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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
  • Achieve results

Small Group Training Now Available

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Team (3+)

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.

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

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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

  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer (1995)
  • Group Fitness Instructor – Older Adult, Water Exercise, Yoga, Tai Chi, Indoor Cycling, Group Strength
  • National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA) – Indoor Cycling Instructor
  • YogaFit – 200 hours trained Yoga Instructor
  • Tai Chi for Health Institute – Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi for Diabetes Instructor
  • The Art of Behavior Change Counseling, National Wellness Institute
  • Circle of Life Coaching and Group Support Facilitator, National Wellness Institute
  • Certified Wellness Speaker, National Wellness Institute

Walid Sabha

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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!

  • Senior at UW-La Crosse, Major in Exercise Science and Sport, minor in Psychology
  • Certified Personal Training through American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) 
  • CPR/AED and First Aid Certified

Chelsea Barnes

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“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 🙂

  • B.S. in Kinesiology (Fitness Management) at UW-Eau Claire
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid Certified
  • Group Fitness certifications – Group Cycling, Pilates
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DAHL AND HOUSER LOCATIONS

Savaahn Ty

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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!

  • Certified Personal Trainer through American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • First Aid and CPR/AED certified
  • NCAA Basketball Official

Alexa Jaggi

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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!

  • Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from UW- La Crosse
  • Certified Personal Training through American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certified

HOUSER BRANCH

Shelly Linksey

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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!

  • American College of Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Trainer
  • Dynamic Variable Resistance Training Level 1 Certified
  • CPR/AED and First Aid Certified (American Red Cross)
  • Group Fitness Instructor – Water aerobics, Chair Yoga, Active Strength
  • B.A. in Human Services and Spanish from St. Mary’s University of MN

Jarod Burds

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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.

  • BS in Exercise Sports Science (May 2020)
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Red Cross CPR AED

Stacy Westcott

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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.

  • National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA) CPT
  • Certified Y Fitness Instructor: Cycling, Group Strength Training, Kickboxing. MSROM, and Pilates
  • CPR, AED, First Aid Certified
  • LIVESTRONG Y Trainer (Cancer Survivor Fitness Program)

HOUSER BRANCH

Josh Garrison

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“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.

Education

  • Graduated from University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, majored in Exercise Sport

Science/Fitness

  • NSCA-CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist)
  • Certified American Red Cross First Aid and CP