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ABOUT FLUID HEALTH AND FITNESS

Our Motto: Your body was designed to move in very specific patterns. Understanding and applying these patterns prevents injury and pain.  

While your body is complex, understanding how to care for it doesn’t have to be. To remain healthy, you must stay in motion. To stay in motion, you must move correctly. Fluid Health and Fitness will train you to move with greater precision to  prevent, avoid or reduce injury.

Our Philosophy: Know better. Move better. Feel better.  

You can be your own worst enemy. In fact how you move in your daily activities can cause your body to break down. Often, you develop poor postures and movement patterns that distort how you are truly meant to move. The cumulative effect of this damages your joints and connective tissues.

Our Program: At Fluid Health & Fitness, we identify your movement distortions, educate you on how you are intended to move, then guide you through a corrective strength program to bring you back to balance.

While the base of our program is functional movement,  we recognize there are many elements that contribute to a balanced, healthy lifestyle. These include performance nutrition, metabolic conditioning, and behavior modification. Our system of combining, and more importantly, balancing these fundamentals will help you to reach your overall goals – whether that be reducing pain, managing weight loss, adding muscle, or getting into a better state of wellness in general.

MEET THE TEAM

Ryan Maxwell, CPT, CES

CEO | Founder

National Presenter | Master Trainer | NASM continuing education provider | Celebrity trainer (Jillian Michaels’ “Bodyshred”)

Growing up, I lived in a household where my parents and extended family struggled with obesity and metabolic disease. We went to countless coaches, counselors, and therapists looking for guidance on how to get our health under control. I realized that while these individuals had good intentions of helping my family, there was always something missing. One would focus on diet but give little advice about exercise. Another would give lifestyle and emotional support but disregard movement. The net result being more confusion and frustration than achieving meaningful change. I realized then that to be truly successful, a person needed to have multiple coaches who all worked together. But who had the time or money for that? We certainly didn’t.

That’s why my vision for Fluid Health and Fitness was born from the need to deliver what the wellness industry was lacking: a system that considers and balances all of the elements of health and wellness in a way that fits into your lifestyle. One that meets you where you are at: not where we want you to be. And one that teaches you how your body really works.

So many programs out there focus on just one segment of health while glossing over or charging more for the others. This creates a disservice to their participants as the supporting elements make it possible to create positive changes. So we created an inclusive system that takes the average person looking to be the best version of themselves, and show them how to take a complicated process and make it simple. We give you a roadmap for health. At Fluid Health and Fitness, we call it “maintenance for life”.

Nicklas T. Lemke

Computer Software Engineer

Responsible for the development and design of client portals and databases. Nick is a strategist who likes to transform the requester’s vision into reality. He creates APIs to increase efficiencies while at the same time delivering user functionality. Nick is currently pursuing his Software Engineering Degree at Dunwoody Institute of Technology in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In his spare time, Nick enjoys working on his car and discovering new music on Spotify.

Don Brandies

Systems Engineer

Don leads the data analytics program at Fluid Health and Fitness, including the Computer Vision and Deep Learning capabilities.  Don brings to Fluid Health and Fitness over 7 years of business analytics experience from 2 leading medical device companies.  He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas, and a Bachelor of Arts in Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  

Amy Connors

Content Director

Amy is one of the main content contributors, writing and editing copy, blogs, and research pieces.  Graduating from Hamline University with a degree in psychology, she enjoys  learning about and understanding what motivates people to grow and change. In her free time, Amy likes to read up on technology, science, and  philosophy and playing with her German Shepherd.

Alea Lester, RDN

Nutritional Program Director

Alea is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and the owner/operator of Access Nutrition LLC. Alea has a Master’s of Science in Nutrition and has worked to achieve her credentials as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) from the Commission on Dietetic Registration. She also has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Spanish, allowing her to speak Spanish fluently.

Alea is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has a wide range of nutrition experience working with a variety of clients of all ages, providing individualized counseling to patients regarding weight loss, diabetes or cardiac diet management, medically supervised weight loss and bariatric surgery or specialized diets.

Laura McNiff, CPT

Operations Manager/ Movement Specialist

Specialty Certifications in Bosu, Step, Kettlebells, Mat Pilates, Silver Sneakers and TRX Suspension Training.

Laura earned her personal fitness certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the National Exercise Teacher’s Association (NETA). Laura possesses a strong passion for teaching, coaching and leading.  As a fitness director with decades of experience she has taught and developed dozens of fitness professionals.

She believes exercise does not come in a one-size fits all package and that each person has their own ideal routine. She excels at making exercise fun and challenging.

Russ Davies, CPT

Business administration/ Movement Specialist

Russ is a medical device industry professional who has held senior executive roles in medical device businesses in the EU and USA. He is a mechanical engineer by training, and holds an MBA from the Open Business School in the United Kingdom. Russ earned his personal fitness certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and applies his extensive knowledge and experience from his medical device background into personal fitness training.

Carly Schroepfer, CPT

Movement specialist

Carly earned her Personal Training certificate from St. Paul College and a personal fitness certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from St Cloud University. In
her past career she taught, coached, and worked as a marketing communication professional. She enjoys music, long walks, tennis, biking and working out with friends. She enjoys completing sprint triathlons and modifying recipes – “Carlyizing” them!

The effort to improve health and physical strength can be started at any age. “Good Health” is a lifestyle – a lifelong journey, not a program de jour. Decide. Align. Do. Three very important words to me. Decide health is important. Align yourself with all the tools and support you need, and then act on your plan and just Do.

Reed Hermanson, CPT

Movement specialist

Reed holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St Cloud State University and a personal fitness certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He brings a wealth of experience as a Licensed Building Contractor, and life-long Entrepreneur.

A few of his interests outside the fitness industry are cooking, traveling and anything on water or outdoors.

Robert Roerig Willett

Director of Photography, Video Editor

Rob has a Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics. A video, film and music aficionado, he loves the challenge of creating a cohesive video and motion graphics vision. He loves gadgets and playing with emerging technology. In his spare time he likes to play all kinds of games including video games, board games, and traditional tabletop RPG games.

Ryan Parr

NASM CPT & CES, C.H.E.K Exercise Coach, C.H.E.K. HLC 1

Ryan grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and eventually moved to Red Wing, Minnesota after his freshman year in high school. Growing up, he was very active in as many sports as he could get his hands on.

With his highly athletic lifestyle, it took a toll on his body. He suffered from a severe disc herniation that left the back of his leg numb for two months until having a spinal surgery. Despite his recovery, a lack of rehabilitative support led to a re-injury of the same disc just a year later. This necessity to heal himself fueled his passion for exercise as medicine.

Today, he walks the talk by having successfully healed from all his injuries with no additional surgeries and playing the sports he has always loved! Ryan holds a B.S. in Business Administration, along with multiple personal training certifications and experience helping others fix their bodies.

Hunter Koenigs

Client Engagement, Sales

Hunter attended college at Winona State University where he received a degree in Commercial Recreation and Hospitality. His passion for fitness and nutrition emerged in his early twenties when it became clear to him that it was key part of living a happy and healthy life. Hunter is helping develop our client engagement program and our sales department.

Sam Ratte

Movement Specialist

Sam is a movement specialist here at Fluid Health and Fitness, and is currently working
on his degree in Health Wellness & Fitness at the University of Wisconsin Stout. Sam
earned is personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports
Medicine (NASM). He has been working as a fitness professional for almost a year, and
began his training at Anytime Fitness in Menomonie, Wisconsin while attending school.
Finding his passion for Fitness while working for various gyms and facilities such as
Lifetime fitness & Anytime, truly inspired him to take the path he is on today. Being
raised by a Father who is a Naturopathic doctor, implemented values of well being and
the importance of health at a young age. Being the oldest of three brothers, Sam has
been looked up to for his guidance, knowledge, and leadership by example. In his free
time he enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, lifting weights, and playing sports
such as; basketball, football and Lacrosse. He also works part time as a little league
coach for Skyhawks Sports Camps across the Twin Cities area. He hopes to have a
future in corrective exercise and athletic training, helping people and athletes
everywhere achieve their goals, while spreading the importance that a healthy lifestyle
means a happy life.

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