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Meet the Intructors
Updated 3/21/14

Meet the Instructors

Allison B.

Allison B.

Major/Degree

B.S. Dietetics; M.S. Recreation Administration.

Certification/Training

  • ACE Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, and Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach
  • YogaFit® Level I
  • Arthritis Foundation Land Instructor
  • TRX Suspension Training: Group Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Interests and Hobbies

 I enjoy running, CrossFit, triathlons, and any other group fitness format that is fun and keeps my heart rate up! I also enjoy creating greeting cards, going to the farmers market, and playing card and board games.

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

I believe that incorporating fitness of any sort has the ability to improve your mood, body image and self-esteem, as well as overall health and well-being. Whether you love to dance in ZUMBA® classes, walk your dog, or train for triathlons; all are forms of exercise and steps, that lead to a healthier and happier lifestyle.

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Beata

beata

Major/Degree

Chemical Engineering

Certification/Training

  • Turbo Kick®  
  • PiYo Strength®
  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Interests and Hobbies

Teaching and taking group fitness classes, hiking, skiing, engineering, reading & writing, playing piano, being outside, traveling and meeting new people.

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

Living out an active lifestyle is about having fun and feeling great. Be it sports, hula hooping, group fitness, raking leaves, animal walk exercises, or extreme geocaching, find what you love. My favorite part of group fitness is meeting and working out with a lot of awesome people!

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Brittaney

Brittaney

Major/Degree

BS Holistic Nutrition, NHD Natural Health

Certification/Training

  • Balanced Body Mat Pilates I
  • Balanced Body Pilates Reformer I, II, & III
  • TRX Suspension Training
  • Indo-Row Indoor Rowing
  • SCW Fitness Trainer
  • American Red Cross – CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Interests and Hobbies

I LOVE Pilates. I enjoy the long term benefits the exercises give as well as the wonderful feeling of accomplishment after class. You should always leave the room feeling better than when you entered!

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Cassandra

Cassandra

Major/Degree

Nutrition, Fitness and Health with an Entrepreneur Certificate

Certification/Training

  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Interests and Hobbies

I love Muay Thai Boxing, drawing and painting, participating in ToughMudders and road races and meeting new people.  I certainly enjoy trying new things, whether it's an unfamiliar sport or trying a new food. Currently, I'm teaching myself how to play the ukulele.

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

I believe a healthy body and a healthy mind coincide with a happy life.  For me personally, fitness allows me to find a sense of balance, build new experiences and push my limits. I encourage you to be your best self in everything you do.

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Dan

Dan

Major/Degree

Undecided.

Certification/Training

  • ACE Personal Trainer
  • American Red Cross -CPR/AED,  First Aid, and Blood Borne Pathogens

Interests and Hobbies

Triathlons, Softball, Volleyball, Football, Basketball, any sports, anything outdoors fishing, camping, whitewater rafting, and traveling.

Philosophy of Fitness and Wellness

Anyone can achieve a healthy lifestyle.  It takes time and dedication to improve and maintain your physical fitness.  What you eat and how you train will dictate what kind of results you see. The hardest part is starting, but once you get into a routine of working out and eating healthy foods, you will notice the benefits of reduced stress, improved physical and mental health, and enhanced overall health.  Set a goal and start working to accomplish that goal.  Don't be afraid to seek help or ask questions along the way.  “Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.” ~ Thomas Jefferson.

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Erica

erica

Major/Degree

M.S. Biology.

Certification/Training

  •  Johnny G Spinning Instructor
  •  American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens

Interests and hobbies

Reading, cooking, outdoor activities, nerdy science.

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

The benefits of your fitness and wellness are redeemed only by you, so be happy to block time off in your agenda for an appointment to help yourself.

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Hannah

Hannah

Major/Degree

Psychology/Health and Human Sciences

Certification/Training 

  • YogaFit® Level I
  • American Red Cross – CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Interests and Hobbies

Besides doing yoga, trying new forms of exercising, dancing (especially ballet), and spending time with my friends and family.

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

It's not about what you look like on the outside, it's about how you feel on the inside.

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Jaci

Jaci

Major/Degree

B.S. Health and Kinesiology, 2nd Year Graduate Student

Certification/Training 

  • ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • Turbo Kick®  
  • YogaFit®
  • TRX Suspension Training Group Course Certified Instructor
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Interests and Hobbies

I love to water ski, snow ski and run. I enjoy experimenting with new recipes and baking. Taking pictures of my cat and pinteresting are my favorite pastimes. I always crave frozen yogurt.

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

Every human being is the author of his or her own health.

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Jacqueline

Jacqueline

Major/Degree

B.S. in Actuarial Science and Statistics.

Certification/Training

  • Registered Yoga Teacher (200 hour yoga alliance)
  • Pilates Method Alliance Certified Instructor
  • Balanced Body Mat Pilates and Reformer Pilates
  • TRX Suspension Training: Group Course
  • AFAA Group X
  • RPM
  • Vicious Cycle
  • Corecamp
  • Corebox
  • Turbo Kick®
  • PiYo Strength®
  • SCW Sports Nutrition
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens

Interests and Hobbies

My passion is yoga!  I love different adventure races too!  And of course, time with family and friends.  Even better when we can all stay active together.

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

May the beauty you love be what you do...I believe living a fit and healthy lifestyle is important and attainable for everyone.  There are so many ways to stay active and fit that there is something out there for everyone.  It's just a matter of finding the right modality for you and then making a conscious decision one breath at a time to remain active and make healthy choices.

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Katie R.

Katie R.

Major/Degree

Dietetics/Nutrition, Fitness & Health

Certification/Training

  • ZUMBA  Basic 1
  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Interests and Hobbies 

I love anything adventurous and active!  Discovering how to make plant foods delicious in the healthiest ways!  

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

Only you can see through your eyes.  Only you can grasp ideas from your perspective; only you can thrive in the body you were blessed with.  Challenge yourself- enlighten others with your presence here on earth!  Life's a journey- not a destination; every cell in my body responds to every thought I think.

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Kristyn

Kristyn

Major/Degree

Content Marketing and Social Media Manager for Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural BusinessB.A., Purdue University-English, Creative Writing, and Technical Writing

Certification/Training

  • ZUMBA  Basic 1
  • ZUMBA GOLD
  • ZUMBA KIDS AND ZUMBA KIDS JR
  • ZUMBA Pro Skills
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Interests and Hobbies

Music/pop culture, reading and writing, green smoothies

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

There are plenty of ways to stay active. Keep looking until you find an activity you love—because it interests you, because you sincerely like doing it, or because it challenges you in a way that wakes you up inside—not because you think you should, and not because someone else told you to do it.

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Mariya

Mariya

Major/Degree

Medicinal Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology/PULSe graduate student.

Certification/Training

  • Purdue Rec Sports-Pilates Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens

Interests and Hobbies

Reading, learning, and spending time with friends and family.

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

 “We should recognize the mental functions of the mind and the physical limitations of the body so that complete coordination between them may be achieved.” — Joseph Pilates

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Paulina

Paulina

Major/Degree

Dietetics; Minor: Biology and Chemistry

Certification/Training

  • YogaFit® Level 1
  • Purdue Rec Sports- Pilates Instructor Training Course
  • Purdue Rec Sports – ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross – CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Interests and Hobbies

Spending time with my family and friends, practicing yoga, running, travelling, reading and being the best person I can possibly be every day.

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

“Eat Well, Feel Well”  Exercise is my happiness and each workout motivates me more, and I want to share that with others and help them find that inner peace and a way to enjoy each workout.

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Shelly

Shelly

Major/Degree 

Nursing

Training/Certification

  • Certified Spinning Instructor
  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Interests and Hobbies

I love to run, laugh, read, and hang out with friends!

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness 

Before we must ask others to change their lifestyle and eating choices, we must become that which people can look up to for advice and guidance through the change.

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Stacey

Stacey

Major/Degree

M.S. Animal Behavior and Well-being.

Certification/Training

  • Ashtanga Yoga
  • Purdue Rec Sports-ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training Course
  • American Red Cross-CPR, AED, First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens

Interests and Hobbies

Outdoor playing -running, cycling, hiking, etc; yoga; traveling; kickboxing; cooking; arts and crafts; reading.

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

Regularly try to find activities you enjoy -then do them! Be fit so you can play harder and more often. Treat food as fuel for your body and mind. Be nice to yourself. And, in whatever form you prefer, make playing a priority!

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Taylor

Taylor

Major/Degree

Dietetics; Minor: Psychology.

Certification/Training

  • Certified Spinning Instructor

Interests and Hobbies

Cooking, exercising (running, yoga, and spinning are my favorites) and spending time with my family and friends.

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness

Everything in moderation, including exercise, food, and moderation itself!

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Whip

Whip

Major/Degree 

Assistant Director, Group Fitness & Instructional Programs for Purdue Rec Sports M.S., Health and Kinesiology, Purdue UniversityB.S., Political Science, University of Houston

Certification/Training

  • Turbo Kick - Gold Level
  • PiYo - Gold Level
  • ZUMBA Basic I
  • ZUMBA Basic II
  • ZUMBA Gold
  • ZUMBA KIDS and ZUMBA KIDS JR
  • Drums Alive
  • YogaFit Level I
  • TRX Suspension Training: Group Course
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Group Fitness Instructor Prep Course Educator
  • American Red Cross Instructor: CPR, AED, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

Interests and Hobbies

I love to read, eat ice-cream, travel, try new cuisine, take my two Shetland Sheepdogs (Wilson and Gracie) for a run at the park, do anything outdoors and I secretly wish I was Lara Croft from Tomb Raider.

Philosophy on Fitness and Wellness 

Functional Fitness, Turbo Kick and Zumba are my personal soul mate workouts. I love the limitless exercises found in functional fitness making each work-out feel like a play-out, the sweet mix of hip-hop and martial arts I experience in Turbo Kick and the International dance beats from Zumba that take my energy levels sky high! Whether it’s a martial arts club, walking with a group of friends or taking a group fitness class, if you find something that makes you happy, share it!  Be that spark in another person's life by inviting them to join you on your journey towards fitness and health, or what I like to call exercise endorphin happy land!

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