Matt F. | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa


Spirit Lake, IA. 


  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer


A few years ago, I discovered a passion for fitness that completely changed my life. Up until that point, most of my life was spent with very little physical activity. I had no motivation to participate in exercise until a close friend of mine convinced me to join my high school cross country team. When I started running I fell in love with the feelings of success and accomplishment that came with it. My love for running opened the door for me into strength training and Olympic lifting. I have spent the last two years of my life training for functional strength and fitness. 

I believe that everyone should be physicall active and I have seen first-hand the benefits that come from it. Physical activity is important to health and wellness, but I also believe that it goes beyond that to improve work ethic and determination in all areas of life. 

I am very passionate about health and fitness, but I am more passionate about helping others. This is why I started working as a personal trainer. There are a lot of jobs in which you can help people, but there are not many which unite my two passions as fully as personal training does. Few things in life fire me up as much as seeing someone accomplish something that they have been working hard at and getting to help them along the way.