Meet our fitness center staff:
Heather Teigen, B.S. Athletic Training & Physical Education
My name is Heather Teigen. I am a Certified Personal Trainer, PEAK Pilates Instructor, and Certified Athletic Trainer. I received my Bachelor of Science Degrees in Athletic Training and Physical Education Teaching from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2001 and 2004, respectively. I received my Master’s of Arts Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Medicine from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2004.
I have been a Certified Athletic Trainer at the college and high school levels since 2001. I also taught Physical Education in Tucson, Arizona from 2004-2007. While teaching in Tucson, I started personal training as a hobby.
My family lives in the North Dakota and Minnesota areas. In 2007, longing to be closer to home, I moved from Arizona to Minnesota. I started personal training as a full-time job and loved it! I look forward to challenging people to do more than they will on their own. I especially enjoy looking for muscle imbalances and working to strengthen the tight/weak areas!
I have been intrigued with Pilates since 2004. After one workout I felt lengthened and an improved posture! In 2009, I was excited to go through the PEAK Pilates Certification! What is Pilates? Pilates is a form of exercise that builds core strength, posture, and flexibility. It is a gentle form of exercise that everyone can benefit from! I believe that strength starts from the internal core stabilizing muscles first, and Pilates does just that!
My specializations in personal training are post physical therapy strengthening, weight loss, and core stabilization.
Corey Pedri, B.S. Health Promotion and Wellness
My name is Corey Pedri, and I am a full-time Personal Trainer at Fit for Life. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Promotion and Wellness from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and paired it with a minor in Strength and Conditioning. While I was there I had the opportunity to be the assistant strength coach for the UWSP hockey team. I also have had the wonderful opportunity to intern and work at the Mayo Clinic’s Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center. There I was able to expand my knowledge and skills working with a variety of patients.
I have experience working with children, adults of all ages, cardiac rehabilitation patients, various types of injuries, sports conditioning, health coaching, nutrition counseling, and individualized fitness programming. I have had the privilege to lead various types of training including Sports Performance Training, Personal Training, Small & Large Group Personal Training. I enjoy teaching suspension training, and high-intensity interval/circuit training. I believe that I am excellent in pushing my athletes, clients, and class participants to the next level.
I began my career at Fit for Life in August of 2012 and have absolutely loved it ever since. The members and atmosphere here are amazing! I get to come here every day, build wonderful relationships, and train a wide variety of clientele. This is something that I am truly passionate about. There is nothing better than being able to help people reach their goals and show them that they can do anything that they put their minds to.
I not only focus on workouts but also on nutrition and lifestyle choices as a way to stay in shape and live the life you have always wanted to live. Whether your goal is to increase your fitness level, attain a firmer body, weight loss, sports performance specific, or just overall better health, I am here to help you achieve it!
Claire Schulz, B.S. Community Health & Community Fitness
My name is Claire Schulz. I received my Bachelor of Science in Community Health, with a minor in Corporate and Community Fitness from Minnesota State University – Mankato. During the summer of 2016, I was an intern at the Northfield YMCA where I worked with clients that included youth, athletes, and adults.
I am a life-long resident of Faribault and attended high school at Bethlehem Academy. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my son Carson, working out, and trying new recipes.
I am passionate about fitness, helping people achieve their goals, and making healthy lifestyle changes. Areas that interest me include high-intensity interval training (HIIT), strength training, weight loss, and healthy eating habits. I consider myself a lifelong learner and enjoy researching new fitness related topics. With a positive mindset, any goal is achievable. I look forward to starting my career at Fit For Life and helping others achieve their fitness goals.
Kristen Koch, B.S. Education & Physical Education
My name is Kristen Koch. I have lived in Faribault for most of my life and I love this community. I graduated from Shattuck-St. Mary’s in 1994 and in 1998 received my Bachelors Degree in Elementary/Middle School education from St. Norbert College. Although I enjoy kids a great deal, I’ve chosen to work with adults in my full-time career! I’ve worked in promotional products sales for Treadway Graphics for nearly 12 years and absolutely love my job.
My part-time job at Fit for Life is so much more than that—it has become my passion and I truly love every minute of it. I’ve always had an interest in exercise and weight loss, so becoming a group fitness instructor was the perfect fit for me. I began instructing classes nine years ago when Sheila Rolling was on maternity leave with her third child. Since then, I’ve taught a wide range of classes—combo, step, weightlifting, kickboxing, bag boxing, spinning, and most recently—Zumba. Zumba is SO much fun and so addicting. It’s a dance workout for everyone—young and old, coordinated and uncoordinated, dancer and non-dancer. I think I would teach Zumba every day if I could!
I have a wonderful family and am lucky to have my parents and in-laws right here in Faribault. My husband Bob and I have two kids ages 6 and 4. Our kids love to come to Fit for Life to play at “Mama’s Gym” and look forward to being old enough to actually use the exercise equipment! My daughter loves to dress up and pretend to be an aerobics instructor, and I’m glad that I can be such a healthy role model for my kids.
Katie Reineke, Fitness Instructor
My name is Katie Reineke. I’ve been a fitness instructor in Faribault for 22 years. I’ve been married to my husband Scott for 29 years and we have 4 children (Maeghen, Alexis, Colby, and Niki). We recently entered the empty nest phase of our lives, which I must say we are adjusting to quite nicely?
Having turned 50 years old (or is it young) last year, I have a renewed sense of appreciation and excitement for the vital role that health and fitness play in our lives. When we’re young, we might exercise to get into that swimsuit and just being young, we are most likely awarded good health. As we age, however, good health, flexibility and muscular strength are no longer given to us, but must be sought after and worked for!
I’ve been blessed with good health and have always enjoyed being physically activity. I grew up in Arizona where I played on a high school tennis team, summer league soft pitch teams and, despite my lack of height, played volleyball for many years. I used to run, but now prefer long brisk walks. I currently teach 2 fitness classes a week and play singles on an USTA women’s tennis league.
I hold certifications from ACE and NADITA for Group Fitness Instructor and have earned my CPT certification from NASM. I worked at Northwest Athletic Club (now Lifetime) in Burnsville for 2 years. I studied Exercise Science for 1 year at Dakota Community College where my favorite class was Sports Psychology! I truly believe that exercise, eating right, managing stress and getting proper rest can help us live more active, youthful and happy lives.
I always remind my class participants, “the hardest part of exercise is getting to the class. I know you’re busy. I know you’re tired. I know there are many other things you think you should be doing with your time. But once you’re here and once you’ve started, you’ll be glad you came and with time, you’ll be rewarded for your effort”. Taking time to exercise and taking care of YOU is a necessity, not a luxury.
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