THE Survival Fitness STORY

Joshua Kuklak owner of Survival Fitness

Joshua Kuklak - OWNER

ACE Certified Personal Trainer – Medical Exercise Specialist – Cancer Exercise Specialist Owner of Survival Fitness. He uses his expertise during class to motivate, correct form, and push clients to their next level. He keeps pushing to make each client realize their full potential. Josh has focused on development of exercise programs to target both strength and fat loss with his unique bootcamp-like style and muscle confusion training methods. These have proven extremely effective with adults, teenagers, and sports teams for their conditioning.

Josh also continued his studies to help a large segment of the population with chronic health conditions and people who are considered high risk for training. In 2014 Josh became a Medical Exercise Specialist certified through the American Council of Exercise. Josh helps people recovering from Heart conditions, Strokes, and post orthopedic surgeries live a better and more active lifestyle! Josh is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, strength coach, and power lifting coach with students reaching national level. He also offers private/co-private training sessions for clients and specialized group training for sports teams, bridal bootcamps, ninja obstacle course training along with a variety of other training needs. His clientele ranges from elite youth athletes to the older adult population and everyone in between. If you have a goal he will get you there! Josh has participated and excelled in ice hockey, tennis, karate, weight training, power lifting at the world level (holding state records in bench press and dead lift), and other sports on a very competitive level and understands the training disciplines and intricacies of athletic training.

OUR coaches

Kerry Taft coach at Survival Fitness

Kerry Taft


Kerry is a Certified Exercise Physiologist with a Masters Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiologist and currently pursuing her doctorate in Human Health and Performance. Kerry holds accredited certifications as a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, in addition to a plethora of specialty group format certifications from CrossFit to Pilates to Zumba to SilverSneakers. She specializes in weight loss, goal setting, cardiorespiratory fitness, geriatrics, adaptive fitness, and increasing functional health.

Her belief is that exercise is medicine and quality of life can be improved through physical activity. Kerry’s approach to physical activity is personable, evidenced-based, and suitable for all ages and fitness abilities. While her classes may be tough she always makes sure everyone has fun!

Frank Marino coach at Survival Fitness

Frank Marino


Frank has been a certified personal trainer since 2010. He received his Physical Education and Tourism Management Certificate in Training from IUPUI. Frank specializes in strength training, sports specific training, circuit training, and bootcamp training. Frank is also in his 10th year of coaching varsity football at Scecina Memorial High School. In his spare time, Frank competes in Strongman competitions and duatlhons.

Jeremey Unger coach at Survival Fitness

Jeremey Unger


Group Fitness Instructor As a married father of three girls, Jeremey was like many other parents whose time was consumed with raising their family. He suddenly found himself in his mid-30s and not paying very much attention to his personal health. After an eye-opening routine physical, he realized that he needed to change his sedentary lifestyle to improve his health. For the past decade, he has gotten off of the couch, learned about proper nutrition and used multiple fitness disciplines to improve his quality of life for himself and his family.

After realizing the benefits of mental and physical fitness in his own life, he has been helping others with the knowledge he has gained to achieve their individual fitness goals. Always looking for a new challenge, he enters many obstacle course races around the country each year like Spartan Races, Tough Mudders and Savage Races. Since these races range anywhere from 5k to marathon distances across all terrain types with many obstacles along the way, they require a high capacity for cardio, strength and endurance. These races inspire him to improve his fitness level to complete more each year and improve his times. When you attend one of Jeremey’s classes you’ll be using a combination of running, climbing, carrying and lifting while making it a fun & unique experience every time. No matter where you are in your fitness journey there are modifiers for every skill level to keep the whole class involved and help you improve. He hopes to show you that at any age you can still feel like a kid and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

Eric Shepard coach at Survival Fitness

Eric Shepard


Eric Sheppard UNAA certified Ninja coach and safety coordinator, USA climbing coach, Physical therapy assistant, and US Army combat Veteran. UNAA and NNL worlds finalist last 5 years and AWG runner up. ANW city finalist 2018. Outdoorsman and nature enthusiast.

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