our team

TRAINERS

Northside – Fishers

Gary Nelson

President and Founder + Owner

Acceleration Indiana, Inc. 

M.S. Mechanical Engineering
North Dakota State University

Stanford University Executive Program

Extensive Self-Study in the Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics Field

Certifications:

Master Trainer

CPR and First Aid

Licensed Professional Engineer (Indiana)

Accomplishments:

Acceleration Indiana, founder 1993

Acceleration Indiana Trainer 1997-Present

Athletic Republic National Advisory Council

Permanent Member

Dick Vraa Memorial Award in 2002 for Outstanding Leader

2011 Founders Award for Contribution to Athletic Republic Network

Automotive Technology and Business Strategy Consultant 1996-present

Cummins Engine Co. over 30 years (Retired)

VP Research and Development and Chief Technical Officer

VP Engineering

VP Product and Market Planning and Strategy

Leadership and Coaching Youth Ice Hockey Over 30 years

Personal Interests:

Watching NDSU (Bison) Football, 6-Time Division 1 FCS National Champions

Has played many sports: Ice Hockey, Tennis, Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, Running for 40+ years, Weight Training, and Hunting

 

 

John Gangnon

Trainer – Northside 

Major: B.S. Exercise Science

Indiana University

Certifications:

Currently getting NASM certification

Sports:

18 year hockey career

Weightlifting

Boxing

Personal Interests:

My favorite holiday is Independence Day

I love to golf, and I recently went skydiving

David Nelson

Vice President and Co-Owner

Since 1993

B.A. in Business Administration
Concordia College in Moorehead, MN

Certifications:
USA Hockey Level 3
Level 3 Athletic Republic

CPR and First Aid

Athletic Accomplishments:

Columbus East H.S. Soccer
Columbus Icemen H.S. Hockey All-Star, All State
Culver Military Academy A Team
Concordia College Varsity Hockey

Triple Crown Roller Hockey:
All-American Goalie 1994
National Champion 1994

Adult Hockey Indy League

Member of Cheetah Club: 20.6 mph
Maxed out the Hockey Treadmill (at 5% elevation) = 17.4 mph

Personal Interests:

Hobbies: consist of Coaching and Playing Hockey

Favorite Athlete: Gordie Howe

Favorite Foods: Spicy Foods, Coffee, and Ice Cream

Alec Lohman

Trainer – Northside and Westside 

Major: B.S. Exercise Science

University of Indianapolis

Work Experience:

Helped with UIndy Strength Coach

Coached multiple youth sports teams

Sports:

  • University of Indianapolis

    • Football​ (RB)

  • Mount Vernon High School

    • Football​

    • Basketball

Certifications:

CPR and First-Aid

Fun Facts:

In Cheetah Club at Acceleration Indiana

North Carolina is his favorite state

Has a bearded dragon named Ron

Brock Waller

Trainer – Northside

Major: B.S. Exercise Science / Fitness Specialist

Indiana University

Work Experience:

Cardiac Physician’s Assistant

Aquatic Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy Internship

Personal Trainer (IU Bloomington)

Group Fitness Instructor (IU Bloomington)

  • Cycling

  • Strength & Conditioning

Sports:

North Central High School

  • Hockey

  • Lacrosse

Indiana Racers & Blues Hockey

Personal Interests:

I have two English Bulldogs (Tucker & Truman)

I have followed the 2009 Tour de France & completed a century cycling race

 

 

Kevin Willis

Trainer – Northside 

Major: B.S. Exercise Science

Ball State University

Sports:

  • College Football at Ball State University

    • ​Rookie Week with Colts

  • Baseball

  • Basketball

  • Soccer

Certifications:

CPR

Fun Facts:

Played multiple instruments

Team captain at Ball State

Alex Nelson

Trainer – Northside (Fishers)

Major: Political Science

Miami University of Ohio 2020

Certifications:

Lifeguard Certified

CPR & AED

Sports-Culver Military Academy:

Varsity Hockey (4 years)

Varsity Track (3 years)

Indianapolis Racers Travel Hockey

Personal Interests:

My favorite sports teams are the Colorado Avalanche and Indianapolis Colts

Westside- Pike Township

Ashley Tofani

Trainer – Westside

Major: Exercise Science

Indiana University/Purdue University

ALEC LOHMAN

Major: B.S. Exercise Science

University of Indianapolis

Work Experience:

Helped with UIndy Strength Coach

Coached multiple youth sports teams 

Sports:

  • University of Indianapolis

    • Football​ (RB)

  • Mount Vernon High School

    • Football​

    • Basketball

Certifications:

CPR and First-Aid

Fun Facts:

In Cheetah Club at Acceleration Indiana

North Carolina is his favorite state

Has a bearded dragon named Ron.

Gary Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

President and Founder + Owner

Acceleration Indiana, Inc. 

M.S. Mechanical Engineering
North Dakota State University

Stanford University Executive Program

Extensive Self-Study in the Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics Field

Certifications:

Master Trainer

CPR and First Aid

Licensed Professional Engineer (Indiana)

Accomplishments:

Acceleration Indiana, founder 1993

Acceleration Indiana Trainer 1997-Present

Athletic Republic National Advisory Council

Permanent Member

Dick Vraa Memorial Award in 2002 for Outstanding Leader

2011 Founders Award for Contribution to Athletic Republic Network

Automotive Technology and Business Strategy Consultant 1996-present

Cummins Engine Co. over 30 years (Retired)

VP Research and Development and Chief Technical Officer

VP Engineering

VP Product and Market Planning and Strategy

Leadership and Coaching Youth Ice Hockey Over 30 years

Personal Interests:

Watching NDSU (Bison) Football, 6-Time Division 1 FCS National Champions

Has played many sports: Ice Hockey, Tennis, Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, Running for 40+ years, Weight Training, and Hunting

 

 

David Nelson

Vice President and Co-Owner

Since 1993

B.A. in Business Administration
Concordia College in Moorehead, MN

Certifications:
USA Hockey Level 3
Level 3 Athletic Republic

CPR and First Aid

Athletic Accomplishments:

Columbus East H.S. Soccer
Columbus Icemen H.S. Hockey All-Star, All State
Culver Military Academy A Team
Concordia College Varsity Hockey

Triple Crown Roller Hockey:
All-American Goalie 1994
National Champion 1994

Adult Hockey Indy League

Member of Cheetah Club: 20.6 mph
Maxed out the Hockey Treadmill (at 5% elevation) = 17.4 mph

Personal Interests:

Hobbies: consist of Coaching and Playing Hockey

Favorite Athlete: Gordie Howe

Favorite Foods: Spicy Foods, Coffee, and Ice Cream