Health Coaching & Personal Training


Change is hard!  To give you the best chance on developing behaviors and skills to improve your health, you will first sit down with a Health Coach and use various techniques to develop your health vision and picture the person you want to be.  Next you will develop goals and strategies to overcome barriers and build support networks.  At the end of the first session, you will also review the basics and safety of exercise and learn how to use some of the equipment and weights in the fitness center to get you started, so make sure you are dressed for action!  From there, and at follow up appointments, you will assess your progress, set new goals, develop strategies to overcome obstacles and more.  Here are some possibilities:


  • Access to MobileFIT, your personal app to help support a healthy you!
  • Information for those who are new to exercise
  • Strength (Resistance) Training
  • Cardiovascular Training
  • Group Exercise (land and water)
  • Nutrition
  • Professional Support
  • Equipment and Program Orientations

…or something else, based on your needs.



All YMCA staff go through training to ensure that we LISTEN FIRST, so that we get to know you.  Health and Well-Being staff are trained and committed to helping you meet your goals to improve your health.


Someone who wants to:

  • Lose weight
  • Improve their health and well-being
  • Learn how to race in triathlons
  • Find friends and support
  • Anyone wanting to take a basic health screening
  • Find out which group exercise classes would best meet their interests and learn how to get started
  • Learn how to use the different weight systems or cardio machines
  • Set health and well-being goals and have support along the way

At the initial appointment, you and your Health Coach will develop your vision and goals, and teach you some basic tips so you can start exercising and hit the ground running!

At your second appointment, you will  assess your progress, learn how to build support and overcome obstacles, continue learning and build a plan right for you.

During your 3rd session, with new confidence and knowledge, you will make changes that last by looking forward to the next 3-6 months and strengthen your new tools and strategies

Sign up at the Front Desk or contact Joanna Collins, Health and Wellness Director



With personal training, you get a customized fitness program designed just for you and your health goals in any area you want to improve like sports, or overall fitness. This helps maximize work out time, learn correct form and technique, and relieve boredom by incorporating a variety of exercises!

YMCA Member Rates:
Single, 1-Hour Session: $40

8 Or More 1- Hour Sessions: $35 Per Session

12 Or More, 1- Hour Sessions: $30 Per Session

YMCA Non- Member Rates:
One 1-hour session: $50

8 Or More 1- Hour Sessions: $45 Per Session

12 Or More, 1- Hour Sessions: $40 Per Session


Intro to Weights & Women on Weights

Lars Ronnevik

Lars Ronnevik

Personal Trainer & ACE Health Coach

Lars grew up in Fergus Falls, MN, graduating in 2010. He attended Jamestown College and played football for 1 year. He then attended North Dakota State University and studied there before his wife was offered a job in Brainerd. Since moving to Brainerd 4 years ago he has lost the 45 pounds he put on after playing collegiate football. In losing that weight he fell in love with exercise and decided to get his Personal Training Certification (NETA). He is also a Certified Health Coach (ACE), Lifestyle coach, Certified TRX instructor, and helps out with various Bootcamp Style classes.

Lars has three children with his Wife, Molly. Some of Lars’ hobbies include reading, weight lifting, playing basketball, and spending time with his family.


602 Oak St.
Brainerd, MN 56401



Mon-Fri     5:30am-9:45pm     

Sat           7:00am-4:00pm

Sun          11:00am-4:00pm 

*YMCA will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day