The BAC's certified trainers offer individualized exercise training, health education and nutritional information to help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
Certified Personal Trainers
BAC's personal trainers are certified through nationally recognized organizations, such as American Council on Exercise (ACE), Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and have completed intensive training at the BAC.
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For questions or more information about personal training, please email Fitness Director Steve Lewis, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the BAC at (269) 544-3200.
Steve Lewis, BS, MA, NSCA-CSCS
BAC Fitness Director
Steve earned his bachelor’s degree in Human Performance and Sport Studies with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He also holds a master’s degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University. Steve is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. He has 17 years of experience as a collegiate strength and conditioning coach, and also is HKC-kettlebell certified. As a competitive Olympic-style weightlifter, Steve is a USA Weightlifting Level 1 Club Coach and USA Weightlifting Level 2 Senior Coach.
Dave Bunt, NSCA-CSC
Dave earned a degree in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University. He was an intern with WMU's strength and conditioning staff where he worked with several athletic teams. He is a certified strength and conditioning coach through the National Strength & Conditioning Association, and has more than five years of personal training experience working with a wide range of clients. Dave’s passion (and specialty) is helping athletes from beginner to elite levels through his unique, specialized sports-performance training. He is passionate about helping all individuals realize their potential, whether their goal is sports performance or overall health and wellness.
Michelle Dalton, BA, ACE-CPT
Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. A certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise, she joined the BAC in 2013. An avid triathlete, Michelle has completed marathons and enjoys making fitness fun. She loves teaching Spinning® classes. Her previous career in Australia centered around corporate learning and development. She came to Michigan with her husband and two children, and while a significant change, the move also brought about this amazing opportunity to pursue her career in fitness.
Melony Farrer, BS, ISSA & NESTA-CPT
Melony has a passion for health and wellness, stemming from a background in competitive gymnastics and cheerleading, home-based personal training and group class facilitation. She enjoys helping clients stay fit and healthy by guiding them through proper techniques and personalized wellness programs, paying crucial attention to neutral posture alignment. Melony’s training philosophy is to find the right balance through muscular strength, physical endurance, nutrition, flexibility, rest and mental stimulation. She understands that all clients have different goals and unique needs, and thrives on watching clients grow through positive reinforcement. Her bachelor’s degree in textile studies is from Western Michigan University.
Chris O. Johnson, BS, USAW-C
Chris is a familiar face on the fitness floor, having worked at the BAC for the last six years while in high school and during his college tenure. Currently serving as the fitness staff supervisor, he has an Exercise Science degree from Western Michigan University. He works with pro level athletes and he is a national level bodybuilder; Chris also has his USA Weightlifting certification. A former walk-on member of the Western Michigan University football team, he has worked with strength and conditioning for the Broncos.
Gillian Kosminske, BS, NASM-CPTGillian graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelors degree in Exercise Science. She is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Her passion for health and wellness stems from a background in competitive/collegiate soccer, and the joy of helping others achieve their personal fitness goals. Gillian enjoys working with clients of all ability levels and ages. She hopes that through exercise, nutrition and a balanced lifestyle, she can help guide people to becoming the best version of themselves.
Brian Ladkrood, ACE-CPT
Brian joined the BAC in 2003, bringing along three years of personal training experience. He is a certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise. Brian enjoys working with clients of all fitness levels and age ranges. He especially enjoys introducing the advantages of incorporating strength training and nutrition into his clients' fitness regimen.
Lynn Madsen, BS, ACE-CPT
Lynn earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Food Science and Human Nutrition. She is an ACE-certified Personal Trainer. In addition to personal training at the BAC, she is also the VP of Sales for MiDAS Foods International, which has given her experience & knowledge in diet and healthy menu planning. Her position at the club is to fulfill a longtime passion of helping others realize exercise is just as beneficial for your mind and spirit as it is for your body. Lynn believes that if we make the choice to follow a well-balanced program of cardio, weight training and proper diet consistently, big changes will occur.
Ann Nelson, BS, NASM-CPT
Ann is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She has a bachelors degree with a double major (Exercise Science and Dietetics) from Western Michigan University. She came to Kalamazoo to attend college, and chose her fields of study because of her own weight loss journey. This inspired a passion to help others find their way to an overall healthy lifestyle, whatever path that may be. She enjoys volleyball and any outside activities, including hiking and kayaking. Ann is the personal trainer for the Bronson bariatrics program.
Sarah Onderlinde, BS, NSCA-CSCS
Sarah graduated from Calvin College earning her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology. She is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Sarah enjoys working with people of all ages and fitness levels. After running three marathons, she has a new interest in helping others achieve their goals. Certified in pre- and post-natal exercise, she also enjoys training females in pre-natal fitness. Through proper exercise training and nutrition, Sarah hopes to help people improve their quality of life.
Ian Papworth, ACSM, EKGB
Ian comes to the U.S. from the U.K. with 15 years' of experience within Personal Training and Sports Conditioning for Mixed Martial Arts. He has an American Certificate of Sports Medicine and a Sports City and Guilds (UK Qualification), so is an advanced Personal Trainer for peak fitness. Ian's main aim is to use functional exercise, kettlebells, TRX bands and fit balls to produce a strong a lean body for his clients. His sporting interest includes karate (in which he holds a 4th Dan Black Belt and represented England and Great Britain in competition), mixed martial arts and yoga. He has a fun and inventive way to achieve training goals.
Rebekah Schuring-Boos, BS, ACE-CPT
Rebekah began working at the BAC in 2003 while she was studying Exercise Science at Western Michigan University. She began working in the Aquatic Department as a lifeguard and swimming coach. After receiving her certification for personal training from the American Council on Exercise, she began working as a trainer with a variety of clients. Rebekah enjoys working with teens and women of all ages and fitness levels. She is currently pursuing her RYT in yoga and hopes to become a Level 5 instructor. Her passion is helping others find joy in living a healthy balanced lifestyle. She believes exercise, nutrition, rest and personal enjoyment all play a vital role in achieving your healthiest you!
Sheri Shon, ACE-CGEI/CPT,
Sheri has been the Group-X Director at the BAC for 11 years, and has been in the fitness industry for more than 29 years. She holds many specialty certifications in the fitness field. Currently, she is a Master Tabata Bootcamp™ Trainer and Master Gliding™ Trainer for Savvier Fitness. She also is a Master BOSU® Instructor, R.I.P.P.E.D®, Flirty Girl® Fitness Instructor, Resist-A-Ball Instructor and Spinning® Instructor. She also is certified as a Master Trainer with Delay the Disease program for individuals affected by Parkinson’s disease.She has been responsible and known for training many group-X instructors in the Kalamazoo area, along with providing many continuing education workshops each year for group-X instructors & personal trainers. Sheri enjoys working with all individuals from young adults to baby boomers. Her first love is teaching and training proper biomechanics. She loves teaching cardio, strength and endurance workouts group settings as well as working one-on-one with individuals who need that extra motivation to improve their lifestyle.
Jeff Watts, ACE-CPT
Jeff is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). He is also certified in TRX group training and CPR/AED from the American Red Cross. Jeff spent 30+ years in business management before pursuing a training career. During that time he had several orthopedic surgeries, and understands how to work with, and around, the individual demands associated with physical rehabilitation and recovery. Jeff’s supportive training style is a fit for men and women of all ages, but may be especially helpful to those mid-life and older in working with the unique challenges associated with aging.