Group fitness instructors

URec trains (and hires!) certified group fitness instructors. If you would like to become certified or have questions about our group fitness program, please contact Alina Cress, Program Coordinator, at acress@unb.ca or 506-458-7532.

Alina  |  Amanda  |  Becca  |  Danika  |  Heather  |  Hilary  |  Jackie  |  Kit  |  Lauren  |  Line  |  Mahdi  |  Megan  |  Paul  |  Stephanie  |  Wayne  |  Wendy



Alina

I have never known a time where I wasn’t involved in sport or fitness! The love of my life was volleyball; I was a varsity athlete at McMaster University and then began coaching here at UNB.

I love to inspire everyone to unleash their potential! I like to ask participants to check-in, see how they are feeling, and then set a personal goal for the class. I give the opportunity and freedom to choose how hard to work, but I also provide as much encouragement as possible for participants to give just a little more than what they originally thought they could do.

I also have the honour of teaching and mentoring new group fitness instructors. Seeing someone’s desire turn into reality is a pretty special thing; I witness an evolution of skill, but I also watch an individual’s confidence and passion grow! What’s even better is that person’s passion is then reinvested into URec. It’s amazing!

Alina teaches

  • Indoor Cycling

Alina covers other group fitness classes as needed. She also teaches many of URec’s fee-based programs.

Certifications & education

  • Certified Personal Trainer though the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology
  • Yoga Teacher (YTT 200)
  • BoneFit Trained through Osteoporosis Canada
  • Fitness NB
    • Portable Equipment
    • Indoor Cycling Fitness Leader
    • Older Adult Fitness Leader
    • Course Conductor
    • Evaluator and Mentor
  • Bachelor of Kinesiology, McMaster University
  • Former Registered Massage Therapist
  • Master’s of Science in Sport and Exercise Science candidate, UNB



Amanda

Growing up, I was always involved in sports. I began to workout at a gym more frequently when I began university. I started with spin classes and got hooked! Indoor cycling led to my first group fitness certification. I also compete as a cyclist!

I believe everyone should attempt to be active - even if it’s just a small amount to start. Some is better than none! Exercise Is beneficial for human longevity. So, get moving!

Amanda teaches

  • Indoor Cycling
  • AQX Deep Water
  • Morning Mat Blast

Certifications & education

  • Fitness NB
    • Indoor Cycling Fitness Leader
    • AQX Deep Water
  • Mat Pilates
  • Bachelor of Kinesiology, UNB



Becca

Growing up, I was involved in soccer and skiing. I worked in a gym setting for several years; while there, I gained a lot of experience in the fitness world.

I’ve been instructing at URec for two years. I believe that exercise is important as it releases endorphins, which boosts your mood!

Becca teaches

  • Indoor Cycling

Certification

  • Indoor Cycling, C.O.R.E. Cycling



Danika

I discovered group fitness classes when I began going to the gym at 16 years old. I participated in several classes and my passion for group fitness continued to grow from then on! I have been teaching classes for two years.

A quality life does not come without hard work. I tell my class participants, “Work hard! Gain results! Remind yourself that working hard looks different for everyone and is different in each season of life.”

Danika teaches

  • Indoor Cycling

Certification

  • Fitness NB
    • Indoor Cycling Fitness Leader
    • Portable Equipment

Danika is currently pursuing an Older Active Adults Fitness Leader certificate.



Heather

I have made a lifelong commitment to being active. I became a certified cycling instructor after participating in URec’s classes. I am always up to try something new - this year I participated in my first triathlon!

Being active is about feeling strong, taking time for yourself and replenishing/boosting your energy. Doing it in a social setting is a bonus. I always say, “The hardest part is showing up. But if you show up, make it count!”

Heather teaches

  • Indoor Cycling

Certification

  • Indoor Cycling, C.O.R.E. Cycling

Heather is currently becoming certified through Fitness NB.



Hilary

I have always had a very keen interest in fitness and overall health. My favourite physical activity is karate. I started training at the elite level when I was 14, and have continued to train competitively ever since. I am currently a government funded Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic athlete and a member of the Canadian National Team for Karate Canada.

My philosophy is to keep the body active at all ages, no matter the intensity. A little movement is better than no movement at all! I believe physical activity is incredibly important for overall health and wellbeing at every age.

I love challenging people to give their best effort and I’m a strong supporter of working up a great sweat! At the end of the day, it truly warms my heart to be a helper in someone’s fitness journey.

Hilary teaches

  • High Intensity Interval Training & Functional Fitness Circuit (HIIT & FFC)
  • Bootcamp
  • BYOG Bootcamp+

Certification & education

  • Fitness NB: Portable Equipment

Hilary is a currently completing a degree in Kinesiology at UNB.



Jackie

I chose to become a cycling instructor after I took part in a few inspiring classes here at URec! My classes are energetic and filled with lots of great music. I believe that music can make a workout more enjoyable and can help you push yourself through any difficult drill, no matter what!

I recommend that members try out a variety of classes that URec offers – you might find one you love enough to instruct, like I did!

Jackie teaches

  • Indoor Cycling

Certifications & education

  • Fitness NB: Indoor Cycling Fitness Leader
  • Bachelor of Kinesiology, UNB



Kit

I can attribute my dedication to a healthy and active lifestyle to my 37 years of serving in the military. It was regimented into my brain right from the get go that being physically fit was key to being an Infantry soldier. Early morning daily fitness training was compulsory, so by the time I had a year in the military, physical fitness was the norm. I have been retired from the military for 3 years and have remained very active!

My favourite part of instructing at URec is the honour and privilege of conducting physical fitness classes to enhance the health and welfare of the participants. I enjoy getting to know my class participants (and their music preferences)!

Kit teaches

  • Indoor Cycling

Kit also assists with URec’s Silver Series programs.

Certifications

  • Fitness NB: Indoor Cycling Fitness Leader



Lauren

I have been a certified Group Fitness Leader through Fitness New Brunswick since 1996. Teaching fitness classes is truly my passion; I love building relationships with class participants and helping them achieve their fitness goals.

I enjoy teaching a variety of classes at URec including Aquatic Fitness and Step Class – every once in a while, I switch it up and teach double step! Double the steps, double the fun!

I believe that the secret to life is finding the right balance in everything you do!

Lauren teaches

  • Step
  • Aquatic Fitness

Certifications & education

  • AQX trainer & mentor
  • Fitness NB
    • Portable Equipment
    • Indoor Cycling Fitness Leader
    • Step
    • Aquatic Fitness
    • Older Adult Fitness
    • Evaluator
  • Bachelor of Physical Education (Sport Science), UNB
  • Master of Arts in Sport and Recreation Administration, UNB



Line

I been active in the fitness industry for over 28 years. In that time, I have shared my passion for fitness through my sense of humour and solid knowledge of the fitness and aqua fitness world.

Line teaches

  • Indoor Cycling
  • Aqua Fitness

Certifications

  • AQX Master Trainer
  • Spinning Level 2 Instructor, Mad Dogg Athletics
  • CanFit Pro PTS & FIS
  • Fitness NB
    • Aquatic Fitness
    • Indoor Cycling Fitness Leadership
    • Course Conductor, Evaluator, Mentor



Mahdi

My passion for fitness began at 10 years old, when I began training in Martial Arts. Later, I discovered an interest in weightlifting. Fitness, sport and nutrition have had a large impact of my life - they continue to brighten my mood and increase my focus both in an out of the gym!

Teaching fitness classes at URec brings me great joy as I get to help others workout and be a part of an individual’s health and wellness journey.

Mahdi teaches

  • Bootcamp

Certification

  • Fitness NB: Portable Equipment



Megan

I have always lived an active lifestyle! I enjoy sports such as soccer and ultimate frisbee and well as going hiking, biking, skiing, swimming, and kayaking.

I encourage everyone to find an activity that they enjoy and that keeps them moving, as making the decision to be active is one that we must make everyday!

Megan teaches

  • Bootcamp
  • Muscle Mix

Certifications & education

  • Fitness NB
    • Indoor Cycling Fitness Leader
    • Portable Equipment

Megan is currently pursuing a certificate in resistance training. She is also completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology.



Paul

I joined URec in September of 2011 as a part-time group fitness leader teaching 3 group fitness classes. Having been in the industry for over 15 years, I am passionate about fitness and wellness. I believe fitness training positively influences the health and wellness of everyone.

I strive to incorporate lots of N-R-G and the best music into every class! I like to make exercise enjoyable and look for ways to bring a bit of fun and humour into my classes. In fact, you may just find me wearing a costume on those special holidays.

Paul teaches

  • Indoor Cycling
  • Cardio Sculpt
  • Group Rx RIP
  • Step

Certifications

  • Fitness NB
    • Group Fitness Leadership for Choreography
    • Portable Equipment
    • Step Designation
    • Indoor Cycling Fitness Leader
    • Mentor



Stephanie

I grew up playing a variety of sports, including hockey. I was a member of the Women’s Varsity Reds Hockey team from 2004-2006. Varsity athletics gave me the opportunity to take part in a variety of strength and conditioning programs.

I only tried Zumba after completing my undergrad degree – I was instantly hooked! I was drenched in sweat and had so much fun. The class flew by!

Now, I enjoy choreographing songs with my 3 children who also share my love of dance!

Stephanie teaches

  • Zumba

Certification & education

  • Bachelor of Kinesiology, UNB
  • B1 Zumba Training Certificate

Stephanie is in the process of earning a B2 Zumba Training Certificate and an Aquatic certification.



Wayne

I have been engaged in an active lifestyle since childhood continuing through the adult years. This has included organized sports, fitness classes and self-directed activity. I have been involved in indoor cycling classes for about fifteen years originally as a participant and now as an instructor.

Fitness is one component of an active, healthy living lifestyle that goes from childhood through adulthood including the later or “senior” years of life. Each class should be presented so that everyone, regardless of age, conditioning or familiarity with the class has an enjoyable, safe and meaningful workout.

Wayne teaches

  • Indoor Cycling

Certifications & education

  • Fitness NB
    • Fitness Theory
    • Indoor Cycling Fitness Leader
  • Indoor Cycling, C.O.R.E. Cycling
  • Member of the Indoor Cycling Association



Wendy

I began teaching fitness classes in 1993 and started fitness coaching in 1999. I love to stay active. Some of my favourite activities include kettle bell training, biking, hiking and yoga!

I’ve always wanted to change the way people thought about fitness. It should be fun, with no gimmicks or hype health talk; instead, fitness professionals should offer an educational, diverse and challenging experience/class!

My philosophy is: ‘Move a muscle - change your mind.’ When the body is healthy, so follows the mind.

Wendy teaches

  • BYOG boot camp
  • Flex & Flow
  • Simple Stretch

Wendy also teaches many of URec’s fee-based programs.

Certifications & education

  • Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA
  • Certified Fitness Consultant
  • American Academy of Post Rehab Professionals
  • Agatsu Kettlebell Trainer
  • Sivananda Yoga Teacher
  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training, Shiva Rea
  • Certified/Authorized International Warrior Yoga Teacher
  • Fitness NB:
    • Portable Equipment
    • Resistance Training Leader
    • Exercise Theory
  • Bachelor of Physical Education, UNB

Wendy is the founder and owner of Living Fit and FIT CAMP™ Bootcamp.