Fit Kids Instructors

Neal Eaton

Born and raised in New Prague, Neal graduated from New Prague High School in 2007 followed by a degree in Architectural Technology from Dakota County Technical College. He went back to school and received his Exercise Science degree from Minnesota State University Mankato in 2013. Neal been working at The Fitness Center since September of 2010 and has taken on many roles while employed. He currently teaches TRX and now FitKids!

During his spare time, Neal is either on the golf course, playing hockey, working construction or spending time with the girlfriend and friends. As a new homeowner, you can be sure that house projects will be taking up a lot of his free time as well!

Megan Giesen

After graduating from New Prague High School in 2000, Megan attended the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse where she majored in Exercise and Sport Science and minored in Business Administration. She received her degree in 2004 and proceeded to get her American Council on Exercise personal training and health coach certifications. Megan has been working at the Fitness Center since 2005 as a personal trainer and also teaches Body Pump and Body Step group fitness classes. She is the coordinator for the Fit Kids program.

In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, shopping, working out, playing volleyball and watching her favorite sports teams like the Minnesota Vikings! She and her husband have two children.

Melissa Kartak

Kartak_Melissa_V_16089481A Wisconsin native, Melissa has lived in New Prague for 11 years. She was introduced to The Fitness Center as a member and her enthusiasm for wellness led her to become a staff member in 2014. Melissa engages with all ages through her work at The Fitness Center, where she not only instructs children in Fit Kids but also works with seniors in the Silver Sneakers/Silver & Fit program.

Melissa and her husband have three children. She enjoys running, biking, volleyball and spending time with her family.

Tina Kreger

Tina KregerTina grew up in Pennsylvania and began working at The Fitness Center in 2011 after moving to New Prague with her family. In addition to instructing children in the Fit Kids program, Tina also manages The Fitness Center’s childcare staff and teaches group fitness classes such as Silver Sneakers/Silver&Fit, ZUMBA, ZUMBA Gold and R.I.P.P.E.D. She feels fortunate to work with people on a daily basis and help them achieve their best health. Tina says the Fit Kids program allows her to get out in the community and make a difference in people’s lives.

Tina enjoys spending time with her three children, family and friends, and teaching Taekwondo.

Karen Taylor

Karen grew up in Faribault and graduated from the University of North Dakota where she received her degree in Occupational Therapy with a minor in Psychology. As an OT, her practice ranged from Outpatient and Inpatient Rehab, Home Health and Acute Care services. She became a full time mom after the birth of first child. As a mom, Karen spent many years running a home-based scrapbooking business and volunteering with her church and local Cub Scout program. In the summer of 2013, Karen moved to the New Prague area with her family and joined The Fitness Center in January 2014. She loved The Fitness Center so much she became a staff member to work with the Fit Kids, Silver Sneakers/Silver & Fit programs.

Karen lives in rural New Prague with her husband and two sons. In her spare time, she likes to run, garden, scrapbook and tackle home improvement projects. Karen is a proud Warrior in Pink and celebrates 7 years of living without cancer in October 2014.