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Staff


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JOE CIARDELLI, MS, CSCS, RSCC
MANAGER/DIRECTOR OF STRENGTH & CONDITIONING


Joe Knows Strength...


Joe Ciardelli's life goal is to help others achieve their dreams – and that's not just lip service. A NSCA Certified and Registered Strength and Training Coach with more than 14 years experience, Joe has worked with some of the most elite athletes in the biz—NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA players, and Olympic athletes, just to name a few. But, don't think he'll go easy on you if you don't plan to go pro. Joe's philosophy on training: Hard work pays off.

As Takedown's Director of Strength and Conditioning, Joe leads beginning, intermediate, and advanced group exercise sessions. You better believe he will help you take down your goals – whether your sights are set on an NHL contract, a higher vertical, or a smaller waist size.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology-Exercise Management from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and a Masters in Sports Management from St. Cloud State University.

After hitting it hard at the gym, Joe likes to play hockey as well as coach youth hockey, fish, and spend time with family and friends. He lives in Nisswa with his wife, Sarah, and their two children, Logan and Samantha.



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JAKE CLARK
DIRECTOR OF WRESTLING & MARTIAL ARTS


Jake’s resume is as impressive as his skills.


Jake has had extensive experience in wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu, including a nine-time US National Champion, two-time Olympic Alternate (2004 & 2016), four-time US World Team Member, 11-time Armed Forces Gold Medalist, World Cup Champion, Pan-Am Silver Medals, World Military Bronze Medalist, multiple time Grappling and Jiu-Jitsu Champion, and has trained and competed in over 30 countries.

Traveling is his Jake’s main hobby. Through his nine years in the military, the sport of wrestling, and being a tourist combined, he has been to 46 US States and 60 countries. Outside of growing up in Minnesota, Jake has lived in Washington D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Japan, and Micronesia. In 2013, he took a "world cruise" for 116 days, starting in Florida, heading westward, and ending in Venice, Italy. He also enjoys playing cribbage, card games like Skip-Bo, studying languages and cultures, and spending time with family and friends.

Jake has been with Takedown Gym since June 2016.

"I've lived at our US Olympic Training Center (Colorado Springs), trained at several Olympic Training Centers around the world, and Takedown Gym is the nicest facility built around wrestling I've ever seen,” Jake said. “It's a dream to work in a facility like this!"



Kelly Kramer

KELLY KRAMER
GROUP FITNESS/SPIN INSTRUCTOR


Kelly's passion for giving her clients the best spin workout possible is contagious. She tailors Takedown's spin classes to all levels of fitness ability from beginner to advanced, while pumping fun, enthusiasm, and motivation into every session. As a NETA certified spin instructor, one of Kelly's favorite things about her job is to watch her clients' fitness and weight loss transformations as they continue to takedown their goals. Music is also key in a fun and challenging class. She is Beat Boss certified and ready to rock any workout!

Outside of Takedown Gym, Kelly stays busy with husband Sean and two children, Colton and Josie. She enjoys all fitness activities (including the wide variety of classes at Takedown), spending time at the lake, boating, paddle boarding, cooking, spending time outdoors, and most of all, quality time with her family and dogs.



Michelle Andres

MICHELLE ANDRES
INSTRUCTOR


"I’m passionate about health and wellness and the latest research in training methods and nutrition. I believe everyone is capable of much more than they think. I’m fascinated by the mind/body connection and want to help others find their passion and help them live a healthy life no matter where they are now. There are no limits!"

Michelle is a mother to five boys and has earned a master’s degree in physical education and health. She is an elite runner and world-class triathlete that has qualified for and ran the Boston Marathon five times. She has competed in eight Ironman distance triathlons and holds course records around the state of Minnesota in sprint distance to IM distance races and half marathons and full marathons. Michelle set the course record at the Ironman Wisconsin in 2012 and the Minnesota female CR at the Hawaii Ironman World Championships in 2013. In 2015, Michelle went on to win the overall female title at Ironman Wisconsin.

Michelle is a fitness instructor, sports nutrition consultant, and a triathlon/running consultant and coach. Currently she is seeking her yoga sculpt certification through Core Power Yoga



Dani Sutin

DANIELA SUTIN
YOGA INSTRUCTOR


Namaste! Meet Daniela (Dani) Sutin.

Dani was born and raised in Santiago Chile, graduated from Culinary School in 2006 and moved to the US that same year for an internship in Vail, Colorado, and at Madden's Resort in 2007. She has been with Takedown gym since the fall of 2016, but has been practicing yoga since 2002 in various styles including Iyengar, Hatha, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga.

She completed Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training in 2001 at Corepower Yoga in Minneapolis; Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 at Blooma Yoga in Minneapolis; 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico and Costa Rica through Amazing Yoga in 2013-2014; and is a Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance.

"What I like about working at Takedown is the message of why they do what they do,” Dani said. “There is passion and care about living a happy and healthy life, building community, and offering their members a great facility. My favorite thing is to see entire families exercising together. I think it's so important to teach our children to be active, to take care of our bodies and to share that with people."



Jenny Holmes

JENNY HOLMES
SPIN INSTRUCTOR


Paying it forward is what it’s all about.

Over a year ago, Jenny Holmes never would’ve guessed she’d someday be in front of others leading group exercise. But after a wake up call, she made health her priority and – through a combination of nutrition and fitness – lost over 50 pounds. But what she lost in weight, she gained in strength and inspiration. After becoming a member of Takedown Gym, she was encouraged to consider becoming certified in group instruction. She is now NETA Indoor Cycling certified and Beat Boss certified.

"I was truly blessed by so many in my weight loss journey that I feel called to help others find the courage and confidence to take the first step in their own,” Jenny said. “If I’m able to help at least one person change their lives for the better, I’ve served a purpose."



Laureen

LAUREEN BORAN
GROUP FITNESS/SPIN INSTRUCTOR


Ready to sweat? Meet Laureen!

Laureen is a NETA Certified Spin Instructor, as well as a NETA Certified Group Class Instructor. She offers a variety of challenging and rewarding classes at the Gym, from Bulgarian Bags to Kettle Bells and more.

When not teaching classes, she is usually attending our classes at Takedown or busy with her family. Her husband Mike, and all four of her children, Laura, Luke, Max and Mark are all heavily involved with athletics in the Brainerd area and beyond.



Ellen

ELLEN FUSSY
FITNESS INSTRUCTOR


Movement is Ellen Fussy’s super power!

Ellen has been active in sports and fitness her entire life. She is a native of the Brainerd Lakes Area, mother of three adult children, and wife to husband John. Ellen has been employed with the Brainerd School District as a Physical Education Instructor since 1992. She received her Undergraduate work from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, and a Masters degree from Southwest State in 2000.

Ellen created and implemented yoga at Brainerd High School where she continues to teach. She has been a long time tennis coach for both the boys’ and girls’ program. She has a wide range of interests, and has competed in many road races, marathons, half-marathons and triathlons. 

In 2013, Ellen completed her first 100-hour yoga teacher training in Tulum, Mexico, and is currently completing a 200-hour RYT year-long training with Center Yoga of Minneapolis. 

Whether you are an experienced Yogi or a newbie, come experience Ellen’s Yoga Flow classes.



Cassie Brodin

CASSANDRA BRODIN
FRONT DESK REPRESENTATIVE/SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST/INSTRUCTOR


Fun, fit and fabulous. Those are just three words that describe this little dynamo! Cassandra (Cassie) has been with Takedown Gym since 2016 and wants to ensure each and every member leaves happy and healthy.

Cassandra graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Dakota. She works as an elementary school teacher in the area, in addition to working and working out at Takedown. She also enjoys doing anything on the lake or in the sunshine.

"I always leave this gym happier, more inspired and more motivated than when I came in," Cassandra said. "The atmosphere here gets me so pumped up and drives me to become the best version of me."



KAYLEE JOHNSON
FRONT DESK REPRESENTATIVE


Meet one of Takedown’s smiling faces!

Kaylee joined Takedown as a member in 2015 and began working the front desk in November 2016. “I love the atmosphere at Takedown,” Kaylee said. “There's always someone to talk to.”

She will graduate high school this spring, and plans to attend the University of St. Thomas next fall. She spends most of her time playing volleyball or being with friends and family. She also works at Madden's Resort in the summer.



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SHAYLEE SCHEI
FRONT DESK REPRESENTATIVE


Shaylee is one of the newest staff at Takedown and is excited to be a part of the team!

She graduated from North Dakota State University & Valley City State University in the spring of 2016. In addition to working at Takedown, Shaylee is a kindergarten Teacher at Nisswa Elementary. In her spare time, you can find her enjoying the outdoors or attending fun events such as concerts, races and sporting events.

""The atmosphere at Takedown Gym is unlike any place else. Its friendly staff, updated facility and inspiring trainers make it a great place to be!"



Journee Howard

Journee Howard


Bio coming soon.



Deb Franklin

Deb Franklin
FRONT DESK REPRESENTATIVE


Takedown Gym is proud to announce the addition of Deb to our staff! With a variety of experience in customer service and the medical industry, she is a wonderful asset to the Gym.

Deb is originally from central Minnesota and has family in Mankato. She enjoys walking, biking and spending time with family and friends.

"I like seeing and greeting the members at Takedown,” Deb said. “It’s fun to see the health benefits of working out and learning more about the motivation behind why they’re here. The staff is also great!"



Suzette Jevning

Suzette Jevning
DIRECTOR OF CHILDCARE


Members take comfort in leaving their children in the capable and loving hands of Suzette while they’re working out at Takedown Gym.

Suzette has her Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Psychology. She has directed and taught children in care settings for the past 37 years and is CPR certified. But the real proof comes when you see her interact with the children in her care.

“I love children and enjoy their amazing personalities and honesty,” she said. “They are like little sponges and it’s so exciting to be part of their ‘light bulb’ moments. I am truly blessed to be involved at such an important age.”



YOURS FOR THE TAKING

The Takedown Gym philosophy encompasses drive, intensity, personal goals, and fitness strength. Where determination and commitment meet attitude and motivation to exceed your expectations. We believe in providing the highest quality of wrestling training and a clean, industry leading facility designed to develop and build your individual fitness level and athletic goals.