes pursuing a dream like none other.

Together, they formed a’Xel in order to “a’Xel-erate” this skating process like no other place in the state of Minnesota, offering first rate training programs and instruction both on and off the ice.

a’Xel encourages skaters to continue the love of the sport while pursuing an extremely competitive dream and providing this in a safe and encouraging training environment. We work hard and have fun!










Thomas Amon  
Founder and President of a’Xel International Training Center

  • PSA MASTER Rating Freeskating
  • PSA MASTER Rating Moves in the Field
  • PSA MASTER Rated Ratings Examiner
  • PSA Level IV Professional US National/US National Ranking
  • 2016-2017 USFS Coaches Committee Member
  • ISI District 10 Certified Gold Judge and Instructor
  • Turned Professional in 1998
  • State, Regional, Sectional, and National Coach
  • Coach of multiple State and Regional Champions: Sectional Medalists, Junior National, & National Competitors
  • Full Member PSA
  • Registered Coach with USFS: Category A



Lisa Zarimpa

Lisa Zamarripa
Lead Off-Ice Managing Director

  • BA in Dance from Texas Christian University
  • NSCA –personal trainer
  • ACE –personal trainer
  • ACE – group exercise
  • Physical Mind Institute- Pilates mat and equipment
  • Personal and Competitive experience as a ballerina, world ballroom finalist and athlete
  • Specializes in training competitive skaters for 10+ years with a focus on core, strength, flexibility, muscle balance, posture and alignment. 












Thea Jensen

Off-Ice Yoga Specialist

  • Has been practicing yoga since 1998
  • Attended South Dakota School of Massage Therapy
  • Graduated from Yoga Center of Minneapolis (2009)
  • Blends teachings of Tantra, Yin, Restorative and Anatomy in classes
  • Has worked with teachers: Judith Lacater, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, Tanya Sowards, Tara Cindy Sherman, Dan Jensen, Monique Maxwell and Jennifer Gray



Anthony J. Schulzetenberg
Strength and Conditioning Specialist

  • Undergraduate study at Gustavus Adolphus College in Health and Exercise Science
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer
  • Intergraded Flexibility Training Certified
  • CPR/AED and First Aid Certified
  • Russian Kettle Bell Certified (RKC)
  • TRX Suspension Training Certified
  • Continuing education for muscle disparities and corrective exercises
  • Four years personal training both adults and young athletes; specializing in strength and conditioning periodization for figure skaters
  • Competed at both high school and colligate level track and field earning multiple Championships
  • Excelled to top trainer at New York City’s elite Sports Club L/A on the Upper East Side
  • Safe and functional strength building for youth athletes
  • Vertical jump improvement training
  • Core strengthening
  • Posture improvement/spine alignment













Colton Johnson

Off-Ice Training Staff

  • USFS GOLD Medalist in Moves in the Field
  • PSA Full Member
  • Regional and sectional medalist
  • Five-Time U.S. national competitor
  • Two-time developmental international competitor




Julie Mikelson
a’Xel Executive Marketing Director

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