Benefits of Exercise

  • Improves strength, balance and functional abilities
  • Increases your energy
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Makes your heart and other vital organs stronger
  • Decreases depression and fatigue
  • Controls stress levels
  • Decreases blood pressure & cholesterol
  • Helps control diabetes
  • Helps prevent osteoporosis
  • Increases your self-esteem
  • Good form of weight control

Personal Training Center:

Shenandoah Medical Center 1 Jack Foster Drive
Shenandoah, Iowa 51601
(712) 246-7325

Personal Training Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 5:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Take Preventative Steps at our Personal Training Center

Your good health starts with a good personal conditioning routine. The Personal Training Center at Shenandoah Medical Center combines state-of-the-art equipment, comprehensive fitness programs and a team of professional trainers that work with you to develop and implement healthy lifestyle changes.

Whether your needs are geared towards our Adult Fitness offerings or the Sports Acceleration Program, the Center has everything necessary to enhance and improve your body's full potential - eight treadmills; four elliptical machines; two Nu-Step units; a recumbent bicycle; an Airdyne bicycle; and, a variety of free weights, exercise balls and strength training machines.

Our certified fitness staff assists you with goal setting; continuous program help; workout supervision; program modification; motivational support; and nutrition guidance. Your personal trainer will customize workout schedules based on your health history, goals and current physical status. You will be advised on proper exercise techniques to ensure good form, strength and conditioning. Trainers perform pre/post/intermittent body fat analysis, as well as regular body and weight measurements, to gauge your progress. Routines are updated every six to eight weeks - more often if necessary - to ensure continued development and maximum health benefit.

Our Trainers

Nikki Carlson

Nikki is the Director of Personal Training at the Shenandoah Medical Center. The Shenandoah native served as assistant director of a fitness center in Rock Rapids, Iowa for two years, before returning to Southwest Iowa. After graduating from Shenandoah High School in 1995, Nikki earned a degree in Exercise Science, with an emphasis in Health Promotion/Exercise Physiology, from Central College in Pella, Iowa. She also received certification as a personal trainer from the National Exercise Trainer's Association (NETA).

Heather Grebert

Heather is a Certified Personal Trainer in the Shenandoah Medical Center's Personal Training Department. She is certified through American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA). She holds certifications in Pilates and Yoga through NETA and is a Weight Management Specialist through ACE. She is currently enrolled in the Dietetics program at Kansas State University. Heather teaches various group fitness programs in addition to writing personal training programs and working with clients.

Amanda Branson

Amanda is a Certified Personal Trainer in the Shenandoah Medical Center's Personal Training Department. She is certified through the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA). She received a degree from the University of Iowa in Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation. Amanda completed an internship in Therapeutic recreation with the National Sports for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colorado.