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Meet the Instructors

Aaron Karp

Aaron is a junior Kinesiology major who joined Campus Recreation in the summer of 2013. After competing for the UMass Men’s Rowing team his freshman year, Aaron began to develop his passion for fitness. He became a certified personal trainer and Spinning instructor to share his passion. Aaron’s Spinning and Boot Camp classes are designed to be challenging, forcing anyone who takes his class push themselves beyond their normal limits. He hopes however that everyone will leave his classes with a sense of accomplishment.

Aaron Karp

Ali Cook

Ali (RYT Back Bay Yoga, Boston), a yogini with eight years on the mat, believes that all bodies, no matter the fitness or wellness level, can experience healing and release through yoga. With influences from many disciplines, including Vinyasa, Forrest, Baptiste, Anusara, Yin, Iyengar and restorative yoga, Ali's classes fuse intensity, strength-building and Pranayama. Ali provides participants a direction at a variety of levels and an intensity that works for them personally. Using music and meditation combined with intelligent sequencing, Ali strives to create an experience that incorporates and engages the whole self.

Ali Cook

Bethany Welch

Bethany is a nutrition major intending to graduate in 2017. During high school she stayed active by playing three sports and constantly attending classes at her local gym.  After becoming involved with group fitness and spinning she decided to get certified to be a spinning instructor. Bethany is excited to start teaching spin and continue to take group fitness classes at UMass. She plans to have more certifications within the next couple of years. In her free time, Bethany plays for the UMass women’s hockey team.

 

 

Bethany Welch

Chastity Beach

Chastity Beach is a Public Health major. Chastity got into fitness and discovered her love for running when she participated in cross country and track in high school. She began taking Spinning® classes in college and loved Spinning® so much that she decided to get certified to teach. Chastity plans to make her classes interesting with great music and fun themes for every ride.

Chastity Beach

Eliav Ehrenkrantz

Eliav has been practicing yoga for four and a half years. Eliav practices Hatha yoga following the Anusara principles of alignment. By maintaining a steady home-practice Eliav finds inspiration from which to teach as a learning and growing student of yoga. He has taken a 50 hour alignment training, 70 hours of Anusara immersions and a 250 hour Ashtanga-Vinyasa Teacher Training. Eliav believes that engaging one’s self in a consistent yoga practice gives a person the tools to affect their lives, in a positive, compassionate and self-loving way.

 

Eliav Ehrenkrantz

Eric Soule

Eric is a Kinesiology major who joined Campus Recreation in September 2013. He loves all activities both indoor and outdoor year round, but some of his favorite things are cross fit, biking, freestyle skiing, soccer and mountain climbing. His classes are impeccably choreographed with a superb understanding for body mechanics and a knack for proper technique. 

Eric Soule

Gillian Gagne

Gillian is a sophomore History major minoring in Education. She began taking Spinning® classes at the Rec Center during her freshman year and loved it so much that she decided to become certified. Gillian believes that the ultimate fitness class should be challenging but also fun, and she strives to incorporate both in her workouts. 

 

Gillian Gagnon

Jenn Konjoian

Jenn plans to study Marketing or Communication with a minor in Nutrition or Kinesiology. After participating in several sports, she got a job working at a gym in her hometown and soon involved herself in the group fitness world. Certified in Group Power and BodyPump, Jenn is also a certified personal training. Jenn teaches Tabata and P90X at the Rec Center where her high energy classes encourage participants to challenge themselves and make the most of their workout.

 

Jenn Konjoian

Jill Isabelle

Jill graduated from UMass with honors with a B.A. in Women’s Studies and Community Health. Prior to joining Campus Recreation in 2009, Jill had competed in fitness and bodybuilding competitions. She still trains regularly, enjoys running and is always trying new things. Jill believes that family comes first, that friends should always make your life better, and the little things really do matter. Jill is focused on professional development as she continues to work on her Master’s and expand her qualifications. Her certifications include first aid/CPR/AED, AFAA kickboxing instructor, Spinning® instructor and ASFA personal trainer.

Jill Isabelle

Julia Ginsburg

Julia (RYT Prana Power Yoga, Cambridge, MA) began practicing yoga at the age of ten and knew that she wanted to spread the love of yoga and the love of life to as many people as possible. She double majors in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Sustainable Food and Farming. Julia believes that through a steady practice of yoga and breath, we can make our lives happier, one day at a time. Her classes are for all skill levels and combine strength with stretching and breathing. Vinyasa is often thought of as a meditation in motion, breath synchronized with asana (poses) that are all aligned with one another to make your body feel energized and refreshed. As always, Namaste.

Julia Ginsburg

Kayla Clogston

Kayla is an Accounting major planning to graduate in 2015. She has always been interested in fitness but decided to get Spinning® certified in 2010 when her dad opened a fitness studio. She fell in love with leading group fit classes and became a certified TRX instructor a year later. Kayla knew she wanted to teach classes at the Rec Center since she was a freshman and was really excited to be a part of introducing TRX to the group fit schedule. She always tries to lead safe, fun and effective classes for all fitness levels.

 

Kayla Clogston

Kelsey Baumgarten

Kelsey  is in her junior year as a Nutrition major. She loves everything that revolves around food and being active. After a lifetime of training in gymnastics and other competitive sports, she discovered a passion for zumba, because it allows everyone to be winners, feel good, and have fun. She attended zumba classes for many years and finally decided to teach in order to share the positive energy and promote health and well-being. She tries to make classes fun and easy-to-follow, so that everyone can get a great workout and leave feeling accomplished!

 

Kelsey Baumgarten

Lily Sexton

Lily has been practicing yoga for five years. She is a registered Kripalu yoga teacher as well as a dancer and swimmer. Through yoga, she learned to respect her body and mind and now wants to share this gift with others. Her yoga classes are designed to be accessible to EVERY body, regardless of ability, injury, age, gender or previous experience. Lily believes that yoga and dance are therapeutic exercises that anyone and everyone can benefit from.

Lily Sexton

Lizzee McKibben

Lizzee is a Junior Psychology major with minors in Chinese and Spanish. She began yoga as a freshman in high school because of various physical ailments. After only a few months of practice Lizzee noticed significant improvement in her health. She obtained her first yoga teaching certificate from Yoga Kingdom Sanctuary, a private studio in Los Angeles, where she learned the importance of breath and meditation in yoga and life. She recently completed a second training in Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga at Health Yoga Life in Boston. These trainings have given her a deep appreciation for the spiritual, theoretical, and physical practice of Yoga. Her classes are accessible to all and emphasize garnering awareness of the mind-body connection.

Elizabeth McKibben

Michelle Nowak

Michelle is a Nursing major in the class of 2015. She got into group fitness when she was looking for a way to continue working out after her high school track season ended. That is when she found Zumba® and fell in love with it. She got certified in October 2010 and has been teaching it in many different places ever since. She has a real passion for it and it shows in her classes. Michelle believes that Zumba® truly helps her to de-stress and stay fit and happy. She hopes to inspire and motivate UMass students to join the Zumba® movement so that they can be healthy and happy, too!

Michelle Nowak

Molly Shunney

Molly is a sophomore Sport Management and Journalism double major. Throughout high school, she was a three-season athlete. She has always enjoyed feeling healthy and being physically fit. When she got to college, sports were no longer a daily source of exercise and Spinning® became a great alternative. Now that she is a certified Spinning® instructor, her passion for the class - both as an instructor and student - continues to grow. She looks forward to learning more about group fitness in its entirety and hopes to have a few more certifications under her belt before graduating in 2015.

Molly Shunney

Niki Farahani

Niki has been dancing for over 14 years and has been teaching for five years. She is currently a junior majoring in dance and minoring in education. Certified as a Zumba instructor she teaches both Zumba and cardio hip hop classes. She also aspires to become certified in yoga and kickboxing. Niki has preformed on numerous stages including venues such as the John Hancock Theater in Boston and the Citigroup Theater in the Alvin Aliey Building in New York. She hopes to continue preforming after college and teaching fitness classes as well. 

Niki Farahani

Sarah Marotta

Sarah is a Business Management major planning to graduate in 2015. In high school, she enjoyed playing field hockey and teaching group fitness classes at the local athletic club. With certificates in both strength-training and yoga classes, Sarah is able to combine the two for BROga. The strength-based yoga class is set to fun music and will allow participants to become more balanced and flexible. She looks forward to bringing new material to the Rec Center and hopes to help male participants overcome their group fitness fears.

Sarah Marotta

Sarah Sawayanagi

Sarah is an Animal Science/ Pre-Vet Major graduating in 2016. From Cape Cod MA, Sarah started running regularly in High School and soon started entering in local races and events. Since then, she discovered the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle by exercising, eating clean, and staying motivated. After participating in many group fitness classes freshman year of college she knew that is what she wanted to do. Today, she teaches INSANITY classes at Campus Rec in hopes to energize people with the high intensity workouts she has to offer!

Sarah Sawayanagi

Tess Curran

Tess is a Public Health major with an anticipated graduation date of 2016. She is a certified Kripalu yoga instructor and has been practicing on the mat for six years. After discovering yoga, Tess began to explore all things fitness and loves to rock climb, bike, and horseback ride. Tess believes that yoga is a personal journey anyone can participate in, no matter his/her fitness level. Her classes include breath work, physical asana, and meditation that include options for everyone from newcomers to practiced yogis.  

Tess Curran

Tracy Conner

Tracy is a PhD student in Linguistics. Previously she earned a BA in Linguistics and an MA in Sociology from Stanford University before completing an MA in Communication Disorders at UMass. Originally from Leawood, Kansas, Tracy has moved from coast to coast for academic pursuits, but along the way she has always made time to dance. From competitive dance in high school, directing and choreographing for jazz and hip-hop groups at Stanford, to hitting the court and the national stage with the UMass dance team, and forays into Flashmobbing with her church MERCYhouse, Tracy has explored many styles of dance. At present, Tracy has also become AAAI/ISMA STRIDE certified by fitness guru Shaun T to teach cardio dance and body-weighted toning exercises toward an INSANE body. 

Tracy Conner