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Karla Leriger-Fitness Center Director, NSCA-CPT

Karla was born and raised in Nebraska. She went to college at the University of Nebraska Lincoln where she received her bachelor’s degree in Health, Fitness, and Nutrition Sciences. She is a certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CPT). Karla has over 7 years of experience in the fitness industry and has been the Fitness Director of three different Prairie Life locations over the past 5 ½ years. Karla has worked with many different populations but specializes in weight loss. She is also a Breast Cancer Survivor and has experience working with people who are undergoing treatments and surgeries for Cancer. Karla loves road races and has a lot of experience training individuals for their first race or people who are trying to improve their speed. Karla gets her clients results by being a motivator and by keeping her clients accountable. Her favorite quote is, “Your brain is the most powerful muscle in your body, Change your mind, and you will change your body!”

Brent Pyle, ACSM-CPT

Brent’s love for fitness was discovered in high school where he was a four-sport athlete, and continued in college playing for the UNI club baseball team. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Coaching Endorsement. He is a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. While working with Athletic Republic & Anytime Fitness, he has gained an extensive knowledge of fitness training and coaching spanning from general fitness to sports performance. He has trained with a diverse range of ages from teenagers to older adults. He strives to help members understand the positive rewards that fitness can have on one’s life. He is passionate about helping members reach their health and fitness goals while encouraging them to challenge themselves. Brent emphasizes that fitness can be fun and enjoyable for everyone. He enjoys being with family and friends, fishing, biking, and attending sporting events. If you are looking to achieve a healthier lifestyle come in and see Brent.

Sam Schrader, ACE-CPT, CF-L1

Sam has always been drawn to fitness. She has been involved in competitive CrossFit, dance, and endurance running. Sam believes that a diverse and well rounded fitness program is the best way to improve health and quality of life. There is no “best way” to get results. The key to an effective, individualized program lies in a person’s current strengths and weaknesses. Somebody who usually stays in the weight room may see great benefit from incorporating cardio work and stretching. A person who cannot perform a push up, or is concerned about developing Osteoporosis would see great benefit from weight training exercises. Sam loves working with people of all ages and fitness levels who share a desire to work hard and be better every day.

Joseph Paczkowski, NASM-CPT

Joe was born and raised here in Omaha, Nebraska. Growing up Joe participated in many sports including baseball, soccer, wrestling, and swimming. In high school Joe really learned the health benefits of strength and cardiovascular training. His love for fitness led him to Vatterott College where he graduated and received two certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. His goal in life is to be able to help anyone with their health and wellbeing, which is why he is currently working on his BS in Health and Human Performance. Joe has an ultimate goal of becoming a Physical Therapist and to make everyone a healthier and stronger version of themselves.

Maggie Hernandez, ACSM-CPT

Maggie has always been passionate about fitness and nutrition. Growing up in Nebraska she found fitness to be fun by being heavily involved in sports, taking her to the University of Nebraska at Kearney for track and field. While attending the University of Nebraska at Kearney she achieved her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science Fitness and Wellness. After college Maggie moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she became a certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM-CPT). While living in Arizona, Maggie pursued her Master’s degree in Public Health from Grand Canyon University. As a trainer, Maggie has worked with a wide range of clientele. Whether it is rehabilitation training or weight loss, Maggie finds her passion in personal training by educating the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. As a runner, Maggie has experience designing programs for individuals preparing for their first race or trying to improve their time. Prioritizing your health is Maggie’s goal for her clients, teaching them the value of living a quality life. Her ambition is to bring back the fire and excitement of living a healthy lifestyle with every client she meets. Being a strong, fun and passionate motivator helps Maggie’s clients find results.

Khari Reynolds, ACE-CPT

Khari is originally from Atlantic City, NJ, but has lived in Omaha since 2010. He was a member and varsity letter winner of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers football team from 1996-'99. He eventually went on to graduate from Rowan University with a BA in Health & Exercise Science. Khari still has a passion for sports and athletics and it shows in his personal fitness and training styles. Although sports performance training and body composition transformations are what he specializes in, with over 15 years of experience as a trainer and coach, Khari definitely has the knowledge and ability to motivate you to any fitness goal.

Jacob Anderson, NSCA-CPT

Jacob was born and raised in Iowa before attending Central College in Pella, Iowa. Being a multi-sport athlete throughout middle and high school, Jacob always had a commitment to exercise and health promotion. At Central College he was able to expand his interests in health and exercise and received a Bachelor of the Sciences degree in Exercise Science while competing on the Central Men’s Golf Team. Jacob is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CPT). He has experience working with many different age groups ranging from teenagers to older adults during his work with Anytime Fitness and Corporate Wellness experience. He shares his commitment to health and exercise with all those around him. Jacob finds that obtaining desired results can be very satisfying but it is just as important to trust in the process and find enjoyment in the journey that leads to those results. He understands how health and exercise should be challenging but also fun and would love to help you toward your health and fitness goals. Besides exercising, Jacob can be found at the golf course, attending sporting events, or relaxing with friends and family.

Erica Sebade, NASM-CPT

Erica discovered fitness at a young age when she started dancing at the age of five, and it has grown into her passion for staying fit. She is originally from Wayne, Nebraska where she attended Wayne State College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Foods and Nutrition with a minor in Exercise Science. During her time at WSC, she was on the Aristocats Dance team for a year and was also able to teach young kids from the age of 3 to 15 tap, ballet, and jazz as a dance assistant for many years. She is a certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. At her home town gym, she was able to teach a variety of fitness classes with diverse ages. As a trainer, goals are very important to Erica, as she will be there every step of the way motivating her clients to reach their individual goals. Nutrition is one of her priorities as well and will make sure to emphasize how important it is to her clients to make healthier choices daily. Erica knows fitness can be hard work, but will make sure to make it fun and exciting throughout her client’s fitness journey. While she isn’t at the gym, Erica loves spending time with her boyfriend Chase and three pets, dancing (of course), listening to her favorite tunes, and preparing herself for upcoming runs.

Mindy Strasburg, ACSM-CPT

Mindy was born and raised in Sutton, NE. She found her passion for fitness in high school while being involved in volleyball and track and field. She attended Doane College where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in physical education and sports and fitness management. Her love of Personal Training and Crossfit developed when her and her husband moved to St. Louis for his schooling. Mindy is certified through American Council of Exercise and has worked with a wide range of clients. She enjoys being the motivator and loves celebrating successes with each of her clients when they hit a goal. It is always an honor being apart of a clients fitness journeys. Each one of them have a unique and special goal whether it is losing weight, getting back into shape, or coming to the gym for the first time. Outside of the gym, Mindy loves spending time with her husband, exploring the city, and hanging out with friends/family.

Charles Ryan, NASM-CPT

Charles grew up in Sacramento California, and moved to Omaha in 2017. He grew up playing sports year round, and loved how the fitness/training aspect translated to success during events. In high school he was a multi-sport athlete, and played football through college. Having a lot of success on the field, he was able to continue playing football in Europe professionally for 4 years, where he also managed offseason strength and conditioning for the Kristianstad Predators. Upon graduation from McPherson College with a B.S. in Kinesiology, he began his career in the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer holding certifications through The National Academy of Spots Medicine (NASM). Charles specializes in Explosive Athletic Training, but has helped a wide variety of clients reach different goals. He has also spent a lot of time focusing on clients with back, knees, and shoulder limitations, coaching them through appropriate range of motion and corrective stability exercises. His fitness philosophy is that training should be a fun way to obtain goals, and that everyone could love exercising if they are given the right tools. Charles is here to assist his clients in identifying appropriate and attainable goals that may have alluded you for years by providing goal specific programming, helping you maintain accountability, and personally supporting your commitment to achievement of your fitness goals.

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