Garrett Stangel

Health and fitness is and always has been my passion. It has served as a way to discover my strengths and weaknesses, to cope with stress, and to experience life firsthand.

As a United States Marine I helped to get and keep Marines in fighting shape. Since my time of service I have managed health clubs for Bally Total Fitness, operated corporate fitness centers for Quad Med, LLC (Quad Graphics), coached high school football, trained for the YMCA, and co-owned Horizon Health and Fitness in Middleton, WI.

Today I am a master trainer for the American Council on Exercise teaching Integrated Fitness Training workshops and am owner, trainer, and coach for Balance Fitness and Wellness, LLC.

I have trained as a bodybuilder and as a mixed martial artist and has competed in football, powerlifting, volleyball, triathlon, and obstacle course races.

I believes that the greatest moments of our lives are when we are challenged to the limits of our capabilities. As a personal trainer and wellness coach, my mission is to help you to clarify your vision of your best self and challenge you to take action through exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle modification. No excuses!

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About Me


  • Bachelor's Degree, Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Master's Degree, Education, Marquette University

Certifications / Trainings

ACE - Certified Medical Exercise Specialist
Expires: 2022-11-30 08:00:00 UTC
ACSM - ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
Expires: 2020-12-31 08:00:00 UTC

CPR Certified

American Heart Association
Agency Unavailable
Expires: 2022-12-30 08:00:00 UTC
Amerian Heart Association
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American Red Cross
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AED Certified

American Heart Association
Agency Unavailable
Expires: 2022-12-30 08:00:00 UTC
American Red Cross
Agency Unavailable

Liability Insurance

  • Lockton

Additional Information


$75.00 / hr

Payment Methods

Cash , Credit Cards , Personal Checks

Years Experience


Awards & Accomplishments

  • Personal Trainer of the Year and Living the Dream

Languages Spoken




9 Ratings

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Frank Pena on Feb 09, 2015

    I Am in need of a fitness trainer but not too expensive. Someone who will help me. Ive been gaining weight trough terrible diet and stress and depression.

  • by Angela Ryun on Jun 28, 2014

    Impressed already!

    I met Garrett through a few friends' recommendations. Yesterday was my first boot camp introduction and I was impressed by his information and demeanor before we even kicked our 'booties' in to gear.

    This morning, it took me twice as long to go down our stairs in our two-story home due to the 'good workout hurt' from yesterday and I'm Loving it! I've been wanting to meet with a personal trainer for a couple of years, but just never found the right individual, until now. I'm at that point in my life that all the working out I've been doing for years, just doesn't have the affect I want it to be, and I truly think Garrett will be the one to kick that all in to gear. Happy!

  • by User on Jun 27, 2014

    I cannot recommend Garrett highly enough. I came to him by recommendation of my chiropractor. I am a professional pianist and will spend hours a day practicing and rehearsing as well as performing, but it comes at a physical cost. Garrett has been doing site-specific training with me to strengthen my shoulders and back so that I can maintain a long day of practicing and rehearsing without pain. The fruit of his work with me has been more than I ever dreamed of, giving me endurance and strength while playing (not only in my back and shoulders but also in my hands and arms - an unexpected bonus), thus meaning I have the freedom and ability to continue working and doing what I love. That is a gift. He knows how to coach you through both the physical and mental aspects of the training. The depth of his knowledge of health and fitness continues to amaze and impress me as does his skill at structuring and building work-outs, both group and individual. He calls his training business Balance Fit. It is exceedingly well-named. If you are looking to build stamina for your work, lose weight, develop a better understanding of nutrition, or just for a terrific work-out, look no further than Garrett. It has been a privilege being trained by him.

  • by Jen Piette on Jun 27, 2014

    Garrett makes each class different, challenging and fun! He is incredibly knowledgable in all aspects of his job and is a great motivator. I'm so glad a friend got me connected with Garrett's boot camp class.

  • by Dr. Rick Hruby Jr on Apr 11, 2013

    Garrett is my Lead Trainer for my 8 Weeks To Wellness Program at Hruby Chiropractic Wellness in Greenfield. He put me through the program and mirrored my personality to keep me both focused and motivated for 2 H.I.I.T. (High Intensity Interval Trainings) twice per week for 8 weeks. Garrett has a wonderful ability keep you inspired and motivated throughout the hour workout. He has done amazing transformations with my patients as he helped them believe in themselves. I am grateful he is part of the wellness movement! Thanks Garrett! Dr. Rick Hruby

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