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

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Ashley Allen
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: Mad Dogg Spinning; AFAA Group Exercise; PulsePointe Barre, American Red First Aid/CPR/AED

Education: Currently seeking a Bachelors in Hospitality Management and Event Management.

Interests: Dancing, playing with animals, sports and going to the beach.

Specialties: Ballet based classes

Philosophy: We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

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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: Mad Dogg Spinning; AFAA Group Exercise; American Red First Aid/CPR/AED

Education: Currently seeking a Bachelor'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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Michaela

Certifications: Mad Dogg Spinning, National Registered Emergency Medical Technician-B, American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED, American Heart Association First Aid/CPR/AED, National Health Career Association CMAA

Education: Currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Health Science Pre-Clinical with a minor in Psychology

Interests: Spinning, biking, reading, music, mixed martial arts, cooking, volunteering, and playing with my pet rabbit

Specialties: Spinning, Cardiovascular training, endurance, martial arts, boxing

Philosophy: Do things with passion or not at all.

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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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Mary
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: Pop Pilates, NAFC Group Fitness, American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED.

Education: B.S. Psychology, minor in Business Administration. Currently pursuing M.A. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy.

Interests: Pilates, running, vegetarian food, cute coffee shops, live music, acoustic guitar, & balloon art.

Philosophy: Fight for balance & believe that dreams can come true.

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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
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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Vi

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

Education: Pursuing a B.S. in Sport and Exercise Science w/ a minor in Health Sciences

Interests: Everything fitness. Dancing. Laughing. Smiling. Singing (poorly) to the car radio at an unnecessary volume.

Specialties: Hip-hop dance

Philosophy: “Live. Laugh. Love.”

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Gina
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: NETA Group Fitness Instructor, American Red First Aid/CPR/AED

Education: Currently seeking a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Minor in Human Services and Concentration Areas in Social/Behavioral Sciences and Heath.

Interests: Dancing!! Also playing with my cat, being outdoors, reading, and volunteering.

Specialties: Beat based cardio, Step, HIIT, and Strength training

Philosophy: Be the change you want to see in the world 😊

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.