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Kris Simpson, BS,

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 work with anyone looking to CHALLENGE themselves to get stronger, fitter, and achieve a goal. I have been involved in sports since childhood. 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.

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 instructor of NIFS Go Girl Triathlon Training Program.

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 211

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Michael Blume,

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.

Phone: 274-3432 ext. 278

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Evan James, BS

My passion for strength training began at the age of 14 when I began training in the high school weight room. I received my BS in Exercise Science from the University of Indianapolis in 2019. After graduating from UIndy I began to train both kids and adults of all ages on their pursuit for strength. I specialize in olympic weightlifting, powerlifting and general strength training, as well as athletic performance.

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 262

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Claudia VanArsdall, BA, NASM CPT

Training Philosophy: Mens sana in
corpore sano—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's 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.

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 262

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Keith Hopkins, BS

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 262




Thomas Livengood, BS, ACSM-CPT

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.

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 419

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Alex Soller, MS, CSCS

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.

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 220

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Brad Summerlin, BS

—Older Adult Training
—Circuit Training
—Mobility and Stability
—Boxing Techniques

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 262

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Pedro Mendez, BS

My expertise includes mobility, power development and speed and agility training.

I have been a trainer for NIFS for 3 years. and am a full time Strength and conditioning Coach for IUPUI. I work with the Men's Basketball, Woman's Track and Field, Woman's Cross Country and Woman's Tennis Teams.

I have a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science and Masters of Science in Kinesiology from IUPUI. During my undergrad, I interned at IFAST which is known for being one of the top sports performance facilities in the country. I also did an internship with IU Sports Performance during my graduate program. My expertise includes mobility, power development and speed and agility training.

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 206

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David Behrmann, BS

I received my BS degree from IUPUI in 2014.  During my collegiate time I was a member of the Cross Country and Track team.  

I am eager to assist clients in areas of their fitness/well-being that include mobility/form, athletic performance, strength, and cardio/vascular training. I hope, as a NIFS trainer, to be a motivating force and resource for clients to achieve their fitness/wellness goals and aid them in their journey to develop a healthy lifestyle inside and out of the gym.

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 262

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Rick began exercising at age ten by lifting scraps of steel (in place of dumbbells and barbells) that his uncle brought home from his factory job. Fifty-eight years later, the quest continues. The journey has traveled through the worlds of bodybuilding, powerlifting, martial arts, distance running, cycling, and a thirty-year-long involvement with rowing.

Rick is currently certified by 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".

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 262

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Lori Miller, BS

American College of Sports Medicine—Certified Exercise Physiologist

—Injury Prevention
—Core Strengthening
—Fitness Assessments and Screening
—Strength Training

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 262

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Jessie Phelps, BS, ACE CPT, Health Coach

I graduated from IUPUI in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. I played volleyball for four years there and have many memories here at NIFS and I’m happy to be back in a familiar place. I’ve always played sports and my passion for health and wellness only keeps growing. My main objective for clients is for them to gain knowledge, develop skills, and reach a standard of healthy living that they can also maintain. I specialize in functional training, strength and conditioning, and athletic performance, but have experience with all demographics. I love helping others and answering any questions they have, whether it be about fitness or just life!

274-3432 ext. 262

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Grant Lampkin, BS

I have my B.S in exercise science from IUPUI, and I am currently studying at Ball State for my M.S in clinical exercise physiology. I specialize in powerlifting, strongman, and general strength training.

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 262

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Kaitlyn Pando, BS

I have loved being active since I was a child. I grew up playing many different sports, and continued my softball career at Ball State University where I got my degree in Exercise Science. I truly believe that fitness is not a one size fits all, and I chose this field to help others see how they can incorporate fitness into their lives. Helping members progress and make healthy changes in their life is my favorite part of the job.

Contact: 274-3432 ext. 212