Stephanie Tomlinson graduated from ICC in 2016 with an associate’s degree in Science. In 2018 she graduated from Eureka College with a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology—Exercise Science. Has interned at Pearce and is highly experienced in the group exercise classes. Stephanie specializes in group exercise, interval training, and strength endurance. She is Les Mills BodyATTACK, BodyPUMP, and RPM certified.
“Willpower is like a muscle—the more you train it, the stronger it gets, say you can and you will.”
Megan Rupiper leverages her education and background to deliver training plans tailored to the unique fitness and medical needs of her clients.
With a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science, Megan specializes in post-rehabilitation exercise, working with many clients who have undergone knee and hip replacement. Her vast experience also includes personal training services to clients in LaJolla, California and course design work in anatomy and nutrition at the National Personal Training Institute in North Carolina.
Megan and her husband have competed in many triathlons.
Certified Personal Trainer, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.
Certified Spinning® Instructor, Mad Dogg.
After six years of instructing a variety of group fitness classes and styles, and two years of Personal Training, Sarah joined us to help teach outdoor fitness classes while we were in Phase 3, and decided to continue instructing classes and training clients as we’ve moved into Phase 4. She said she wanted to join the Pearce team after experiencing a warm, welcoming attitude from the staff and members that created a big family and friendly vibe when she first arrived.
In both of her roles, Sarah says she hopes to help more people meet or exceed their health and fitness goals in sustainable ways aimed at long-term health and happiness. Specializing in hands-on assisted stretch, Sarah’s group fitness class list includes Yoga, PiYo, Silver Sneakers Yoga, and custom-choreographed classes by request.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending quality time with her family, and her “crazy black cat that is toilet-trained and a great mouser!” Her hobbies include remodeling her house, and she has been studying personology and feng shui for several years.
Three words that others have used to describe her are: Tenacious, Hard-Working, and Versatile.
Some of her favorite short, inspirational quotes are: “Grateful, not greedy;” “Practice to progress;” and “It’s the human condition to have highs and lows.”
Payton Hufnagel joins the Pearce team after recently moving to Chillicothe and hearing great things about Pearce! She began personal training in the student recreation center at Southern Illinois University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, and her ACSM Certification.
In her role as a personal trainer, Payton says she hopes to help others establish a healthier lifestyle, and ultimately achieve their fitness goals.
In her spare time, Payton enjoys working out, hiking, and spending time outdoors. Three words that have been used to describe her are: Driven, Curious, and Passionate.
One of her favorite inspiration quotes is, “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”
Tamra Dickman joins the Pearce Personal Training staff after 20 years of membership at Pearce. She has been teaching Physical Education and Health for 30 years in Peoria Public Schools and has always had an interest in health and fitness, and wants to share that knowledge with others.
In addition to her years of teaching, Tamra has a Masters Degree in Kinesiology, is NASM certified, and has instructed swim lessons, Zumba, and CPR courses in the past.
As a Personal Trainer, Tamra says she wants to help others reach their fitness goals, while emphasizing that those goals are not just physical. “Fitness is a mindset. I want to inspire people to be healthy physically, mentally, and socially.”
Her favorite quote is, “You can’t compete with me, because I want you to win too.”