PERSONAL TRAINING

MAC provides a healthy and relaxing environment, allowing each member to reach his or her personal best.

Montana Athletic Club Personal Trainers are highly trained, nationally certified and results oriented. Whether you are new to exercise, have limitations due to health complications or compete at a high level athletically, we have just the trainer for you.

Working with a Personal Trainer is one of the most effective ways to improve your overall health and fitness. A personal trainer will coach you, monitor your progress, and fine-tune your program. You will learn the best way to use equipment with correct form and technique. Individualized programs that are sport-specific help you improve your performance level. Our Personal Trainers will help you:

  • lose weight and improve cardiovascular health
  • improve strength and muscle tone
  • improve flexibility and endurance
  • improve balance and coordination

We encourage MAC members to speak with our trainers to set up a program that is customized just for you. If you are just visiting and need a refresher, our trainers are excellent at providing this service.

Gigi Vinson

Personal Trainer

Gigi is a devoted wife, mom, grandma, and dog lover; and has been a fitness enthusiast since 1994, lifting weights and training her own body. She loves working out and experienced a major transformation in her physique. She believes exercise can be fun, and hard work doesn’t have to be miserable. She specializes in bodybuilding using proper form and technique.

Gigi is LeMond Cycling Instructor certified, ACE Personal Trainer certified, and has taught various classes at M.A.C. since 2002. She has experience in elderly care, physical therapy, and various women’s issues. She advocates safety, as well as aggressive, result-oriented training. She can help you transform your body and reach your goals.

Gigi Vinson

Diana Hinzmann

Personal Trainer

Diana was raised in Arizona and has been living in Bigfork for over 15 years. She joined Montana Athletic Club in 1999 and since then has taught various classes for MAC. She also created and runs the Kid’s Night Out program every month. Diana is a certified Lifeguard and certified Personal Trainer through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). Diana has always had a passion for fitness.

Diana is a dedicated wife and proud mom of two wonderful boys! She loves spending time with her family, hiking, working-out, and fly fishing.

Diana Hinzmann

Craig Schmit

Personal Trainer

Craig graduated from CU at Bolder, majoring in Economics and has a minor in Finance. He is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, specializing in Sports injury Rehab and is a Certified Insanity Instructor. Craig suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2010 and worked to overcome and then succeeded in turning the injury into a positive.

Craig suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2010 and worked to overcome and then succeeded in turning the injury into a positive experience. Craig’s hard work and dedication to fitness and commitment are evident in his professionalism and genuine concern for his clients. Craig has come full circle embracing his expertise in sports and sports injury.

Craig and his boys live in Bigfork. Active in our community, Craig coaches wrestling, football and baseball. His interests include: outdoor exercise, weight-lifting, skiing, hiking, biking and, most importantly, playing with his two sons!

Contact Craig for a customized personal training program that will be easy to follow, and results that are quick and sustaining.

Craig Schmit

Diane Van Buren

Personal Trainer

Diane is a graduate of MSU with a degree in Exercise Physiology and a minor in nutrition. She is ACSM Health / Fitness Instructor certified, LeMond Cycling Instructor certified, and PhysicalMind Institute Pilates Instructor certified. She has extensive experience in Physical Rehabilitation, Cardiac Phase IV Rehabilitation, and Functional Fitness. She has trained individuals in post-surgery and injury rehabilitation, weight loss, and sports conditioning. She also teaches a variety of group fitness classes.

Like most people, Diane has to discipline herself to exercise. But she loves what it does for her and how it makes her feel. Her favorite activity is running outdoors in the fresh Montana air. She and her husband have four children and she spends every spare minute with them.

Diane Van Buren

Susan Hill

Personal Trainer

Seven years ago after having 2 kids and weighing over 200 lbs, Susan Hill came to the MAC tired and on a mission to get back on track. After putting in lots of hard work and dedication Susan lost 70 lbs and found a new love for the gym and her new healthy lifestyle. It is that same love and dedication to health and fitness that she brings along with her into her classes and training at the gym. She teaches a water class, toning class, TRX, and does personal training at the Montana Athletic Club. She continues to stay on top of her fitness by completing in duathlons, marathons, and Spartan races.
Susan Hill

Janis Barton

Personal Trainer

Growing up with a pharmacist mother and a teacher-counselor father, I have always been around health and education in some form. Then, at the time I was a pre-nursing student at California State University Chico, I realized that my interests were centered more around pre-sickness health; diet, exercise, lifestyle choices and how these play such a significant role in overall health. Food had also always played a big role in my life. I put myself through school working in the restaurant business. This resulted in my achieving a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. After half of a lifetime in the Food Service Industry, I decided to return to my roots. Holistic Health and Nutrition Coaching is a perfect fit.

I work with the full spectrum of clients with quite varied needs (weight loss, more energy, better moods, better sleep, getting off medications…) and help put them on the path to their health and wellness goals with tailored nutritional and lifestyle strategies.

Janis is a Board Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

Janis Barton

Terri Lewis

Personal Trainer

Terri and her family are thrilled to have made Montana their home for over twenty years. She is an experienced Personal Trainer, Physical Therapy Technician and passionate about the positive impact of fitness.

Terri has earned professional certification as both a Personal Trainer and Certified Strength Coach through the NCSF – NCCA Accreditation. Her experience with injury prevention through proper form, with the understanding and ability to bring clients of all fitness levels to their potential, are valuable traits she offers. Functional fitness to include HIIT training, body weight exercises and strength/conditioning are her areas of focus and expertise.

Terri’s participation in and support of fitness have been a constant; however, an accident resulting in a broken back, six months of paralysis and a two year physical rehabilitative journey are the impetus for her immense passion and experience in the benefit of maintaining fitness. Terri earned her BS degree in Business Administration, then her MBA; she previously enjoyed a career in corporate business. A number of years ago she pursued her passion for fitness and changed direction.

Enjoying life on the cherry orchard with her wonderful husband, she is also a mother and proud Grandma. She enjoys training herself and others, a paddle-board with her husband, an occasional Spartan race, or hiking a local trail. She enjoys offering a variety of training programs that are specifically tailored to you and your needs. She cares enough to be a tough little trainer but also insists on including a good laugh!

Terri Lewis

Ione White

Personal Trainer

Certifications: NASM – Certified Personal Trainer, Insanity, Oula, Oula POWER, Les Mills Grit Ione was born and raised in Canada. She grew up in a Kenora, a small town on Lake of the Woods, in NW Ontario. She has a BA in English and French Literature and is able to put together succinct sentences while pursuing her passion for fitness, fun, and most of all, her family. She has three sons, and together they have shared many wilderness adventures.

Ione is passionate about leading a fit and healthy lifestyle, inspiring others and she is passionate about enhancing the quality of lives of the people she encounters. She
teaches swimming lessons, and coaches the swim club at the MAC. She offers personal training both on land and in the pool. She is known for helping people stay motivated throughout their fitness journey and specializes in transforming their health and body through fitness and proper nutrition. Ione’s Fitness Philosophy: “Attitude is Everything”. You are in the hands of a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor that is going to help you get the most out of every single session and class and who will
give you the accountability and support you need.

Ione White

Melissa Daken

Personal Trainer

Melissa is currently a certified personal trainer with NASM and is working on becoming a NASM certified nutritionist, NASM youth exercise specialist, and NASM women's exercise specialist.

Melissa is a mother of two boys and understands a parents biggest obstacle: time. “We as parents are so wrapped up and involved in our children’s lives, we often forget to incorporate our own heath and well being as an important part of the mix. I have always been involved in fitness of some form for as long as I can remember. My fitness journey started in school where I was involved with various athletic programs. I tried several different methods of athletic training, but only fell in love with one, lifting. Life however, got busy. It wasn't long before I let that passion fizzle. Years later, after having children, I started back into fitness with home workouts. Which were great for a while, but I felt I was lacking something. I started back in the gym. Always being a do-it-yourselfer, I tapped into what I had learned from school, and built on it from various methods of research. I began lifting again, so much so that I started to want to take my new found knowledge, strength, and body and do something with it. In 2017, I entered my first body building competition, took third place and qualified to compete in a national competition. I love bodybuilding and understand the dedication it takes to get there. Whether you are bodybuilding, looking to be more active, or somewhere in the middle, everyone is on their own fitness journey. It’s my goal to help you achieve your goals, whatever they are!

Melissa Daken

Robert Kirchner

Personal Trainer

I bring years of my own fitness, wellness and a firm belief that most anyone with a desire can reach their fitness goals with guidance and support. It’s my desire to help and support people with that desire. Both myself and everyone at M Team will be with you every step of the way. I will help you find your path to health and wellness.

I worked as an addictions counselor for 18 years, I’m a certified personal trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine, and a Wellness coach, trained with Wellcoaches School of Coaching.

Though they don’t give out degrees for it my greatest challenge and joy has been the privilege of raising five amazing daughters. Who are all healthy and loving all that life has to offer here in the Flathead.

I’ve lived in and loved the Flathead valley for 33 years, where I enjoy mountain biking, kayaking, hiking and cross-country skiing. I want to see others have a level of fitness and health to enjoy this area, and if they like, the great outdoors of Montana!

Robert Kirchner

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