Meet the Instructors

Meet our fun and enthusiastic group fitness instructors!

Leadership Team

Kate

Graduate Program Assistant of GF

About Kate

“I believe all people have a type of exercise that they can fall in love with, and it’s all about finding it!”

Rachel

Graduate Program Assistant of GF

About Rachel

Formats they teach: Cycling, LM CORE, BOOTCAMP, HIIT

“I am a master’s student in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. I enjoy connecting with people through fitness!”

Janey

Undergraduate Program Assistant of GF

About Janey

Formats they teach: Cycle

“I am a senior studying marketing here at UIUC and I have been a cycling instructor for 1 year now.”

Group Fitness Instructors

Alejandro

About Alejandro

Formats they teach: LesMills BODYPUMP, BODYATTACK, CORE, SPRINT, GRIT

“I’ve taught group fitness since 2016. I also works on campus as the Senior Associate Director for Student Engagement and Advisor for Illinois Student Government.”

Ana

About Ana

Formats they teach: BodyCombat, Cycling

“As a group fitness instructor, a scholar, and as an educator I want to inspire. I want my students to know that they can be great in whatever they aspire to be. Each time you leave my class you will know that you can also surpass your goals in life.”

Andy

About Andy

Formats they teach: Body Pump, Water aerobics, HICT, Bootcamp

“I am a graduate student in Pathobiology finishing up my PhD. I love attending and teaching group fitness.”

Audrey

About Audrey

Formats they teach: Cycle

“I have been teaching cycling classes since I was 16 years old. I customize each of my classes by incorporating great music and fun music videos to give you the best workout possible! I can’t wait to move, sweat, and get that endorphin rush you.”

Caroline

About Caroline

Formats they teach: Cycle

“I’ve always been passionate about fitness. I got into cycling in my hometown when I started taking classes at Cyclebar, and eventually became an instructor there. Can’t wait to see you in my class!”

Casey

About Casey

Formats they teach: Yoga

“I enjoy teaching gentle/vinyasa classes with breathwork and guided meditation. I strive to provide a well-rounded class, that is accessible to everyone, to guide your yoga practice to meet you exactly as you are.”

Claire

About Claire

Formats they teach: Workout in Water (WOW)

“I am a licensed massage therapist and am a master trainer for WaterART International. I am also a water personal trainer, senior, arthritis and rehabilitation specialist with 11 certifications in many areas of water exercise.”

Geet

About Geet

Formats they teach: Zumba, Cycle, Barre

“I love teaching group fitness. The reason is simple: Every class feels like a party! Come join me, I guarantee you will have a blast! Got questions, don’t hesitate to drop me a message!”

Jaclyn

About Jaclyn

“I began practicing rigorous asana classes in order to discharge stress. Now, I most appreciate the practice for helping me to cultivate the power of self-awareness. In 2019, Jaclyn become a certified Hot 26 (Bikram method) teacher.”

Jeanne

About Jeanne

Formats they teach: Water Aerobics

Jennifer

About Jennifer

Formats they teach: Zumba

“I have been participating in Zumba for many years, but decided to start teaching to a small group of friends when the gyms shut down over COVID and love teaching!”

Leah

About Leah

Formats they teach: Cycle

“I’m a senior at UIUC majoring in psychology with a concentration in behavioral neuroscience. I have been teaching cycling for the past 2 years and love it!”

Marilyn

About Marilyn

Formats they each: BARRE, BODYBALANCE

“I was born and raised in a small town in Western Colorado. I grew up playing sports and loved it. I have a degree in music and enjoy the musical aspects of a workout. I’m happy to be part of this U of I team.”

Melanie

About Melanie

Formats they teach: Zumba

“I’m an undergrad studying Middle Grades Education. I’ve been a Zumba Instructor for almost 4 years and find dancing to be a great stress reliever! I have also recently been certified in Zumba Step so make sure to come check it out!”

Rebecca

About Rebecca

Formats they teach: Cycling

Sophia

About Sophia

Formats they teach: Ladies Who Lift, yoga, BARRE, HIIT

“I have a passion for all things health and fitness! I love helping others feel like the strongest version of themselves.”

Stephanie

About Stephanie

Formats they teach: Strength

“I am studying for a degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. I started weight training 6 years ago, and I am excited to share my passion for fitness with everyone at campus recreation!”

Vivianne

About Vivianne

Formats they teach: Yoga

“This genderfluid human loves to create spaces for others to go inward & self reflect. In a world where we are so fast-paced, I enjoy finding soft pockets where we can safely & bravely explore what our bodies & minds are trying to share with us.”