Fitness

INVIVO offers an alternative to high-traffic gyms. Our unique, clean and modern fitness center overlooking the Milwaukee River offers a variety of cardio and strength training equipment to help you achieve your fitness goals. We also offer a customized personal training program and weekly fitness classes to help keep you strong, challenged and highly motivated.

Working out in the Gym at INVIVO Milwaukee

Personal Training

Whether you are new to exercise or just need fresh ideas, our trainers are some of the best in Milwaukee and are ready to develop realistic and creative programs to keep you motivated. more »

Run Coaching

Our run coaching program helps build the skills you need to become a lifelong runner and instruct you in methods that can offer years of injury-free running and total body health. more »

Fitness Classes

Our fitness classes add variety, challenge and a great group dynamic to your workouts.  more »

SpeedFit

Train in a whole new way with the SpeedFit functional training system. Get ready to engage and challenge your neuromuscular system to create a stronger and more balanced body! more »

Your Fitness Staff

Milwaukee Ballet Barre Teacher

Alison Brown

RYT

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Alison Brown - RYT

Alison was born and raised in Hartland, WI. In her youth, Alison was active in cheerleading and First Stage Theater. She has been a competitive swimmer since she was 6 years old, and teaching swim lessons since the age of 15 for Lake Country Phoenix and Red Cross classes at Arrowhead High School. Her education took her to Mankato, Minnesota where she studied Anthropology and Nonprofit Leadership. Currently, Alison volunteers with local nonprofit organizations like PEARLS for Teen Girls and Kompost Kids. Her desire to teach people of all ages and backgrounds in order to provide a forum for self-defined strength and healing led her to become a Reiki practitioner in 2005 and earn her 200 hour Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) teacher through Haleybird Yoga Studio in 2013.

Alison has been a fire and hoop dancer since 2005 and has performed with local and internationally touring bands. Alison’s love of dance brought her to teach fitness classes like PiYO Strength, Pilates, Hoopnotica FIT since 2011 and most recently Ballet Barre. She encourages all class participants to have fun, breathe confidently and get to know their body as it moves it new ways supporting self-expression and ease in any movement.

Alison’s workshops history includes Conscious Forgiveness: a meditation course, Body image + Self-esteem + Self-love = FITABULOUS for the Girls Scouts of America, Kundalini Hoop Dance, YoHoop, a yoga class that uses a hula hoop as a prop & Finding the Flow for dancers and circus performers.

Q&A with Alison Brown

Q. How long have you been a group fitness instructor?
A. I have been teaching swim classes since 2003 and group fitness since 2011.

Q. What areas do you specialize in?
A. I specialize in Pilates, yoga, swim and hoop dance.

Q. What brought you to your current style of practice?
A. As a lifelong competitive swimmer I have always been in and around the pool. I was 15 when I began working as a swim coach. As a young girl I was a cheerleader and a participant in First Stage Theater camps which is when I got in touch with body movement that was even more fluid then swimming. Once I reached college I began seeking movement of all types and turned to yoga to help ease discomfort in the body through yoga and Pilates. I took 2 years away from competitive swim which gave me the opportunity to learn hoop dance and have been taking Zumba, Nia, and various dance workshops ever since 2005.

Q. What can a new student expect?
A. A new student can expect a challenging yet highly accessible class. I use a variety of teaching language so anyone can find that explanation they understand. I always start with a strong heat building warm up and encourage everyone to start small and get bigger. There is always a strong emphasis on alignment and safety for each individual and their wants/needs.

Q. What recent industry trends have you found most noteworthy?
A. The most recent trend I am excited about is fusion and integration – not only with class formats but also as a big picture. Fitness is no longer being viewed as just working the physical body but know includes a wider scope. Everything from the foods we eat, the thoughts we choose to think and even the ability to remove our ’selves’ in order to release stress and relax.

Q. What are your current personal wellness goals and how are you addressing them?
A. My personal wellness goals include a variety of things that have shifted a lot over time. Currently, maintaining a healthy self-body image is number one. This includes a large range of personal practices include breath work (pranayama) and even Reiki.

Q. What is your favorite beautiful spot in Milwaukee?
A. The view from the top of Kadish park at sunrise or sunset.

Q. What is your favorite place to eat in Milwaukee?
A. I really enjoy Beans and Barley but can never turn down Maharaja.

Q. What are your top three favorite things to do/hobbies?
A. Hoop Dance, Sing, and make upcycled art and crafts.

Q. What do you do to de-stress?
A. I meditate and practice yoga.

Ben Van Male, Personal Trainer at Invivo Wellness, Milwaukee WI

Ben Van Male

ACE-CPT

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Ben Van Male - ACE-CPT

Certified Personal Trainer, Running Coach

Ben is a certified personal trainer through American Council on Exercise. He holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in business where he also competed on the Track and Cross Country teams.

Ben loves to share his passion for fitness with clients and help them increase their energy, become more fit, and reach their personal goals. He enjoys the variety of working with a diverse group of clients. He challenges them with balance, coordination, and strength exercises that meet their specific fitness needs. His philosophy is to work smarter, not harder; maximizing the valuable time exercising and staying balanced through appropriate rest.

Ben has over 10 years of experience coaching high school and collegiate athletes in Cross Country and Track & Field. He is an avid runner and cyclist, competing in a variety of competitive events since he was a youngster and holds personal records of 4:29 for the mile, 16:00 for the 5K and 2:50 for the marathon. He personally enjoys anything active and outdoors, especially yoga, kayaking, snowboarding, fishing and travel.

Q&A with Ben Van Male

Q. How long have you been a personal trainer?
A. Just over one year.

Q. What areas do you specialize in?
A. I have an extremely varied clientele, from mid 20s to mid 70s and very athletic to just starting out in a fitness program. I enjoy the challenges of it all, from training someone to run a marathon, to taking their first steps into living an active lifestyle.

Q. What brought you to your current style of practice?
A. I have coached cross country and track & field for 13 years and have always been a book nerd that wanted to study what all the great coaches and athletes are doing to become better both physically and mentally. My style is based on that background, my ACE training and continued thirst for knowledge about what great trainers are doing.

Q. What can a new client expect?
A. Every client is different, but I use some variety of resistance training, cardio, plyometric, and balance work to some degree with everyone. I am attentive and use progress and regress exercises throughout the workout to create a challenging, yet fun and varied workout.

Q. What recent industry trends have you found most noteworthy?
A. Natural running and the advantages of getting out of these big chunky shoes that have been marketed to people for way too long!

Q. What are your current personal wellness goals and how are you addressing them?
A. I want to avoid lower back pain after having some overuse injuries a few months ago that have kept my running moderated and more appreciative of the powers of yoga and stretching. I want to run some track races and break a 16 year old personal record of mine in the 800 meter (half mile). I’d like to work on more speedwork, getting stronger and staying healthy.

Q. What is your favorite beautiful spot in Milwaukee?
A. The lakefront and Lake Drive all the way up to Port Washington, running and biking is beautiful and there are so many active people along the way. Also, a hidden gem is the Milwaukee River, especially between Hampton and North Ave, where there are awesome biking, hiking and running trails that are convenient to exercise in a very quiet space.

Q. What is your favorite place to eat in Milwaukee?
A. Nessun Dorma is a low key restaurant with terrific food and friendly staff.

Q. What are your top three favorite things to do/hobbies?
A. Running, biking and fishing. Running and biking keep me healthy and are a big part of who I am. I don’t get out fishing that often, but it’s a great way to slow down and get away from my hectic life.

Q. What do you do to de-stress?
A. Yoga or reading a book at a coffee shop.

Biz Casmer, Yoga Therapist and Instructor at Invivo

Biz Casmer

PYT, RYT, ACE-CGFI

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Biz Casmer - PYT, RYT, ACE-CGFI

Professional Yoga Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher

Biz has been teaching yoga for six years and practicing for over ten and enjoys dedicating her time and energy to sharing yoga with her students. Biz is a Certified Yoga Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher (500 hour) through Integrative Yoga Therapy. She is also a certified Pre and Post Natal Yoga Instructor through Global Yoga Center in Chicago, a Certified Group Fitness Instructor through the America Council on Exercise (ACE) and is currently pursuing her 1000 hour Professional Yoga Therapist certification through Integrative Yoga Therapy. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business, Advertising and Spanish from the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, MN and recently let go of her corporate career to focus her energy on helping people get closer to their true self through the practice of yoga. In addition to practicing and teaching yoga, Biz enjoys running, spending time with her husband and two dogs and partaking in just about any activity outside when the weather is warm!

Biz specializes in Yoga Therapy for back care, chronic fatigue, anxiety and depression, women’s health and pre/post-natal. If you are interested in working with Biz for private yoga therapy, please visit the front desk to schedule a consultation. biz@invivowellness.com.

Q&A with Biz Casmer

Q. How long have you been a yoga teacher?
A. Just over 6 years, and practicing for about 12.

Q. What areas do you specialize in?
A. Yoga Therapy, Mindful Vinyasa, Yoga to strengthen the core, pre and post natal yoga (including Mom & baby Yoga!) and Chakra based practices to open/balance our energy centers.

Q. What brought you to your current style of practice?
A. I began my yoga journey in a health club and practiced “competitive yoga”! Because of my overly flexible body, I ended up injuring myself and learned to love the therapeutic aspects of yoga instead. This changed my personal practice as well as the practice that I share with my students. I understand the importance of energizing and heating our body, but like to balance that with fluid movements to keep our mind and body mobile and hopefully free from injuries.

Q. What can a new student expect?
A. A new student to my group classes can expect a balanced class including body scans/awareness, breath, energy-body work (mudras/chakras), core work, a theme of some sort and definitely meditation. A private yoga or yoga therapy client can expect the same – just catered specifically to their special needs/injury/illness.

Q. What recent industry trends have you found most noteworthy?
A. Not recent, but as of late I have been very connected to the nutritional side of healing.Through the guidance of nutritionists, body-workers and friends I have been changing my personal eating habits and working really hard to cleanse my system. I have been sharing this with my group classes and private clients by leading yoga practices that cleanse different systems and organs in our body. I am finding that complimenting yoga with nutritional cleansing has been incredibly helpful for me and I love sharing what I have learned with my students.

Q. What are your current personal wellness goals and how are you addressing them?
A. My personal wellness goals are to continue to find balance between work, family/friends, my personal time and my yoga/meditation practice. This will be a lifelong journey/wellness goal!

Q. What is your favorite beautiful spot in Milwaukee?
A. Anywhere along the lakefront. I love being near the water and we are so blessed to have such a beautiful lake in our city!

Q. What is your favorite place to eat in Milwaukee?
A. Juniper 61. It is a walk from my house and somewhere that my husband and I like to go to get a good meal and unwind.

Q. What are your top three favorite things to do/hobbies?
A. Spend time with my husband and 2 pups, move – either yoga, walking or running and travel to new places.

Q. What do you do to de-stress?
A. Run, walk, meditate or enjoy an at-home yoga practice. Or – watch HGTV…for as long as humanly possible.

Garrett Van Auken, Personal Trainer at Invivo Wellness, Milwaukee WI

Garrett Van Auken

MS, ACE-cPT, CSCS

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Garrett Van Auken - MS, ACE-cPT, CSCS

Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor

Garrett is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is also an American Council on Exercise certified personal trainer. He holds a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology-exercise science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master of science degree in kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Garrett has been a personal trainer and CSCS since 2003. His work experience includes an internship with the Milwaukee Brewers as assistant to the strength and conditioning coordinator, group exercise leader at the University of Wisconsin Health Sports Medicine Fitness Center and recreational sports supervisor for the University of Wisconsin Intramural Department.

Q&A with Garrett Van Auken

Q. How long have you been a personal trainer and certified strength & conditioning specialist?
A. Since 2003.

Q. What areas do you specialize in?
A. I specialize in functional strength, core work and multi-joint exercises.

Q. What brought you to your current style of practice?
A. I realized quickly that functional and multi-joint exercises allowed me to get more “bang for my buck” while working out. I was able to hit many more muscle groups in the same amount of time as standard, single joint exercises. Plus, knowing that a majority of my clients would NOT be professional athletes, functional training allowed me to impact their everyday lives.

Q. What can a new client expect?
A. Obviously to work hard. I typically hit a lot more exercises with more variety than a lot of other personal trainers out there.

Q. What recent industry trends have you found most noteworthy?
A. More people and trainers are continuing to focus more on functional training. Also combining modalities, such as yogalates and cardio kickboxing, is becoming a hot trend.

Q. What are your current personal wellness goals and how are you addressing them?
A. I have always had a hard time putting on weight. People are probably going to get mad at me for saying this, but I’m pretty much the same weight since high school. So my goals are putting on 5-10 healthy pounds by continuing to lift weights and eating well.

Q. What is your favorite beautiful spot in Milwaukee?
A. For me personally, you can’t beat Bradford Beach on a perfect summer day.

Q. What is your favorite place to eat in Milwaukee?
A. I’m a fan of food, so I have a favorite Italian place, sushi place, etc. So way too many restaurants to name here.

Q. What are your top three favorite things to do/hobbies?
A. I’m big into sports. HUGE Badgers and Brewers fan so I’ll go to a lot and watch a lot of their games. As for me participating, I play volleyball, kickball, and softball. I’m also a runner so I’ll enter a lot of 5k and 10k races. Also in the past couple of years I’ve added miscellaneous races such as the Navy SEAL challenge, the Tough Mudder, the Warrior Dash, etc.

Q. What do you do to de-stress?
A. Nothing seems to work better than exercise and some good music while I’m working out. If it’s after a long day, I just like to go home and take off my shoes.

Kaila Schwartz personal trainer milwaukee

Kaila Schwartz

BS, CPT

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Kaila Schwartz - BS, CPT

Kaila graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. After graduating college she worked in a Physical Therapy office for a year as a Physical Therapist Aide. Her inspiration to become a personal trainer came from working with patients in the clinic. She wanted to help them continue with their therapeutic program outside of the clinic once being discharged. Kaila has been in the fitness industry for five years and specializes in pre and post rehab of the knees and hips. She has her personal training certification through the International Fitness Association. Not only does she love to help clients meet their therapeutic goals, she also enjoys helping people meet their weight loss and fitness goals. Kaila believes that goals are the most important details in life. Write them down, post them, and strive to achieve them, she is here to help you. Kaila’s motivation to continually pursue a high level of physical fitness not only comes from staying fit and healthy, but she wants to be a good role model to her clients, friends, and family. Her passion for fitness and promoting a healthy lifestyle will help to keep those around her motivated and excited about their fitness.

Q&A with Kaila Schwartz

Q. How long have you been a personal trainer?
A. I have been a personal trainer for 5 years.

Q. What areas do you specialize in?
A. I specialize in functional training as well as pre and post rehab of the knees and hips.

Q. What brought you to your current style of practice?
A. My initial interest in Physical Therapy brought me to my current style of practice in functional training.

Q. What can a new client expect?
A. An energetic trainer excited to get you to your fitness goals!

Q. What recent industry trends have you found most noteworthy?
A. Functional Training has become more and more popular. Performing exercises using our own body weight not only gets results but also helps us to perform in our day-to-day life.

Q. What are your current personal wellness goals and how are you addressing them?
A. My personal wellness goal is to regain the body I had while being a gymnast now at the age of 30. I am hitting the gym for some cardio and weight training but also implementing classes such as yoga and pilates to help in reaching my goals!

Q. What is your favorite beautiful spot in Milwaukee?
A. I love a beautiful day at Bradford Beach with a group of friends.

Q. What is your favorite place to eat in Milwaukee?
A. Lakefront Brewery for their Friday night fish fry!

Q. What are your top three favorite things to do/hobbies?
A. First and foremost I love spending time with my family and friends. I love taking walks with my teacup Yorkshire Terrier, Ellie, and relaxing on my balcony on a day off or after a busy day at work.

Q. What do you do to de-stress?
A. I will hit the gym for a great workout and then curl up on the couch with my cat, dog, and a good movie.

invivo milwaukee yoga

Mauriah Kraker

ACE-CPT

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Mauriah Kraker - ACE-CPT

Mauriah brings her experience as an internationally ranked gymnast to her personal training. She represented the United States in international competitions, culminating in her selection as team captain for the 2002 World Championships. She then went on to explore different modes of physicality, earning her BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, as well as her personal training, fitness coaching and YogaFit certifications. She has toured internationally with the highly physical dance company PILOBOLUS, trained clients throughout New York and Asia, as well as developed morning exercise routines for international schools in Thailand and Taiwan.

Mauriah focuses on creating highly specific training programs that support and allow for ease of movement for a client’s daily work and routine. She enjoys the challenge of discovering new ways to use core, cardio, gymnastic and weight bearing exercises in order to challenge and develop a client’s physical strength and belief in themselves, both in and out of the gym setting.

Q&A with Mauriah Kraker

Q. How long have you been a personal trainer?
A. 5 years.

Q. What areas do you specialize in?
A. I am very interested in bringing the breathing, alignment and coordination principles found in dance, yoga and Pilates into more traditional fitness exercises.

Q. What brought you to your current style of practice?
A. My first experience with physical fitness was in a gymnastics realm with a very extreme training regime that severely damaged my body. Later, I discovered practices that have healed my body: yoga, Pilates, swimming, as well as developmental movement sequences. I now work to blend more traditional physical fitness methods with core strengthening and active isolated stretching principles in order to reach a healthy balance.

Q. What can a new client expect?
A. A new client can expect a focus on alignment, strength and coordination puzzles and games, cardio intervals and core strengthening, all strung together with plenty of encouragement.

Q. What recent industry trends have you found most noteworthy?
A. The importance of correct and timely stretching, exercises bearing one’s own body weight as well as functional training geared towards supporting a client’s daily work and routine are the most important and long lasting trends.

Q. What are your current personal wellness goals and how are you addressing them?
A. My focus is to remain pain free and capable of a full range of joint motion for as long as possible. I believe this is possible through sticking closely to a diet of unprocessed foods, and engaging my body in exercises that strengthen, stabilize and lengthen. My bigger goal is always to deepen my breathing, supporting my work, movements and moods both in and out of the gym setting.

Q. What is your favorite beautiful spot in Milwaukee?
A. The art museum and the Oak Leaf Trail.

Q. What is your favorite place to eat in Milwaukee?
A. Café Corazon, Bombay Sweet.

Q. What are your top three favorite things to do/hobbies?
A. I love to read, send out homemade postcards and letters, and make site-specific dances in different cities.

Q. What do you do to de-stress?
A. De-stressing equals moving my body: hot yoga, power walking, riding my bike a little too aggressively.

Sherie Drees, Milwaukee Fitness Teacher at INVIVO

Sherie Drees

AFAA-CFI

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Sherie Drees - AFAA-CFI

Sherie Drees is an AFAA certified fitness instructor who has taught fitness classes since 2011 and has experience in kickboxing, weight and kettlebell training, tabata, bootcamps, core, interval and circuit training. She has a Master of Science in Education from Concordia University, an art teaching Certification, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from UW-Milwaukee. Sherie is married with twin boys and credits fitness for helping her succeed in creating a balanced life. It is her goal as a fitness instructor to help clients achieve that same sense of balance by empowering and challenging them within the fitness class. Through her passion and knowledge she hopes to inspire others to meet and exceed their own fitness goals.

Q&A with Sherie Drees

Q. How long have you been a fitness teacher?
A. I started February 2011.

Q. What areas do you specialize in?
A. Bootcamp, Kickboxing, and Circuit classes.

Q. What brought you to your current style of practice?
A. I personally strive to challenge myself within my workouts in order to push myself further than I thought possible. I’ve found that full body functional strength training utilizing weights, kettlebells, TRX bands and your own body weight is an excellent way to build the core and create a total body conditioning.

Q. What can a new student expect?
A. My classes focus on utilizing the core muscles, full body strength training and incorporate bouts of high intensity cardio.

Q. What recent industry trends have you found most noteworthy?
A. The overall focus on core strength and combination moves utilizing the entire body along with exercises that use your own body weight.

Q. What are your current personal wellness goals and how are you addressing them?
A. My biggest goal is to keep a sense of peace and balance within my life. I’ve found that taking care of myself gives me the energy I need to focus on the important people in my life. I maintain an active lifestyle, eat healthy foods and workout 4-6 times a week.

Q. What is your favorite beautiful spot in Milwaukee?
A. The beaches along the lake.

Q. What is your favorite place to eat in Milwaukee?
A. The Pasta Tree

Q. What are your top three favorite things to do/hobbies?
A. Working out, Reading and Swimming.

Q. What do you do to de-stress?
A. I’ve always gravitated towards high intensity workouts as a way to de-stress.