Manager

Debby Hudson

Debby has been the Manager for PLF in West Des Moines since it opened in January 2002. With a background in sales management, she entered the Health & Fitness industry in 1997. She is active with the raising of twin sons, but still finds time to exercise. She enjoys running, Pilates and has added lifting weights to her workouts. She loves to hear members share their health and fitness accomplishments!


Trainers

Brian Schroeder

Brian Schroeder B.S. in Health and Human Performance ACE Certified Personal Trainer I am the Fitness Director at Prairie Life Fitness in West Des Moines. In addition to managing the fitness center, I work as a Personal Trainer. My clientele ranges from young athletes to the elderly with disabilities. I attended Iowa State University and earned my degree in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis on fitness management. While at ISU, I took many classes which focused on the relationship between biomechanics and sport-specific training. Some other classes included Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, and Sport Psychology. While at ISU, I worked as a personal trainer through the University at the Leid Recreational Center as well as at a local fitness club. Through personal training, I have been able to work with clients from all populations. I have trained athletes from age 6 to age 26 to improve speed, power, agility, and explosiveness. I believe that with the proper training, dedication, and hard work; an average athlete can become an elite athlete!!

Amy Belvo

I graduated from UW La Crosse with a B.S. in Physical Education, emphasis in Adult Fitness and a Coaching minor. I did my internship in cardiac rehabilitation at both UW La Crosse and the Minneapolis Heart Institute. I also worked in pain management at the Sister Kenny Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. I am trained in Stott pilates for mat and reformer and am a certified kettle bell trainer. My interests include: spending time with my family, camping, hiking, triathlons, half marathons, reading and puzzle books (exercise for the mind is important too.) Beliefs: 1) Good health comes from making a lifestyle of eating right and exercising. 2) Everyone can exercise. I have worked with all levels of clients and look forward to working with you to reach your health and wellness goals.

Lindsay Tade

I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Health Promotion with an emphasis in Wellness/Fitness Management and Gerontology. I have also received a gerontology certification. I have been a personal trainer for nine years and have experience in fitness management in both corporate and clinical settings. My experience in the health and fitness field has given me the knowledge to help people of all ages and levels reach their fitness goals. I look forward to helping you!

Kristen Tatman

I have been working as a personal trainer for over 8 years and have been the Fitness Director at the PLF in Overland Park, Kansas. I graduated from UNI with a degree in Health Promotion and graduated from Western Michigan University with a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology. I have taught a variety of health classes for adults and children that covered topics such as obesity, nutrition, stress management, and have done exercise programming for sports, weight gain and weight loss. I have also trained individuals with knee, shoulder, hip, and back injuries. I can help motivate and guide you along the way to a healthy lifestyle!

Megan Dietrich

I graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Kinesiology and Health, emphasis in Health Fitness Management. I worked as an exercise technician at the ISU exercise clinic and completed my internship at Prairie Life. I am a firm believer in the power of exercise as a way to improve one’s quality of life both physically and mentally. I also believe it is important for your exercise program to be both fun and enjoyable as well as challenging in order to be effective in helping you achieve your desired results. All ages and fitness levels can benefit from a strong exercise program. I look forward to helping you reach your fitness goals.

Michelle Bohnenkamp

I have my Bachelor of Science in Wellness from Waldorf College in Forest City, IA. I have been an ACE certified personal trainer with Prairie Life for over four years, and I was the fitness director for three of those years until I stepped down to spend more time with my family. I feel strongly that an exercise program should improve your overall physical fitness while decreasing stress, increasing confidence and improving your quality of life. I want to encourage you to try personal training to get maximum results from your workout program. I look forward to helping you reach your specific fitness goals.

Mignonne Schmitt

I am a National Board Certified Doctor of Chiropractic with 4 years experience as a professional fitness trainer. My experience as a trainer includes: increase of lean body mass, reduction of body fat, improved cardiovascular endurance, toning and firming, nutritional counseling, and working with clients of all ages and health conditions. I enjoy an active lifestyle of volleyball, softball, swimming, cycling (RAGBRAI), golf, and playing sports with our 3 boys. With my professional experience and 25 years as a dedicated health club member, I’m confident we can achieve your current and future fitness goals.

Paula Beecher

I graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.S. in Physical Education, specializing in Fitness Health. I participated in collegiate volleyball and track at Graceland College. I worked 7 years in an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic, in which I worked with a variety of diagnosis and instructed in exercise rehabilitation.

Shelly Davis

I have a B.A. in Fitness Management from Wartburg College and an A.A. degree from Iowa Central Community College. I participated in collegiate softball at both Iowa Central and Wartburg. My previous experiences in personal training were at Wartburg College. I enjoy working with individuals of all ages, developing programs that are fun and achievable. I look forward to working together with you to achieve your fitness goals.

Robin Byrne

I have a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science from Iowa State University with an emphasis in bio-mechanics and nutrition. I have over 11 years experience in personal training as well as being the fitness director for a club in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy working with all ages and fitness levels ranging from seniors, to du-athletes, to runners, to Mrs. Texas 1998. One of my past times is running, in which I enjoy training and racing to improve my knowledge and skills. I look forward to helping you achieve your health and fitness goals.

Julie Brown

By the time I was in 4th grade, I knew I wanted to be a lawyer. To that end, I earned my B.A. from Iowa State and my law degree from the University of Iowa. I worked as an appellate prosecutor for the Iowa Attorney General for over 13 years. Following the birth of our 3rd son, I became a stay-at-home mom and a member of the newly opened Prairie Life Health and Fitness Club. Soon after, I became a group fitness instructor at the club. I continue to teach water aerobics and cycle classes, both of which I thoroughly enjoy. I have also been blessed with the opportunity to work as a personal trainer here at Prairie Life. Working one on one with my clients allows me to design workouts that are tailor-made to help them achieve their unique fitness goals in a fun and enjoyable manner. Yes, working out can and should be FUN! My clients will warn you, however, that I continue to “practice law” by cross-examining them thoroughly on their dietary and exercise habits. I would love to help you achieve your fitness goals. Let’s have some fun! “Downtown” Julie Brown

Brendan France

I graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Kinesiology and an emphasis in Health and Fitness Management. I have achieved an American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM) personal training certification. While at ISU, I have taken classes such as, exercise prescription, exercise physiology, medical aspects of exercise, and biomechanics. In addition to taking classes at ISU, I worked in the ISU Exercise Clinic with people of all ages and abilities. Before attending ISU, I played hockey on teams that had strength and conditioning coaches, learning along the way how to train athletes for peak performance. I believe anyone can reach their goals with the right guidance and a little bit of hard work!

Brandon Christensen

I graduated from Simpson College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education, with an emphasis in Exercise Science and Health; and a Coaching Minor. While at Simpson, I ran Track all 4 years and played Tennis for 2 seasons; earning a Conference Championship in Track and Field as well as being a 4-time All-Conference Performer. I am a 400m sprint specialist, but am versatile enough to compete in distance ranging from 100m to the half mile. I believe health and wellness are lifelong assets. I’ve always had a desire for helping others attain their goals. Through my experiences being an athlete and trainer, I’ve been able to help people of all ages gain valuable discipline, accountability, and dedication. I look forward to, and can help motivate and guide you along the way to reaching your fitness goals. My motto: “Faster, Higher, Stronger”

Eric Bertelsen

I attended college at Buena Vista University. While at BVU, I earned a degree as a Bachelors of Science in Sports Management with a minor in coaching. Also, during my time at BVU, I was team captain for both the men’s football and track & field teams.  I earned honors as first team All-Conference in football. I was a 5 time All-American in track and field, winning two National Championships in the long jump.   After college I directed sports specific clinics for youth and trained athletes on a one-on-one basis at All American Sports Complex in Ames, Iowa. I ran off season track and field clinics at BVU and also worked as an assistant coach at Iowa State University. My philosophy is to train the individual to perform at a level of the highest standard he/she can. I will train my athletes on a sports specific basis making sure of proper and safe technique first and foremost. I will also develop plans for individuals in order to maximize and maintain their everyday living. I look forward to increasing your overall health and wellness for your lifetime.

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