Meet Our Personal Trainers
Christy graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2017 with her Bachelor's in Exercise Science and again in 2020 with her Master's in Kinesiology. As part of her graduate studies, Christy conducted her master's research on exercise and physical activity in breast cancer patients and survivors. She has been a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor since 2014 and recently accepted a position as Group Fitness Director for Legacy Fitness. She will soon be taking her exam to become an ACE Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, making her qualified to work with a wide variety of individuals living with chronic health conditions and diseases. Christy knows there is no one-size-fits-all or quick fixes to health and fitness. Her goal for each of er clients is to educate and inspire them to create a life-long relationship with health and fitness, so that they can become their healthiest and happiest version. When she's not in the gym, Christy enjoys being outside with her fiance´ and their puppies. some of her favorite activities include hiking, biking, outdoor concerts and traveling to new places.
Carmen is a Personal Trainer, USA Triathlon and USA Cycling coach who began competing after the age of 40. She has completed two fill Ironman triathlon races, three marathons and several Olympic and Sprint distances. She utilizes this experience in teaching new and experienced athletes how to swim and train successfully for triathlons and open watrr swimming events. Carmen also works with those who want to improve their physical fitness and enhance their ability to perform daily activities. She believes that by improving and maintaining fitness, it creates opportunities for new experiences and friendships.
Paige is a USAW Sports Performance Coach, Pregnant and Postpartum Athlete Coach and nutritionist. She began her journey in the health field in 2010 in pursuit of her Physical Therapist Assistant degree. After completing over 500 hours of hands-on experience in rehab facilities across Iowa, she continued her education at Iowa State University in Kinesiology/ Exercise Science. Throughout her schooling, she had the opportunity to coach as a Strength and Conditioning Student Coach at The University of Texas at San Antonio and Iowa State University, working with over 600 Division 1 athletes along with multiple NFL players and Olympic Wrestling hopefuls. She has coached countless clients to success and loves empowering and educating others to successfully reach their goals. Paige is a wife and mother. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, lifting, reading, competing in local powerlifting meets, spending time outside and taking backpacking trips. She enjoys learning and teaching about nutrition, new training approaches and leadership skills. Paige believes in lifelong learning and teaching sustainable habits.
Mary has been a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sport's Medicine since 2007. Since then she has been coaching one-on-one personal training, group fitness, and has developed a passion for small group personal training where 'community' brings accountability and fun, along with all the benefits that come with personal training! Mary is also a PRONatal Performance Specialist, with the goal of helping women not only through pregnancy, but also to fully recover, enabling them to also live their life to its fullest...whether that means jumping on the trampoline with their kids, climbing stairs at the water parks, or participating in running or fitness events with confidence. Mary's greatest joy comes from witnessing clients gain confidence and happiness as they become stronger and are enabled to truly live life to its fullest! Mary is also a wife, mom of four, loves to workout, hike and recently has been attempting to learn the game of golf.
Coaching friends in fitness for almost 35 years has truly been a sweet blessing for Janell. After receiving her first fitness certification in 1986, she joined Lance Farrell in his first gym endeavor as the group fitness director. During the years that followed, she made it her goal to further her knowledge in several different exercise disciplines and group fitness class formats by attending multiple continuing education classes and acquiring several fitness certifications. Some of Janell's fitness highlights include: serving as a representative of Lady of America as a Pilates presenter in Dallas, Texas; owning and operating three Extreme Fitness Boot camps; coaching and mentoring several personal trainers and fitness instructors throughout the years; and owning two gyms, Body & Soul Fitness and most recently IMPACT! Fitness. Janell cherishes time with her husband of 35 years as well as time with her ever-growing family. She also enjoys biking, hiking, reading and most of all, exercising with her friends.
Her walk from 22-2! Susan is excited to be part of the Legacy Personal Training Team! She graduated from Ankeny High School in 1993 and went on to continue her education at Upper Iowa University. Although she not using her K-6 Teaching License, she is using many of the skills she learned in school to successfully teach others about health and fitness. In 2013, she was a size 22 and weighed 210lbs. Susan was told she was pre-diabetic, her thyroid was wonky, had high blood pressure, in addition to her blood sugars being elevated. Susan HAD to make a change. In 2013, Susan joined a gym, hired a personal trainer and changed her diet. She lost 85lbs the 'hard way' and fell in love with the process and was excited to share her story, motivation, knowledge and passion with the world! Susan became a personal trainer about five years ago. Since beginning her health and fitness journey, Susan has competed in power lifting competitions and stepped on stage in her first NPC bikini show last summer. Susan looks forward to motivating, supporting and sharing stories with you PLUS helping you gain the knowledge to be successful on your health and fitness journey!
Jud is a three year NASM certified personal trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa in 2012, he was an internal at the Cedar Falls Recreation Center where he got his first experiences working with clients. After the internship, he built and helped manage Chad's Pizza on Cedar Falls College Hill District with a few close friends in 2014. Once Chad's Pizza was up and running, he decided to change direction and moved to Iowa City to become a landscaper for Ourtdoor Creations in 2016. Although he enjoyed these jobs, he knew that he really loved fitness and helping other people. This lead him towards becoming a personal trainer. Jud completed his NASM certified personal trainer certificate in April 2017. Jud joined a local gym in West Des Moines where he trained until being transferred to an Ankeny location, training for 2-1/2 years until Legacy Fitness opened in May 2020. Jud enjoys teaching clients proper form while making them feel comfortable and confident in and out of the gym. He likes working with clients of all ages and skill levels. He feels confident that he can push anybody towards their goals with consistency and hard work.
Larry is from West Liberty, IA. He attended the University of Iowa for Exercise Science. Larry has been in the fitness industry for more than 10 years working at Golds Gym, Core Fitness and Elite Edge. He has done all styles of training from personal training and group fitness to sports performance. Larry has a strong passion for helping others reach their goals andhelp them live a better life! His focus is strength training, weight loss and making sure you get results!