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About Us

Welcome to Fit4Miracles!
I am Jen, and I am married to “Dr. Dan,” one of the co-owners of Miracles Fitness in West Lafayette and Lafayette, Indiana.  I have been asked to be your host here.  I am a mom of 5 who found herself on an unhealthy path. In January 2011 I found a new determination to get healthy and strong.  I hope to share a little of my own fitness and weight-loss journey and to host others who would like to share, too.  I don’t know all the answers and I certainly am not perfect, but I  hope this will be a place of encouragement, information, and even a little relaxation and laughter for you.  So pull up a chair and spend some time with us!  Ready to get started?  Here is a great place to begin:  Aha Moment series.
More about Miracles Fitness

Miracles Fitness has two unique fitness facilities located in West Lafayette and Lafayette, Indiana.  Miracles strives to provide a fitness experience that produces life-changing results for people of all ages but mainly focuses on women, boomers, and seniors.  Here’s a little more about the owners:

Dan Ritchie PhD, CSCS, HFS-ACSM
Dan was recently named the PFP Trainer of the Year 2014.  He has a broad background in the fitness industry including training and management in commercial and university/hospital-based fitness, for-profit, not-for-profit and educational facilities. His primary areas of expertise are in personal training for special populations: athletes, pregnancy, blind, stroke recovery, Parkinsons, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimers, etc. He has worked with Division
I athletes some of whom have been professionally drafted.  He has also worked on state funded research on exercise for severe dementia alzheimers type. He regularly presents at national and regional conferences and has been active on committees for the American College of Sports Medicine. He completed his Ph.D. in Health and Kinesiology, with a minor in Gerontology at Purdue University.  Dan has been the owner/operator of Miracles Fitness since 2007. He is a member of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, RPM chapter of Business Network International, and Truth at Work.  Dan has previously served on the board of directors for the Coalition for Living Well after 50.  He lives in West Lafayette with his wife and 5 children and their dog Jack.
Cody Sipe Phd, ES, RCEP
Cody is a professor, trainer, speaker, writer, entrepreneur and recognized leader in exercise for mid-life and older adults with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He is a past recipient of the IDEA Program Director of the Year award and regularly shares his expertise at conferences and in publications.  Cody completed his Master’s degree in exercise science from Virginia Tech in 1996 where he was first exposed to working with older adults in the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program. He attended the University of Virginia for the next four years during which he worked as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, exercise specialist and graded exercise test technologist at a local medically-based fitness center. In 2008 he completed his Ph.d. at Purdue University and currently is an Associate Professor at Harding University.   He also serves as the Director of Clinical Research in the HUPT program. He teaches content in the areas of biomechanics, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, physiology, exercise physiology, therapeutic exercise, human lifespan development, and evidence based physical therapy practice, and Health and Wellness Promotion.  He lives in Arkansas with his wife and 7 kids.
Why the “Show Hope” button on the side of the blog?
Both the Ritchies and the Sipes have been blessed by adoption.  If you have wondered about helping or sponsoring orphans or even adopting a child into his or her forever family, visit www.showhope.org or click on the button on our blog.  It’s an amazing journey!

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