Meet NIFS Training Staff

Crystal Belen, MS, ACE-PT, FMS, NASM-PES, NASE

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 262 or email.Crystalnew.jpg

There are some who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into another”  - Douglas H. Everett

Experience & Background: Crystal has been a Personal Trainer since 2010 and a Health Fitness Instructor at NIFS since 2012. She worked in Wright State’s Campus Recreation as a Fitness & Wellness Assistant and taught various group fitness classes. She cheered for over 15 years and is currently with the NFL. She has coached competitive Jr. High, All-star squads, and choreographed routines in Dayton, OH. In high school, she was also a sprinter, pole-vaulter and volleyball player.

Personal Interests: Crystal enjoys traveling, cooking, dancing, stunting, playing volleyball, and spending time with friends and family.

Fitness Philosophy: I believe a well rounded nutrition and exercise program helps prevent many diseases and injuries. Your program should be fun, motivating, and lead you to a better lifestyle. I’m a firm believer of stretching and injury prevention. I believe that not many individuals stretch often enough in their regimes and I can help incorporate that into yours. You must take time to improve your mobility and by training with me, I can provide a safe, challenging, and specific program for you.

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Amanda Bireline, BS, NASM CPT, FMS

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 219 or email.Amanda-new

Graduated from Houghton College with a BS in Exercise Science. I’m a certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and have additional certifications in TRX and FMS. I am passionate about health and fitness and enjoy being able to challenge and push you beyond what you feel your capable of! I provide a fun, challenging, encouraging and safe exercise environment to help you meet your fitness goals.

I am also one of the Fitness Center Managers here at NIFS, and teach HIT classes.

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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-new.jpgRick 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-eight 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), High Intensity Kettlebell & Fitness (HIKF), Certified Kettlebell - Functional Movement Screen (CK-FMS) and World Kettlebell Club - Fitness Instructor, Lifting Coach, Strength Specialist, Kettlebell Competition Coach (WKC), 10 times Kettlebell Lifting Champion and Honored Master of Sport, Valery Fedorenko, and is one of just a handful of Master Trainers in the United States for 
(WKC). Former Russian Kettlebell Certified (RKC) 2002 to 2013, one of the first Kettlebell Instructors in the country and the first in Indiana".

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, ACSM-CPT

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 419 or email.
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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.
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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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Kris Simpson, BS, ACSM-PT, HFS

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 211 or email.
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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.
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, BA, NASM CPT

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 262 or email.
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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