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Kristen Richers was born and raised outside of Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a B.S. in Kinesiology and shortly after moved to New York City. Her clients have spanned from professional dancers and celebrities to cardiac rehab and joint replacement recovery. In addition to Personal Training and teaching Group Fitness classes, she managed several gyms and worked with companies like New York Sports Clubs, NBC Universal, and Optum. Over the years Kristen has helped certify and mentor hundreds of trainers and group fitness instructors, and continues to do so as a NASM preferred partner and PSU Kinesiology Alumni Mentor. She also serves with the American Heart Association as a Lay Stakeholder Representative in Science and Research.

Kristen was a competitive Irish Dancer starting at the age of 7, working all the way up to competing at the Irish Dancing World Championships in both 2009 and 2019. Her dance background makes all of her fitness classes fun, positive, and uplifting! She specializes in strength training and corrective exercise, and especially enjoys training pre- and post-natal performance clients. In January 2022, Kristen completed her Birth Doula training with the Harbor Birth Institute, and is excited to offer full-spectrum birth doula services to clients.

Currently, Kristen lives in Nashville, TN, growing her own virtual wellness company--KDR Wellness. She teaches dance and water aerobics locally, and her virtual personal training and nutrition coaching allows her to serve clients all over the country.

Kristen’s professional certifications include:

  • B.S. Kinesiology, The Pennsylvania State University

  • ACSM Exercise Physiologist 

  • FMS Level 1 & 2

  • Pre/Postnatal Performance Training Specialist (Level 2, Pronatal Fitness)

  • Annette Lang Integrated Stretching

  • ISCA Mat Pilates Level 1

  • TRX Suspension Training

  • Kettlebell Sport Coach Level 1

  • Schwinn Indoor Cycling Instructor

  • AquaStretch Facilitator

  • 305 Fitness Instructor

  • Zumba Fitness Instructor

  • Harbor Birth Institute Doula (Trained)

  • AHA CPR/AED, First Aid

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