Elly Reedy

My passion for health and wellness started in high school participating in sports and embarking on my own fitness journey towards a healthier and better me! I have always been active, and as I got older I wanted to learn more about exercise and physical performance. After high school I continued my education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and obtained my Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science. I learned about kinesiology and the mechanics of the human body during exercise, as well as the nutritional aspect for individuals of all ages and fitness levels during my undergraduate studies which only fueled my desire to learn more about health, nutrition and exercise! I decided to pursue a Master’s Degree to further my education. I enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and began studying Nutrition and Health Sciences with an emphasis on Exercise Physiology. During my studies at UNL, I was living in my hometown of Wilber, Nebraska where I worked for Saline County as the Wellness Committee Consultant, directly with Saline County Wellness Committee Members to assist in the Wellness Program for Saline County Employees. I was able to administer health coaching sessions and create wellness challenges and health fairs! After moving to Lincoln, I left my job at Saline County to start personal training here at Prairie Life, where I was also given the opportunity to teach group fitness classes! I fell in love with this club instantly, as it reminded me of my hometown of Wilber. A place where everybody knows your name, and we all want to see you succeed. A close knit group of members who are all here for one reason, and that’s to improve their health. Towards the end of my Master’s Degree at UNL, I took the title of Group Fitness Director for Prairie Life and also worked as a Membership Services Representative. Upon receiving my Master’s Degree I was given the opportunity to start a weight loss program for a company here in Lincoln, so I left the gym I called home to pursue a career in the nutrition field creating meal plans for individuals to achieve their weight loss goals. While the program is still successfully running, I missed the fitness industry, and most importantly the gym atmosphere. I made the decision to leave the job I had accepted right after Graduate School, and all in good reason! I was honored to be accepted for the position of General Manager here at Prairie Life; as I got to come back home! I want to be able to work with individuals, no matter where they are on their fitness journey; whether it be at the beginning, or in the middle of their journey I want to show everyone the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition. I am proud to be the General Manager of Prairie Life and I can’t wait to see what we can do at this club for our members and prospective members as they embark on their fitness journey here at Prairie Life!


Becke Grundman

Becke graduated in 2005 from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and has been a personal trainer and group fitness instructor ever since! She is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Becke has been training and teaching at Prairie Life since November 2006. She has had an array of clients and teaches many different classes giving her a wide range of knowledge and versatility. For her own fitness endeavors, she particularly enjoys road, trail, and adventure racing, as well as mountain biking! Contact Becke at or 402-475-3386.

Darren McCarty

Darren grew up in a small town in central Illinois. He moved to Lincoln to study athletic training at UNL in 1983. He studied under Boyd Epley, the godfather of collegiate strength and conditioning programming. Darren worked as a trainer/exercise specialist for more than 15 years at all the major gyms in Lincoln. He also ran a successful personal training business. He is a highly respected and sought after trainer. He has been a bodybuilder for over 20 years with great success in building/maintaining his own physique. His specialties are muscle strengthening & building, bodybuilding/physique competitions, and rehab for all ages. Although Darren specializes in coaching competitive bodybuilding/physique athletes, he would like people to know that anyone at any age or health condition can maintain or add muscle, but more importantly continue strengthening for the daily activities of life! He has worked with every type of age, ethnicity, gender, orientation, and health issue that you can imagine. His main belief as a trainer is that the word “personal” remains the main focus of what a personal trainer does. Darren is currently working on recertifying with ACE for which he has been affiliated with for over 8 years. He is going back to college to get his strength and conditioning coaching degree. Music and working out is Darren’s life. You might see him in the gym working out bopping his head to his music. He believes in “living life to its fullest” and that even though some people’s lives here on earth may not be the “quantity” they would like, that it’s important to make sure they all enjoy the “quality” of life while they are here. He loves conversing with people whether at the gym, a restaurant or over a cup of coffee.

Alison Walla

Hello! My name is Alison Walla a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the new Personal Trainer here at Prairie Life!. I am graduating this upcoming May with my bachelors in Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science. I am applying for Graduate school this Fall to receive my Masters degree in Public Health. I love to help people find the right path to a healthier lifestyle and reach their goals. I enjoy a variety of workouts that are based around strength, intensity, power, weight loss, toning, endurance, etc. Whatever the personal goal may be I will find the right type of workout to help that goal be obtained. I have a flexible schedule that works well with others and will always give 110%. I love to help people find the right workouts that accommodate their needs, goals and most of all fun. Helping people create and reach their goals is my mission. I am very excited to meet so many members here at Prairie Life!

24 Hours
24 Hours
24 Hours
24 Hours
12:00 AM- 11:00 PM
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
6:00 AM- 12:00 AM

330 West P St
Lincoln, NE 68528
Driving Directions & Map
Call: 402-475-3386
Fax: 402-475-4169
Contact Us