Our fitness center offers many features and benefits, but our staff is what makes our facility what it is. Our degreed and certified team members are here to help you reach all of your personal goals by supporting your efforts.
Shannon graduated from Longwood University in Southern Virginia with a degree in Kinesiology and a focus in Exercise Science. She is a certified Exercise Physiologist and Pre and Post Natal Fitness Specialist.
She has 7 years of experience training clients, with many success stories. Shannon has personal experience and knowledge with pre and postnatal exercise (including pelvic floor strengthening and diastasis recti (abdominal separation) rehabilitation. She also specializes in high-intensity interval training (H.I.T.T) for body fat loss and is well versed in weight lifting for muscle building and toning. In addition, she has a large repertoire working with the older, active adult population. She has a lot of experience helping seniors regain range of motion and movement ease through appropriate exercises.
Shannon was born and raised in Northern Virginia. She moved to Wichita in 2014, where she met her husband, Paul, a Security Forces SSGT in the Air Force. In 2015, she delivered their first child while he was deployed on his third tour overseas. In addition to their son, they also have a baby girl who was born in June 2018. Her family has two very spoiled rescue dogs, a three-year-old Lab and a one-year-old Sheepadoodle. *If interested in Pre/Postnatal exercise, training sessions consist of the following:
- Exercise effects on fertility and early pregnancy
- Understanding your body through pregnancy
- Why babies benefit from maternal fitness
- The Pelvic Floor
- Strengthening the Core
- Cardiovascular Endurance
- Stretch & Release Work
- Exercises to prepare for and recover from birth
- Functional Movement for Motherhood
Please contact Shannon at SLE@opti-life.com for any questions or concerns regarding Fitness Coaching.
I attended Wichita State University, where I played college basketball for 3 years before finishing up my last year at Nebraska-Omaha. Playing at a high level taught me the importance of how to properly train and take care of your body so that it can function properly. Being around guys that ended up getting the opportunity to play professionally drove me into this passion of trying to help individuals fulfill their own goals and dreams in the fitness world. It has been very rewarding for me to see people push hard and achieve their goals, and it is something that I want to help people do to become the best version of themselves. I believe in having fun and enjoying what you are doing so that you can achieve those dreams. I enjoy being outside at a lake, ocean or anywhere with water. I also really enjoy playing golf, softball or any other rec league sport since I have finished my basketball career.
Caleb recently graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Masters in Kinesiology, and a focus in Sport and Exercise Psychology. During that time, he completed an independent study that gave him practical experience as an Exercise Mental Performance Coach for the senior members and coaches at the LifFit center on campus. He also published and presented a thesis study at the 2018 *NASPSPA conference that supports the notion that increased confidence in a proxy-agent (Personal or Group Trainer), and increased confidence in the ability to self-regulate (behaviors, thoughts, emotions), are both positively associated with long-term exercise adherence. The study also was the first to identify specific mental techniques that people of various ages and stages of change would be most interested in learning and would be of most value to them. Caleb has also been physically training individuals and groups for more than a year now, developing creative and effective workout routines. Simply put, Caleb knows what it takes to get you to your goals, not just physically, but mentally as well!
Caleb’s passion and teaching style revolve around taking you to the next level and increasing your confidence, by developing safe and effective workout routines with specific performance feedback. Caleb believes optimal life-satisfaction comes from proper life balance and working hard towards your personal values. “As a new father, I comprehend now more than ever how important it is to value health.” Whether the goal is to help you improve your balance and mobility or to improve your strength and endurance, your goals are important! Being physically active on a regular basis should be an enjoyable part of your lifestyle and who you are! Caleb also loves sharing good music, art, good local food and crafts, and beautiful scenery with his loved ones and friends!
Kathy decided to pursue a career in health and fitness after a lifetime struggle with obesity. After losing more than 100 lbs. she decided to pursue a deeper education in weight training and nutrition to help others to transform and lead a healthier lifestyle. She currently holds certifications with NASM and Precision Nutrition. She is currently studying to be a Cancer Recovery Fitness Specialist to add to her education on cancer recovery and osteoporosis.
She is constantly studying fitness and nutrition to benefit her clients. Kathy has been a certified trainer with the National Association of Sports Medicine for 10 years and has worked with a wide variety of clients. She has helped several clients with weight loss in excess of 100 lbs. She loves helping people correct muscle imbalances and improving movement patterns as well as helping clients achieve fat loss goals. Kathy's family includes her husband David and their rescue pup, Wiley! And her rescue pup also added to the family with rescuing a kitten that has been christened with the name Khloe! She loves Patrick Mahomes but is also a huge Dallas Cowboys fan!
A former collegiate athlete, played baseball at Hutchinson Community College and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I am an avid outdoorsman, whether its hiking or hunting I just love to be outside enjoying what nature has to offer. I have a passion for health and fitness, and believe that in order to live the best life that you possibly can, you have to fuel and treat your body in the correct manner. I love helping people reach their fitness goals, whether it be losing a little bit of weight, putting 20 lbs on their squat max, or getting ready for an upcoming sporting season. I enjoy meeting new people, making new friends and new memories. My favorite food is a medium rare filet, but a big juicy burger is close behind in 2nd! My favorite quote is “Don’t worry about the things you can’t control. Our focus and energy needs to be on the things we can control. Attitude, effort, focus - these are the things we can control."
In December 2019, Rachel graduated with her Bachelors's in Exercise Science. She has interned in Cardiac Rehabilitation and plans to get her masters in Exercise Science as well. Rachel also would like to get certified in Exercise Physiology one day soon. Rachel enjoys working with a range of people, from teens to older adults. But what she really loves is working with anyone who wants to improve their health along with losing weight or toning up. Her favorite times while doing her job is when her clients come up to her with a huge smile on their face saying that she changed their life, they feel amazing and are incredibly happy after they started their fitness journey with her.
Rachel decided to go into the fitness career because it has been her passion since high school and she wanted to bring her own hobby and her love for fitness into her work life. Rachel was also a cheerleader from the 5th grade to a freshman in college and did gymnastics for years when she was younger, which also helped her really start to enjoy fitness more. Rachel enjoys traveling, weightlifting, and anything that will teach her something new. Rachel has lived in Wichita her whole life but has moved around in the city a lot in the last couple of years. She also has a 4-month-old puppy who she adores immensely.
Valerie Juhl began her fitness career as a group fitness instructor in 1986 while she served 20 years in the United States Air Force. A year ago, she decided to fulfill her long time dream and accomplished her National Personal Training Certification through The American Council on Exercise (ACE). Having achieved that goal, she established fitness as her primary career affording her the opportunity to train and coach individuals as well as continue with conducting group exercise sessions.
As a fitness coach At Opti-Life, Valerie says her goal is “to serve the needs and expectations of my clients to the best of my ability. And provide them motivation and challenging workouts to help them meet and surpass their fitness goals and ultimately enhance their quality of life.” Valerie’s coaching emphasis and focus is on strength and core training combined with cardio conditioning to help improve her clients’ energy level, strength and stamina as well as giving a boost to their metabolism and maintaining their balance, stability and mobility. Valerie has been married for 25 years and has a grown son and daughter as well as 2 dogs. Her hobbies include bicycling, boating, weight training, and country dancing.
Ali is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is looking to continue her education in the exercise science field.
Having struggled with being severely overweight growing up, she discovered a healthy balance between nutrition, weights, cardio and self-care. After training for a physique competition and years of learning about exercise, she discovered her passion for health and wellness, wanting to help others find confidence in life and at the gym. With an education background, Ali loves teaching lifting styles to improve strength, functional movements and overall fitness. She firmly believes that your goals are important and will work with you on all aspects of your life to help you achieve your goals, because all aspects are key in creating lifelong healthy habits.
Ali grew up overseas and has experience with Technogym equipment, her favorite machine being the Skillmill. She enjoys discovering new workout techniques and modes of exercise to be able to incorporate into her client’s workouts to give them the results and reach the goals they are working towards. Having grown up overseas, she has a deep love of traveling and experiencing different cultures. Along with traveling she enjoys; writing, anything Marvel or superhero related and spending time with her family. Ali lives here in Wichita with her husband, Tommy, and two dogs; Tessa and Ahsoka.
I have been a fitness coach for over twelve years and continue to find great joy in helping clients reach their goals.After attending college at KU, I discovered my passion for individual and group training at the Cooper Institute. I trained groups outdoors on the hill at KU and learned a lot about using bodyweight in creative ways. I would use our surroundings for our entire workout! I’ll never look at a bench the same way... I use this creativity to construct full-body multi-joint moves that challenge the brain and work the body to create a metabolic boost. I work hard to make every move target as many muscles as possible. You will leave with a good sweat and every muscle worked. Did you know sweat is the best form of detoxification? Now you do.
My goal for every client is to get to a place of consistency. I create a plan with each client to meet their individual goals in their individual ways. I would love to help you whether you are a beginner looking to find a fun workout or a fitness veteran who needs some new motivation or direction.
Facts about me:
- I have two little girls and a wonderful husband who doesn’t stretch as much as I suggest.
- I graduated from KU with a degree in psychology and am certified through ACSM and The Cooper Institute.
- I love Netflix and chocolate.
After struggling with obesity as a teenager and going through his own transformation, Matt decided to pursue a career in health and wellness. In high school, he played basketball, soccer, and swam competitively. Matt graduated from K-State with a Bachelors's in Kinesiology and is certified as an exercise physiologist specialized in making people feel young again through functional fitness. Matt enjoys training the three foundational components of fitness and making sure there is a balance between strength, endurance, and mobility. He believes exercise should be fun and does his absolute best to make it that way for all of his clients while making sure they get great results. Matt's easy-going, relational personality, yet motivated and caring, makes him a top choice trainer for health and wellness.
"I have come to Opti-Life since August and started working with my personal trainer Matthew Reeves. He is very professional, friendly and can be challenging in many best ways. He listens to my concerns and works with me on my hip issues. He is always prepared with a full list of exercises geared toward my troubled area. He has corrected some of my old habits in a short period of time. My goal is to increase body muscle and mobility, and he has helped me march toward this goal. My body is more flexible, and I have gained so much strength in just one month of training with Matthew. I’m glad that I joined Opti-Life. Thank you, Matthew, you have made my body strong again!" - Opti-Life Member, Echo Tung
In her previous life, Dixie was a partner in a national CPA firm. There she motivated and pushed accountants to achieve results with clients to meet their financial goals. Her true love has always been physical fitness, helping people reach the goals they desire and beyond. Initially working to serve as a role model for her children in her 20’s, she has made exercise and fitness a priority ever since.
Dixie is a motivator who makes sessions fun yet effective and encourages people to do their personal best. Dixie asks questions to understand each client’s achievement goals, and then together they create a realistic plan that makes the client look forward to their next workout session. One of her most rewarding accomplishments was working with a gentleman who, over the course of a year, lost 150 pounds by incorporating both diet and exercise. Dixie believes and instills the belief in her clients that you can accomplish just about anything you desire if you are willing to work for it. Dixie enjoys working with older individuals and anyone looking to improve their health, lose weight, tone up, and become stronger. Dixie is married to Bob, they enjoy working out together, obstacle courses, destination races, travel, and of course, their children and grandchildren.
Dixie holds a Personal Trainer Certification from the American Council on Exercise and is currently working to obtain her certification from the American Council on Exercise in Sports Nutrition for Health Professionals. She also graduated from Friends University with a degree in Business Management.
With a background in high school sports like football, baseball, and track and 4 years in the US Marine Corps, physical fitness has always been a part of his life. Those positive experiences led him to become certified as both a personal trainer and a certified strength and conditioning specialist and completing his master’s degree in Exercise Science from Wichita State University. After a couple of internships and working a few years as a personal trainer, Coach Strick opened a fitness studio and began an onsite corporate boot camp program. Experience and continued exploration led him to discover his passion for holistic health. Coach Strick plans to continue pursuing the best version of himself and wants to help others do the same.
Matt has been passionate about health, fitness, and nutrition since graduating with his Bachelor of Science in Human Movement in 2002. One of his deepest desires is helping people discover the freedom of a healthy lifestyle. He enjoys helping people learn how to incorporate more movement, exercise and quality food choices into their daily routine so they can experience more of what life has to offer. He has seen how the proven benefits of these choices can improve our functioning physically and mentally.
Matt’s experience often includes thinking outside the box when it comes to training modalities and exercises programming. He excels in encouraging and motivating clients to reach their training goals and potential but also desires his clients to have fun, enjoy and learn during the process. Matt firmly believes in educating his clients while developing positive experiences through each session to create lifelong fitness and wellness practices. He is a believer that our choices not only benefit us now but also in the future. Matt hopes he will be a good fit for anyone interested in improving their health and strength through training, but is most interested in ensuring the client has the best fit for their individual needs.
When not at the gym, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife, two biological teenagers, and three international students/teens. His passions not only include health, wellness, and strength training but also enjoying the great outdoors and nearly every sport. Yes, Matt even enjoys watching curling and will be trying it when Chicken and Pickle has it!
"I have been a fitness coach for over 7 years and am certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer. When I first started training, all I used was a person’s body weight and a football stadium. I ran military training for 3 years while I myself worked on joining the United States Army. After an injury, I was medically discharged and returned home where I gained a better appreciation for corrective exercise. In the last 2 years, I discovered a love for working with amputees. In June of 2018, I took my first para-athlete to an event in Oklahoma City and we took home the gold in 5 events. I have a passion for helping people achieve their goals and discover what they are truly capable of. I live by Rickey Lundell’s motto that success is obtained by bettering yourself 1% every day."
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