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Group X Instructor Bios

 

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Alexis Moore Eytinge | Zumba
Chelsea Donaldson
| Power Vinyasa Yoga, 75-minute Power Vinyasa Yoga
Elise Ochs | Electro Dance, Zumba, & Water X
Emily Martin | Cycle/Krank, Power Hour Cycle/Krank, Women’s Only Strength, Bootcamp
Erin Bransford | Power Hour Cycle/Krank, Abs & Arms 
Haakon Weinstein | R.I.P.P.E.D., Bodacious Body Blast, and Abs, Buns & Thighs  
Jen Armbruster | none this term
Jessica Boyd | Hatha Yoga 
Kacie Dart | Pilates Foundations, Pilates 
Kate Griffith | Power Vinyasa Yoga, Gentle Yoga  
Katie Gowell | Water X
Kim Peer | Abs & Arms, Cycle/Krank, Cardio Kick 
Konane Mookini | NIA, Taiji Fit 
Leilani Freeman | Bootcamp, Water X
Lisa Lynch | Hatha II Yoga, Pilates
Liz Sharp | Cycle/Krank, Sneaker Camp, and Women’s Only Strength
Mania Asadizadeh | Women’s Only Zumba 
Mary Ann Gates | Step & Sculpt, Cycle/Krank 
Sabine Lefkowitz | Cardio Kick + abs and Bootcamp
Sharon Pearce | Hatha Yoga and GYROKINESIS® Exercise 
Tayler Larson | Body Scult,  Abs, Buns & Thighs
Tenalyn Fontaine | Bootcamp
Trisha Haakonstad | Power Vinyasa Yoga
Victoria Geissler | Zumba 

 

Name: Alexis Moore Eytinge

Classes I teach spring 2014: Zumba

My favorite class to teach is: Zumba!

My favorite song on my playlist is: Baila Pa Emociona

Because: It's beat makes you move and there's part to where you can sing along, too.

I love teaching Group X because: I love to dance, it cleanses my spirit. I love to offer that to other people and support them in exploring their body's movement.

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Name: Chelsea Donaldson

Classes I teach spring 2014: Power Vinyasa Yoga, 75-minute Power Vinyasa Yoga

My favorite class to teach is: Power Vinyasa

Because: It’s great to see students push their limits.

My favorite song on my playlist is: "Dance Yourself Clean"  by LCD Soundsystem. 

Because: It's perfect for when the flow gets goin'. 

I love teaching Group X because:  the yogis are SO strong and come to class with a sense of humor. 

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Name: Elise Ochs

Classes I teach spring 2014: Electro Dance, Zumba, & Water X

My favorite class to teach is: Electro Dance <3  

Because: I get to choose each song used in class. It’s super fun to be able to dance to my favorite genre of music and share my playlist with others. It’s a bass-blasting, booty shaking good time.

My favorite song on my playlist is: Dirty Dancer (Alvin Risk remix) by Oh My

Because: this is an easy song to throw on to pump everyone up. Everyone is out of breath by the end, because we spend a lot of time shimmying, shaking, and going crazy. 

I love teaching Group X because: it’s important to me to facilitate an environment that is welcoming. Dance can be a tricky element to incorporate into your workout if you’re not familiar. I love to be the person who gets to support my participants each week they return and guide them through the moves during class. It’s not rocket science if you practice!

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Name: Emily Martin

Classes I teach spring 2014: Cycle/Krank, Power Hour Cycle/Krank, Women’s Only Strength, Bootcamp

My favorite class to teach is: Power Hour Cycle! 

Because: I love how hard the class makes me work alongside my participants. We’re all in it together!

My favorite song on my playlist is: My dubstep finale song that I always have at the end of class. 

Because: I switch it up every couple weeks, but the song is always very fast, beginning with sprint drills and ending with a giant hill. It really pushes participants to give it all they have until the very end so they leave feeling quite proud of themselves. 

I love teaching Group X because: I love the progress I get to see with the regulars in my class. Most are new to cycle or exercise in general, so they grow to be more strong and confident as the term goes on.

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Name: Erin Bransford

Classes I teach spring 2014: Power Hour Cycle/Krank, Abs & Arms 

My favorite class to teach is: Cycle/Krank

Because: any type of music can be used, and beginners and advanced participants can both get an appropriate workout riding right next to each other. 

My favorite song on my playlist is: Impossible to choose!  But for Cycle I use a Riverdance song called “Reel Around the Sun” which is the most motivating song in the world for me.

Because:  I just can’t slow down when that song is playing.  No matter how tired I am, the fast beat pushes me to keep going.  I always think of the crazy tap dancing they do in Riverdance and if they can tap that fast then I can certainly pedal or run fast too!

I love teaching Group X because: It is rewarding to see people new to Group X try out your class, feel successful, and come back.  It is also great to have your regulars who you can establish a relationship with and push to the next level. Group X makes workout sessions fun and effective and the classes hold you accountable. There really are no negatives!

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Name: Haakon Weinstein

Classes I teach spring 2014: R.I.P.P.E.D., Bodacious Body Blast, and Abs, Buns & Thighs

My favorite class to teach is: R.I.P.P.E.D. 

Because:  It encompasses several different types of exercises for maximum benefit.  The challenging nature of the class lets me push my participants beyond their limits.

My favorite song on my playlist is:  Eyes by Kaskade

Because:  It was the first song that I heard him play at Coachella

I love teaching Group X because:  I am able to make a real impact on people’s health and wellness.  It’s also great to meet people from different programs that I otherwise wouldn’t interact with.

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Name: Jen Armbruster

Classes I teach spring 2014:  None

My favorite class to teach is: Cardio & Agility

Because: I love agility work as a cross training for sport or just overall conditioning.  I love working with different pieces of gear on a regular basis such as the hurdles, agility ladder, steps and much more.

My favorite song on my playlist is: I am #1 by Nelly

Because: After working out hard and giving it everything you have no matter what that is, you feel and are #1.

I love teaching Group X because: I enjoy working out with a group of people in a fun, energetic atmosphere.  I love the Group X setting as there is something for everyone to enjoy. Being active with a group of folks and forming new relationships is exciting.

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Name: Jessica Boyd

Classes I teach spring 2014: Hatha Yoga 

My favorite class to teach is: Any yoga! 

Because: I am a yoga teacher: it is the only class I teach. I love exposing students to the benefits of yoga. 

My favorite song on my playlist is: The Knife – Handy Man 

Because: It’s upbeat, different, and motivating

I love teaching Group X because: I love big classes and varied experience levels.

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Name: Kacie Dart

Classes I teach spring 2014: Pilates Foundations, Pilates 

My favorite class to teach is: All forms of Pilates!

Because: Pilates is all about restoring the body’s natural alignment which benefits everyone from the rehab student to the elite athlete. 

My favorite song on my playlist is: A non-lyrical, string version of Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues

I love teaching Group X because: Witnessing class participants develop mobility, stability, body-mind awareness and wellness brings me the greatest joy and influences me to continue on my own path to wellness. 

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Name: Kate Griffith

Classes I teach spring 2014: Power Vinyasa Yoga, Gentle Yoga 

My favorite class to teach is: Power Vinyasa Yoga 

Because: I like dancing/flowing yoga with upbeat music and lots of smiles. 

My favorite song on my playlist is: For What it's Worth (India Dub) by DJ Drez 

Because: It always gets me up and moving. 

I love teaching Group X because: I can share the yoga I love with others and bring them together with movement, breath, and heightened awareness. 

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Name: Katie Gowell 

Classes I teach in spring 2014: Water X 

My favorite class to teach is: HIIT + abs 

Because: It’s my baby! HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. I wanted to offer a class where you can push it to the max and still have a lot of fun with a variety of exercise. So sweaty after 20 minutes! 

My favorite song on my playlist is: Can’t Hold Us Back by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis 

Because: I love their positive lyrics and unique pump it up beats. I can’t help but pick it up. 

I love teaching Group X Because: I love exercise and I want to open that joy to others. I enjoy the group energy and want to help people discover ways to make it fun, challenging, and approachable.

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Name: Kim Peer 

Classes I teach spring 2014: Abs & Arms, Cycle/Krank, Cardio Kick 

My favorite class to teach is: Cycle 

Because: I love being able to share my love for cycling with others and get a great workout, too! 

My favorite song on my playlist is: On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons 

Because: It makes me happy on the inside and it’s a great motivator for hill climbs. 

I love teaching Group X because: I am able to share my passion for fitness with others in a fun environment. 

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Name: Konane Mookini

Classes I teach spring 2014: NIA, Taiji Fit 

My favorite class to teach is: Taiji Fit

Because:  I enjoy the physical and mental challenge these formats offer.  

My favorite song on my playlist is: "I See Fire" by Ed Sheeran and "Rainbow" by Rapsody. 

I love teaching Group X because: each day brings something new and fresh!

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Name: Leilani Freeman

Classes I teach spring 2014: Bootcamp and Water X

My favorite class to teach is: Bootcamp

My favorite song on my playlist is: Upgrade by Beyoncé 

Because: Her voice makes me feel like I can get through any workout no problem! 

I love teaching Group X because: I love having fun with my participants while doing something healthy for our bodies!  

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Name: Lisa Lynch

Classes I teach spring 2014: Hatha II Yoga, Pilates

My favorite class to teach is: Level One Yoga, (but I love teaching them all!)

Because: of the opportunity to introduce the practice of yoga to someone for the very first time and witnessing them have that awakening within. I also love focusing on all the little details of proper alignment.

My favorite song on my playlist is: I don't have a favorite song... but I do feel the right music is very important in a Group X class. Music has a powerful impact on how we feel. It has been scientifically proven to induce relaxation, inspire us to move, and reduce feelings of fatigue. I like to use Reiki music.

Because: It creates a relaxing atmosphere in addition to healing sound vibrations. 

I love teaching Group X because:  I enjoy seeing the light turn on in a student's eyes when they have that "ah-ha!" moment. I love to see my students grow stronger, more flexible, and leave my class feeling relaxed. To me it is a blessing to have the opportunity to share something with others that will enhance their health and quality of their lives.

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Name: Liz Sharp

Classes I teach spring 2014: Cycle/Krank, Sneaker Camp, and Women’s Only Strength

My favorite class to teach is:  Probably Abs Buns and Thighs  

Because: I love working out that bootie! 

My favorite song on my playlist is: Rihanna - "Breaking Dishes". 

Because: I have a really good breakup playlist that is perfect motivation for burning calories and blowing off steam!

I love teaching Group X because: I've always loved taking classes at the gym. I love working out with other people, making up awesome playlists and workouts and trying new exercises. 

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Name: Mania Asadizadeh 

Classes I teach spring 2014: Women’s Only Zumba 

My favorite class to teach: Zumba 

Because: I get to bring different dance styles and music from countries around the world to my class and students seem to love it. 

My favorite song on my playlist is: I like several songs on my playlist, but if I have to pick one it would be the Bollywood song called "Twist".

Because: I like this song because I always get positive feedback from students about my choreography for this song. They seem to enjoy it so much and that makes me very happy :)

I love teaching Group X because: I love teaching in general. I love teaching group X particularly because I enjoy watching students dance and have a good time.

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Name: Mary Ann Gates

Classes I teach spring 2014: Step & Sculpt, Cycle/Krank 

My favorite class to teach is:  Step aerobics, I love to dance!!

My favorite song on my playlist is: Paradise by Cassie

Because:  it’s fun to climb big hills in cycle class

I love teaching Group X because: I find exercise to be fun, grounding, and confidence building. I also like to share that with others. 

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Name: Sabine Lefkowitz

Classes I teach spring 2014: Cardio Kick + abs and Bootcamp

My favorite class to teach is: Cardio Kick!!!!

Because:  It gives me a lot of energy and makes me sweat.

My favorite song on my playlist is:  Eye of the Tiger or the Rocky theme song 

Because:  Rocky is my favorite movie!

I love teaching Group X because:  I like working out to music and it is rewarding to see participants improve throughout the term. 

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Name:  Sharon Pearce

Classes I teach spring 2014: Hatha Yoga and GYROKINESIS® Exercise 

My favorite class to teach is:  Hatha Yoga

Because:  I love the practice of Hatha Yoga! It is not only calming and therapeutic for mind and body, but also challenging and fun.  Practicing the poses and transitional movements with breath awareness becomes a moving meditation and a very joyful experience – a perfect practice for a lifetime.

My favorite song on my playlist is: I’m not currently using music with my classes.  Though a favorite is LAYA PROJECT - LAYA MANTRA (Kartrck & Gotam Yalla Mantra Remix) (05:44) track 8 on White Swan Records Globesonic DJ Alsultany’s Yoga Lounge.

Because:  It includes both traditional and contemporary music, chants and sound remixed that provides an upbeat and contemplative atmosphere. In Yoga, LAYA refers to absorption of breath and mind in the heart. Also, I appreciate that it is part of a project that documented the music of unknown local folk musicians in the remote villages that were in the path of 2004 tsunami in Asia.

I love teaching Group X because:  I enjoy sharing the experience of movement and mood in a group setting. It is always my hope that participants not only become comfortable with the practices from classes but are also encouraged to explore and play within their own practice.

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Name: Tayler Larson

Classes I teach spring 2014: Body Sculpt and Abs, Buns & Thighs

My favorite class to teach is: Abs, Buns and Thighs

My favorite song on my playlist is: Flo Rida "How I feel"

Because: It's a happy, feel good song. Makes me think of spring! 

I love teaching Group X because: I love fitness and people! Group fitness is the most fun I ever had working out, and now I get to share it with other people! 

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Name: Tenalyn Fontaine

Classes I teach spring 2014: Bootcamp

My favorite class to teach is: Extreme Team Challenge

My favorite song on my playlist is: Tiny Dancer by Ben Folds Five

Because: I like the melody and the words.

I love teaching Group X because: fitness is important and everyone needs to find what works for them. If I can help them find it, then so be it!

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Name:  Trisha Haakonstad

Classes I teach spring 2014:   Power Vinyasa Yoga

My favorite class to teach is:  Power Vinyasa Yoga, 

Because: it allows for creative sequencing of postures in a moderate flow, with connection to breath, movement, muscle toning and strengthening.  It's a mind/body workout, providing stress relief and exhilaration.   

My favorite song on my playlist is:  Strobe by Deadmau5

Because: I love the slow electronic progression, deep beats, piano riffs, and beautiful harmonies.  It is a powerful song… and it seems to energize my classes as we move through yoga postures.  I love using music (especially electronic music) to infuse my classes with a dynamic progression and spirit.  My hope is that students connect with the experience, and get deeper into their practice.  Have you ever heard one of your favorite songs in a yoga class?  It can be such a powerful & fun experience!  :)      

I love teaching Group X because: I have been teaching for nearly 4 years, and teaching Power Vinyasa with Campus Rec since 2010.  I am very grateful to have the opportunity to guide students through such a physically and mentally empowering form of exercise.  It’s inspiring to have an impact on others wellbeing, and contribute to the health of PSU’s community.    

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Name: Victoria Geissler

Classes I teach spring 2014: Zumba 

My favorite class to teach is: Zumba

Because: Zumba is AMAZING!!! I LOVE teaching Zumba because I get to dance, move and shake my body to the music, and it’s a great way to exercise! I enjoy motivating people and playing great music that is upbeat and fun to dance to. Every class feels like a party, but it’s even better, you are sweating and burning tons of calories while you are having a blast! You don't even have to know how to dance you just move your body and follow my lead.

My favorite song on my playlist is: This is a difficult question. Most of the songs on my playlist are all my favorite songs. I always put a lot of effort into putting together a great playlist that is amazing to dance to and motivates you to work your hardest. I would say that my two favorite songs right now are “Can’t Believe It” by Flo Rida featuring Pitbull and “Turn the Night Up” by Enrique Iglesias 

Because: I love these songs because the choreography is fun, it’s a great work out, you get to shimmy and shake your booty, and everyone brings a great unique attitude to the songs!

I love teaching Group X because: I love teaching Group X because I enjoy motivating and pumping people up in a fun, energetic, and non-judgmental atmosphere. Along with teaching a fun and explosive work out! Come join the party!!!

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