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: Student Supervisor – Fitness | Group X Instructor
Major: Exercise Science | Minor: Dance
Certification: ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Zumba® Instructor, BODYPUMP™ Instructor

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 love being active and exercising. Zumba® is the perfect combination of two of my favorite activities (dancing and fitness). I also teach BODYPUMPTM, Barre, and cycle which allows me to continue my passion for strength training, and help others become the strongest versions of themselves. I’m passionate about helping others love 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 reading, writing, dancing, watching movies, or spending time with loved ones. 

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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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Cassandra Bizjak

Position: Group X Intructor
Major: Sales and Service Marketing
Certifications: Barre Intensity®

Training philosophy: I believe fitness is important for everyone because it brings positivity and overall wellbeing into a person's life. When people come to my class I want them to know, that I am there to help guide them through the exercise, but to also make it their own and have fun with it!

"Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't"

Personal interests: My love for physical fitness started at a young age and has only grown stronger from there. The past four years is when I really fell in love with fitness classes especially yoga and Barre Intensity®; they soon became a way of life for me. When I'm not at the gym some things I also enjoy include reading a good book, walking my dogs, and spending time with loved ones. 

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Aaron Combs

Position: Personal Trainer
Major: Masters degree in Kinesiology
Certifications: NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Level 1 Functional Movement Screen

Training Philosophy: During my undergraduate schooling at BGSU, I interned for their strength and conditioning coaches, assisted with over a dozen different sports teams, and interned with the strength and conditioning program at the University of Findlay in Findlay, OH. Post-undergrad, I spent a year working at the National Institute for Fitness and Sport in Indianapolis. Now, I’m back at BGSU for my Master’s degree in Kinesiology.

These experiences really lit the fire under me to create better athletes and healthier, stronger individuals. Working with athletes and non-athletes has shown me just how many different approaches can be taken to strength and conditioning. There is ALWAYS an exercise that will fit your goals and preferences.

Personal Interests: When I’m not training clients or working with athletes, I enjoy powerlifting, watching and playing baseball, and spending time with my dog, Rocko. 

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Sheila Brown

Position: Group X Instructor
Profession: Associate Director in the Office of Multicultural Affairs
Certification: AFAA Group Exercise Instructor

I have been teaching group fitness at the Rec since 1996. When I am not sweating it out in the gym, I love to do DIY projects such as painting and furniture refinishing. 

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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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Corey Feasel

Position: Graduate Assistant - Fitness | Personal Trainer
Major: Masters in Kinesiology, specializing in Exercise Physiology
Certifications: NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Training Philosophy: “Lift for a Lifetime.” Exercise in a manner in which you can continue to exercise and be healthy for the rest of your life. Take care of you body now, and your body will be kinder to you later down the road.

Personal Interests: Aside from fitness related interests, I am huge fan of college football and basketball. If it is a close game, regardless of the teams playing, I simply enjoy the competitiveness. In my spare time, I like to distress by mindlessly watching random Netflix and HBO shows (How I met your mother quotes…wait for it….. stick well with me). Also, you are more than likely to catch me occasionally indulging in the latest and greatest iPad video game (Clash Royale). My interest’s change monthly as I like to learn something new, get better at it, then move on to the next hobby. Lastly, but probably my biggest interest, I have a pug, Ted, that I spoil daily with treats, toys, and belly rubs.

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Nancy Fisher

Position: Group X Instructor
Profession: Elementary School Teacher and Fitness Instructor
Certifications: POUND Pro Instructor, Zumba®, specialties Instructor, Aqua Yoga Instructor

Training Philosophy:  I want to make fitness accessible to every BODY.  I want to inspire people to MOVE.  I wish for anyone to come into any class of mine and leave feeling accomplished in what they were able to achieve, but to also smile, laugh, sweat, and realize that fitness doesn't have to be a chore.  

Personal interests:  I enjoy reading, relaxing at home with my family, eating and discovering great food, but especially meeting people and being inspired by what the world has to offer!

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Maddie Jackson

Position: Personal Trainer
Major: Exercise Science
Certification: AFAA Personal Trainer

Training Philosophy: My ultimate goal with my clients is to help them get closer to or reach their own personal goals. I believe using various different methods along the way can be very beneficial. I like the idea of using a consistent weight training schedule while mixing in strength training circuits and HITT cardio sessions when I feel it is necessary based on the individual and his/her goals. I like to change things up a lot within each session to keep my clients interested and to help them learn different things that they can use on their own. 

Personal Interests: I spend most of my time in the gym whether it is for work, training, or to workout. Outside of the gym, I enjoy going for runs, making different recipes that I find on Pinterest, watching Netflix, hanging out with my friends, spending time with my family, and going out for food, ice cream, or frozen yogurt. I also like to spend time researching different training styles and different ways to improve my training style for myself and for my clients.

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Eboni Jones

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Public Relations | Minor: Marketing
Certifications: Basic Steps Level 1, Zumba® Instructor

Training Philosophy: To try is an excuse to fail. Always do... Be a person who chooses to win on purpose. When you are exercising and it already starts to hurt, that is when you just keep going, and finish your reps. If there is no challenge there is no change!

Personal Interests: I strive to positively impact others through the various talents I am blessed with. I am also on YouTube with various posts ranging from fitness to performances; some of which are posted from other users. I especially encourage people to watch my performance at the National Council of Negro Women's Empowerment Conference where I sang "At Last" by renowned vocal artist Etta James.

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Trent Pilmore

Position: Personal Trainer
Major: Exercise Science
Certification: ACSM Personal Trainer

Training Philosophy: Exercise allows individuals to see what they are truly capable of when it comes to physical performance. It allows people to see where they can improve and to set goals so that they can become the best that they can be physically and mentally. It takes patience and hard work, but dedication always pays off!

“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” -Socrates

Personal Interests: I enjoy weight lifting, reading, and just about any sport. I love to be outside, and I like to hang out with friends and family. 

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Claire Semer

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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Brittany Walling

Position: Personal Trainer
Major: Exercise science
Certifications: NASM personal trainer

Training philosophy: I believe that everyone can benefit from lifting weights. I have a passion for lifting, and I enjoy having my clients do cardio circuits to keep them interested. I love teaching new clients how to use the weight room, and help them realize there is nothing to be afraid of! My main goal is to make sure my clients enjoy coming to the gym every day, help them learn new things, and be proud of what their bodies can do. 
 
Personal interests: I am 99% sure I have the world's worst sweet tooth, so I'm always down to get ice cream (Eric's is the best). When I'm not at work, you can find me binge watching Netflix, hanging out with friends, playing with animals at the local shelter, working out, or being outside. I also love lifting and seeing how much more my body can do when I push myself and go outside of my comfort zone!

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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.

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Dalton Hartley

Position: Personal Trainer
Major: Exercise Science
Certifications: AFAA Personal Trainer

Training Philosophy: You should spend every opportunity you get to better yourself. No matter what challenge it is there will always be a positive outcome if you push through it. The harder the challenge, the better the outcome. Push yourself beyond what you ever thought you could handle and be amazed by what you can actually achieve.

Personal Interests: Strength sports like Strongman, Powerlifting, and Olympic weightlifting have my heart. I always thought it was incredible to see what the human body can achieve and those sports alone have motivated me so much. When I’m not in the gym realm, you can typically catch me reading at the library trying to study up for my classes; one can say that I honestly enjoy learning, for your mind can always grow and it never stops if you don’t let it.

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Alexis Hundley

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Athletic Training
Certifications: TurboKick® Instructor

Training Philosophy: Fitness exists in order for you to become the strongest, most powerful version of yourself that you can be (physically and mentally). If you put the effort into fitness that you want, the results can be extremely empowering. Coming to the gym is a fantastic way to better yourself and find out what you are capable of!

Personal Interests: I love being active in all parts of my life, whether that be exercise, work, school, or friends and family. I can't convey how much I love the confidence and empowerment that comes along with teaching TurboKick®, as well as the feeling that I'm helping other people accomplish their fitness goals. I am an Athletic Training Student at BGSU, and a big participant in different philanthropy events on and off campus. I also love animals, traveling, listening to live music, and going on random adventures with my friends!

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Callie Inkrott

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Communication
Certifications: Zumba® Instructor, ACE Group Fitness Instructor (hopefully)

Training Philosophy: Remember that it is okay to eat pizza. Becoming healthy is about having a fun and active lifestyle, so participate in workouts that you can rock out with friends! It would be silly to workout in ways that make you hate your life, yeah? That’s why I love Group X! It provides such an encouraging and upbeat environment, and in my opinion, it maximizes personal happiness. There is so much freedom in the world of fitness, so take it a step at a time, and don’t be too hard on yourself. Enjoy the journey. Focus on who you are and who you are becoming rather than what you aren’t. 

Personal Interests: I enjoy changing the world and following Jesus. I love bird watching, a.k.a. hanging out with Freddie and Frieda Falcon. I’m also on two of BG’s improv comedy teams- The Plastic Shatners and Lady Parts Comedy. Basically, I love love, laughter, and busting it on the dance floor. LET’S MOVE! 

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Hayley Ruff

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Pre-medical Neuroscience | Minor: Applied Sciences
Certifications: AFAA Group Exercise Instructor, Yoga Teacher Training, and a seminar in Guided Meditation and Breathing exercises.

Training philosophy: Always be mindful. The only thing you are required to do is what feels right for your body, whether that's anything from yoga to heavy lifting! I am a big advocate for changing up your practice and getting active in new ways, and of course, being kind to your body with a wholesome diet. 

Personal Interests: I am a lover of many things. I love sports, I love to cook, I love my cute little carnivorous garden, and I love to create things. The largest portion of my life however, belongs to travel. I spend as many days as I can exploring what the world has to offer, but when I am back at home I enjoy getting outside to run or kayak, and working on new ideas for my yoga class!

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Abby Villanauve

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Physical and Health Education
Certification: AFAA Group Exercise Instructor

Training Philosophy:  Sit up, put your feet on the floor and get going.  Today, be grateful your body is healthy and ready to be challenged by new experiences. Your training is never at a standstill. You are getting better or worse: There is no “in between.” Test out different forms of exercise to find what you truly enjoy but stay rounded. Challenge yourself and surround yourself with positive uplifting people to walk with you through your health-journey.

Personal Interests:  Trails... I love hiking, trail runs, waterfalls, and especially mud. Travel is always on my mind and I enjoy hiking National Parks more than anything. I love spending time with family and friends and I am always up to watch a good movie. My passion is health and fitness which is why I am pursuing my degree is Physical and Health Education. My goal is to spark an interest in children to live an active and healthy lifestyle.

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Whitney Wolff

Position: Group X Instructor | Personal Trainer
Major: Masters in Kinesiology

Training Philosophy: I completed my B.S. in Exercise Science at BGSU. I have been teaching Group X classes at the BGSU Student Recreation Center since 2012.  I have taught BODYPUMP™, various bootcamp classes, hardcore abs, and cycle classes. Group X classes are a great way to stay (and get in) shape, relieve stress, and have fun! You should join!

Personal Interests: Other passions of mine are running, being outside, animals, and finding adventures everywhere! ​

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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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Kelsey Ranney

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Inclusive Early Childhood Education
Certifications: Zumba® Instructor

Training philosophy: Give 100% effort in everything that you do and it will become a "want" rather than a "need.” 

Personal Interests: I have been a dancer my whole life, and I participated in cheerleading in middle school and high school. I'm in the sorority Kappa Delta here on campus. In my free time, I love to read, write, dance, hang out with my friends, and watch Netflix. 

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Sonia Singh

Position: Group X Instructor
Major: Clinical Psychology
Certification: Zumba® Instructor

Training Philosophy: My training philosophy is to always work towards your values even when it’s hard (In some cases, especially when it’s hard!) I believe that knowing what matters to you and following it will help you on the path of both physical and mental wellness. I believe in making personal gains through fitness and connection through relationships which is why Group X means so much to me.

Personal Interests: My first love is psychology, so a lot of my time is dedicated to that. Other than that, I love spending time with people who matter to me. I love being outdoors when the weather is warm. I also love exploring new places and trying new things – especially searching for farmer’s markets and food trucks!

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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.