About Me

Ryan Branson

Personal Trainer – Fitness Coach – Lead Program Director

My Story:

I grew up in Woodbury Minnesota. I was fortunate to have amazing parents, siblings and family members that mentored me through my youth. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs and business owners, they helped coach me through life with a passion to work hard, succeed and help others in need.

I grew up playing a sport in every season, and after high school was lucky enough to play football at Augsburg College. It was during my college years that my love for football led to a passion for fitness and training, and eventually to a personal training position with the Eagan Minnesota Life Time Fitness.

During this time with Life Time Fitness, I focused on the success of my clients and setting career goals for myself. One of these personal goals was becoming assistant manager of the personal training department. I wanted to use my health and fitness passion to help develop and mentor other trainers. After only 1.5 years, I accomplished this goal. At the time there was nothing more exciting than mentoring a young trainer out of college and help them reach their full potential.

In 2007, my entrepreneurial spirit that I grew up with heightened. I envisioned a gym where clients were not just coming and going to use their membership, but rather a place where they belonged to a community with other health focused and like-minded, motivated individuals. In July of 2007, Renegade Personal Training and Fitness opened its doors.

Training and Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts – Augsburg College, 2004; Physical Education & Health
  • Augsburg College Football Athlete
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer – 2004 – Present
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Nutrition Coach – 2021 – Present
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Corrective Exercise Specialist 2012 – Present
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Fitness Nutrition Specialist 2015 – Present
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Performance Enhancement Specialist 2023 – Present
  • Training For Warriors Level 1/2 2017 – Present

Personal Training Experience:

  • Certified Personal Trainer – Life Time Fitness – Eagan – 2001 – 2007
  • Boot Camp Instructor – Life Time Fitness – Eagan
  • Assistant Personal Training Department Head – Life Time Fitness – Eagan – 2005 – 2007
  • Owner – Renegade Personal Training and Fitness – 2007 – Present
  • CPR, AED, “Heart Saver” American Heart Association
  • NASM Neuromuscular Stretching Specialist, 2011
  • Cardiorespiratory Training for Sports Performance Specialist, 2011
  • NASM Core Training Specialist, 2011
  • NASM Integrated Speed, Agility & Quickness Specialist, 2009
  • NASM Optimum Performance Specialist for the Pre-Natal Client, 2009
  • NASM Weight Loss Specialist, 2007


  • Weight/Fat Loss
  • Olympic Weight Training
  • Muscular Development
  • Advanced Boot Camps
  • Kettlebell Training
  • Sports Performance Enhancement
  • Corrective Exercise
  • Group Training
  • Metabolic Conditioning
  • Nutrition/Life Style Coaching