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Health Coaching & Personal Training

Appointment Focus Areas

  1. You and your Health Coach will develop your vision and goals as well as some basic tips to start exercising
  2. Assess your progress, learn how to build support and overcome obstacles, continue learning and build a plan right for you
  3. Make changes that last by looking forward to the next 3-6 months, strengthen your new tools and strategies

Our Coaching and Wellness Path

Change is hard. To give you the best chance of developing behaviors and skills to improve your health, we offer time with a Health Coach to develop your health vision and picture the person you want to be. You will develop goals and strategies to overcome barriers and build support networks. You will also review the basics and safety of exercise, as well as learn how to use equipment and weights. As the journey progresses, you and your coach will assess your progress, set new goals, and develop strategies to overcome obstacles. Here are some possibilities:

  • Strength (Resistance) training
  • Cardiovascular training
  • Group Fitness path to reach your goals
  • Equipment and program orientations
  • …or something else, based on your needs


  • Lose weight
  • Improve their health and well-being
  • 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

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

Schedule your appointment by calling the front desk at (218) 829-4767.




Personal Training 

With Personal Training, you get a customized fitness program designed just for you and your health goals. Training helps maximize your work out time, learn correct form and technique, and relieve boredom by incorporating a variety of exercises.

Session fees will be charged for no-shows or cancellations not made 24 hours in advance.

Pricing: Single Sessions & Packages

Personal Training Member/Non-Member <> 1 Hour Sessions

Single Session – $55 Members/ $60 Non-Members
4 Session Package – $200 Members/ $220 Non-Members
8 Session Package – $360  Members/ $400 Non-Members
12 Session Package – $480 Members/ $540 Non-Members



Personal Training Member/Non Member <> ½ Hour Sessions

Single Session – $40 for Members/ $45 Non-Members
4 Session Package – $120 Members/ $140 Non-Members
8 Session Package – $200 Members/ $240 Non-Members

Customized Four Week Training Plan

Have one of our trainers write a customized four week workout plan for you! This option will give you a personalized workout without one-on-one coaching in the gym.

$85 Members/ $100 Non-Members


Our Team

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 until 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, and Certified TRX Instructor.

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


Jessica Faber

Personal Trainer

Jessica grew up in Oregon. She obtained her Bachelors of Science at BYU-Idaho where she played college tennis and developed a passion for weight lifting and all things fitness. As she married and her family grew, she enjoyed various types of fitness activities to stay healthy; some of her favorites include weightlifting and boot camp style workouts, as well as outdoor activities like biking, camping, skiing, boating, hiking and hunting.

Jessica lives in the Brainerd Lakes Area with her husband, Nolan, and 5 busy and active children. She loves motivating people to make changes for healthier living. She has been teaching fitness classes since 2018 and has been a personal trainer since 2019.

She obtained her Personal Training Certification through NETA and enjoys training in groups as well as one on one to help clients meet their fitness goals.


Julie Helsene

RRCA Level 1 Running Coach

Julie grew up in a very active family and played sports through high school.  She chose not to participate in sports in college, and started running instead.  Besides running, she started going to group fitness classes and fell in love with the world of exercise, nutrition and wellness.  Julie joined the Brainerd Family YMCA in 2008, after having her second baby.  As a stay at home mom, she was looking for an outlet for her kids, and herself.  Over the past few years, she has become involved with group fitness, special events and has recently launched the Brainerd Family YMCA Running Club.

Find your niche. Julie believes exercise should be enjoyable, a stress release for many.  Try a variety of classes, or workouts, and go with what makes YOU happy.  For her, it's running and yoga sculpt.  Running has become her ‘meditation’ time.

Julie enjoys being outside with her husband, Chris, and three kids, Evi (17), Tim (6), and Joey (4).  They like to go camping and explore new areas, boating, fishing, biking, hunting and downhill skiing.

“If you change nothing, nothing will change.”