Kari Merrill

Kari Merrill
Western Racquet and Fitness Club
2500 South Ashland Ave
Green Bay WI 54304

My name is Kari Merrill and I am a Group Fitness and Programming Director at a family owned facility in Green Bay Wisconsin.  I started my career path in 1998 as a Correctional Officer at the local jail.  I was promoted to its highest level at the time of Intake Corporal.  During this time I needed an outlet so I started hitting up Group Fitness Classes and working on my own fitness journey.  I quickly fell in love with the Industry and began teaching Group Fitness in 2004.  During that timeframe I continued to educate myself and learn more and more modalities in the hopes that someday I could make this my career.  In 2008 I start a small business where I trained people in their own homes.  As my love for my career as a Correctional Officer faded I felt myself spiraling downhill fast.  The only thing that kept my head above water was my love for teaching and training.

In 2010 my dreams became a reality.  I began as a part time Group Fitness Director right before a major renovation of the club had begun.  Within this renovation, I played a key role in building our area’s first and only dedicated TRX, Cycling, and Mind/Body studio.  I tripled the size of our Group Fitness offerings and doubled my staff.

My last 7 years at Western Racquet and Fitness Club has not only grown me as an instructor, trainer, and mentor, but as a person.  I am 100% dedicated to learning from the best and paying it all forward.  My goal for Western Group Fitness / Training Department is to have a well diversed, highly educated, and dedicated staff.  In the last year I have been able to spread my wings outside of Green Bay and have been presenting for SCW Fitness Conferences.  I present on the topic of Creative Programming for Group Fitness and how to break down and teach a Cardio Kickboxing Class.

I currently teach TRX, Strength, Cycling, Zumba, IndoRow, and Shockwave on the schedule.  I develop and teach Small Group Trainings and Programs that integrate USB, RIP Trainer, BOSU, Rowers and more.