Our Staff

AmberLynn Pappas

Front Office/Strength & Conditioning


I am from Iowa originally and did my undergraduate work in Exercise Science at Iowa State University in 2004 before moving around to several different states while working in various parts of the fitness world. I completed my MSc in Exercise Science and Sport Administration from East Carolina in 2011. I have been involved in sports since my first track meet at 3 years old. As a long-time runner, swimmer, and triathlete, I know the value of strength training as both a component of competitive advantage and preventative care.

I am a certified personal trainer through ACE (American Council on Exercise), I am still working on my 200hr RYT with NETA (National Exercise Trainers Association), and recently completed my Triathlon Coaching Certification with UESCA (United Endurance Sports Coaching Academy). I have over 20 years in the field and have worked with athletes of all age levels and in many different settings including competitive athletics, traditional fitness centers, rehab centers, women’s only facilities, and academic settings (teaching at several colleges and universities as well as being a lead role in campus recreation).

Core Values:

Community: I volunteer for 3 different non-profits including Game Changers Foundation because I feel like it truly takes a village to make us all successful.

Teamwork: I work hard and support my team (both our professional staff and our athletes) in their endeavors so that we all have forward progress.

Game Changers: Always striving for excellence by learning and growing in the process.

I also value honesty, integrity, balance, and have a strong motivation to help others.


“You can quit if you want, and no one will care. But you will know the rest of your life.” – John Collins, Ironman Founder

At Change the Game Performance, I manage the day-to-day operations/front desk, marketing/socials/events/community partnerships, coach our CTG Fit class, do one-on-one training, and do virtual endurance training. I also serve on our Game Changers Foundation. Something patients deal with that I want to help with is a lack of good information/ places that don’t take the time to get to know you.

I like working here because I enjoy seeing the athletes make progress, achieve their goals, and be a closer part of our community. I also really enjoy the team I work with and racing with them.

What is AmberLynn Watching, Reading or Listening to?

  • I love to read almost anything.
  • Podcasts: history, parenting, sports, and the pursuit of happiness.
  • TV Shows: I enjoy watching things with my kiddos.
  • Music: I love 80s music, 90s alternative, and most things that aren’t country.

Be with my husband and kids who are on a swim team and a youth triathlon team (this is one of the non-profits I work with doing event marketing). Volunteer at their school; I am the President of the Family School Association (the other non-profit) and Race Director for their annual run. Run, bike, swim, do yoga, garden, hang with our dogs, be with family, travel, explore with friends, BE ACTIVE, read, cook, all the things.

    Patient Testimonials

    “Great place to help you reach your goals, whether it be to get back in shape or compete. The Staff is friendly and caring and truly want to see you succeed from thr physical Therapist to the training/coaching staff. I look forward to my training sessions each week. Definitely a Game Changer!” – Timothy Juneau