Our Staff

Chris Bockius MS, CSCS, Pn1, CSAC, FMS

Chris Bockius is the Strength and Wellness Director at XCEL Performance Health & Wellness. He holds a Bachelors degree in Biology from Illinois College, Master’s degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation from Logan University, he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified, Certified Speed and Agility Coach and he is FMS Certified Level 1.  Chris had been training athletes and people of all ages for over 5 years. Chris is also an adjunct professor at Quincy University in the Exercise Science Department.

Chris is uniquely talented in the area of communication, making difficult concepts simple and ensuring that his clients understand the rationale for their training sessions as well as the at home routines he gives them.  His unique skills in Body Assessment, Muscle Testing and Exercise Prescription allow him to provide the finest and most individualized training programs.

Chris was a two sport athlete in college, playing both football and golf.   Exercise and healthy living continue to be a big part of his daily life. In his off time he likes to spend time with his wife, Kelli and daughter, Kori. He enjoys playing golf, exercising and spending time outdoors.

Chris Bockius

Kelsey Lowry, CIFT

Kelsey Lowry is a certified CIFT (Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer)/Adaptive Trainer, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and a graduate from Illinois State University. Kelsey pursued a bachelor’s degree in the Kinesiology and Recreation Department with a sequence in Therapeutic Recreation, along with some exercise science courses. Kelsey is also Alzheimer’s and Dementia Certified with continuance of other certifications to further her knowledge and career.

Kelsey has been training clients for over 4 years at Gold’s Gym and other local gyms in Bloomington/Normal, IL. She excels in group fitness and adaptive training and brings a different style of training to XCEL. Kelsey has worked with the disability population for over 3 years as an Adaptive Trainer. Being an Adaptive trainer means she specifically created workout programs based on the abilities and needs of her clients. Kelsey has worked with all types of disabilities from physical to cognitive. She informs her clients the importance of learning the basics of exercises and understanding the movements with ties into your overall quality of life.

Kelsey has a passion for adaptive sports and adaptive training and can be an outlet to someone who expresses interests. Kelsey has a client working towards the WheelWod CrossFit competition and hopefully will make it to the top 12 to qualify for the open. WheelWod is an adaptive CrossFit competition that runs alongside the CrossFit Open in Miami, FL.

Kelsey being a collegiate athlete, played Softball at Heartland Community College for two years and is an asset to our on-going research in throwing development. Kelsey loves working with all different ages and brings an energy that is contagious. She loves all activities, health and wellness, overall quality of life, and living an active lifestyle. She has a lot of information to give in many different populations and areas and is determined to continue learning and educating herself to bring that into her own style of training.

Francisco Rivas, CSCS, Pn1, USAW

Francisco Rivas is the Remote Training Coordinator and Softball & Baseball Development Consultant at XCEL Performance Health & Wellness. He holds a Bachelor degree in Exercise & Sport Science with Pre-Professional emphasis in Physical Therapy from Hannibal La-Grange University. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sport Performance Coach. Francisco has a vast experience in sport performance and had been training athletes of all ages for 3 years. He started his career at Hannibal La-Grange University as the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Lady Trojans Softball Team where he was in charge of athletic profiles, periodization, and individualized strength programs. He is currently working with the Detroit Tigers as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in the Minor League level in Lakeland, Florida.

Francisco is driven by research and uses technology to provide feedback to athletes. His unique skills in athletic profiling, percentage based training, periodization, power, strength, and agility testing allow him to provide individualized programing with a yearly plan based on sport season and peak athletes for competition. He continues to program workouts for our baseball/softball High School & College athletes and is in charge of our on-going research in throwing development. He offers throwing analysis to our athletes remotely and is consider a development consultant for Hannibal-LaGrange University Baseball & Softball Programs

Francisco played baseball for 4 years at Hannibal La-Grange University and 3 years in the Prospect League with the Hannibal Cavemen. He enjoys volunteering for children fitness camps and baseball camps, exercising and hiking.  Francisco’s plans in enrolling in A.T Still University to pursue a Master in Kinesiology with emphasis in Orthopedic Rehabilitation & Corrective Exercise and Sport & Exercise Psychology

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