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Group X Instructor Bios

 

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Chelsea Donaldson | Power Vinyasa Yoga
Elise Ochs |  Cardio Combo & Water X
Emily Martin | Cycle/Krank & Cardio Combo (sub for Elise during July)
Emma Prichard | Power Vinyasa
Erin Bransford | Power Hour Cycle/Krank, Abs & Arms 
Haakon Weinstein | R.I.P.P.E.D. & Bodacious Body Blast
James Mitchell | Zumba
Japbir Kaur (Amanda Johansson) | Kundalini Yoga and Meditation
Jen Armbruster | none this term
Jessica Boyd | Hatha Yoga
Kacie Dart |  
Pilates Foundations, Pilates, and Water X
Kate Griffithnone this term
Kim Peer | Cycle/Krank & Cardio Kick
Konane Mookini | Taiji Fit 
Leilani Freemannone this term
Lisa Lynch | Yoga Foundations, Pilates
Liz Sharpnone this term
Mania Asadizadeh | Women’s Only Zumba & Zumba 
Mary Ann Gates | Step & Sculpt, Cycle/Krank 
Sabine Lefkowitznone this term
Sharon Pearce | Hatha Yoga and GYROKINESIS® Exercise 
Tayler Larson |Body Sculpt, Abs, Buns & Thighs, and Bootcamp

Trisha Haakonstad | Power Vinyasa Yoga
Victoria Geissler | Zumba 


Name: Chelsea Donaldson

Classes I teach summer 2014: 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 summer 2014: Cardio Combo & Water X

My favorite class to teach is: Cardio Combo  

Because: Each week, I’ll get to challenge my participants and myself by bringing fun, new ways to incorporate strength and music into my routines. I love to always have a dance fitness element like Electro Dance or Zumba, but also pair it with toning exercises to get a great workout!

My favorite song on my playlist is: I’m the One by Dillon Francis 

Because: this song is so much fun to pump iron to! It’s great to workout to the beat of the music. 

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 summer 2014: Cycle/Krank & Cardio Combo (sub for Elise during July)

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: Emma Prichard

Classes I teach summer 2014: Power Vinyasa 

My favorite class to teach is: Power Vinyasa or Vinyasa Flow

My favorite song on my playlist is: Breathe Me by Sia

Because: It's a powerhouse of a song that makes longer sequences feel great. 

I love teaching Group X because: I get to introduce people to all the incredible things that can happen when movement, breath, and awareness come together during class. And I love seeing all the happy, relaxed faces at the end of class

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Name: Erin Bransford

Classes I teach summer 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 summer 2014: R.I.P.P.E.D. & Bodacious Body Blast 

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: James Mitchell

Classes I teach summer 2014: Zumba

My favorite class to teach is: Zumba

My favorite song on my playlist is: Goodness Gracious (The Chainsmokers Remix) - Ellie Goulding

Because: Ellie is my favorite English artist and the original version of the song is my favorite song to come out this year. The remix is perfect for a warm-up routine! 

I love teaching Group X because: When I took Group X for the first time, I was so nervous because I thought I would be judged for lacking in athletic ability. Three years later, I want to pass on the inspiration that I received by taking classes in an inspiration and judgment-free environment. That's why I love teaching Group X!

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Name: Japbir Kaur (Amanda Johansson)

Classes I teach summer 2014: Kundalini Yoga and Meditation

My favorite class to teach is: (N/A...this is the only class I teach)

My favorite song on my playlist is: Ong Namo by Nirinjan Kaur

Because: We begin every class with Ong Namo, by tuning into the golden chain of teachings and teachers we are both humbled and supported in our practice by the infinite. This particular song by Nirinjan Kaur is incredibly inspiring and uplifting, reminding us that we are never alone helping us find the light within.

I love teaching Group X because: There are numerous reasons I am both honored and excited to share the gift of Kundalini with the PSU community. My daily Sadhana of meditation and yoga is central to my life and keeps me grounded and elevated as I seek to strike a balance in each day. Teaching Kundalini provides an opportunity for students to return home to themselves and what could be better than that?

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Name: Jen Armbruster

Classes I teach summer 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 summer 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 summer 2014: Pilates Foundations, Pilates, and Water X 

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 summer 2014: None 

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: Kim Peer 

Classes I teach summer 2014: 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 summer 2014: 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 summer 2014: None

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 summer 2014: Yoga Foundations, 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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NameLiz Sharp

Classes I teach summer 2014: None

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 summer 2014: Women’s Only Zumba & 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 summer 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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NameSabine Lefkowitz

Classes I teach summer 2014: None

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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NameSharon Pearce

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

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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NameTrisha Haakonstad

Classes I teach summer 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 summer 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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