Established in 1989, Better Bodies began with a mission to provide superior service in a comforting, non-intimidating atmosphere. Our goal is not to be the club with the most members, but with the most satisfied members.

Our experienced staff of fitness experts can help people new to training get started in a friendly and unintimidating atmosphere.  Members with previous training experience will be impressed with our state of the art equipment and over 150 workout stations.

Exercise is an important step in leading a healthier, more fulfilling life that can benefit you for many years to come. Whether your goal is improved health, strength or weight reduction, we can help you achieve these goals.

In the fitness industry today, there are many “quick fix” options claiming instant transformation.  At Better Bodies, we realize there is no healthy way to achieve results overnight.  What we promise is step-by-step guidance to achieve the goals you want.

Better Bodies looks forward to the opportunity to work with you and we hope to see you at the club.

Thank you,

Better Bodies Management

Meet the Staff

John Barnhill

John has been the president of Better Bodies since its opening way back in 1989. He grew up in Omaha and went to UNL for college, where he majored in bus administration, but has always had a passion for fitness & bodybuilding. He won the Mr Nebraska title in 1986, and has competed and won various natural bodybuilding shows well into his 40’s. He is a single dad, who loves to spend any free moment he has with his 2 amazing kids. What John gets most excited about is helping people change their lifestyle. A lifestyle that comes wth getting results through proper nutrition and training. Our mission has nothing to do with just selling you a membership. It’s got everything to do with helping you get connected in the gym with our professional staff, and getting you amazing results!

Kathy Sempek
Group Fitness Manager/Owner

Kathy graduated from UNL with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Education.  She is a nationally certified AFFA instructor in step, resistance weight training, cycle, pilates, and group fitness.  She took step from Gin Miller, the innovator of step aerobics in the 80s!  Kathy started teaching group fitness classes in 1981 at Aerobic Way and Golds Gym and Better Bodies in 1989.  Kathy is married to John Sempek, chiropractor, so natural health is very important to her.  She has three grown children: Nick, Alli, and John.  Kathy loves getting to know new members and guiding them toward achieving their goals!

Tyler, personal trainer

Personal Trainer

Tyler got into fitness at the early age of 8 years old when his stepdad got him into wrestling!  He had to do pushups and situps every day.  This continued into high school where he added weight training.  Tyler went to UNO for wrestling and got a BS in Exercise Science.  He became a NASM certified personal trainer while he was in college, and he has been a personal trainer for over six years.  Tyler likes to focus on strength training and getting clients as lean and strong as possible while staying mobile and pain-free.  His favorite exercise is squats.


Personal Trainer

Leeanna is a NASM certified personal trainer and AFAA certified group fitness instructor.  She has been working at Better Bodies for several years and has done everything from Front Desk to Group Fitness Instructor to Personal Training. She is a UNL graduate and Nebraska softball all-star!  She enjoys working with clients to get them results.  Leeanna is also a competitve bodybuilder in the physique and bodybuilding categories.  She loves teaching Step Class when her schedule allows and also back day!


Personal Trainer

Angela has worked at Better Bodies for several years.  She started as a nutrition counselor helping members make healthy lifestyle changes. She is currently an ACE-certified personal trainer and a sub for Group Training and Group Fitness classes. When she’s not at the gym, Angela makes tasty and healthy protein desserts!  Angela takes an upbeat, enthusiastic approach to training.  She loves incorporating TRX and Kettlebells into her programs.

Membership Coordinator

Bridget has always tried to stay somewhat in shape and developed a passion for fitness a few years ago.  She is studying for her MS Integrated Marketing Communication.  She also recently became a NASM certified personal trainer.  Membership Coordinator is a perfect fit, because it combines marketing with fitness and customer service!  Bridget enjoys working with people, and she loves seeing members make positive changes to get results!  She is originally from Wisconsin and enjoys southern living in Nebraska.  Her favorite exercise is heavy squats.  Let Bridget know if you have any questions or if you know someone you think should join Better Bodies!

Group Training Instructor

Group Training Instructor


Group Fitness Instructor

Elise has been teaching Group Fitness classes at Better Bodies since 1994! She is an Omaha native and has over 23 years of experience in the fitness industry including as former fitness director and personal trainer at Better Bodies, an exercise physiologist in cardiac and pulmonary rehab, and currently as a director of account management for a corporate wellness company. She has a BS Exercise Science, MS Organizational Leadership. Elise also holds NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist and ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist certifications.  Elise is married with two dogs, and she enjoys playing ice hockey!

Group Fitness Instructor

Lauren Kraemer

Yoga Instructor

Lauren spent years studying and teaching somatic dance, or mind/body movement, and now her love for somatic movement has transferred into teaching yoga. She is an alignment based vinyasa yoga teacher focusing on strong, constant movement mixed with lots of release and flexibility work, all guided by breath.

Emily Szink

MixxedFit Instructor

Emily has always had a passion for group fitness. Her family jokes that she started working out when she was in utero. Her mother used to teach group ex classes while pregnant with her. Emily was certified in MixxedFit back in October of 2016 and has been teaching ever since. She is the AM Anchor at KMTV 3 News Now in Omaha. Her TV job is hectic and sometimes stressful, but teaching group fitness classes is a great way to forget about the day and meet members of the community.

Front Desk

Dave works bright and early, opening Better Bodies on weekdays.  If he’s not at the front desk, he is probably keeping the club in top shape.  Dave’s favorite part of his job is interacting with members.

Front Desk

Rich has been into fitness his entire life from sports to semi-pro baseball to body building contests. The gym has always been his home away from home.  Rich is also currently a second year Electrician Apprentice and plans to continue his journey back to the stage to compete in the Sub-Master Class. The staff and gym family will always be here supporting him!

Front Desk

You will have to come in on the weekends to see Kailey.  She has been athletic since a young age, playing soccer since age 3 and volleyball since fourth grade!  She added weight training when she got into high school.  Kailey is still involved in soccer and coaches her daughter’s YMCA soccer team.  Kailey is an animal lover and hasn’t met a dog she didn’t like!  She loves leg day, and her favorite exercise is hip thrusts.

Front Desk

Ethan is going to school to become a sports journalist.  He enjoys chest day over any other day!  Ethan is a big sports fan–his teams are the Kansas City Royals and the Chiefs.  Working out is a lifestyle!