The YMCA’s team of trained exercise specialists and personal trainers can help start you on a path towards reaching your health and wellness goals. Whether you’re seeking general conditioning, sports-specific training, motivation or nutrition advice, our diverse team is trained to work with people of all ages and fitness levels. Let us help you be your best self.  For more information contact Ben Richards, Director of Health and Wellness Programs at brichards@annarborymca.org or 734.661. 8052.

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Personal Training

Personal Trainer Bios

SHARON A BOUCHARD
CPT, ACE Certified, 2012
Graduate of Madonna University, B.S. in Fire Science 1998
Graduate of Western Illinois University, M.S. in Exercise Physiology 1985.
Graduate of Western Illinois University, B.S. in Health Ed./Sports Medicine 1983.
Currently employed by City of Ann Arbor Fire Department.
Currently coaching novice ladies crew at Pioneer High School.

Fitness, sport, and challenging myself to accomplish new fitness activities/challenges is a way of life for me. I enjoy coaching at the high school level and sharing a passion with the ladies. I believe it increases their self-esteem and begins to build a feeling of empowerment. It is a natural progression for me to have become certified as a personal trainer. I enjoy cycling, mountain biking, weight lifting, rowing, and overall fitness.

INGRID CRAUSE
MS Kinesiology University of Michigan
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
YMCA Instructor: Studio Cycling, Triathlon Training
YMCA Volunteer: LiveSTRONG at the YMCA Benefit Day Team Captain, Annual Campaign

Meeting for personal fitness training sessions allows us to connect on a level of trust for an exchange of information that leads to a plan. The plan reflects your specific, realistic and healthy fitness goals compatible with your lifestyle. Aside from being physically active at the Ann Arbor YMCA, I am a strong supporter of the YMCA mission of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. My favorite quote (modified from Mahatma Gandhi): “You must be the change you wish to see in (the world) your life”. I aim to give you the tools to help you make the change and to cheer you on.

LISA HESSE
B.S. Exercise Science
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
CES- Cancer Exercise Specialist
ERYT- Yoga Instructor

Lisa brings her background in exercise physiology and over 35 years of experience as a competitive runner to her work as a yoga instructor and personal trainer. Passionate about healthy living, Lisa’s approach to personal training focuses on the whole body: improving muscular strength, flexibility, core strength, preventing injury and learning to rest and restore. Lisa oversees the Pedaling for Parkinson’s indoor cycling program.

MICHEL JOHNSON
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Certified LiveStrong Instructor at the YMCA
Certified EnhanceFitness Instructor
Certified Group Fitness Instructor
YMCA Healthy Hearts Ambassador

My specialties include working towards general fitness and working with cancer survivors. My philosophy is that the ultimate purpose of physical fitness and exercise is to give us the ability to enjoy life to the fullest. I also think that we could benefit by considering Newton’s First Law of Motion: “A body at rest will stay are rest, a body in motion will stay in motion.” In other words, get moving and stay moving.”

GWYN JONES
Certified Stott Pilates Personal Trainer
Certified TRX Trainer
CPR/AED (Red Cross)
Western Michigan University, BS

As a personal trainer I always keep variety in my workouts by using different resistance exercises and equipment. I focus on exercises that promote alignment, mobility, stability, strength, and mind-body connection. My specialties include: Pilates Mat Levels 1-2-3, Scoliosis Pilates, Osteoporosis Pilates, postural alignment awareness, and working towards balance, stability, and mobility through strength and conditioning training.

AMY KURAS
ACE Certified Personal Trainer

I am a lifelong runner, formerly serious about triathlons, and passionate about sharing the benefits of exercise and living well. In addition to instructing classes at the Y, I am also a musician and Landscape Architect, so I understand the challenges of being an athlete of the smallest muscles, sitting at a desk for many hours, and fitting exercise into our busy lives. It is great fun getting to know Y members, and helping even the most novice exerciser to overcome weight room intimidation and achieve personal goals.

MARIE MORGAN
ACE Certified Personal Trainer since 2003
RRCA Certified Running Coach since 2010

I began personal training after losing 50 pounds through nutrition and exercise. I fell in love with living a healthy well balanced life and love to inspire others to do the same. I love to run and have done 12 marathons including Boston 3 times. Strength Training is another love of mine and helping others strengthen their bodies with functional and core exercises is my specialty.

KELLI MOTES
Bachelor’s Degree, Central Michigan University
National Federation Professional Trainers Certification

My goal is to work with each client individually, finding activities and exercises that they will enjoy incorporating into their lifestyle. I hope to educate clients and provide the tools necessary to feel confident in the gym, or wherever they choose to be active. To me, fitness isn’t about looking a certain way, spending hours in the gym, or never eating pizza – it’s about being strong, healthy, and confident and finding a balance that works for you and your unique lifestyle!  My specialties include incorporating resistance training and HIIT workouts while working towards flexibility.

Thomas Nguyen
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
CPR/AED (Red Cross)
Candidate for B.S. in Movement Science at University of Michigan

I believe that exercise is a way for people to improve themselves both physically and mentally.  Whether people want to come to the gym to crush personal records, or are simply trying to get into a routine, everyone should be striving for individual greatness.  I take the time to recognize the uniqueness of each individual and tailor my approach to help you reach whatever goals you set.  “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan. My specialties include muscle strengthening, muscular hypertrophy, working with athletes and weight loss.

CHRISSY PARKER
Wayne State University, B.S. Exercise Science
Eastern Michigan University, M.S. Masters in Exercise Physiology
CSCS: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
ACSM-CET- American College of Sports Medicine- Cancer Exercise Trainer
BLS: American Heart Association
American Red Cross Lifeguard and CPR/AED Certification

I really enjoy helping people better themselves. “Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.”

Lori Withrow
BS Exercise Science, Western Michigan University
CPR/AED (Red Cross)
Division III Collegiate Athlete
Youth Volleyball & Soccer Coach

My goal is to be a constant source of support and encouragement for my clients along their journey to fitness, and help build a lifestyle that can last a lifetime. This can include physical training, nutrition, and mind body awareness. I am also a huge proponent of good form and will help you understand the correct way of doing things, and why. A lot of training techniques I like to utilize involve movements we do in everyday life. I also strongly believe in having fun and enjoying the activities you do. Programs are built around that concept, and can expect a variety of exercises to keep you engaged. My specialties include Pilates, spinning, plyometrics, cross training, post-injury reconditioning, balance and stability training and wellness and nutrition coaching.

Taylor Pastor
B.S. in Kinesiology, Michigan State, focus on Physical Activity, Nutrition, Health Promotion
ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Graduated from Pioneer H.S., ran track and cross country
Runs multiple half-marathons

I believe that being physically active affects your health and wellness in major ways.  Being active doesn’t just help to control your weight, in can help to give you more energy, improve your mental health and mood, as well as reduce your risk of Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) and other health problems.  My goal is to not only motivate people to exercise, but to help them enjoy it and understand why it’s so important.  My specialties include working with runners/endurance sport athletes, and working towards muscular endurance and flexibility.

Nathan Reichkitzer
BS, Clinical Exercise Science (Grand Valley State University)
CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist)
Intern Strength and Conditioning Coach (Eastern Michigan University)
Intern Sports Performance Coach
Lacrosse Strength and Conditioning Coach
High School Lacrosse Coach
High School Football Coach Intern
Crossfit Coach Intern
Middle School Lacrosse Coach

Fitness is more than just an immediate goal, but it is a lifetime goal.  Fitness is not about looking good; it is about feeling good.  It is important to have a strong mind to provide the foundation for a strong body.  Training is a way for me to improve people physically, mentally, and emotionally.  Some people need to find what motivates and drives them.  I am driven by all of the people I train and interact with.  I want to help people find what fuels their fire to seek out personal fitness so they can add wood to that fire to keep it burning for a lifetime. My specialties include training youth and college athletes, Exercise programming and working towards strength training, injury prevention, mobility and improving running mechanics.

Training Options
Fitness Assessment

YMCA staff will measure your heart rate, body composition, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance testing. With this baseline information,we’ll help you establish your personal goals.

Nutritional Consultation
Meet one-on-one with a registered dietitian to determine your nutrition goals. Areas of counseling include general nutrition/wellness, weight control, prenatal/childhood nutrition and sports nutrition.

Personal Training
A personal trainer can provide you with the individualized attention, guidance and motivation to help you meet your fitness goals.  The Ann Arbor YMCA has a diverse and experienced team of professional trainers to meet your specific objectives.

Pilates and Yoga Training
Work one-on-one with a Pilates or yoga instructor to boost core strength, increase range of motion, enhance posture, and gain flexibility.  Pilates classes offer a total body workout with the focus on aligning the spine and strengthening the core.  Yoga sessions focus on core awareness, and stretches and poses that promote strength, flexibility and balance.

Partner/Small Group Training
Training with one partner or a few lets you and your friends wor-out together while motivating one another.  An initial commitment of four sessions is required.  The same fee will be charged even if one person is missing from the group session.

Policies and Procedures

Cancellation Policy
Your appointment is valuable; it is reserved for you and you alone. Therefore we ask that you provide at least 24 hours notice for a cancellation. Members who provide less than a 24 hour notice must pay in full for their session. To cancel an appointment, please either contact your trainer directly or call the YMCA member desk.

Expiration Policy
All personal wellness appointments must be completed within six months of the purchase date. All unused sessions will be forfeit.

Payment Procedure
Initial payment can be made at the front desk. Let the staff person know how many sessions you would like to purchase; they will give a receipt for your payment which you will give to your trainer so he/she knows that you paid. If you would like to have your account charged for additional personal training sessions ask your trainer for an “Ongoing Personal Training” card. Completely fill out the card and return it to your trainer.

Fitness Assessment

YMCA staff will measure your heart rate, body composition, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance testing. With this baseline information,we’ll help you establish your personal goals.

Nutritional Consultation
Meet one-on-one with a registered dietitian to determine your nutrition goals. Areas of counseling include general nutrition/wellness, weight control, prenatal/childhood nutrition and sports nutrition.

Personal Training
A personal trainer can provide you with the individualized attention, guidance and motivation to help you meet your fitness goals.  The Ann Arbor YMCA has a diverse and experienced team of professional trainers to meet your specific objectives.

Pilates and Yoga Training
Work one-on-one with a Pilates or yoga instructor to boost core strength, increase range of motion, enhance posture, and gain flexibility.  Pilates classes offer a total body workout with the focus on aligning the spine and strengthening the core.  Yoga sessions focus on core awareness, and stretches and poses that promote strength, flexibility and balance.

Partner/Small Group Training
Training with one partner or a few lets you and your friends wor-out together while motivating one another.  An initial commitment of four sessions is required.  The same fee will be charged even if one person is missing from the group session.