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PERSONAL TRAINING

Our nationally certified Personal Trainers are dedicated to helping you realize your potential.
 
Our trainers go above and beyond just offering you a challenging workout. They will teach you how to exercise effectively and safely to achieve your fitness goals, rehabilitate injuries or become a new you with a detailed training program. We are here to support you in building your physical and mental strength.

What Personal Training can do for you:

  • Define your personal goals
  • Develop a customized fitness plan
  • Improve your self-confidence
  • Improve your physical well-being
  • Improve your mental well-being
  • Increase your energy, mobility, and strength
  • Provide motivation and accountability
  • Take your fitness to the next level

Small Group Training

You can train together with your friends or family members to make an impact on your health and fitness. Our personal trainers are eager to help you reach your wellness goals so that you can build a positive outlook on your health.

Participate with one other (Duo) or 3+ (Team). Only $15/person with 3+ participating.

Virtual Consultations

Meet with a YMCA Certified Personal Trainer to discuss if personal training is right for you.

All consultations are now completed virtually using Google Meet or over the phone. Consultations are free and required.

MEET OUR TRAINERS

DAHL BRANCH (La Crosse)

Bernice

Olson-Pollack
Dahl branch

My dynamic approach to personal training can offer you guidance as to how to move forward with your fitness goals both safely and effectively.

With the depth of my experience, I can offer you a variety of program designs that stimulate the mind as well as the metabolism. I invite you to partner with me as your personal trainer here at the La Crosse YMCA. I will help you take the proper steps on your path to better health and well-being. –Live Well

Certifications:
  • ACE- Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR/AED/First Aid certified    
  • Group Fitness Instructor- Older Adult, Water Exercise, Yoga (YogaFit 200 hours), Tai Chi, Indoor Cycling, Group Strength
  • National Wellness Institute – The Art of Behavior Change Counseling, Circle of Life Coaching and Group Support Facilitator, and Certified Wellness Speaker

Walid

Sabha
Dahl branch

Exercise has always been a huge part of my life.  Whether its sports, resistance training, or hiking, I find more energized while and myself happier on the move.

My enthusiasm for exercise started with sports as my entire childhood completely revolved around them.  This led to me starting resistance training for sports preparation around age 14, and I have been lifting ever since.

My goal as a personal trainer is to help you overcome any physical limitations you may face through personalized workout plans that cater to your goals.  I also want to help you overcome any mental or psychological barriers that could prevent you from exercising more often (because coming in the gym is always the hardest part!)  Lastly, I wish to bring contagious positive energy to each session so you look forward to training while still working hard!

Certifications:  
  • ACSM- Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR/AED/First Aid certified 
  • BS, UW-La Crosse, Exercise and Sport Science, minor in Psychology 

Lauren

Jann
Dahl branch

As a personal trainer I work with my clients to reach their fitness goals, while also emphasizing the importance of personal empowerment through fitness. I like to focus on building my clients’ self-confidence and self-love by showing them what their bodies and minds are truly capable of, and how fun it is to push yourself! My favorite style of training includes a strength-training base that is tailored according to your specific goals. Going after fitness goals can change your life, mind, and body. I am here to empower, support, and teach you through the process!

Certifications:  
  • NASM- Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR/AED/First Aid certified

Mitchell

McKibben
Dahl branch

Well the first thing you should know about me is that I was born in Stevens Point but grew up all around the country.  My father was in the Navy so we pretty much moved every year.  Being an identical twin made the process a lot easier since we both liked sports and were very social.  Things I love to do in my off time consist of social gatherings in any environment, video games, or hiking.  I am as much of a nerd as a workout junkie, feel free to talk to me about LOTR or Star Wars at any point and time!  I am very excited to be a part of the YMCA family and I very much look forward to meeting everyone and helping members achieve their goals!  I specialize in lean muscle gain and fat loss, I love using jump ropes, body weights and being creative with exercise!

Certifications:
  • NASM- Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR/AED/First Aid certified

Chelsea

Barnes
Dahl branch

“Don’t wish for it, work for it.”

Fitness has been a part of my life longer than I can remember.  My family and I were always outside playing games, riding bikes, gardening, etc. and my appreciation and passion for fitness has only increased as I have grown.  I continued my love for fitness and athletics through college with a fitness degree and competing in Track & Field at UW-Eau Claire.  Today, I continue to stay active by spending time outdoors hiking and biking with friends and family.  Success comes from within and I am here to help you reach your full potential.  

Let’s make this year a healthy one 🙂

Certifications:
  • NSCA- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • CPR/AED/First Aid certified   
  • BS, UW- Eau Claire, Kinesiology
  • Group Fitness Certifications- Group Cycling, Pilates

DAHL AND HOUSER LOCATIONS

Savaahn

Ty
Dahl and Houser
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It is my belief that workouts should be fun, as well as challenging and productive.

As of 10 years ago, due to poor lifestyle choices, I was 280 lbs with chronic plantar fasciitis.  Making the decision to begin exercising has led me on a path of passion for a healthier lifestyle.  This passion increasingly and consistently allows me to enjoy life with a happy and positive attitude! 

I would be honored to guide, mentor, and motivate you in achieving the same!  Whether we need to make small changes to your fitness routine, create a completely new workout regimen, or begin the first step to a healthier lifestyle. 

Let’s discuss your fitness goals, and the lifestyle adjustments that I can assist you in making for a happier and healthier you!

Certifications:
  • ACSM- Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR/AED/First Aid certified   
  • NCAA Basketball Official

Alexa

Jaggi
Dahl and Houser

I have learned to appreciate what our bodies are capable of and how they can completely transform, mentally and physically, through movement and fitness.

My own fitness journey has led me down many different and exciting paths, from training for half marathons, to bodybuilding competitions.

 Experiencing the benefits of exercise, including increased energy, confidence, and improved mental health, has been truly life changing for me.  It has become my passion and pursuit to help others do the same, unlocking the secret to a happier and healthier lifestyle.  I am excited at the opportunity to help you accomplish your own fitness goals—whether it be your first time stepping into the gym, or already a part of your daily routine—and become the best version of yourself!

Certifications:  
  • ACSM- Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR/AED/First Aid certified   
  • BS, UW- La Crosse, Exercise and Sport Science

Ryan

Loeffler
Dahl and Houser
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Sports have been a big part of my life since I was about 5 years old. I had the privilege to play multiple sports until I decided soccer and basketball were my two favorites. I was short and skinny which was not a great combination for sports (especially basketball). Once I started doing proper weight lifting, I saw improvements in my athleticism (as well as larger muscles too). I realized that weight training could take my strengths to greater heights while also improving my athletic/genetic shortcomings. This is why I chose to become a personal trainer. As a personal trainer, I can help guide you to achieve your personalized goals. No two people are the same and that’s what makes personal training fun and dynamic.  

In my spare time, I enjoy playing soccer, basketball, and exercising here in the YMCA Wellness Center. I am also a Junior High Soccer Coach at La Crescent High School during the fall season.

“Change is the only constant in life” -Heraclitus

Certifications:
  • NSCA- Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR/AED/First Aid certified  
  • Sophomore at UW-La Crosse studying Exercise and Sports Science
  • MSHSL Certified Soccer Coach

Colin

Heraty
Dahl and Houser
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I am currently going for my Masters of Athletic Training degree at WSU.  My goal is to help you achieve the goals that you have created. I will be with you along the way to help you! Let’s do it together!  
 
Certifications:
  • NASM- Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR/AED/First Aid certified 

HOUSER BRANCH (Onalaska)

Shelly

Linksey
Houser branch

I grew up with 5 brothers, so one could say that my fitness journey began competing with them.

I have always enjoyed sports, and as a 3 sport athlete I never had to think about “fitness” – it was just a part of my life.  After graduation from college, I had extra time and money, so it was easy to stay active mountain biking, kayaking, etc.  Then I got married and started having kids…1, 2,…6!  As a busy Mom of 6, I had to make more of a deliberate effort to set aside time and money for my health.  I have learned from my own personal trainer that fitness can be effective, efficient and fun!  I have been a coach of various sports over the years, a phy-ed teacher, and now a group fitness instructor and personal trainer at the Y.  I am excited to work with members of all abilities to achieve their fitness goals – helping you move better and live your life to the fullest!

Certifications:
  • ACSM- Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR/AED/First Aid certified
  • BA, St. Mary’s University in Human Services and Spanish 
  • Dynamic Variable Resistance Training- Level 1 certified
  • Group Fitness Instructor- Water Exercise, Chair Yoga, Active Strength

Jarod

Burds
Houser branch

Fitness and health have been a passion of mine since I started working out with my dad at age 14.

Over the years I have learned and continue to learn about training for strength, size, reducing fat, athletic performance, movement, and mobility.

Everyone is capable of great progress when they have proper guidance and an effective plan.  Following an appropriate workout routine can improve movement, strength, pain, physical health, mental health, and enhance other parts of life.  Regardless of age, skill, experience, or abilities, I will help guide you towards your fitness goals.

Certifications:  
  • ACSM- Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR/AED/First Aid certified
  • BS, UW- La Crosse, Exercise and Sport Science

Stacy

Westcott
Houser branch

My passion for health and fitness has allowed me to work with people at all different fitness levels.

No matter what your fitness goal is, my desire is to help you succeed. My husband and I have three active boys. They inspire me every day to be a better person.

Certifications:
  • NETA- Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR/AED/First Aid certified  
  • Group Fitness Certifications- Group Cycling, Group Strength Training, Kickboxing, MSROM, and Pilates
  • LIVESTRONG Instructor

Josh

Garrison
Houser branch
“I’m not telling you it is going to be easy – I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it”
-Art Williams
 
I have been a personal trainer for over 10 years.  In the past I have been a strength coach for a high school basketball team, and have designed plyometrics and speed programs for athletes.  In my free time I weight lift, play basketball, sand volleyball and pretty much any outdoor activity.
 
Josh
  • NSCA- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • CPR/AED/First Aid certified
  • BS, UW- La Crosse, Exercise and Sport Science 

Sam

Andersen
Houser branch
“No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training… what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”
-Socrates
 
I’ve served in the army as a Military Intelligence Officer, worked as a USA Boxing coach, and formerly acted in the local theatre. Currently, I train as a competitive lifter and am excited to work with clients of any age or ability. If you are ready for a stronger and better life, I’m here to serve you.
 
Sam
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR/AED/First Aid certified
  • BS in Honors Philosophy