Owner, N.S.C.A-CPT*D, Functional Aging Specialist, Integrative Corrective Exercise Instructor, 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 and am the first Integrative Corrective Exercise Instructor in Omaha.
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.
Exercise Specialist, ACSM-CPT
My name is Ashley Gelhaus. I love everything health, fitness, and nutrition and am excited to work as an exercise specialist at Fitness & Beyond. I graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in May of 2018. I am certified through the American College of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer. My passion is promoting health and fitness, working with people, and helping people meet their goals to live a happy lifestyle physically and personally. I decided to go back to school and currently am in graduate school at the University of Minnesota studying Nutrition and hope to become a registered dietitian. I now work remotely with Fitness & Beyond and do everything communications, social media, and online programming.
Exercise Specialist, NSCA-CPT
My name is Alex Tenuta and I am currently an undergraduate student studying Exercise Science on a Pre-Physical Therapy track at Creighton University. I am originally from Chicago, Illinois, where I grew up and discovered my passion for helping others through health and fitness. I am a contracted Cadet in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Program at Creighton where I am training to receive a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Army when I graduate. I am most interested in sharing and developing my skills as an Exercise Specialist with the Fitness & Beyond community. I recently joined the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a member while I work toward my NSCA-CPT Certificate. In the near future, I hope to earn credentials as a Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F) and a Functional Aging Specialist (FAS). I will do this to better equip myself to help those I serve alongside the Fitness & Beyond Team. Nothing makes me more excited than to see others grow stronger, happier, and healthier!
Exercise Specialist, ACSM- CPT
My name is Breanna Perkins. I recently graduated from the University of South Carolina Aiken with a B.S. in exercise sports science with a minor in business. I am currently studying for my certification in exercise physiology with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). I enjoy everything about what the human body can do and I am thoroughly excited to utilize everything I have learned with my 2nd family at Fitness and Beyond.
Hi everyone! My name is Ashlynn Kowalczyk and I am originally from Sioux Falls, SD. I am currently a senior at Creighton University studying Exercise Science and Pre-Health Professions. Through my studies I have found a passion and appreciation for the human body and the way it functions, and I hope to share this passion with all of you while working at Fitness and Beyond! I am working towards obtaining my ACSM-CPT in the hopes of helping those around me reach their fitness and lifestyle goals! In my free time I enjoy hanging out with friends, outside adventures, lifting, embroidery and cross-stitching, and reading mystery novels. I am excited to be a part of the Fitness and Beyond community and even more excited to meet all of the people who make it so special!
My name is Mae Grahek. I am currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science on the Pre-Med track at Creighton University. I am from a small town in Minnesota and love all things outdoors. Throughout high school athletics, I found my passion for serving others through health and fitness. I am working towards my NSCA-CPT Certificate through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Serving others through helping them reach their health and fitness goals is something I am excited to bring to the Fitness and Beyond family.