Fitness Team

Fitness Team

Fitness Team

Jim Hughes, Fitness Director, EliteTrainer

Jim received a BS and MS in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993 and 1996 respectively. During his undergraduate studies he initiated a personal training program at the all racquetball Fitness Center in 1991, growing the program from its infancy to converting 4 courts to strength, cardiovascular, stretching and personal training areas. In 1993 while studying for his Masters he was hired as part of the strength and conditioning staff at U of I and continued in that capacity until he accepted a job as the personal training manager at the Gold Coast Multiplex in Chicago in 1996. While serving in that position he was offered an opportunity to serve as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Illinois, Chicago. In 1998 he was hired to oversee the construction, layout, and implementation of the new strength and conditioning program where he grew it from an idea of working with a single team into one that was responsible for the year round training program of 18 varsity Division 1 teams and over 325 athletes. In 2001 he was hired as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Washington Wizards of the NBA where he was responsible for the design, development and implementation of the year round training program for the Wizards. In 2005, he accepted a position as a superintendent for Beazer Homes in the hopes of expanding his business and managerial skills. He has helped build and close in excess of 250 homes in the DC/Virginia region over the past 4 years and was honored as Mid-Atlantic Region’s NHBI builder of the year. He brings his managerial and organizational skills to Wheaton Sport Center as Fitness Director and looks forward to sharing his years of experience with all members in their quest to stay fit.

At the club since: 2009
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Nancy Allen, Personal Trainer, Elite Trainer
“Not only in running but in much of life is a sense of balance and proportion necessary.” - Clarence DeMar, winner of seven Boston Marathons "It may be a crazy day, a busy week or a hectic month, but it is necessary to strike a balance between it all; your health and wellness, family, work and friends. It is my role to assist you in finding balance in your life so that you can incorporate a healthy lifestyle into your everyday life. One of my clients calls me her “life coach”. I love my profession because I’m helping clients achieve balance in their lives, which leads to a higher quality of life in every aspect. My areas of interest are working with motivated clients willing to work hard and be challenged to achieve optimal results, runners (5K’s to marathons) and pre and post natal women. I tailor each program with the client in mind, providing a workout that is challenging, effective and fun. In my 15 years of experience in the fitness industry, I utilize the latest fitness trends, including functional training and equipment to give you the best program possible." B.S., in Physical Education/Adult Fitness from University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer since 2006 American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer since 1993

At the club since: 1997
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Janelle Field, Personal Trainer, Master Trainer
“Life is full of preparation…doing nothing is preparation for becoming the shadow of your BEST self.” “ It is my goal as a personal trainer to assist people in achieving their goals through safe, fun, and effective workouts. I also strive to help my clients take the discipline and creativity that they have learned through our time together and apply it to their everyday lifestyle.”Janelle is an ACE certified personal trainer, and fitness instructor and has been at the Wheaton Sports Center since February 2006. She is working to achieve her Holistic Lifestyle Coach-level 1 certification in October of 2008 so that she can further help people live a healthier happier lifestyle. Janelle attended Wheaton College and earned her degree in Kinesiology, while also playing soccer there for four years. In 2005 her soccer team won its first Woman’s National Championship. Janelle greatly enjoyed her experience with athletics, and now loves working with athletes as well as people of beginner levels. Her passion also lies in creativity and diverse physical challenges experienced through running, soccer training, and instructing Spin, and other Aerobic classes. B.S. Wheaton College Certification: American College on Exercise

At club since: 2006
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Debi Hughes, Personal Trainer, Master Trainer

I graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Kinesiology in 1996. After graduation I worked as a Personal Trainer downtown Chicago before being hired as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach for the Washington Wizards in 2001, becoming the first female Strength and conditioning Coach in the NBA. After starting a family I moved back to Wheaton and became a personal trainer at the Wheaton Sport Center in 2009. I really enjoy working with a varied and wide ranging clientele from beginners, young athletes, pre/post-natal mothers, to active adults. I want my clients feeling confident and encouraged from workouts; dedicating 30 minutes to yourself each day to improve your health and well-being.

At the club since: 2010
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Ray Serbick, Personal Trainer, Expert Trainer

I am a full-time P.E. teacher, so it was a natural progression into personal training. Much of what I am doing in P.E. currently would fall under the category of personal training. When I had the chance to take a class to officially become a certified trainer, I jumped at the opportunity. While at Eastern I also competed in wrestling where I qualified for the Division I national tournament twice and competed internationally while attending Eastern. Wrestling provided many opportunites and I will always have an interest in combat type sports. I began judo a few years ago with my daughter and son. In addition, I have coached wrestling, soccer and track.

At the club since: 2006
Lisa Evans, Personal Trainer, Expert Trainer
"Exercise is medicine"

Lisa believes exercise can be a healing, fulfilling, and a joyful activity to improve one's health and well-being. Her love for activity started as a kid through being involved in sports, and became a greater passion during college when she discovered the lifelong benefit of caring for her body through exercise. She loves helping people get stronger and move with more ease through proper technique and posture improvement. From athletes, beginners, kids, to active aging adults, Lisa enjoys seeing all ages and athletic potential move to the best of their ability.

Lisa has worked as an exercise therapist for back and neck conditions since 2011, and specializes in helping people with joint and spine issues. She utilizes a variety of strength training methods, including TRX suspension training, to build circuits that will best fit each client's goals.
Her goal is to individualize each workout to best serve the physical needs of her clients.
B.S. in Applied Health Science, Wheaton College; ACE Certified Personal Trainer; NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist; TRX Suspension Trainer/Instructor.
At the club since: 2012
Kyle Kolb, Personal Trainer, Expert  Trainer

I graduated from the University of Iowa in May 2014 with my BA in Health and Human Physiology - Exercise Science. While at Iowa, I interned with the Iowa Flyers Swim Club, a private swim program for swimmers age 12-26, teaching proper body mechanics both in and out of the water. While coaching the Iowa Flyers, we had 6 individual State Champions, 2 Relay Team State Champions and 1 Olympic Try-Out Qualifier within the program. Shortly after graduation, I became c Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as a USA Weightlifting-Level 1 Sports Performance Coach. Prior to joining the WSC staff, I interned at the University of Tulsa with the Department of Athletic Performance with Football and Men's and Women's Basketball as my primary sports, and was also a Personal Trainer in downtown Chicago. I enjoy all aspects of training including Sports Performance, Powerlifting, Mobility training and Triathlon preparation. I believe that anyone can live their life pain free without any physical limitations by learning proper body mechanics and correct movement patterns.

At the club since: 2015
Karie Eriksen, Personal Trainer, Premier  Trainer

"A body in motion will remain in motion unless acted upon by an outside force." --Sir Isaac Newton

My background lies in Psychology and Biology from Wheaton College and English and Education from North Central College. Previously I was in the teaching field at a middle school for 8 years. I am an ACE personal trainer certified and enjoy weaving together these disciplines, along with my love for fitness and running, to be an effective personal trainer. Life's experiences have led me to a particular interest in running and fitness for kids as well as adults, and coming alongside those dealing with or recovering from cancer.
My "first love" sport is running, which I've done competitively since age 10. I competed in college cross country and track, and have completed five Chicago marathons and one Boston marathon. My current hobbies include racing 5Ks, biking, reading, and coming alongside others in pursuit of their own running or fitness goals.
B.S. in Psychology and Biology from Wheaton College, B.S. in English and Secondary Education from North Central College, Wheaton College Assistant Cross Country Coach - 2000, Personal Training Certified through American Council on Exercise.
At the club since: 2000
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Eddie O'Connor, Premier Trainer

Born and raised in Wheaton I feel that I have to give back to my hometown. I find that fitness is one of the best ways to change a person’s quality of life. I have been involved in many different sports since I was very young and believe that pushing oneself past the point of wanting to quit and breaking through plateaus builds not only physical strength, it makes you mentally unbreakable. I studied at the National Personal Training Institute and have received my personal training certification through the National Academy of Sport Medicine. At NPTI we extensively studied anatomy, exercise science, special populations, nutrition, and hands on training. I believe that training with many different tools, traditional and non-traditional, will help people achieve their goals in a very fun and fresh way. I have earned certifications from ON-NIT Foundations, Box-N-Burn levels 1 and 2, as well as TRX Functional Training Courses. I emphasize the use of tools such as steel maces, steel clubs, battle ropes, sandbags, boxing, bodyweight, barbells, kettlebells and suspension training devices. Hitting all scopes of fitness to reach your goals from durability to strength is very important. I am very eager to grow and learn in all aspects of the fitness field.
"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. ~ Bruce Lee"

At the club since: 2016
Ryan Roschman, Premier Trainer

Ryan has joined the fitness team after having completed his education as a Physical Therapist Assistant from College of DuPage in May 2016. Since then he has been working as a Physical Therapist Assistant in an orthopedic outpatient setting where he works with various musculoskeletal conditions such as low back pain, knee and hip replacements, shoulder injuries and other related conditions. Ryan is also a graduate of Lewis University where he majored in exercise science with a minor in coaching in 2009. He has been a personal trainer for the last 6 years, working with clientele of all ages and firmly believes fitness is one of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle and wellness. He is a strong believer in training with both conventional and unconventional training methods to achieve fitness goals. Ryan has been coaching at St. Francis High School as the boys' varsity volleyball assistant for the past 10 years and played for two years at the collegiate level for Lewis University in 2005 and 2006.

At the club since: 2017
Jake Sundberg, Premier Trainer

I graduated with my BS and MS in Exercise Physiology from Carroll University in 2016 and 2017 respectively. During my first 4 years of college, I competed in Cross Country and Track and Field. I was All-Conference in the 3,000 meter Steeplechase and the 8,000 meters for 3 consecutive years including an individual conference championship in Cross Country my senior year. My thesis research in graduate school was exploring “The effect of resistance training intensity on distance running performance”. In this training study, I dug into all aspects of the current literature in order optimize performance for runners racing distances ranging from 800 meters to 10,000 meters. I have years of experience training athletes from a wide variety of skill levels while on the sports performance staffs at Carroll University, University of Illinois-Chicago, and Northwestern University. I also have experience coaching Track and Cross Country at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

I am eager to make a lasting impact by helping Wheaton Sport Center members reach their goals. My formal education and prior coaching positions prepare me to help others improve motor patterns, build functional strength and resistance to injury, and ultimately live a longer, happier life.

I am currently a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as a Level 1 Track and Field coach through USA Track and Field. I am in the process of studying for the SCCC exam through the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association and the CISSN through the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

At the club since: 2017
Shelly Cox, Fitness Specialist

At the club since: 2017
Abby Ohrnstein, Fitness Specialist

At the club since: 2017
Joe Puglise, Fitness Specialist

At the club since: 2017
Dan Olsen, Fitness Specialist

Dan received a BS in Applied Health Science from Wheaton College, Illinois, While at Wheaton he was a collegiate wrestler compiling over 90 wins in just three season, earning All-American honors twice at the NCAA Wrestling National Championships by placing 7th in his first year and 3rd in his final year. He would also make the 2013 Greco-Roman (GR) University World Team, winning his first international match in Kazan, Russia. He is currently an Assistant Wrestling Coach at Wheaton College, as well as an active wrestler. Dan competes in the highest level of competition (Senior Level) in GR Wrestling, and has been ranked in the top ten in the nation for the past 3 years. He is currently working on his certification to become a Certified Strength and Condition Specialist (CSCS), with the goal of becoming a personal trainer to impart his passion for fitness on athletes and non-athletes alike. He wants those he comes in contact with to have true wellness; wellness being the lifelong pursuit of achieving our full potential in all aspects of our lives: Physical, Intellectual, Spiritual, Emotional, Occupational, and Social (paraphrased from Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of National Wellness Institute).

At the club since: 2017
Kent Yamane, Fitness Specialist

My entire career has been solely based on my work ethic, and my hope as a fitness professional is to inspire the people around me to work hard in order to achieve their goals. I graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 2013 with a Bachelors degree in elementary education.   In 2014, I began working as a junior high history teacher at a small private school in South Holland, Illinois. During my time there, I also coached soccer and track & field.

At Olivet, I competed as a varsity athlete on the track & field team for five years. In 2010, I became the CCAC 100 meter dash champion, and in both 2010 and 2012 I became an indoor 4X200 meter relay All-American. With this experience, I hope to incorporate my knowledge of sprinting mechanics and athletic movements into training in order to help people reach their goals, achieve functional movement, and prevent injuries.

I am currently working on a self-study program through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in order to gain my personal training certification. I am excited to be a part of the WSC community, and hope to be able to give back to the city I live in by helping people live healthier lives, and adopt a lifestyle of fitness.

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”- Tim Notke

At the club since: 2017
  Ben Schwartz, Fitness Specialist

At the club since: 2017