Group X Instructor Bios
Name: Ms. Ashley Rae Campbell
Classes I teach fall 2013: Cycling
My favorite class to teach is: Metallurgical Engineering. or…Cycling I guess. ;)
My favorite song on my playlist is: Right now it's: deadmau5- Sofi Needs a Ladder
Because: It pushes you I love teaching Group X because: People all come together to support each other.
Name: Chelsea Donaldson
Classes I teach Fall 2013: 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.
Name: Elise Ochs
Classes I teach Fall 2013: Electro Dance & Water X
My favorite class to teach is: Electro Dance <3
Because: it’s a dance fitness class that I choreographed to my FAVE music. . . EDM aka Electronic Dance Music.
My favorite song on my playlist is: Without You by Dillon Francis
I love teaching Group X because: it’s one of the only progressive house tracks that Dillon Francis has done. It’s really chill and one of my favorite songs in general.
Name: Ellie Rose Waterhouse
Classes I teach Fall 2013: Pilates
My favorite class to teach is: cycle because I love the intensity.
My favorite song on my playlist is: Black n Troubled-a remix of Wiz Khalifa's Black & Yellow and Taylor Swift's I Knew You Were Trouble
Because: It’s amaze.
I love teaching Group X because: I love having the opportunity to change someone's day.
Name: Emily Martin
Classes I teach Fall 2013: Cycle/Krank
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.
Name: Erin Bransford
Classes I teach Fall 2013: Power Hour Cycle/Krank, Abs & Arms, R.I.P.P.E.D.
My favorite class to teach is: R.I.P.P.E.D.
Because: It is a new class type for me that provides such an amazing workout and so much variety. The time flies by.
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!
Name: Haakon Weinstein
Classes I teach Fall 2013: Abs & Arms
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.
Name: Jen Armbruster
Classes I teach Fall 2013: Sneakercamp
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.
Name: Jenny Welnick
Classes I teach fall 2013: Power Vinyasa Yoga
My favorite song on my playlist: I don't have a favorite song on my playlist - I don't even really have a playlist yet! Sorry.
I love teaching Group X: because there are participants trying out their first class and others with 10+ years of experience all participating together and enjoying amazing views in beautiful classrooms.
Name: Jessica Boyd
Classes I teach Fall 2013: 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.
Name: Julie Hammond
Classes I teach Fall 2013: Gentle Yoga
My favorite class to teach is: Yoga
Because: I practiced my first sun salutation in 1992 and continue to be amazed by the power of yoga on the body and mind. My teaching and practice are inspired by the rhythms of nature, breath, and conscious movement in the body. My classes mix playful sequencing with longer holds and careful alignment. I am inspired by the journeys of my students and work to make yoga accessible for all.
My favorite song on my playlist is: While I love music (from 20th century classical to 1970s Aerosmith, Bruno Mars to Cat Power, and more along the way), I love the full silence of practicing yoga without music.
Because: We hear so much amplified noise outside ourselves, it is nice to hear what's happening in the spaces between.
I love teaching Group X because: I love the mixture of people in the room: students, faculty, staff, and community members; there is a great leveling when folks walk through the door. I feel everyone humbled by the experience of letting go of outside responsibilities (work, school, family) and entering into an hour of personal practice. I love the change in air from the top of class (fast! stress!) to the end of class (slow, easy, relaxed). When students tell me that yoga has changed their day, week, or year for the better that is the best.
Other: Julie completed her teacher training at Amrita (Portland, OR) and continues to study asana, philosophy, therapeutics, and pranayama with teachers in Oregon and around the US. In addition to her enthusiasm for yoga, Julie can be found on-stage as a performer with Hand2Mouth Theatre.
Name: Kate Griffith
Classes I teach Fall 2013: Power Vinyasa 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.
Name: Katie Gowell
Classes I teach in Fall 2013: Water X, RIPPED, HIIT + abs
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.
Name: Kim Peer
Classes I teach Fall 2013: Bootcamp, Cycle/Krank, Women’s Only Strength Training, Cardiokick
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.
Name: Konane Mookini
Classes I teach Fall 2013: Nia, T.I.M.E.
My favorite class to teach is: Nia
Because: I enjoy the physical and mental challenge these formats offer.
My favorite song on my playlist is: As my playlist is eclectic and I have many favorites from a wide range of centuries and genres, I can’t pick any one as a “favorite”, rather I have many favorites.
I love teaching Group X because: I enjoy helping people who have chosen to make healthier lifestyle choices, and I like helping them as they move to succeed. In addition, I enjoy working with this fitness staff, who are a group of people dedicated to the art and sport of fitness.
Name: Lisa Lynch
Classes I teach fall 2013: Level One Yoga, Level Two Yoga, and Gentle Yoga
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.
Name: Liz Sharp
Classes I teach fall 2013: Cycle/Krank, Abs, Buns, & Thighs, and Women’s Only Strength
My favorite class to teach is: Probably Abs Buns and Thighs - 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.
Name: Mania Asadizadeh
Classes I teach Fall 2013: 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.
Name: Mary Ann Gates
Classes I teach Fall 2013: Cycle/Krank and 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.
Name: Prana Gangi
Classes I teach Fall 2013: None
My favorite class to teach is: Yoga!
Because: I like challenging students and seeing the look on their face when hey do something new or unexpected.
My favorite song on my playlist is: My Girls, by Animal Collective, or Ce Jeu by Yelle.
Because: If you hear one of these songs you are gonna work. Real. Hard.
I love teaching Group X because: The students are engaged, curious, and always up for trying something new.
Name: Sabine Lefkowitz
Classes I teach Fall 2013: 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.
Name: Sharon Pearce
Classes I teach Fall 2013: Wake-Up! Hatha Yoga, Mondays & Wednesdays 7:30-8:30am
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: 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.
Name: Victoria Geissler
Classes I teach fall 2013: 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!!!