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South Bend Trainer Bios

Bridget Hardy

Fitness Specialist | Personal Trainer | Group Fitness Instructor | Wellness Coach | Pilates Trainer

Education and Certifications:

AFAA Personal Trainer | AFAA Group Fitness Instructor | Wellcoaches Health and Wellness Coach | BBU Pilates Mat | BBU Pilates Reformer | BBU Pilates Chair | Pilates Barre

Bridget enjoys working with people from all walks of life to help them identify new strategies and paths to an improved quality of life. She specializes in Pilates, and has been at Beacon Health & Fitness since 2007.

Sarah Strefling

Beacon Health & Fitness Director | Personal Trainer | Cancer Fitness Specialist

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors in Exercise Science – Bethel College | Master of Science in Exercise Physiology – University of California of Pennsylvania

NASM Personal Trainer | AFAA Group Fitness Instructor | ACE Wellness Coach | Cancer Fitness Specialist – Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute of Greely, CO | CLIMB Trainer – Indiana Parkinson’s Foundation | BBU Pilates Reformer| Pilates for Breast Cancer

Sarah has a passion for populations that suffer from different conditions and ailments which require special training. She loves our Best Medicine programs and is quoted as saying “that is what I hang my heart on.” Sarah has been in the health and fitness field for 13 years and pursued her Master’s 3 years ago, simply because she loves what she does.

“After two rotator cuff surgeries and an Osteoporosis diagnosis, I was prescribed a regular exercise program. I decided 10 years ago to have Sarah Strefling at Beacon be my personal trainer. She makes sure I do the PT exercises that are needed for my shoulder and back issues and correct weight-bearing exercises for my Osteoporosis. Sarah has certainly been what I have needed to maintain and improve my health and medical conditions.” – Lisa Deputy

*Not taking new clients at this time.

Kayla Quinlan

Fitness Specialist  |  Personal Trainer  |  Group Fitness Instructor

Education and Certifications:

B.S. Exercise Science – Grand Valley State University

ACSM Group Fitness Instructor  |  ACSM Personal Trainer  |  CLIMB Trainer- Indiana Parkinson’s Foundation

Kayla Quinlan Beacon Health & Fitness personal trainer

Kayla has always had a passion for health and fitness. In the past, she has competed in a couple half marathons and triathlon’s. She has experience working with various populations from the Detroit Redwings to working with individuals that have cerebral palsy. Kayla loves working with various populations on achieving their health and fitness goals.

Colleen Laderer

Fitness Specialist | Personal Trainer | Group Fitness Instructor | Pilates Trainer

Education and Certifications:

AFAA Personal Trainer | AFAA Group Fitness Instructor | BBU Pilates Mat | BBU Pilates Reformer | BBU Pilates Chair | Pilates Barre | Les Mills GRIT | CLIMB Trainer – Indiana Parkinson’s Foundation

Colleen enjoys working with clients who are interested in core strength, stretch and flexibility and enjoys teaching strength, stretch, mat Pilates and Pilates reformer classes.

“I really enjoy working out with Colleen. During our sessions she is very attentive and I have been able to improve my balance and overall strength. She creates a safe environment for our workouts. I would highly recommend Colleen to any retiree looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle.” – Mary Roos

Emily Mannen

Fitness Coordinator  |  Personal Trainer  |  Group Fitness Instructor | Pilates Trainer

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors in Sports Management – Valparaiso University

AFAA Personal Trainer | AFAA Group Fitness Instructor | CLIMB Trainer – Indiana Parkinson’s Foundation | BBU Pilates Mat | BBU Pilates Reformer | BBU Pilates Cadillac

Emily Mannen Beacon Health & Fitness South Bend Personal Trainer

Emily has experience training a wide variety of clients with different conditions, abilities and goals. When working with clients she encourages them to try new things and to get out of their comfort zone – she feels we often times underestimate what we are capable of. Emily enjoys seeing her clients achieve their goals and improve their quality of life.

“I cannot state how important my experience with Emily and Beacon Health & Fitness has been. It started after completing physical therapy following a desolating cardiac event, which left me blind, weak and with a bad heart. My children gave me a 3 month session with Emily and the results were so significant that I am now going on my second year with her. This, I am sure, has been a unique challenge for Emily, having to work with a blind individual. Yet, she has shown great patience and care. She has been instrumental with my recovering muscle mass, endurance and confidence.” – Mike Biggs

Sara Miller

Pilates Trainer |  Personal Trainer  |  Group Fitness Instructor

Education and Certifications:

AFAA Personal Trainer | AFAA Group Fitness Instructor | SCW Pilates Mat | BBU Pilates Reformer | BBU Pilates Chair | BBU Cadillac | Roadrunners Club of American Coach | CLIMB Trainer – Indiana Parkinson’s Foundation

Sara enjoys working with a broad range of individuals. She loves challenging her clients and showing them that anything is possible with a little practice and hard work. When not training, Sara enjoys outdoor adventures and walking her dogs.

Jake Phillips

Fitness Specialist | Personal Trainer | Group Fitness Instructor 

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology – Indiana University Bloomington | Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology – Ithaca College

ACSM Exercise Physiologist | AFAA Group Fitness Instructor | Functional Movement Screen

Jake is passionate about working with people who have chronic diseases, orthopedic limitations and those looking to change their body composition. He also enjoys working with strength athletes and those looking for advanced fitness programming. His philosophy and exercise programming is based on a deep scientific understanding of the human body, scientific research in the field and writings from some of the most successful fitness professionals in the country. He strives to provide safe, effective workouts that are designed specifically for the goals and ability level of each individual. Jake currently competes in powerlifting competitions and has also competed in triathlons in the past. Outside of personal training, Jake leads three Best Medicine classes, Phase IV Cardiac Rehab, Climb (Parkinson’s fitness), and Steps Ahead (Peripheral Artery Disease fitness.) He also specializes in designing and performing fitness assessments for a wide range of ability levels. He believes fitness is a lifelong journey that anyone can enjoy!

“Personal training through Beacon has been a very fulfilling experience, as my specific needs were assessed and a training regimen was developed with sport-specific factors in mind. Jake has done an amazing job discussing biomechanics, nutrition, physical activity to do in between sessions, as well as pushing me in ways I could not have done alone. Further, my understanding of strength training techniques is vastly improved and I quickly realized how my incorrect form would have led to potential issues if unaddressed. I owe Jake for summiting Mt. Rainier and topping out while ice climbing in Ouray, Colorado.” – Gregory Pouliot

Milt Cooper

Fitness Specialist | Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health at Indiana University Bloomington

ACSM Personal Trainer

Milter Cooper Beacon Health & Fitness South Bend Personal Trainer

Milt has the second most basketball sectional championships, 5, in South Bend history. 4 Coach of the Year Awards. His athletes have earned millions of dollars in scholarships with over 80% graduating college. He coached one Mister Basketball in Illinois and three players that were Senior or Junior Indiana All Stars. He has always coached the best conditioned team. His teams have led or been top 10 in scoring and victory margin. In his last 7 years coaching high school basketball he had 3-20 win seasons, 22-4, 22-3, and 21-5, with two of those teams ranked in the top 10 in the state of Indiana, and making it to the Elite 8.

Milt stresses that everyone should reach their potential and 99% of that starts with good health. If you want to live a long and happy life start with taking of your physical health, which in turn will improve your mental health and well-being.

Tyler Lamoreaux

Personal Trainer

Education and Certifications:

ACSM Personal Trainer

Tyler Lamoreaux Beacon Health & Fitness Granger South Bend Personal Trainer

Tyler is a Certified Personal Trainer with a passion for helping people reach their goals. Whether it be in strength training, flexibility, balance, weight loss, an upcoming meet or run, Tyler is dedicated to helping people surpass their expectations. He firmly believes that everyone is capable of getting stronger, faster, leaner, and healthier, no matter where they start. He likes working with people from all backgrounds, age groups and abilities. He enjoys competitive powerlifting and all kinds of strength competitions.

“Tyler embraced and celebrated my challenge/goals and has on a weekly basis created a fun and rigorous regimen that I thoroughly enjoy and look forward to. Tyler has the quiet disposition and confidence to challenge and push me to both meet and exceed my goals. Tyler is patient but firm in his understanding of what I can and should be able to achieve, without making me feel despondent or dismayed if/when I come up short of those targeted goals.” – Tom Barton

Sarah Mark

Fitness Specialist | Personal Trainer | Group Fitness Instructor

Education and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology – Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

ACSM Personal Trainer | AFAA Group Fitness Instructor | CLIMB Trainer – Indiana Parkinson’s Foundation | Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program Leader – Aquatic Exercise Association

Sarah Mark Beacon Health & Fitness South Bend Personal Trainer

Sarah is tremendously passionate about working with people who have limitations to exercise due to disabilities or chronic conditions. She has experience working with individuals with Down syndrome, Autism, Parkinson’s, cardiovascular disease, cerebral palsy, and many other conditions. She takes great pride in our Best Medicine classes because she loves being able to provide an inclusive environment for individuals to reach their goals. Sarah orients her exercise programming around improving the ability to perform activities of daily living and the overall quality of life.

“My young adult daughter, Katie, has Down Syndrome and, like many of us, puts exercise at the bottom of her priority list.  I am determined to help her live a healthy life, but her activity level decreased as she aged out of the school system. Fortunately, I received a flyer with information about an exercise class at Beacon designed specifically for people with Down Syndrome. We decided to give it a try, and it has been a real motivator for her. Sarah Mark, the trainer, has a wonderful rapport with the class and she is teaching the proper techniques for a wide variety of exercises. Katie’s enthusiasm for the class is a testament to Sarah. Her heart is in this, and it shows through the accomplishments of her class.” –Sarah Henry

David Wilson

Personal Trainer | Fitness Specialist

Education and Certifications:

Bachelor’s in Exercise Science with a concentration in Fitness and Recreation and a minor in Coaching from Manchester University | ACSM Personal Trainer

David Wilson Beacon Health & Fitness South Bend Personal Trainer

Dave Wilson is a personal trainer and fitness specialist. He earned a personal training certification through the American College of Sports Medicine and an Exercise Science degree from Manchester University. Dave is a national qualifier for United States Strongest Man and former College Football Lineman. Dave has years of experience working with people that have back pain and joint injuries. Dave specializes in Powerlifting, Strongman, Olympic lifting, and Bodybuilding training. Dave believes that “Everyone has the right to feel strong in everything they do whether, its walking up a flight of stairs or lifting a car.”

“Dave has helped me reach fitness goals that I thought might not be obtainable by customizing exercise programming, assessing technique and by pushing me harder than I would myself yet while avoiding injury. I look forward to the scheduled training sessions with Dave. They help keep me accountable to my training goals, and motivate me to maintain a high degree of compliance with all the elements of my fitness program outside the gym. If someone is serious about their fitness goals, and especially if those goals involve strength sports, then partnering with Dave is a smart choice.” – Dr. Andrew Fielder

Del Stukel

Group Fitness Coordinator & Pilates Personal Training Coordinator | Personal Trainer | Pilates Trainer | Group Fitness Instructor

Education and Certifications:

Michigan State University

AFAA Personal Trainer | AFAA Group Fitness Instructor | BBU Pilates Mat | BBU Pilates Reformer | BBU Pilates Chair | BBU Pilates Cadillac | PHI Pilates Mat & Reformer | BBU Pilates Barrel | Pilates for Breast Cancer | Pilates Barre | Les Mills GRIT | CLIMB Trainer – Indiana Parkinson’s Foundation | Bosu | Stability Ball | Cycling

Del’s passion is to work with clients who have issues and conditions.  It gives me great joy to work with those who need my attention to work on regaining their quality of life.   My passion is making a difference in the lives of those I get the privilege of working with as my client or in my classes.   Fitness is hard work but I like to make it fun and challenging.

“I have been especially fortunate to work with Del Stukel for almost three years and I have grown stronger, more flexible and more toned. I especially appreciate the care and specific suggestions that Del gives about form. She knows how to challenge me even as she respects my limits. Every session I come away relaxed and glad because we have worked and laughed together.” – Phyllis Kaminski

Lauren Cuskaden

Fitness Specialist | Pilates Trainer | Personal Trainer | Group Fitness Instructor

Education and Certifications:

B.A. Exercise Science-Concordia University-St. Paul | Working towards M.B.A. Healthcare Management-Concordia University-St. Paul

ACSM Personal Trainer | AFAA Group Fitness Instructor |BBU Pilates Reformer | BBU Pilates Chair | BBU Pilates Cadillac | SCW Pilates Mat | Bosu Skills & Drills | SCW Water-In-Motion | Les Mills GRIT | SCW Pilates Barre | Pilates for Breast Cancer | NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist

Lauren Cuskaden Beacon Health & Fitness Granger South Bend Personal Trainer

Lauren was born in Cincinnati, OH and grew up in South Bend. She has always enjoyed fitness and has played competitively in volleyball, cheerleading, soccer and equestrian events. Lauren studied Exercise science and graduated with her undergraduate degree from Concordia University-St. Paul and is currently pursuing her M.B.A. Healthcare Management. In her free time she enjoys reading, horseback riding and spending time with her husband, Cory and German Shepherd, Stella. Lauren loves being a part of the healthy change in people’s lives and strives to help everyone meet their goals through fitness.

“Before I started working with Lauren, I had dieted and exercised off and on, only to get frustrated and quit. I had lost the same weight over and over again, each time gaining more weight back. I’m happy to say today, I’ve come a long way, with Lauren’s help. She is a fabulous personal trainer.” – Brenda Allen