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Effective Friday, November 20, indoor recreation spaces will be closed in accordance with the Governor's orders. This includes closure of the Student Recreation Center, Stephenson Fitness Center, and Hollingbery Fieldhouse.  The SRC Pool is still open for use.  Reservations are still required to use the SRC Pool
The Chinook will remain open for non-recreation activities only.
The ORC Rental Shop and Valley Road Playfields will operate as normal.  The SRC Backyard and the Outdoor Tennis Courts will be available until 7:00pm each night.

Meet Our Team

Committed to bringing everyone the best, most positive experiences!


All of our instructors undergo extensive training, which includes the UREC Fitness Instructor Training (FIT) program, format-specific certifications and continuing education requirements, and emergency response (CPR/First Aid/AED). If you're interested in getting in contact with any of our Group Fitness Instructors, please email Joseph Martin at joseph.martin@wsu.edu.

 


Ajay, B. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • Yoga
  • Currently studying Agricultural Economics

"I have been practicing Yoga and have been a health enthusiast for the past fifteen years. I have been told that I have a patient personality. I know everyone is busy, but if you have fitness goals, I will help you achieve them."



Alexa, S. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • XPert Pole Fitness Levels 1-4
  • Group Fitness, American Council on Exercise
  • TRX
  • Gravity
  • B.S., Zoology

"I became an instructor so that I could safely share my love for Pole and other Aerials with the community here. I see myself in my patrons. Watching them succeed and knowing that they can reach out to me brings me joy and fulfillment!"



Alexis, C. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Les Mills BODYPUMP
  • B.Ed., Early Childhood Education & M.Ed., Higher Education and Leadership

Currently UREC's Coordinator, Facilities Services

"My mentor challenged me to step outside of my comfort zone. Next thing I knew, I was certified and quickly fell in love! I want to challenge participants to do their best, listen to their body, and get what they need out of the workout."



Allen, C. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Currently studying Zoology (Pre-Med)

"I know I can make a big impact by helping patrons progress with their fitness. The hardest part is getting started."



Amani, E. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Yoga
  • Currently studying Public Relations

"I hope to be able to help others learn, understand, and participate in yoga practice, including those with disabilities. Fitness and wellbeing are important because your body is a powerhouse that needs fuel and balance."



Anna, C. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • STRONG Nation
  • B.A., Ethnic Studies (UC Berkeley) & M.A., Education (WSU)

"Fitness is very important for physical and mental wellbeing. It provides stress relief and helps me sleep better. I hope to connect with patrons by being a committed instructor. I know having a good instructor makes a huge difference for patrons."

 



Audrey, V. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Les Mills BODYPUMP and RPM
  • Schwinn Certified Cycling Instructor
  • Certified Nutrition and Wellness Coach
  • Personal Training, American Council on Exercise
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • B.A., Physical Education/Athletic Training (Jamestown College)

"Becoming a fitness instructor allowed me to encourage others to create their own healthy lifestyles. I love being a part of the fitness community. We can all share what we have learned and help others jump over barriers and succeed." 



Bailey, C. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Pink Gloves Boxing
  • Currently studying Neuroscience and Psychology (Pre-Med)
  • Assistant Researcher for the WSU Social Cognition Lab
  • Part of the Volleyball Sports Club

"I want to see people find positive wellbeing and clarity through fitness, set goals and achieve them, and discover passions they never knew they had before! I want to create an environment of inclusivity, cohesion, community, and fun for patrons from all walks of life."



Brett, S. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • Bootcamp, HIIT, and Core
  • Served six years in the U.S. Air Force
  • B.S., Kinesiology (WSU) & currently pursuing M.S., Kinesiology

Currently UREC's Graduate Assistant, Fitness Services

"Being an instructor is helping students reach their potential and understanding that they can be stronger than obstacles and hard times that come their way. I hope to teach discipline, responsibility, and strength of character and how that will ultimately help them to achieve their goals."



Cassondra, Y. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Yoga
  • Studied Music and Veterinary Technology
  • Currently works at The Access Center

"I want to share something I care deeply about with others and show those who might feel less comfortable that there is something for them and that you don't have to be one certain way to enjoy fitness. I strive to make my classes physically accessible to all and to create a welcoming space for all populations."



Chloe, B. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Spin (Coug Cycle)
  • Currently studying Fashion Merchandising

"Spin has been a hobby of mine for over 5 years, and it is something that makes me feel so good inside and out. If I can impact someone's day by giving them a great, fun workout and putting a smile on their face, that is a win for me!"



Cole, M. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Personal Training, National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing
  • B.S., Biochemistry
  • Currently studying Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology

"My truest passion is spreading knowledge. My focus is on making sure that each and every one of us has the opportunity to see the world well into our 80’s-100’s through self-worth and personal development. Health is too important to take for granted."



Danielle, K. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • XPert Pole Fitness Levels 1 & 2
  • Les Mills BODYPUMP
  • Currently studying Wildlife Ecology (Pre-Vet), Spanish, and Chemistry
  • Serves as President of the Aerial Dance Society

"I never thought that I would love pole dancing. I want to share my passion for the pole with others who are looking for an outside-the-box fitness experience. I hope that as an instructors, I can challenge others to rise above limits in a safe, inclusive environment."



Deb, P. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • YogaFit
  • Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance
  • WSU Tukey Orchard Manager

"I love my yoga and love sharing it with others even more.  It is important to stay as healthy as we can as long as we can so we can enjoy life more for a longer time. Paying attention to the cues our own bodies give us is a skill we can learn and solidify in our yoga practice."



DJ, M. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Kids
  • Youth Functional Fitness
  • Studied Sports Management & Recreational Events

Currently UREC's Coordinator, Competitive Sports & Youth Programs

"Nothing is better to me than helping people get their first unassisted pull-up, hit a new deadlift max, or land 10 consecutive double-unders. I love to create fun workouts that they walk away from feeling accomplished and reaching goals they never thought they could!"



Errin, H. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Les Mills GRIT
  • Boot Camp, HIIT, and Core
  • Functional, Strength, and Weight Training
  • Currently studying Kinesiology, Sport Science, and Strength & Conditioning

"I thought the gym was just for buff men until I started lifting myself. The confidence that came with lifting and being present in the gym changed my life! I want to show that others can be healthy and active too no matter where you are starting! Everyone starts somewhere!"



Francisco, R. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Currently studying Biology

"One thing I love about fitness is the community it can bring together, with everyone having a common goal to improve themselves. I hope to teach patrons in my future class that fitness isn’t about being better than anyone else but about being better than you used to be."



Gabi, J. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Yoga
  • Currently studying Kinesiology and involved in the Psychology of Exercise Lab

"I started yoga in my high school PE class. I find it very rewarding. Yoga has become more than a hobby and a practice for me; it’s a mindset and a lifestyle. I welcome fellow Cougs on their yoga journeys to discover their own inner strengths and have fun along the way."



Han, Y. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • STRONG Nation
  • Yoga
  • Currently pursuing a PhD in Accounting

"After becoming a Group Fitness Instructor, I am even more motivated to live a happy and healthy lifestyle. Classes help me connect with others and challenge myself to be better and stronger."

 



Hannah, L. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Schwinn Indoor Cycling
  • B.S., Psychology, B.A. Dance (Stanford)
  • Currently pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology

"I love how happy and fulfilled I feel leaving a Spin class, knowing that we worked together and committed time for ourselves. I hope to make my classes a space to let go of the outside world and focus on the choices we make, the control we have, and the happiness we feel."



Holly, C. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Schwinn Indoor Cycling
  • Les Mills BODYPUMP
  • Currently pursuing M.S., Kinesiology

Currently UREC's Graduate Assistant, Group Fitness & Instruction

"I believe that fitness not only exercises our body, but also our brain. Exercise can relieve a lot of the tension and anxiety that fill day-to-day lives. So I hope to bring a positive and uplifting environment so patrons will always look forward to their workout."



Jenny, E. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Yoga
  • Currently studying Chemical Engineering

"Health and fitness is a large part of my life and how I hit the reset button. I want to instill peace and vitality while increasing muscular strength and athletic performance. I wish to continue to influence my future classes with a combination of both physical and mental health."



Jessica, W. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Pink Gloves Boxing
  • Zumba Basic 1
  • Les Mills BODYPUMP
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Barre
  • Schwinn Indoor Cycling

Currently UREC's Assistant Director, Fitness Services & Education

"I love fitness and teaching...the people are my favorite part!"



Joanne, G. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance
  • CrossFit Level 1 
  • CrossFit Kids
  • Schwinn Cycling
  • LeMond Cycling
  • TRX
  • Pink Gloves Boxing
  • Pilates
  • Bootcamp
  • Plays hockey
  • B.S., Food & Nutrition, Masters in Business Administration

Currently UREC's Director, Programs

"I’m grateful to have learned about yoga philosophy, exercise principles, and the power of a fitness community.  It makes me happy to be able to share this life-changing information with others, knowing I can help people feel happier, stronger, and more confident."



Jonathan, S. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • TRX
  • AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor
  • ACA Level 2 Coastal Kayak Instructor
  • AAI Avalanche Professional Level 1
  • PCIA Base-Managed Climbing Instructor
  • Leave No Trace Master Educator
  • Wilderness First Responder

Currently UREC's Assistant Director, Adventure Programs & Experiential Education

"I enjoy teaching high-intensity fitness classes to challenge participants to strive towards their fitness goals. Participants in my classes can expect challenges like HIIT or Tabata workouts. I try to maximize participant gains by making every minute of their class count."



Joseph "JJ", M. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • Zumba Basic 1/Dance Fitness
  • STRONG Nation
  • Les Mills BODYPUMP and GRIT
  • Bootcamp, Core, and HIIT
  • Instructional Dance
  • Pink Gloves Boxing
  • Yoga
  • TRX
  • Personal Training, American Council on Exercise
  • B.S., Psychology (WSU) & M.S., Movement and Leisure Science (University of Idaho)

Currently UREC's Coordinator, Group Fitness & Instruction

"Fitness should be fun! It presents us with opportunities to meet people, connect with others, and build community as we work to improve ourselves, and I love that. They're all important to me, so I incorporate them into my classes and encourage my team to do the same."



Kari, N. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Les Mills BODYPUMP, BODYCOMBAT, and BODYFLOW
  • Yoga
  • Barre
  • Core

"I love movement to music! I danced from age 3 through high school, found Group Fitness in my late 20's, and have taught for 10 years! It's important to care about patrons by teaching a safe, fun class, which in turn keeps people excited and committed to exercise and health."



Kasey, T. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Instructional Dance
  • Ballet

"Being an instructor, I get to share my love for fitness and dance with patrons. Classes each week help keep me in a good state of mind. I hope to continue to teach and engage patrons by creating relationships and classes specific to them."



Kassie, F. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Taekwondo, 1st dan Black Belt
  • Currently studying Biology & Spanish

"Becoming an instructor allows me to teach something I love. I hope to teach my patrons how to do the correct movements and they feel welcome and have fun."



Kat, J. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Yoga
  • Currently Studying Multimedia Journalism & Political Science

"Yoga has become a important part of my life, both for physical and mental health. Yoga has benefitted my life significantly both on and off the mat and I want to share those skills with others. I hope to teach patrons that the practice of yoga can be transformative for wellbeing beyond just the physical practice."



Katelyn, S. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Instructional Dance
  • Barre
  • Currently studying Kinesiology

"I want to inspire others with my passion for fitness and dance! I have been dancing for over 14 years and instructing/assisting for three years. Through my experiences, I have found a love for helping people and watching them grow."



Kau'i, S. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Instructional Dance
  • XPert Pole Fitness Levels 1 & 2
  • Currently studying Criminal Justice and Criminology

"I hope to teach not only dancing technique but share the Tahitian culture. I hope those that are interested in taking my class find it culturally enriching as well as leave feeling empowered."



Keira "KMac", Mc. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Pink Gloves Boxing
  • Kickboxing
  • Core
  • Currently studying Athletic Training

"Boxing helped get through a really difficult time and gave me confidence. I want to give others that same confidence and a community of strong individuals they could learn to trust and love, just as I did. I hope to teach patrons to find self worth in what their bodies can accomplish rather than what they look like, and to foster an environment that supports personal growth, achievement, and self-love."



Kera, G. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Pink Gloves Boxing
  • XPert Pole Fitness Levels 1 & 2
  • Currently studying Sports Medicine and Human Development

"I think fitness plays a huge role in our lives because it can help with confidence and you challenge yourself. When patrons continue to come to my classes, they will improve by learning new techniques—whether they see it or not. Patrons improve because they continue to participate in class."



Krista, B. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • LeMond Spin
  • Les Mills BODYPUMP
  • B.S., Exercise Science & Health, B.S. and M.S., Family & Consumer Science (Apparel, Textiles & Design)

"I am an Operation Enduring Freedom Combat Veteran who fell in love with fitness while serving.  Exercise has helped me physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and socially- and I want to help others achieve the same.  Life is too short to not be doing what we love!"



Kyle, Da. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • Taekwondo, Kukkiwon 2nd degree Black Belt
  • Yoga
  • B.S., Zoology (WSU)

"I am a survivor of multiple major depressions and have also struggled with social anxiety and obesity. Exercise and meditation were critical to my recovery, and I am driven to help others find and maintain their own wellbeing."



Laura, Y. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Spinning Indoor Cycling
  • Les Mills GRIT
  • Zumba Basic 1
  • BeachBody Live (Insanity, P90X, PiYo, Turbo Kick, Transform, Core de Force/MMA Mashup, and Step)
  • Personal Training, American Council on Exercise
  • B.F.A., Theatre and Film (University of Idaho) & M.A., Sociology (University of Limerick)

"I love group fitness because the experience is unique and FUN. I want to share the gift of movement with others, connect with, create community, and help everybody feel included and successful. I strive to show my participants that anything is possible and that they are always welcome."



Leah, V. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Yoga
  • Currently studying Biology

"After experiencing several of yoga's benefits, from cultivating relaxation to building both internal and external strength, I want to spread these benefits to others. I would love to encourage my patrons and and see yoga’s many benefits in their development."



Lydia, L. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Taekwondo, 1st dan Black Belt
  • Yoga
  • Les Mills BODYPUMP
  • Currently studying Molecular Biology

"Group fitness and sport helped me get back on my feet, literally, after having minor nerve damage in my foot and tearing my ACL. They not only made me physically stronger but also improved my mental fortitude. I want to help others reap those benefits of wellness."



Madison, R. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Yoga
  • Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Currently studying Architecture

"I'm eager to help foster a community of people that share an interest in health and fitness. I work to facilitate an inclusive environment where all are able to reach their mental and physical goals. I want to continue growing and learning while sharing my passions."

 



Makayla, M. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Instructional Dance
  • Ballet
  • XPert Pole Fitness Levels 1 & 2
  • Currently studying Criminal Justice and Political Science (Pre-Law)

"Being a group fitness instructor has challenged me to learn new things while giving the same experience to others. Dance has helped me add joy to my life and I hope to now spread it too!"

 



Matt, A. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • CrossFit Levels 1 and 2
  • CrossFit Kids
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, NSCA
  • Personal Training, American Council on Exercise
  • Group Fitness, American Council on Exercise
  • B.A., Sport Science
  • Dungeon Master

Currently UREC's Assistant Director, Chinook Facility Services

“I teach CrossFit because I enjoy coaching people. I want to see them grow and get stronger. I also like burpees. I don’t think you will like burpees, but I will at least make you better at them.”



Megan, W. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Instructional Dance
  • XPert Pole Fitness Levels 1 & 2

"Dancing was and is how I stay active, exercise my creativity, and let loose. I want to encourage others to find their inner dancer and have fun with exercise! I'm happiest when I get to move to the music, and i want others to feel the same way."



Mode, R. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Spin
  • Bootcamp and Core
  • Currently studying Kinesiology

"My goal is to help others find exercises that work for them at that moment in time. Seeing the smiles on my patrons faces is great inspiration and makes my job so fun!"



Noelle, N. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Instructional Dance
  • Tap
  • Currently studying Creative Writing and DTC

"I have been dancing since I was 3 years old, and it has always been a passion of mine. The art of dance is beautiful, and coupling it with fitness is something I would love to share with the world as an instructor. I love to immerse patrons in the art of dance to give others the wonderful experience that I have gained."



Rayli, F. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Instructional Dance
  • Currently studying Business Administration & Biology

"Dance offers self-expression with a variety of movements. My favorite part about dance is when a dancer discovers they can do something beautiful with their body that they might not have known they had the ability to do. Come dance with me in a judgement-free space!"

 



Raymond, H. (he/him/his)
Training & Certifications
  • Kickboxing
  • Bootcamp and Core
  • Mobility & Flexibility
  • Currently studying Kinesiology and Sports Science

"I like to help others engage in fitness. Becoming an instructor is huge for me. It allows me to experience the fitness world and encourage others to explore it with me."



Rebecca, LC. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Belly Dance
  • Yoga
  • Studied Psychology and Counseling (WSU)

"I want to share joy and fulfillment through dance and the positive impact it has when we’re able to connect and appreciate our bodies. I want everyone to have a fun time and feel empowered. I teach classes with a growth mindset and celebrate big and small successes."



Sophie, T. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Zumba Basic 1
  • M.S., Animal Science (WSU)
  • Works at the College of Veterinary Medicine

"I love to dance and teach and enjoy the cardio and endorphins that come with dancing. For me, it’s important to show my patrons how beautiful and strong they are. I love watching the class feed off each other’s energy!"



Suha, K. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Spin
  • Les Mills BODYPUMP
  • Currently studying Kinesiology

I strive to aid my participants gain confidence and achieve their fitness goals. Being active has helped me in numerous realms of my life and I love to share my knowledge and passion! I believe a healthy body helps keep the mind happy; let's get moving!



Zhuoli, A. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Yoga
  • Currently pursuing a PhD in Accounting

"Fitness has been very important for me to manage stress and maintain a clear mind. Being an instructor helps me become better and stronger physically and spiritually while I share the practice of mindfulness and the joy of fitness with others."



Zoe, G. (she/her/hers)
Training & Certifications
  • Instructional Dance
  • Country Line Dance
  • Zumba Basic 1
  • Currently studying Human Development

"I want to share my love of dance and be able to build connections...I'm excited! I find physical wellbeing incredibly important especially for those learning how to balance life away from home, going to school and obtaining a healthy and active lifestyle."