Don’t miss out on the latest updates!
Christy Belsom is a triathlete, mother, wife, and grandmother. She obtained her Bachelors degree in Business Administration and currently holds an AFAA Personal Trainer Certification and is an AFAA Group Exercise Instructor. Her expertise is in inclusive fitness and exercise modifications. After she was in a wheelchair for a couple of months after a motorcycle accident, she quickly grew a passion for keeping the community mobile. She has been training for 15 years now.
My name is Lynette Dempsey and I am 27 years old. I am married to a Sergeant in the US Army and have two children, a boy and girl, ages 7 and 4. I am a full time Radiology student and work here at the RecPlex teaching, member services and doing ice guard
on the weekends.
Hi! I’m Ashley- a mom to three girls and have a passion for helping others with their health and fitness goals. I began my health and fitness journey after my second baby and remained active through my third pregnancy and postpartum as well. I fell in love with being healthy and active and decided to pursue a career in helping others on their own journey to do the same.
Kari Butler has been involved in the fitness industry for 22 years. Teaching fitness classes and personal training is her passion. She currently teaches spinning, HIIT, Strength and boot camp classes. She is a Boston qualifying marathon runner, triathlete and cyclist. She enjoys educating her clients about fitness and making better nutrition choices. She is inspired everyday by their determination, strength and dedication to be fit and healthy. She holds certifications for group fitness, pilates, cycling and personal training.
An OTHS and University of Alabama graduate with a B.S. in Exercise Science, Alex Shelton is currently commissioned into the USAF and plans on becoming a pilot. A former athlete in track & field and football as well as a performer in the choir & musical theatre, Alex has competed in CrossFit competitions, various 5 & 10Ks, and even a Spartan race; all of which have given him a love of fitness and seeing others achieve their healthiest lives. A hardcore University of Alabama Football fan who will cheer for any SEC team, Alex loves waking up at 5 AM, and loves coffee even more. A certified ACE Personal Trainer, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, & ACE Weight Management Specialist, Alex has been training clients for 4 years and has experience with high school and college students & adults one-on-one as well as seniors in small groups. His area of expertise is in strength & conditioning, functional strength/endurance, and weight loss. In his spare time, Alex enjoys exercising, reading, flying, & spending time with friends and family.
Ryan Davis is a very energetic and outgoing person with a passion for fitness and exercise. He has been a boxer for 17 years and a personal trainer for 20 years. He is ACE, CPR & Spin Certified. He enjoys spending time with his family and kids in his spare time.
Sally Drake is a USAT Level II and Ironman U Certified Triathlon Coach. She enjoys coaching triathletes of all levels, with a passion for helping them exceed their goals.
Laurie Boemecke is a Certified Personal Trainer who is also certified in Group Fitness and WaterFit. She has worked as a Women’s Health Nurse for the past 10 years. She maintains her CPR/AED certification. She currently is pursuing her career in Health and Wellness where she has developed a passion for helping others find their balance with fitness and over all well being.
Kelly Williams has been involved with physical fitness since she was 7 years old. She did gymnastics for 6 years and cheerleading for 10. She also received her Bachelors in Science in Exercise and Wellness from SIUE. Some of her specialties include the following: stretching, muscle imbalances, pain relief, muscle building, post physical therapy, weight training and weight loss. Her favorite types of training methods include functional movements with resistance, machines and cable systems for isolations and muscle imbalances and high intensity interval cardio. She is able to help individuals of every age and every ability, young or old, beginner or advanced, with the ability to improve their lives through education, nutrition and proper muscle activation.
Laura Miller is certified to teach Pound Fitness, multiple Les Mills formats, has an AFAA group fitness certification and maintains her CPR/AED certification.
In her day-to-day life, Laura works as an HR professional, holds a master’s degree in HR Management, and both SHRM-CP and PHR professional HR certifications.
The McKendree MetroRecPlex is a, full-service, state-of-the-art sports complex. The complex offers two NHL-sized ice rinks, an aquatic center fit with a 10 lane championship swimming pool, a contemporary fitness area and many other amenities. Memberships and daily passes can be purchased for use of the facility and all its features.
The complex serves as home to the McKendree University hockey and aquatic teams and the Southern Illinois IceHawks. The McKendree Bearcats utilize the facility for all home games as well as their primary practice facility. The Southern Illinois IceHawks, a local youth hockey association, also utilizes this facility as their home ice.
Janelle did a fantastic job designing and selecting real equipment in the weight room! Finally a top shelf fitness faculty in the area.
Amazing place with amazing opportunities it is definitely your money’s worth and more. I love that I can drop off my kids in a child care that I can see is excellent and go do what I need or want to do else where in the building.