Meet the Instructors

Alana
Sociology 19

Alana came to UMass to pursue a BA in sociology. Her classes bring together elements of strength, balance and flexibility in a lively vinyasa sequence. She enjoys the challenge yoga presents on the mat and the sense of tranquility it offers off the mat.
Teaches: Vinyasa Yoga

Alexa
Communication (Spanish minor) 20

Alexa has a passion for exercise and believes in having a positive attitude. She loves meeting new people and trying new things.
Teaches: Cardio Kickboxing

Ali

Ali hopes people leave her class feeling energized. She uses fun hip hop music and current dance moves to drive her engaging cardio hip hop class.
Teaches: Cardio Hip-Hop

 

AllisonAllison
Accounting 20

Allison joined Campus Recreation in fall 2017. She took her first Zumba class at the Rec Center and loved it. She decided to become certified and give others a fun way to exercise. Her goal is to have her participants smiling by the end and feeling good about themselves.
Teaches: Zumba®, 30-Minute Abs

Becca C
Industrial Engineering 19

Rebecca started practicing yoga in 2015 as a way to exercise and de-stress. After attending one Broga® Yoga class, she was hooked. This class combined her new-found love of yoga with her old love -- that super sweaty, sore feeling you get after a really good workout. Rebecca hopes to spread peace and laughter one pose at a time. 
Teaches: Broga® Yoga

Becca P.
Public Health Sciences 19

Becca’s goal is to teach classes that are accessible to all experience levels, so that everyone can feel the joy and empowerment that comes from a great workout.
Teaches: Spin® & Body

BriannaBri
Kinesiology 19

Bri enjoys teaching a class that is fun, motivational and a great workout for all skill levels. She is thankful for the opportunity to teach Spinning® at UMass Campus Recreation.
Teaches: Spinning®

BrooksBrooks
Finance and Public Health ‘20

Brooks wants you to push yourself and see how strong you are. Brooks likes challenging everyone with a variety of moves and speeds on the bike. He hopes his classes will help people grow and change themselves for the better.
Teaches: Rec Spin

CaleighCaleigh
Nutrition 20

Caleigh became inspired by the passion of group fitness instructors at Campus Rec and decided to pursue a certification in Spinning®. She hopes that with teaching she can help motivate others to create healthy relationships with fitness/wellness.  
Teaches: Express Spin
® Spin® & Body, Spin & Core

Carlie
Communication Disorders 21

Carlie re-discovered her love of spinning during freshman year, and now wants to help others find what they love through fun music and motivating workouts.
Teaches: Spinning, Spin & Core

CarolCarol
Communication (Spanish minor) 20

Carol found a love for group fitness her freshmen year and decided to share her passion by teaching group fit. She is very excited to meet new people.
Teaches: 30-Minute Abs, Pilates'

ChristinaChristina D.
Nursing 19

Christina found and fell in love with the fitness/wellness field during her freshman. Her fitness routine is centered around strength training, interval training,and outdoor activities such as hiking or kayaking. She hopes that her challenging (but fun!) classes will inspire those new to strength training to incorporate it into their own fitness routines, and to begin to view exercise as something they want to do versus something they must do.
Teaches: Spin
® & Body, Boot Camp

ChristinaChristina W.
Nursing 19

Christina loves to stay active by playing frisbee with UMass Women's Club Ultimate as well as hiking, running races and teaching Spinning®. Her favorite part of teaching Spinning® is that she gets to inspire people to live an active lifestyle and make exercise fun.
Teaches: Rec Spin

Claire
Psychology 20

Claire has a strong gymnastics and dance background and focuses on making her classes challenging while also fun and enjoyable.
Teaches: Total Body Burn

DaphneDaphne
Operations & Information Management 19

From a young age, Daphne has always loved exercising and staying active, participating in soccer, dance and gymnastics. In high achool, Daphne joined the cross country and track team and developed her passion for running. Daphne continues to run but also found her passion for Broga® Yoga while looking for ways to cross train. As an instructor, Daphne hopes to share her passion for yoga, motivate students to maintain a healthy lifestyle and challenge them both mentally and physically.
Teaches: Acrobatic Vinyasa Yoga, Broga®

DeanaDeana
Psychology 19

Deana's classes are high energy and focus on having fun while getting a great workout. Deana's ultimate goals as a group fit instructor are to motivate others and create an enjoyable fitness environment.
Teaches: 30-Minute Abs, Zumba
®

Dierdre
Communication 20

Dierdra was born in Toronto, Canada but moved to St. Louis Missouri when she was two.  She grew up there running, walking, and biking all the parks and trails.  When she was a sophomore in high school she moved to Jacksonville, Florida where she learned to surf and that’s where she started Zumba! After high school she started college at the Berklee College of Music where she sang, played guitar, and piano. After freshman year she decided music was just a hobby and she transferred to UMass Amherst in the Spring of 2018! Now she's studying Communications while getting to be a Fitness Instructor.

Teaches: Zumba

Eileen
Mathematics & English 19

Eileen turned to Group Fitness as a supplement to the team sport atmosphere she grew up in, and found a community of great people striving for holistic health. Eileen works to create a boundary pushing space full of silly happy spinners of all skill levels.
Teaches: Spinning®, Spin
® & Core

Elizabeth
Hospitality & Tourism Management 20

Elizabeth is super excited to be a part of Campus Recreation. Teaching Cardio Hip Hop, she hopes that those in her class get sweaty, dance like crazy, and most importantly have fun!!
Teaches: Cardio HipHop

Emily C.
Community Health Education 19

Emily completed her Bachelor's Degree at UMass in Public Health. She is now a graduate student getting her Master's Degree in Community Health Education. She has participated in many different forms of exercise, but she knew after her first spin class that one day she would be teaching Spinning®.
Teaches: Spin
® & Body, 30-Minute Abs

Emily P.
Accounting 20

Emily encourages any and everyone to come dance around to relieve stress, improve their spirit, and feel great about their minds and bodies! Working for Campus Recreation allows her to have the opportunity to share her passion for fitness with others!
Teaches: Cardio HipHop
Erin
Kinesiology 20

Erin hopes that others develop the ability to push themselves beyond their limits in her classes. She motivates others to reach their full potential and always try their best. She aims to help others develop a positive relationship and mindset about physical activity.
Teaches: Spin® & Body, TRX Boot Camp, 30 Minute Abs

Gillian
Kinesiology amd Public Health 20

Gillian’s goal is to encourage a healthy lifestyle for everyone on campus by providing a welcoming and fun environment during her spin classes. She wants those attending to challenge themselves while also having fun and to continually be driven to achieve more.
Teaches: Express Spin®
Isabel
Kinesiology/ Pre-Med Track 21

Throughout her freshman year, Isabel fell in love with the group fit program and wanted to be a part of the team that helped her feel strong and confident. She rides to the beat of high-intensity, pump-up music and hopes that her class is challenging yet enjoyable. She wants all her riders to have as much fun as she does when she teaches and wants to put a smile on everyone's face.
Teaches: Spinning

JackieJackie
Biology & Sustainable Food and Farming 19

Jackie wants to be a high school science teacher and own a flower farm. Her classes are high energy and bring fun and fitness together. Jackie is excited to continue sharing her love for fitness and community at UMass Campus Recreation.
Teaches: Cardio Kickboxing, Total Body Burn
Jess
Public Health Sciences 19

Jessica fell in love with fitness through dance and gymnastics in high school and was eager to continue this in college. Her classes combine elements of strength and flexibility paired with fun music to stay motivated throughout the entire class. Jessica fell in love with fitness through dance and gymnastics in high school and was eager to continue this in college. Her classes combine elements of strength and flexibility paired with fun music to stay motivated throughout the entire class.
Teaches:  Total Body Conditioning, 30-Minute Abs 

JillJill
Assistant Director/Fitness and Wellness

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. 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's certifications include first aid/CPR/AED, Spinning®, Yoga and Barre.
Teaches: Dharma Meditation, Meditation & Relaxation, Acrobatic Vinyasa Yoga

Julia E.
Mathematics 19
Julia began taking group fitness classes during her freshman year at UMass as a stress-relieving outlet and way to stay physically active. She continues to promote both the physical and mental benefits of exercise during her classes, and encourages you to appreciate all of the positive effects of physical activity. Julia’s high energy class, taught to the rhythm of up-beat music, allows you to work your hardest AND enjoy your time in class.
Teaches Spin® & Body, Spin® & Core

Julia T.
Public Health 18

Julia has a passion for fitness and wellness. She loves the camaraderie and sense of community that group fit offers. She enjoys spending her time on and off the bike promoting a healthy lifestyle. In addition to being a spin instructor, she is also a personal trainer for Campus Rec, and in the process of completing an Embodyoga® 200 hour teacher training.
Teaches: Spin® & Core

Katherine
Nursing and Biology 20

Katherine's classes have a strong focus on moving and having fun while keeping proper technique. Katherine enjoys teaching and helping others to do the best they can and looks forward to working with everyone.
Teaches: Ballet, Cardio Dance

Katie N
Communications Disorders 21

Katie found a love for spinning her freshman year & loved the upbeat and welcoming environment it provided. She motivates you to do your best and challenge yourself, while having fun doing it. Katie is excited to share her love for health and wellness through Campus Rec. 
Teaches: Spinning®

Katie V
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 21

Katie loves to be active and share her love for yoga with others. She strives to teach intense classes with a focus on connecting one's breath with movement.  You can usually find her soaking up the sun, messing around in the grass, tumbling out of handstands and ALWAYS laughing!
Teaches: Vinyasa Yoga

Kelly C.
PR Engineering 21

Growing up in New York City, Kelly grew to love with yoga through community-based classes. Yoga became a way to bring anyone and everyone together. In teaching broga, Kelly focuses on making yoga (and it’s many forms) accessible to everybody, regardless of background or ability.
Teaches: Voiyasa Yoga, Acrobatic Vinyasa Yoga, BRoga

KellyKelly J.
Operations/Information Management & Legal Studies 19

Kelly's classes are focused on strengthening the body and ensuring proper form. Kelly enjoys challenging her participants while also encouraging them to go at their own pace. She is excited to encourage others to get moving and have fun.
Teaches: Cardio Kickboxing, TRX
® Boot Camp

Kristin
Food Science - MS

Kristin has always loved group fitness classes because of the high energy, motivation, and sense of community it creates. Kristin has been taking spin classes for many years, and is so excited to now have the opportunity to teach it. Her classes involve high energy, fun, upbeat music and can be taken by all. She wants to show how much fun spinning and exercising can be!
Teaches:  Spinning®, Rec Spin

KylieKylie
Kinesiology 20

Kylie's passion for health and fitness was inspired by her mother who was an instructor for over 20 years. Friendly and motivating, Kylie will help you achieve your fitness goals while having fun.
Teaches: Boot Camp

Lauralyn
Public Health 20

Lauralyn began Pilates five years ago to supplement her figure skating training and absolutely loved the way it made her feel both physically and mentally. She then wanted to become a certified Pilates instructor to share her passion for the exercise with others. Through practicing different forms of exercise, she has learned just how much our bodies are capable of. Lauralyn loves being able to promote healthy fit living through teaching Pilates.
Teaches: Pilates
Lauren K.
Operations & Information Management 20

Lauren teaches TRX Classes that vary in focus each week. From a yoga fusion class to hard core boot camp style training, Lauren really emphasizes an approach to fitness that includes all modalities. Strength, cardio, and sometimes partner workouts are included in her classes. 
Teaches: TRX® Boot Camp

Mackensie
Marketing and Sport Management 19

Mackensie's classes emphasize the importance of weight training and proper form. Mackensie formats her class with a structure that allows anyone of any age to utilize various progressions to build into various movements. Mackensie feels lucky to have the opportunity to help people reach various fitness goals and looks forward to the energy that comes out of the room each time a class ends.
Teaches: Boot Camp

Maddie
Education 21

Teaches:  Spinning®
 

MadelineMaddy
Operations & Information Management 19

Maddy interns at TJX Companies. Maddy has danced her whole life and was on the UMass Dance Company. She wants to continue that passion and share her love for working out and toning.
Teaches: Barre, Spin
® & Barre, Spin® & Core, Spinning®

Marissa
Psychology 19

Marissa hopes people leave her class feeling better than when they walked in the room. She uses upbeat music and positive encouragement to drive her high-energy cardio classes.
Teaches: Spin® & Core, Cardio Kickboxing, Spin® & Body, Boot Camp
 

Marlena
Public Health 19

Marlena’s classes give you a good workout while helping you relax and center yourself. Her class is a strong vinyasa flow ending with a peaceful savasana.
Teaches: Power Vinyasa Yoga

MeghanMeghan
Nursing 20

Ever since attending her first few group fitness classes, Meghan knew right away it was something she wanted to do. She fell in love with the positivity, empowerment and pure fun that comes with every workout. She developed a strong passion for Spinning®, which she can't wait to share with all her riders. Meghan wants her classes to be a place where stress can be forgotten and everyone can feel good about themselves.
Teaches:  Rec Spin, Express Spin
®

Meiya
Nutrition and Studio Arts 18

Meiya is a nationally ranked boxer and is continuously studying a variety of martial arts including Brazilian jiu jitsu, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts. She uses her skill set to teach self defense techniques that depend on leverage rather than strength or size, which makes her class open to a wide variety of people. Her goal is to teach people how to better protect themselves and increase their confidence.
Teaches: Basic Self-Defense

MelodyMelody
Biology 19

Melody is a senior Biology major. She took a kickboxing class her freshman year and instantly fell in love. She is captain of the ballroom dancing team and loves kickboxing because it has the fun of music and choreography while pushing the body to its limits. The energy present in group fitness is a pleasure to rediscover every class and she hopes she can pass on to others all the positivity cardio kickboxing has brought to her life.

Teaches: Cardio Kickboxing
Nancy
Speech Pathology 19

Nancy is a passionate practitioner of yin yoga. While teaching, she aims to create a nurturing environment where students feel free to express themselves. 
Teaches: Yin Yoga

Natasha
Marketing 20

Natasha took her first Zumba class during her freshman year and has loved it ever since. She hopes that her classes will help participants forget about all their worries (academic and other) and let loose for the hour. Natasha's classes are high intensity, fun, and do not require any dance experience
Teaches: Zumba

NicoleNicole
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Nursing 19

Nicole plays women’s club lacrosse here at UMass and loves attending group fitness classes. In high school, Nicole played volleyball, ice hockey and lacrosse and was captain for all three sports her senior year. In the summer, she stays active with CorePower Hot Yoga Sculpt and attends group fitness classes at Boston Sports Club. Nicole loves feeling refreshed and accomplished after completing a fitness class. Her love for Spinning® was influenced by the indescribable sweaty and sore feeling after each class. She loves to motivate people to their potential.
Teaches: Spin® & Barre

NinaNina
Public Health 20

Nina wants to eliminate the intimidating stereotypes that surround group fitness classes. She believes in a positive environment where everyone can push themselves to their personal best. With fun music and energetic encouragement, her classes are for everyone looking to try something new and get a good sweat.
Teaches: Spin® & Core

Rhianna
Sustainable Food & Farming 20


Teaches:  Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga Philosophy & Meditation, Power Yoga & Meditation
 

Samantha C.
Computer Science 19

Sam likes to keep a nice physical balance in her life by teaching technique and flexibility-oriented classes (ballet), along with classes that keep life light and fun (Zumba®) She's happy to be able to share her passion for movement and expression with her fellow students and peers.
Teaches: Ballet, Zumba®

Sara
Legal Studies & Spanish 21

Sara hopes people can come together in her class to have a great workout and enjoy the music!

Teaches: Rec Spin

Shannon
Kinesiology 19

Shannon's classes focus on building strength, using proper form and having fun. Shannon enjoys helping others reach their fitness goals and is proud to be part of such a positive environment.
Teaches: TEX
® Boot Camp


Subah
Finance / Hospitality & Tourism Management 20

Teaches: Spinning®
 

TaylorTaylor B.
Kinesiology and Nutrition 20

Taylor enjoys teaching and helping others to challenge themselves. Her classes incorporate strength training and cardio-respiratory training into a challenging yet rewarding class. Taylor feels extremely fortunate to be able to bring her love for health and wellness to Campus Recreation.
Teaches: TRX
® Boot Camp, 30-Minute Boot Camp