Exercise Science Instructors

Tony Van Acker, Exercise Science Instructor

Tony Van Acker

Exercise Science Instructor

320-762-4576 | Bio

Tony Van Acker has been an instructor at ATCC since 2013. In addition to teaching at ATCC, Tony is the Director of Wellness & Activities at Galeon Senior Living in Osakis, MN, where he has been for the last 7 years. While at Galeon, he helped create and grow a Wellness Program for those living on campus and within the community while teaching Yoga, Tai Chi, Arthritis, MS, Group, and Aquatic Exercise classes. His Health and Fitness career started at a 10,000 square foot facility, and has included working in Texas at a large scale Athletic Club, Iowa at a Retirement Home, and Minnesota at Lifetime Fitness. Tony has worked with many different populations from the very young to the old, whether it be teaching swim lessons, designing exercise programs, or participating in evidence-based programs through the Minnesota Department of Public Health.

Tony's educational background includes an undergrad degree in Athletic Training and Fitness, and Master's Degree in Athletic Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. While at the University, Tony was able to work with athletes of all different levels and sports, as well as the general public. Tony is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), as a Health and Fitness Specialist, The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) as a Certified Pool Operator, as well as other specialized programs such as Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Exercise, Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance, and MS Aquatics.