Dan ritchie, has a broad background in the fitness industry including training and management in commercial and university/hospital-based fitness, for-profit, not-for-profit and educational facilities. His primary areas of expertise are in personal training for special populations: athletes, pregnancy, blind, stroke recovery, parkinsons, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, fibromyalgia, alzheimers, etc. He has worked with division I athletes some of whom have been professionally drafted. He has also worked on state funded research on exercise for severe dementia alzheimers type.
He regularly presents at national and regional conferences and has been active on committees for the american college of sports medicine.
Lynn fellow, purdue university 2003-2004
Nsca research grant recipient, 2005-2006
Fall proof instructor certified, from california state, fullerton, 2006-present
2005-2007 student affairs committee, acsm
2005-2007 board member midwest american college of sports medicine
2008 nominated for acsm board of trustees
Enhance fitness master trainer for state of indiana 2007-2010
Regular contributor to the cbs local morning news 2008-current
Pfp trainer of the year 2014
Nominated for small business owner of the year 2012
Has presented at athletic business, acsm, nsca, dcac, ncoa
Health and fitness has always been a passion in my life. While growing up, my favorite class was P.E. and I played almost every sport that was offered. After graduating from Benton Central in 2007, I was certain that I wanted to work in a fitness atmosphere and so I continued my education at the
University of Indianapolis. Throughout my four years in college, I was a full time student-athlete. I would say my biggest accomplishment was receiving the Academic All-American award for wrestling. I graduated the University of Indianapolis in 2011 with a major in Sports Management and a minor in Business Administration.
Interests: coaching, training, grilling out, camping, being with family and friends, concerts, sports of all sorts
Personal motivation: setting a goal for myself and being able to surpass it!
Greatest part about being a trainer: being able to make a difference in someones life and motivating them to do things they thought they could never do before
What is you definition of exercise?: Being physically active in a way that increases your heart rate
Favorite exercise: The sled push!
Favorite shoe brand: Nike
Where can we find you when your not working?: With my friends and family, coaching wrestling at Harrison High School, Church, Buffalo Wild Wings
Readers Choice award winner for Best Personal Fitness Trainer in 2013
I graduated salutatorian from mccutcheon high school in 2009 and continued on to college at the university of indianapolis. I started by pursing a degree in exercise science with the plan of continuing on for my doctorate in physical therapy. After my freshman year and quite a bit of job shadowing, I decided physical therapy was not for me. I still continued on with my original major and decided that personal training was the way to go, especially after I had gone through a big weight loss transformation just a few years earlier. I am very passionate about helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. I am also very passionate about the aging population, which is why I am going back to the university of indianapolis for my masters of gerontology. I hope that I will be able to better understand and provide more assistance to the aging population as they start/continue their fitness journey. On a more personal note, I am married to my high school sweet heart, eric. We were married in november of 2012 and we have a yellow lab puppy named trigger. We love to do things outdoors (like camping, fishing, boating, and horseback riding). We love to spend time with our friends and family and we are very involved with our church in dayton. We are adventure seekers, and are always looking for something new to try!
Indiana Hoosier born and raised, but Boilermaker at heart! Graduated from Purdue University in 2006 majoring in health and kinesiology with a minor in organizational leadership and supervision.
Fitness has always been a part of my life starting with sports and now evolving into staying healthy and fit to enjoy time with my family and get the most out of life that I can! Maintaining my health and fitness as I age, is motivation to keep becoming stronger and pushing to be the best version of myself. Being a mom of two, it is really important for me to be a good role model in teaching them how influential fitness and nutrition are. My son has several food allergies that have really challenged me to rediscover food and open my eyes to what we eat as a family. (Not that I don't enjoy or indulge in an occasional slice of pizza or red wine!)
My favorite type of exercise is high intensity short burst training like HIIT's or TABATA's. You can get in a great workout and your heart pumping in a short amount of time!
I enjoy spending time outdoors and cooking, but above all love being with my family and friends as much as possible!
Certifications - Functional Aging Specialist (FAI)
- American Council on Exercise (ACE)
Training Philosophy - I want everyone to become the best versions of themselves. My passion is helping people get out of their comfort zone and do some things they didn't know they were capable of doing.
Personal Motivation - I believe in athletic aesthetics, which simply means having the good looks you desire while having the bodily function to perform and execute the tasks I need to.
Favorite Exercise - Barbell Back Squat
Favorite Hobbies - Lifting weights and basketball
I graduated from Summit University in Pennsylvania in 2013 with a degree in Health and Physical Education. I played sports all through high school and college, so fitness and health has always been a part of my life. It is something that I have developed a love and a passion for, which is why I decided to become a personal trainer.
I personally stay motivated by constantly challenging myself with something new and different. I want to be able to better myself each and everyday. This is the approach I take when I am training. I want to help individuals set goals and not only achieve those goals but far exceed whatever they thought possible for themselves. There is nothing more gratifying than conquering what you set before yourself.
If I am not in the gym working or working out myself, I am probably at home relaxing, eating something, and watching a sporting event on TV with my wife and dog. I love all things sports.
Certifications: Functional Aging Specialist, NASM Personal Trainer