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Chad Steininger

B.S., NASM-CPT

Instructor

Emma Szczepanek

Corporate Wellness Coordinator

Coach Emma has been in the fitness industry for three years. Starting her career as a group exercise instructor, Emma quickly realized that she wanted to be involved with people’s journeys on a more personal level. Soon after receiving her group exercise certification, Emma completed her personal training certification. After working with clients one on one and realizing the need to approach health and wellness from a full body perspective, Emma received her Behavior Change Certification and began coaching clients on lifestyle choices and stress management, where she now specialized in mindfulness and meditation on the corporate side of Allegro Coaching. Emma wholeheartedly believes in a full body approach to wellness, and her goal is to help people understand that health doesn’t have to be complicated.

Dailey Crowell
Massage Therapist

Massage Therapist

Christy Biermacher
Front Desk Staff


Front Desk Staff

Tiffany Karger

Wellness Coach

Tiffany graduated from Calvin College with a degree in Exercise Science and was also a  member of the women’s basketball team. She is certified through NASM as a Certified Personal Trainer and is also a Level 1 Functional Movement Screening Specialist.

Tiffany enjoys building relationships with individuals of all ages and fitness levels. Her main goal as a trainer is to help others achieve the best version of themselves physically and mentally.

Jennifer Westendorf

Jen’s fitness career began early on as a recreational participant in both school and community programs. Over the years, the benefits of fitness always were at the forefront even as she transitioned into the work force. So much so that Jen merged her passion for health and wellness into a career over the last 10 years while living in Los Angeles, as the Assistant Director for Fitness & Wellness at Loyola Marymount University.  Initially receiving her Mad Dogg (Spinning) and Barre Physique certifications in 2008, she also holds certifications in Schwinn Indoor Cycling, AFAA Group Exercise, TRX, and is a 200 hour RYT.

Prior to moving back to Michigan, Jen was also a member of the Equinox Group Fitness team and attended Equinox exclusive trainings for ViPR, Barre, MetCon3, Pure Strength and Precision Running.  A native of Michigan, she received her Bachelor’s of  Science from Central Michigan University (’98 Psychology & Human Development).

Jen brings her enthusiasm & passion for fitness to Allegro Coaching in all genres of classes but especially her coaching favorites: barre, core, cardio and strength classes. Her motto: whatever your age, activity level, or desired outcome, you’ll work hard and have fun- together we’ll reshape your life one workout at a time!

Holly Visser

Corporate Yoga Instructor

Holly was exposed to yoga when a fellow athlete recommended it for recovery from a knee injury.  She was soon balancing her biking, running, and swimming, with yoga as well. In time, she has improved her skills in  discipline as well as staying mostly injury free. In addition, she benefits from a greater sense of calm, and feels as though she makes more thoughtful life decisions from the time invested on her mat.

Holly received her training through Holy Yoga International and is certified as an H-RYT at the 200 level. She has her ACE group fitness certification and Yogalates Specialty Certification. It is her priority to put safety and proper alignment first in each class setting, but to also include elements of creativity and playfulness to enlighten the beginner as well as lighten the spirit of each in attendance. You will hear the phrase “lots of grace” in class often. Whether new to the many styles of yoga or experienced…Holly  knows that we all bring something different to the mat every time we practice.

Henry Pena

Instructor

Henry was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan on the northeast side of town. As a proud Second Generation American, Henry says that he  owes his “never say die” work ethic to his parents. “To them, I will always be grateful.”

After graduating high school, Henry attended Grand Valley State University.  Interests in science, medicine, and serving others influenced him in earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2001. After graduation he worked locally in the hospital setting, as a Registered Nurse, for several years. With the knowledge and experience he attained, Henry wanted to give back and began working as a Clinical Educator.
Henry was introduced to Allegro, by a friend, in December of 2016. Always being active in sports during his high school years, the two-week trial membership was all it took to reignite his athletic fire. “The team at Allegro empowered me to create long-term change in mind,body, and spirit. I discovered a community of like-minded people and feel blessed to have met them all.”
With the encouragement of staff at Allegro, Henry has worked to attain his Group Exercise Certification through AFAA (Athletics and Fitness Association of America). His hope and goal is to give back to the community that he has come to enjoy so much.
Jess Welch

Director of Health Coaching

 

Coach Jess has a BS in Clinical Exercise Science and Psychology. She is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches, ACSM, as well as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist. Committed to always learning and staying up to date on the science of behavior change, Jess just completed a fellowship with the National Cancer Institute in Maryland conducting research on the emotional and social predeterminants of health behavior (tobacco usage, physical inactivity, dietary habits). She is driven and excited about healthy behaviors, particularly in the corporate setting. She helps manage corporate accounts, assists with corporate consulting, data management, corporate coaching, and onsite presentations. She is also the lead tobacco-specific coach for Allegro Coaching.

Kris Combs

Front Desk Staff

Corinne Muilenberg

Instructor

Cori is a native of Grand Rapids, MI and graduate of GVSU with a bachelors degree in Advertising and Public Relations. Health and wellness have always been a huge interest in her life and she recently became certified in Boxing in the hopes of helping other achieve their fitness goals. She is also studying for her Group Fitness certification and potentially other certifications so she can be a well-rounded coach and instructor.

Outside of the studio, Cori stays active by biking, occasional runs, hiking at local parks, binge watching law inspired TV dramas and eating oreo’s.

Kendra Bylsma
Owner & Lead Health Coach

Owner, Lead Coach

Kendra is a mom, wife and fitness enthusiast!  A native to Grand Rapids, she graduated from Calvin College with a BA in Exercise Science and played 4 years of collegiate basketball. She was recently nominated as a Distinguished Alumni and provides oversight and direction to all the corporate coaching models, product development and producing “one of a kind” results as a personal trainer.   She does a variety of community presentations and corporate consulting in addition to teaching group fitness and 1-1 training’s at the studio.  She started Allegro Coaching in 2009 with a goal to help clients transform their lives and their mindset through fitness.

Amanda Blackburn
General Manager, Health Coach & Group Instructor Guru
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Studio Manager and Instructor

Amanda has over 17 years of management experience in the health and wellness field. She received her degree in Health Science from Grand Valley State University where she played soccer both on the women’s team as well as co-ed intramurals.   Her passion for sports/fitness led her into the wellness field, but after five major knee surgeries, her athletic career came to an end.  Amanda’s positive attitude doesn’t let her knee issues prevent her from staying active and strong though, as you’ll see her jumping around in class!

Amanda enjoys leading small group sessions and teaching large group fitness classes.  Amanda holds multiple certifications with AFAA, High Fitness, Les Mills,  R.I.P.P.E.D., TRX and SCW and currently teaches Les Mills BODYPUMP™, Boxing, Circuit Training, Les Mills CXWORX™, Les Mills GRIT™ Series, HIGH Fitness, Strength and TRX at the studio.

Lisa Brennan
Group Fitness Instructor

Lisa’s love for physical movement started as a child.  Her passion for healthy living and leading group fitness classes started in 1987 when she gained employment at a Power House Gym in Saginaw, Michigan.

Since then, she has completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees and obtained certifications through ACE, Johnny G and TRX.  She has spent her entire adult life working in the area of health promotion, wellness and continuing education for healthcare providers.

Lisa was a college athlete and enjoyed participating in competitive events.  An injury lead her to a total hip replacement which made me rethink my fitness goals.  It was a humbling experience and gave her a new perspective on being fit.  Lisa now enjoys working with and learning from individuals throughout the spectrum of healthy living.

Jacquie Brown

Front Desk Staff

Melissa Hembrough
Personal Trainer, Health Coach & Group Fitness Instructor

Instructor, Personal Trainer and Corporate Coach

Melissa grew up in northern Michigan where she excelled in basketball, volleyball & softball. Playing sports year-round began a foundation for fitness, eventually turning it into a passion and desire to help others reach their own health and fitness goals. Melissa is an ACE certified personal trainer and also certified in TRX, LESMILLS BODYPUMP, GRIT, and High Fitness! In her current role as a personal trainer with Allegro, Melissa enjoys pushing clients to be their best by setting an example in her own personal fitness. She practices what she preaches and expects her clients to follow suit. This busy mom of two teens loves going to the beach with her family and watching movies.  Her goal for her family is the same as it is for her clients – to help give them practical information to live healthy and establish disciplines to make that a reality.

Marnie Linna
Personal Trainer/Health Coach/Group Fitness Instructor

Personal Trainer, Instructor

Marnie is a Personal Trainer and Health Coach at Allegro. Marnie is a NASM certified Personal Trainer and Spin instructor, with over 10 years in the fitness industry. She is a west coast native, having spent most of her life in Colorado. Marnie loves being outdoors hiking, cycling, trail running or relaxing at the beach and is passionate that fitness should be fun!

Katolo Mendamenda
Group Fitness Instructor

Instructor

Katolo is certified through National Strength Professionals Association (NSPA)and National Council for
Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT), recently adding in certification through American College of Sports Medicine in personal training.

Katolo is also a Les Mills certified instructor in Bodystep, Bodypump and RPM. He has been training and teaching group fitness classes since 2005. Katolo regards fitness as an important part of life, and agrees 100 percent with the quote “Fitness is the beginning of everything people want in life”. He see’s fitness as a lifestyle. His goal is to promote healthy lifestyles with everyone he comes into contact with and to create life changing experiences. His passion is the help individuals reach their full potential and achieve their fitness goals, whatever they may be.

Diane Smith


Corporate Coach, Instructor and AASDN Nutrition Specialist

Diane has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years!  She began as a certified group fitness instructor at the local YMCA in the Detroit Michigan area in 1996!  She continued instructing group exercise as we moved to southern California, Colorado and back to MI.  Shortly after Diane and her husband landed back here in Grand Rapids, she pursued the opportunity to become a CPT through NASM.  Diane LOVES the switch she made to personal training for the past 10 years! And few years ago, she even found another passion on a spin bike, and became certified through Schwinn as and indoor cycling instructor.  
 
When Diane began personal health coaching she realized nutrition was key.  She began studies and successfully achieved my certification as a Nutrition Specialist with the AADSN.  She loves experimenting in the kitchen with healthy cooking ideas.  Her favorite afternoons are spent with some chill tunes and a cutting board!
 
Diane and her husband have three kids, and a wonderful son in law. However, this bit about her, she says, would not be complete if she didn’t mention her four legged furry one, Remy.  She loves what she does, who she do it with and that Allegro lets us do it together!  
Megan Smith
Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Instructor

Personal Training/Instructor & Corporate Wellness Coordinator

Megan is a NASM certified personal trainer and certified Spin and TRX instructor. She has been training clients and teaching classes for over 5 years now. Growing up playing sports, Megan has always had a passion for being active. Megan has a degree in Elementary Education and while teaching, she felt something was missing and found comfort in running. After running 2 marathons, she realized her true passion was in fitness.

Megan loves challenging her clients and classes to push outside their comfort zones while still having fun. She currently teaches Rip and Ride, Cycling, Boxing, TRX, Circuits, Happy Hour, Pilates and Strength.