Empowering you to set goals, remove barriers, and take action toward a healthier, more functional lifestyle.
Specializing in fitness for individuals with chronic disease and neurological conditions such as Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Parkinson's disease and MS. American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer.
Kris is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise, and is listed on the United States Registry of Exercise Professionals. She is a member of the Medical Fitness Network. Kris has dedicated over 20 years to the health and fitness of others.
Kris received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology/Sociology and is currently working on a Master’s in Public Administration, Health & Human Services. She obtained her personal training certification in 2001. That same year, she started working for the Cedar Rapids Metro YMCA as a personal trainer before becoming the fitness director at the Helen G. Nassif YMCA. Kris was also employed with Mercy Fitness Center before starting her own mobile personal training and wellness business in 2010.
Kris has worked with all ages from children to frail elderly, as well as individuals with disabilities. Her specialty is medical fitness and working with older adults. With a background in healthcare and physical rehabilitation, Kris has experience working with clients who have orthopedic injuries, arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, bariatric surgery, mental disorders, and stroke. Her primary focus is Functional Fitness and Falls Prevention. She is also certified through the Ohio Health Delay the Disease-Exercise and Parkinson's program as well as through the Arthritis Foundation and has taught classes for both organizations. Kris collaborates with healthcare providers from physicians to physical therapists to provide continuation of care.
Kris is an experienced, professional speaker, writer, blogger, and is active on social media with the ReNu Your Life Facebook page. She has written for the Cedar Rapids Gazette, appeared in television news interviews, and on a local radio show. As the daughter of a Person with Parkinson’s, one of her primary interests is researching and learning about neuroplasticity and the role exercise plays in brain health.
With a background in healthcare and physical rehabilitation, Kris has experience with chronic conditions and numerous specialty certifications including:
Delay the Disease-Exercise & Parkinson’s
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
Aging Gracefully: Balance Training & Fall Prevention
Tai Chi for Arthritis & Falls Prevention
Active Older Adult Exercise Instructor
Training the Core
Gait & Balance
Exercise & Osteoporosis
Golf Conditioning Specialist
Functional Training for the Older Adult
MS for the Health and Wellness Professionals
GZ Sobol's Parkinson's Network
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. Nearly one million people in the US are living with Parkinson's disease. The cause is unknown, and although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options such as medication and surgery to manage its symptoms
Aside from working with your doctor on an ongoing plan primarily involving medications, one of the most important things you can do is exercise. Many people cite swimming, walking and yoga as favorites. The universal benefits of exercise in helping everyone feel better and improving overall health are well-documented. There is evidence that exercise may hold specific benefits for people with Parkinson's in staying active and relatively limber, and improving balance and motor coordination.
Whether you care for someone who is newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD), you are adapting to new challenges as the disease progresses or you have been living with PD for a long time, you have the right and responsibility to make the care partnership most productive with the least amount of stress and conflict.Remember: you have a dual role as a caregiver: to care for the person with Parkinson’s and to take care of yourself.