Functional Aging Specialist
Delay The Disease Parkinson’s Fitness Program Certified Instructor
My name is Jacey Gengenbach. I am a certified personal trainer, one of the top three finalists for the 2015 Trainer of the Year Award, and am passionate about my job!
I have been in the health/fitness industry for twenty-two years; when I started working in the physical therapy department of the hospital in my hometown. I then moved to Omaha to pursue my education and I worked as a student athletic trainer for the Creighton University Athletic Medicine Team. I had the opportunities to work as the assistant trainer for women’s soccer, co-trainer for women’s softball, and head trainer for men’s baseball. I worked with all Creighton athletes performing preventative and rehabilitative exercises, treatments, and modalities. My interest was piqued early on and I continued to pursue my career where I could always be connected to people and their wellness.
After Creighton, I worked as an exercise specialist at the Pinnacle Club. My clients ranged in ages and abilities. This position gave me great experience working with apparently healthy people to people with injuries, chronic diseases and conditions, mobility concerns, etc. A real emphasis was put on fitness assessments, exercise programming, and exercise prescription for the members.
I also enjoyed my time working as an independent personal trainer for The Workout, Inc. and later for Fitness Works. Again, these positions afforded me multiple opportunities to work with a varied client base, expand my skills and techniques, and develop specialized classes for strength training in women, exercise technique for those with cancer and going through treatment for cancer, and strength and balance classes for persons with Parkinson’s Disease. Also, I had the opportunity to go into people’s homes and set them up on home exercise programs.
These places where I have worked and the positions that I have held, have been stepping stones to get me where I am today! My passion comes from daily interactions with clients and the differences that I make in their life.
I am certified with distinction by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (since 2000). I work with all clients on cardiovascular fitness, resistance training (muscle strength & endurance), flexibility, posture, and balance/coordination skills. I tailor the clients’ exercise programs, based on medical history and assessments, to meet the clients’ needs and goals. Thus, each client’s program is individualized and monitored closely.
In 2005, I started training my first client living with Parkinson’s Disease. She is what sparked my interest in exercise and Parkinson’s Disease. I am proud to say, 11 years later, she is still going strong with her exercise sessions with me. I have been teaching exercise classes for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease since 2007. It is an honor to be affiliated with the Parkinson’s Health Development (PHD) program since its creation. I teach four Parkinson’s Disease specific exercise classes per week for the PHD program. I am a certified instructor in the Delay The Disease Parkinson’s Fitness Program. At the time of this certification, I was only the third person in Nebraska to have this training.
I am honored to be the first person in Omaha, Nebraska to have earned the Functional Aging Specialist certification.
Inclined to proactive treatments and soothing methods, my clients thrive in their physical abilities, find comfort within their own bodies and are empowered with the skills I teach them.
Functional Aging Specialist
My name is Sarah Prenosil. I am excited to work as a fitness professional for Fitness and Beyond. I obtained my education at the University of Nebraska Omaha, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education with a concentration in Exercise Science and a Master of Arts in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. I am certified as a Health Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and am a Functional Aging Specialist. My passion is working with older adults on strength, balance, activities of daily living (ADL) and more.
My name is Kelsey Blunck. I am a Certified Personal Trainer through ACSM. I completed my Bachelor’s degree from Creighton University and my Master’s degree from University of Nebraska Omaha, both in Exercise Science. As an adjunct instructor at Creighton University, I taught weight training, conducted exercise testing and wrote exercise prescriptions for clients, and helped with University programs such as boot camps, weight loss competitions, and biometrics. I am a wellness coach, personal trainer and group trainer at the YMCA.
I enjoy working with all ages and abilities, including special conditions. I also like to teach with different approaches, whether it’s a one-on-one ‘boot class’ or a group class. Pulling from my education and experience, I implement individualized exercise programs that promote total body fitness that help improve endurance, strength, flexibility, agility, and balance. But most importantly, I want to help my clients find the right program that gives them the confidence and motivation to live a positive and healthy lifestyle.