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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Maddi Stiles

Position: Graduate Assistant – Fitness | Group X Instructor

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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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Malcolm Anderson

Position: Personal Trainer and Climbing Wall Attendant
Major: Psychology and Philosophy
Certifications: ACE Personal Trainer Certification, ACE Weight Management Specialist Certification, Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid

Training Philosophy: I want to inspire and support people to live their life the way they want to live it. Training with me is a mix of getting to know who you really are and realizing who you want to be. Together, we will overcome obstacles, eliminate doubt, and realize your dreams. It doesn’t matter if this means creating a healthier lifestyle, getting in shape or just spicing up the typical routine. I am in your corner.

Personal Interests: I am very interested in what humans think, feel and do and why. I love working out, especially when it’s connected to make me a better climber. One of my favorite things to do is to step out of my comfort zone and try something new (e.g. cook a new dish, learn a new language, build an igloo – whatever my heart desires!).

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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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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, listening to music (specifically J.Cole), and playing video games. I also compete in Powerlifting and enjoy playing basketball. 

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Andrea Cromley

Position: Personal Trainer
Major: Exercise Science/Pre-Physical Therapy
Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Training Philosophy: Overall my training philosophy would be "if it doesn't challenge you it doesn't change you." Breaking through mental and physical barriers while developing a love for exercise is an exhilarating experience. I'm excited to share my knowledge on living a healthy lifestyle to inspire others and help them reach their goals.

Personal Interests: While most of my time is dedicated to school, I like to rewind by working out (not surprisingly), overindulging in Netflix, and cooking up some delicious recipes. As a Bowling Green townie, I'm fortunate enough to have most of my family and friends (and dog) around to spend time with as well.

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Kelsey Dietrich

Position: Position: Group X Instructor
Major: English and Psychology with a Cognate minor
Certification: 140-hr YogaFit for Warriors and CPR/AED/First Aid

Training Philosophy: I am passionate about empowering people to live a healthy lifestyle both mentally and physically. You are the only one who knows your body best, so it is crucial for you to honor and listen to your body to give it exactly what it needs to thrive every single day. I love yoga because it provides an outlet for people to process energy, cope with life events, and fortify a strong mind-body connection. I instruct all my classes from a trauma-sensitive perspective.  

Personal Interests: I enjoy reading, writing, and spending time in nature. In addition, I am very interested in the use of mindfulness, yoga, and somatic practices as techniques for mental well-being. As an aspiring mental health professional, I would like to research these modalities in a clinical setting to promote integrative healthcare.  

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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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Kayla Kindle

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Exercise Science and minor in Psychology
Certifications: ACE Group Fitness Instructor, CPR/AED/First Aid

Training Philosophy: Exercise is something people should look forward to and enjoy doing! I strive to create an inclusive and fun workout environment, while still getting in a good sweat. Exercise is for everyone and my goal is to find workouts participants enjoy doing to make them feel their best every day!

Personal Interests: I love to run and be active but also love books and will read any and everything!

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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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Bryant Miller

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Inclusive Early Childhood Education
Certifications: 200 Hour Hatha Yoga instructor. Anti -Racism in yoga training. Adult First aid/ AED/CPR.

Training Philosophy: As a yoga teacher, I believe in yoga for every, body. No matter your goals, your past, or your current state you can gain something from yoga. This could be meditation and helping your mental mind or just flowing through whatever feels good to your body that day! I want my classes to create a space of positivity, not embarrassment, for everyone who walks in!

Personal Interests: I love hiking and my goal is to visit every national park!

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Lindsey Murphy

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Long Term Care Administration
Certifications: SilverSneakers® Splash

Training Philosophy: Exercise is a great way to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is not just about physical benefits, but the mental ones too. Everyone has their preferences when it comes to exercise and that’s the great thing about it, there is not just one way to approach it! Keep moving and have fun while doing it!

Personal Interests: I enjoy volunteering my time with older adults, aside from teaching them! I also enjoy exercising on my own time, whether that be in the gym or staying active by golfing with friends on the weekends!

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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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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.

Claire Semer

Claire Semer, Ph.D.

Position: Group X Instructor
Profession: Assistant Director in the Office of Residence Life
Certification: AFAA 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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Kayla Valente

Position: Position: Older Adult Fitness Instructor
Major: Gerontology/Pre-Occupational Therapy | Minor: Psychology
Certifications: Silver Sneakers Splash, Silver Sneakers Classic,
CPR/AED/First Aid

Training Philosophy: My training philosophy is that everyone can and should find enjoyment and growth in fitness. Oftentimes, I think people don't try something new because they are afraid or don't think they can. One of my favorite motto's is: your body is capable of more than you think. No matter your physical ability there is something in the gym that is perfect for you. I hope as an instructor I can help others find their passion and enjoyment with fitness!

Personal Interests: In my free time, I enjoy working out, running/biking outside, painting, and playing with my dog. I love to spend time outside and go on different adventures. As a gerontology major, I also spend a lot of my free time volunteering with the older adult population.

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Austin 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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Sylvie Vitaglione

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Adjunct Professor of French in the Department of World Languages and Cultures
Certifications: BA in Dance (UC Berkeley), 200H Yoga Teacher Training Certification (YogaWorks), First Aid and CPR

Training Philosophy: A lifelong dancer, Sylvie trained in ballet in her home country of France and modern and contemporary dance at the University of California Berkeley, where she earned a BA in Dance. During her years as a dancer Sylvie found yoga as a physical practice to support her breathing, deepen her stretching and manage and prevent injuries. She believes in building strong and intelligent bodies by training both our muscles and our minds. Her Barre and Yoga classes will get you off the couch and onto the mat to work on toning, balance, flexibility, agility and refining your range of motion. Working with a wide variety of bodies and abilities, her classes balance movement with stillness, challenging participants to build strength and endurance while also finding time for reflection. 

Personal Interests: Sylvie loves trying new forms of movement (and is currently learning to figure skate!), creating the "perfect" work-out playlist, wandering around art museums, cooking, watching movies, and exploring local parks with her family. 

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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.