I’ve done my very best to stay active throughout my entire life. Team sports have played a huge role in the formation of this passion: from playing soccer as a wee one up through collegiate intramural co-ed, winning the State Championship for Varsity Lacrosse during my senior year of high school, and dabbling in other sports such as softball, volleyball, and basketball. I started running recreationally around that time as well, and am about to reach my 2,015-mile goal for 2015!
College was the time when I really started getting involved with group fitness. There’s such a contrast between exercising with a group and a class structure versus when you just work out alone. Both formats are wonderful, but I really enjoy the energy and momentum of the class atmosphere.
During my second year at the University of Oregon, my Turbokick instructor came up to me after class and strongly suggested I look into the Group Fitness Instructor training they offered at our Student Recreation Center (SRC).
I’ve always loved group exercise but had never thought of actually teaching it myself. Nonetheless, I interviewed for the training program, enrolled in the course, auditioned for the instructor role, and was selected to teach at the UO SRC. I taught Body Sculpt, Boot Camp, and became both Turbokick and Urbankick certified. I taught for the rest of my time at UO before I graduated, amounting up to over two years.
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