The Summit

Lawrence Kansas' premier fitness and wellness gym, located downtown at 9th and New Hampshire. Clean, friendly and no contracts.

Next Level

Don’t just talk about it, be about it.

At Next Level, we pride ourselves in having Trainers that live the lifestyle we teach. All of our Trainers have unique teaching skills and they all have amazing stories about how they came to be at Next Level.

Contact Chad via email, or call the front desk (785-856-7979) for your consultation today!

Our Trainers

Chad

Chad

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science- Exercise Science- University of Kansas
  • National Strength & Conditioning Certification
  • USA Weightlifting Certification
  • Jeet Kune Do Level 1 Certification
  • Poliquin International Cetification Program- Level 1 and 2
  • Biosignature Modulation

Training Specialties: Sports specific training, Team training/ Coaching, Nutritional Counseling, Self-Defense/ Boxing, Post Physical Therapy, and Biosignature Modulation.

Training Background: Chad has been a competitive athlete for nearly his entire life, starting with Karate competitions where he earned several honors. Chad also went on to playing Baseball and Football until the end of his high school career, due to several shoulder dislocations. During his time as a football player he began to find himself in the weight room at the age of 15 and has embraced it ever since. Chad has continued his education in the arts of self-defense with a certification in Jeet Kune Do, as well as training in the boxing arena. Chad also has extensive continuing education credits in the fields of Biomodulation, sport specific training, and rehabilitation protocols. Chad has been a Personal Trainer since 1997 and has worked with an extremely diverse clientele, including professional athletes.

Hobbies: Chad’s hobbies include Dog Training and skateboarding behind his dogs, Maximus and Nala, as well as jumping into large pick-up truck beds! He also enjoys playing any sport such as sand volleyball or dodge ball- you name it, he will play it.

Goals: Chad’s main goal is to revolutionize the way people look at fitness and fun in the Lawrence community.

Personal Philosophy: Chad’s personal philosophy is one that includes hard work, perseverance, and determination. However, Chad also says that, "Life is the ride. If you can’t enjoy the process then you are missing the point."

Matt

Matt

Hometown: Leavenworth, KS

Education/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science – Sports Science – emphasis Exercise Science – University of Kansas
  • United States Weightlifting (USAW) – Level 1 Performance Coach

Success Stories: One of the most rewarding experiences as a Personal Trainer has been working with the kids at Smart Strength. Smart Strength is an after-school program for Jr. High students helping them learn to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

Hobbies: Golf, basketball and watching Food Network.

Personal Training Philosophy: I approach each client individually and assess their strengths, areas of imbalance and needs. From there, I formulate a program that will enable that person to achieve balance, strength and overall well-being.

Angela

Angela

Hometown: Emporia, Kansas

Education:

  • University of Kansas- Bachelor of Science- Sports Science with an emphasis in Exercise Science
  • American Council on Exercise-Certified Personal Trainer

Training background: Angela’s background in training started at a young age when she first entered organized sports. She played nearly every sport, ranging from basketball, gymnastics, and sailing but her focus was on track and field and cross country, which she competed competitively in for over ten years.

Angela was introduced to the weight room at age 13 where she trained for five years under nationally recognized NSCA High School Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year (2008), in both strength and conditioning and track and field. Angela has also competed in numerous power lifting competitions and has an extensive background in Olympic lifting.

Hobbies: One of my favorite things to do is immerse myself in a new city or country and absorb as much of the culture and people as I can. I think a fresh landscape is healthy for the mind and spirit, and I am always open to a new perspective. I also enjoy confessing my deep dark secrets in a journal, climbing tall structures (although I’m deathly afraid of heights), and if you couldn’t guess, I love doing just about anything active. If it keeps my heart pumping, blood flowing, and my mind sharp then I’m probably down.

Success story: One of the most rewarding experiences I get from training is the point when my client has overcome their initial limitations. I love when a client first comes to me and says they notice a significant difference, whether it is in performance or activities of daily living. This tells me they have confidence in what they are doing and probably enjoy training just as much as I enjoy training them. From that point it is easy because we can have fun while maintaining that positive drive to their success.

Personal training philosophy: I treat every day as an opportunity to get one step closer to your goals. Every extra step counts, every healthy choice adds up, and it’s the little changes that turn into serious habits that become your outlook on life. I firmly believe that a positive attitude is the best foundation to success and commitment and hard work follow close behind. No one reaches their goals over night, and although day-to-day it may not seem like you are any closer to your goal, in the longer term, each day adds to the reason you are where you are. My goal is for each of my clients to find confidence and comfort in not only me as their trainer, but most of all in themselves. When all is said and done I want to give my clients the confidence to change their lives through the power of knowledge and long-term commitment.

Maximus

Maximus

Maximus has been a Personal Motivator for Next Level since 2005. He grew up in the gym since he was 12 weeks old. Some clients were a little nervous about him becoming a full grown Pitt Bull, but with the hard work of his owners and their strong belief in “Casear’s Way” Max is proving that with exercise, discipline, and proper socialization that the breed is one of the most loving and gentle of all dog breeds today.

Maximus’ hobbies include greeting all members of Next Level, pulling his owners on skates/ skate boards, chewing on bones, and laying in the sun while making pig noises.

Nala

Nala

Nala has been a Personal Motivator for Next Level since 2006. She was found at the Humane Society when she was around 6 months old, and ever since has been learning the ropes of growing up in a gym from her big brother Max. Members of Next Level will usually find her laying quietly under equipment, trying to stay out of the way, yet still be close at hand to motivate anyone to smile and squeeze out a few more reps.

Nala’s hobbies are running, running, and running. She loves to do work of any kind, and is eager to please her human owners.

Hero

Hero

Hero is the newest addition to the Next Level Motivational staff, coming aboard in November of 2012 from Crossroads Dog Rescue. Although he had a rough start as the runt of an abandoned liter found in Kansas City, he has developed into a beautiful part of our pack and provides strong motivation to all the clients of Next Level.

Hero loves to lay in the sun, chew on bones… did I mention he likes to lay around? Many of our clients think he holds a strong resemblance to the cartoon character, "Droopy" from the Looney Tunes. What do you think?