Gina Poertner, CHES
Gina earned her degree in Health Promotion from Emporia State University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist focusing on exercise physiology and sports nutrition. As an Intern at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas, Gina studied under orthopedic surgeon Dr. Charles Henning while serving as Athletic Trainer for Wichita Southeast High School and studying physiology at Wichita State University. She has over 20 years experience coaching the various disciplines of running, cycling and triathlon. Gina has authored and co-authored a variety of training and nutrition articles for Pez Cycling News, Ironman.com, LAVA Magazine, and PrologueCycling.com .
An endurance road cyclist, Gina is also a triathlete, runner and life-long competitor who understands the unique needs of athletes. She specializes in bicycle fitting and positioning, muscle release technique, and adapted sports. She coaches athletes ranging from beginner to world champion.
Gina has served on the sports medicine staffs of AAU Junior Olympics, National Gymnastics Championships, National Indoor Track & Field Championships, Special Olympics, and individual world class, Olympic, and professional athletes. She is also a Certified Official for USA Track & Field and USA Cycling and continues to officiate local, national and international events.
Contact Gina today and let her help you find your untapped potential!
“Those who seek not just medals or acclaim are awarded the rarest prize.”
As a student athletic trainer during college, I saw that some of our injured athletes were not healing even though they came in for treatment and rehab every day. I discovered they were doing everything right except eating well. This is where my interest in sports nutrition took hold. After college, I continued to coach, train, and guide athletes toward better nutrition. Seeing their successes and watching them work through their own challenges is a special source of inspiration.
"What fails to kill you will only make you stronger."
We've all heard this one! Not sure who said it first, but it got me through the second shellacking of my knee in ’98. Thanks to the impeccable skills of Dr. Dave Edwards on yet another surgery, I bounced right back and biked the 500 miles across Kansas a few months later. At one point, I realized I’d have to limit my running, at least for a while, so I stuck with cycling and volleyball. Now, I’m back to training with a focus and loving every minute of it, right down to the quad-burning intervals. It feels good to work this hard!
Gina Poertner, CHES
Coach and Owner of LifeBALANCE Sports