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Group Fitness Instructors


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Alexa D’OrazioAlexa D’Orazio

Alexa has been practicing yoga since 2010, and has been guiding yoga practices since 2012. She is currently studying nutrition and dietetics at SDSU, and cannot wait to tie in her yoga practices and nutrition knowledge to help the community become healthier. So if you ever see her on campus, give her a wave and introduce yourself. Having grown up on the pacific west coast of Canada, Alexa finds the constant sunshine in San Diego inspiring herself to try new outdoor activities. One of her mantras in life is to learn from others, because everyone is a teacher on their own path, and we can benefit from seeing what each other has to offer to the world.

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Anika SpencerAnika Spencer

Anika’s passion for yoga was born when she began to notice her current life lessons being reflected in her body and practice. Anika has an energetic and playful approach to life that she also incorporates in her practice and teaching. She believes that yoga is an exploration of self and that we should enjoy that process whenever possible. Having been originally drawn to the physicality and challenge of a yoga practice, Anika seeks to create classes that empower the body as well as stimulate contemplation of the spirit and aid in the quest for a joyous life. She’s grateful to have been certified in both Hatha and Vinyasa teaching at OB Namasté and continues to find inspiration through the amazing teachers, workshops, conferences, festivals, and students that the area has to offer.

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Antonio BritoAntonio Brito

Antonio received his degree in Kinesiology from SDSU in 2014. He is a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Antonio’s passion for soccer began at a young age; he played recreationally and in a club during high school. While getting his undergrad he coached the 7-9 age group at Copley YMCA. Antonio specializes in functional training, performance enhancement, and Olympic lifting and he is currently a personal trainer at the Hilton Bayfront. Antonio has a firm belief that health and wellness should be something enjoyable, and he makes his training and his classes fun and focused.

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Ariella GoldsteinAriella Goldstein

Ariella is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the ARC staff! She is a geology major at SDSU and is involved with the SDSU Triathlon Club team, the Hillel Community Center and Fowler Athletic Center. A healthy lifestyle is one of Ariella’s top priorities, and she can’t wait to share her love for fitness through teaching at the ARC. She is very passionate about dance, running, hiking, cooking and art. She hopes she can motivate her peers as much as they motivate her. She encourages you to strive for whatever you dream of and never give up! Please feel free to approach her after class with any questions, comments or constructive class criticism. "Be happy. Be bright. Be you."

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Bob MuellerBob Mueller

Hello, my name is Bob Mueller. I’m a retired Naval Officer who has been an avid road cyclist for over 30 years. I don’t race, but enjoy long day rides in our local mountains. I’m a Sierra Club, Chapter Outings Leader for the Bicycle Section and lead regular rides of 40 to 100 miles for the Club. I have also lead organized bicycle tours in Colorado, Washington State’s San Juan Islands and Olympic Penninsula, Vermont and New York. If you want to develop muscles and form to cycle long and strong, check out my class and take a spin.

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Chris CzarneckiCali Tolbert

Cali is the current Fitness and Wellness Program Assistant at Aztec Recreation. She began teaching group exercise classes during her time in college at James Madison University and graduated in 2013 with a degree in Kinesiology, Exercise Science. She is a certified AFAA Primary Group Fitness Instructor as well as an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist. Her favorite formats to teach include Yoga, Zumba, TRX, and spin but she enjoys teaching just about any format. One of her strongest beliefs is to make your heart happy which includes, but is not limited to, your physical well-being. When she is not helping and motivating others achieve their fitness goals, you can find Cali with her dog, Brodie at the beach, trail running, or hiking!

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Camille TachellCamille Tachell

Camille is an undergraduate student at SDSU majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Spanish. She has maintained an active lifestyle her entire life through dance, competitive gymnastics, and pole vault. She loves encouraging others to try new ways to reach their goals, and most importantly, have fun while exercising. Her favorite thing to do is to get outside and enjoy beautiful San Diego through hiking, swimming, surfing, paddle boarding, and any time spent at the pool or beach. Camille really appreciates any type of feedback or song suggestions and is excited to share her passion for fitness with all ARC members!

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Chris CzarneckiChris Czarnecki

Christopher is a San Diego born athlete, and Aztec Alum. Upon graduating with a degree in Psychology, he became a certified yoga teacher through San Diego State University’s first Yoga Teacher Training. After 10 years of weight training and collision sports, Christopher found introspection, peace, discipline, and new kind of strength enhancement within yoga. Coming upon his 5th year of practice, his curiosity and persistence for improvement continues to refine his flow. Catch him practicing frequently and substituting for the variety of classes we have to offer at the ARC!

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Daniel DominguezDaniel Dominguez

Born and raised in Argentina, Daniel came to San Diego in 1997 to work as a Ph.D. doing research in the SDSU Psychology Department. He became an ARC member as soon as the gym opened and started practicing yoga regularly in 1999. Along the years, Daniel participated in yoga classes and yoga retreats with many wonderful instructors at the ARC, learning different styles of yoga. He obtained his yoga teacher certification in CorePower Yoga, in 2008. Around the same time he graduated from IPSB as a Holistic Health Practitioner and Massage Therapist. Since then, Daniel has been teaching yoga and doing bodywork in different institutions around San Diego and South America. In 2011, Daniel completed a SUPcore certification as a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) and SUP Yoga instructor through Surftech SUP Academy (SSUPA) and has been teaching SUP and SUP Yoga at Mission Bay Aquatic Center ever since. Daniel’s passion for Nature and traveling has brought him to teach yoga (volunteer work) and practice SUP in the Amazon (Peru), experience he plans to repeat annually before visiting family and friends in Argentina.

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Erica MachtErica Macht

Erica has been teaching group fitness classes since 1996 (and started teaching at Aztec Recreation in 2002!) and still loves teaching as much as she did when she first started. She grew up in Connecticut and earned her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from Springfield College in Massachusetts (Class of 1999). She holds several different fitness certifications, but enjoys teaching spin, total strength and Pilates the most. Currently, in addition to teaching fitness classes, Erica is a volunteer coordinator for a local non-profit that works with adults with developmental disabilities. In her free time, Erica enjoys spending time with her 10-year old daughter, being outside hiking and camping, and watching NASCAR as well as cheering on her New England Patriots.

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Fiona PallagFiona Pallag

Fiona was born and raised in Australia, and has lived in San Diego since 1993. She has a BA Degree in Leisure and Recreation from NSW University of Technology (Sydney). She began doing Pilates in 2002 and started teaching in 2005. Certified in Mat and Equipment Pilates with PMI, Fiona strives to make her students understand the purpose of the exercises performed in class and encourages everyone to do their best. She believes that a healthy body and mind are key elements to achieving a happy life and hopes to pass this philosophy along to her students. When not doing Pilates, Fiona enjoys hiking, swimming and doing calligraphy.

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Flo PierceFlo Pierce

M.Ed., M.A., Exercise Physiology

Flo is a lifelong teacher – from Middle School to the University, and from Active Adults to Law Enforcement Officers. At the ARC, she teaches Pilates and Barre Blast, emphasizing precision and posture. Flo holds certifications from ACE and ACSM with specialties in Pilates, Cycling, Yoga, PIYO, Barre, Gravity, and Aquatics. She would love to see you in one of her classes!

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Ghada OsmanGhada Osman

Ghada Osman has been teaching yoga to diverse populations for 15 years, having completed her basic certification (200 hours) in 2000 and her advanced certification (500 hours) in 2003. She completed her training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the largest yoga center in North America. She also has been trained in yoga therapy, aerobics, and water aerobics. In addition to being a yoga instructor, Ghada is a psychotherapist, was a professor at SDSU for 14 years, and gives workshops on yoga - especially as it relates to mental health - around the country.

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Jeff HinshawJeff Hinshaw

Jeff is a current MBA Finance student and lecturer in the ENS department, and will be graduating in the Fall. He is from the Bay Area and did his undergraduate study at UCSB where he minored in Exercise and Sports Studies, and was a strength and conditioning coach intern for the women’s lacrosse and men’s rugby teams. He also assisted at the physical therapy clinic at UCSB student Health Services. He is currently a Certified Personal Trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine and is also a Corrective Exercise Specialist through them. He has been teaching group fitness classes for two years now and is excited to begin his third year teaching circuit challenge classes. As a lifelong athlete he is very passionate about health and fitness. He is looking forward to having you in one of his classes as well as answer any questions you may have about health and fitness!

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Jessica AmerosaJessica Amerosa

Jessica Amerosa moved to San Diego from Kansas in 2006. She currently works as an Academic Advisor in the San Diego State University Athletics Department. She has been a member of the ARC since her arrival in San Diego and quickly found a passion for Spin®. Spin® has been an instrumental part of her healthy lifestyle change and this inspired her to become a Spin® instructor. She hopes to make a difference in the lives of others through teaching Spin®. She was certified through Mad Dogg Athletics in 2011. Jessica graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and later received her Master’s Degree from Kansas State University majoring in College Student Development with an emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletics. In her personal time, she enjoys yoga, traveling, and spending time with her loved ones.

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Jo-Ann HumphusJo-Ann Humphus

Jo-Ann is an SDSU alumnus, and earned her BA in Psychology. She has been a regular at Aztec Recreation since its opening and has been serious about her physical activity ever since. After taking almost all of the classes Aztec Recreation had to offer, Spinning® was the one exercise she couldn’t get enough of. Jo-Ann is a level 3 Mad Dogg Athletics Spin® Certified Instructor, holds an AFAA certification in Primary Group Fitness, and is also trained as a R.I.P.P.E.D and CoreBar instructor. She has been teaching Spinning® at Aztec Recreation since 2006, and uses rock and roll-based music for a fast-paced exhilarating ride, focusing on building endurance. Jo-Ann also teaches Circuit Challenge, a high intensity class guaranteed to push your limits. Jo-Ann really enjoys the physical and emotional benefits from teaching. "Having newcomers return, and become regulars is one of the greatest rewards I can receive. It’s a great cardio workout, and a wonderful way to start the day."

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Joe CastiglioneJoe Castiglione

Joe has been teaching group fitness classes since 2004 when he first got involved here at the Aztec Recreation Center teaching TurboKick Boxing. His background includes many years of folk dancing, ballet/jazz/modern, and ballroom/social dancing. He graduated from SDSU in 2006 as a Spanish major with minors in Portuguese and Linguistics. After graduation, he spent 10 years in San Francisco teaching TKB, Pilates, Zumba, Zumba Kids, Zumba Step, and Aqua Zumba. He’s also a certified lifeguard! Joe received his Master’s degree in Fashion Design from Academy of Art University San Francisco and worked as a Childrenswear designer. Now he’s back in San Diego and loves coming to the ARC to get his fellow Aztecs moving!

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John NagelJohn Nagel

John Nagel enjoys exercise & dancing. He is presently teaching the GPX classes, Spinning®, core fusion & cardio dance at the ARC. He has been teaching partner dancing for over 30 year. He graduated with a BA in Social Science from UCI and has an AS in accounting from Mesa College. John’s approach to fitness is to set a realistic goal and then methodically work toward it. Plan your work; work your plan. When it comes to dance, let the music move you.

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Julie HannanJulie Hannan

Julie moved to San Diego after graduating with a degree in Kinesiology from Penn State University and is currently working towards her masters in Kinesiology at SDSU. She is a certified ACE Group Fitness Instructor and has a true passion for group fitness. Julie loves utilizing the perfect San Diego weather for running, hiking, swimming, rollerblading, and paddleboarding. Helping others find their desire and motivation for a healthy lifestyle is her favorite aspect of instructing. She believes exercise brings out the best in everyone, whether it is through a grounding yoga class or rigorous boot camp – there is something for everyone! Safety, effectiveness, and a positive environment are the things she focuses on the most in her classes, and she tries to learn something from each one of them. Julie loves getting to know those in her class, as well as receiving feedback and music requests!

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Kashmone HamiltonKashmone Hamilton

Kashmone Hamilton graduated with her Masters in Public Health in 2014 from San Jose State University. She began her fitness journey by practicing and performing dance. Kashmone began taking U-Jam fitness class in 2010. She received her certification in U-Jam Fitness in 2014 in San Diego CA. She is also a certified AFAA Group Fitness Instructor. Kashmone’s passion for dance and making fitness fun and engaging is the driving force as an instructor.

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Katherine SasseenKatherine Sasseen

As a professional massage therapist and dancer, Katherine found yoga a fairly natural path of continuing education. She took her first class in 1995 and loved how it made her feel. The fact that yoga is good for people is a bonus. Katherine has been learning and practicing various styles of yoga ever since and began teaching in 1998, having apprenticed in the Vinyasa Style of White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA. Katherine enjoys helping people find their own way in Yoga, helping bodies and minds to expand and heal and feels blessed to guide her students o discover the fruits of a regular practice. Katherine says she never stops marveling at the gifts Yoga brings. Katherine has been in the Healing Arts for 18 years as a Certified Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor & Therapist, and Healing Herbal Practitioner. Namaste.

Visit Katherine’s You Tube Channel for yoga and pranayama videos.

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Katie ThrallsKatie Thralls

Katie is from Livermore, CA and is pursuing her PhD in Public Health. She aspires to encourage and promote physical activity as a means to optimize quality of life to all individuals. She completed her Dual Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition at SDSU. In college, Katie competed collegiately in basketball, track, and cross country at Seattle Pacific University. She is certified as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Mad Dogg Athletics Spin instructor. Katie loves all types of outdoor activities- backpacking, running, biking, swimming, skiing, and snowboarding. She is passionate about finding creative and enjoyable ways to improve health for all individuals through physical activity and nutrition.

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Keith van der WaldeKeith van der Walde

Keith Keith is a passionate athlete and is involved in activities as diverse as cycling, tennis, yoga, running, boxing, weight lifting and swimming. Always in search of the hardest and most efficient and strategic workout, Keith discovered Yoga Sculpt in 2013 and was immediately hooked. Blending weights with yoga postures, this class is every bit as fun as it is challenging, offering the full-body benefits of yoga, coupled with the metabolism boost and conditioning benefits of exercises that hit major functional muscle groups, enhance flexibility, tone, balance, and build core strength. Convinced that there is little better way to spend an hour each day, Keith regularly practices Yoga Sculpt and enjoys nothing more than providing the experience for others. By introducing themes in class that inspire and elevate his students, Keith provides an immersive environment that facilitates growth and reinforces the magnificent potential of each participant. Keith is an aerospace engineer and artist who has started a company around his inventions and believes there is no limit to what we are able to dream and achieve.

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Kelly StronaKelly Strona

Kelly is an SDSU alumnus, having earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Public Health in 2010. Athletics have always been a large part of her life: she ran track, surfed competitively, and was a competitive cheerleader for over 10 years. A couple of years ago she took to running, completing several 5, 10, and 15k races. Lately, Kelly has been dedicating her spare time to learning to write HTML/CSS code for websites, and enjoys reading and walking around her neighborhood of North Park. Kelly holds specialty group fitness certifications in Insanity® and Piyo®, and is pursuing her primary group exercise certification through AFAA.

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Kendall IlerKendall Iler

Kendall has been teaching dance and fitness for nearly ten years. With a professional dance background and passion for fitness, Kendall has taught and performed in Iowa, Las Vegas, Toronto, Buffalo and now San Diego. She teaches Barre, POUND, strength/weight training, Burlesque, Heels, and Jazz Funk dance classes. Her Total Barre training, love of music & dance, and passion for high intensity workouts is what will give this barre class the edge you’re looking for.

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Lauren KnuthLauren Knuth

Lauren discovered yoga in 2005 and has watched it transform her life and relationships. After working in the corporate world for 10 years, she made a decision to leave her fast-paced, high-stress job and pursue her true passion, which is bringing others the joy that yoga has brought to her. She is experienced in multiple styles including Ashtanga and Hatha and has studied meditation and pranayama with expert teachers around the country. Lauren teaches a vigorous Vinyasa Flow and enjoys incorporating elements of Pilates, meditation, flexibility and strengthening to create a well-rounded, balanced class. You can expect new, challenging poses as well as creative sequencing in each of her specifically designed classes.

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Lauren VollrathLauren Vollrath

Lauren is a NASM certified personal trainer and SDSU alumni with a B.S. in Recreation Administration. With a background in dance, volleyball, bodybuilding, CrossFit, physical therapy and personal training, Lauren is a well versed fitness instructor and is always looking for new ways to enjoy exercise. Lauren is passionate about creating a fun and inviting fitness environment and helping others reap the mental and physical benefits of exercise. Safety and injury prevention are Lauren’s highest priority in her strength training classes, with good beats as a close second.

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Lisa DuncanLisa Duncan

Lisa Duncan has been a group fitness instructor for over 12 years, and a class participant for more. She particularly likes the control, strengthening, and stretching aspects of mat-based classes, and the mind-body connection that Yoga and Pilates bring. Lisa is a Registered Nurse who appreciates the contribution that exercise makes to overall wellness. She is inspired by those who improve their health and well-being by attending group exercise classes.

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Lisa Lamont

Lisa is a Stott Pilates certified Pilates instructor and a Mad Dogg Athletics Certified Spinning® instructor. She has worked in the fitness industry for over twenty years.

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Marcellus WalkerMarcellus Walker

Marcellus M. Walker has 30 years of martial arts experience with varying degrees of expertise in multiple styles. He began his exploration of martial arts as a teenager studying Shotokan Karate in 1980, and from there he went on to study Kenpo, Kickboxing, Goju-Ryu, Tai Chi Chuan, Tae Kwon Do, Hop Ki Do, Judo, Capoeira, and Aikido.

Mr. Walker considers Tae Kwon Do to be his primary style. He began his Tae Kwon Do training in Santa Cruz, CA at Song’s Martial Arts Institute in 1990. He developed his love for this style under the tutelage of Grandmaster Soonho Song and several of the exceptional black belt instructors at the Institute. Mr. Walker spent several years competing in Olympic style sparring tournaments sanctioned by the United States Tae Kwon Do Association in the early 1990’s. Shortly after moving to San Diego, he began studying Tae Kwon Do under Grandmaster Suk Chung Kang where he earned his 4th degree black belt.

In 2000, Mr. Walker co-founded the martial arts program at San Diego City College with Professor Jim Colbert. The program has been very successful and continues to develop under Jim’s expertise. Mr. Walker also taught for Kang’s Tae Kwon Do Association until Grandmaster Kang retired in 2006. Today, Mr. Walker’s teaching style focuses on individual development of the physical, mental and spiritual body, and the practical application of martial art techniques for self-defense.

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Megan GraceMariah Leonard

I’m an undergraduate student studying Kinesiology with an emphasis in fitness. I’ve always enjoyed being active; when I was younger, I was that kid whose feet were black from running around without shoes ‘til the street lights came on, but didn’t realize how much I loved being active until high school. Around that time I was very depressed, what kept me going were my trips to the gym, hikes, runs around the park, or roller derby practices. I used exercise to heal myself. Because of fitness I was able to turn my life around.

I’ve always thought about becoming a fitness instructor, I figured if exercise could save me, maybe I could use it to save someone else. When I heard about the group fitness training at the ARC I had to jump on it! GFIT solidified my passion for instructing and I also gained a newfound respect for the instructors and all the classes.

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Megan GraceMegan Grace

Megan is an Athletic Training student here at San Diego State. She loves all things fitness, living a healthy lifestyle, and sharing her enthusiasm about it with others. Throughout her life she was always involved in soccer no matter where she lived. Megan also coaches a U6 soccer team in her free time and absolutely loves sharing her passion for the sport with the kids. She began Spinning® in the Fall of 2015, fell in love with it and decided to become an instructor to share her new found passion with everyone and is extremely excited to see where this chapter in life will take her!

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Megan HollyfieldMegan Hollyfield

Group fitness classes are Megan’s favorite way to workout, whether it is a cardio dance class, strength class, or yoga class! Megan began practicing yoga 4 years ago and began her journey into teaching as a way to deepen her own yoga practice, and has grown to love guiding students through their own practice. Yoga allowed her to understand focus, determination, and positivity, which she hopes to share that with all her students. Building strength of both the body and the mind is the reason she keeps coming back to yoga!

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Melodie DanielsMelodie Daniels

My love for fitness really sparked when I transferred from working front desk at 24 hour fitness to being a Personal Trainer in 2012. Sports and athletics have always been my passion. From running marathons and track to playing basketball and volleyball. After studying Physical Therapy at San Diego State, I hope to further my education and travel the world while I practice. My motto in life is to “to make every moment count”. I strive to push my clients and those who participate in my classes to work out to their fullest potential and give it their all.

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Michelle LodiniMichelle Lodini

Michelle is a senior at SDSU studying Business Marketing IMC from New York. An ARC member since 2013, Michelle credits the ARC for positively impacting her life and for developing her passion for health and fitness! She loves a variety of fitness activities such as SPIN, Pilates, weight lifting, hiking, CrossFit, HIIT and TRX. Michelle became SPIN certified in 2016, after shadowing other ARC SPIN instructors who inspired her to become an instructor! She hopes to not only provide you with a good workout, but to also help you become the best version of yourself!

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Nancy HermanNancy Herman

Nancy has been strength training and attending group fitness classes for over 20 years. In 2008 she fulfilled a longtime goal and made a career change by completing her personal training certification through AFAA. In the summer of 2008, Nancy began teaching an adult fitness rec class at the ARC called Fit for Fun Rec Class, including aerobics and conditioning components. During her early years of working out, Nancy was inspired by a female personal trainer, bodybuilder, and fitness instructor; working with her allowed Nancy to learn from a great resource. She hopes to inspire, challenge, and bring fun to the workouts of all individuals she encounters.

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Nikki WintersNikki Winters

Nikki started dancing since she can remember and trained mostly in ballet. After she turned 18 she danced with various professional ballet companies. It wasn’t until she joined up with a company called Physical Rhythm Project that was ballet/hip-hop fusion that she found her love for street dancing. Sponsored by NIKE, she then taught hip-hop classes in Portland, Oregon and discovered her love for group fitness. She since has been teaching various fitness classes on both the West and East Coast, with various certifications since 1992 and has been teaching at Aztec Recreation since 2001. She currently is a Commercial Real Estate Broker, a wife to an amazing husband, and a mom to two awesome boys.

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Noora CholaghNoora Cholagh

Noora has been practicing martial arts and soccer for over 13 years. She has multiple black belts in Kenpo Karate and Taekwondo. Through her training, she has applied her martial arts foundation through all aspects of life. Her goal is to help others connect their mind and body through different martial arts applications, allowing them to become physically and mentally stronger. She is the captain of the Women’s Club Soccer team, and is very passionate about sports. As an instructor, she is driven to helping participants achieve their heath goals, make positive improvements, and having a good time doing so. She likes to help others challenge themselves in a fitness setting because, “It is all about mind over matter, if you don’t mind the pain, the pain won’t matter in the long-run

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Stanley WilliamsStanley Williams

I discovered and began practicing Hatha Yoga in 1976 while a student at LaSalle College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I successfully completed the standard three-year Iyengar teacher-training program in San Diego and plan to continue my studies with senior Iyengar teachers Mr. Manouso Manous and Ms. Carolyn Belko as well as other established Iyengar instructors. My goal is to teach Yoga joyfully in the tradition of B.K.S. Iyengar with compassion knowing that true joy comes when a student recognizes her or his own true nature and embraces it fully which is the very essence of Yoga.

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Theresa PeralesTheresa Perales

Theresa first graduated from SDSU in 2006 with a B.S. in Spanish and then again in 2011 with an M.S. in Spanish linguistics. Since 2008, Theresa has been teaching English to international students at the American Language Institute at SDSU. In 2013, Theresa returned to Mesa College to study in the American Council on Exercise Fitness Specialist Program and completed the Madd Dog Athletics Spinning® training. Anyone who knows Theresa knows that she loves all things in the world of physical activity. You name it, she has tried it, loved it, and become addicted to it. Theresa is a marathon runner, an avid Bikram Yoga practitioner, and Spinning® instructor. Additionally, she is a fan of hiking, boxing, circuit training, weight lifting, and Pilates. Theresa enjoys getting to know the people in her class, their interests, music preferences, and feedback is always welcomed and encouraged.

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