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LaHaye Group Exercise Instructors

Nikki Kilian: Fitness Coordinator

Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina

Classes: Barre Above & Coach by Color Cycling

Certifications: CPR/AED, Barre Above, Schwinn Indoor Cycling, MixxedFit, NASM Nutrition Certification (in progress) and NASM-CPT (in progress)

Hobbies:Drinking coffee, running, painting, spending time with my family, dancing, and being outdoors

Why I became a Group Exercise Instructor:I became a group exercise instructor as an outlet to dance and be creative with hip hop, which awakened a new passion in me for fitness and holistic health. I then branched into new formats, gaining new certifications, and enjoyed learning new ways to work out the body. I love getting my participants excited about making healthy life choices—physically and mentally.

Crystal Miyazono: Group Exercise Instructor

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC

Classes: Vinyasa Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Cycle Coach by Color, Cycle Yoga Fusion, Barre Above

Certifications: CPR/AED, Schwinn Classic Cycling, 200 hr-Yoga Teacher Training, Tabata GX, Barre Above

Hobbies: Dancing, hiking, and talking about personality profiles with friends

Why I became a Group Exercise Instructor: After practicing yoga for 4 years, I have experienced that yoga is a form of self-care that I want implemented into my life and cannot live without it. I hope to help others realize the positive impact that this creative, moving meditation can have on their lives.

Brenda Gonzalez: Group Exercise Instructor

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela

Classes: ZUMBA, Glute Max Out

Certifications: CPR/AED, Zumba Basic 1 (B1), Zumba Basic 2 (B2), Zumba Pro Skills (PS), Tabata GX

Hobbies: Watching movies and spending time with people

Why I became a Group Exercise Instructor: To share the love of exercising with the rhythm of international music.


Anya Allen: Group Exercise Instructor

Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan

Classes: Cycle Coach by Color, Core & Glute Max Out

Certifications: CPR/AED, Schwinn Cycling

Hobbies: Hiking, cooking, exploring new places, and watching movies with my friends

Why I became a Group Exercise Instructor: When I was recovering from an ACL injury through physical therapy my senior year of high school, I realized how much I loved the workouts on a stationary bike. From there, it wasn’t long until I fell in love with group cycling and other group exercise at Liberty. I wanted to become an instructor to share that joy of exercise with others and to help others stay fit while having a good time.


Ellie Kitzmiller: Group Exercise Instructor

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Classes: Cycle Core and Power Pilates

Certifications: CPR and Life guard certified

Hobbies: I love to workout, spend time with family and friends, as well as shopping at lululemon.

Why I became a Group Exercise Instructor: I became a Group Exercise Instructor because I have a passion to encourage others to reach their goals: spirit, soul, and body. I want to share my love of exercise with those around me to help create a healthy community.

Emma Kongs: Group Exercise Instructor

Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Classes: 20-20-20, Cardio Kickboxing, and MixxedFit

Certifications: Urban Kick and MixxedFit

Hobbies: I really enjoy being around people doing anything active!

Why I became a Group Exercise Instructor: I became a group exercise instructor because I love fitness, and I especially love fitness in a group setting! It is so exciting to see people come together for one goal and encourage each other to reach those goals.


Amanda Lavender: Group Exercise Instructor

Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia

Classes: Cycle Boot Camp, Barre Above, Studio Cycling

Certifications: CPR/AED+First Aid, NASM-CPT, Barre Above

Hobbies: Cooking, baking, reading, and anything active

Why I became a Group Exercise Instructor: The community and accountability aspect of group training is what originally made me fall in love with fitness. I want to share this with others by fostering a positive, encouraging setting in which we can come together to work to be the best version of ourselves.


Kim Mattox: Group Exercise Instructor

Hometown: Amherst,  VA

Classes: Power Pump

Certifications: CPR/AED, Les Mills BodyPump & BodyAttack

Hobbies: Chasing my 2 toddlers, eating lots of Mexican food, and working out (of course)

Why I became a Group Exercise Instructor: From a young age, I’ve always enjoyed dancing, cheering, and staying active, but I’ve never been motivated to go to the gym unless there was a scheduled class. After college graduation, I become more interested in strength training and instantly fell in love with Power Pump! My normal cardio workouts didn’t give me the same results I saw with weight training. I found myself wanting to be more involved and decided to pursue certification. After 5 years of teaching, I’m still loving it and very excited to be a part of the LU team.

Katie McCrum: Group Exercise Instructor

Hometown: Midlothian, Virginia

Classes: Barre Above & Restorative Barre

Certifications: Barre Above & CPR/AED

Hobbies: Dancing, drinking iced coffee, volunteering in elementary schools, and spending time with friends

Why I became a Group Exercise Instructor: After falling in love with my first barre class at college, I found that it is a great way for me to exercise and complement my dance background. I quickly discovered that I wanted to take it to the next level, so I decided to earn my certifications and become a Group Exercise Instructor. I am so eager to share my passion for barre with others and help them achieve their fitness goals through our classes!


Claire Rabe: Group Exercise Instructor

Hometown: Mendon, IL

Classes: Pilates, Synergy Circuits, Tabata GX, and Queenax Circuits

Certifications: CPR/AED, Tabata GX

Hobbies: Playing sports, being with friends, hiking, laughing, and being in the sun

Why I became a Group Exercise Instructor: I became a Group Fitness Instructor because I love sharing about my passion of health and wellness. I believe that improvement in your physical well-being improves your mental and spiritual health as well. I love encouraging and impacting others! This job has allowed me the privilege to meet so many amazing people while worshipping God by being a good steward of our bodies!


Whitney Rumpca: Group Exercise Instructor

Hometown: Cottage Grove, MN

Classes: Yoga Sculpt and 20/20/20

Certifications: Yoga Sculpt Corepower Certification

Hobbies: Running, yoga, lifting, photography, reading, cooking

Why I became a Group Exercise Instructor: I became a group exercise instructor because I am a huge advocate for holistic living. I believe fitness plays a key role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I love how this job gives me the ability to encourage and support college students to take control of their health at a young age so they can reach their fullest potential.

Stephen Shelter: Group Exercise Instructor

Hometown: Mobile, Alabama

Classes: MixxedFit and Cardio Hip Hop

Certifications: CPR/AED and MixxedFit

Hobbies: Watching Hulu or the Actor’s Roundtable, hanging with friends, doing laundry (with Gain detergent), and going to the movie theater

Why I became a Group Exercise Instructor: I became a Group Exercise Instructor to impact and empower people through dance and exercise. I want to create an environment for people to come and have the freedom to be themselves while stewarding their bodies and having loads of laughs and loads of fun!

Lauren Stawinski: Group Exercise Instructor

Hometown: Essex, Vermont

Classes: HIIT 30, 20/20/20

Certifications: CPR/AED

Hobbies: Hiking, running, swimming, spending time in the Word & with friends and family.

Why I became a Group Exercise Instructor: I love all things fitness, and hope to spread this love and joy with those who step into my classes. Excersize has the power to significantly change the course of someone’s life, and I hope to be a part of that.

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