Falcon Fitness Staff

All Falcon Fitness staff members are certified in first aid and CPR/AED. 

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Karyn Smith

Position: Group X Instructor | Personal Trainer
Profession: Health Educator - Wellness Connection
Certifications: ACE Personal Trainer, AFAA Group Exercise Instructor, ViPR® Instructor

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Adrienne Ansel

Position: Graduate Assistant – Fitness | Group X Instructor and Personal Trainer
Major: Masters degree in Kinesiology
Certifications: ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, BODYPUMP™ Instructor, SilverSneakers Circuit, BOOM Move, and Splash

Training Philosophy: My training (and life) philosophy is to always work to maximize your fullest potential. I believe in hard work… and enjoying it along the way! By giving 110% effort in everything you do, whether it's in the gym or in life, you will find success, pride, and personal growth. I live my life and teaching philosophy by this quote: “Do what you love, love what you do!”

Personal Interests: I am the RecWell energizer bunny. I have high energy and a passion for living a healthy, active lifestyle! I adore about helping others enjoy fitness in my role as a trainer and as a Group X instructor. I enjoy being busy, but if I have any spare time I find myself dancing, listening to music, running, spending time with my friends and family, reading, or traveling.

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Sarah Adams

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Mathematics
Certifications: ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor

Training Philosophy: For me, fitness is about challenging yourself to be the best that you can be, but also having fun! Working out doesn’t have to be work! It should be an outlet that makes you laugh and smile! I also believe in trying to become the best version of yourself. Everyday, work towards a new goal and learn something new! 

Personal interests: I have always loved working out and being active, but I truly became inspired in my fitness journey when I joined Group X! I have been actively involved in many different Group X classes throughout my undergraduate studies. Being a member of Group X has given me confidence and has helped me to make many new friends! Along with being involved in Group X, I love teaching, mathematics, art, and being outdoors! Life is an adventure, and I am looking forward to seeing what this adventure has in store for me!   

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Theresa Adams

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Masters in Communication Disorders
Certifications: Registered Yoga Instructor - 200 Hours

Training Philosophy: The most important thing about teaching yoga to me is that everyone leaves my class feeling successful. There's no room for comparison or judgment in yoga; attending the class and trying your best is already a success. I fill my classes with options and modifications that allow everyone to practice safely and at a variety of levels.

Personal interests: In my free time I enjoy attempting Pinterest crafts, watching Netflix, and of course, practicing yoga. When I'm home I also love taking my two dogs to the park for walks.

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Lauren Andrews

Position: Student Supervisor | Group X Instructor
Major: Human Development and Family Studies | Minor: Psychology
Certifications: ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor

Training Philosophy: I believe that everyone no matter what size or shape, should be able to exercise and love it while they are at it! I want to create a space where everyone feels comfortable and knows that they can get to the fitness level that they want with a little bit of hard work. I want all participants to love their bodies!

Personal Interests: When not at the gym, (because I love the gym a lot) you can find me dancing with University Dance Alliance, dancing and singing in the car with my friends, reading a good book, watching some Netflix or hanging out with friends and family. I love a little bit of everything and love to meet new people!

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Nick Beier

Position: Personal Trainer
Major: Exercise Science
Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Training Philosophy: “Fail early, fail often, fail forward.” This is the quote I live my life by and what keeps me motivated on a daily basis. Failure is often viewed as a negative experience and something that should be avoided. However, failure is where all of the learning experiences are found. Many people shy away from challenging tasks because of the fear of failure. I encourage everyone to take tasks head on with no hesitation, no matter how challenging the task is. My philosophy is that you should never be afraid to fail because in every failure is an opportunity to learn and become a stronger person. Each failure is a stepping stone to success!

Personal interests: There’s nothing I love more than working out. Lifting weights is what sparked my interest in fitness. I hope to compete in bodybuilding competitions in the near future (assuming I can find the time). I normally stay pretty busy with school work but I also make an effort to have an active social life. I am a member of Alpha Sigma Phi and I spend most of my free time relaxing with my friends, watching Netflix, or listening to music (Chance The Rapper specifically).

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Rechelle Bischoff

Position: Personal Trainer
Major: Dietetics
Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist

Training Philosophy: My training philosophy is to help clients of all levels obtain their personal fitness goals, while providing nutrition advice and, most of all, always having fun!

Personal Interests: I love working out and always pushing myself in the gym! I grew up playing sports, so it's in my blood! I love watching most sports, especially football, soccer, baseball and softball. I spend most of my free time outdoors hiking, running, rollerblading or just taking in the awesome scenery wherever I'm at!

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Joe Black

Position: Personal Trainer and Group X Instructor
Major: Exercise Science
Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Training Philosophy: I believe in faith, consistency, and hard work in everything you do. If you have the faith in yourself, are consistent in what you do, and you are willing to put in the hard work, then you can achieve any goal you set for yourself. I apply that to the gym, school, and every other aspect of my daily life, and it has made me into the person I am today. 

Personal Interests: The gym is my happy place, but I also enjoy going to movies, listning to music(specifically J.Cole), and playing video games. I also compete in Powerlifting and enjoy playing basketball. 

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Spencer Cole

Position: Personal Trainer | Group X Instructor
Major: Exercise Science
Certifications: USAW Sports Performance Coach

Training Philosophy: My main philosophy is to help individuals set exercise goals and obtain them. My exercise philosophy is to exercise for an overall healthy lifestyle - physically and mentally. This is why I like clients to not only set a goal and achieve the goal but to see the benefits and process of both.

Personal interests: I’m usually working out or studying; however, I have a huge interest in all things sports as far as watching them at home, playing intramural sports, or going to sporting events. Besides sports I can easily catch myself on a Netflix show binge or movie series binge. I also love going to new cities and eating local restaurants or trying new foods in general!

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Lauren Dial

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Major: Developmental Psychology
Certification: ACE Group Fitness Instructor

Training Philosophy: My training philosophy is to find an exercise format that you enjoy and work towards growing in that area. I found that making fitness fun and enjoyable is most helpful for achieving my own personal fitness goals, and I aim to provide that for others. Sometimes we encounter obstacles that test our drive to maintain a healthy life balance (it happens!). However, those moments can be an opportunity for tremendous growth. Work hard, stay positive, and keep moving!

Personal Interests: I enjoy spending time outdoors (gardening, hiking, biking, etc.), but also am a big fan of watching movies, reading, and playing video games. I love riding rollercoasters and crocheting as well…but just not at the same time.

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Demetria Graham

Position: Group X Instructor
Profession: Student Services Counselor in the College of Arts and Sciences
Certification: AFAA Group Exercise Instructor

Training Philosophy: It's your workout, you get out of it what you put into it.

Personal interests: I am a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. I am a former basketball player and coach.  I am a graduate of BGSU. As a former (and current) Group X participant, the instructors inspired me so much that I made the decision to live a healthy lifestyle, and I decided to become a fitness instructor.  One of the best decisions that I have ever made in my life!

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Emily Kollar

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Dietetics
Certifications: YogaFit Level One: Foundations

Training Philosophy: Fueling your body correctly should be a priority to everyone in order to reach your potential. This means promoting a healthy balance of physical wellness or activity with diet, mental and emotional wellness, and social wellness.

Personal interests: I love spending time outside hiking, kayaking, and backpacking. I also enjoy traveling, spending time with friends, cooking and trying new things.

 

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Corina Kreill

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Inclusive Early Childhood Education
Certification: ACE Group Fitness Instructor

Training Philosophy: "A down dog a day keeps the doctor away." I believe everyone is uniquely different and beautiful, and it is important to meet yourself where you're at. Come as you are! I am here to help people be comfortable and confident with themselves. Connecting the mind and body is a beautiful thing that I strive to teach in my classes. Take deep breaths, go with the flow, and always have fun!

Personal Interests: I absolutely love to try new things and be outside appreciating nture! I enjoy running, rollerblading, dancing, ice skating, and really anything active. I am always up for an adventure and to travel the world. I coach a volleyball team and serve at St. Tom's. I am very passionate about education and working with children. I cannot wait to become a teacher!

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Tara Lanzer

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Marine Biology
Certifications: Basic Steps Level 1 Zumba Instructor

Training Philosophy: My training philosophy is to find ways to enjoy everything you do, including exercising! Whether that means listening to music during your workout or finding friends that will exercise with you, making exercising enjoyable keeps you motivated, makes it easier to give your 100%, and gives you a reason to look forward to it every day! My goal as an instructor is to give people a way to enjoy exercising and staying fit.

Personal Interests: Apart from Zumba© and dancing, running is one of my favorite ways to exercise. I also enjoy other classes offered here at the Rec like BODYPUMP™ and Barre. In addition, I am very passionate about my major, Marine Biology, and one of my main goals in life is to make the oceans a cleaner and safer place for the animals that call it home. I am always trying to find ways to make everything I do more environmentally friendly. In my free time, I am usually hanging out with friends or family, reading a good book, or taking care of my pets!

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Crystal Lau

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Masters in Speech-Language Pathology
Certification: ZUMBA® Basic Level 1

Training Biography: Fitness should be fun and enjoyable! As long as you are having a great time and sweating, you're working out! Group Fitness is awesome because you can always bring a friend (or ten, or twenty...) with you - so bring them!

Personal Interest: When I am not in class or working in the clinic, I enjoy crafting, cooking, and hanging out with my friends. I also sing at a church choir every Sunday!

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Zac Longenecker

Position: Personal Trainer and Group X Instructor
Major: Criminal Justice Specializing in Computer Science
Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer, American Red Cross CPS Certified, Certified Peer Educator - Wellness Connection - SRC

Training Philosophy: The way I see training is this - When we wake up in the morning, we know life isn't perfect. In fact, most things are actually far out of our control. But our ability to walk in the gym, manipulate our bodies in insanely cool ways, and build a never-give-up mentality that can last a lifetime? Limitless. 

Pesronal Interests: Since I consider the gym my home away from home, it means a little more to me than just a hobby. But besides that, I like to spend time with friends and family, go on random adventures, and get myself into ridiculous eating challenges.

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Tony Lowe

Position: Position: Personal Trainer and Group X Trainer
Major: Exercise Science
Certification: ACE Personal Training Certification

Training Philosophy: I am passionate about transcending limitations. My biggest thrill is seeing clients break through barriers and achieve their goals. I believe that pursuing health and wellness will reveal a person's true potential. I specialize in periodized, phased workout programming. This will keep progress attainable and sustainable. The best results come from working slowly through an intelligent strategy. 

Personal Interests: I am wild about guitar and I'm an enthusiast of vintage instruments. I studied many forms of martial arts earlier in life, and pay attention to MMA events and modern training practices. I have enjoyed gymnastics and circus arts training, obstacle racing, and kayaking. I like to rest, too. Sometimes, the best day has a great hike, a fresh meal, and bad detective novel. Add a great old 50s album on a ricketty turntable, and I am in heaven. 

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Maria Matyac

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Inclusive Early Childhood Education
Certifications: Yogafit Level 1 Foundations

Training philosophy: I believe in optimism through everything you do including exercise, without a positive attitude, you can’t learn what exercise is right for your body. I believe staying healthy is a matter of your body and your state of mind working together. Exercise should strengthen your mental and physical fitness. There is no failure in trying, only in doing nothing.

Personal interests: When I’m not practicing yoga, in my free time I enjoy attempting Pinterest crafts and desserts. I’m an early childhood major that thrives off cute little kids and creativity. I have a passion for sculpture and ceramic art and I hope to someday have my own studio as well as pursue a profession as a second-grade teacher. I enjoy activities that slow down our fast-paced lives, and put things in perspective… and this is why I love Yoga!

“Yoga is not about touching your toes it is about what you learn on the way down.”

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Luke Pruett

Position: Personal Trainer
Major: Exercise Science
Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Training Philosophy: My training (and life) motto that I live by is, “Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.” I strongly believe that every person has the opportunity to accomplish their goals with hard work and dedication. I want to create a place where everyone feels empowered, encouraged and comfortable while pursuing their fitness goals. A healthy lifestyle is very important in our world today and as soon as I started my journey to achieving my utmost health and fitness levels, is when I truly felt happier, confident, and energized throughout my daily life. It is my privilege and honor to help achieve this for you!

Personal interests: When I am not in the gym or in class, I like to spend my time outdoors enjoying nature and staying active. I enjoy hiking, boating, swimming, cliff jumping, rock climbing, and running. I love a good challenge, so I enjoy playing any kind of sport. Some non-active activities I enjoy doing are relaxing at the pool, listening to all kinds of music, watching movies and cooking.

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Jared Sater

Position: Personal Trainer and Group X Trainer
Major: Exercise Science
Certifications: ACE Personal Training Certification

Training Philosophy: Exercise is the best investment you will ever make. Any time that you spend in the gym is an investmet in yourself. Having fitness in your life means that you can create a better quality of life and enjoy all the time that you have. 

Personal Interests: When I am not in the gym weight training, I am usually spending time with my fraternity! I enjoy playing basketball, enen though I'm not very good at it. I also love cooking and trying new recipes!

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Amber Schindler

Position: Personal Trainer
Major: Dietetics
Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Training Philosophy: I believe that everyone should choose the style of exercise that makes them look forward to going to the gym or working out. Whether that be Strength Training, Group X classes, Cardio, Yoga, Crossfit, etc. Exercise should not feel like a chore. Choose something that you love, something that challenges you, set goals, and CRUSH them!

Personal interests: I have a passion for nutrition and exercise. When I am not at the gym, I am probably somewhere eating, studying, cooking, drinking a little too much coffee, or spending time with friends and family.

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Jodi Schroeder

Position: Group X instructor, Administrative Assistant in the Department of Theatre and Film
Certification: BODYPUMP™ Instructor

Training Philosophy:  I strive to motivate others to achieve their personal success one step at a time.  I enjoy celebrating the mini-successes of realistic achievements which in turn become the foundation for greater triumphs.  Sometimes, the toughest thing to do is to take that first step.

Personal Interests:  A native of Northwest Ohio, Jodi has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree specializing in Marketing, as well as, a Master’s degree in Workforce Development and Education from Bowling Green State University.  Back in the summer of 2012, I caught the BGSU Falcon Fitness “bug” and haven’t looked back since.  In my free time, I enjoy participating in various sporting activities with my kids, spending time with my family, and soaking up the quiet calm a great run affords me.

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Claire Semer, Ph.D.

Position: Group X Instructor
Profession: Assistant Director in the Office of Residence Life
Certification: AFFA Group Exercise Instructor, WERQ Dance Fitness Certified, BUTI Yoga Certified

Training philosophy: Claire hails from Queens, NY and holds degree in Psychology, Mental Health Counseling and Higher Education. When it comes to health, there’s nothing more powerful than the mind and body benefits of exercise. Claire’s WERQ classes are high energy, sweat-soaked dance parties, with lots of positive attitude for any fitness level. WERQ showcases the hottest songs and participants leave feeling healthy and confident. Claire’s Buti Yoga class is a mix of a high-intensity fusion of power yoga, tribal dance and plyometrics. This practice combines cardio, strength training and flexibility in one seamless format.

Personal Interests: Claire currently serves as an Assistant Director in the Office of Residence Life, and also serves as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Toledo and BGSU.

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Janae' Thomas

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Business Management
Certifications: Zumba® Instructor

Training Philosophy: : If you focus on doing your best and having fun you won’t have time to compare yourself to others!

Personal interests: : If I am not in class, you can probably find me in Starbucks, dancing, watching Netflix of shopping!

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Rachel Wasson

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Clinical Psychology
Certification: 300-hour Certified Yoga Instructor

Training Philosophy: Personal growth, both physical and mental, happens when you confront your fears with curiosity, lean in to discomfort, and let go. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is all about balance. I regularly study traditional yoga philosophy and incorporate it into classes. I also enjoy teaching others to find strength and flexibility within themselves.

Personal Interests: Mindfulness and yoga are my passions. I am pursuing a career using mindfulness in clinical work and research. I also enjoy hiking, playing outside with my dog, jamming to music, and finding a good hammock spot.

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Auston Van Buskirk

Position: Personal Trainer
Major: Exercise Science with a specialization in Strength and Conditioning
Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Training Philosophy: Even if you are having a bad workout, you are still having a better workout than those who didn’t show up. Initiative is very important, you never know how much the body is capable of until you begin exercising. Once you get the ball rolling and begin exercising, you will find it very hard to stop! Enjoy your workouts, be confident, and stay persistent and results will soon follow!

Personal interests: When I am not exercising, I enjoy spending time outdoors. I love to fish, trail hike, and camp. I feel that spending time in nature helps you become more in tune with yourself and helps escape the busy world of technology! I also very much enjoy nutrition and trying to find new healthy ways to eat!

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DeeDee Wentland

Position: Group X Instructor
Profession: Senior Secretary in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies
Certifications: Zumba®, Zumba® Toning, Aqua Zumba®, and STRONG by Zumba®, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.

Training Philosophy: Fitness should be fun! When you find something that feels more like "fun" and less like "work" you're more likely to do it on a regular basis. 

Personal Interests: The Zumba® fitness program allows me to let my "inner dancer" out!  I'm more motivated when I work out with my friends in a group setting in any type of choreographed fitness class. We have amazing wellness programming here at BGSU, and I try to take advantage of everything!  I also enjoy boating, walking in the park, going to festivals and museums, reading, watching movies, attending BGSU sporting events, and trying to keep up with my four grandchildren.