NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Matthew brings a degree in theater and background in playwriting to his new career as a personal trainer.
Performing on stage since elementary school, Matthew was introduced to the concept of the human body as an incredible machine—an amazingly resilient instrument able to achieve incredible things if given the right attention and tools to do so.
Although new to formal fitness training, Matthew has always held an interest in personal health and wellness. Working and training as an actor can be a physically demanding pursuit. Without body control and proper muscular development, as well as competent balance and coordination, acting will take its toll.
Theater work is about concentration, focus, and breathing—all skills a competent stage actor needs to have. These abilities, along with communication with others, adapts well to personal fitness training.
Matthew is a firm believer that good health habits of nutrition and exercise can be cemented into our lives. He cites himself as an example that it’s never too late to begin a dedicated exercise routine for reaching fitness goals in strength training and cardio endurance.
One person’s passion can be transferable to others. Matthew plans to bring his passion for nutrition and fitness into his personal training sessions and guide others toward their wellness goals, whatever they may be.
Matthew holds a bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of Wisconsin Parkside.
Q & A with Matthew Konkel
Q. How long have you been a fitness professional?
A. My career in fitness began in 2021. Although I’ve just begun, my enthusiasm and eagerness to help others reach their fitness goals is mighty!
Q. What areas do you specialize in?
A. I love to work with those who are looking to establish a new exercise routine or those who may have let their exercise habits slip and need help getting back into the practice.
Q. What can a new student expect?
A. I promise to provide new clients with challenging and engaging fitness sessions coupled with compassion and empathy. Each session is personalized for individuals to help them reach their goals.
Q. What recent industry trends have you found noteworthy?
A. There are two trends I find notable: Exercise as medicine and bodyweight training.
It’s true, I believe, even just a little bit of regular exercise can have a profound effect on our health and significantly reduce our chances of developing chronic disease. I’m going to do what I can to encourage others to keep moving.
When the average person thinks about exercise, running and weight training are the common images that come to mind. These are great activities, but there’s so much more available to us in the form of bodyweight training that is just as effective. I like to utilize simple but valuable bodyweight training in my programming as much as I can.
Q. What are your current wellness goals and how are you addressing them?
A. In addition to trying to reach and maintain my optimal overall health, I’m currently working on muscular hypertrophy to prove muscle can be gained even in our fifth decade of life. I eat mostly whole foods, get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water, seek out things that give me joy and laughter, and consistently exercise five to six days a week.
Q. What is your favorite beautiful spot in Milwaukee?
A. Although I love living in the city, I feel at home in any place with trees and hiking trails. From the south side to the north there are great places to get a good hike in or just relax among the urban located greenery.
Q. What is your favorite place to eat in Milwaukee?
A. Celesta. The food is always great and the service is always top notch.
Q. What are your top three favorite things to do/hobbies?
A. I love to go for bike rides long and short. Nothing is better than a summer run. I also enjoy watching movies, keeping up on the news, reading novels, and cooking new recipes.
Q.What do you do to de-stress?
A. I’m a natural introvert so the best way I find to de-stress and reset for the next day is to spend some alone time, reading, or finding a quiet space to collect my thoughts. Eating some hummus on whole-wheat toast works too!