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Our team of professional personal trainers provides tailored movement programming in a safe and welcoming environment. Our clients are empowered in their own strength to succeed in and out of the studio. We serve as a positive catalyst for change through superior movement and mindfulness training that enhances quality of life for our clients and society at large.

— Meet Our Team —

— Chris Branam —

Chris Branam

Position: Head Personal Trainer + Olympic Weightlifting Coach
Alma Mater: Campbellsville University, Bachelor of Arts | Antioch University, Masters in Creative Writing
Hometown: Bloomington, Indiana

Chris is a townie, born and raised in Bloomington. His love for movement began with his career in wrestling, where he discovered the advantages flexibility and strength gave him over his opponents. Chris competed at the national level for Campbellsville University and finished his career as an Academic All-American.

After college, Chris began competing in the Scottish Highland Games in order to continue his love for competition. While training for Highland Games and looking for ways to develop more explosive strength, Chris discovered the sport of weightlifting in which he continues to compete. Weightlifting taught Chris a lot about the power of flexibility, stability, and the importance of breath and postural work. At home, Chris continues to cultivate a meditation and yoga practice and fully believes in the power of mindfulness.

Chris comes to the studio excited to empower people in their own bodies through strength training. He is a teacher by trade and a lifelong
student. Chris studies kinesiology in his spare time – his strength training has led him to functional movement screenings through the teachings of Gray Cook and postural restoration breath work through the teachings of Quinn Henoch. He explores new mobility and corrective exercises for himself and his weightlifting athletes. He continues to expand his knowledge through time spent learning from Dr. Steve Casper’s extensive knowledge and prescribed exercises. He is excited to share his passion with others and to help his clients fully realize the movement potential they are blessed with.

Interested in off-site programming? Weightlifting specific programming/coaching? Reach out to Chris today!

— Dillon Boknecht —

Dillon Boknecht

Position: NASM Certified Personal Trainer + Corrective Exercise Specialist
Alma Mater: Indiana University
Hometown: Columbus, Indiana

Dillon was born and raised in Columbus, Indiana, and went to Brown County High. A lifelong athletic career led Dillon into his passion for studying weight-lifting and personal training. His love for movement drew him to major in Exercise Science and Minor in Nutrition at Indiana University. He is currently on track as a pre-physical therapy student.

Dillon loves studying mobility and the quality of life that movement can provide for people. He believes that movement and nutrition drive a healthy life. Dillon is constantly learning more about the body through ongoing shadowing, research, and study and brings what he learns into the studio. Dillon loves to see his clients gain mobility and reduce pain as they train for life and beyond. With a heart for the aging population, Dillon is constantly trying new ways to treat old habits.

— Lanie Deppe —

Lanie Deppe

Position: Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach and Personal Trainer
Alma Mater: Indiana University
Hometown: Terre Haute, Indiana

Lanie originally came to Bloomington as a freshman at Indiana University in 2003.  She began her passion for an active lifestyle as an undergraduate in the Fitness Specialist and Coaching Minor degree program as well as a member of the varsity rowing team within the athletic department.  Through her education and experiences as an athlete, she built a career as a Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach and has made stops at LaSalle University, Old Dominion University, University of Maryland, and is currently back at home IU. Lanie holds a master’s degree in Applied Sport Science from IU and is certified through the NSCA (Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach & Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist), USAW (Sports Performance Coach), FMS, Precision Nutrition, and well as holds her CPR/AED/First Aid.  Lanie’s wide expertise has allowed her to work with clients of all ages with a variety of goals.

Lanie enjoys cycling, hiking, weightlifting, and spending as much time as possible with friends and family.  She can also be found at Lake Lemon with her lab Abby enjoying the beautiful scenery Bloomington as to offer. Lanie is taking a few clients in Spring 2019.

— Ashley Myers —

Ashley Myers

Position: Personal Trainer 
Alma Mater: Indiana University
Hometown: Noblesville, Indiana

Ashley received her Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from Indiana University. During her undergrad years, she played rugby for IU’s women’s team for 4 years and has actively played for over 9 years. She is currently an athletic performance intern with Indiana Athletics and coaches 22 of 24 varsity teams at Indiana University. 
 
Her affinity for exercise began as supplementation for her love of rugby but soon grew to be one of her greatest passions. She has competed in powerlifting competitions for 4 years and loves to lift heavy. In contrast, she is also a practitioner of mobility and an advocate for functional movement. 
 
Ashley loves hard work and believes that all humans can benefit from moving. She is a strong believer that everyone should feel confident in what their bodies and minds are capable of and is enthusiastic about assisting people in their journey of discovering their potential.

— Zane Yeager —

Zane Yeager

Position: Personal Trainer 
Alma Mater: Indiana University
Hometown: Columbus, IND

Zane is a graduate from Indiana University, holds a degree in Exercise Science and is now completing his Master’s in Exercise Physiology at IU. He is certified as a personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as well as certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Zane had the opportunity to play college football following his high school career, but turned it down to focus on a healthy lifestyle for himself.  He began losing weight after his senior season was over through diet and exercise, lost a total of 100 pounds, and dropped from 260 lbs to 160 lbs.

Zane maintains his healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and his love for avid running. He completed his first marathon in November of 2013 and currently runs ultra marathons around the Midwest, competing in distances ranging up to 100 miles.

He spent all four years of his undergraduate degree coaching football at Bloomington High School North, working with athletes from the freshman to varsity level. Upon graduating, Zane has trained around the Bloomington area in different fields of exercise (private sessions, group exercise, one-on-one athlete strength and conditioning, etc.) before returning to school, where he also teach physical education classes for undergraduates.

Zane pursues his love of health and fitness in and outside the classroom.  He has a passion to help others find their strength and make a positive change in their lives.

— Anna Branam —

Anna Branam

Studio Owner

Personal Trainer +  200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher
Alma Mater: Indiana University
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Anna was brought to Bloomington by her rowing career, which landed her on Indiana University’s rowing team in 2008. After her rowing career culminated, Anna coached the novice team while continuing her undergraduate studies in Indiana University’s School of Public Health. As a Health and Fitness Specialist major, she gained the knowledge necessary to bring elite-level training to people of all ages, capacities, and needs. Her clientele has ranged in ages from 13 to 84 years old with each having unique needs and goals. Anna holds an American Council of Exercise certification in personal training as well as being CPR, AED, and First Aid certified.

Anna believes in the power of healing through motion. Her programming is focused on establishing a mind-body connection through proper movement patterns, posture alignment, and range of motion. As a practicing yogi and former collegiate athlete, Anna’s training fuses yoga with functional strength training with to find the optimal balance of increasing muscle mass and flexibility simultaneously. Anna is passionate about her each client’s unique wellness journey and creating a community within personal training. She works to achieve her own fitness goals by her yoga practice, strength training, meditation, whole foods, and walks with her dog. Anna strives to provide individualized tools each client needs to achieve whole body wellness.

Anna is no longer taking new personal training clients.  However, she works closely with her team of personal trainers to embody her personal training philosophy and believes in each team member fully. 

Consultant: Steven Casper, DC

Position: Consultant Chiropractor / Rehabilitation Specialist
Alma Mater: Indiana University; Logan University
Hometown: Jasper, Indiana

Practicing at Bloomington Sports and Wellness has allowed Dr. Casper to collaborate with local experts to change the landscape of how Bloomington moves and thinks about exercise. Through training at IU, Logan University (St. Louis), and the University of Tennessee, integration has been the foundation. He understands his role is just a piece in the treatment puzzle. Incorporating skilled fitness specialists into patient care, like the UFS trainers, adds more pieces to this puzzle. In practice, Steve uses manual therapy in combination with active rehabilitation to resolve problems of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Working alongside Urban Fitness Studio, fosters an environment of innovation for better patient care. This partnership allows for more effective management of patients and clients across the spectrum of ability. It allows for earlier detection of problems and a better understanding of when to progress or regress physical training. This lowers the risk of exercise induced injury while harboring better results and better health.