Fitness Instructor Profiles

Instructors:  Abbey, AlyAustin, Britteny, Candice, Carrie, Diana, Francesca, Hailey, Jenn, Jon, Kaitlyn, Katie, Lauren C., Lauren K., Lizz, Melissa, Riley, RuthMarie, Savannah, Shivani

 

Abbey

Hometown:

Harlan, KY

Education:

Associates of arts a s science at southeast Kentucky community and technical college. Transferred to UK as a junior and am currently studying kinesiology for my bachelors and then hopefully getting into PT school.

Certifications:

Zumba and CPR/AED certified

Experience:

Taught Zumba for a year In my hometown.

Professional Interests:

Helping other achieve their fitness goals, keeping individuals motivated, and encouraging my classes to have fun and be confident!

Personal Interests:

Zumba, running, swimming, cooking, singing, reading, watching sporting events, and hiking.

Classes I teach:

Zumba

 

Aly

Hometown:

Pittsburgh, PA

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
Master of Science in Health Promotion

Certifications:

AFAA Certified Primary Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, Certified R.I.P.P.E.D.® Instructor, Schwinn® Indoor Cycling Coach, Licensed Zumba® Basic 1 and Zumba® Toning Instructor,
BOC Certified Athletic Trainer, and NCHEC Certified Health Education Specialist

Experience:

4 years

Professional Interests:

The Health of Americans
Health Consequences of Poor Nutrition and Physical Inactivity

Personal Interests:

Fitness, nutrition, cooking, sleeping

Motivational Quote:

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." -Bruce Lee

Classes I teach:

R.I.P.P.E.D., Cycling, Core Blast

 

Britteny

Hometown:

Dearborn, MI

Education:

B.S., Anthropology, Central Michigan University M.A., Anthropology, University of Cincinnati ABD, Anthropology, University of Kentucky

Certifications:

RYT-200, Barefoot Works Yoga Studio and Mat Pilates, FiTOUR

Experience:

I have taught various styles of yoga and Pilates at 5 different gyms and yoga studios in Lexington since September, 2012. I have taught with Campus Rec since last Spring. I have also completed over 20 hours of additional training in advanced yoga instruction & alignment principles, anatomy, and Sanskrit.

Professional Interests:

My PhD research is on the role of urban environments on diet and exercise patterns among senior citizens.

Personal Interests:

Running, outdoor cycling, and MORE YOGA :-)

Motivational Quote:

"Yoga is the practice of living in harmony with ourselves, at peace with everything and everyone around us. With the practice of yoga we become kinder to others and ourselves" - Babaji Harihar Ram (my guru during yoga teacher training at Sonoma Ashram, CA).

Classes I teach:

Yoga, Sunrise Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Power Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, Core Blast

Austin

Hometown:

Fort Collins, CO

Education:

B.S. Human Development, Minor in Business
Expected in 2014, Master of Health Administration

Certifications:

ACSM Personal Trainer, Schwinn Cycling Certification, and Lifeguard Instructor

Experience:

One year of teaching experience and a semester of personal training experience

Professional Interests:

Healthcare, hospital management, and helping people reach their health/fitness goals before they end up in the hospital.

Personal Interests:

Skiing, hiking, and traveling! Also, watching the Walking Dead/reruns of 30 Rock and eating. Preferably all of those at the same time.

Motivational Quote:

The only workout you'll ever regret is the one you didn't do.

Classes I teach:

TRX, Bootcamp, Cycling, and Old School P.E.

Candice

Hometown:

Lexington, KY

Education:

I am finishing my BS in Exercise Science this semester.

Certifications:

Zumba, First aid, CPR

Experience:

16+ years of dance experience in tap, jazz, and hip hop. I have 4 years experience as a hip hop instructor, both cardio and skill based classes. I started teaching Zumba February of 2011 and have been teaching both Zumba and hip hop here at the JC since November of 2011

Professional Interests:

It is my goal to get a couple more certifications this year. First one being my Zumba basic 2 certification and the second one being my Personal Training certification.

Motivational Quote:

"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... These are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence."
-Confucius

Classes I teach:

Hip Hop and Zumba

Carrie

Hometown:

Morehead, Kentucky

Education:

Undergraduate University of Kentucky- Human Health Sciences

Certifications:

AFAA, Red Cross, CPR/ AED

Experience:

Group fitness Instructor: Morehead State REC 1.5 years and Johnson Center 2.5 years

Professional Interests:

Hospital administration of some sorts (hopefully fitness oriented)
While doing some type of group fitness on the side

Personal Interests:

Boating, Water skiing, shooting shotguns, hiking, Football, playing the fiddle, sewing, & spending time with family/ friends

Motivational Quote:

"If ya ain't first, your last" -Ricky Bobby
"Do Today what you said yesterday you'll 'do tomorrow'"

Classes I teach:

HABIT, Coreblast, Total Tone, 20/20/15, Kickboxing, Step & Sculpt, Arms& Abs, Cardio Hip Hop

Diana

Hometown:

Trussville, Alabama

Education:

B.A. Anthropology, University of the South, Sewanee, TN M.A. Social Science, University of Chicago (Currently in 3rd year of PhD in Anthropology)

Certifications:

Schwinn

Experience:

Fall 2013 is my first semester to teach cycling, (but it's not my first time teaching in a classroom)!

Professional Interests:

I conduct ethnographic research on education, religion, and the state in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Here at UK I enjoy teaching anthropology, especially when I can share about my experiences in six Middle Eastern countries.

Personal Interests:

Christianity, cycling, hiking, painting, scrapbooking and traveling

Motivational Quote:

"O light that followest all my way, I yield my flickering torch to thee; My heart restores its borrowed ray,That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day May brighter, fairer be."
George Matheson, "O Love That Will Not Let Me Go"

Classes I teach:

Cycling

Francesca

Hometown:

Born in Brussels, Belgium but lived in Cincinnati for 12 years

Education:

Currently studying Psychology and Spanish at UK

Certifications:

ACE Group Fitness Instructor, American Red Cross CPR/AED

Experience:

First year

Professional Interests:

After I complete my undergraduate degree at UK, I plan on attending graduate school to study Clinical Psychology with a focus on children.

Personal Interests:

Running, traveling, volunteering, nannying

Motivational Quote:

"Don't wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect."

Classes I teach:

Totally Tabata, Boot Camp, Core Blast

Hailey

Hometown:

Issaquah, Washington

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Washington State University, May 2013 Master of Business Administration from University of Kentucky, May 2014

Certifications:

ACE Group Fitness Certification, TRX Certified, Schwinn Certified, and CPR/First Aid/AED//Epi-pen/Asthma for Adult/Child/Infant

Experience:

2 years experience teaching cycling, core, tabata, and TRX 1 year experience teaching Fitness Instructor Training at Washington State University

Professional Interests:

To work in the fitness/athletic clothing industry after graduation with my MBA in May 2014.

Personal Interests:

I have two horses at home who are just as big a part of my life as fitness is. I grew up showing horses almost every weekend and cannot wait to graduate and get back to them!

Motivational Quote:

"Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable"
- Mary Oliver

Classes I teach:

Cycling, TRX, Core, Tabata, and Boot Camp

Jenn

Hometown:

Middletown, NY

Education:

B.M. in voice, the Hartt School
M.A. in music theory, University of Kentucky
pursuing PhD in music theory at UK

Certifications:

FiTour Cycling and Advanced Yoga; American Red Cross CPR/AED

Experience:

This is my fourth year teaching at UK.

Professional Interests:

Pedagogy and cognition; development of aural skills.

Personal Interests:

Powerlifting, running ,and puppies.

Motivational Quote:

"The difference between impossible and possible lies in your determination."

Classes I teach:

Power Yoga

Jon

Hometown:

Highland, MI

Education:

B.S. in Dietetics - University of Kentucky (Graduate Spring 2014) B.S. in Movement Science - University of Michigan (May 1996)

Certifications:

Certified Personal Trainer – AFAA, SPIN Instructor - Madd Dogg Athletics, TRX Certified Instructor, CPR/AED

Experience:

This is my 3rd year with Group Fitness teaching Cycling and have taught TRX classes previously.

Professional Interests:

Future plans are to work with adolescents who are overweight and run the risk of developing diabetes. My main goal is to educate them and their parents on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and all the benefits that it reaps.

Personal Interests:

I love sports, hanging with friends, movies, working out, running, stepping out of my comfort zone and meeting new people.

Motivational Quote:

"That which does not kill you, makes you stronger!"

Classes I teach:

Cycling , TRX

Kaitlyn

Hometown:

Geneva, IL

Education:

Nursing with a minor in Spanish

Certifications:

CPR/AED certification, ACE certification

Experience:

This is my first year as a group fitness instructor, but I have attended group fitness classes for a couple years now.

Professional Interests:

I am interested in being a nurse practitioner in orthopedics or a nurse anesthetist.

Personal Interests:

I enjoy running, warm weather, dancing/zumba, and cooking.

Motivational Quote:

"Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful."

Classes I teach:

Step N' Sculpt, 20/20/15

Katie

Hometown:

Louisville, KY

Education:

Bachelor of Health Science in Communication Disorders from UK, currently studying in the Graduate Speech and Language Pathology Program

Certifications:

AFAA Primary Group Fitness

Experience:

1 year of teaching at the Johnson center

Professional Interests:

Early Language Development, Autism, Articulatory and Phonological Processes and Disorders

Personal Interests:

Fitness, Football, Classic Movies, Baking and Cooking,

Motivational Quote:

If it doesn't challenge you it doesn't change you.

Classes I teach:

Cardio Dance, Core Blast, Totally Toned, Butts and Guts, HABIT, Pilates, Kickboxing

Lauren C.

Hometown:

Glen Dale, WV

Education:

BA, Sociology, West Virginia Wesleyan College Diploma in Massage Therapy, Cayce Reilly School of Massotherapy, Virginia Beach, VA MS, Library and Information Science, University of Kentucky Currently: DrPH, Public Health,

Certifications:

RYT- Registered Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance)
LMT- Licensed Massage Therapist

Experience:

1 year in Yoga instruction

Professional Interests:

Global Health

Personal Interests:

Playing Music

Classes I teach:

Restorative Yoga

Lauren K.

Hometown:

Westerville, OH

Education:

Majors: Finance and Political Science

Certifications:

ACE Personal Training and Schwinn Cycling Certification

Experience:

1 Year Personal Training and 1 Semester of Cycling

Professional Interests:

I want to get my masters in Public Administration to do government budgeting. In the mean time, I love motivation others to build confidence in and out of the gym.

Personal Interests:

Running and doing adventure races. I want to go to Eurpoe after graduation in the spring.

Motivational Quote:

"If you want something you've never had, then you've got to do something you've never done."

Classes I teach:

Cycling

Lizz

Hometown:

Washington D.C

Education:

Pre-Dental - Psychology Major Biology Minor

Certifications:

ACE Group Fitness and FiTour Pilates

Experience:

Johnson Center over the summer

Professional Interests:

To become a Dentist

Personal Interests:

Volunteering at the Humane Society and with Service Dogs, Running, and Eating PF Changs

Motivational Quote:

“There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can.” –Henry Ford

Classes I teach:

Totally Toned, 20/20/15, BURN, Core Blast and Pilates

Melissa

Hometown:

Cleveland, Ohio

Education:

B.S. in Sports Sciences, Ohio University
M.S. in Kinesiology, University of Kentucky (current)

Certifications:

ACSM- Health Fitness Specialist, YogaFit instructor, levels 1 and 3, AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, Certified Spinning Instructor, Star Level 1, and American Red Cross CPR/AED

Experience:

Five years teaching group fitness classes, Two years as a fitness/wellness specialist, and One year as a personal trainer

Professional Interests:

High intensity interval training (HIIT), Tabata training, circuit training, weight loss, and women's strength training

Personal Interests:

White water rafting, hiking, being outdoors, trying new things, exploring Lexington, seeking out new adventures to try

Motivational Quote:

Hard work...Pays off.

Classes I teach:

Yoga and Core Blast

Riley

Hometown:

Bowling Green, KY

Education:

Sophomore studying Broadcast Journalism

Certifications:

Zumba and CPR/AED

Experience:

First time teaching!

Professional Interests:

Sports broadcasting

Personal Interests:

Volunteering, Working out, Music, and UK Basketball

Motivational Quote:

The difference between a goal and a dream is a deadline.

Classes I teach:

Zumba

RuthMarie

Hometown:

Chicago, IL

Education:

B.S. in Biology, Morehead State University M.S. in Biology, Morehead State University

Certifications:

R.I.P.P.E.D., Spinning, Zumba, and CPR/AED- American Red Cross

Experience:

I started fitness instructing a little over a year ago and absolutely love it. I have taught Zumba, RIP (strength training), R.I.P.P.E.D., Spinning, and Core focused classes and hope to expand into other areas of fitness in the future.

Professional Interests:

I am passionate about nutrition and exercise/physiology and hope to earn a PhD in one of those fields in the future. I did a research project on omega-3 fatty acids and their effect on obesity, cancer, and maternal diet and hope to carry out a research project concerning omega-3 fatty acids, obesity, and exercise in the future.

Personal Interests:

I love being active both in the gym and outdoors. I love being outside going on hikes, running, biking, kayaking, walking, etc. I like playing most sports, learning new information within the nutrition and fitness field, and reading great literature.

Motivational Quote:

"What lies behind you and what lies before you are tiny matters, compared to what lies within you" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Classes I teach:

R.I.P.P.E.D., Spinning, Core Blast

Savannah

Hometown:

Prospect, KY

Education:

Junior biology major with a minor in neuroscience

Certifications:

Fitour Group Cycling Instructor

Experience:

Second year as a cycling instructor at the JC

Professional Interests:

I hope to go to Physicians Assistant school

Classes I teach:

Cycling

Shivani

Hometown:

Bowling Green, Kentucky

Education:

High School completed. Currently enrolled at University of Kentucky- freshman in college.

Certifications:

Zumba certified (Basic Type) and Dance class certified

Experience:

I have been INSTRUCTING Zumba for ONE year. I have been a DANCER for FOURTEEN years. I have been a dance team captain for THREE years.

Professional Interests:

I am interested in majoring in Accounting and double majoring Finance. I would like to minor in International Business. I would like to be a CPA as well as franchise a Coffee Shop and Dance Studio.

Personal Interests:

I love dancing, music, art, photography, running, etc. I enjoy hiking, biking, white water rafting, and other outdoors adventures.

Motivational Quote:

"An eye for an eye will keep the world blind"- Mahatma Gandhi
"NO PAIN, NO GAIN"

Classes I teach:

Zumba