Joanna Cole

Joanna began her career with Prairie Life in Membership Services, and soon took off from there. She loves to be in the business of helping people, especially when it comes to one's health. Joanna is married and has 4 children. She loves watching her children play ball and is a huge Royals fan! She also loves to travel and visit with friends and family.


Matt Johnston, Fitness Director B.A. AFAA

I am originally from Southeast Missouri but made the move to Iowa to attend William Penn University where I played basketball and graduated with a degree in strength and conditioning. I have been personal training since 2007 with tremendous success in the industry. I specialize in sports performance training for athletes of any level. Working with athletes is definitely my passion but I do not limit myself to that. I have years of experience working with every type of individual whether it's their first time working out or your "gym rat ." The body has the unique characteristics to adapt to the stresses placed upon it. The amount of change that your body will make is up to you. In what way and how hard can you push your body to get better? As trainers we are excited to help you achieve your fitness goals in a safe and efficient manner while making it fun! Ask a trainer today to set up a free consultation/assessment and training demonstration!

Justin Rudiger BS, CSCS

Justin is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Exercise Science. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has been with Prairie Life Fitness since 1998. In addition, his experience includes completing an internship with Intense City Sports Centers in Irvine, California, where at this state of the art facility he had the privilege of working with athletes of all levels, including members of the LA Angels and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. “With over 15 years of personal training experience, I have come to the conclusion that there is not one perfect training style or modality. My goal as your personal trainer is to improve your fitness level by the best means available. I believe there are 3 keys to reaching your goals: consistency, intensity and focus. You have to consistently do everything you need to do to reach your goals. You have to work as hard as you can all the time, this is the intensity component. Finally, you have to remain focused on your goals and not let anything prevent you from reaching them! Together we will develop the best exercise prescription to help you reach your goals, while still having some fun.”

Jack Hooley

Jack grew up in Coralville Iowa where he played a variety of competitive sports for different organizations and for school. He was on the 2005 State Championship tennis team for Iowa City West. In college he played number one singles and doubles for the Northern Iowa Tennis Club and also trained under former Olympian and Chinese National Weightlifting coach Jianping Ma in Olympic Weightlifting. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Exercise Science and minoring in Coaching. He is also a certified Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifing. Jack has an extensive nine years of youth sports coaching, teaching and coaching young athletes in sports such as tennis, basketball, baseball, football, Olympic weightlifting, as well as athlete development. His love for coaching athletes is now mostly in the form of sports performance, teaching sprint mechanics, weightlifting techniques, and sports psychology for youth athletes. Jack takes all of his knowledge of sports and fitness and applies it to training the general population. He treats his clients like athletes, getting them to push themselves to new limits, try new and exciting exercise programs, and has them strive to accomplish their goals. Jack is also the Youth Program Director and teaches many of the youth classes at Prairie Life such as RecClub and FitClub. Jack is a dedicated worker who loves to watch his athletes and clients accomplish their goals and transform into new healthier and happier people.

Donna Reiss BA, ATC, LAT, ACE-CPT

Donna graduated from Buena Vista University in 1996 with a degree in Exercise Science. She is a certified Personal Trainer as well as a certified Athletic Trainer. She enjoys working will all ages and fitness levels and specializes in working with injury rehab, sports conditioning, pregnancy and pre and post pregnancy. Donna is the mother of 2 boys and enjoys lifting weights, running, and playing with her kids. “I believe physical fitness and nutrition are especially important for parents, giving them more energy to keep up with their daily activities.” With close to 20 years of experience she has helped 6 clients lose over 100 pounds and many more lose over 50 pounds while lowering health risks. These clients no longer need medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and insulin-dependant diabetes. Donna takes pride in helping her clients meet their personal goals through positive reinforcement and motivation.

Amanda McAllister

My name is Amanda, I am a certified personal trainer, fitness nutrition specialist and exercise therapist. I am passionate about helping others reach their fitness goals by teaching them how to pair nutrition with a training program that’s right for them! I want to use my passion for health and fitness to educate and influence others into a more healthful and fulfilling lifestyle!

Chandel Weiss

I am originally from The Black Hills, but moved to Brookings SD, where I attended South Dakota State University. I received Bachelors in Education and Human Sciences along with my Personal Training, Group Fitness, and PiYo Certificates. I enjoy working with all ages and all fitness levels. Being able to help someone feel confident about themselves, and leave the gym with a healthier mindset is my goal. A workout with me will leave you feeling motivated and determined to live a healthy lifestyle and have fun while doing it!

Jay Petersen

Jay graduated from Creighton University with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. He completed his Masters of Exercise Physiology and Nutrition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jay received his personal trainer certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM-CPT) and is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He has experience working with a variety of populations including diabetic, hypertensive, arthritic, as well as Miss America competitors and division I athletes. In Jay’s free time he enjoys training for powerlifting competitions, watching Creighton basketball, and spending time with family.

Jordan Schaeffer

I was born in Davenport, IA and moved to Council Bluffs when I was 3 and have lived in the greater Omaha area ever since. I am currently studying Kinesiology, Exercise Science at Iowa State University. I am confident I can help you reach your fitness goals, no matter your current level of fitness. I am very excited to start training and look forward to helping as many people as I can.

Rachel Green

Hello everyone! My name is Rachel Green, and I am Prairie Life’s newest trainer. I graduated from the University of South with a bachelor’s degree in advertising and PR. I know you are probably thinking how the heck does one in advertising end up in a personal training position? Well, here’s the story: I grew up living a very active lifestyle. I did gymnastics for 13 years, and then I ran track and played volleyball throughout my middle school and high school years. Shortly into my collegiate career, I realized fitness was a passion of mine that I couldn’t let go. So, what did I do? I got the best both of worlds and gained my NASM Certified Personal Trainer Certification and here I am. I love helping clients reach their goals and transform their lifestyle. It is one of the most rewarding moments to see someone achieve a goal that they have worked tirelessly for. Since I am new, I have a fairly open schedule so give me a call if you are interested in training. I may even be able to throw in a free session to show you what I’m all about. Looking forward to starting my journey here at Prairie Life!

Rick Schussler

College education: BS Business, Major in Finance and Banking from UNO, working for past 16 years in Finance. In 2012 I found myself weighing 230 pounds. I chose to change myself with fitness and nutrition after a year I had lost 50 pounds; at that point I decided I wanted to pay it forward. In November 2016 I received my certification through NASM for personal training, in January I became a Certified Group Trainer through AFAA. I started with Prairie Life Fitness April 2017. I look forward to passing on my knowledge.

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