2017 Readers’ Choice: Wendy Stoll, personal trainer

Wendy Stoll, 48, of Lansing, has been in the personal training business for more than 25 years. Starting her own business after being a group exercise instructor at local gyms, she’s honed her craft and has found quite the niche.

She specializes in working with women with their exercise, wellness and nutrition. She prides herself on making sure her clients exercise with the proper form while keeping workouts fresh and creative.

She works with her clients on creating a custom program, that they help design. And, if that isn’t enough, she makes house calls.

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“I’m very honored and excited to be featured as a Top Fitness Pro,” she said. “I would like to thank all of my clients who took the time to vote for me! After 25 years in business, I’m proud to say I have developed a lot of friendships with some very special clients. My long-term clients have become like family to me. I genuinely care about my clients. I try to give them 100 percent, so they in turn will give me 100 percent and reap the results.”

Aislinn Hayes, of Barrie, Canada, trained with Stoll when she was getting ready for college volleyball. “Wendy was a great motivator,” she said. “I was working towards receiving an athletic scholarship for volleyball. Wendy’s tips, advice and workout really helped me and became part of my training regimen. I played all four college years, and now as a 30-year-old married mother of three and full time school teacher. Wendy’s upbeat spirit and training ideas definitely played a part in my success and continued love of athletics.”

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She said she doesn’t have an exact number of clients, but said that she works up to 10 hours a day throughout the week.

“There is no cookie-cutter approach to my job,” Stoll said. “Understanding that every client is different, and listening to their needs is critical. We work together to achieve goals even if they are small steps. Clients tell me they hear my voice when I’m not with them…which is a true compliment.”

To reach Stoll, call her at 517.303.9413 or visit www.wendystoll.com.

About the Readers’ Choice nomination process

Who makes the greatest difference to your health and wellness? Good question. Healthy & Fit Magazine spent the latter part of 2016 asking you, our reader, to describe and nominate the top health and wellness professional in your life – the one who is helping you to live your best life. Nominations ran the gamut. We had nurses, dietitians, doctors, dentists — you name it. Someone was nominated in each category.

This was by every definition a successful search. We had nearly 1,000 nominations come in for our first year. It was impressive. We asked each reader to not only nominate their top fitness professional, but share a personal experience as to why they should be featured. There are a lot of health and wellness professionals in the area held in high esteem by their clients.

We kept the categories open, too, hoping to have many different types of professionals cited.

The following professionals were nominated by their clients. In many cases, they had several nominations. It was hard for the Healthy & Fit Magazine editorial team to pick the best story from the bunch, but we did. And we’re proud of the outcome.

Read more about the winners as the stories are posted:

  1. Aaron Holly, physical therapist
  2. Ann Renee Chrapkiewicz, yoga instructor
  3. Nate Feldpausch, CrossFit coach
  4. Walter Crockett, personal trainer
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