Your Motivators


Matt Priess
Owner, NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer/Class Instructor

Matt has proven himself time and time again in the face of overwhelming odds. Through 13 weeks of torment and stress he finally earned the title of United States Marine.

He Served Honorably from 2004 to 2008. He did a tour in Fallujah, Iraq. Upon return to the states Matt was very intrigued by Lincoln’s horrible obesity rates.

In his heart and soul he decided to pursue fitness to the fullest. In just a few months Matt became a Certified Personal Trainer and enrolled in the Health and Human Performance program at Union College to further his education. As a father, his priorities are his 2 beautiful baby girls as he strives to live a healthy lifestyle to raise his daughters and teach his clients, educating them on being healthier for themselves and their families.

Matt is Lincoln’s local fitness expert. He is actively featured on Channel 8’s Midday Forum, Channel 10/11’s Morning Report, as well as having a monthly fitness forum in the Star City Sports section of the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper.

Wendi Mellor
General Manager/Certified Personal Trainer/Class Instructor

Wendi has been an avid athlete participating in everything from soccer and swimming as a child to cross country, tennis, and wrestling in school.


She continued her tennis career at Hastings College, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Exercise Science.

Post-competition, Wendi went on to instruct swimming and tennis at the Hastings YMCA and began training for 5k and 10k races with her family. In 2012, she took a job as Case Manager at the Lincoln Correctional Center. At this time, she focused on weight training and self-defense.

Last October, Wendi decided it was time to get back to her purpose – wellness and goal achievement. “At Fit4Lincoln, I get to work with clients one-on-one and in small group sessions. This allows me to understand their motivations and goals, as well as keep them accountable for them. Every day, I am approached by someone with a personal record – their first box jump, pull up, or improved health markers, such as lowering their blood pressure medication. The excitement over these achievements are what fuels me and my team.” Wendi believes the difference at Fit4Lincoln is the sense of community and celebrating personal bests.

Nichole Gardner

Nichole has always struggled with her weight and self-image.  Finally, in August of 2014, she decided to give bootcamp a try.  Once she started, she found a gym where she was more than just a number and a face in the crowd.


She found a place where everyone cared about her successes and also helped her rebound from failures that happened.  It’s a home away from home, where you can achieve your goals with the help of the trainers and staff!
In August of 2015 she was brought on as assistant and has helped the business grow. She loves to see everyone with their successes and helping them get their questions answered. She truly enjoys being a part of such a great team and a gym that is truly geared towards seeing clients succeed and celebrating them. Once you are a part of the fit fam, you can’t leave!


Alyssa Walton
Certified Personal Trainer/Class Instructor

Alyssa came to Fit4Lincoln, first, as a member. An avid runner and half-marathoner, she wanted to break the cardio cycle and begin strength training.

The initial results that came from 5-6 days of boot camp classes and disciplined nutrition caught her attention, but it was the culture of the gym that kept her coming back. So, when she became certified through the National Council on Strength and Fitness, she couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.

After over two years as a Licensed Practical Nurse, Alyssa found herself in discontent with her work. Her frustration stemmed from the attention and energy that the medical field spends treating preventable diseases. That prompted the transition from the world of medicine to preventive healthcare. She is currently finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness at Union College with an anticipated graduation date of May 2017. She is passionate about educating others on nutrition and physical exercise as it pertains to improving overall wellness and preventing illness.
Alyssa is married to her high-school sweetheart and, together, they have a two-year-old son. She enjoys working with mothers, both pre-natal in healthy weight gain and maintenance of fitness and post-natal on weight loss and restoration of fitness.