Recreation and Wellness Center
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Yan O.
Fitness Group Exercise Lead and 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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Cali W.
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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Swaran N.
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: AFAA Primary Group Exercise with Yoga training, Mad Dogg Athletics Spinning, First Aid/CPR/AED

Education: Currently pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Sciences

Interests: Taking group exercises classes and working out at the RWC, volunteering, traveling, meeting new people

Specialties: Indoor cycling, resistance training, yoga, 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 putting in the work and pushing those limits!

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RJ N.
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 V.

Certifications: American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, Mad Dogg Spinning, American Red First Aid/CPR/AED

Education: Currently in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at UCF.
Interests: Tea, chocolate, yoga, strength training, books, comedies and all things related to fitness!

Specialties: Teaching spin, strength training, making FIRE playlists

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

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Britani J.
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 D.
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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Michele G.
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 T.
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 M.
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 M.
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 V.
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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Andrew (Ferg) F.

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Claire M.

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Elyse M
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: AFFA primary Group Exercise Zumba Basic 1; Aqua Zumba; Zumba Gold & America Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED

Education: my major is Business Management my minor is Fitness Training

Interest: bowling, swimming, group exercise classes, hanging out with friends, Dancing with the Stars, America Idol

Specialties: Dancing is my passion. I help give people strength.

Philosophy: My philosophy is that I want people to be happy, to make great choices and make a difference. I want to spread my message that with an open mind and open heart together we can do anything!

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Sierra T.
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: NASM Personal Trainer, NETA group exercise, Red Cross CPR & First Aid

Education: Pursuing Sport & Exercise Science

Interests: Anything active, mud runs, working out, food, chocolate, dancing, shopping!

Specialties: Fat loss/ weight loss, hypertrophy

Philosophy: "Once you put your mind to something, there’s no stopping you"

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Latisha W.
Group Exercise Instructor

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

Education: Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, a Minor in Africana Studies, and a certification in both Victim Advocacy and Criminal Profiling.

Interests: Dancing, Watching Movies, Binging Anime, and hanging out with family and friends.

Specialties: Dance, Dance, and more Dancing

Philosophy: Be the change you want to see in the World.

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Madi W.
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: 200 Hour RYT Yoga Certification, Kids Yoga Training, Ashtanga Yoga Training, Mat Pilates Certification, Pulse Pointe Barre Certification, and American Red Cross First Aid & CPR/AED.

Education: Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Art & Behavioral Sciences with a minor in Event Management.

Interests: Art, running, music, rock climbing, and laughing.

Specialties: Body awareness and mindfulness through movement.

Philosophy: “It takes guts to be gentle and kind.”

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Melyssa A.
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: AFAA Primary Group Exercise, Beachbody LIVE TurboKick, Beachbody LIVE Cize, Beachbody LIVE CORE DE FORCE, American Red Cross First Aid/CPR

Education: Bachelor's in Biology and Psychology from UCF in 2012, currently enrolled in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program and also pursuing a graduate certificate in Cognitive Sciences

Interests: Animals & nature, coffee, being a dog-mom, dancing, reading, and cooking

Specialties: Kickboxing!

Philosophy: "If you are going to have doubts...doubt your limitations, not your potential."

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Chris P.
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: NASM-Certified Personal Trainer, ACE - Group Fitness Instructor, TRX-TRX Group Training, AFAA- Yoga Instructor, AFAA-Pilates Instructor, American Red Cross CPR /AED and First Aid

Education: Pursuing a B.S. in Sports and Exercise Science

Interests: Basketball, Outdoor activities, Comedy, Health, Traveling, Trying new things

Specialties: Strength and Hypertrophy Training, Sport Specific, Functional Training

Philosophy: Fear is Temporary, Regret is Forever

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Megan R.
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: American Red Cross Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, Schwinn Indoor Cycling

Education: Pursuing a B.S. in Sport & Exercise Science

Interests: Stress naps, memes, dark humor, travel, running, picking things up/putting them down, Harry Potter, & puppers/doggos

Specialties: Cycling

Philosophy: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” - Samuel Beckett

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Nicole L.
Group Exercise Instructor

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

Education: Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with a focus on Anthropology, Political Science, and Journalism

Interests: Theatre, Travel, Harry Potter, Writing, and the 1980’s classic “Labyrinth”

Specialties: Hip Hop Cardio

Philosophy: “There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way”

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Monica S.

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

Education: currently pursuing Bachelor’s degree in Journalism

Interests: Fitness, drag queens, Ted Talks, music, meeting new people

Specialties: Strength training, optimism

Philosophy: No excuses, just results.

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Allyson W.
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: AFAA Primary Group Exercise, 1st Degree Black Belt (American Taekwondo Association), American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED

Education: Currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Clinical/Health Psychology. Pursuing certifications in nutrition specifically to plant-based.

Interests: Cardio and Strength, Yoga, Holistic Healing for the mind and body, Self-Care, Nature, Non-Profit work, Culinary Arts.

Specialties: Kickboxing, Positivity, and helping others find their intrinsic motivation.

Philosophy: "Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile" -Albert Einstein. Your own well-being comes first, however I live to help each person I encounter no matter if they are a stranger or have known them for years.

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Gabi R.
Group Exercise Instructor

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

Education: Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Sciences in Sports and Exercise Science with a minor in Business.

Interests: My interests include anything fitness related, food, animals, nature, art, coffee, yoga, reggaeton, and exploring new things.

Specialties: mindfulness, positivity, yoga

Philosophy: Life is too short. Do what makes you happy, manifest positivity, accomplish your goals, and share millions of moments with others. Know you are beautiful, and this world needs the joy you create.

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Nicole V.
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: AFAA Practical Yoga Instructor Training

Education: Currently seeking a Bachelors in Entertainment Management, a Minor in Music, and a TEFL Certificate

Interests: beach, nature, music, art, cooking, plants

Specialties: yoga, laughing when I’m not supposed to

Philosophy: “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”- Frank Zappa

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Ralph N.
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: NASM- Certified Personal Trainer, American Red Cross CPR/First Aid

Education: Pursuing a B.S. in Sport and Exercise Science with a minor in Health Sciences (Pre-Clinical)

Interests: Traveling, Art, Family, Exercise, Basketball, Track & Field, Boxing, and Dance

Specialties: Calisthenics, Plyometrics, HIIT Training, Sport-Specific, TRX, and Strength Building

Philosophy: “The only time you truly ‘lose’ is when you don’t give yourself the opportunity to learn.” #WinFromWithin #hitthiscircuit – Self

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Drew V.
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: YogaFit Level 1, American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED

Education:Currently pursuing a B.S in Health Sciences

Interests: Powerlifting, being outside, cats, and Carmel & Cheese kettle corn

Specialties: Yoga

Philosophy: Don't waste your time on things you don't enjoy, do what makes your heart happy.

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Kim H.
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: Active IQ Level 3 Personal Training; Active IQ Level 2 Gym Instruction; Active IQ Circuits; Active IQ Indoor Cycling; Active IQ Kettlebells; Vision Fitness Academy Certificate in Padwork; Active IQ Level 3 Pre & Post-Natal Certificate

Education: Currently studying Sport and Exercise Science at UCF. In my previous life I have a 2:1 LLB Law from University of Southampton and an Msc in Shipping Business from Solent University

Interests: Family time, running, squash, tennis, skiing, listening to podcasts, travelling, retail therapy and watching sports - especially golf and soccer

Specialties: Strength and cycle classes; Pre / post-natal and female fitness

Philosophy: Dream big, Sparkle more, Shine bright

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Sarah A.
Group Exercise Instructor


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.

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.