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Jeff VanMaanen
Co-owner of Equipt Fitness

Jeff is a strong motivator and life coach, who helps clients realign their understanding of movement, and simplifies their approach to exercise and nutrition. Jeff farmed and raised cattle in Southeast Iowa for 40 years before moving to Minnesota. Jeff’s extensive experience in farming makes him an excellent hands-on instructor of proper body mechanics and muscle recruitment. Jeff believes that “motion is lotion” and that movement is the key to healthy muscles and joints. Jeff believes that it takes dedication and discipline to make lifestyle changes. He believes that positive lifestyle changes can eliminate the fear of growing older, and allow one to gain freedom from limitations.

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NKT NeuroKinetic Therapist
FMS Functional Movement Systems Certified
RKC Russian Kettlebell Instructor
CPT Massage Therapist
Leslie Branham
Co-owner of Equipt Fitness

Leslie has worked in the fitness industry since 1998 as a running coach, kettlebell instructor, and wellness coach. Leslie started running long distance at the age of 20, and has run nearly 40 marathons, including the Boston Marathon and several 50 mile and 100 mile events. She has coached over 100 runners to the completion of a marathon. She is the creator of the HydroTrack format, a rigorous deep-water running program for individuals of all levels looking for a safe way to exercise intensely. Leslie uses kettlebells as her primary source of strength and conditioning. She believes that kettlebell training profoundly improves functional movement used in everyday life, and enhances the quality of life of anyone who chooses to work with them. Leslie is the author of “Today’s Wellness Tips,” a simple daily message that focuses on various aspects of physical, mental and spiritual wellness. She works with her clients to set realistic goals, and step by step plans to achieve them. She believes that finding a balanced lifestyle, and keeping active doing the things one enjoys is the key to lifelong happiness.

For reviews of Leslie, visit http://www.dragondoor.com/leslie-branham/


SFG 2 StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor
RKC 2 Russian Kettlebell Challenge Instructor
USATF Certified LV1 Running Coach
WELLCOACHES Certified Health and Wellness Coach
FMS Functional Movement Systems Certified
NASM Certified Personal Trainer/Performance Enhancement Specialist