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LaHaye Group Exercise Instructors

Erica Stogner: Fitness Coordinator

Hometown: Bridgeville, DE

Classes: Power Pump

Certifications: CPR/AED, NASM-CPT, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, ASCM EP, Les Mills Body Pump, Turbo Kick Live, Tabata GX

Hobbies: I love spending time with my dogs, hiking, and playing music!

Why I became a Group Exercise Instructor: My love of exercise all began in high school when I walked into a Body Pump class for the very first time. From that moment on, I absolutely loved going to group exercise classes. It was so much more fun and fulfilling to me than exercising by myself. I loved it so much that I pursued becoming an instructor myself. I knew that becoming an instructor would give me the chance to be an influence in the lives of so many people—both physically and spiritually. In a society where an unhealthy lifestyle is the norm, I want to show people there is a better way to live, and I truly believe that a healthy and active lifestyle improves one’s quality of life. My job allows me to inspire others and help them achieve just that. Being a group exercise instructor is such a rewarding job that I would not trade for the world.

Nikki Kilian: Group Exercise Manager

Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina

Classes: Barre Above, Coach by Color Cycling, MixxedFit and HIIT 30

Certifications: CPR/AED, Barre Above, Schwinn Indoor Cycling (soon MixxedFit, NASM Nutrition Certification)

Hobbies: Running, playing with my son, drinking coffee, and dancing

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.


David Antonio: Group Exercise Instructor

Hometown: Chino Hills, California

Classes: CrossFit, CrossFit Fundamentals

Certifications: CPR/AED, CrossFit L-1 Certified Trainer

Hobbies: Re-watching The Office, Parks & Rec, New Girl and the Great British Baking Show, working out with my friends, playing board games with friends, and trying different brands of peanut butter

Why I became a Group Exercise Instructor: I became a Group Exercise Instructor because I wanted to give back to my community! For me, fitness and CrossFit has played a huge role in finding a great group of Godly friends at LU, and I want to help facilitate that same community for others to enjoy and find their best friends!

Connor Christenson: Group Exercise Instructor

Hometown: Doylestown, PA

Classes: TRX

Certifications: CPR/AED/First Aid

Hobbies: Listening to music, Watching sports, Exercising, Studying/Learning about exercise, Apologetics and Theology, and Reading

Why I became a Group Exercise Instructor: I became a Group Exercise Instructor because I want to share my passion and knowledge of exercise so that I may give people the tools they need to enable themselves to live a long and healthy life. I also wanted to become an instructor because of the ability to build relationships and to impact people spiritually.

Kevin Cobb: Group Exercise Instructor

Hometown: Reidsville, NC

Classes: TRX and HIIT 30

Certifications: ACSM, NASM, CPR/AED

Hobbies: Playing video games, being active, and eating CHEESECAKE!

Why I became a Group Exercise Instructor: I want to help my participants spark a love for working out, so that they can feel confident in the gym and about themselves! I really enjoy seeing people make goals and actually obtaining them. I don’t want my participants to only create goals in the gym, but I want them to be fearless when it comes to reaching new limits!

Crystal Conway: 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.

Sarah Beth Flippo: Group Exercise Instructor

Hometown: Florence, AL

Classes: Cardio Hip Hop, Zumba, and STRONG 30

Certifications: CPR/AED, Zumba, STRONG by Zumba, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Sentao, and Kids Zumba

Hobbies: Singing, dancing, kayaking, and volunteering

Why I became a Group Exercise Instructor: I became a Group Exercise Instructor because I knew I could use my passion for fitness to lead others to a fit, healthy lifestyle and have a great time doing it. I love being able to bring a little sunshine to someone’s day. From encouraging my clients to laughing with each other, I absolutely love my job and have a passion to see everyone succeed in everything they do!

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.


Abbey Hayes: Group Exercise Instructor

Hometown: I don’t really have one—I’ve moved a lot!

Classes: Spartacus, Power Pump, HIIT 30

Certifications: CPR/AED

Hobbies: Doing fun, exciting things with friends, leading Delight, working out, and serving on my church’s worship team

Why I became a Group Exercise Instructor: I spent 17 years of my life inactive and uninterested in fitness. If someone told me that I would have this job I probably would’ve laughed at them. At the end of high school, I was diagnosed with a health condition that urged me to start a fitness journey. I ended up completely changing my lifestyle and developing a passion for all things fitness and nutrition. Over the past few years, it has become more and more clear to me how faith and fitness align. The endurance I used in my workouts became a metaphor for endurance in my life as a Christian. At our weakest moments—He is strong. When we think we can’t handle what life throws at us—He equips us. When it seems too challenging—He gives us endurance and an unshakeable hope.

Anya Jennette: 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!

Caleb McKee: Group Exercise Instructor

Hometown: Lynchburg VA

Classes: TRX

Certifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist upon graduation from Liberty University. I hold certifications in CPR, AED, and First Aid from the American Red Cross along with certifications in lifeguarding, CPR, AED, First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen from the YMCA.

Hobbies: I have always loved to play drums and I have played from an early age, I love going to see movies, and playing sports with my friends.

Why I became a Group Exercise Instructor: I became a Group Exercise Instructor to share my love for exercise and help others reach their goals. I personally love the feeling of completing a good workout and I became a trainer to help others feel that same feeling. I love getting to know new people and personal training allows me to meet so many individuals and help them experience success in their fitness. Exercise has changed my life in so many ways and I cannot wait to see how it changes the lives of those I have the privilege of training.

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.

Karah Rushing: Group Exercise Instructor

Hometown: Clearwater, Florida

Classes: Barre Above, Pilates

Certifications: CPR/AED, Barre Above

Hobbies: Dancing, playing the flute, singing full musical soundtracks, going to Disney World, and spending time with family and friends

Why I became a Group Exercise Instructor: I have always loved using dance as a means of exercising and gaining strength. As a freshman, I fell in love with the atmosphere and experience of Liberty’s group exercise classes, particularly Zumba and Barre. I am passionate about teaching, encouraging others, choreographing, and helping to build community, so I knew that becoming an instructor would be a dream come true!

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!

Britta Solle: Group Exercise Instructor

Hometown: Sheboygan, WI

Classes: Synrgy Circuits

Certifications: CPR/AED, NASM-CPT

Hobbies: Paddle-boarding, surfing, jet-skiing, anything involving water

Why I became a Group Exercise Instructor: I’m super passionate about fitness, and I want to share that with others to help them reach their fitness goals.

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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