Staff Spotlight

This month we shine the spotlight on Monte Priske. He is a Personal Trainer and kettlebell instructor at Performance.


Monte’s Background
Fitness and exercise have always been a big part of my life.  I remember reading Arnold Schwarzenegger’s book, “The Education of a Body Builder,” in 1977 when I was in junior high and that was my motivation to begin training.  I graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Recreation Therapy.

Currently, I am married and have two kids who both live in Denver.  One is an Iowa grad and the other Iowa state.  Previous to coming to Performance, I was a long term care administrator for 27 years.  During that time I weight trained off and on, ran two marathons and ten half marathons.  In 2016, I became a kettlebell instructor and started teaching.  My goals at Performance are to help people regain their strength and conditioning and maintain their independence.


10 Random Questions for Monte

  1. In the morning, I can’t live without:  Smoothie and eggs
  2. 5 things you would find in my refrigerator:  Fruit, Chocolate milk, Veggies, Eggs, Cheese
  3. The most amazing vacation I took was… I went to Germany in college.
  4. In my free time I like to…  Train, spend time with my family and dogs, be outside
  5. If you didn’t live here in Iowa, where would you live?  Door county, WI  Why?  The weather is amazing and I love lake Michigan.
  6. If you were stranded on a tropical island with room for 3 people, who are the other two people with you?  My Family
  7. Where’s your favorite place to take an out-of-town guest?  Downtown Iowa City and Mickey’s
  8. Favorite sports teams?  Hawkeye and All Blacks
  9. Would you rather –
    have a rewind button or a pause button on your life?  I would rewind my life a few years.
    be stuck on a broken ski lift or in a broken elevator?  Broken ski lift so I could enjoy the view.
    spend the night in a luxury hotel room or camping surrounded by beautiful scenery?  Camping in a huge RV.
    explore space or the ocean?  Ocean – I love water.
    spend the day with your favorite athlete or you favorite movie star?  Favorite Athlete.
  10. Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.  I did a marathon in a wheelchair in 3 hrs and 33 minutes
Tom P

Since joining Performance, I have made huge gains. The process of recovering from knee surgery has been much easier because of the expertise of the Performance staff in helping me get back to full strength. I would recommend this gym to anyone.*

Kim C

Performance Fitness Member

“I joined Performance and it has changed my life. Gone are the days when I dreaded trying on clothes at the store, Thanks to Performance, I feel like a super fit mom.”*

Seth D

Performance Fitness Member

Under the guidance of trainers, I have been able to decrease my 5K time from 28 minutes to under 20 minutes in just 2 years.  I have also lost 30 pounds while increasing strength, endurance and power.*

Connie R

Training over the last few years at Performance has been the best health decision I have ever made.  Leslie, my current trainer, keeps me on track to stay fit and strong, makes our sessions interesting and challenging, and is always positive, even when I have setbacks.*

Barry C Testimonial
Barry C

Performance Fitness Member

“I am a competitive cyclist and have been in personal training at Performance for 6 years. The best part about the trainers is that they know our medical histories very well.  Leslie is great at modifying a training session specifically to each individual person’s limitations so as to avoid injury.”*

Pat S

Performance Fitness Member

“I’m retired and enjoy a full, active life. This is due, in no small part, to the time I spend at Performance. The group classes provide a great workout and lots of variety. Plus, a fun way to meet new friends!”*

*Results may vary