Orange Shoe Personal Fitness™ crew
CSCS, BS, MS | Fitness Professional
Kurtis is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science with an emphasis in fitness, a minor in business administration and a concentration in strength and conditioning. Kurtis also attended graduate school for Exercise Physiology at San Jose State University.Prior to joining Orange Shoe, Kurtis spent 8 years working as a strength and conditioning coach working with athletes in private, collegiate and professional settings. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Level 1 Sports Performance Coach with USA Weightlifting, Reflexive Performance Reset® Level 1, and Functional Movement Screen Certified – Level 1 & 2. Kurtis is also an Eagle Scout.Kurtis was a physical performance coach for two years with the Golden State Warriors and a part of the 2016-17 NBA Championship team. In his role with Golden State, Kurtis was responsible for developing and implementing the physical performance programs for the team’s players, as well as providing nutritional advice. From 2013-15, Kurtis worked as the athletic performance coordinator for the Oklahoma City Thunder and their development league affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue. Kurtis spent two years, from 2011-13, at Stanford University where, as a graduate assistant, he was responsible for training the Cardinal women’s basketball, men’s swimming and sailing teams as well as assisting with men’s basketball. In 2010-11, Kurtis interned for the Chicago Bulls. He has also completed volunteer internships with the University of Wisconsin men’s and women’s basketball and hockey programs, and the University of Pittsburgh football and Olympic sports teams.
Q & A
Q:Why did you become a personal trainer?
A: I became a personal trainer to share my passion for health and fitness with others and to empower them to achieve their individual goals.
MSW, CSCS | Owner, Fitness Professional
Lauren Birkel started her fitness career as a Madison Personal Trainer with Orange Shoe in 2006 and is the owner of the West and Downtown studios. She manages operations at these two studios as well as trains and coaches clients. Lauren holds a BA degree from UW-Madison and a Master’s degree from the University of Denver. She has held her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA for 8 years, is a USA Triathlon Certified Coach, Trigger Point and TRX certified.
Q & AQ: Why did you become a personal trainer?
A: I’ve always wanted to help people. I find it incredibly rewarding to be a part of someone’s journey to health & wellness – not only being a part of the physical transformation but the emotional and spiritual journey as well. I strongly believe that healthy individuals are happy individuals and, in turn, create positive change all around them.
BS | Fitness Professional
Kory is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with minors in coaching and strength and conditioning. Kory’s passion for fitness began at a young age, excelling in sports such as wrestling, football, and baseball. Kory’s commitment to fitness and understanding of the focus and hard work it takes to accomplish fitness goals comes from the strong work ethic provided by his family, growing up on a farm. Kory continued to excel in athletics throughout high school, taking on several leadership roles such as team captain of his high school football team, along with being a unanimous first team all-conference selection. Due to a significant neck injury as a teenager, Kory’s competitive career in sports ended earlier than he would have hoped. Though Kory’s injury brought several challenges, it eventually became a motivating force to continue his fitness journey and expand his athletic interests and knowledge. Kory has also enjoyed a background in coaching. He has coached middle school and high school athletes and continues to enjoy the coaching and mentoring aspects of being a Madison Downtown personal trainer. Kory’s interest in fitness has lead him to explore a wide variety of fitness strategies and programs that brings a unique style of personal training to our clients.
Q&AQ: Why did you become a personal trainer?
A: I became a personal trainer because I have learned from my own experience to embrace the fitness journey rather than only the outcome. I enjoy working with people at various stages in their fitness journeys.
BS, CSCS | Fitness Professional
Joe graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and is recognized as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength & Conditioning Association. He has partaken in multiple fitness ventures – from playing football at UW-Platteville and abroad in Germany to running a marathon to competing in a powerlifting competition. As a Madison Downtown personal trainer, Joe appreciates the process of setting and achieving goals, and he is committed to guiding and teaching clients on the way to their ideal lifestyle.
Q&AQ: Why did you become a personal trainer?
A: I became a personal trainer to educate, teach, and coach. There is too much misinformation in the fitness realm and I aim to clarify that for clients, which leads to more efficient progress towards their aspirations. I enjoy the process of teaching, learning, and seeing people make progress.
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