Group Exercise Instructors

Our group exercise instructors provided us with these bios so that you could understand their classes and them better.

Alix

Alix

Born: Los Angeles, Ca
First Started Teaching: 1976
First Started Teaching for us: 2002
Why Did You Start Teaching: I was 63 lbs. heavier and passed out at 27 years old on a lifecycle. Fitness changed my life.
Interests: Fitness, writing, people, animals and equestrian jumping.
Class Philosophy: Have fun, break a sweat, leave feeling as though you did something great for yourself.
Certifications: Spin Star 3, AFAA, Group Ex, CPR, AED Aqua, Pilates, Step Reebok.


allison

Allison

Born: Beirut, Lebanon
First Started Teaching: 1978
First Started Teaching for us: 2008
Why Did You Start Teaching: I have been "hooked" on exercise my whole life. Passion and safety are great to share with others.
Interests: Cycling, Hiking, Walking, Swimming, Cross training, Beach, Travel, Barbecues with friends and family.
Class Philosophy: Challenge yourself, achieve your personal goals. Have fun and be safe.
Certifications: Cycle, Johnny G, Aqua Aerobics, Personal Training, Medical Exercise, Group Exercise Instructors, Post Rehab Conditioning, and Exercise Specialist.


Ana

Ana

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Betsy

Born: Ann Arbor
First Started Teaching: 1994
First Started Teaching for us: 1995
Why Did You Start Teaching: Logical extension for my love of exercise and teaching.
Interests: Kayaking, bike riding, gardening.
Class Philosophy: Everyone can benefit from exercise at any fitness level.
Certifications: CPR AFAA, Fit tour aquatics (pending).


Carol

Carol

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Carolyn

Born: Akron, Ohio
First Started Teaching: Palestine, TX. Jazzercise
First Started Teaching for us: April 2008
Interests: Pilates, Running, Travel, Group Cycling
Class Philosophy: Most important have fun. Get a good workout. It should be good for beginners as well as experts.
Certifications: Muscle Works, Seniors, Johnny G, Peak Pilates for Mat & Reformer.


Debbie

Born: Seaford, De
First Started Teaching: 1998
First Started Teaching for us: 2008
Why Did You Start Teaching: I was "hooked" from the very first indoor cycling class I took.
Interests: Besides teaching indoor cycling I enjoy running, hosting dinner parties for family and friends and spending time with my family.
Class Philosophy: Have fun while getting a great workout.
Certifications: Cycle Reebok, Schwinn Indoor Cycling.




Dee Dee

Born: North Carolina
First Started Teaching: 2006
First Started Teaching for us: 2006
Why Did You Start Teaching: Because I love cycling and have always like taking the cycling class.
Interests: Scuba Diving, Sailing Crew.
Class Philosophy: High energy and great music.
Certifications: Johnny G.


helen

Helen

Born: Tokyo, Japan
First Started Teaching: 1980
First Started Teaching for us: 1988
Why Did You Start Teaching: Love teaching, always involved with many sports, began practicing yoga at age 10.
Interests: Massage, gardening, dancing, cooking, entertaining, spirituality & consciousness.
Class Philosophy: It's important to encourage, so I try to be enthusiastic and show clients how fun it can be to stay fit.
Certifications: Began yoga before certifications, formerly ACE, IDEA. MS USF - Social & Behavioral Medicine, Public Health (ABD).


James

Born: Boston, Ma
First Started Teaching: 1995
First Started Teaching for us: 1995
Why Did You Start Teaching: I was asked by Melissa Bales.
Interests: Training, sports, and nutrition.
Class Philosophy: Spinning class should mimic an outside bike ride.
Certifications: B.S. Physical Education, Johnny G Spinning, Shapes Spinning, IFPA Personal Trainer.


Katherine

Born: St. Petersburg, Russia
First Started Teaching: 2006
First Started Teaching for us: 2006
Why Did You Start Teaching: I am a ballroom dancer instructor. Movement of the body, mind-body connection, health and fitness those are the things that I like and am good at. Also I am able to help so many people. What else do we live for?
Interests: Metaphysics, Holistic healing, dancing.
Class Philosophy: Mind/body connection ro feel everything that you are about to do then do it with total control of your mind.
Certifications: Body Elite and Fitour, Pilates, Yoga.


Kim

Born: Michigan
First Started Teaching: 1993
First Started Teaching for us: 1993
Why Did You Start Teaching: To share my enthusiasm for fitness and inspire others to exercise and feel good about themselves.
Interests: Running, biking, swimming, my 4 dogs, and 2 children.
Class Philosophy: To challenge participants and to push them to their maximum potential. To make them sweat.
Certifications: Johnny G.


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Michele

Born: New York, NY. Raised in Switzerland
First Started Teaching: 1994
First Started Teaching for us: 1994
Why Did You Start Teaching: Teaching group fitness classes was a way to stay active and work outside the home when my children were of school age. I love people and i love fitness.
Interests: Cooking, travel, fitness, public relations.
Class Philosophy: Person to person - Special attention to members.
Certifications: AFAA, Group Fitness, Aerobics, Step, Body Elite, Yoga Fit, Flirty Girls, Johnny G, Schwinn Indoor Cycling, Keiser Indoor Cycling.


peter

Peter

Born: Bedford,England
First Started Teaching: 1998
First Started Teaching for us: 1999
Why Did You Start Teaching: Enjoy group interaction.
Interests:Besides teaching indoor cycling, I enjoy running, spending time with my family and running my own business.
Class Philosophy: Enjoy & have fun while getting a great work out.
Certifications: Schwinn Indoor Cycling.


Sarah

Born: Canton, Oh
First Started Teaching: 2000
First Started Teaching for us: 2004
Why Did You Start Teaching: Continuing fitness for healthy lifestyle, getting paid for something I love to do.
Interests: Spinning, tennis, traveling, and teaching.
Class Philosophy: You make your own workout by pushing yourself to be your strongest. You can work at your own pace.
Certifications: CPR, Johnny G.


sunny

Sunny

Born: Miami, Florida
First Started Teaching: 2006
First Started Teaching for us: 2007
Why Did You Start Teaching: I completed my masters degree in Adult Education and was ready to teach - love working out hard - so I decided that teaching exercise classes for adults was for me.
Interests: Biking, Eating out, Lifting weights, Gardening, Skiing and Traveling.
Class Philosophy: Work out to "Be Fit".
Certifications: Johnny G Spinning, AFAA Group Aerobics.


Susan

Born: Ohio
First Started Teaching: 1997
First Started Teaching for us: 1997
Why Did You Start Teaching: I enjoy people & love working with music. It's a great way to stay fit.
Interests: Tennis, kayaking, books and music.
Class Philosophy: It's important to encourage, so I try to be enthusiastic and show clients how fun it can be to stay fit.
Certifications: CPR, Spin, Group Fitness Yoga Ball.


Tory

Born: Syracuse, NY
First Started Teaching: 2003
First Started Teaching for us: 2003
Why Did You Start Teaching: I was asked to teach Body Elite by Trish. I got certified and I love teaching and helping people feel great and become strong and flexible.
Interests: Health, well being, mindfulness, being the best, bringing out the best in others, Latin Dance, trapeze, and meditation.
Class Philosophy: Breathing and energizing while becoming warmed up, work body core, stretch, and relax, balance muscles, relax mind and body.
Certifications: ACE, Body Elite, Yoga, Latin Dance, and CPR.


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