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Personal Training

Been struggling to achieve your goals? Bored with the same workouts you’ve been doing forever? Your body deserves a NEW, unique fitness plan, designed for you! At the Edwardsville YMCA you can attain the goal you have been striving for by using a personal trainer.

Personal Training

Why Personal Training?

A personal trainer will help determine your goals and design a program specific to your needs. They are certified and knowledgeable on a variety of topics and training regimens, allowing for flexibility, fun and ultimately progress!

Who Can Benefit From Personal Training?

  • Adults, seniors, teens 
  • Overweight or underweight individuals 
  • Athletes 
  • People in need of rehabilitation 
  • Anyone bored with their current routine 
  • Individuals who have hit a “plateau” 
  • Anyone who has been unable to workout consistently 
  • People looking for one-on-one coaching

Benefits Of Personal Training Include:

  • One-on-one guidance or the ability to work out with a partner & still have this advantage
  • Programs designed for your specific needs 
  • Learn safe and effective ways to workout 
  • Stay motivated 
  • Reduce stress and increase stamina 
  • Nutritional advice 
  • Ongoing assessment of your progress

Virtual Training

With the Edwardsville YMCA’s Virtual Personal Training program, you can meet with a trainer one-on-one through video chats and a workout will be created just for you! These workouts will be based on equipment you already have at home, or centered on body weight exercises. Your trainer will support your workout by correcting your form and providing encouragement throughout your workout session and act as your accountability partner who may assign homework and follow up with you each week, making 100% sure that you’re set up to meet your goals.

Option A: Single Virtual Training Session (60 minutes): Members: $35 • Non-Members: $50 

Option B: Two Training Sessions (30 minutes, 2x a week): Members: $35 • Non-Members: $50 

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Training Packages

We know it’s hard to make a change alone, so we have taken the stress away by adding Partner Training Sessions! You can have your one-hour session with your best friend, mom, brother or daughter! This Partner (2-on-1) method still makes it easy for you to get everything you want out of a personal trainer, but you are able to have a partner and split the cost!

Individual 1-on-1: 1 Session $35 • 5 Sessions $150

How To Get Started

Option 1:

  • Download the Referral Form
  • Look over the Personal Trainers.
  • Choose the trainer with whom you would like to work.
  • Fill the form out. Please save it when you have it completed.
  • Email the form to Dawn Cunningham at
  • A Personal Trainer is required to contact you within 72 hours of receiving your form. If a trainer does not contact you within this time period, please contact Dawn Cunningham at 618-655-1460 ext. 2248.

Option 2:

  • Go to either the Niebur (Esic) or Meyer Center’s Fitness Center desks.
  • Inquire about getting a personal trainer.
  • Look through the personal trainer book.
  • Choose the trainer with whom you would like to work.
  • Fill out a Referral Form & give it to an employee at the fitness center desk.
  • The personal trainer will contact you to set up an appointment.
  • Start achieving your goals!

Session Rates

# of Sessions Individual
1 Session $35
5 Sessions $150

*Currently we are only offering 1-on-1 Training Sessions*

Individual session packages are for single person use only. You may not split an individual package with another person.

No Refunds, Non-Transferable Packages & Gift Cards Good For 1 Year.

If you are interested in having Individual (one-on-one) or Partner (two-on-one) sessions with a personal trainer you must be a fitness center member. 1-hour sessions are made by appointment with your trainer. If you are going to miss a session you must notify the trainer 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment. In turn, if a trainer is unable to conduct a scheduled session they will give 72 hours notice.

To schedule a personal training appointment or find out more information you can stop by either location or contact us by phone at 656-0436 (Niebur (Esic)) or 655-1460 (Meyer).

The Ultimate Training Package -- Fit + Fuel Approach

Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. Maximize your health experience by learning from both exercise and nutrition professionals. This NEW package allows you time with both a trainer and a registered dietician, who will work with you to reach your personal goals by creating a manageable plan that you can stick to.

4 Personal Training Sessions & 2 Nutrition Appointments (Initial & Follow-up)

Not Currently Available

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Meet Our Trainers

When you make the decision to work with a personal trainer you want to know that you have picked the right person to train you. We offer experienced and professional personal fitness trainers to our members. Y trainers work with a variety of clientele including athletes, sedentary adults, seniors, and teens. One of our certified personal trainers can design a personalized training program specifically for you based on your individual profile. You can choose a trainer that seems to fit your needs or have one picked out just for you!

Abby Besserman

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I have worked with an older population in a post rehab setting to improve their daily movements and overall quality of life.

Lesa Boykin

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I enjoy helping individuals who have little to no experience in working out achieve their health and wellness goals. I am certified in a variety of fitness areas.

Lara Collmann

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Specialize in strength training, stability, balance and flexibility. In my years of experience, I have helped many people of all ages to become more comfortable and confident in the fitness center, develop a healthier lifestyle, gain strength, increase energy and lose weight.

Dawn Cunningham

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I enjoy working with clients of all ages, and take an encouraging, non-intimidating approach to health and fitness. I strive to make every workout safe, effective and motivating. I believe that finding activities that are enjoyable for each person are just as necessary as hard work and dedication to be successful in reaching one’s fitness goals. My programs incorporate cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training.

Cancer Exercise Specialist

David Dias

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I work with clients of all ages, specializing in strength and cardiovascular training, targeting all of the major muscle groups. I can help you with overall fitness, improving your range of motion, balance, flexibility, and functional fitness.

Cancer Exercise Specialist

Jo Earnhart

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Specializing in strength training and cardiorespiratory training. I enjoy assisting people to become stronger, healthier, feel better, and have more confidence. I can help you train for your first or next race!

*Not currently taking new clients*

Steve Harrison

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Whether you are in your late 30’s or into your 60’s like myself, like it or not—as we age our bodies change. With consistent exercise and a sensible diet, we can make this a change for the better. My focus is the 40+ year old client that is seeing a decline in muscle retention, flexibility, mobility, and overall stamina. I’m a huge advocate for getting clients to move – but only by using proper form. This not only maximizes the benefits of exercise but minimizes any potential for injury.

Darlene Jackson

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Over the years, I have learned so much about fitness, myself, goal setting, and keeping workout routines fresh. I want to share my passion and insight with others who have the aspiration to become better, stronger versions of themselves, both mentally and physical

Bo Pritchard

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Working with adults & children from the beginning thru to the elite levels. Helping them to have a more active lifestyle, lose weight, increased lean muscle, injury prevention, and working with those with pre-existing injuries.

*Not currently taking new clients*

Mary Tebbe

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I have a variety of different trainings which help me address various fitness concerns. I work with clients on behavior and lifestyle changes that are sustainable, and can lead to better health and fitness.. I want exercise to fit into your life, not your life to revolve around exercise! When you work out with me I want you to feel taller, stronger, more flexible and energized. I work with all ages and fitness levels.

Cancer Exercise Specialist

Personal Trainer Bios

Edwardsville YMCA