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Get to know our friendly Fitness Together® Personal Training Staff at Third Ward.

Michael LeDoux, NSCA-CPT
Michael LeDoux, NSCA-CPT

Michael LeDoux, NSCA-CPT

Regional Manager

Education: BS Health Science, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point

Certifications: NSCA-CPT, TRX Certified, CPR/AED/First Aid

About yourself: I was born in North Carolina and I moved to Wisconsin at a young age. I grew up playing basketball, football, track and volleyball. I played football from 7th grade all the way through college at University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. In my spare time I enjoy going on long runs and competing in Spartan races and Tough Mudders. I also enjoy spending time with My wife and son. I am currently in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. Where i am the health and wellness NCO.  

What are your personal wellness goals: My personal wellness goals are to continuously better myself and to stay in great shape. I love competition and beating my old goals. I like to challenge myself with new goals in running farther and faster. I one day want to complete multiple Spartan trifectas. I can also help out with getting ready for races and obstacle course races.

What is your personal favorite and least favorite workout: I am a big fan of pushups, as my clients know. My least favorite exercises are single leg squats and lower body workout days. I always have to motivate myself for those types of exercises.

Why did you become a personal trainer: When I was in high school I started out as lineman and I always looked up to athletes like Sean Taylor and Leroy Butler. I wanted to be like them fast and strong. I was picked on quite a bit and I felt this need to prove others wrong. So I decided I was going to start running, working out and eating right. After 6-7 months I lost the weight and got faster. I loved the feeling of feeling better and having more energy. I started helping out friends and family do the same. I loved every minute of it and have always had a passion of helping others. So I decided I wanted to have a job helping others accomplish their goals. I love seeing the look on clients faces when they accomplish their goals. I know my clients know this but I truly love my job.

What do you like about working with a team of trainers: I have always liked being on teams and being part of a group. You are able to brainstorm and learn from each other. You are able to bring the clients a great variety and knowledge to help them accomplish their goals. We are both passionate about coming to work and seeing clients accomplish large and small goals; and that brings joy to the workplace

Brian Nehls, BS, NSCA-CSCS
Brian Nehls, BS, NSCA-CSCS

Brian Nehls, BS, NSCA-CSCS

Team Lead/ Personal Trainer

Education: B.S. Kinesiology from University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee

Certifications: NSCA-CSCS, CPR/AED/First Aid, Waterfront Lifeguard

About yourself: Born and raised in the wonderful land of Wisconsin! I have been deaf my whole life and been Type 1 diabetic since the age of 6, so awareness of my nutritional intake always has been pervasive throughout my life. Growing up, I have always been more academically inclined with being part of a smattering of sports (football, basketball, track and field) in high school. Once I attended UW-M for my original major of Architecture, I found out that I enjoyed being active and participated in the club football team and other active events. Eventually I switched to Kinesiology and graduated in 2010 and have worked in the wellness field in various capacities since then.

Why did you become a personal trainer?

After spending endless weeks and all nighters in the Architecture studio, I realized that leading a high stress lifestyle and clicking away at the computer/building models all day was not something I would enjoy doing for a living for the rest of my life. I debated on what I would change my field of focus to and realized that being active was something I always enjoyed, especially with other people. I decided to change my major to Kinesiology to get a better understanding of the human body, how to nourish it, and improve its performance. It always inspires me when I see a client realize that they are now able to do certain activities with ease that used to prove to be a challenge for them in the past because of becoming stronger and/or reducing their physical limitations.

What are your own personal fitness goals?

My personal fitness goals are to continually improve my deadlift. Initially, my goal was to be able to do double my body weight, which I have surpassed  over the past year. My next goal is to break the 500 lb barrier! It has been a long and challenging process of self-reflection of how I eat, exercise consistency, programming, getting sufficient sleep (which I often don’t get enough of), along with managing stress along the way.

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?

What I used to hate is now my favorite exercise.. That is deadlift and squats, despite being slightly taller than the average! It always makes me feel fantastic that I am able to move weights that are far greater than my body weight! However, my least favorite exercise would be… anything cardiovascular, especially if it’s steady state running. I’ll tolerate sprinting and steady state on the rower, but steady state while running? No, thank you!

What is your most memorable success with a client?

My most memorable moment when training would be when one of my 50+ year old clients had trained faithfully for several months, 2x a week with me and 2-3x a week on his own, with the prescribed by me and asked numerous questions about the what/whys of the nutrition and programs he received to grow his knowledge. After 3 months, he went on a vacation to a warm place with friends and family. When he came back, he told me that many of the people he was with had mentioned how ripped he looked. Before starting, he had already been slender, the typical tall and thin runner appearance without much muscle mass. He had added about 20 pounds of lean muscle mass to his frame while attaining a healthy low body fat percentage.

 

Krissy Barber, ACSM-CPT
Krissy Barber, ACSM-CPT

Krissy Barber, ACSM-CPT

Personal Trainer

Education: B.S in Sport and Exercise Science from Wisconsin Lutheran College

Certifications: ACSM-CPT, CPR

About yourself: I was born and raised in Milwaukee, grew up playing basketball from third grade through college at Wisconsin Lutheran College for 4 years. I also ran track in high school where I still have the school record in the long jump. When I am not working I love to spend time with my husband, our two sons, and two dogs. I also enjoy watching and going to Green Bay Packer and Milwaukee Bucks games. 

Why did you become a personal trainer? :I grew up playing  and loving sports. I also love helping people. Personal training allows me to combine my two passions: health and fitness with helping others. There is nothing better than helping others with their fitness journey, rather it be big or small, from start to finish. I don’t think many people can say they truly love their jobs and look forward to coming to work everyday!

What are your own personal fitness goals?: To always be in great shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle for my family.

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?:  I love doing pushups! There are so many great varieties of push ups that work different parts of the upper body by adjusting your hand placements. (and you can do them anywhere!) My least favorite exercise would have to be burpees, they are a great full body exercise so I still do them, but not a one of my favorites ☺

What is your most memorable success with a client? : I had a client that always struggled with doing  cardio on their own, never enjoyed it, and would always make jokes about not being able to run. But through accountability, writing proper cardio programs, and building their confidence. They actually looked forward to running during the workouts, when they thought they would never be able to run around the block prior.

Ricardo Contreras, ACE CPT
Ricardo Contreras, ACE CPT

Ricardo Contreras, ACE CPT

Personal Trainer

Education UWM BS Kinesiology

Certifications: ACE-CPT

About yourself: I was born in Mexico and grew up in Waukesha Wisconsin. I have been living in Milwaukee for the past 5 years through college and I am proud to call Milwaukee my home. I am the proud owner of two awesome pooches named Odin and Terri. I love to run and participated in track and cross country throughout college at UWM. I am a huge Wisconsin sports fan, go pack and bucks! 

Why did you become a personal trainer?

To bring the best out of people. I have a passion for improvement when it comes to others physical emotional and mental will. I love to see others triumph and get the best moral fulfillment seeing others successes 

What are your own personal fitness goals?

I constantly work hard to become a better runner. I currently am working at doing a 5k in under 16 minutes. 

What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?

I love any kind of cardiovascular training. Running being the top one. Something about working with a resistance band always makes me dread the workout. 

What is your most memorable success with a client?

I had a client who had a goal to run a 5k in 8 months from when he started working with me. Not only was this client able to accomplish a whole 5k without stopping he only did it in 2 months of working with him. Something like that really makes all the hard work worth it.