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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,Monday,Wednesday 05:30 PM Studio E
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Allie

Allie

Year: Senior

Major: Digital and Broadcast Journalism

Certifications: Turbo Kick Certified, AFAA GF

Home Town: Cumming, GA

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

    Currently Teaching:
  • H.I.I.T. Fit: Tuesday 07:30 AM Studio D
  • Hip Hop: Thursday 05:30 PM Studio A
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Allison Koch

Allison Koch

Year: Senior

Major: Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Anthropoloyg

Certifications: Lifeguard, CPR/AED/First Aid, Schwinn Cycling

Home Town: Cedar Rapids, IA

Experience:
Cycling coach for the UGA triathlon team

    Currently Teaching:
  • Cycle: Friday 06:30 AM Studio E
  • Cycle: Tuesday 07:00 PM Studio E
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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,Monday 03:00 PM Studio B
  • Zumba®: Sunday 04:30 PM Studio D
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Ashley Shadburn

Ashley Shadburn

    Currently Teaching:
  • $1 Abs: Thursday,Tuesday 04:15 PM Martial Arts
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Betsy

Betsy

Year: Graduated

Major: Assistant Showroom manager at lululemon athletica

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™: Thursday,Tuesday 04:30 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:
  • Gentle Yoga: Monday 05:30 PM Mind Body
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Brandon Miller

Brandon Miller

Year: Graduate Student

Major: Public Health

Certifications: NSCA-CPT , American Red Cross Certified Instructor, CPRO/AED/First Aid, FMS Level 1 Certified, Powerplate Certified,TRX Rip Trainer Level 1 Certified

Home Town: Clermont, Florida

Experience:
Brandon has been in the fitness field for the past 6 years and is currently the Graduate Assistant of Fitness & Wellness.

    Currently Teaching:
  • TRX® Ripâ„¢ Fusion: Thursday 04:30 PM Studio D
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Brendan

Brendan

Year: Graduate

Major: Social Work PhD program

Certifications: AFAA, TRX Ripped

Home Town: Lakeland, FL

Experience:
Teaching boxing, kickboxing, and group fitness for 4 years at UGA.

    Currently Teaching:
  • TRX® Ripâ„¢ Fusion: Thursday,Tuesday 08:00 PM Studio D
  • Intermediate/Advanced Boxing: Thursday,Tuesday 04:30 PM Boxing Studio
  • Boxing 101: Thursday,Tuesday 05:30 PM Boxing Studio
  • Boxing 101: Thursday,Tuesday 06:30 PM Boxing Studio
  • Intermediate/Advanced Boxing: Monday,Wednesday 07:30 AM Boxing Studio
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Britiany

Britiany

Year: Graduate Student

Major: Speech Pathology

Certifications: CPRO/First Aid, AFAA GF

Home Town: Jefferson, GA

Experience:
Britiany has been a dancer for 12 years.

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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: Thursday,Tuesday 08:00 PM Mind Body
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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:
  • Mindfulness Yoga: Tuesday 04:15 PM MInd Body
  • Vinyasa Yoga: Tuesday 05:30 PM Mind Body
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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
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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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Elizabeth Pilcher

Elizabeth Pilcher

Year: Senior

Major: B.S Dance

Certifications: CPR/First Aid

Home Town: Rome, GA

Experience:
Dance instructor at Rome Civic Ballet.

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

Emily Hubbard

Year: Senior

Major: Public Relations

Certifications: Certified indoor cycling instructor

Home Town: Athens, GA

Experience:
Emily has taught cycling at numerous cycling gyms in the Athens area.

    Currently Teaching:
  • Cycle: Monday,Wednesday 06:30 AM Studio E
  • Cycle: Thursday 07:00 PM Studio E
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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:
  • Rise and Shine Yoga: Tuesday 06:30 AM MInd Body
  • Vinyasa Yoga: Monday 12:15 PM MInd Body
  • Vinyasa Yoga: Sunday 06:30 PM Mind Body
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Ian

Ian

    Currently Teaching:
  • Quick Fit: Thursday,Tuesday 12:15 PM Studio B
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Jamie Leff

Jamie Leff

    Currently Teaching:
  • Zumba®: Friday,Wednesday 12:15 PM Studio D
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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 07:30 AM Studio B
  • H.I.I.T. Fit: Thursday 07:30 AM Studio D
  • Stronger: Tuesday 05:30 PM Studio D
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Jordan Sylvester

Jordan Sylvester

Year: Senior

Major: Dietetics and Consumer Foods

Certifications: AFAA CPT, TRX Ripped, CPR/First Aid

Home Town: Marietta, GA

    Currently Teaching:
  • $1 Abs: Monday,Wednesday 04:15 PM Martial Arts
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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

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Kaylee

Kaylee

Year: Senior

Major: Health & PE

Home Town: Dacula, GA

    Currently Teaching:
  • Kickboxing Circuit: Thursday,Tuesday 03:00 PM Boxing Studio
  • Cycle Core: Thursday,Tuesday 05:30 PM Studio E
  • Women's Kickboxing 101: Wednesday 05:30 PM Boxing Studio
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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:
  • Drop It: Thursday,Tuesday 06:45 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 12:15 PM Dive 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:
  • BODYPUMP™: Friday,Wednesday 07:30 AM Studio B
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Laura Higgason

Laura Higgason

Year: Senior

Major: Social Studies Education, Specialty in History

Certifications: AFFA CPT, CPR/AED/First Aid

Home Town: Peachtree City, GA

Experience:
2 years of personal training experience.

    Currently Teaching:
  • H.I.I.T. Fit: Wednesday 05:30 PM 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:
  • H.I.I.T. Fit: Tuesday 07:00 PM Studio B
  • Kickboxing Circuit: Saturday 11:15 AM Boxing Studio
  • Deep Water Fitness: Thursday,Tuesday 05:30 PM Dive Well
  • Women's Kickboxing 101: Monday 05:30 PM Boxing Studio
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Leah

Leah

Year: M.S in Kinesiology

Certifications: ACE Group Fitness, NASM, CPT, Willpower and Grace, Schwinn, FMS, TRX Rip, TRX Suspension, CPRO & First Aid.

Home Town: Homewood, Illinois

Experience:
10 years

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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:
  • BODYPUMP™: Friday,Monday 12:15 PM Studio B
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Miranda Bidinger

Miranda Bidinger

    Currently Teaching:
  • Deep Water Fitness: Friday,Monday,Wednesday 06:15 AM Dive Well
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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 12:15 PM Mind Body
  • Yoga: Saturday 10:00 AM Mind Body
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Rebecca

Rebecca

Major: Special Education & Spanish

Certifications: ACE Group Fitness

Home Town: Roswell, GA

Experience:
15 plus years of dance

    Currently Teaching:
  • Dance Step: Friday 04:30 PM Studio B
  • Dance Step: Monday,Wednesday 06:45 PM Studio B
  • Zumba®: Monday,Wednesday 08:00 PM Studio D
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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:
  • TRX Yoga: Thursday,Tuesday 12:15 PM Studio D
  • Yoga: Friday,Wednesday 05:30 PM Mind Body
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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: Thursday 05:30 AM Martial Arts
  • Belly Dancing Beyond Basics: Thursday 07:00 PM Martial Arts
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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™: Monday,Wednesday 04:30 PM Studio B
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Scottie Gray

Scottie Gray

Year: Graduated

Major: Specialist for Strength and Conditioning

Certifications: ASCM, CPT

Home Town: Union,KY

Experience:
Taught Group Fitness for 6 years, Strength and conditioning coach for 3 years

    Currently Teaching:
  • Quick Fit: Wednesday 12:15 PM Studio B
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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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Spencer

Spencer

    Currently Teaching:
  • Sparring 101: Friday 05:30 PM Boxing Studio
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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:
  • BODYPUMP™: Friday,Monday 05:30 PM Studio B
  • LES MILLS FUSION™: Sunday 03:00 PM Studio B
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Vivian

Vivian

Year: B.S. Berry Coll

Major: Science Teacher

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

Home Town: Clarksville, TN

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

    Currently Teaching:
  • Total Body Tone: Monday,Wednesday 07:00 PM Studio D
  • TRX® Ripâ„¢ Fusion: Saturday 03:00 PM Studio D
  • Cycle: Saturday 04:00 PM Studio E
  • PiYo™: Monday,Wednesday 08:00 PM Mind Body
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