Owner of Fit Moms Transformation Center & Founder of Fit Moms For Life Inspired by his own stay-at-home mom, who cared for everyone else without making enough time for herself, A.C.E. certified personal trainer Dustin Maher has devoted his life to helping moms get in the best shape of their lives. Although he’s trained bodybuilders, athletes, and models, Dustin’s favorite clients are moms, partly because they often need him—and the “me time” of a workout—the most, and partly because he believes that good health for the entire family begins with a fit mom. “When I inspire a mom to exercise smarter and change the foods that she buys for her family, her kids want to do what she is doing,” says Dustin. “So not only do I get to help the mother, but also the next generation–and, once in a while, the husband as well.” Often called the “trainer to America’s moms,” Dustin is the founder of the Fit Moms for Life (FM4L) movement, owns and operates 10 fitness locations, has created 30 home workout DVDs, and has appeared on network television over 100 times. He is also the author of Fit Moms for Life: How to Have Endless Energy to Outplay Your Kids and the producer of the documentary Fit Moms for Life: the Million Mom Movement. Since Dustin can only train a finite number of moms personally, he is helping fellow trainers build their business and attract an endless supply of clients with his Fit Moms for Life certification and licensing programs, which give other trainers the very model that he used to create his thriving enterprise. In addition to that, he’s pursuing his vision of creating a Million Mom Movement of mothers empowering mothers, with a goal to start 14,000 FM4L community groups that will help like-minded moms connect with, motivate, and support each other in living a healthy life. Why 14,000? It’s the same as the number of McDonald’s restaurants that are currently in America, and Dustin feels that getting healthy should be as accessible to America’s moms as fast food is in our society. “Moms do so much for everyone else; they deserve to feel—and look—their best,” says Dustin. Think of Fit Moms as his way of saying: “Thanks, moms!”
Anne has been a personal trainer, yoga teacher and group fitness instructor since 2008, serving clients and students in the Washington, D.C. and San Francisco Bay Area before relocating to Madison, WI in 2013. Her challenging programs are created to address the needs of groups and individuals looking to build a healthy, strong body and mind. Anne specializes in Russian Kettlebells and Vinyasa yoga, and teaches indoor cycle, bodysculpt and boot camp classes with an emphasis on mindful movement, self love and mindful eating. When she’s not training and coaching, Anne blogs at www.pulsekettlebellsandyoga.com/pulse-blog about life, picking up heavy things and the wonders of the mind-body journey. Her heart lives in Northern California, on the Big Sur Coastline, and when she’s not teaching and practicing, Anne is taking pictures with an old DSLR, learning guitar or randomly bursting into interpretive dance in her car.
Ryan is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and recently completed his Doctorate degree in the Physical Therapy Program at UW-Madison in May of 2012. He has trained hundreds of clients within Circuit Training/Total Body fitness classes, small group classes, and one-on-one training for the past 5 years. He also has much experience working within Physical Therapy clinics and developing exercise programs for clients to recover from a multitude of injuries as well as rehabilitation post operatively (e.g. shoulder rotator cuff repairs, total knee replacements, back surgeries, etc.). He stresses the importance of making exercise and nutrition a part of one’s everyday life not only to prevent future injuries, but also because of its many physiological and mental health benefits. Ryan is highly motivated and loves working with other people to obtain their future health goals. In his free time, Ryan loves to play sports of any kind (volleyball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, basketball, etc.), run, swim, plays drums in a Country band, be outdoors, go camping, and spend time with family and friends.
Alecia has been participating in MamaTone and boot camps since March of 2009 and is very excited to have this opportunity to share her love of health and fitness with others. Alecia enjoys running local races and is open to most any fitness adventure! Some of Alecia’s current goals are learning how to swim and bike so she can begin competing in triathlons. Alecia is also very passionate about natural healing as well as pregnancy and childbirth. Alecia is in process of completing certification as a labor and post postpartum doula and enjoys supporting a woman’s health through pregnancy and beyond. When Alecia is not in the gym you will find her hanging out with her husband, Elliot, and their two young children ages 3 and 1. Alecia believes in a holistic approach to health and wellness; that while exercise of the body is vital it should be used in conjunction with healthy eating, spiritual wellness and emotional well-being.
Ashton is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Nursing. In college she taught group fitness classes which included, group strength, cardio, core crunch, box, and drill-down. It was during these classes that she found her love for group fitness. She has always been active, participating in sports and doing work out videos with her mom when she was younger. But, group fitness was more than just an activity; it became a passion of hers. She has experienced the power of participating in physical activity in a group setting and how it can have a profoundly positive impact on a person’s life. She is very grateful and excited to be a part of what will become the best part of your day: Bootcamp! Ashton is full of energy and determination. She will push you just outside your comfort zone to reach your fitness goals, all the while motivating you and cheering you on! Each class she looks forward to making you sweat, challenging you, seeing you reach your goals, and having fun. Ashton works as a pediatric nurse in the ICU at American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison. She loves to play volleyball, run, canoe, sing, play just dance on the wii, drink coffee and spend time with family and friends.
Margaret is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in elementary education. She taught 3rd grade in Johnson Creek for two years before pursuing a career in fitness. Being active has always been a huge part of her and her family’s life. Her best childhood memories were spent outdoors biking, canoeing, swimming and hiking. Margaret started Dustin’s Fit Moms for Life DVDs when she graduated college and moved away from Madison. The convenience of the intense workouts was just what she was looking for to stay in shape. When Margaret moved back to Madison, she was eager to start attending bootcamps, and has since come on as an instructor for Fit Fun Bootcamps. Because of sports, she has experienced the power of participating in group fitness, and the profound impact it had on her life outside of being physically fit. Margaret has a passion for fitness and health, and enjoys competing in triathlons and local races, being challenged in the gym, watching and playing sports, and spending time with her family, including her Puggle, Lenny. Margaret is very enthusiastic and determined. She believes the group atmosphere will motivate and encourage you to reach your full potential!
Joe received a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Joe then went on to UW-Milwaukee where he received a Master’s degree in biomechanics where he gained a vast knowledge of how the body moves. Joe most recently graduated with a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at UW-Madison where he has gained experience working with patients toward their goals of regaining health and function. Joe now works full time as a physical therapist at Capitol Physical Therapy in Verona. Joe has eight years of personal training and strength and conditioning experience starting with personal training at Gold’s gym during undergrad. He was the strength and conditioning coach for high school female club volleyball players geared toward improving performance while decreasing injury risk. Joe has a passion for exercise and health, he exercises almost every day and consumes a very healthy diet. Joe competes in triathlons and plays just about every sport, usually football, basketball and beach volleyball.
Liz graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Sociology. After working retail management for a few years she had two boys with her husband Chris. When her boys were 1 and 3 she found Dustin’s programs. After finding huge success with Dustin’s Fit Moms classes and loosing 60 pounds Liz decided to pay it forward an became a certified trainer. She now lives her passion of showing others what living a healthy life is all about. Liz hopes that others can find happiness in their lives by taking care of themselves so they can better take care of those around them. When she is not at the gym Liz is busy chasing after her growing boys, enjoying time with friends and family, and volunteering at school. Liz also can be found running, skiing, boating, cooking, and reading. She loves helping people to find balance in their lives by incorporating exercise, healthy eating, and overall wellness. Liz reaches the Killer Kurves program on the East side and also at the Transformation Center.
Vanessa took her love of fitness and launched into her fitness career 5 years ago with the Y. She specializes in bootcamps and began working for Dustin in October of 2013. Working with small groups taught her that hard work and meeting goals is very gratifying when done in a positive and supportive setting. One of her favorite mantras is “I am in process”. You may not be where you want to be, but everyday you make healthful choices is a step closer to achieving your goals. Vanessa is excited to meet you, learn about you fitness goals and help you achieve them. Her workouts are tough but attainable and fun. In her spare time she enjoys camping, running, mountain biking and spending time with her husband Dave and dog Bela. If you are ready to get in a great workout and push yourself outside of your comfort zone check out her classes. Vanessa teaches at the Sun Prairie, Eastside, and Westside Fit Moms location.
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