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Alex

Alex

Year: Graduate Student

Major: Journalism

Certifications: MADD Dog Spinning

Home Town: Atlanta, GA

Experience:
Alex has been teaching spin for 3 years.

    Currently Teaching:
  • Cycle: Friday,Wednesday 05:30 PM Studio E
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Allie

Allie

Year: Junior

Major: Digital and Broadcast Journalism

Certifications: Turbo Kick Certified

Home Town: Cumming, GA

Experience:
Danced for 13 years: ballet, jazz, Irish dance, hip hop, and lyrical/contemporary

    Currently Teaching:
  • Turbo Kick™: Thursday,Tuesday 05:30 PM Studio B
  • Hip Hop: Thursday 06:45 PM Studio A
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Amanda J. H.

Amanda J. H.

Major: B.S. Psychology and M.Ed Educational Administration and Policy

Certifications: Schwinn Indoor Cycling, QiFORZE Certified, AFAA Personal Training

Home Town: Sag Harbor, NY

Experience:
Amanda has been teaching Cycle at Ramsey Student Center for 1 year!

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Anie

Anie

Major: Zumba Instructor (job)

Certifications: Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning, Zumba Kids/ Zumba Kids Jr., ZIN member

Home Town: Obrigheim, Germany

Experience:
Been teaching Zumba since 2011

    Currently Teaching:
  • Zumba®: Friday 03:00 PM Studio D
  • Zumba®: Sunday 04:30 PM Studio D
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Betsy

Betsy

Major: Communication Studies

Certifications: Les Mills BODYATTACK™ and BODYCOMBAT™

Home Town: LaGrange, GA

Experience:
Betsy has been teaching group fitness for four years. This will be her 2cd year at Ramsey Student Center.

    Currently Teaching:
  • BODYCOMBAT™: Tuesday 08:00 AM Studio B
  • LES MILLS FUSION™: Monday,Wednesday 03:00 PM Studio B
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Bill

Bill

Major: B.A. Social Relations; James Madison College, Michigan State University

Certifications: RYT 200hr., Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance RYT 500hr, Etowah Valley Yoga, Cartersville, GA

Home Town: Detroit, MI

Experience:
Teaching since 2004. Workshops at Midwest Yoga Conference and Yogaville, Virginia. Training with Master teachers: Sharon Gannon, Alan Finger, Jonny Kest, and Paul Grillley. Teaching at Namaste Yoga, Practice Yoga, and City Yoga in Detroit, Detroit Athletic Club. Bill has been teaching at Ramsey Student Center since 2008.

    Currently Teaching:
  • HSC Yoga: Thursday,Tuesday 05:30 PM George Hall Auditorium
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Brendan

Brendan

Year: Graduate

Major: Social Work PhD program

Certifications: AFAA

Home Town: Lakeland, FL

Experience:
Teaching at UGA since 2008- taught at Florida State University for 2 years

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Britiany

Britiany

Year: Graduate Student

Major: Speech Pathology

Home Town: Jefferson, GA

Experience:
Britiany has been a dancer for 12 years.

    Currently Teaching:
  • Drop It: Tuesday 06:30 PM Studio D
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Carol

Carol

Certifications: Certified Personal Fitness Trainer (W.I.T.S), Pilates Instructor (SCW), Aquatic Exercise Instructor (SCW), Power Pilates Beginner Mat Training, Power Pilates

Home Town: Athens, GA

Experience:
I've worked at Ramsey since January 2008

    Currently Teaching:
  • Pilates: Wednesday 05:30 PM Mind Body Studio
  • Pilates: Thursday 08:00 PM Mind Body Studio
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Cathy

Cathy

Major: Yoga instructor (job)

Certifications: I have completed the Southeastern Yoga Teachers Conference in 2002/2003, the Western Yoga Teachers Conference also in 2003. My 200 hr. Yoga Teacher certification through Yoga Alliance, MBSR.

Home Town: Illinois

Experience:
Cathy has 28 years of experience in various fitness training and over 20 years of mind/body specific formats!

    Currently Teaching:
  • Vinyasa Yoga: Tuesday 05:30 PM Mind Body Studio
  • M&M: Wednesday 07:30 AM Mind Body Studio
  • M&M: Tuesday 04:30 PM Mind Body Studio
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Charlotte

Charlotte

Certifications: RYT Yoga Teacher Certified - 200 hours

Home Town: Athens

Experience:
Charlotte has been teaching yoga since 2008.

    Currently Teaching:
  • Vinyasa Yoga: Thursday 05:30 PM Mind Body Studio
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Chelsea

Chelsea

Major: Ecology and Science ED

Certifications: WATERinMOTION® Certified, S.C.W. Aquatic Fundamentals, QiFORZE, Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, Water Safety Instructor, Schwinn Cycling Instructor, CPRO/First Aid

Experience:
Chelsea has been teaching water aerobics at Ramsey for 3 years! She also has 12 years of experience as a competitive swimmer.

    Currently Teaching:
  • Deep Water Fitness: Friday,Wednesday 06:15 AM Diving Well
  • Deep Water Fitness: Monday 05:30 PM Diving Well
  • Cycle: Wednesday 12:00 PM Studio E
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Chris

Chris

Year: Professional

Major: Proprietor of Athens Arena (Job)

Certifications: Sanctioned by USA Boxing; Licensed by Georgia Professional Athletics Commission

Home Town: Athens, GA

Experience:
Promoted Georgia Golden Gloves, Georgia Junior Olympics, and many state championship tournaments; fought for Georgia Professionally; taught 5 years at Athens Arena; and worked 2 years at Gerrit's Leprechaun Gym in Miami, Florida.

    Currently Teaching:
  • Kickboxing Circuit: Monday,Wednesday 06:30 PM Boxing Studio
  • Kickboxing Circuit: Thursday,Tuesday 05:45 PM Boxing Studio
  • Kickboxing Circuit: Saturday 03:00 PM Boxing Studio
  • Boxing 101: Monday,Wednesday 12:30 PM Boxing Studio
  • Boxing 101: Monday,Wednesday 03:30 PM Boxing Studio
  • Boxing 101: Monday,Wednesday 04:30 PM Boxing Studio
  • Boxing 101: Thursday,Tuesday 06:45 PM Boxing Studio
  • Boxing 101: Thursday,Tuesday 07:45 PM Boxing Studio
  • Women's Kickboxing 101: Monday,Wednesday 05:30 PM Boxing Studio
  • Intermediate/Advanced Boxing: Monday,Wednesday 07:30 PM Boxing Studio
  • Intermediate/Advanced Boxing: Thursday,Tuesday 04:30 PM Boxing Studio
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Courtney

Courtney

Year: Graduate Student

Major: BA, Political Science. BS, Dietetics. Will graduate with MS, Foods & Nutrition/Dietetic Internship this Summer

Certifications: AFAA Primary Group Fitness, BodyCombat, RYT200, RIPPED, Schwinn Cycling, CPRO, First Aid

Home Town: Hartwell, GA

Experience:
Teaching Group Fitness since March 2007

    Currently Teaching:
  • BODYCOMBAT™: Thursday 08:00 AM Studio B
  • Vinyasa Yoga: Monday 08:00 PM Mind Body Studio
  • R.I.P.P.E.D™: Wednesday 12:00 PM Studio B
  • R.I.P.P.E.D™: Sunday 06:00 PM Studio B
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Demetria

Demetria

Year: 1st year PhD student

Major: Communication Studies (Health Comm)

Certifications: MADD Dog Spin Instructor

Home Town: Houston, TX

Experience:
Cycle instructor (teaching for 5 years), boxing, half-marathons, cross-fit training

    Currently Teaching:
  • Cycle: Monday,Wednesday 07:00 PM Studio E
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Diana

Diana

Year: Masters Student

Major: Kinesiology

Certifications: Les Mills BODYPUMP, BODYSTEP, BODYFLOW, R.I.P.P.E.D., Schwinn Indoor Cycling, Group Power, and Group Step.

Home Town: Statesboro, GA

Experience:
Teaching fitness for the past 25 years at local gyms and at Georgia Southern University.

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Helen

Helen

Certifications: Yoga Alliance RYT-200

Home Town: Athens, GA

Experience:
Yoga training since 1999 at Samadhi Yoga & Iyengar Yoga Center in Denver, Colorado, and teacher certified at Asheville Yoga Center, Asheville, NC. Currently teaching at BodyPlex and UGA Ramsey.

    Currently Teaching:
  • Morning Yoga: Monday 06:30 AM Mind Body Studio
  • Vinyasa Yoga: Sunday 06:00 PM Mind Body Studio
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Janet

Janet

    Currently Teaching:
  • Cycle: Thursday,Tuesday 07:00 PM Studio E
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Jenn

Jenn

Year: Senior

Major: Dietetics

Certifications: ACE Group Fitness, Les Mills BODYPUMP™,Les Mills BODYCOMBAT™, Schwinn Cycling, Turbo Kick, ACE Personal Training.

Home Town: Dallas, GA

Experience:
Jenn has been teaching Group Fitness at Ramsey Student Center and local gyms since 2011.

    Currently Teaching:
  • BODYPUMP™: Monday 05:30 PM Studio B
  • H.I.I.T. Fit: Tuesday 06:30 PM Studio B
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Katelyn

Katelyn

Major: Public Relations

Certifications: Zumba Basics 1, Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN) Member

Experience:
Zumba instructor for 3 years.

    Currently Teaching:
  • Zumba®: Monday,Wednesday 04:30 PM Studio B
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Katie C

Katie C

Year: Sophomore

Major: Exercise and Sports Science

Certifications: Les Mills BODYPUMP, BODYATTACK, BODYFLOW

Home Town: Marietta, Ga

Experience:
Ive been teaching group fitness since the fall of 2008.

    Currently Teaching:
  • Morning Yoga: Friday 06:30 AM Mind Body Studio
  • Yoga: Monday 12:00 PM Mind Body Studio
  • Yoga: Tuesday 08:00 PM Mind Body Studio
  • BODYPUMP™: Friday 12:00 PM Studio B
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Katie W

Katie W

Year: Graduate Student

Major: Public Health

Certifications: Schwinn Indoor Cycling, FitTour Group Excercise

Home Town: Vienna, VA

Experience:
Cycling instructor at Clemson University Jan 2012- May 2013

    Currently Teaching:
  • Cycle: Friday 12:00 PM Studio E
  • Cycle: Thursday 04:30 PM Studio E
  • Cycle: Saturday 04:00 PM Studio E
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Kelly

Kelly

Year: Junior

Major: Communication Science and Disorders

Certifications: Zumba Basics 1, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN) Member

Experience:
Teaching Zumba since June 2011.

    Currently Teaching:
  • Zumba®: Monday 08:00 PM Studio D
  • Drop It: Thursday 06:30 PM Studio D
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Kim

Kim

Major: Administritative Career

Certifications: SCW Deep Water Specialty Certification, AEA Aquatic Fitness Professional

Home Town: Athens, GA

Experience:
Kim is an aquatic professional for Deep and Shallow water. She has been teaching water aerobics for 20 years.

    Currently Teaching:
  • Deep Water Fitness: Thursday,Tuesday,Wednesday 12:00 PM Diving Well
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Kristin

Kristin

Major: Masters in Piano Pedagogy, Freelance Pianist

Certifications: Les Mills BODYPUMP™,Les Mills BODYCOMBAT™,Turbo Kick, PiYo Certified

Home Town: Pittsburg, KS

Experience:
Teaching Pilates at YMCA in Pittsburg, KS. Teaching bodypump at Ramsey since early 2010

    Currently Teaching:
  • PiYo™: Sunday 05:00 PM Mind Body Studio
  • BODYPUMP™: Friday,Monday,Wednesday 08:00 AM Studio B
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Lauren M

Lauren M

Certifications: Certified in CPR/CPRO and First Aid. Water in Motion, BODYCOMBAT™

Home Town: Conyers, GA

Experience:
Lauren has been teaching Deep Water at Ramsey for 1 year.

    Currently Teaching:
  • Deep Water Fitness: Monday 06:15 AM Diving Well
  • Deep Water Fitness: Wednesday 05:30 PM Diving Well
  • Cycle: Tuesday 04:30 PM Studio E
  • H.I.I.T. Fit: Thursday 06:30 PM Studio B
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Leah

Leah

    Currently Teaching:
  • Quick Fit: Tuesday 12:00 PM Studio D
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Leann

Leann

Year: Senior

Major: Marketing

Certifications: Schwinn Indoor Cycling

Home Town: Peachtree City, GA

Experience:
Leann has been a Cycling Instructor here at Ramsey for 1 year, as well as a Fitness class enthusiast for over 5 years.

    Currently Teaching:
  • Cycle: Monday,Wednesday 06:30 AM Studio E
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Megan

Megan

    Currently Teaching:
  • Cycle: Monday 12:00 PM Studio E
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Melanie

Melanie

Major: Medical Record Administration (currently called Health Information Management); MBA

Certifications: AFAA Group Fitness, Les Mills BODYPUMP™, Les Mills BODYATTACK™, Les Mills BODYCOMBAT™, Schwinn Cycling

Home Town: Watkinsville, GA

Experience:
Melanie started teaching Group Fitness in May 2009. Since then, she has taught several formats including: HEAT, boot camp, kick and sculpt, BODYPUMP, and BODYATTACK.

    Currently Teaching:
  • LES MILLS FUSION™: Saturday 04:30 PM Studio B
  • BODYPUMP™: Monday 12:00 PM Studio B
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Myrna

Myrna

Certifications: Yoga Alliance RYT 500

Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA

Experience:
Yoga teacher's training- 1976, Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Quebec, Canada. Attended 5 yoga conferences, over 8 years experience in Ashtanga Yoga, over 12 years experience in Bikram Yoga.

    Currently Teaching:
  • Yoga: Friday,Wednesday 12:00 PM Mind Body Studio
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Rebecca

Rebecca

Major: Special Education & Spanish

Certifications: ACE Group Fitness

Home Town: Roswell, GA

Experience:
18 years of prior dance experience

    Currently Teaching:
  • Dance Step: Thursday,Tuesday 04:30 PM Studio A
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Ruth

Ruth

Year: Fashion Merchandising

Major: Yoga Instructor (Job)

Certifications: Certified Yoga Instructor (International Network for Alternative & Intuitive Therapies, Inc)

Home Town: Shreveport, LA

Experience:
Ruth has practiced yoga since 1992 and teaching since 1997. Her favorite influences are Kali Ray, John Friend, and Erich Schiffmann.

    Currently Teaching:
  • Yoga: Thursday,Tuesday 12:00 PM Mind Body Studio
  • Yoga: Friday,Monday 05:30 PM Mind Body Studio
  • Yoga: Wednesday 08:00 PM Mind Body Studio
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Samira

Samira

Certifications: CPRO and First Aid Certified

Experience:
After years of traditional dance training, Samira discovered belly-dancing, in Athens, and never looked back. Over the past 6 years, she has performed both cabaret and tribal dances with Troupe Hameeda and as a soloist. A perpetual student, she attends many workshops, including Aziza, Tamra-Henna and Mardi Love. Each of these dancers unique styles has left its mark on her own dancing. Samira has been teaching at Ramsey for 6 years. Her favorite aspect of belly dance is its all-inclusiveness. Her greatest joy is sharing an art form that embraces people of all ages and shapes.

    Currently Teaching:
  • Belly Dancing Basics: Tuesday 05:30 PM Martial Arts Studio
  • Belly Dancing Beyond Basics: Tuesday 07:00 PM Martial Arts Studio
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Sarah

Sarah

Major: Economics & International Business

Certifications: TurboKick

Home Town: Snellville, GA

Experience:
This is my first semester as a full-on instructor and I'm excited to be here!

    Currently Teaching:
  • Turbo Kick™: Friday 04:30 PM Studio B
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Savannah

Savannah

Major: Dental Hygiene

Certifications: Spinning Indoor Cycling Certified, SCW Primary Group Fitness

Home Town: Conyers

Experience:
Taught 1 year at a gym in her hometown. Has been an instructor at Ramsey for 6 months.

    Currently Teaching:
  • Cycle: Friday,Thursday,Tuesday 06:30 AM Studio E
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Shannon

Shannon

Year: Senior

Experience:
Shannon teaches kickboxing!

    Currently Teaching:
  • Kickboxing Circuit: Friday 04:30 PM Boxing Studio
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Shirin

Shirin

Certifications: QiFORZE Instructor Certified, AFAA Primary Group Fitness Instructor

Home Town: Johns Creek, GA

Experience:
This is Shirin's 2cd semester teaching at Ramsey Student Center.

    Currently Teaching:
  • Quick Fit: Wednesday 12:00 PM Studio D
  • $1 Abs: Friday 04:45 PM Martial Arts Studio
  • $1 H.I.I.T. FIT: Thursday,Tuesday 04:45 PM Studio B
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Skylar

Skylar

Major: Advertising, New Media, Music Business

Certifications: CPRO, First Aid

Home Town: Duluth, GA

Experience:
Skylar has 19 years of dance training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and hip-hop. She is also a member of Contemporary Dance Ensemble

    Currently Teaching:
  • Ballet Tone: Monday,Wednesday 04:30 PM Studio D
  • Advanced Ballet: Wednesday 05:30 PM Studio A
  • Beginner Ballet: Monday 05:30 PM Studio A
  • Contemporary Dance: Monday 06:45 PM Studio A
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Tanya

Tanya

Year: Senior

Major: Computer Science

Certifications: Zumba® Basics 1, Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN) Member

Home Town: Kennesaw, GA

Experience:
Certified since 2011 - has instructed classes for community groups. Tanya has been teaching at Ramsey Student Center for 1 year, as well as teaching numerous outreaches around campus.

    Currently Teaching:
  • Zumba®: Wednesday 08:00 PM Studio D
  • HSC Zumba®: Monday,Wednesday 05:30 PM Pound Hall
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Tiffany

Tiffany

Major: B.S, FCS, M. PH

Certifications: Les Mills BODYPUMP and BODYCOMBAT, WATERinMOTION®, Schwinn Cycling, AFAA Primary Group Exercise and Personal Training.

Home Town: Acworth, GA

Experience:
Tiffany has been a group fitness instructor at Ramsey for 2 years as well as a personal trainer. She also presented H.I.I.T Fit at the Southeastern Fitness Collegiate Expo 2012.

    Currently Teaching:
  • Cycle: Monday 05:30 PM Studio E
  • BODYPUMP™: Friday,Wednesday 05:30 PM Studio B
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Vivian

Vivian

Year: B.S. Berry Coll

Major: Biology/Chemistry B.S.; Anatomy Physiology/Biochemistry

Certifications: ACE Group Fitness, AFAA Personal Trainer, FiTour Pilates, IFTA Cycle, Schwinn Cycling, FiTour Step, AFAA Group Exercise, PiYo Certified, Silver Sneakers

Home Town: Clarksville, TN

Experience:
Vivian has taught group exercise for over 30 years!!

    Currently Teaching:
  • Pilates: Saturday 12:00 PM Mind Body Studio
  • Total Body Tone: Monday,Wednesday 07:00 PM Studio D
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Will

Will

Certifications: AFAA Personal Fitness Training, CrossFit Certification

    Currently Teaching:
  • Quick Fit: Friday,Monday,Thursday 12:00 PM Studio D
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