Participants of a group cycling class on stationary bikes

Group Fitness Instructors

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Alexandria Moler

Alexandria Moler

Alex Moler is an undergraduate student at SDSU majoring in Kinesiology, Fitness Specialist. In the future she plans on working in the sports medical field running her own consultant business and helping clients achieve their fitness and health goals. All things related to health and fitness became a passion of hers when she tore her ACL twice playing soccer. Rehabilitation and group fitness became a huge part of her life during her recovery from two knee surgeries. After attending multiple group fitness classes, she got her certification to become a group fitness instructor. As an instructor she hopes to inspire others to stay active, healthy and reach their fitness goals while participating in a safe and welcoming environment. Come join her on this exciting new journey, SDSU community!

Bethany Mendenhall

Bethany Mendenhall

Bethany was born and raised in San Diego, and graduated from SDSU in 2019 with a B.A. in psychology. She has been teaching both cycling and yoga classes at the ARC since 2019. In addition to teaching group fitness, Bethany teaches ENS Beginning Yoga, co-teaches ENS Group Fitness Instructor Training, and is one of Aztec Recreation's Fitness and Wellness Program Assistants. Her love of fitness stems from a place of self-love and she firmly believes that one of the best ways to take care of yourself is to keep both your body and mind active and healthy. As an instructor, Bethany's main goal is to help you discover and celebrate how strong you already are, exactly as you are. When she’s not at the ARC, you can find her at a local coffee shop or live music venue.

Daniel Dominguez

Daniel 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.

Flo Pierce

Flo Pierce

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!

Heidi Wilson

Heidi Wilson

Heidi has been a fitness professional for over 27 years and she holds 2 Masters Degrees from SDSU; one in Public Health (MPH) and one in Exercise and Nutritional Sciences (MS). She is a 4th degree Black Belt (Master Rank) in Taekwondo, a Black Belt in Aikijujitsu (under Master Wayne Collins), and Black Belt in Escrima (under Master Bayani Abueg). She is certified USA. Boxing Coach and a Title Belt holder for the Masters Division USA Boxing 145# female over 50 years of age.

Heidi teaches academic classes in health, sports nutrition, kinesiology, and various fitness classes and martial arts classes. Her true passion is teaching women how to defend themselves. She teaches multiple sections of ENS 138-Women's Self Defense in both the Fall and Spring Semesters at SDSU. 

Jennifer Melford

Jennifer Melford

Jenny has been an athlete her whole life and her love for movement and sport go back as far as she can remember. Jenny graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science, where she also earned a scholarship to play Division 1 soccer. It was during this time that Jenny discovered Yoga. Though she was drawn to Yoga initially for the physical challenge it offered, she ended up falling in love with the holistic nature of the practice, and the deeper sense of ease and well-being that were a result of her regular practice. She now holds five different Yoga certifications as a teacher, although she will always consider herself a student of the practice.

Jenny is also a certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine, a Health and Wellness Coach, a Nutritionist, and a Grief Counselor. In her free time Jenny loves hiking, camping, snowboarding, hanging with her family and puppy, and seeing live music!

Jo-Ann Humphus

Jo-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."

Kashmone Hamilton

Kashmone 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.

Katherine Sasseen

Katherine 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 to 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 since 1992 as a Certified Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor & Therapist, and Healing Herbal Practitioner. Namaste.

 

In addition, Katherine is also a songwriter! Visit Katherine’s You Tube Channel for yoga and pranayama videos.

Kelli  Pedone

Kelli Pedone

Kelli is a born and raised San Diegan and graduate from SDSU (B.S. in Kinesiology). She was a marching and concert band musician for most of her life, but became interested in fitness when she started taking group classes in college. She thoroughly enjoyed the lively environment and welcoming instructors, so she was inspired to take the ENS 138 Group Fitness Instructor Training class and work at the ARC! Kelli is excited to teach a variety of different classes and motivate participants to have some fun with their workouts. In her free time, she enjoys exploring San Diego with her friends, thrifting, and playing percussion. In the future she plans on attending a graduate program to become a licensed Prosthetist and Orthotist, and therefore continue her goals of promoting healthy lifestyles for individuals of all abilities and backgrounds.

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.

Natalie Quinn

Natalie Quinn

Natalie is currently a student here at San Diego State. She is majoring in Kinesiology with an emphasis on physical therapy. She hopes to become a physical therapist while still teaching workout classes on the side. Natalie is a certified ACSM Group Exercise Instructor and SCW Barre Instructor. Natalie grew up playing soccer, tennis and dance, so she has always loved to move her body and stay active. She enjoys being able to work out with a group of people because everyone motivates each other to do their best and have fun. She is looking forward to teaching in-person classes because she primarily taught classes through zoom during COVID-19.

Nikki Winters

Nikki Winters

Nikki has been 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.

Nitin Chatlani

Nitin is currently an undergraduate student here at SDSU majoring in Computer Science with a minor in mathematics. He has been involved in athletics since third grade when he started swimming competitively and continued throughout high school when he took his first cycling class and found his new favorite form of exercise. Since then, he has become a certified AFAA Group Fitness Instructor as well as trained at various cycle studios in San Diego County. As an instructor, he specializes in “rhythm riding” and teaching Cycling in a choreographed format, utilizing both the upper and lower body.

Sugar Ray Holden

Sugar Ray Holden

With over 28 years of experience as a USA certified Boxing Coach, Ray has trained a wide variety of students including UFC fighters, pro/amateur boxers, actors, children of all ages and seniors. He teaches progressive boxing techniques and strategies and also works as a boxing official and referee.

At the age of eight, "Sugar" Ray became interested in boxing. Along his journey in the sport, Ray had many great coaches and mentors including Martial Artist Wayne St. Hill, Master "Chicken" Gabriel, and former Team USA Olympic Boxing Coach Robert Coon (also Head Coach of the United Institute of Amateur Athletics Boxing Team where Ray became a member in his early teens).

As an instructor and avid boxing historian, Ray's main goal is to give back to the SDSU community through the experience in his boxing class using positive energy, and sharing his passion for the sport. 

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