Meet the Coaches

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One-on-One Personal Training

Our one-on-one personal training is ideal for those seeking high levels of personal attention and accountability, uniquely varied workout routines designed to accomplish your specific goals, and the best results in the least amount of time possible. Our NASM-certified trainers work directly with you to develop and implement a functional training and nutritional program to ensure that you reach your goals in a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable environment. Our trainers use the four pillars of fitness to ensure that you achieve your goals in the shortest possible timeframe, and use our dotFIT website to help monitor your progress and hold you accountable in ways never before possible.

Our trainers receive extensive continuing education to stay up-to-date on the most successful fitness trends, and incorporate a number of fun, functional exercises that are designed to provide you with amazing results. No matter what your goals, our personal trainers can help you reach and exceed them faster than you ever thought possible! For more information, please talk to one of our NASM-Certified personal trainers or a membership coordinator at a FitClub location near you.

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Jordan Vaniter (FitClub West & South)

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Jordan Vaniter (FitClub West & South)

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I am a certified personal trainer at FitClub South and FitClub West. I was certified through the American College of Sports Medicine. I’ve been involved with sports since I was able to walk, specifically baseball and basketball. Weightlifting became a part of my routine when I was about 14 and has been consistent since then. 

I keep it simple. Training does not have to be complicated. I have experience predominantly in strength and conditioning, weight loss through proper programming and nutrition, and improving mobility. The key to health and wellness is establishing and maintaining a routine that is well balanced in all of these areas. It is simple to achieve. I believe it just requires us to put one foot in front of the other, buckle down, and keep showing up. If you see me, feel free to approach me with any comments or questions you may have. I look forward to helping you pursue your fitness goals.

Certifications

  • ACSM-CPT
  • CPR/AED
  • PodFit
  • DotFit Nutrition
  • CCNT
Amy Turner

Amy Turner

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Amy Turner

West

I received my Bachelor's degree from UIUC in Urbana, Illinois and now live here in Springfield with my husband, Ron, and my stepson, James (10). I have been a professional orchestral musician as well as a preschool teacher in the past.  Throughout the years, exercise has been my life preserver, not only for my physical health but for my mental health and emotional well-being.  I have especially enjoyed pilates, long distance running, dancing, biking, and group fitness.  Since I have earned my personal training and group exercise certifications, I have grown a passion for strength training, fat loss, cultivating lasting lifestyle changes, the power of encouragement and inspiring stories.  My best advice is to take one small step at a time and trust the process.  I would be honored to be a part of your journey to better health and wellness!  

Certifications

  • NASM Foundations 
  • ISSA Personal Trainer Certification
  • ACE Group Exercise Certification
  • Bachelor's of Music from UIUC 
  • CPR/AED 
  • DotFit 
Thamar Smith

Thamar Smith

West/South

Thamar Smith

West/South

My name is Thamar Smith.  I have over 20 years of experience in working with military members, friends, and family with health concerns.  Through the years, I have learned that everyone’s body is different and that there is no one size fits all program.  I have also learned that when you want change, you have to be consistently motivated whether that is through self, coached, or both.  I have mentored or coached those who wanted to reduce run times, lose weight, gain muscle, enhance performance, or simply do day-to-day tasks.  These clients have had medical conditions that limited them and or habits that they found difficult to break.  We stuck in it together, stayed focused, and completed our objectives.  The sense of peace and happiness that people have after meeting their goals or seeing progress is the most rewarding.  I am excited and looking forward to time spent training and educating you on the necessary steps it takes to achieve your goals.

Certifications

  • NASM Foundations
  • CPR/AED
  • DotFit
  • EMT-B
  • Precision Nutrition (level 1)
  • ISSA - CPT
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Van Logan Wirth

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Van Logan Wirth

South/Virtual

Logan is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Crossfit Level 1 Trainer, Black Belt, and a pretty cool dude. He once descripted himself as a lazy fat kid. Now, his life’s mission is to help people overcome their own struggles and feel the fulfillment that he has achieved through living a fit lifestyle.

Certifications

  • NASM CPT
  • dotFIT Nutrition
  • CPR/AED
  • CrossFit
  • CCNT
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Jim Sonneborn (FitClub West)

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Jim Sonneborn (FitClub West)

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Jim Riley (FitClub South)

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Jim Riley (FitClub South)

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After many years as a radio announcer and copy writer, Jim reintroduced himself to regular exercise. After several MORE years of enjoying the health benefits of consistent movement, he realized he’d have to share what he learned with others. Helping people get and stay proactive with their wellness is the most meaningful contribution Jim thinks he can make. So he became a certified trainer, worked in various settings with kids and adults in Bloomington, and now strives to positively impact members’ lives here at FitClub.

Certifications

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • DotFit Nutrition
  • CPR/AED
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Mike Purdy (FitClub South)

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Mike Purdy (FitClub South)

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Mike Purdy has been helping people of varying fitness levels reach their fitness goals since 2008. His goal is not only to improve one’s physical performance via training but also get people excited about training and physical activity in general (changing the perception of exercise as a chore). He graduated summa cum laude from Millikin University with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science Fitness and Sport. During undergrad, he interned with the track and field team where he designed and implemented the strength-training program for both the sprinters and jumpers. He earned a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He also served as an adjunct professor in the Exercise Science Department at Millikin University for over five years. Currently, Mike serves as FitClub’s Director of Fitness.

Certifications

  • NASM CPT
  • DotFit Nutrition/Exerspy
  • CPR/AED
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Alex Pryor

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Alex Pryor

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My name is Alex Pryor and I am a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Growing up, I always had a drive to be the best in whatever I did, either in the sports I played, or on stage singing and performing at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

I was first introduced to fitness and weight lifting when I convinced my brother to take me with him during his workouts. My wish to spend more time with my brother developed into a passion that would start me on the path to living out my life’s work. I am currently studying nutrition with the goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian.

When it comes to fitness, I believe there is no one size fits all plan or program. I see the importance of every style of training from bodybuilding, to a holistic full body, wellness approach. I pride myself in the fact that everything I apply to clients I have applied to myself first. My clients know I believe in what I do and stand behind my training 100%.

Whether you are a regular client of mine or another member who is part of the FitClub family, I’m happy to help and I will see you in the gym!

Certifications

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer, CPR/AED, dotFIT Nutrition
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Jake Peters (FitClub South)

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Jake Peters (FitClub South)

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Training Philosophy: Put in the hard work and earn everything yourself. There is no easy way to attain your goal, it will take everything you've got to get to where you want to be. When you get there, keep what you've gained or keep moving forward - never go back.

What Clients Can Expect: I use a wide variety of training styles including: high performance, Olympic lifting, suspension training, correctional strength, and more.

Certifications

  • NASM CPT
  • NASM PES
  • PurMotion Certified
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • CPR/AED
  • DotFit
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Judy Parker (FitClub South)

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Judy Parker (FitClub South)

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Nessa Miller (FitClub North)

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Nessa Miller (FitClub North)

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My name is Nessa Miller. I am a wife and the mother of three beautiful children and now, I am a personal trainer at FitClub North. I am super excited to help my clients reach their health and fitness goals. As a Certified Nurse's Assistant in pediatrics, medical intensive care and geriatrics, I witnessed firsthand the importance of proper nutrition and exercise. I want to help clients beat diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity. My passion to help others intensified while working in the hospital as a CNA. My purpose on earth is to encourage and motivate others to reach their maximum potential while improving their overall quality of life. What I love about  proper nutrition and regular exercise is how it benefits our mental state. When my clients start their day, I want them to represent the best version of who they are, mentally and physically.

Certifications

  • NASM Foundations
  • CPR/AED
  • DotFit
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Caitlin McCarthy (FitClub South)

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Caitlin McCarthy (FitClub South)

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I have been a certified personal trainer for the past nine years. In 2009, I graduated from Illinois College with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, and a minor in health. I have always been a very active individual. I grew up playing softball, basketball, volleyball and soccer. I was a member of the college basketball team. In 2014, I had a major hip surgery. This opened my eyes to the importance of flexibility, muscular strength, core balance, and cardiovascular endurance. 
     I love helping clients train for running events. I have trained with individuals ranging from age 11 to 83 years old. I have trained individuals who play softball, baseball, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and track. I have guided a client to lose 108lbs, which was very rewarding for both of us. I always stress the importance of daily water intake, and proper nutrition. If you don’t put the right fuel in your body, you will not see the results you’re looking for. It’s the coolest feeling to watch a client grow. Whether it’s losing inches/weight, or lifting more weight than you ever imagined you could do, I would love to help you accomplish your goals.

Certifications

  • NASM CPT
  • Dot Fit
  • CPR/AED
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
  • NESTA CPT
  • NESTA Fitness Nutrition Coach
  • Kickboxing Fitness Trainer
  • Spencer Institute Sports Psychology Coach
  • CCNT
  • NFPT Plyometric Trainer
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Adam Martin (FitClub West)

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Adam Martin (FitClub West)

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Certifications

  • Dotfit Nutrition/Exerspy
  • CPR/AED
  • NSCA - CPT
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LaVerarl "Max" Maxeiner (FitClub South)

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LaVerarl "Max" Maxeiner (FitClub South)

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I am the Senior Fitness Specialist at FitClub.  I am a graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education.  I also earned his Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology at Northern Illinois University.  I was a successful coach and instructor at the high school and university level for 34 years.  I came to FitClub in 2002 and managed FitClub West for 5 years.  I am a NASM Certified Trainer and have successfully trained over 200 clients to date.

Certifications

  • Dotfit Nutrition
  • CPR/AED
  • NASM CPT
  • NASM Senior Fitness Specialist
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Michael Kelley (FitClub South)

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Michael Kelley (FitClub South)

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My name is Michael Kelley and I am a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). My love of the gym and strength training began when my dad introduced me to weights when I was 13. Before I began lifting weights I was as thin as a rail and couldn't do a single push up. However, after my dad installed weights in the basement at my house and after a few lifting sessions in the basement I was hooked for life. I believe that regular exercise, whether or not it is done with weights is very important to living a healthy life. It can greatly improve your ability to move, which as a result will make it easier to perform everyday actions such as doing chores around the house or playing with your kids and pets. Best of all, by exercising regularly you just feel better mentally. No matter what your goals are, and no matter if it is your first time in the gym or you have been coming to the gym regularly for many years, you should never be satisfied with what you are doing and should be striving to get better every time you come through those gym doors. Small short term goals such as adding an extra 5 minutes on the treadmill or bike or doing one more rep in an exercise you did last week can go far when it comes to reaching a long term goal. 


Outside of the gym I am an avid baseball fan and love the Chicago White Sox. A former cross country and track runner at Sacred Heart Griffin High School, I was fortunate enough to have run in and to have finished my first marathon in the fall of 2013, which was also my only marathon because I have now become an avid cyclist. I graduated in the winter of 2016 from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in Coaching. Outside of the gym and off of the bike my hobbies and interests include reading, playing wiffleball, and spending time with family and friends. Every January since 2016, I have participated in a medical mission trip to Nicaragua. While in Nicaragua my job is to play various games such as soccer and kickball with the kids at the clinics and I love it! I look forward to helping members at FitClub reach their fitness goals no matter how big or small they may be.

Certifications

  • ACSM CPT
  • Dotfit Nutrition
  • CPR/AED

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