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Our Group X classes are taught by trained, educated and motivated fitness enthusiasts. They are the best of the best!  Our instructor team is made up of CWU students, faculty or staff, and fitness professionals from the Ellensburg community. Each of our instructors are professionally trained and certified. Our instructors love to teach Group X and it shows!


Alyssa Natsiopoulos

Year in school: Senior

Major: Elementary Education

Training Philosophy: My philosophy as an instructor is, through hard work and determination anything is possible and by strengthening your mind-body connection, your balance and muscle strength will improve.

Formats Taught: Barre 

Favorite Workout: Yoga, running, weight training


Abby Mertell

Occupation: Caregiver for the mentally disabled

Years working for CWU Recreation: 10 years

Training Philosophy: Your only limit is you

Formats Taught: Pound, Cycle Strength

Favorite Workout: Pound, but it changes often! 


Vicente Garcia

Year in School: Junior

Major: Exercise Science

Training Philosophy: Don't know how to move? Shake it 'till you make it!

Formats Taught: Zumba, Strong by Zumba

Favorite Workout: Zumba


Taylor Monta

Year in School: Senior

Major: Clinical Physiology

Training Philosophy: My training philosophy is to find a workout that is enjoyable, not everyone is going to enjoy running or TRX, so find something that is fun but still challenging. Make working out a lifestyle and invest in youself mentally and physically. Lastly, be mindful and in the moment when you are working out.

Formats Taught: TRX

Favorite Workout: HIIT and Resistance Training


Christine Chafin

Years Teaching: 5+

Training Philosophy: Helping people feel welcome to work out and have fun in a judgement free environment is number one!

Formats Taught: Cycle & P90X

Favorite Workout: A combination of cardio and strength training and conditioning. I love the Stairmaster, rowing machine, and running!


David Lin

Year in School: Senior

Major: IT Administrative Management 

Training Philosophy: Fitness should be sustainable and I aim to inspire and motivate you to continue on with your fitness goals when our time together is complete.

Formats Taught: Zumba

Favorite Workout: A combination of cardio & full body workouts!


Alex Marshall

Year in School: Junior

Major: Clinical Physiology

Training Philosophy: Getting more students, more active, more often!

Formats Taught: Full Body Circuit

Favorite Workout: Anything that involves weight training!


Lexi Cozart

Year in school: Junior

Major: ITAM-Cybersecurity

Training Philosophy: For an hour a day, come forget your worries, have fun, and get fit!

Formats Taught: Zumba, HipHop

Favorite Workout: Zumba, HipHop, Barre, weight training, yoga


Anya Rombakh

Year in school: Senior

Major: Nutrition

Training Philosophy: You can't do it alone but it all comes down to you! My goal is to give you the confidence to reach outside of your comfort zone in order to transform your body and mind!

Formats Taught: Body Bar Bootcamp

Favorite Workout: Lower body conditioning, strength training


Shantyle Black

Year in school: Junior

Major: Physical Education and Health

Training Philosophy: To make working out enjoyable as well as effective! I want everyone to feel comfortable in an exercise environment and find what works for them, as well as encourage everyone to push themselves to reach their goals.

Formats Taught: Full Body Circuit, FitCat Bootcamp

Favorite Workout: Strength training - leg and ab day!


Maren Peterson

Year in school: Senior

Major: Communications

Training Philosophy: Health and Wellness starts from the inside out; beginning with our mental health, nutrition regime, and then the physical body. Optimal health comes from making smart choices about what we consume and enact on a daily basis--thoughts, attitidues, food, movement. The goal is to bring awareness that these factors are dependent upon one another and to train in a style that brings mind, body, and internal health into alignment and harmony.

Formats Taught: Yoga (gently flow, hatha, fusion/vinyasa, and power)

Favorite Workout:  Hot Yoga, hiking, trail running, and HIIT


Kristin Keller

Year in school: Senior

Major: Physical Education

Training Philosophy: Put in your best effort when learning new skills. It's okay to struggle, especially when learning how strong you are, both physically and mentally.

Formats Taught: Pop Pilates

Favorite Workout: Weight training and cardio

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