Trainer Bios




Ray Bardwell Graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise. Ray Spent the first part of his career as a Health Club Owner, Fitness Director, Personal Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach. Previously certified through American Council on Exercise, Ray's passion was working on performance improvements in general and athletic populations of all ages and gender. Early in his career, Ray had the opportunity to get into the professional consulting and sales management of health and fitness products and equipment. Ray then spent the last 25 years of his successful career consulting for YMCA's, Health Clubs, Universities (Athletics and Recreation), Housing and Home Fitness.

Two years ago, Ray founded Strengthio Fitness, located in Downtown Grand Rapids. Strengthio Fitness specializes in a new and used commercial and home fitness equipment. The team is comprised of a team of industry experts and veterans and looks for new innovations in systems and more efficient paths with technology.

Strengthio Coach was also founded by Ray Bardwell with the goal of taking a psychological approach to fitness and pair certain exercise related criteria with the personality traits of the exerciser. This is a groundbreaking approach to individual fitness and fitness consulting.

Ray's hobbies are spending time with family, basketball, wakeboarding and mountain biking. He also enjoys volunteering at the Special Olympics organization as a head basketball coach of the Hawks!


Personal Training Director

As a geriatric and pediatric licensed practical nurse, April Snow owned and operated her own fitness center in 1982. April is currently a certified Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor NETA for 38 years April has also secured a Wellness Longevity Specialist Certification.

She was also an ELITE Glamor Model and an Elite Fitness Model in the UFE. April competed successfully in the Masters Heavy Weight NPC Body Building State Championship and the Masters Figure Champion NPC 2014. April is also a BLS CRP Instructor.

April is the most passionate individual about fitness and she genially enjoys helping individuals improve their health and reach their goals.

April has 3 children and enjoys spending time with her 6 grandchildren. She LOVES dogs and the elderly! April has a passion for doing research in our environments and protecting our planet.


Certified Exercise Physiologist/Consultant

Don Started in Fitness Industry in 1977 working for a chain of Nautilus Fitness Centers through 1984. Don worked as a trainer and manager for several high end clubs before becoming an owner of Anytime Fitness.

In 1996 Certified was certified by American College of Sports Medicine "Health Fitness Specialist" *(maintained certifications & CPR)/Personal Trainer. Don is currently working as a Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach and a professional fitness equipment consultant. Don has enjoyed incredible success managing huge fitness and strength and conditioning projects of all types but specializing in Athletics.

Don's hobbies include classic cars as an owner of a (1971 Chevelle SS). Hi-end Home Theater. All Sports, Strength & Conditioning.