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Bill O'Connor Pam Winter  
Jake Fincham Denise Staiger   Jordan Friedel

Bill O'Connor

Certifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health Fitness Instructor, certified United States of America Weightlifting (USAW) - Club Coach

Experience: Personal trainer for over 20 years and co-owner of Apex Personal Training. I have been a lifelong athlete. Playing high school and college football, achieving All City, All State, All Star, and Collegiate honors. In addition to football, I have won numerous titles in Juno, Karate, Jiu-Jitsu, and Martial Arts competitions.

Expertise: I enjoy working with clients of all fitness levels in areas related to athletic performance, weight loss, osteoporosis, and health/fitness issues related to staying young while getting older.

Interests: I enjoy endurance events such as triathlons, mountain ascents, road races and biking tours.

Pam Winter  

Degrees: Bachelor's Degree in Health Science; completed courses towards a Master's Degree in Health Administration

Certifications: Certified through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)

Experience: Personal trainer for over 13 years and co-owner of Apex Personal Training. I have raced the Pikes Peak Ascent three times, placing 5th in the Female Master's Division in 2005 and 4th in my age division in 2004. More recently, I've placed 4th in the La Sportiva half-marathon which took place at altitude in Vail, Colorado. Every year, I've been the top finisher in the Step up for SIDS Charity race held at Cessna Stadium.

Interests: Pam enjoys biking, running, weightlifting, hiking in Colorado, healthy cooking, and spending time with her family. She loves helping clients reach their potential whether it be weight loss, strength training, endurance events, racing, or simply achieving a healthier lifestyle. Exercise is her passion and she longs to pass that love of exercise onto everyone she meets.

Patrick Mosley

Degree: I graduated from Wichita State University in 2012 on the Dean's Honor Roll with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science.

Certifications: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) certified. I also hold the titles of National Strength and Conditioning Association – Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) and United States of America Weightlifting (USAW) - Club Coach.

Experience: I have competed in athletics since four years old. I was a two-sport athlete competing in wrestling and soccer at Independent High School; receiving the honors of a four-year letterer in both sports. I was awarded top male athlete for my high school in 2007; winning a state championship in wrestling in 2005. I received a scholarship to wrestle at the University of Missouri where I competed on the division 1 level. I finished up my wrestling career at Wichita State University receiving Academic All American honors, placing 4 th in the nation with a grade point average of 3.7. I have coached wrestling on the high school and middle school levels and currently coach one-on-one wrestling. I have been a personal trainer at Apex Personal Training for almost five years. Exercise and athletics has been a lifelong passion and I strive to bring my best attitude and energy to the gym every day. I continue to further my knowledge staying current on new techniques and methods of training. I will do my absolute best to help you achieve every goal you may aspire.

Expertise: Athletic performance development, fat loss, strength training, Olympic lifting, functional training, training elderly and special needs, speed and agility training, flexibility training, and improving overall health and wellness.

Jake Fincham

Degree: Jake received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from Kansas State University, and graduated in May 2012 with his master's degree in Exercise Science from Wichita State University.

Certifications: Jake is Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certified through the National Strength & Conditioning Association and is a Level 1 Certified Functional Movement Screen Professional. Jake has worked with multiple NCAA Division 1 first and second team All-American level athletes, along with professional athletes in several different sports. He has previously held internships with Athlete's Performance in Los Angeles and Kansas State University.

Experience: Jake has been at Apex since 2011 and enjoys working with all types of clients. He has the education and background to work with special populations and really enjoys working with area athletes. He grew up a sports enthusiast playing both baseball and football all 4 years in high school. Jake admits that he was never the most athletic or talented but was able to be competitive through strength training. His passion and desire for a career in strength and conditioning was ignited when he saw the firsthand benefits during his own athletic career. He strives to make a difference in other people's lives through physical training. Whatever your goals are Jake will help lead you in the right direction; whether it be losing weight, gaining muscle mass in order to be more competitive in athletics or returning from an injury, Jake has the experience to help you be successful!

In addition to training at Apex, Jake is currently the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coordinator for Men's and Women's Track at Wichita State University. At WSU his responsibilities include working with the strength staff to help train athletes across nine different Wichita State sports. Jake currently lives in the Wichita area with his wife Kelsey.

Interests: Hunting, watching college athletics, playing slow pitch softball, and almost anything outdoors!

Favorite Quote: “Hard Work Beats Talent When Talent Doesn't Work Hard!”

Denise Staiger
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Physical Education & Nutrition from Kansas State University

ACE Certified Personal Trainer; Stotts Certified Pilates Instructor (Emphasis on Essential through Advanced Reformer); Certified RNT (Reactive Neuromuscular Training) for increased flexibility

Experience: One of Wichita's Original Personal Trainers with over 20 years one-on-one training experience. Collegiate Athlete - Basketball & Tennis at Dodge City Community College, Tennis at Kansas State University. Competitive Body Builder.

Jordan Friedel  

Degree: Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science; Pre-Physical Therapy

Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM). *PENDING TEST*

Experience: I have been a life-long athlete competing in competitively in many sports. I have been a varsity athlete in soccer, football, track, cross country, and tennis. I went to Hutch Community College (HCC) on a cross-country and track scholarship and placed in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) half marathon. Following HCC, I transferred to Kansas State University and started on the soccer team. I graduated college from Wichita State University with a B.S. in Exercise Science in 2013 and a new-found athletic love in triathlons and marathons.

Expertise: I am passionate about endurance sports, and believe in a productive strength and conditioning approach to complete fitness. I am enthusiastic about working with clients of all demographics relating to weight loss, aging, and over-all health.

Interests: I love improving myself and others to reach individual goals. I look for any opportunity to compete, whether in triathlons, marathons, or any other test of human performance.

Daniel Marklewitz  

Degree: I will be graduating in May of 2014 with my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sports Management.

Certifications: National Strength and Conditioning Association – Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) *PENDING TEST*

Experience: I have coached and trained high school and college basketball players over the past eight years. I have a passion and enthusiasm to working with people that want to better themselves and accomplish personal goals.

Yusef Dibbles  

Degree: Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology and Sociology

Certifications: Personal Training

Experience: Snap Fitness in 2009 and have found a career I truly enjoy. In 2010 I launched GameFace Fitness to focus on working with individuals, teams, and companies to take training in Wichita to a new level. During the summer of 2010 I have held several successful boot camps and group training for a 5k.

One of the greatest experiences I have had as a trainer was leading the Red Team for the local 2010 Biggest Loser competition. I worked with a great team dedicated to making lifestyle changes. They worked as a team to complete the RiverFest WalkFest. The team lost a total of 220 pounds and won the challenge. But most importantly they made great strides towards a healthier lifestyle.

Interests: I like being in the outdoors. I also enjoy lifting weights and playing golf.

Blake Saksa  

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Engineering, United States Military Academy at West Point

Certifications: National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer, NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Instructor in TRX, Kettlebell and Schwinn Spin. USAT Certified Triathlon Coach and American Lifeguard Association Certified Lifeguard

Experience: My training style comes from years of military, leadership, fitness and multi-sport success. As an honors graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, I am most proud of graduating from the Army Special Forces Combat Diver Qualification Course, a course completed by only 10% of special operations soldiers. During my time at West Point, I developed my skills as a fitness trainer, triathlete and boxer. I also realized my drive toward a healthy lifestyle and my passion for mentoring others. Today, it is my goal to coach, consult, inspire and work with you to achieve a healthy, balanced life.

Expertise: Variety is an important element of a successful fitness plan, and my expertise includes extensive triathlon coaching, spinning, interval training, TRX, circuit training, swim instruction, CrossFit, and sports instruction. Physician fitness is a crucial component to living a balanced life, and my objective is to facilitate and encourage a client’s transformation in body, mind, health and confidence.

Interests: When I’m not coaching, you can find me training for triathlons, volunteering, attending concerts, wakeboarding, snowboarding, kite surfing, or traveling the world. Recent travels included an epic adventure through Europe, Israel and Jordan. Be sure to ask me about great places to go on your next international or domestic adventure.

Mignon Brewster  

Degree: Graduated from Newman University as a Registered Nurse and later graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, followed by my Master's in Business Administration.

Certifications: Certificate: ACE Certified Personal Trainer.

Experience: I have always viewed physical activity and exercise as a gift I give myself, the gift of time spent disconnecting from the world or time spent connecting with friends. My activity of choice has been running. I call this 'run therapy.' Over the last 20 years, I have run more half marathons than I can remember, yet it wasn't until nine years ago that I decided to train for and run my first marathon. After my first marathon, I was hooked. Since that time, I have qualified for and run in the Boston Marathon five times, traveled and run marathons in cities/states such as New York; Big Sur; Seattle; St. George, Utah; Phoenix; Texas; and Pike's Peak. In addition to running, I enjoy yoga and strength training, and I believe the combination of these two activities is sure to keep me strong, healthy and able to run for many more years.

However, more than any finisher medal, what I treasure and value the most are the true, vibrant, life-long friendships I have made while training, preparing and running each race. Running to me is about the people you meet along the way that enrich and change your life. I hope to share my experience, passion and love for all different forms of physical activity and exercise, and provide motivation for others to transform and enrich their lives.

Favorite Quote: My passion in life is not merely to strive, but to thrive and do so with passion, compassion, humor and style. (Maya Angelou)



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