Meet Your Trainer and Coach

Maki B. Uechi-Brooker


Maki has been training clients for more than 34 years. She is a nationally certified Exercise Physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine and received her bachelor of science in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004. She received her master of arts in education from North Park University in 2009.

Maki has been working for the Galter Life Center for the past 18 years, providing solo, duet and small group training, developing exercise programming for fee-based specialty courses, training newly hired personal trainers and teaching a wide array of group exercise classes. Maki received her Wellness Coach certification from Wellcoaches Corporation in 2010, which provided her the opportunity to facilitate Wellcoaching sessions for participants in Galter LifeCenter’s Eat Move Lose Program – a comprehensive group weight loss program that is designed for clients who are overweight or with medical conditions directly related to weight gain. Additionally she has written a number of articles for Galter LifeCenter’s quarterly newsletter and conducted community workshops and presentations. She previously taught several courses for the Department of Exercise and Sport at North Park University.

Maki’s approach to training and coaching is client-centered, strength-based and holistic. She establishes an understanding of each client’s current health and wellness as a platform for creating a personalized plan and setting goals. She believes that sustainable behavioral changes occur when clients have high levels of self-efficacy and confidence. She helps clients achieve this by building on their unique strengths, talents and abilities in realizing their full potential. Additionally, she champions her clients’ successes and encourages them to see failure as an opportunity for growth. Maki will push you to work at maximum capacity while maintaining proper technique and form. She has an inherent ability to create fun, dynamic, results-oriented and efficient exercise programs.

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    "Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states." --Carol Welch

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    Change your exercise routine every 4-6 weeks to prevent training plateaus – For example, manipulate the training variables, such as the amount of weight, number of sets or repetitions and rest periods between sets and sessions. Changing one or all of your exercises can make a huge difference and give you measurable progress in strength, power and sport performance. Adding something new can also decrease your risk of injury and keep you motivated to stick with your exercise program. Keep your workouts varied. Have fun and stay interested!
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