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FITNESS ASSOCIATES

Need some help reaching your fitness or wellness goals?

Look no further than our fitness associates at the MNPS Employee Wellness Center. Whether you want to gain muscle, lose weight or just get more active, they can help create a personalized plan for you.

 

Fitness associates:

  • Provide fitness center orientations, including teaching you how to safely operate the strength and cardio equipment

  • Provide fitness consultations and one-on-one coaching

  • Teach our group exercise classes, both in-person and online

  • Work with physical therapy and chiropractic patients to track their progress and provide follow-up fitness consultations

  • Answer general health- and fitness-related questions

  • Ensure fitness center equipment is clean, properly functioning and used correctly

 

How to get started

Simply stop by the fitness desk. We may ask you to fill out a brief fitness assessment, which helps us understand your current fitness level and history, such as whether you’ve had past injuries. We’ll use your answers to match you with a fitness associate and customize an exercise plan for you. Then we’ll work with you one-on-one to help you achieve your goals.

 

Fitness associates and classes are available to all MNPS employees, retirees and spouses at no charge.

Read an FAQ with lead fitness associate, Kreg Kinnaman.

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Kreg Kinnaman

Lead Fitness Associate | BS, MS

Before joining the MNPS Fitness Center, Kreg Kinnaman earned a bachelor’s degree in science with an emphasis in athletic training from Cumberland University. He earned a master’s degree in exercise science from Arkansas State University. He is married to Victoria, a neonatal intensive care unit nurse at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. They have an Australian shepherd named Ember. Kreg enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports and traveling.

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Kurtis Lewis

Fitness Associate | BA, MA, CPT

Kurtis J. Lewis is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer. A Georgia native, Kurtis received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Alabama in telecommunications/film with an emphasis in broadcast news, and a master’s degree in human performance with an emphasis in sports management. He has CPR/AED certification as a professional rescuer and health care provider.

Kurtis previously worked as a fitness/wellness coach and certified personal trainer at the YMCA. He is an advocate of improving health through proper nutrition, healthier lifestyles, and exercise. He enjoys playing sports, bowling, cooking, reading, photography, traveling and exercising. He values his religion and spending quality time with family and friends.

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Sarah LaFayette

Fitness Associate | BS, MS, CPT

Sarah LaFayette is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer. She earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in the psychology of physical activity and sport, both from Illinois State University. During her time there, she played on the university’s soccer team.

 

Sarah is motivated by helping others reach their fitness and wellness goals, and she understands that looks different for everyone. She appreciates the fact that her career in wellness allows her to interact with people from all walks of life. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends, traveling, hiking, and playing with her dog, Penny.

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Jillian Walker

Fitness Associate  | BS, MS, CPT

Jillian Walker is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer. The Tennessee native earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a master’s degree in exercise science from Middle Tennessee State University. 

 

Jillian’s hobbies include traveling, exercising, reading, and spending quality time with her family and close friends. She understands the significance of physical activity and exercise as a means to have a better quality of life. 

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