MEET OUR TRAINERS

Laura Polgar

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, Professional Ballet Dancer and Dance Instructor

Specialties: Fat loss/ weight loss, core conditioning, weight training, Pilates and yoga inspired strength training, flexibility, balance, uniquely skilled to work with teenagers and older adults.

Background:As a competitive swimmer and soccer player for 10 years and now a professional ballet dancer Laura has a wide variety of skills to offer you in her training. As a trainer she incorporates yoga, pilates, and barre techniques to supplement her traditional strength training. Laura has unique skills to help you build a strong, lean, and agile body. She has helped people of all ages get stronger, build their core and improve their balance. She also has a lot of experience working with teenagers and older adults.

Favorite quote: “The expert in anything was once a beginner.”

Interests: Spending time with family and friends, performing with her ballet company, watching movies, taking barre and pilates classes, and reading.



 

Bridget Patterson

ACE Personal Trainer, ACE Group Exercise Instructor, YogaFit Instructor

Specialties: Fat loss, Strength training, Functional Training, Yoga, Group Exercise

Background: After 18 years of struggling with weight and experiencing low self confidence, I decided to make a change in my condition and poor health. Today I stand 45 pounds lighter, healthier, more energetic and most importantly, happier! Now, I have the energy to stay active and do the things that I love. Helping others write their own success story is the best part of being a trainer. Weight loss and implementation of a healthy lifestyle provide rewards far beyond the number on the scale.

Favorite quote: “Health is the greatest wealth”

Interests: Weight lifting, hiking, kayaking, playing frisbee, music, cooking, spending time with family and friends.



 

Tom Schulien

NPTI-CPT, NSCA- CPT

Specialties: Fat loss, older adult training, cardio kick boxing, strength training, military/ law enforcement conditioning, flexibility, core conditioning.

Background: I am 60 years young and can’t wait to teach you all about staying young, fit, and healthy! Commitment, perseverance, motivation, and discipline are values I learned as a Marine. Values which helped me attain the rank of Sergeant. Adherence to these ideals has helped me attain many goals since such as building a strong, fit body and healthy lifestyle. These are ideals I not only teach my clients, but ideals I live by as well.

With your commitment and my guidance, I can help you improve your personal level of fitness. Individually tailored programs, short and long term goals, and fast pace dynamic circuit training and kickboxing are just a few of the ways I help my clients stay motivated and get results.

Quote: “Growing old is not for sissies.”

Interests: Fitness, kick boxing, motorcycling, cooking, and music.



 

Heidi Waselich

Bachelor of Science- Exercise Science, Kent State University, Certified Delay the Disease Instructor

Specialties: Fat Loss, strength training, fitness competitions, older adult and special population training.

Background: I love weight lifting. I enjoy helping both men and women build muscle to achieve a stronger, leaner body. I am a nationally qualified NPC competitor. I have competed in 5 amateur events, twice finishing in the top 3 and took the stage at my first national competition in June of 2014. I have also coached hundreds of young women and helped them prepare for fitness and bikini competitions.

A large part of my career has focused on special populations, mostly older adults. I have participated in research on Parkinson’s disease, Parkinson’s dementia and how exercise can positively affect the symptoms of the diseases and I am a certified Delay the Disease instructor.

Quote: “Don’t be upset about the results you didn’t get, from the work you didn’t do.”

Interests: Fitness competitions, spending time with family and my boyfriend, outdoor sports, going to baseball games



 

Mark Hedegore RD,LD,CSCS

 The University of Akron- Nutrition and Dietetics, Registered Dietitian, NSCA Certified Stength and Conditioning Specialist 

Specialties: Fat loss, functional training, sports specific training, youth training, older adult training.

Background: As both a Registered Dietitian and an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist I am uniquely positioned to help you get the most out of your workouts. You can’t out work a poor diet! Whether you work with me, or one of our highly skilled trainers, I’ll help you develop a customized nutrition plan that gets to your goals faster. Nutrition is the key to living a fit, strong, and healthy life.

As a trainer my philosophy is to make you better at what you do every day, whether that means putting away the groceries, doing yard work, or playing a sport at a high level. Together, we’ll build lean muscle in a way that translates to real life ability. I’ll keep you moving at a brisk pace to keep the heart rate up, burn fat, and give you as much value as possible for your training session. A typical workout with me includes a warm up with dynamic mobility drills, a total body weight training circuit with cardio and mobility drills mixed in, and finally a cool down to keep your muscles loose and leave you feeling relaxed, yet energized.

Quote: “Be a little better today than you were yesterday.”

Personal: Spending time with family and friends, playing softball and golf, watching football.