Thursday, May 22, 2014

Meet Travis!

When you go to the gym every day (sometimes twice a day!) it's a given that you're going to get to know the other regulars. After all, you probably see them more than your family and friends! On that note, I'm excited to feature some of my new friends in a few Q&A posts. First up, Travis Halena!

Travis is one of the first people I met at the Downtown YMCA when I took his lunch-hour Y-Blitz class. I knew I would like his class as soon as I saw an obstacle course set up in the room. I love it when instructors know how to make a tough workout fun!

Years at the YMCA: I have worked in my current role as the Group Exercise Coordinator for just over a year this month. I have been teaching classes at the Y for the last 2 years.

YMCA Classes: I am the lead trainer for all of our Functional Fitness classes, including Y-Blitz, all TRX classes (Core, Cardio Circuit, Fusion and TRX Kettle Bell) and all Y-Kettle Bell classes (Basics, Interval Circuit, GX, Momentum and Core). I also teach Y-Functional Fit Camp, Y-Fuse, Absolution and the best thing in Milwaukee during the summer, Y-Beach Camp!

Best song to get pumped up for a workout:  Besides Y-Fuse music, I would have to say… Kanye West – Power

How did you get into fitness?
I always worked out growing up while playing sports but It wasn’t until I got into college that I became obsessed with fitness as a whole. Lifting weights became my passion and I started to make myself more rounded with everything fitness. I started personal training and the rest is history.

Do you have a fitness philosophy?
I have a lot, but the most relevant two that I always say are “tears get you nothing, sweat gets you results” and “fitness is a marathon not a sprint.” 

Travis leading TRX Fusion at the Downtown YMCA

What is your workout routine?
I change my routine about every two months to include some new focuses so I can be as well rounded as I can. In general, I strength train 3-4 days a week, with a strong focus on the legs and back muscles. I also fit in TRX suspension training, Kettle Bell and bodyweight training 3-4 times a week . These things help me be the best role model that I can for all of my classes and keep me the most functionally fit. For cardio, I take and teach our Y-Fuse classes as well as do hill sprints and Kettle Bell swings. Top it all off with lots of foam rolling and stretching, because If I don’t take care of my body, I’m useless as an instructor!

Which Y class should everyone try?
I think the class with the most bang for your buck are our Y-Kettle Bell classes. Whether you are brand new or extremely fit, this class just fits in so much at once. It’s going to give you a great cardiovascular and muscular endurance workout. At the same time, it’s going to build your total body strength, not just one thing at a time. But the best thing, is the way it works a spot people tend to neglect most: the core. Remember the core is not just your abs; it’s your abs, hips, obliques, glutes, hamstrings and, most importantly, lower back! Kettle bell is going to not only strengthen these areas, but it will work on your flexibility. On average, our participants lose 2-3% body fat in just one month of class if they attend them regularly. 

Want to meet Travis in person? Try out one of his classes at the Downtown YMCA or sign up for Y Beach Camp this summer! 

Tell me: If given the chance, what question would you ask a fitness professional?

Stay tuned - more Y profiles are on the way!

- ST


  1. Love this! It's always interesting to see how different people got into their field and their perspectives on it :)

    1. I agree and I love hearing about different people's workout routines :)