Recreation and Wellness Center
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Alexys
Fitness Group Exercise Lead and Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: AFAA Group Exercise; American Red First Aid/CPR/AED, Mad Dogg Spinning, Coach by Color Cycle

Education: Pursuing a B.S.in Health Sciences Pre-clinical and a minor in music

Interests: coffee, reading, and face timing my dogs from home

Specialties: Hip Hop Cardio, Strength, Cycle, Kickboxing and Step

Philosophy: "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard"

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Katelyn
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: AFAA Group Exercise; American Red First Aid/CPR/AED

Education: Pursuing a B.S. in Psychology

Interests: Participating in Group Exercise classes, traveling with friends, anything animal related

Specialties: Beat-based/choreographed cardio formats

Philosophy: Sore today, strong tomorrow.

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Cali
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: AFAA Group Exercise; American Red First Aid/CPR/AED

Education: Currently seeking a Master's degree in Communications Sciences and Disorders

Interests: Fitness, music, and traveling

Specialties: Strength training and full body improvement

Philosophy: You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

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Michelly
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: AFAA Group Exercise, Red Cross First Aid & CPR/AED

Education: Currently seeking a Bachelor's in Health Sciences: Pre-Clinical

Interests: Kicking/punching the air violently, boxing, dancing, cooking

Specialties: Kickboxing, Step, Hardbodies, HITT

Philosophy: There’s power in looking silly and not caring that you do.

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Jessica
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: Mad Dogg Spinning; American Red First Aid/CPR/AED

Education: Currently seeking a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology

Interests: Movies, reading, painting, shopping, hanging out with friends, and biking

Specialties: Cardio and endurance training, strength and conditioning

Philosophy: No matter how steep the mountain, have faith in the first step. You are stronger with every step you take.

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Swaran
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: Mad Dogg Athletics Spinning, First Aid/CPR/AED

Education: Currently pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Sciences

Interests: Taking group exercises classes at RWC (for real), volunteering, traveling, meeting new people

Specialties: Spinning, strength training, encouraging patrons to step out of their comfort zones

Philosophy: Whatever is worth having will not come easy, you got to earn it, so keep pushing those limits!

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RJ
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: AFAA Primary Group Exercise; Zumba Basic 1; Zumba Basic 2; Kickboxing Skills and Drills; AFAA Health Coaching Skills; American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED

Education: Associate in the Arts in Hospitality Management from Florida State College of Jacksonville; Currently working on my Bachelor in the Arts, double majoring in Hospitality and Event Management as well as minoring in Fitness Training

Interests: Dancing is my passion, I do it all day, every day! Watching Family Guy whenever I possibly can! Helping others grow and develop in any way I can!

Specialties: Again I say... DANCING is in my heart and soul! Making people laugh in any situation possible! Turning any event into a positive one, no matter how negative it may seem!

Philosophy: My philosophy is "don't let anyone determine your happiness." We all have one thing granted to us in this world: the power of choice. We have the choice to feel a certain way about a certain event or scenario that happens to us, and that can determine how we travel on our journey through life!

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Seher

Certifications: Mad Dogg Spinning, American Red First Aid/CPR/AED

Education: Currently pursuing a B.S. in Health Sciences Pre-clinical.

Interests: Tea, chocolate, cats, books, comedies and all things related to fitness!

Specialties: Teaching spin, strength training, being loud and smiling.

Philosophy: Outside of the comfort zone is where all progress is made!

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Molly
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: Mad Dogg Spinning, American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED

Education: Seeking a Bachelor of Sciences in Human Communication

Interests: Jesus, people, singing & dancing, running, creating

Specialties: Cardio/endurance training, Spinning

Philosophy: Work hard. Keep Faith!

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Britani
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: AFAA Yoga Certification, American Heart Association First Aid/CPR/AED; Schwinn Indoor Cycling

Education: Seeking a B.S. in Child Development

Interests: fitness, dogs, nature walks, music

Specialties: body positivity

Philosophy: "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

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Anderson
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: Coach by Color

Education: B.S. in Mathematics Education, Currently a graduate student studying Curriculum and Instruction – Mathematics Track

Interests: Reading, teaching (academics, group exercise, tutoring, mentoring), working on my Calculus website (Duran Learning)

Specialties: Cycling

Philosophy: A group of 10 can accomplish more than 10,000 working as individuals.

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Sara D
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: AFAA Yoga Certification and American Red Cross First Aid & CPR/AED Training

Education: Pursuing a Bachelor's in Marketing

Interests: Hiking, good coffee, standing on my hands, animals, weight training, cooking, reading, traveling and making connections

Specialties: Inversion yoga, strength training and promoting healthy lifestyles

Philosophy: Feel your fears and watch them fade.

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Mariah
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: Yoga Alliance 200 hour RYT in Ashtanga, Sivinanda, Hatha, Yin and Restorative Yoga, American Red First Aid/CPR/AED (in progress)

Education: Currently seeking a Bachelor's degree in Cinematography with a minor in Computer Science
Interests: Music, playing video games, traveling, film, my cat Aero, more yoga.

Specialties: Yoga, Sanskrit, Body awareness, and balance.

Philosophy: The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts. Don’t look back because you’re not going that way anymore.

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Holly
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: ACE Group Fitness Instructor; American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED

Education: Pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology and certificate in Victim Advocacy

Interests: The X-Files, ukulele, cats, concerts, drawing, laughing, and fitness.

Specialties: Kickboxing

Philosophy: "As long as your heart pumps and lungs expand, you can rise to this occasion."

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Yan
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: AFAA Primary Group Exercise, Zumba Basic, Zumba Specialties, 3rd Degree Black Belt (International Taekwondo Federation) Schwinn Indoor Cycling, Hyperwear Sandbell Level 1 Training, American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED

Education: Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Sciences in Sports and Exercise Science and a Minor in Music

Interests: Singing, moving to the beat, everything music, martial arts, avid universal-goer, loving and enjoying nature

Specialties: Kickboxing, Zumba/Dance Aerobics, Taekwondo, and Cycle

Philosophy: You are the first initial and constant force behind your success. Keep looking forward and push the boundaries.

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Lora
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: ACE Group Fitness, American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED

Education: Pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport and Exercise Science with a French Minor

Interests: being outdoors, cooking, traveling, swing dancing, French language and culture

Specialties: step aerobics, barre

Philosophy: You can’t say you don’t like something or can’t do it unless you actually try it first.

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Michele
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: Mad Dogg Spinning, American Red Cross First Aid & CPR/AED

Education: Currently seeking a Bachelor's in Biomedical Sciences with minors in Fitness Training and Art History

Interests: Infectious disease research, group ex classes, music, nerd movies, and anything cat related

Specialties: Cycling, Sarcasm, Puns

Philosophy: “We cannot build the future by avenging the past” –T.H. White, The Once and Future King

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Kiara
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: Coach by Color Cycle, American Red Cross First Aid/ CPR/ AED

Education: Interdisciplinary Studies: Health & Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Spanish Language

Interests: Photography, finding new music, Aubrey Graham

Specialties: Being hilarious, Cycling

Philosophy: "Don't forget the happy thoughts"

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Sarah M
Group Exercise Instructor


Certifications: AFAA Yoga Certification

Education: Pursuing a Bachelor's in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Interests: being outside, upside-down, and yummy food

Specialties: inversion yoga and vinyasa yoga

Philosophy: Smile at everyone you see and find delight in those around you, the world needs to feel your love.

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Mikaela
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: AFAA Primary Group Exercise, Coach By Color Cycle, American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED

Education: Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences Pre-Clinical and a minor in Health Services Administration

Interests: Hip-Hop and R&B music, dancing, biking, art, animals, nature, Netflix, singing throwbacks at the top of my lungs

Specialties: Cycle, Hip-Hop dance, getting things poppin'

Philosophy: Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them.

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Aley
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: Zumba Basic 1, American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED

Education: Pursuing a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Studio Art/Drawing & Illustration

Interests: Dancing, staying fit, drawing & painting, traveling, sports, playing video games, singing every lyric of every Broadway musical ever, and my dog Nico

Specialties: Cardio training, Zumba/Dance formats, and making people smile and laugh

Philosophy: You know your body. You know your limits. You know your goals. You're moving and that's what counts. I'm proud of you!

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Aliyah
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: SCW Group Fitness, American Red First Aid/CPR/AED, Cardio Tennis

Education: Currently pursuing a B.S. in Health Sciences: Pre- Clinical

Interests: Greys Anatomy, soccer, fitness, chocolate

Specialties: Strength training

Philosophy: If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you.

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Ferg

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Claire

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Chelsea

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Sarah A


Certification: AFAA Yoga Certification and American Red Cross First Aid & CPR/AED

Education: Pursuing a bachelor in Psychology

Interests: Veganism, cats, running, painting, music, personal development books

Specialties: Yoga, promoting healthy lifestyles

Philosophy: The person you are someday going to be you are now becoming, so see people not for who they are, but for who they can become.

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Na'Chelle

Assumption of Risk Statement

Participation in Recreation and Wellness Center programs is completely voluntary. Individuals participate at their own risk and assume responsibility for their own health and safety. The University of Central Florida and the Recreation and Wellness Center are not liable for injuries sustained during participation in a Recreation and Wellness Center sponsored activity. It is strongly recommended that all participants consult a physician and/or have a physical exam prior to participation. The University of Central Florida does not provide personal accident/health insurance. Therefore, participants are urged to secure their own insurance. You may suffer physical and/or mental injury from participating in these activities.