Instructors | Group Fitness | URec | UNB

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 Lauren Rogers at lrogers@unb.ca or 506-447-3104.

Alina  |  Amanda  | CoreyDanika | Julie |  Lauren  |  Line  | Michael |  MollyPaul  | Rachel | Sam | 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 also covers other group fitness classes as needed. 

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

In my first year of university I started participating in group fitness classes to learn more about exercise. I started with Indoor cycling classes and got hooked! Indoor cycling led to my first group fitness certification; the rest is history.

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 and mental health. So, get moving!

Amanda teaches

  • Indoor Cycling
  • Deep Water Aqua
  • Mat Blast
  • Pilates with Props

Certifications & education

  • Fitness NB
    • Exercise Theory
    • Indoor Cycling Fitness Leader
    • Aquatic Fitness Leader
    • Portable Equipment Fitness Leader
    • Older Adult Fitness Leader
  • Mat Pilates (200hr)
  • Bachelor of Kinesiology, UNB
  • Master of Science in Exercise and Sports Science, UNB

 

Corey

Becoming a group fitness instructor was not something I planned on doing. While participating in the Friday Night Dance Party at the YMCA on Fredericton, I was given the opportunity to teach the class myself when the previous instructor moved on to something else. The experience of instructing this class gave me the courage to try other group fitness classes! The one that stood out the most was Zumba®! I attended my first Zumba® class in November of 2017, and became an instructor in May of 2018! I completely fell in love with the energy in the room, the killer dance moves, and the community that Zumba® brings together.

In Zumba®, we often repeat that there are no wrong moves, just surprise solos! When you enter my class, the last thing you should feel is nervous, self-conscious, etc. This is a safe space where you can get your workout and have fun without fear of judgment. We are all here with the same goal.

Corey teaches

  • Indoor Cycling
  • AQX Deep Water
  • Morning Mat Blast
  • Muscle Mix

Certifications 

  • Zumba®
    • Zumba®
    • Zumba Gold®
    • Zumba Step®
    • Aqua Zumba®
    • STRONG by Zumba®

 

Danika

I discovered group fitness classes in 2006, when I attended my first step aerobics class. I fell in love with the dynamic of working out in a group setting. My passion for group fitness continued to grow. From then on, I knew I had to teach! With great joy I started teaching Indoor Cycling in 2014. I could not stop there. I later received more certifications and began to teach a variety of different classes.

I love people and I love fitness. This quote by Martin Luther King Jr. sums up my philosophy of teaching well. “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but by all means, keep moving.” I love to help people move.

Danika teaches

  • IIndoor Cycling
  • TRX Bootcamp
  • Deep Water Aqua Fitness
Danika also covers other group fitness and fee-based classes as needed.

Certifications

  • Fitness NB
    • Indoor Cycling Fitness Leader
    • Portable Equipment Fitness Leader
    • Older Adult Fitness Leader
    • Aquatic Fitness Leader

 

Julie

I’ve been active in one way or another my entire life and have had a love affair with indoor cycling classes for almost 10 years. I began attending the Monday evening class at URec in 2019 and was encouraged by the instructor (who at the time was also my boss!) to take the instructor course. My professional background involves event planning (often acting as an emcee) and employee engagement - two things that have tied well into my current passion project. Teaching has truly become one of my highlights of every week.

I love group participation, upbeat music and motivating a class through tough drills (or making them laugh with a bad dad joke). I often ask the group at the end of a class: “On a scale of Fun to Hard, where did today fall for you?” and my favourite answer is always: “Both!"

Julie teaches

  • Indoor Cycling

Danika also covers other group fitness and fee-based classes as needed.

Certifications

  • Fitness NB
    • Exercise Theory
    • Indoor Cycling Fitness Leader
  • Emergency First Aid

 

Lauren

Lauren has been a certified Group Fitness Leader through Fitness New Brunswick since 1996. Teaching fitness classes and training new leaders is truly her passion; She loves building relationships with class participants and helping them achieve their fitness goals.

Over the years Lauren has taught, mentored and evaluated instructors at UNB in a variety of disciplines; choreography being her favourite. Her love for group fitness grows stronger every day.

Lauren teaches

  • Step
  • Aquatic Fitness
  • Indoor Cycling
  • Portable Equipment

Certifications & education

  • AQX trainer & mentor
  • Fitness NB
    • Portable Equipment
    • Indoor Cycling Fitness Leader
    • Step Fitness Leader
    • Aquatic Fitness Leader
    • Older Adult Fitness Leader
    • Evaluator, Mentor and Trainer
  • Zumba® Basics
  • 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 

 

Michael

As an adolescent my passion was playing Dungeons & Dragons. Weekends were filled with daring missions and courageous quest. At the time I was overweight, and exercise was the last thing on my mind. It all changed when I begrudgingly went to a gym with my friend (thanks, Zach), I realized with consistent effort I could gain the same strength and stamina I revered in my game.

I spent years trying to figure out the what, why, how, and when's of exercise. This quest led me to URec where I picked the brains of my co-workers and studied training relentlessly, culminating in becoming certified personal trainer.

A person’s relationship with training will be like any other relationship in their life, there are highs and lows. With honesty we reflect upon these dynamics and adapt our approach. Sometimes you were the one being selfish and sometimes a split squat is better than a barbell back squat.

Michael teaches

  • Muscle Mix

Certifications & education

  • National Strength & Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT)
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (UNB, Candidate)
  • Individual Noble Title: Lord of Sealand 

 

Molly

I've been teaching for two years now! I started attending spin classes as an undergraduate student and loved the group atmosphere. I soon became involved in teaching, hoping to deliver that same fun experience.

My goal is to make classes enjoyable and not feel like a chore. I believe that classes should be accessible to everyone of all levels of fitness, whether you are just starting out or a regular class participant.

Molly teaches

  • Portable Equipment classes such as (Workout of the Week)
  • Indoor Cycling

Certifications & education

  • Fitness NB
    • Exercise Theory
    • Aquatic Fitness Leader
    • Portable Equipment Fitness Leader
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (UNB)
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology (UNB, Candidate)

 

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
  • Deep Water Aquatic Fitness

Certifications

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

 

Rachel

For years I avoided exercise. Exercise felt like work, an obligation, something unpleasant to be avoided. In 2016 I attended my first Zumba® class and fell in love. Dancing makes me feel confident and free in a way nothing else does. I became licensed to teach Zumba® in 2017 and have been sharing the fun and joy of movement with others ever since.

I’m committed to making fitness what I believe it was always meant to be:

  • a fun, social experience
  • accessible and welcoming to everyone
  • inclusive of all genders, bodies, fitness levels and abilities
  • a celebration of how awesome we already are!
I look to promote health at every size (HAES), joyful movement and inclusion, recognizing that I come from a position of privilege.  My personal philosophy is “There are no mistakes in Zumba®, only unexpected solos."

Rachel teaches

  • Zumba®

Certifications

  • Zumba® Basic Steps 1
  • Zumba® Gold
  • Fitness NB
    • Exercise Theory

 

Sam

Growing up my interests were soccer, rugby and track. Being immersed in athletics I always had the opportunity to take part in strength and conditioning programs which quickly turned into a passion for strength and conditioning in college. Training others to improve their health and fitness is my passion now.

The fastest way to get out of shape is to get injured, that's why I believe in practicing strength and conditioning in the safest way possible. A well-rounded approach of resistance training, mobility and cardio practiced safely will have you feeling great, looking great and moving great. Don’t forget the key is consistency and intensity! 

Sam teaches

  • HIIT
  • Muscle Mix
  • TRX Boot Camp
  • Silver Strides

Certifications & education

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
  • Sport and Leisure Management (Holland College)
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (UNB)

 

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

  • CentreFit+

Wendy also teaches 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 Fitness Leader
    • Resistance Training Leader
    • Exercise Theory
  • Bachelor of Physical Education, UNB

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