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Growing up in St. Joseph, MI, Amy went off to college, moved around the country a bit, then met and married husband Dave.  Fast forward to 2002, when she and her husband made the decision to settle in the area and raise their family that includes two kids and kitties to boot!

Working out has been part of Amy’s life for as long as she can remember.  A high school and college athlete, fitness has always been her passion. Amy always thought she wanted to be a fitness instructor, dating back to the aerobics classes she took, but it wasn’t until she joined Maddog 5/1 as a client that she realized her potential! “Maddog 5/1 has the best workouts around. When you come to our studio, you know you’re part of a family. People know your name and care that you are there,” explains Amy

After a year of being a client at Maddog,   Marydawn saw something in Amy that was special…and  asked Amy if she wanted to be part of her team. The rest as  they say is history.

Amy teaches Fierce 5/1, Fierce Circuit, Yoga Ripped and RealRyder- and as a team player- whatever is necessary!

 

Certifications include, AFAA Personal Trainer, AFAA Group Instructor, TRX, CPR.

 

Meet Other Trainers

Working from home meant we could vary snack and coffee breaks, change our desks or view, goof off, drink on the job, even spend the day in pajamas

Just ask Melissa her favorite thing about her career as a registered dietitian and she will tell you “the food!”   In nearly 10 years as a registered dietitian, Melissa has helped clients to shed pounds, manage digestive problems, combat nutrition issues related to aging, and navigate what "healthy eating" means for specific individuals, at specific times of their lives.   You can be sure to find her enjoying a hot cup of coffee, baking brownies and searching new recipes on Pinterest to entice some of her most challenging clients, her family!    Melissa delights in adventures with her children, running, helping others find balance and fun in healthier eating, and microbrews.   Melissa is a Registerred Dietitian.
    Mimi grew up in Chicago and has lived in southwest Michigan for the past 10 years.” I have three amazing kids who keep me busy on a daily basis. I am a self- described endorphin junkie, and when I’m not chasing after my children, or my puppy, I’m chasing my other passion – XTERRA.   I do between 6 and 7 XTERRA races per season; I am the current and 4-time 40-44 division women’s world champion.  Training can be grueling at times, but it keeps me sane and makes me a better person toward both my family and friends. It continually pushes me to limits I never thought I could reach. I love the physical and mental challenges a triathlon presents I truly believe that becoming   fit is possible for anybody as long as they have perseverance. I try and live daily the message of my favorite quote: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”  --Mae West 4 Time 40-44 Division Women’s World Champion, AFAA Personal Trainer, AFAA Group Exercise , USAT Level 1 Certified Coach, Real Ryder, TRX,   CPR
      As a lifelong resident of St. Joe, Kari loves lake front activities, and recently took her passion to the water learning SUP. Crazy busy as a wife and mother of three active kids, Kari is also the varsity coach of the Lakeshore Poms Team. "Passion and energy drive both my personal life at home and professional life at Maddog 5/1”. Taking on the challenge of becoming a Maddog trainer came as a natural step.  A client since 2015, Kari quickly found a familiar energy and passion in the Maddog trainers who inspired her to work harder, and she wanted more! “My passion for fitness drives me, joining the  Maddog  family changed my life, first as a client, now as a Trainer. Kari teaches RealRyder, Fierce 5/1, Fierce Circuit , Bike RR Barre and jumping in where ever needed! "My #1 goal as a trainer is to deliver an energetic and challenging workout every time. I want clients to feel proud of themselves when they leave, and with a desire to come back for more.”