Brandy Needles

My name is Brandy Needles. As a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, I’ve worked at Prairie Life since I’ve been in High School in almost every position possible. Bringing my passion, energy, and innovative ideas into this industry is something I’m excited about, and I look forward to using these tools to help grow this business and assist our members with their health and fitness goals! In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, working on my own health and fitness, and spending time with my daughter and husband. I pride myself in living life to the fullest each day, and believe the sky is the limit if you have a goal with a plan in place!


Becke Grundman

Becke graduated in 2005 from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and has been a personal trainer and group fitness instructor ever since! She is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Becke has been training and teaching at Prairie Life since November 2006. She has had an array of clients and teaches many different classes giving her a wide range of knowledge and versatility. For her own fitness endeavors, she particularly enjoys road, trail, and adventure racing, as well as mountain biking! Contact Becke at or 402-475-3386.

Darren McCarty

Darren grew up in a small town in central Illinois. He moved to Lincoln to study athletic training at UNL in 1983. He studied under Boyd Epley, the godfather of collegiate strength and conditioning programming. Darren worked as a trainer/exercise specialist for more than 15 years at all the major gyms in Lincoln. He also ran a successful personal training business. He is a highly respected and sought after trainer. He has been a bodybuilder for over 20 years with great success in building/maintaining his own physique. His specialties are muscle strengthening & building, bodybuilding/physique competitions, and rehab for all ages. Although Darren specializes in coaching competitive bodybuilding/physique athletes, he would like people to know that anyone at any age or health condition can maintain or add muscle, but more importantly continue strengthening for the daily activities of life! He has worked with every type of age, ethnicity, gender, orientation, and health issue that you can imagine. His main belief as a trainer is that the word “personal” remains the main focus of what a personal trainer does. Darren is currently working on recertifying with ACE for which he has been affiliated with for over 8 years. He is going back to college to get his strength and conditioning coaching degree. Music and working out is Darren’s life. You might see him in the gym working out bopping his head to his music. He believes in “living life to its fullest” and that even though some people’s lives here on earth may not be the “quantity” they would like, that it’s important to make sure they all enjoy the “quality” of life while they are here. He loves conversing with people whether at the gym, a restaurant or over a cup of coffee.

Alison Walla

Hello! My name is Alison Walla a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the new Personal Trainer here at Prairie Life!. I am graduating this upcoming May with my bachelors in Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science. I am applying for Graduate school this Fall to receive my Masters degree in Public Health. I love to help people find the right path to a healthier lifestyle and reach their goals. I enjoy a variety of workouts that are based around strength, intensity, power, weight loss, toning, endurance, etc. Whatever the personal goal may be I will find the right type of workout to help that goal be obtained. I have a flexible schedule that works well with others and will always give 110%. I love to help people find the right workouts that accommodate their needs, goals and most of all fun. Helping people create and reach their goals is my mission. I am very excited to meet so many members here at Prairie Life!

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