Meet NIFS Training Staff

Michael Blume, MS, SCCC

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 278 or email.

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Training Philosophy: You supply the desire and commitment - I supply the methods, means and motivation.

My role as your personal trainer is to help remove the overwhelming aspects of a fitness regimen so that it becomes an approachable and attainable undertaking. I have extensive experience working with individuals of many different levels of ability, but I specialize in athletic performance and those who want to build upon their athletic edge. If you are looking to get out of your old fitness routine, or want a higher intensity of a workout, I combine my experience with both knowledge in exercise science, as well as a creative approach in general, to develop time efficient and productive high intensities that match your goals and ambitions.

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Contact: 274-3432 ext. 262 or email.Rick copy

Rick began exercising at age ten by lifting scrapes of steel (in place of dumbbells and barbells) that his uncle brought home from his factory job.  This marked the beginning of his quest for the fitness Holy Grail. Fifty-five years later, the quest continues. The journey has traveled through the worlds of bodybuilding, power lifting, martial arts, distance running, cycling and a thirty year long involvement with rowing. All of this “doing stuff” was supported by a life long study of exercise physiology, bio-mechanics, exercise program design and nutrition.

Rick is currently certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Russian Kettlebell Certified (RKC), Certified Kettlebell - Functional Movement Screen (CK-FMS) and World Kettlebell Club - Fitness Instructor, Lifting Coach, Strength Specialist, Kettlebell Competition Coach (WKC) and is one of just a handful of Master Trainers in the United States for 10 times Kettlebell Lifting Champion and Honored Master of Sport, Valery Fedorenko

Rick also has extensive study in Low Back Disorder and Exercise, and also has a focus on training the Aging Active Adult.

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Thomas Livengood, BS

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 419 or email.describe the image
Training Philosophy: The focus on purposeful, goal oriented exercise through meaningful and thorough instruction is key for an individual seeking professional help while pursuing a lifestyle of healthy fitness and wellness.

I want your experience here at NIFS to not only help you achieve fitness prosperity, but also develop self-motivation and core fitness values.
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Tony Maloney, BS, ACSM HFS

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 260 or email.describe the image
Training Philosophy: I believe that people are so much more capable than they believe themselves to be.

I will show you what you are capable of through fitness sessions packed full of cutting edge and proven methods designed specifically to help you reach your desired outcomes. Adding your commitment and tenacity to my expertise and motivation, we will make a great team.
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Johnathon Hill, MA-SP, BS, CSCS, TSAC-F


Contact: 274-3432 ext. 212 or email.
I am from Versailles, Indiana, where I grew up a very “active” child. I was a track & field athlete in high school and graduated in 2002. I joined the Army, went to college, went to two wars, went back to college, raced bicycles, started a family, earned degrees and certifications, coached thousands of people and co-founded The Arsenal, home of Muncie CrossFit.

My passion came through when studying exercise science in 2007 as more of a personal interest rather than an intended career path. I used my knowledge to train a small group of soldiers to prepare for their physical fitness test. Early success in training Soldiers as well as winning Solider of the Year honors, led me to a position training competitors who came after me, I began programming workouts for Special Forces Soldiers throughout the theater of operations. These soldiers accomplished several competitive victories and heroic missions. This training made me realize my love for coaching.

Goals:  My overall goal is to improve and expand the functional fitness community and help as many people as possible develop as athletes and as community members. I will train as many athletes as I can to be the very best version of them selves to accomplish this goal!

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Kris Simpson, BS, ACSM-PT, HFS

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 211 or email. describe the image
Training Philosophy: Define your limits, and I will help you break through them. I look forward to assisting you reach your fitness goals. As a personal trainer, I work with and accommodate any fitness level. I believe that we are all athletes, just at different levels! It's never "hard" just challenging. Let me challenge you to get fit!

I have a B.S. in Nutrition from Michigan State University and hold certifications from ACSM in Personal Training and Level 1 Coaching from USA Triathlon. I work with anyone looking to CHALLENGE themselves to get stronger, fitter, and achieve a goal.

I have been involved in sports since childhood. I have always looked for ways to make myself a stronger, faster and better athlete. While at MSU, I accomplished many of my goals as a basketball player.  I finished my college career as the school's all-time leader for points and rebounds. After college, I went to Sweden and played basketball professionally for more than four years.

I coached basketball at Michigan Tech University and IUPUI for a combined 14 years. As the needs of my family (husband Rick and sons Ethan and Isaac) changed, I transitioned into fitness. My passion for fitness has never wavered. I enjoy investigating the newest fitness trend to make you function better and look your best.

Kris is the creator and instructor of the "Core and More" class at NIFS and developed and leads the NIFS Triathlon Training Program.
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Alex Soller, MS, CSCS

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 263 or email.Alex-for-webnew
Training Philosophy: Exercise is a highly individualized activity that needs to be altered in order to fit your goals, needs and enjoyment. No matter your current training status, improvements can be made with proper structure. It is never too late to start!

I graduated in May 2013 with a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology from IUPUI by way of my undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Valparaiso University. At Valpo, I played football for four years and interned with the head strength and conditioning coach. I bring the same controlled enthusiasm to your workout that I used each time I stepped into the weight room or football field.

My specialty is variety. I have experience with clients from all different fitness backgrounds and levels. I am one of the Athletic Performance coaches for the IUPUI sports teams but also have clients with different ranges of general fitness desires. No matter what you are hoping to achieve, I will guide you in the right direction.

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Claudia VanArsdall, Les Mills RPM Instructor

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 262 or email. Claudia
Training Philosophy: Mens sana in corpore sano.

Mens sana in corpore sano is a famous Latin quotation often translated as, "A sound mind in a sound body." Personal Training is my passion. I will push you to your personal best so you will get the results you want and learn how to become a master of your own body. I was born and raised in Germany and I have a Bachelors Degree as a Fitness Economist. It's a mix of the Bachelor of Sports Management and Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science. I came to the United States in 2008 and have been working as a trainer and group fitness instructor most of my life.


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