Personal Trainers

Ensuring the quality and integrity of our personal trainers, class instructors, and overall facility is top priority at FitnessQuest; not only is it integral to the success of our business, but more importantly, it is essential to helping our clients achieve their goals. Read on to learn more about our terrific team and facility.

Chip Taggart, Bachelor of Science, Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist
President, FitnessQuest

Hello, my name is Chip Taggart and I'm a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science and completed all my course work for my Masters in Exercise Physiology, both at the University of Kansas. I have three kids; Austin the oldest is 10 years old, Andrew and Nolan (the twins) are 7 years old. However, my wife Michele would tell you that I add as our "fourth boy". Sunshine, a blonde Shih-Tzu has been a part of our family for three years now. Most would say that black is not an actual color, if that's the case then black is my favorite non-color. I love the foods that most trainers would advise people to stay away from, junk food. Although lately I have tried to stay away from junk food, it hasn't been as easy as I thought it would be. When I was 19 years old, I broke my C5 vertebrae after diving into a shallow pond and hitting my head on the bottom. I love what I do and I have devoted most of my life to fitness, both for me personally and professionally helping others. I feel there is very little in a person's life that is not positively impacted by increased fitness and better health. I have helped literally hundreds of people change their lives for the better through exercise.

Todd Leonard, Bachelor of Science, Certified Personal Trainer
Vice President, FitnessQuest

Hello, my name is Todd Leonard and I'm the Vice President of FitnessQuest. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in both Exercise Science and Nutrition from Kansas State University. I have four children; Tate, 9, Trey, 7, Alyssa, 5, and Alec, 3. I do not have any pets, four children is enough in a busy household like mine. My favorite color is green and my guilty pleasure in life is chocolate. In my free time I love to road bike, work out and play different sports with the kids. As far as battle wounds go, I have torn my right rotator cuff and sprained both of my ankles several times. I enjoy working on my back muscles the most and I enjoy working in the fitness industry so that I may have a positive impact on the lives of others.

Shannon Reed Brady, Registered Nurse
Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor

Hi, my name is Shannon Brady. I've been a member of the FitnessQuest family working as both personal trainer and membership director since we opened our doors in November 2005. My background is in healthcare working as a nurse for 17 years before leaving to pursue a full time career in fitness. I am an Idaho native and graduated from the nursing program at the College of Southern Idaho and finished my education at Boise State University (Go Broncos!). While I will always be an Idaho girl, I have grown to love the midwest and the people. My husband, Michael and I have a wonderful teenager named Connor. Our house stays active with three additional family members, Tug, Bodie and Jigs (all pugs). I taught Jazzercise for 7 years and retired in 2007. I completed my first triathalon in August 2007. I run several short course races through the year as well. My favorite way to relax is to sneak off with a mindless magazine and good glass of wine. My most severe battle scar dates back to when I was 6 and I received severe burns on my tongue from a frozen pipe. I'm always available for workout, nutrition or even a little nursing advice...don't hesitate to ask!

Jill Buchert, Certified Personal Trainer
Personal Trainer

Hello, my name is Jill Buchert and Iím an ACE certified personal trainer. I am also one of the trainers for FitnessQuestís biggest loser program conducted twice a year. I have helped many individuals of all age groups and fitness levels to achieve their fitness goals. I believe that being healthy is the most important thing we can do for ourselves, and that healthy is defined differently for each individual. I strive to tailor exercise programs for each clientís specific needs and offer many workout options from individual training to group training, classes and program design. There is no greater reward for me than to help someone believe in their abilities, and realize a healthier lifestyle through exercise and proper nutrition.

Jason Allen, Bachelor of Science, Certified Personal Trainer
Personal Trainer, Group Instructor

Hello, my name is Jason Allen and Iím a certified Personal Trainer through the American Fitness Professionals and Associates. I am originally from Bryan/College Station, Texas, but came to the Midwest on a wrestling scholarship to Missouri Valley College, where I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science. I have one son; Jacob, 4 years old. I own a long haired terrier mix named Tatty. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors, camping, canoeing, being at the lake, playing the drums and working out. Iíve been very active in sports since I was very young; playing baseball, football, track and wrestling. Since ending my college wrestling career, Iíve competed in powerlifting and strongman competitions. My favorite muscles to work would definitely be my shoulders. I enjoy working in the fitness industry to impact peoplesí lives, help them reach their goals and the satisfaction of their success.

Maribeth Hagen, Bachelor of Arts, Certified Personal Trainer
Personal Trainer & Nutritionist

My name is Maribeth Hagen. I offer my expertise in personal training and nutrition. I recently graduated from Butler University, Indianapolis, with a B.A. in Nutrition and Exercise Science along with an extensive background in dance training and performance. Last summer, I had the opportunity to create a 90-day nutrition campaign that was distributed to over 200 businesses in the Kansas City Area. I have led several nutrition and exercise seminars and am an ACSM certified personal trainer. My passion for helping others achieve their health and fitness potential leads me to FitnessQuest with excitement and genuine interest in each one of my clients.

Wright Summers
Facilities Volunteer

My name is Wright Summers and I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of South Tennessee and have been a licensed realtor and broker since 1972 in both Kansas and Missouri. I have two kids, Susan, 41 and Shannon, 38 and a dog named Sam. In my free time I enjoy golfing, being with friends and traveling, preferably in the outdoors. I also enjoy eating good food like Italian, not bad food like sushi or liver. My favorite color is green. When exercising, I enjoy working on my chest, arms and shoulders. I have a couple of battle wounds, including having my C5 and C6 removed from my neck and I blew out my L4 in my lower back. I enjoy working at FitnessQuest because it has a happy environment with no complaint department.

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