Each of our Personal Trainers are certified by nationally recognized certifying fitness organizations. Continuing education is required in order to keep abreast of industry standards and to retain certifications. Each one also keeps a current CPR/AED First Aid certification up-to-date.
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Adam Ekstrom

CPT, PES, BS is a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Trainer (CPT), Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), who has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and is experienced in designing customized fitness programs for pre-teen through older adults.

Prior to entering the fitness industry, he was a Marine for 8 years and uses his passion to develop programs and promote fitness and healthier lifestyles.

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Edgar Ochieng ("Eddy")

CPT, is a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer, who loves to transform his clients. Eddy was born in Kenya and has always had a passion for fitness. He is a former professional Rugby athlete.

Eddy has been a certified personal trainer for over 13 years. He is from Kenya and has managed “Monti Rink” in Monticello, an event center and personal training facility for eight years. Eddy developed the C60 functional fitness programs. C60 stands for Choice 60 minutes, because his philosophy is “When it comes to fitness, YOU are the author of your destiny.”  Eddy joined My House Fitness – Coon Rapids in January of 2019 and is energized when helping others reach their fitness goals by providing individual or group personal training, bootcamps and fitness classes. Eddy loves music almost as much as fitness, so he often provides live DJ music for fitness classes, bootcamps and other events at My House Fitness- Coon Rapids.

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Jeremiah Bormes

CPT, Franchisee Owner -My House Fitness Coon Rapids, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Certified Weight Management Instructor (accrediting organization: American Council on Exercise).

Fitness has been a life-long passion of Jeremiah’s. He is living out his dream of helping others LIVE BETTER. He specializes in Youth Fitness.

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Sam Folkestad, CPT

Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist

Sam Folkestad, CPT Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist (accrediting organization: American Council on Exercise) is fully committed to helping you on your journey to a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Sam became a personal trainer to inspire people to achieve fitness goals through proper nutrition and exercise. Sam skillfully addresses client’s individual needs and passionately encourages lifelong healthy habits. 

Sam also coaches youth basketball, is married with 2 children and lives in Coon Rapids.

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Russell Branjord (aka The Spike Guy)

Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Fitness Nutrition Coach, is a published author, The Spike Diet X, and an emerging influencer in the weight loss industry.

A living testament to the Spike Diet, Russ battled obesity for most of his life before experiencing the dietary revelation that led him to lose over 100 pounds of body fat in less than a year.  Russ has been featured on television, radio shows, in newspapers, and has published fitness articles on major health and fitness websites.  He is a father of 4 and lives in Elk River.

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Sarah Orde

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Sarah believes that any BODY can practice yoga. The practice of yoga, through postures, breath, and meditation, brings balance to the mind, body, and soul. Sarah has been practicing Yoga for over 10 years and completed instructor training in May 2019.

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Shelly Houser

M.ED, CGFI, Franchisee Owner -My House Fitness Coon Rapids, Certified Group Fitness Instructor (accrediting organization: American Council on Exercise), who holds a Master’s Degree in Education. She is also an ACE designated Senior Fitness Specialist and is a designed Silver & Fit Instructor.

She is a published author of 2 textbooks and a job aid in the travel industry. Shelly is a life-long learner who feels great satisfaction when she can support other professionals’ “AHA” moments. She is the mother of Jeremiah Bormes (other owner) and serves on the board of Northgate Church in Ramsey, MN and Elevate Hope House (start-up non-profit for young mothers).