Ted Fournier

Ted Fournier

BS, NPTI – CPT | Owner, Fitness Professional

Ted Fournier began his fitness career as a personal trainer with Orange Shoe in 2012. Ted is a graduate of UConn with a bachelor’s degree in Finance (2006) and is a Certified Personal Trainer through NPTI (2012). His dedication to health and fitness began after a tremendous recovery from multiple traumatic injuries received in a 2007 car accident. Ted believes that everyone should have an opportunity to live a fun, healthy, and fit lifestyle, whether they are disabled or an athlete. He enjoys helping clients find a way to fall in love with fitness and believes workouts should be approached with excitement and serve as an escape from daily tasks. Ted is drawn to the challenge of developing goal-oriented programs for clients of all background and fitness levels.

Q: Why did you become a personal trainer?
A: To help people from all backgrounds live better by learning to enjoy fitness

Q: What has been one of your favorite client experiences?
A:Working with a client who was told they required immediate knee surgery avoid the surgery and become pain free for three years and counting.

Q: What is your proudest physical achievement?
A: Improving from being told I’d walk with a cane the rest of my life to competing at the top level of fitness classes around the city, without my peers being aware of my physical limitations and past injuries.

Q: Why do you love Orange Shoe?
A: I hold our service in such high regard that if I left the fitness industry, there would be no other place I’d choose to be trained than Orange Shoe.

Paul Rogus Personal Trainer

Paul Rogus

BS, CSCS | Fitness Professional

Paul is a graduate of Carroll University in Wisconsin, where he received his bachelors in Exercise Science and additionally completed all of his didactic coursework in the school’s physical therapy program. However, it became evident fitness and wellness is his first passion while performing physical therapy clinical internships, and he is ecstatic to be part of the team at Orange Shoe! Paul is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) that has strong passions for food, sports, travel, and helping people achieve their fitness and health goals.

Q: Why did you become a personal trainer?
A: Being an avid fan of fitness and helping people, it was a no brainer.

Q: What has been one of your favorite client experiences?
A: Having one of my clients make the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew Team and holding her position for five years.

Q: What is your proudest physical achievement?
A: Lifting a combined total 1,060 lbs. between the deadlift, squat, and bench press.

Q: Why do you love Orange Shoe?
A: Being a part of this community does not even feel like I am at work!

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Samantha Michelau

BS – Public Health, ACE-CPT | Fitness Professional

Sam discovered at an early age how to make fitness and healthy living an important part of her daily life through her love of running. She also discovered that working on strength and interval training ultimately made her a better runner and improved her fitness level. Sam graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in Public Health. There, she continued to grow her knowledge and deepen her passion for wellness by learning the tools to provide others to make better lifestyle choices. After graduating, Sam wanted to focus more on fitness and learning the fundamentals of becoming a personal trainer in order to spread this knowledge and love of fitness. Sam feels that personal training is a great hands on approach that helps clients learn how to become more physically active but also to create their own paths towards a healthy lifestyle outside of their workouts. Sam is excited to be part of the Orange Shoe team.

Q: Why did you become a personal trainer?
A: To encourage others to find the motivation to get healthy! Also to help others achieve and strive for their goals inside and outside of the gym!

Q: What has been one of your favorite client experiences?
A: Leading the Orange Chisel small group training session! Clients bring high energy to this new class I designed and I love seeing how hard everyone works, but also having lots of fun throughout class!

Q: What is your proudest physical achievement?
A: Training and competing for a half marathon in Georgetown, Colorado. Running in mountains was a new challenge, different from any race in the Midwest.

Q: Why do you love Orange Shoe?
A: I love the culture and clients at Orange Shoe. Everyone is each others cheerleader, it is a safe and welcoming environment from experts to beginners.

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Pablo Ramirez

BS, ACSM-CPT | Fitness Professional

Pablo is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago where he received his bachelor’s in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science & Health Promotion. As a cross country, track, and swimming athlete during his teen years, he developed a love for exercise and has since been encouraging others to develop this same passion. Using knowledge from his bachelor’s degree and Certified Personal Training Certification from the American College of Sports Medicine, Pablo underwent a significant weight loss journey that has since changed his life. He is enthusiastic to share this knowledge with the Orange Shoe community and ensure his clients reach their goals.

Q: Why did you become a personal trainer?
A: To make sure people can enjoy life through movement without hindrance, whether it’s beating their personal record in a marathon, keeping up in a sport with friends, or just being able to play catch with their grandchildren.

Q: What has been one of your favorite client experiences?
A: Seeing my client comfortably fit back into her old prom dress, which gave her the confidence to put herself back out there and find her future hubby.

Q: What is your proudest physical achievement?
A: Taking on exercise as an alternative medicine, which lead to dropping my body fat in half.

Q: Why do you love Orange Shoe?
A: Our personalized service lets us truly connect with clients. Seeing these clients progress and reach their goals is what keeps me coming back to The Shoe.

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Rich Lindell

NPTI – CPT | Fitness Professional

Rich Lindell has been in the logistics field for more than 20 years, but his real passion is working out and training. He began working out when he was 12 years old, as a way to stay out of trouble after school while his mom was still at work. It soon became a way of life for him. In 2012, Rich decided to take his passion and turn it into a career, so he attended the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) and became a Certified Personal Trainer. Rich is committed to helping each of his clients to feel better about themselves, to be healthy, and to achieve their personal fitness and health goals. When he isn’t working out or training, Rich enjoys spending time with his wife, his four kids, and his dog.

Q: Why did you become a personal trainer?
A: I wanted to show/teach people that reaching their fitness and health goals can be, not only FUN, but also EASY.

Q: What has been one of your favorite client experiences?
A: I enjoy all my clients, but the best is when they think, “I’ll never be able to do that” (ex: pull-ups). But within a few weeks/months, they’re doing it, and much more!

Q: What is your proudest physical achievement?
A: I’m in my early 40s and I now exercise smarter and better then I did when I was in my 20s. Age is just a number.

Q: Why do you love Orange Shoe?
A: At Orange Shoe, our clients get to work with ALL of the Trainers, as opposed to other gyms/studios where you get only one, even if that isn’t the best match for you.

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Laura Brown

MS, RD, ACSM-CPT | Fitness Professional

Laura has a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and Health from Miami University of Ohio and a Masters of Science in Kinesiology with emphasis in Exercise Physiology from Michigan State University. Additionally, Laura is a Registered Dietitian with extensive experience working in the community and clinical setting. Laura strongly believes in the power of a balanced, whole food diet and regular physical activity, and she is excited to help members of the Orange Shoe community reach their health goals!

Q: Why did you become a personal trainer?
A: To help others realize the incredible benefits of regular physical activity so that they can live their lives to the fullest!

Q: What has been one of your favorite client experiences?
A: Watching a patron transform from a quiet, back row participant to a confident, front-row leader in one of my strength training classes.

Q: What is your proudest physical achievement?
A: Running my first half marathon. I still remember the first time I tried running and having to stop after a minute. I have come a long way!

Q: Why do you love Orange Shoe?
A: It is a great community of people who inspire each other to make healthy choices!

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