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Group X Instructor Bios

As of Summer 2016

Get to know your Group X Instructors a little better.

 


 

Emily Broadwell

Classes I teach: Zumba
My favorite class to teach is: Zumba
Because: Zumba includes so many different dance styles. It’s a high-energy, stress-relieving dance party! It's exercise in disguise!
My favorite song on my playlist is: "Erupt" - Machel Montano
Because: It's a soca rhythm! The choreography makes my heart pump and the song brings out big smiles!
I love teaching Group X because: It's FUN! My participants are an amazing bunch. I love watching people grow as dancers and improve their fitness level!

 

Erin Bransford

Classes I teach: Cycle/Krank (including Power Hour), Strength of all kinds, Step, RIPPED, Water X
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!

 

Jen Armbruster

Classes I teach: Sneakercamp, cardio/agility, cycle/krank, but I mostly teach Sneakercamp
My favorite class to teach is: Sneakercamp
Because: I love to introduce folks to the Bootcamp style class, plus smaller numbers allow for me to get to know participants.
My favorite song on my playlist is: Favorite song is probably still “#1”
I love teaching Group X because: I like to teach Group X because of the building of a community of folks coming together to work on healthy habits and this is one of those habits they have decided to put into their weekly routine.

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Josh Kreydatus

Classes I teach: Power Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga
My favorite class to teach is: Hatha Yoga
Because: My Hatha Yoga class is a foundational practice with beginners in mind. I like to start my classes of with a meditation and traditional yogic breathing (Pranayama), then guide the students into the postures (Asanas), and run through a few Sun Salutations, follow by meditation and Savasana (Corpse pose). Personally I believe that yoga is a state of being, but it doesn't have to be anything more than you want it to be. 
My favorite song on my playlist is: Days of Silence - Omnimotion
Because: It's so smooth, ambient, graceful, soft, and soothing.
I love teaching Group X because: I love my students. I love the location, the gym, facilities, the staff - everything about PSU Campus Rec. Group X is where I first got my start in instructing yoga classes and it's been my home base for over 1 year. After each class I teach, I feel that I have made a contribution to humanity. Students say they feel inspired, educated, and best of all - empowered! That's because yoga is a system of self-development designed to unlock your infinite potential. 

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Katie Rixon

Classes I teach: Power Vinyasa and Beginner Hatha Yoga
My favorite class to teach is: Hatha Yoga
Because: I enjoy teaching different philosophies, breathing techniques and meditations that can be used on and off the mat.
My favorite song on my playlist is: "Budding Trees" by Medicine for the People
Because: It speaks to my heart and inspires me to strengthen my relationship with the land, my community and myself.
I love teaching Group X because: It's a wonderful opportunity to connect, play and practice with the PSU community.

 

Lea Anderson

Classes I teach: Power Vinyasa and Bootcamp
My favorite class to teach is:  I am a new Bootcamp instructor so we will see if it becomes my new favorite class to teach! For now, my favorite class to teach is still Vinyasa yoga. 
Because: It is really fun to design sequences of yoga postures and watch regular participants' yoga practices evolve.
My favorite song on my playlist is: Oregon by Tez Cadey
Because:  It has a great upliffting beat and progression for flowing through yoga poses. 
I love teaching Group X because: I get to share something that I am passionate about - being healthy and active - with the Portland State University and Campus Rec community. 

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Leilani Freeman

Classes I teach: Insanity, Water X, Women’s Only Strength, Cycle/Krank
My favorite class to teach is: Cycle/Krank
Because: I just started teaching Cycle/Krank, but I absolutely love it! I love working with the music to change drills because it is very motivating to me and my participants.
My favorite song on my playlist is: "Magnets"- A-Trak Remix
Because: I love Lorde and Disclosure, so it is the perfect combination of motivating music!
I love teaching Group X because: Teaching Group X has become one of my passions. It is such a fun experience for me, and I get to share that with a group of people. No matter where I am or what I am doing in the future I want to be teaching!

 

Leina'ala Slaughter

Classes I teach: U-Jam
My favorite class to teach is: U-Jam
Because: I love to dance!!
My favorite song on my playlist is: Replay by Shinee
Because: It is in Korean and I don't know the words but I just love it! Such a great song to groove to!
I love teaching Group X because: We are dancing together, working out and having fun. I have met great people in Group X classes and some have become my best friends. It brings people together!

 

Lindsey Schwenke

Classes I teach: Cycle/Krank, Bootcamp
My favorite class to teach is: Cycle/Krank
Because: After I attended my first cycle class a year ago, I instantly fell in love. I love that in cycling there is no choreography or complex rhythms to learn; all you have to do is set-up your bike and then pedal away. Also, it’s great for beginner and advanced participants, because everyone can adjust the bike to their fitness level and no one will ever know the numbers on your computer screen, because it’s your bike and yours alone throughout class.
My favorite song on my playlist is: "C’mon" (acoustic version) by Kesha
Because: I have loved this song ever since I heard it for the first time on Kesha’s 2012 album “Warrior.” However, it wasn’t until Summer 2014 that I had heard the acoustic version. I love it, because it has a great steady beat, which is great for lunges on a bike. Also, it’s the kind of song that will make you want to jump up and down on your bike.
I love teaching Group X because: I love seeing people take time out of their busy lives to do something positive and healthy for their mind and body. I have always loved helping people and making them feel good about themselves. Teaching Group X is a great way to help encourage people to challenge themselves, work on proper form, and be proud of their hard work. All this happens during Group X classes while rocking out to fun upbeat music. It’s such a wonderful atmosphere when a community comes together to do a fun and energizing workout.

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Mary Brunson

Classes I teach: Water X and Splash Fit
My favorite class to teach is/because: I love teaching Splash Fit because it is something new every day. I like that it takes advantage of both shallow and deep water. I am very excited for this class!
My favorite song on my playlist is: "Crazy" by Kat Dahila
I love teaching Group X, because: I love the friendly and welcoming community within Group X. The different variety of Group X classes includes many different people with same idea of getting a work out and enjoying it at the same time.

 

Mary Ann Gates

Classes I teach: Step & Sculpt, Cycle/Krank, RIPPED, Pilates
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.

 

Michaela Bigge

Classes I teach: Zumba
My favorite class to teach is: Zumba
Because: There is power in looking silly and not caring that you do! It's one big party that exercises your body and mind.
My favorite song on my playlist is: "7/11"
Because: BEYONCE.
I love teaching Group X because: There is something great about stress relief with other students and professors. We can let go of the things we need to accomplish with school for an hour.

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Rachel Dobos

Classes I teach: HIIT + Abs
My favorite class to teach: HIIT + Abs
Because: Favorite class because I love to go all out and I like that it's really challenging on your mind. Also it's very satisfying to leave a class very sweaty.
My favorite song on my playlist: My favorite song on my playlist is "We Run This" by Missy Elliot.
Because: it reminds me of the movie Stick It which made me so proud and motivated to be a gymnast!
I love teaching Group X because: I love teaching Group X because of all the amazing, strong people who show up week after week and all of the new people who aren't afraid to try something new.

 

Ric Newell

Classes I teach: Abs, Buns, & Thighs, Body Sculpt, Inner Athlete
My favorite class to teach: ABT
Because: there’s always a lot of glute work! The glutes are one of the largest muscle groups in our body AND one of the most underused. Most of us being full-time students, we spend way too much time sitting on… our glutes!
My favorite song on my playlist: “Warm” by SG Lewis
Because: After a high energy workout, it’s the perfect song to cool down to.
I love teaching Group X because: there’s always a great mix of people from all different fitness backgrounds coming together for a common goal.

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Sabrina Wilken

Classes I teach: Body Sculpt, Strength
My favorite class to teach is: Body Sculpt
Because: I can be as creative as I want with my exercises and I am not limited on what sort of equipment I can use.
My favorite song on my playlist is: "I See Fire" by Ed Sheeran (Kygo Remix)
Because: originally I found this song on the Lord of the Rings soundtrack and after hearing the Kygo remix, I loved it that much more. The song in particular is about unity, which is perfect for the Group X class setting. Additionally, I love the Kygo remix in particular because it adds a fun “island vibe”. In short, this song puts me in my happy place!
I love teaching Group X because: I love the way that Group X classes allow for people to step out of their comfort zone and do something that they would have otherwise not done when working out aloe.

 

Sharon Pearce

Classes I teach: 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.

 

Trisha Haakonstad

Classes I teach: Yoga: Electro and Power Vinyasa
My favorite class to teach is: Power Vinyasa Yoga
Because: this term, I created Electro Power Vinyasa Yoga, utilizing progressive electronic music as the uplifting pulse for sequencing, and as a motivational influencer for endurance. Postures are connected through breath, muscle toning and strengthening. It’s a mind/body workout, providing stress relief and exhilaration. Let go… and get lost in the flow!    
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
I love teaching Group X because: I have been teaching for nearly 6 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. You can stay connected with me via my website: trishaleeyoga.com. Facebook: facebook.com/trishaleeyoga. Instagram: @trishaleeyoga.    

 

Veronique Nyounai-Herrera

Classes I teach: Latin Club Jamz, Rhythm Bootcamp
My favorite class to teach is: Dance
Because: It brings me energy and joy
My favorite song on my playlist is: "Kotch" by RDX
I love teaching Group X, because: My participants have the best attitudes and GIVE ME LIFE!

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