Joanna Cole

Joanna began her career with Prairie Life in Membership Services, and soon took off from there. She loves to be in the business of helping people, especially when it comes to one's health. Joanna is married and has 4 children. She loves watching her children play ball and is a huge Royals fan! She also loves to travel and visit with friends and family.


Matt Johnston, Fitness Director B.A. AFAA

My name is Matt Johnston and I am originally from Cape Girardeau, Missouri. I attended William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa and then spent several years in West Des Moines, Iowa before moving to Omaha. I have been in the Personal Training Industry since 2007 and it has been the most rewarding thing I have been a part of. Most of my career I have specialized in training athletes of all ages and skill levels but now my schedule is filled with your average person wanting to lose weight, build muscle and improve their health so they can live a healthier life without pain and limitations. I have experience training every type of client with different needs and pride myself on making someone improve without beating them up. I feel anyone can make a workout hard but it takes a true professional to make someone better. You can expect variety in your workouts, results, knowledge, and all the laughs along the way. As trainers we are excited to help you achieve your fitness goals in a safe and efficient manner while making it fun! Ask a trainer today to set up a free consultation/assessment and training demonstration!

Justin Rudiger BS, CSCS

Justin is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Exercise Science. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has been with Prairie Life Fitness since 1998. In addition, his experience includes completing an internship with Intense City Sports Centers in Irvine, California, where at this state of the art facility he had the privilege of working with athletes of all levels, including members of the LA Angels and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. “With over 15 years of personal training experience, I have come to the conclusion that there is not one perfect training style or modality. My goal as your personal trainer is to improve your fitness level by the best means available. I believe there are 3 keys to reaching your goals: consistency, intensity and focus. You have to consistently do everything you need to do to reach your goals. You have to work as hard as you can all the time, this is the intensity component. Finally, you have to remain focused on your goals and not let anything prevent you from reaching them! Together we will develop the best exercise prescription to help you reach your goals, while still having some fun.”

Jack Hooley

Jack grew up in Coralville Iowa where he played a variety of competitive sports for different organizations and for school. He was on the 2005 State Championship tennis team for Iowa City West. In college he played number one singles and doubles for the Northern Iowa Tennis Club and also trained under former Olympian and Chinese National Weightlifting coach Jianping Ma in Olympic Weightlifting. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Exercise Science and minoring in Coaching. He is also a certified Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifing. Jack has an extensive nine years of youth sports coaching, teaching and coaching young athletes in sports such as tennis, basketball, baseball, football, Olympic weightlifting, as well as athlete development. His love for coaching athletes is now mostly in the form of sports performance, teaching sprint mechanics, weightlifting techniques, and sports psychology for youth athletes. Jack takes all of his knowledge of sports and fitness and applies it to training the general population. He treats his clients like athletes, getting them to push themselves to new limits, try new and exciting exercise programs, and has them strive to accomplish their goals. Jack is also the Youth Program Director and teaches many of the youth classes at Prairie Life such as RecClub and FitClub. Jack is a dedicated worker who loves to watch his athletes and clients accomplish their goals and transform into new healthier and happier people.

Donna Reiss BA, ATC, LAT, ACE-CPT

Donna graduated from Buena Vista University in 1996 with a degree in Exercise Science. She is a certified Personal Trainer as well as a certified Athletic Trainer. She enjoys working will all ages and fitness levels and specializes in working with injury rehab, sports conditioning, pregnancy and pre and post pregnancy. Donna is the mother of 2 boys and enjoys lifting weights, running, and playing with her kids. “I believe physical fitness and nutrition are especially important for parents, giving them more energy to keep up with their daily activities.” With close to 20 years of experience she has helped 6 clients lose over 100 pounds and many more lose over 50 pounds while lowering health risks. These clients no longer need medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and insulin-dependant diabetes. Donna takes pride in helping her clients meet their personal goals through positive reinforcement and motivation.

Ashley Taylor

Ashley Taylor, B.S. Accounting, NFPT Empowering you to create sustainable change one step at a time. Growing up in Minnesota with a loving family where food and feelings often went hand in hand, I had to work hard to establish the habits needed for a healthier lifestyle. Martial arts, soccer, and swimming were key outlets for me to engage with a more active community. I continued developing my passion for health and fitness even as an accountant in London, eventually moving to Omaha in 2012 to start a family with my husband. Omaha is a great place for an active family - our very energetic toddler loves joining us at the climbing gym! Individual, Buddy, and Group Sessions • MetaFit© HIIT and TRX© Training • Stability and Intentional Movement • Nutrition Counseling Let’s build on the successes, own the setbacks, and focus on what you can accomplish today. 402-707-4095

Ryan Lareza

Ryan A. Lareza is a certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He believes that change is possible for everyone regardless of your goal as long as you have the right motivation. Ryan has lived and worked in various places from Japan and Germany while he served in the United States Coast Guard. He has also worked at as a firefighter and first responder and understands the real-life applications of physical fitness. Ryan's go-to workouts are functional and well rounded including cardio, circuit training, weightlifting, bodybuilding, and bodyweight training. His motto--put your mind to it and accomplish your goals!

Kirk Kreifels

My passion is fitness. My goal is to get you to be as fit and healthy as possible. Fitness is the ability to do any movement, any intensity, any time, and anywhere. Whether your goal is to run a 10k, lose 30lbs, or clean and jerk your body weight, I have the experience and knowledge to help you succeed. I grew up in Nebraska City, NE with a desire for unraveling my physical potential. I studied exercise science at UNO and achieved my B.S. in 2012. For over 5 years, I coached and trained at a strength and conditioning facility in Naples, FL. I'm ready to apply all of my experience and knowledge to anyone who has the will to be a better version of themselves.

Rick Schussler

College education: BS Business, Major in Finance and Banking from UNO, working for past 16 years in Finance. In 2012 I found myself weighing 230 pounds. I chose to change myself with fitness and nutrition after a year I had lost 50 pounds; at that point I decided I wanted to pay it forward. In November 2016 I received my certification through NASM for personal training, in January I became a Certified Group Trainer through AFAA. I started with Prairie Life Fitness April 2017. I look forward to passing on my knowledge.

Amanda McAllister

My name is Amanda, I am a certified personal trainer, fitness nutrition specialist and exercise therapist. I am passionate about helping others reach their fitness goals by teaching them how to pair nutrition with a training program that’s right for them! I want to use my passion for health and fitness to educate and influence others into a more healthful and fulfilling lifestyle!

Nicole Kerr

Nicole Kerr, MA, ATC, NSCA-CPT Nicole’s specialty is weight loss and strength building and loves to work with clients who are training to improve their quality of daily living. She has worked as a Certified Personal Trainer at Prairie Life Fitness for 11+ years and has always had a strong passion for helping people feel comfortable and confident in the weight room. Nicole gets clients motivated by being a committed encourager and by keeping her clients accountable. She graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas with a degree in Athletic Training and Sports Management. She earned her Masters degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in Health Education. Nicole is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CPT). She also is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and meets the qualifications set by the Board of Certification, Inc. Nicole enjoys bike riding and spending time with her husband and children.

Min Yu

BS,CPT, Certified Personal Trainer/ Pilates Instructor As a certified personal trainer as well as a reformer floor Pilates Instructor, and array of physical health science by earning a BS degree at Hanun University,Seoul,Korea and a certified personal trainer from the National Academy of Sport Medicine. With 20 plus years of experience in this profession and a long tenure here at Prairie Life Center. I have devoted my passion and trained numerous clients with exceptional and gratifying results of all ages. I have since progress into another challenging level and specialized in post rehab clients' shoulders/ hip/knee replacement and other related injuries recovery, as well as weight loss management focusing and helping the ageing populace achieve their obtainable goals to maximizing their quality of life. I access their needs and work a timeable session through a series of warmups and a series of exercises or weights so to gradually reach their goals and seeing more than a satisfactory results. In the end I want you to feel good about yourself and the importance of your physical wellness that comes with it. I offer free consultation with fitness assessment. So please inquire me at the front desk for a program that fits you.

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