Meet the Instructors

Aakshi
Neuroscience 21

When Aakshi mediates she feels love. She is on a journey into living in her body with an open heart. She wishes for others to join her on this journey.
Teaches: Guided Meditation

Allana
Dance 21

Allana has always loved dancing and fitness, and loves that Zumba combines both. She can’t wait to help others have fun while getting fit. 
Teaches: Zumba

Ana
Nutrition 22

Ana is a nutrition major who wants to inspire others to live a healthy life. She decided to teach Rec Spin in order to achieve this goal. Her class will be filled with high intensity rides while listening to upbeat Spanish remixes. She wants her riders to leave her class more motivated and confident.
Teaches: Rec Spin

Anthony
Biology 21

Anthony swiftly discovered his passion for Barre and fitness after transferring to UMass and is excited to inspire others with music and fitness.
Teaches: Barre

Ashley​​​​​​​
Resource Economics 21

After taking her first spin class at the Rec Center, Ashley was hooked. She knew that she wanted to give others the feelings she experienced in a group fitness class. Her class is intense, challenging and fun. Ashley loves to push herself out of her comfort zone to become stronger, and she will do the same for you in her class.
Teaches: Rec Spin

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, Rec Spin

Carolyne
Nutrition & Spanish 22

Carolyne got drawn to spinning her freshman year and ever since has brought positivity and motivation into every aspect of her life. Her goal is to bring love, confidence and powerful energy to everyone who takes her class.
​​​​​​​Teaches: Rec Spin

Daina
Finance 21

Daina developed her passion for cardio kick during freshman and sophomore year while taking many different group fitness classes, and now is excited to help others with their wellbeing through exciting music and motivating workouts.
Teaches: Cardio Kickboxing

Emilee
Psychology & Neuroscience 22

Emilee fell in love with spin her freshman year and can’t wait to have a party on a bike with you. Her classes are filled with upbeat, high-intensity music making spin the best way to sweat. Emilee hopes that you will push yourself to become stronger with every ride. She wants you to leave feeling challenged, yet accomplished, and the best version of yourself.
Teaches: Rec Spin

Haley
Elementary Education & Psychology 21

Working out has always been one of Haley’s favorite ways to relieve stress, and going to group fitness classes is her favorite way to workout. She danced for 15 years before coming to college, and teaching Barre is a great way to combine some of her favorite things: dance, working out, and sharing her love for both with other people.
Teaches: Barre

Hannah
Dance & English 22

Hannah is a certified Power Pilates instructor, and has been doing classical Pilates since she was eleven years old to supplement her dance training. She has a passion for movement and fitness as means for promoting confidence, as well as physical and mental health. ​​​​​​​
Teaches: Pilates

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.
Teaches: Spinning®

Isabela
Public Health 22

Isabela found a passion for cardio sport her freshman year. She is excited to inspire others through upbeat, high-intensity workouts to find their place in the world of fitness. Bring water and be prepared to SWEAT!
Teaches: Cardio Sport
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JP
Mechanical Engineering 21

JP loves fitness and is excited to be teaching acro yoga. He hopes to help his class learn the proper way to do handstands and cool body weight skills.
Teaches: Acro Yoga

Jenn
Political Science & English 21

Jenn has grown up around fitness her whole life, interned for a sports marketing company, and is using that toward her TRX Boot Camp and Spin and Body classes.
Teaches: TRX, Boot Camp, Spin & Body

Jill
Assistant Director/Group Fitness & Nutrition

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: Acrobatic Vinyasa Yoga

Jilllian
Dance 21

Jill found her love of movement through yoga freshman year and hopes to share her energy with others.
Teaches: Vinyasa Yoga

Josh
Computer Engineering 22

Josh has a deep passion for helping others become fitter and healthier. His classes focus on building strength and endurance to conquer anything life throws at you. He believes fitness should be fun and done together.
Teaches: Functional Fitness

Juliana
Psychology & Legal Studies 21

Juliana wants her spin classes to be sweaty, challenging and fun. She sees group fit classes as a time to forget about every other aspect of life and to work hard. Fitness has been a huge part of her life since she can remember and hopes to motivate people to reach their fitness goals.
Teaches: Rec Spin

Katie
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

Kehla
Biology 21

Kehla is very passionate about wellness. She finds that group fitness classes create a welcoming environment that promotes a high intensity workout.
Teaches: Cardio Sport®

Kelly
Engineering 21

Kelly grew to love yoga through community-based classes. Yoga became a way to bring anyone and everyone together. In teaching BRoga®, Kelly focuses on making yoga (and its many forms) accessible to everybody, regardless of background or ability.
Teaches: Vinyasa Yoga, Acrobatic Vinyasa Yoga, BRoga®

Lauren
Public Health & Psychology 21

Lauren plays on the UMASS women’s rugby team. Her interest in teaching fitness stems from her passion for athletics and her interest in health and wellness. She enjoys finding new ways to stay active, interested and engaged. She hopes she can help others do the same.
Teaches: Cardio Sport®

Lily
Environmental Science & German 22

Lily offers yoga as a form of mindful movement and a way to reconnect the physical and mental bodies. She has found exercises to manage stress while cultivating strength and focus. All levels are welcomed to come flow with her.
Teaches: Kripalu Yoga

Meg
Communication 22

Spin has always served as a positive mental and physical outlet for Meg. Spin leaves her feeling empowered and strong after every class, and she wants to spread that joy. Her class is a place where stress can be left at the door, and you can have fun, lose yourself in the music and the moment, and remind yourself of how powerful you are. 
Teaches: Rec Spin

Olivia
Political Science 22

Olivia became obsessed with spin her freshmen year and knew that teaching it was something she needed to do. Her classes are rhythm-based with a lot of choreography on the bike put to high energy, fast-paced songs and remixes.
Teaches: Rec Spin

Riley
Environmental Policy 21

Riley found BRoga Yoga and immediately loved it because she is so inflexible but still loves a good yoga workout! She discovered it at Campus Recreation before she was even a student here, and soon after pursued her teaching certification.  
Teaches: BRoga®

Samantha
Nutrition 23

Samantha has been practicing yoga for 8 years. She believes that one of the hardest parts of yoga is getting on the mat. She is passionate about helping her students feel comfortable and watching them grow. Her classes focus on building strength, flexibility and balance. Her favorite part about teaching is getting to know students and seeing them come back week after week. When not practicing yoga, she enjoys baking, knitting and trips to Trader Joe’s
Teaches: Gentle Vinyasa Yoga

Sara
Legal Studies & Spanish 21

Sara attended her first spin class her freshman year before transferring to UMass, and was glad to continue learning and riding with Campus Rec. She decided to start teaching to share her favorite way to work out, riding to the beat with fun music.
Teaches: Rec Spin, Express Spin

Sara
Dance 21

Sara is a dance major who found a passion for fitness through receiving her personal training certification, as well as through her formal dance training. She places emphasis on helping others with their confidence in the gym, and making exercising the most enjoyable and rewarding experience it can be. Sara is so excited to see new faces every week and help them all make a step toward their goals.
Teaches: Ballet, Conditioning & Stretch

Sarah
English & Psychology 21

Sarah began practicing yoga when she was 13 and fell in love with the community and the practice as a whole. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Prana Power Yoga Cambridge in 2019, and hopes to use yoga as a tool to help others navigate through life more mindfully.
Teaches: Vinyasa Yoga 

Sophia
Legal Studies & Math 21

Sophia discovered group fitness classes freshman year and decided to become certified to help bring energy and excitement to the UMass community. She hopes that participants of her class will leave feeling revitalized and happy.
Teaches: Rec Spin, Cardio Sport
®

Steph
Kinesiology 21

Steph found her love for health and fitness as a Kinesiology major and uses that knowledge as a personal trainer and spin instructor. She loves to inspire and motivate others to step out of their comfort zones and live a healthy lifestyle while having fun. 
Teaches: Express Spin

Tess
Nursing 23

Tess has played sports her whole life and often gets bored in the gym--she believes that working out should be fun! She has been participating in Cardio Sport® for over two years now and hopes that her classes can challenge others and foster a love for fitness and wellness. ​​​​​​​
Teaches: Cardio Sport®

Victoria
Marketing 21

Victoria has been an athlete and enjoyed the feeling of working out and being in shape. Coming to college and not playing a sport was a change for her, but Cardio Sport® and group fitness classes helped her to continue her love for fitness. Victoria can’t wait to help others to do the same.
Teaches: Cardio Sport®