Meet Our Trainers

Vicki Ostendorf - Founder, NASM Certified Trainer, Certified Myofascial Release, CKTT Certified Kinesio-Taping Technician, & USAT Level 1 and Long course

Hometown: Hudson, Wisconsin

Certified Personal Trainer since: Now I’m dating myself…1990

Some of my favorites: My niece and nephew, running a 5:40 mile (yes, there was a time when this was possible), Aaron’s guacamole, two days in a row off work (there was a time when this was possible also).
Fitness Background: I am a Certified Personal Trainer as well as a USA Triathlon Certified Coach.  I graduated from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse University with a degree in Corporate Fitness, with a Minor in business as well as coaching.  I spent 4 years playing outfield for the women’s fastpitch softball team in LaCrosse.  Shortly after graduating, I realized that I really loved torturing individuals on an ongoing basis, so personal training seemed to be the perfect fit!.

After many years of training, I entered into the next unknown of owning my own business, and opened Tri Fitness in July of 2007.  Just over a year later, I opened Tri Fitness Training. 

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Jeremy Lindquist - NCSA Certified Trainer, Coach

Hometown: Originally Garland, TX and now Stillwater, MN

Some of my favorites: Traveling to beautiful state and national parks and running trails for multiple days straight.I enjoy the simple pleasure of great coffee, inspiring company, and looking for unusually difficult challenges to set my sights on. 

Fitness Background: I've been in sports most of my life. After I promised myself to attempt a marathon for the first time, I fell in love with what it gave me. 

30+ Triathlons from sprints to Ironman distance
10 Ultramarathon finishes including 7-100 mile trail marathons. 
40+ road and trail running races experience combined. 
Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology from University of MN- Twin Cities
Certified Personal Trainer through National Strength and Conditioning Assoc.
Certified TRX instructor
CKTT Certified Kinesio-Taping Technician
6 years of coaching experience with runners and triathletes for all distances.

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Tanya Thurnau - ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT), ISSA Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition (SSN), & Weight Loss Challenge Developer/Coach

Hometown: Faribault, MN

Some of my Favorites: Weightlifting, geeking out on fitness/nutrition/health information/education/tools/gadgets, pretending to be a hardcore yogi, spending time outdoors/picnics, reading, traveling, and painting/drawing

Fitness Background: In my youth, I was heavily involved in both A squad Volleyball (receiver) and Basketball (forward). I went on a fitness hiatus through college to focus on achieving my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. My passion for health/fitness crept back into my life towards the end of college in 2004. I began helping friends, acquaintances, and family with their health and wellness in 2009, and finally decided to make it a career. In 2010 I received my Turbo Kick certification through Powder Blue Productions, in 2011 I received my Fitness Trainer certification through ISSA, and in 2014 I added my certification in Sports Nutrition through ISSA to round out my education. I am currently in the process of continuing my education in Sports Nutrition and Fitness with additional certifications and CEUs. I was invited to join the crazy team at Tri Fitness in 2013 to develop, launch, and coach their all-inclusive Weight Loss Challenges.

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Brianna Chu - Swim Coach

Hometown: Racine,  WI

Some of my favorites: Jumping in a lake or fountain after a hot run, curling up in bed when your body is hurting after a hard workout, beating up on training partners during practice, dogs.

Fitness Background: My primary sport was swimming for 12 years, culminating in swimming backstroke and sprint freestyle at the University of Minnesota.  I have always struggled with asthma, and now I am healthier doing sports that keep me in the fresh air.

I love to cross-country ski in the winter and the variety in triathlon training keeps things fun.  Some notable race experiences I've had include competing in the draft-legal sprint at the USAT Collegiate Nationals and the American Birkebeiner ski race.  I have had some awesome coaches and teammates throughout the years who have influenced my approach to training and competition.  I think race-day confidence comes from being familiar with the pain from training and working on "the little things" on a day-to-day basis. 

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Tracy Angelo - Swim Coach

Hometown: Forest Lake, MN

Some of my favorites: My family! My puppies! Don Julios! LSD (long slow distance) runs with friends! People! Hackie Sac! Diet Coke with lime and a good cup of coffee!

Fitness Background: I have been an Aquatics Supervisor for 13 years and an Authorized Provider of The American Red Cross. I am a Lifeguard Instructor, a Water Safety Instructor, and a FA/CPR/AED Instructor for the professional and workplace. I have run 8 marathons with a 3:53 PR. I love working with athletes and getting them excited about swimming. You must have a purpose in the pool - let me help you with that purpose! My coaching philosphy is "Everyone is a Someone!"

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Pete Ellis - Trainer/Coach

When I am not chasing my kids around the house, pool and everywhere else, you can find me chasing PRs on the bike. I was a mere mortal (and still am) when I started triathlon three years ago, but I found success in one rule: always listen to my coach. I have competed in a variety of disciplines from sprint tri, 24hr ultra biking, time trial, marathon and everything in between.

I am very excited to get the opportunity to coach spin this season, and I am looking forward to lending a unique perspective to life on the trainer in the off season. I am well versed in improving position on the bike, power output, interval training, bike handling, bike tech and maintenance. My ultimate hope is to help my students achieve their training and racing goals while remaining healthy and excited about triathlon.


Randy Vaske - Trainer/Coach

Hometown: Hugo, MN

Some of my favorites: Doing things with family. Helping others, being very thankful for the people in my life.

Fitness Background: Well I grew up on a farm in southern MN. We were not allowed to do any sports. Hard work was the name of the game for us. What does this have to do with a fitness background? Work hard, play hard, go fast be fast. Yep, that’s what I wanted to do. My motto is this: work smarter not harder and it paid off. With this mind set I have increased my over all physical ability this way. With the help from trainers and coaches you also can have those benefits. I get real pleasure in seeing results!

Some of the things I did in the past : a few Triathlons. Ran a few miles. Drank some water while swimming.

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Leah Nicholson - B.A.S Exercise Science, NETA Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor

Home Town: Duluth, MN -- Go Bulldogs!

Favorites: My Family- including my two King Charles Spaniels, Yoga, Cooking, Hiking, XC Skiing, Downhill Skiing, Water Skiing, Sailing, Windsurfing, Stand Up Paddle.

Fitness Background: Leah began teaching fitness classes at the University of Minnesota Duluth as a member of the UMD Fitness Team in 2005. Years of
competing in dance and cheerleading prepared her to deliver high energy, fun and challenging fitness classes. She enjoys using her background in Exercise Science to create challenging yet accessible classes for a wide array of participants-- she has taught classes for gyms and fitness facilities, Special Olympics MN, St. Paul Dragon Divas (Breast Cancer Survivors) and
Silver Sneakers (people +65 years of age). Leah's greatest strength as an instructor is her ability to program classes to meet the specific needs and
goals of her students. Her greatest fitness accomplishments include earning an All-American cheerleading title from the National Cheerleading
Association and representing Minnesota at the 2012 Mrs. United States competition in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Ashley Erickson - Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Weight Loss Coach

Hometown: White Bear Lake, MN; Currently live in Wyoming, MN

Some of my favorites: I love spending time with my husband and two children on our hobby farm. I absolutely love physical activities of all kind and just being outdoors. I love new challenges and adventures, so if you have one for me, I am game! 

Fitness background: I was a chubby kid growing up and one day I decided to do something about it. It all started with a Barbie aerobic tape and I haven’t looked back since! In high school, I joined the wrestling team as their first and only female wrestler. From there, I was hooked and began my journey of personal training. I have taught/coached yoga, pilates, spin, Insanity, bootbamps, cardio kick, and figure competition training, etc. You name it, I've taught it!

I love helping my clients set and achieve their goals, even if they seem impossible at the time.

I would love to help you with your next goal!

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Janell Walter - NASM-Certified Personal Trainer, TRX Suspension Certified Trainer, Dragon Door Kettlebell Certified Instructor

Hometown: St. Paul, MN

Some of my favorites: I love spending time with my husband and son, collecting dogs (we have 3 now), all things Winter, and setting completely unrealistic goals and smashing them! 

Fitness background: I wasn't always as active as I am now, and actually came into running/triathlon via golf, which I played competitively for eight years.  One of the best pieces of advice I learned from my coach back then, that I've been able to apply to my new love of endurance is "the most important shot is the one you're standing over".  I always remember that when my mind starts to wander into the next element in each race.  After having my son my passion for fitness, weight loss, and helping others really ignited and I became a personal trainer.  I have enjoyed every moment and every client I've been able to work with and can't wait to help others achieve their goals.

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