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Our Team

Knowledgeable. Caring. Passionate.

Direct supervision is the single most powerful element of any fitness program. With an extensive background in exercise science, our team of experts is driven by a passion to help people reach their potential.

Luke Carlson

Luke Carlson

Luke Carlson is the founder and CEO of Discover Strength. Luke is a practitioner, speaker, and author on the topic of strength training and evidence-based exercise programs.

Luke is an American College of Sports Medicine certified Health and Fitness Specialist (HFS) and holds the unique distinction of being an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist (CES). He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and a Master of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology from the University of Minnesota.

Brian Christianson

Brian Christensen

Brian Joined the DS team in the spring of 2012.  Brian Graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology.  Brian has served as an assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Macalester College in St. Paul, and is now the Team Lead at the Chanhassen location while also pursuing a Master's in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls.

   
Brandon Jonker

Brandon Jonker

Brandon is the Director of Operations at Discover Strength. Brandon received a degree in Health and Exercise Science from Gustavus Adolphus College. He is an American College of Sports Medicine certified Health and Fitness Specialist. Brandon is also an assistant football coach at Simley High School.

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Kevin Lewis

Kevin joined the Discover Strength team in February of 2013. He received his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota and is a Certified Personal Trainer from the American College of Sports Medicine. He completed Strength and Conditioning Internships at Mizuno Northern Lights Junior Olympic Volleyball Program and 1st Athlete Training Center.

 

 

 Sam McNellis

Sam McNellis

Sam joined the Discover Strength team in the Fall of 2013. Sam received a Bachelor's in Exercise Science Health and Fitness with a concentration in exercise physiology from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Taylor Melvin

Taylor Melvin

Taylor joined the Discover Strength team in the summer of 2012. Taylor received a degree in Exercise Science at the University of St. Thomas and is a Certified Personal Trainer from American College of Sports Medicine.

 Maggie Reidy

Maggie Reidy

Maggie joined the Discover Strength team in September of 2013. Maggie received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013 and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise.

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Rick Rignell

Rick has been certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 1993. He has been the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Anoka High School since 1996, where he also serves as a Physical Education/Health Education teacher and assistant football coach. An avid runner and tri-athlete, he completed the Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon in 2003, and has a marathon PR of 3:27.

Bronson Shepard

Bronson Shepherd

Bronson joined the Discover Strength team is the spring of 2012.  Bronson received a Bachelor's degree in Health Fitness and Exercise Science from Concordia College-Moorhead. He is the assistant football coach at Minnetonka High School.

 Jim Trnka

Jim Trnka

Jim joined Discover Strength in the Summer of 2013. He received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

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Greg Viland

Greg joined the Discover Strength team in November of 2007. Greg received a Bachelor's of Arts in Health Fitness and Exercise Science from Gustavus Adolphus College and is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer. Greg is the head Nordic Ski coach for Lakeville South High School.

Elyssa Williams

Elyssa Williams

Elyssa received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota in 2010 and is an American College of Sports Medicine Certifed Personal Trainer. After two years of personal training experience, she joined the Discover Strength team in the winter of 2012.