About our Group Fitness Instructors

Arielle
Arielle
is a UMW english and education student set to graduate in 2018 from Fairfax, Virginia! In addition to taking classes, she is involved in the UMW dance team and performing arts club. Arielle’s favorite workout is zumba and high energy dance classes, which is why she decided to start teaching them at Mary Wash. She loves group fitness classes and recommends them to other UMW students and staff because they’re a motivating way to sweat it out and a great way to make friends!

Bill Brooks
Bill
took his first yoga class while in college and has found the practice to bring joy, vitality, and contentment to his life.  He received his yoga training (RYT  200) through the Integral Yoga Academy and has been teaching for several years.  Bill’s classes are informed by his philosophy that the body is designed to be used, not abused.  He guides his students to relate to their yoga practice with awareness and kindness.  Bill is also a certified meditation teacher  through the  Meditation Teacher Training Institute.  Bill joined the UMW Campus Recreation group exercise staff during the fall of 2012.

brittanie
Brittanie
is a zumba, cycle, HIIT and strength instructor at UMW. She has a passion for providing a fun and memorable class experience and building relationships with her participants. If you’re taking one of Brittanie’s classes, you’re guaranteed a sweaty workout to great, upbeat music that will keep you pumped up the entire time!

Colleen
Colleen
is a 2008 (BS) and 2012 (MBA) UMW Alum and is excited to share Pitaiyo and Cycle with the UMW community. Colleen works for the Federal Government for her “day job” and in her free time enjoys swimming, biking, kayaking, and hanging out with her two shih tzus.

Danielle
Danielle graduated from UMW in May 2016 with a degree in French. She began teaching cycle this past spring, and this fall, she added another class to her repertoire, Dumbbell Blast. One of her favorite workouts is a kettlebell circuit. When not at the gym, you can find Danielle spending time with family, serving at her church, or sipping on a cup of coffee with friends.

erin
Erin
is a UMW alum and current graduate student pursuing her MBA. She first started taking pilates classes when she was 13 years old because of a back injury, and later got into high intensity classes. During her time as an undergrad at Mary Wash, Erin became a Pilates and cycle instructor and thrives on creating a personalized workout experience for each of her participants.

Jenna
Jenna
is a senior biology major at UMW. You can find her leading a great Core + More class or HIIT classes for those who love to sweat! Jenna loves all workouts, but especially upper body exercises, lunges, and all plank variations. She is a member of the Women’s Club Soccer team and also serves as the Fitness Center Student Administrator for Campus Recreation. A few fun facts about Jenna: she lives on a farm and plans to go to vet school after graduating from UMW.

Lauren
Lauren
first tried a Zumba class at Lord Fairfax Community College and fell in love with the high energy moves and Latin rhythms. Two years later, she became certified in Basic Zumba in Richmond, VA under April Smith, and then went on to be certified in Basic Zumba II, Zumba Sentao and Zumba Step. Lauren enjoys choreographing and teaching as a way to let loose and strives to make each class a fun and exhilarating workout experience for all those who attend. In her free time, Lauren plays the fiddle in a Celtic band, reads, and enjoys taking Pilates, yoga, step fitness and high intensity interval training (HIIT). She invites everyone to come out and join the Zumba party!

Leslie
Leslie
has been teaching group fitness since 2006 and is certified through AFAA.  She loves teaching core, strength, and cardio classes – all with a focus on better preparing her participants for day-to-day life. Leslie’s family moved to Fredericksburg in 2015, and she has really enjoyed getting to work with the UMW community.

Maddie
Maddie
is a UMW student who fell in love with group fitness through yoga. She has been doing yoga as long as she can remember (she was in the newspaper doing butterfly pose at age 6)! After taking yoga classes for so long, Maddie branched out and fell in love with taking other formats. You can find Maddie in the dance studios teaching yoga, strength, and barre classes.

Nancy
Nancy
has several years of experience working in the fitness industry as a trainer and instructor in various fitness centers throughout the country and overseas. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, attended the University of San Francisco, and then served a tour in the United States Air Force. In addition to balancing family and career, she is an avid runner and holds AFAA Personal Training Certification as well as Group Fitness, Indoor Cycle, and Aqua Aerobics Certifications. Nancy lives fitness every day and wants to share her love of fitness with others who have the same aspirations to work hard and become healthier and stronger.

Raam
Raam
has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and has been a qualified instructor since 2009.  He moved to Fredericksburg at the beginning of 2015 from the Integral Yoga Ashram where he was Director of Teacher Training Planning and Co-ordination and of the Teachers Association. He teaches Classical Yoga suitable for all levels from complete beginner to more advanced levels as well as classes and private sessions in yoga therapy, stress management, meditation and the psychology and philosophy of yoga found in the Yoga sutras.  He loves to share the joy of yoga that has personally brought him so much physical relief, mental focus, and a sense of deep peace.

Rebekah
Rebekah
first pursued yoga in 2006 when she was looking for ways to find relief for work-related stress that had developed into chronic neck and back pain. After only a few classes, she was surprised to experience a level of physical and emotional transformation that kept her returning for more. In 2010, Rebekah earned her 200-hour yoga teacher certification with Devalila Yoga in NJ and has been a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance ever since. Acknowledging that no two bodies are alike, Rebekah encourages her students to practice mindfully and safely within the integrity of their own bodies, offering a variety of modifications and detailed alignment cues.

Tiffany
Tiffany
is a classically trained dancer with nearly 20 years of dance, choreography and instruction experience. Moving to Fredericksburg in 2012, she brought her passion for dance and fitness with her and opened Dance Trance Fredericksburg. Four years later, Tiffany has closed the doors to her studio, choosing to get back to what she loves most: teaching and inspiring people to “Find what you love to do and do it!” A versatile instructor, Tiffany invites you to join her in her group fitness classes: POUND, CIZE Live, Urban Groove, Urban Flow and Urban Ballet!