Meet our Personal Trainers
At Walker Ice and Fitness Center, we have a great team of fitness experts to help you meet your health goals. Whether you want to work on a general workout plan, discuss weight loss ideas, learn more about weight lifting or have a tailored exercise program created, we have a personal trainer for you! Please feel free to call Walker Ice and Fitness Center at (616) 735-6286 or stop by our Front Desk for more information.
My name is Carrie Heim. I have been a certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine since 1998. My specialty certifications include: Balance and Core Training, On Target Living Nutrition Counseling, Resist-a-Ball Core Conditioning and Optimum Performance Training for prenatal, senior and youth clients. I am also a NASM certified Women's Specialist. My clients include a variety of people looking to lose weight and meet their fitness goals. I also focus on those suffering from joint pain or arthritis, post-rehab patients, and people who need guidance and accountability. I believe in creating workouts that are challenging enough to get results but fun enough to make fitness a permanent part of life. I am committed to helping my clients stay motivated, set realistic goals and improve their overall fitness.
My name is Zach Helzer. I am originally from the Port Huron area on the east side of the state. In 2016, I moved to the Grand Rapids area and graduated from the National Personal Training Institute. Since becoming a certified personal trainer with NASM, I have acquired several specialty certifications: Precision Nutrition level 1 Nutrition Coach, Weight Loss Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Suspension and Kettlebell Training Instructor. When it comes to training, I prefer using the simplest, more effective method to help clients reach their goals. Fitness and nutrition are not one-size-fits-all. I like to find what works best for everyone's specific lifestyle. Some of my hobbies include hiking, reading, playing guitar and exercising.
My name is Joan Otte. I am certified with AFAA as a Group Exercise Instructor along with certifications in Spin, YogaFit, International Sport and Karate Association, Powerflex and Mat Science (Pilates) and Silver Sneakers. I am also a certified Personal Trainer with AFAA. I really enjoy working with clients of all abilities. I like to incorporate different equipment such as stability balls, free weights and bosus. Core strength and flexibility are very important so I like to draw from Pilates and Yoga. In my spare time I like to bike, run with my dog and spend time with my family.
My name is Kaz Iwatsu. I am a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). I'm currently working on my nutrition and virtual coaching certifications through NASM. When it comes to training clients, I enjoy using free weights, cables and stability accessories. My key concepts while training is proper form, safety and enjoyment. Outside of work, I like to keep myself active through lifting weights and playing golf. I also swim, and was a competitive swimmer for the majority of my life, setting club, state and national records.
Watch Joan explain how to safely use the Helix Machine: