Our Team

When you hire the Strand Fitness team, you will have a creative and valuable resource at your side. We are professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate. (And dare we say – we are fun and friendly too!)


Pam Strand

Owner/Personal Trainer

Over the past 16 (plus) years, Pam has trained and coached hundreds of people to be strong and fit and to live healthy and energetic lives.  She graduated top in her class at the National Personal Training Institute (Lisle, IL) where she received her personal training and nutrition counseling diplomas. And she has earned a nutrition coaching certification through Precision Nutrition. Pam is also a certified life coach with the warmth and intelligence that helps others succeed in whatever goal they set – particularly in getting their bodies and their minds strong and in shape.

Pam’s approach to fitness and in advising her clients is a culmination of her professional and personal experiences and interests. She has an insatiable curiosity of how the body and mind move and work together. Like many of her clients, she has the desire to stay active well into her later years. Having spent 25 years in corporate life, she understands the toll of a demanding career and helps clients navigate the challenge of balancing life and work. And she can personally relate to the desire of losing weight and getting in shape. She has her own journey of significant weight loss and of regaining her fitness and energy (read more about it here!).

With Pam at your side, you will learn a great deal about your body, yourself, and your life!

Personal Training Team

Bob Peterson

Personal Trainer


Bob caught the “fitness bug” later in life, but his journey is going smoothly and getting better all the time.  He encourages his clients to do the same – make small changes over time and achieve tremendous results!  He has a strong passion for fitness and for helping others attain their goals. Bob is a graduate of the National Personal Training Institute in Lisle IL and is studying to complete his NASM certification.  Bob is married with two adopted children and served 13 years in the military as an Army Medic.



Sandra Stoughton

Personal Trainer

SandraProfileFor Sandra, successful fitness is no longer about the number of pounds and inches lost. Instead, she has embraced fitness as a life-long journey and focuses on the strength and empowerment that fitness brings into her life. Her goal is to inspire people to approach fitness fearlessly, to try activities that are outside of their comfort zone, and to root their fitness journey in unconditional self-love and acceptance. Sandra received her personal training certification through PTA Global and has a passion for making fitness joyful and accessible to all people, regardless of size, age or ability.



Yoga Team

Cathy Hall

Yoga Teacher, 500-CYT

Cathy teaches yoga with an emphasis on alignment. She has been practicing yoga since 1999 and has been teaching since 2015. Cathy studied with Lori Gaspar, Linda Troutman and Marinda Stopworth at Prairie Yoga where she received her 200 Hour and 500 Hour teacher training certificates. Cathy has taken various workshops with national yoga teachers such as Tias Little, Baxter Bell, Jules Mitchell,Julie Gudmestad, and Rachel Krentzman. She has taught yoga workshops targeting the back and immune systems.  Cathy recently added weight training to her fitness program and feels her weight training improves her yoga and golf!


Rachel Rusin

Yoga Teacher, 200-RYT

Rachel has been teaching hatha and slow flow yoga for 3 years and has been a serious student of yoga for over 15 years.  The hallmarks of her teaching are breath-centered and alignment- based.  Rachel finds inspiration in literature and psychology and draws on her past experience as a high school English teacher to bring poetry, metaphor, and creativity to her classes.  

Rachel has earned her 200 hour certification from Essencia yoga here in Wheaton and has studied with many renowned teachers including Aadil Pakhilvala, Carrie Owerko, Tias Little, Rod Stryker, Judith Lassiter, and Jason Crandall.  Her love of learning is reflected in the passion and ingenuity she brings to her classes and to her studies as a lifelong learner.  She is currently completing her advanced teacher training (500 hour) at Prairie Yoga in Lisle, IL.