Fitness Instructors

Adrienne Wilson

Adrienne Wilson

Certifications

  • ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • Barre Intensity
  • TRX

About myself:

After reaching my goal of becoming a registered nurse in 2007, I realized I needed to care for myself as much as my patients. I decided to embrace fitness and a healthy, active lifestyle. I quickly noticed a positive change in my energy level, mood, confidence, and appearance after joining a gym. Group fitness class quickly became the best part of my day! I formed close friendships with other members at the gym as well as my fitness mentors. As my confidence level and skills grew, my fitness mentors encouraged me to instruct. It was one of the best decisions I have made!

I'm currently ACE certified, BARRE INTENSITY certified, teach cardio dance and am in the process of completing my Yoga certification.My goal for the classes I teach is to foster confidence in my participants, make them feel successful, connect with their body, and love their bodies.My passion for fitness has a lot to do with the inspiration I get from my participants and the growth I see in their fitness journey. It is truly humbling and rewarding.

I have a lot of extra energy and I spend it on hobbies like growing orchids, sewing, and gardening. Outside of the gym I stay active playing and walking with my ornery Irish Wolfhound mix-Gus, hiking national parks with my husband, and trying new things to keep me active.

Courteney Turner

Courteney Turner

Certifications

  • 200RYT

About myself:

Yoga has been adventure for me ever since I discovered it while living in Wyoming. Some people come to yoga for the physical benefits and some come for the mental. I was definitely in the mental camp. Yoga helped me overcome anxiety and depression leaving me with an incredible urge to share its healing with others. I love to show others how wonderful they can feel in their own skin and how they can take that feeling off the mat and into their everyday lives.

Danielle Trejo

Danielle Trejo

Certifications

  • Yoga Alliance
  • Lotus 200 hour

About myself:

I began my yoga journey in 2012 following many years of sports and high intense workouts. I completed my yoga teacher training with Lotus House of Yoga in March 2016. While living here in Nebraska, I have had incredible opportunities to train with and learn from many leading yoga instructors. Before moving here to Lincoln, I was teaching yoga to military members at Offutt Air Force Base, Bellevue, Nebraska. My classes are vinyasa based flow that weave in meditation, stress reduction and a sense of fun.

Elijah Theye

Elijah Theye

Certifications

  • ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor

About myself:

Growing up I was always interested in sports, especially running. Coming to UNL I decided to major in Nutrition and Health Sciences, and since nutrition and exercise go hand in hand, things just fell into place. When I experienced my first group fitness class, I knew that it was something I would be interested in pursuing. This is my first year teaching group fitness and I can’t wait for all of the experiences that come with this activity!

Erica Tangeman

Erica Tangeman

Certifications

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer

About myself:

I have always loved playing sports. Once I got to high school, I started taking a weights class and fell in love with it. I always had the dream of becoming a personal trainer and sharing my passion with others. Not only has exercise helped me become physically stronger, but it has also improved my mental health. I love seeing the progress my clients make either lifting or just in how they feel. Helping others achieve their goals is so rewarding. Outside of the gym, I love to dance, be outdoors, spend time with my family/friends/dog, and watch copious amounts of reality TV.

Hattie Roberts

Hattie Roberts

Certifications

  • ACE Certified
  • Keiser Cycling

About myself:

My interest in group fitness began my first semester at UNL. I attended classes regularly and instantly had the desire to become an instructor! I have always had a love for exercise, and the thought of sharing my passion with other people made me feel like I could make a difference. My goal is to spread my positivity and share the knowledge I have acquired through the process of becoming a Group Fitness Instructor to all my participants. I am so thankful that I was introduced to Group Fitness because it has allowed me to learn more about motivation, perseverance and fitness in general. I don’t know where I would be without Group Fitness, so I recommend giving it a try and encourage everyone to attend classes!

Heather Neale

Heather Neale

Certifications

  • 200YRT

About myself:

I have been a devotee of yoga for almost a decade. I first began practicing yoga when a friend of mine invited me to join her for a class at our local park recreation center. As a mom of 3, I was looking for a way to get back into a healthy lifestyle. The benefits I experienced in yoga reached far beyond my expectations. No matter how stressed I was, when I walked into this space I left a calmer, more peaceful self. My ultimate goal is to help others experience the benefits of yoga in a manner that is most beneficial to them and believe that success is measured when my students reach their own unique individual goals. My calming approach is enthusiastically met by my students who have expressed to me many times over that my classes provide a much needed outlet to the stresses of daily life. My approach towards yoga can best be described as holistic, with an equal emphasis on body, mind, nutrition, and overall wellbeing.

Iryna Prakapchuk

Iryna Prakapchuck

Certifications

  • 200RYT
  • TAKE5

About myself:

I was first introduced to yoga in 2010, when my family and I moved to the United States from Belarus (Eastern Europe). I was looking for places to go with my toddler and found the Fallbrook YMCA where my son could play in child watch while I was trying different group exercise classes. The first class I went to was a yoga class and I fell in love with yoga right away. Soon, I realized that yoga for me is more than just a workout. It is the lifestyle that really resonates with me and feels organic. Also, one of the most important things about yoga is that I have met many wonderful people - my yoga friends, my yoga family.

After a few years of practicing yoga and encouragement from my friends, I decided I would like to try and teach yoga to share my knowledge and love for yoga with other people. I graduated from the 200-Hr Yoga Teacher Training through Lincoln Yoga Center in May 2017.

I like to incorporate Vinyasa flow into my classes, with prolonged holding of some postures which is great for strengthening and stretching deep muscles of the body. Also, I like to include balance poses that are wonderful both for balance and might. My goal is to provide safe practice that nourishes you with energy and strength as well as releases stress and tension. I hope that this approach will bring you peace and joy that overflows into your daily life.

Keaton Fricker

Keaton Fricker

Certifications

  • ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor

About myself:

I'm from a Midland, Texas and became a Group Fitness Instructor because when I was little my mom taught exercise classes and I would always go with her. In high I was very active in sports and staying healthy was just a part of my daily routine. Coming to UNL, I knew I wanted to stay fit and help other do the same, so I became an instructor. I am a sophomore here at UNL, studying Clifton Builder Management. I am looking forward to seeing you all in class.

Kelsey Pruss

Kelsey Pruss

Certifications

  • AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor

About myself:

• For the last 6 years, I have taught group fitness classes for UNL Campus Recreation. I received two degrees in Nutrition and Health Sciences and still love to learn about the ever-changing realm of health and wellness . After working in several "big-girl" wellness settings, I recognized what actually fuels my passion, and am now teaching health education at a private college in the area. Apparently teaching never leaves the blood :) I love to set up my classes like a community, where everyone helps build each other up. Plus we get a little chatting and laughing in while participating in a great workout!

Kyle Minchow

Kyle Minchow

Certifications

  • ACE Certified Group Personal Trainer

About myself:

I have been involved in different sports my whole life and have always had a love for physical activity. I began exercising hard in high school and have really enjoyed improving myself and helping others reach their goals. I have been personal training and training group fitness for a little under a year. When I’m not working, I love to go out to the country to hunt and fish!

Leah Adams

Leah Adams

Certifications

  • AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • Barre Certified

About myself:

I have been teaching at UNL’s Recreation Center since the summer of 2013. I grew up playing volleyball, and have always enjoyed fitness and going to the gym. During my time as an undergraduate, I discovered the group fitness classes offered at the Rec Center. Needless to say, I fell in love with the classes and admired the passion and energy that the instructors embodied. After participating in group fitness classes at the Rec for three years, I decided to step outside my comfort zone and peruse becoming a group fitness instructor. Through this experience, I was lucky enough to meet a ton of great people, and make life-long friends.

My ultimate goal as a fitness instructor is to provide experiences that are not only fun, but also challenging and rewarding. I love seeing my participants improve and surprise themselves with their progress. Having participants approach me and say that they have noticed changes truly fills my heart. I genuinely believe that their positive energy and dedication to fitness is what has made me grow as an instructor.

Maddy Kelly

Maddy Kelly

Certifications

  • ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • TRX

About myself:

I was always moving in high school with dance and marching band and occasionally working out on my own. When I came to UNL I was nervous about not getting into a routine and losing my love for an active lifestyle. I showed up to my first class ever during free week and felt so welcomed, the amazing people were what kept me coming back. After hearing instructors talk about becoming certified for three semesters I finally decided to do it. I am looking forward to learning and growing as an instructor and making my classes fun and challenging for everyone.

Madeline Wiseman

Madeline Wiseman

Certifications

  • 200 RYT
  • Keiser Cycling

About myself:

Hello! My first yoga teachers were Patricia Walden and Rodney Yee on VHS. I’ve been practicing since 2000 and teaching yoga since 2011. I completed the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program. I also teach cycling. Before moving to Nebraska, I married my college sweetheart, and we fell in love with bicycles. There’s so much here in Lincoln—great bicycling trails, friendly community, variety of fitness classes. I practice yoga daily to become a better teacher. Yoga is a path towards kindness, body acceptance and awareness, flexibility, and the quietude of the mind’s chatter. Welcome! It’s good that you’re here.

Marydith Donnelly

Marydith Donnelly

Certifications

  • ACE Group Fitness Certification
  • TRX

About myself:

I was always moving in high school with dance and marching band and occasionally working out on my own. When I came to UNL I was nervous about not getting into a routine and losing my love for an active lifestyle. I showed up to my first class ever during free week and felt so welcomed, the amazing people were what kept me coming back. After hearing instructors talk about becoming certified for three semesters I finally decided to do it. I am looking forward to learning and growing as an instructor and making my classes fun and challenging for everyone.

Miriam Crinion

Miriam Crinion

Certifications

  • Keiser Cycling Certified
  • ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor

About myself:

I started attending group fitness classes (Zumba and cycling) in high school. These classes were a great way to complement my cross country and club volleyball schedules. I continued to attend group fitness classes in college. Group fitness classes helped me recreate the team atmosphere that I enjoyed in high school sports.

I always knew that I would someday like to teach group fitness. I finally got my chance to become certified during my first year of graduate school. The group fitness instructor class was a great stress reliever and I enjoyed learning alongside other students. I am so excited to start my first semester teaching. I am looking forward to meeting and working out with lots of new people.

Rachel Huenink

Rachel Huenink

Certifications

  • 200 hour RYT
  • Chair and Gentle Yoga
  • Myofascial Release

About myself:

Teaching yoga has been my saving grace. It has equipped me with life skills to help me with mental and physical health. I am inspired daily by my students. Being a yoga teacher gives me a creative outlet and a way to serve others. Through my classes I hope to challenge and encourage my students. The challenge may be a demanding pose or being able to lay with themselves and be still. I want people to come back to class because they felt successful. A yoga class with me is a time to work, play and relax

Rachel Nielsen

Rachel Nielsen

Certifications

  • ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor

About myself:

Hi! I’m Rachel! I am a current Sophomore Actuarial Science Major at UNL. I grew up dancing and competing for my dance studio at home in Omaha and absolutely loved it. Dance was a huge part of my life growing up and one of my favorite hobbies. When I got to college, I really missed dancing and needed to find a way to stay in shape now that I wasn’t competing anymore. I quickly grew to love the Fitness Classes at the Campus Rec. My sophomore year, I joined the Group Fitness Instructor Course and got certified to be a Group Fitness Instructor. I am teaching Cardio Dance Classes this spring, and I am so excited that I get to continue doing what I love, while meeting new people as well.

Rachel Speckmann

Rachel Speckmann

Certifications

  • ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor

About myself:

Dance has been one of my greatest passions since I was two years old. I performed, competed, and taught classes through my studio in Omaha, NE, so when I graduated and came to college, there was a large void in my life which needed to be filled. Group fitness classes – specifically, cardio dance – did just that. The friendly, social, and high energy environment was one that I quickly fell in love with, so I decided to get certified and teach classes myself. I am so excited to share with my participants the joy and support that a group setting can bring into the fitness world. My goal each day is to make at least one person feel good about themselves, and I hope to do this for each individual who steps foot in my classes.

Sharon Czarnek

Sharon Czarnek

Certifications

  • ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor

About myself:

I started attending group fitness classes after college. I quickly became addicted as it was a great way to stay active, make friends, and de-stress. I have always been an athlete in a variety of sports growing up. I have taken every class you can imagine; yoga, Pilates, HIIT, boot camp, Piloxing, kickboxing, Zumba, hip-hop, etc. After 10+ years of classes, I wanted to spread the joy by leading classes. I want to bring all the things I love: tons of variety so you don't get bored, amazing music that you want to move to, and an awesome environment where you can meet people! I hope you all will fall in love with group fitness classes just like I did!

Shelly Sorensen

Shelly Sorensen

Certifications

  • Keiser Cycling
  • TRX

About myself:

I have been involved in the fitness world teaching group exercise since the mid-80's when Jane Fonda and leg warmers were all the rage! I was working as a business manager at Arizona State University at the time and participating in group exercise classes over my lunch hour. I discovered how much I enjoyed working out in that environment and was encouraged by an instructor to think about leading classes. After becoming certified I began teaching those noon hour aerobic classes at ASU, continuing until I moved to Lincoln! When I landed a job at UNL as a business manager I explored the possibility of teaching group classes over my lunch hour again and was fortunate to have been welcomed in to UNL's fitness world. I have been teaching group fitness classes here since the mid-90's. Many things in the fitness world have changed since Jane Fonda and leg warmers, but there has always been one constant...the people. I love getting to know my participants. The students, the faculty, the staff. Making a difference in people’s lives is the most rewarding. Encouraging participants, offering variety, modifying exercises and adapting to individual needs to keep them coming back is what it’s all about. My role as a group fitness instructor is to facilitate the experience, making it effective and most of all FUN.

Susan Pense

Susan Pense

Certifications

  • 200 hour RYT

About myself:

When I stepped into my first yoga class, I had no idea it was about to take me on a life changing journey. At first, I enjoyed the physicality of the yoga classes, but soon began to truly appreciate the mental and emotional work that come along with a yoga practice as well. Quickly, my yoga mat became my happy place and my desire to spread this joy brought me to Yoga Teacher Training.

Nowadays, when I am not on my yoga mat, you can find me climbing at the OAC, studying for my graduate degree, or playing with my puppy.

When you come to my class expect high vibes, upbeat music, and to be challenged. Let’s put the work in to be able to enjoy the bliss of a job well done!

Susy Martin

Susy Martin

Certifications

  • 200 RYT
  • TRX Yoga

About myself:

I began practicing yoga in 2007, as a complement to other activities. In 2011, I injured my knee training for a full marathon and, one month later, found out I was pregnant with twins. During that pregnancy and recovery, my mat became my sanctuary. After the birth of our twins, I began to appreciate the mental benefits of yoga even more. After a few years of consistent practice, and with the encouragement of some wonderful teachers, I completed my 200hr YTT in 2016. In 2017, I completed a TRX certification. And in 2018, I fused my love of the two to create a TRX yoga class. In Yoga and TRX Yoga, my goal is to challenge students in a fun and accessible way. I hope to empower them to cultivate their own strength; physically, mentally, and spiritually.

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