Our Y Trainers

YMCA Personal Trainers are committed to helping you improve your physical fitness, health and overall quality of life. Through one-on-one guidance and encouragement, our Personal Trainers help you to determine and achieve your personal fitness goals and aid in the development of your very own personal program. Each session is one hour in length and is scheduled at your convenience. Single session, 4-session or 10-session packages available for members and non-members.

You have will accountability, motivation and success through Personal Training at the Y.

Learn more about our certified staff members. They are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain your wellness goals.

  Kim Casey

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I love getting to know my clients, discovering what they want and need from me, then creating personalized workouts that are both challenging and fun. I feel very strongly that regular physical activity is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. I find it so rewarding to watch my clients get stronger as they change their internal dialogue from “I can’t” to “I can”.

Credentials:
• ACE Certified Personal Trainer
• Intro to Strength Training instructor
• Cardio Butt and Abs instructor

 Jake Damask

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I strive to make a unique program for each person and help them overcome weaknesses in their own body so that they can improve their everyday health and wellness. My style of training is all about functional fitness and replicating movements people do everyday. By doing this I can help others stay fit and healthy. Doing tasks such as stacking wood, which I grew up doing, can have great benefits and that is why I use weights in similar ways to challenge people’s balance, strength, and endurance. Many times no weight is needed but the balance and strength still gets improved.

Credentials:
• NETA Certified Personal Trainer
• Group Exercise Instructor
• Kettlebell Instructor
• Fundamentals of Nutrition Instructor

Paula Damask

IMG_3227I know that people of all ages and abilities can achieve their goals. Have you ever dreamed of hiking the Grand Canyon? Or wanted to maintain your current activity level after being diagnosed with a disease such as Parkinson’s? Or maybe just wanted to lose the last 5, 10, 20 or even 50 pounds? These are just a few examples of goals achieved by my clients in my first two years as a personal trainer. Gaining and losing hundreds of pounds in my life has given me the inside scoop on what it takes to achieve and accept your body’s picture of healthy. Whether you need a coach, a cheerleader, or just a partner; I will be with you every step of the way. With 12+ years of experience leading group classes including aerobics, step aerobics, strength and conditioning, cycling and cardio boxing; I can put together a workout plan specifically tailored for you.
Credentials:
• NETA Certified Personal Trainer
• Indoor Cycling Instructor- Certified in ICG Coach by Color Cycling
• YMCA Certified Group Exercise Instructor

Melissa Hoffman/Health & Wellness Director- Wausau Branch

Hoffman_raceI enjoy training clients of all ages and abilities. My passion lies in youth fitness and aiding clients in weight loss and improving strength and mobility. I use a variety of methods to help clients reach their goals including: free weights, cardio workouts, body weight activities and resistance training. I spent a part of my adult life out-of-shape and overweight so I understand the struggles that face exercisers of all ability levels. Drawing on my knowledge of diet and exercise I know we can put together a program that will lead to success. I believe that we are in this together. If you are willing to put in the effort, I am here to support you in whatever ways I can—working together we can make your fitness dreams into realities!
Credentials:
• NETA Certified Personal Trainer
• Neta Certified Wellness Coach
• YMCA Certified Group Exercise Instructor
• Tabata Bootcamp Instructor

Laura Lawler

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I began exercising regularly back in college, when I used dance and weight training to help cope with the stress of school. I found that regular physical activity positively impacted every aspect of my life, and now I enjoy helping my clients discover their own health and happiness through active living. It is truly satisfying to observe my clients growing stronger and more confident with every workout. I enjoy designing fun and varied workouts to challenge the body while safely improving overall strength and fitness.
Credentials:
• NASM Certified Personal Trainer
• YMCA Certified Group Exercise Instructor
• R.I.P.P.E.D. Certified Instructor
• Yoga Body Bootcamp Certified Instructor

Dana Macalalad

Macalalad picI believe each individual can improve their physical and mental well-being by adopting a consistent exercise routine and healthy eating lifestyle. As a personal trainer, I enjoy developing specific programs to meet the needs of my clients. In return, they gain strength and confidence in themselves leading to improved health and wellness. With over 20 years of experience in teaching group exercise and more than 10 years as a Registered Dietician in the U.S. Navy, I can provide each client a unique, challenging and fun experience.
Credentials:
• NASM Certified Personal Trainer
• Food Science Administration, MS
• Clinical Dietetics, BS
• YMCA Certified Group Exercise Instructor
• Certified Zumba Basic 1 & 2 Instructor
• SilverSneakers Classic Instructor

 Joanna Opela

joannaMy work with clients is very gratifying. I can help them relieve low back pain with exercise, teach stretching techniques to prevent injury and pain and show women how truly strong we can be. I help clients with postural imbalances to improve efficiency in movement. My goal is to encourage you to gain more confidence and more energy for superior health.
Credentials:
• NASM Certified Personal Trainer
My specialities include:
• Introduction to weight training • Cardio burst training and HIIT – ENDURANCE
• Flexibility and strength training for sports • SMR (self myofacial release) techniques and stretching – increase ROM • Senior workouts for hips, knees and balance – STABILITY
• Women’s upper body strength

Jordan Pagel

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I enjoy being a trainer and coach because after using fitness, and the YMCA, to lose 80 pounds and transform my life, I wanted to pass that experience on to others. Fitness has done so much more for me than just change how I look. It’s changed how I feel about myself, my confidence, how I approach life, and I wanted to help others experience this as well.
Credentials:
• NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) Certified Personal Trainer
• Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Nutritionist

 Brett Rice

BrettRI have worked with any and all types of clientele over the years. My specialty is general health and wellness. I enjoy helping clients with sports performance for youth all the way up to adult athletes. No matter your personal training/strength coaching need, I can work with you offering, real experience to transform your ability and to show you physical results.
Credentials:
• NASM Certified Personal Trainer
• Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Nutritionist