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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!



Kristin Keller

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Year in school: Junior

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 and Insanity

Favorite Workout: Weight training and cardio

Alyssa Natsiopoulos

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Year in school: Sophomore 

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: Yoga 

Favorite Workout: Yoga, running, weight training

Maria Kogan

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Year in school: Junior

Major: Biochemistry

Training Philosophy: Your only job is to keep it moving and have a good time!

Formats Taught: Zumba, Zumba Toning, Strong by Zumba, and MixxedFit

Favorite Workout: Anything that involves dance fitness!

Abby Mertell

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Occupation: Caregiver for the mentally disabled

Years working for CWU Recreation: 9 years

Training Philosophy: Your only limit is you

Formats Taught: Pound, Cycling, and Strength

Favorite Workout: Pound, but it changes often! 

Madeline Roscoe

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Year in school: Junior

Major: Food Science and Nutrition/Dietetics

Training Philosophy: If you're not sweating, you're doing it wrong!

Formats Taught: Zumba

Favorite Workout: Running, Pilates, and Zumba!

Vicente Garcia

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Year in School: Junior

Major: Elementary Education

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

Formats Taught: Zumba

Favorite Workout: Zumba

Taylor Monta

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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: Personal Training

Favorite Workout: HIIT and Resistance Training

Christine Chafin

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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!

Samantha Kester

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Year in School: Junior

Major: Nutrition and Dietetics

Training Philosophy: Embrace the suck!

Formats Taught: Zumba

Favorite Workout: Zumba and any type of strength training!

Cynthia Skelton

Years Teaching: 6

Training Philosophy: Listen to your body, letting go of expectations of what you did yesterday or what you want to do tomorrow. Be present with the moment.

Formats Taught: Power Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yin Yoga, and Fusion Yoga

Favorite Workout: Hot Yoga

David Lin

Year in School: Junior

Major: IT Administrative Management

Training Philosophy: Ditch the workout, join the party!

Formats Taught: Zumba

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


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