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Meet Our Fitness Leadership Team

Instructors

Brianna Anderson

Briana Anderson
Major: New Media & Design, International GLobal Studies Affairs & Development
Certifications: Zumba&reg Level 1 Certification, American Red Cross CPR, AED, and First Aid, AFFA (soon)
Why Fitness: “The reason why we live. I feel so amaizing wiehn I workout and Zumba is a great way to workout while having fun”
Favorite Quote: “If you’re not sweating…If you’re not sore…you’re wasting your time.”


A'Myrah Bates

A’Myrah Bates
Major: Kinesiology, Sports Med
Certifications: AFAA, CPR, First Aid
Why Fitness: “I love to work out and I enjoy helping other people reach their fitness goals.”
Favorite Quote: “Never let anyone tell you you’re not beautiful!”


Caitrin Bellavance

Caitrin Bellavance
Major: B.F.A in Dance
Certifications: AFAA, CPR, First Aid
Why Fitness: “To live a long, happy life.”
Favorite Quote: “Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you.”


Brittni Bly

Brittni Bly
Major: Kinesiology
Certifications: Turbo Kick, CPR, First Aid, AFFA
Why Fitness: “I want to help people to find out how they love to exercise, because everyone should have a home in fitness.”
Favorite Quote: “Remember who you are.” -Lion King


Lauren Bruce

Lauren Bruce
Major: Public Health Education, minor in Human Development and Family Studies
Certifications: AFAA, TRX Licensed Suspension Trainer, Keiser Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor, American Red Cross CPR, AED, and First Aid
Why Fitness: “Becoming active helped me lose 60 pounds, and staying active gives me the opportunity to help others meet their goals.”
Favorite Quote: “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.” -Charles Schulz


Michelle Cardenas

Michelle Cardenas
Major: Nutrition
Certifications: AFFA, American Red Cross CPR, AED, and First Aid
Why Fitness: “Once you start a more active lifestyle, you will notice that you are a happier person.”
Favorite Quote: “The workout never gets easier, you just get better at it.”


Kanisha Deas

Kanisha Deas
Major: B.S. in Kinesiology (Fitness Leadership), Minor: Spanish
Certifications: AFAA, Zumba®, Silver Sneakers, CPR, First Aid
Why Fitness: “I want to promote a healthy lifestyle and show people that exercising can be fun and not intimidating.”
Favorite Quote: “You are the only person who can say you can’t do something so go for it.”


Von Gossi

Von Gossi
Major: B.S. Public Health Education / Masters in Business Administration
Certifications: Zumba&red 1 & 2, American Red Cross CPR, AED, and First Aid
Why Fitness: “To keep stress away and feel good about myself.”
Favorite Quote: “Eat Clean and Train Dirty.”


Caroline Gray

Caroline Gray
Major: Kinesiology, Dance
Certifications: AFFA Primary Group Exercise, YogaFit Level 1
Why Fitness: ” To maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle!”
Favorite Quote: “If you always put a limit on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are not limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay here, you must go beyond them. “


Katie Jones

Katie Jones
Major: BS in Human development and family studies and BSN in Nursing
Certifications: AFFA Primary Group Exercise, YogaFit Level 1
Why Fitness: “Fitness has been a positive asset to my life since I was young, teaching me self discipline, healthy living, and confidence. I hope to give others a positive fitness experience.”
Favorite Quote: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” -Howard Thurman


Maggie Parker

Maggie Parker
Major: Kinesiology – Sports Medicine
Certifications: AFAA Primary Group Exercise and Cycle
Why Fitness: “After get to UNCG I got really into participating in recreational programs and fitness. After a major change, I decided to try teaching the classes I loved to take and I’ve not looked back. Yay Fitness!”
Favorite Quote: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!”


Priyanka Petel

Priyanka Petel
Major: Kinesiology with fitness leadership concentration
Certifications: Zumba®, First Aid CPR/AED
Why Fitness: “I love fitness because it makes feel better about myself. That’s why I want to show others so they can enjoy working out as much as I do. “
Favorite Quote: “When you feel sad, lost, lonely dance your way through it”


Tara Pidgeon

Tara Pidgeon
Major: M.ED. English – May 2006
Certifications: IFTA Primary Group Fitness, IFTA Aqua, Kickbox, Cycle, Powercut, and TRX
Why Fitness: “A healthy person exercises the body and the mind.”
Favorite Quote: “Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” -Jessamyn West


Darcey Rayner

Darcy Rayner
Major: Marketing, minor: Economics and American Sign Language
Certifications: AFAA, American Heart Associaion CPR/AED, American Red Cross First Aid
Why Fitness: “Incorporating exercise into your life overall makes you a happier more confident person. You’re in control.”
Favorite Quote: “Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree it will spend its whole life believing it’s stupid.” – Albert Einstein


Mason Sharp

Mason Sharp
Major: B.A. Education (Middle Grades) M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction
Certifications: AFAA Primary Group Exercise and Kickboxing, YogaFit® Level 1, Zumba® Practical Pilates and IFTA Cycle and Powercut
Why Fitness: “I joined fitness when I was a freshman at UNCG to lose weight that I have always struggled with my whole life. It has given me a new life that is more active and fulfilling.”
Favorite Quote: “I may not be there yet but I am closer today than yesterday.” -Unknown


Kayla Smitherman

Kayla Smitherman
Major: Kinesiology – Sports Medicine
Certifications: AFAA Primary Group Exercise, ACE Personal Training, TRX, YogaFit Level 1, Seniors Zumba
Why Fitness: “It’s a fun way to stay healthy and live a better life.”
Favorite Quote: “When in doubt, go workout.”


Wendy Solis

Wendy Solis
Major: Nutrition, Spanish
Certifications: AFAA, American Red Cross CPR, AED, and First Aid
Why Fitness: “Kive better, live longer, live disease free, and looking good is just a bonus!”
Favorite Quote: “Eat Clean, Train Dirty.”


Nancy Thornton

Nancy Thornton
Yoga – a dynamic combination of breath, movement and resistance stretching that calms the mind and invigorates the body.

 


Raffi Umanzor

Raffi Umanzor
Major:Media Studies
Certifications: IFTA Personal Training, Indoor Cycle, American Red Cross CPR, AED, and First Aid
Why Fitness: “It’s what made me who I am today!
Favorite Quote: “Train insane, or remain the same.”


Audrey Waggoner

Audrey Waggoner
Major: Interior Architecture
Certifications: First Aid/CPR/AED, AFAA Primary Group Exercise (soon), Yogafit Level 1
Why Fitness: “Fitness is freeing! It can free you from stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, and help you become a happier and healthier person.”
Favorite Quote: “A champion is someone who gets up when (s)he can’t.” – Jack Dempsey


Evy Warring

Evy Warring
Major: Elementary Education
Certifications: YogaFit, American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED
Why Fitness: “The solution to so many of our physical, emotional and mental health problems can be solved by regular exercise, and fitness classes make that exercise so fun!”
Favorite Quote: “Never loose that spark of childhood insanity.”


Taylor Zuck

Taylor Zuck
Major: Genetic Counseling
Certifications: ACE Group Fitness, American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED
Why Fitness: “Because its fun and healthy!”
Favorite Quote: “Make your life worth loving”


Personal Trainers

Michael Stallings

David Causey
Major: B.S. Kinesiology, Sports Medicine
Certifications: ACE-PT, Red Cross CPR w/AED and First Aid
Why Fitness: “It has become very close to me. As a kid I didn’t do much physical activity but now I see the importance, both for the present and future of my well being.”
Interests: Resistance training and basketball


Brooke Graves

Brooke Graves
Major: B.A. Exercise and Sport Science; M.S. Kinesiology
Certifications: ACSM-HFS, NASM, AFAA Primary Group Exercise
Why Fitness: “You get to meet new people and you feel great after working out.”
Favorite Quote: “I want to look back and say that I did the best I could while I was stuck in this place, had as much fun as I could while I was stuck in this place.”


Jalisa Horne

Jalisa Horne
Major: Nutrition (Dietetics)
Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Why Fitness: “Exercising gives me an escape from reality… It is a physical meditation, spiritually.”
Interests: I’m interested in people, traveling, fitness and building a better relationship with God.


Emma Salas

Emma Moore
Major: Nutrition
Certifications: AFAA Primary, ACT PT, YogaFit® Level 1
Why Fitness: “When you are healthy in your body, you are healthy in other aspects of your life.”
Favorite Quote: “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you’ll find, you get what you need.” -Mick Jagger


Jonathan Rifkin

Jonathan Rifkin
Major: B.S. Kinesiology, M.S. Exercise Physiology
Certifications: ACE_CPT, Red Cross CPR w/ AED and First Aid
Why Fitness: “I truly believe that fitness should be enjoyable, not a chore. Find something active that you love to do and stick with it.”
Interests: Basketball, Biking, Hiking


Kayla Smitherman

Kayla Smitherman
Major: Kinesiology, Sports Medicine
Certifications: AFAA Primary Group Exercise, ACE Personal Training, TRX, YogaFit Level 1, Seniors Zumba
Why Fitness: “It’s a fun way to stay healthy and live a better life.”
Favorite Quote: “When in doubt, go work out.”


Michael Stallings

Michael Stallings
Major: B.S Kinesiology, Fitness Leadership
Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Why Fitness: “Your body is a temple, so we have to keep up with the maintenance of that temple.”
Interests: Bodybuilding and Sport Activities


Brittany Wilson

Brittany Wilson
Major: Kinesiology concentration:Fitness Leadership, Minor: Public Health
Certifications: ACE-PT, USASF Level 4 Coach
Why Fitness: “You only get only one body and it is your only place to live; So take care of it!”
Interests: Cheerleading and Gymnastics


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