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, Yogafit Level 1, BarreAbove, 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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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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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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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: Education: Currently pursuing a B.S. in Sports and Exercise Science

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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Melyssa A.
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer, AFAA Primary Group Exercise, Beachbody LIVE TurboKick, Beachbody LIVE P90X, Beachbody LIVE PiYo, Beachbody LIVE Insanity, American Red Cross First Aid/CPR

Education: Bachelor's in Biology and Psychology from UCF in 2012, currently enrolled in the Clinical Psychology M.A. program and the Cognitive Sciences Graduate Certificate

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

Specialties: Kickboxing, Guided Mediation, F45, Triathlon Training

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

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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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Lexie W.
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: AFAA Group Exercise, F45, Zumba Basic One, Aqua Zumba, Strong by Zumba, Zumba Tone, American Red Cross First Aid, American Red Heart Association BLS, Registered Medical Assistant.

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

Interests: MMA Fighting, Running, Dancing, Community Service, Reading Poetry, and Playing the Piano.
Specialties: Zumba/Dance Cardio Fitness.

Philosophy: Grow though what you go though.

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Victoria P.
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: NETA Indoor Cycling Specialty Certification, American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED

Education: Pursuing a Bachelor's in Interpersonal Communications

Interests: good food, memes, Netflix, and dogs

Specialties: Cycling, eating, making others laugh

Philosophy: Do what makes you happy. Chase your dreams and do whatever it takes, it might not be easy, but it will be worth it.

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Holly C.
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: POP Pilates Certification, American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED

Education: Currently pursuing a B.S. in Statistics.

Interests: Pasta, New York Yankees, John Mayer, Dancing, Re-watching the same episodes of The Office, Cooking, Stretching

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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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Katie T.
Group Exercise Instructor

Certifications: YogaFit Level 1, CPR/AED

Education: Sophomore, earning B.S. in Computer Science

Interests: Circus arts, the outdoors, and roadtrips

Specialties: Yoga

Philosophy: "Negativity does not solve the problem."

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Anisia D.
Group Exercise Instructor

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

Education: Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Sciences in Hospitality Management

Interests: Dance, Disney, theme parks, traveling, food, cats, bubble tea

Specialties: Barre/Dance

Philosophy:
You were born to stand out, stop trying to fit in
Life is short. Focus on what really matters most. You have to change your priorities over time
- Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

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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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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.