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Fitness Instructors

LAUREN WEISS (Manager) – Whole Body HIIT, Abs and Booty

Lauren is a sophomore Marketing major and excited to begin her first year as a group fitness instructor! As an athlete for most of her life, Lauren has always found happiness in working out and staying fit. It wasn’t until she began attending group fitness classes her freshman year, however, that she decided to broaden her passion for fitness by sharing it with others! In creating a comfortable and motivating environment for her participants, Lauren aims to use her classes to show people the emotional and physical benefits of pursuing a healthy lifestyle in fitness. Outside of teaching, Lauren is a sister of Sigma Kappa and a member of the Women’s Club Lacrosse team. If you see her around campus, don’t be afraid to say hi!


ANNA PARDENEK – Yoga, Yoga & Meditation

Anna has been a daily yoga practitioner since 2001 and a daily meditator since 2015. She is a registered yoga teacher (RYT® 200) and a mindfulness-based-stress-reduction graduate (MBSR). In addition, she has studied in the practices of various other meditation, movement, and healing traditions including Vipassana (Insight) meditation, Zen, IFS, Focusing, Inner Smile, Qigong, Reiki, and Moga Dao. As an incoming transfer student to the TCNJ English Program, Anna is overjoyed to be joining the Health & Fitness community on campus.  Anna loves to share what she’s learned from yoga and meditation practice, so she can serve others in empowering themselves and nourishing their relationships, as well as helping others contribute in meaningful ways to both individual and collective wellness and healing.


 

MARIA LAQUAGLIA – Kickboxing

Maria graduated from TCNJ with a degree in public health, and a minor in Spanish. She is now a first-year TCNJ graduate student in the MPH program. She has been teaching the kickboxing class at TCNJ since the fall of her sophomore year. Her classes are upbeat, fun and take inspiration from her 8 years of training in martial arts. She is CPR/First Aid/AED certified, and received her group fitness instructor training though AFAA. Maria is very excited to continue teaching kickboxing here at TCNJ and hopes to foster a non-judgmental and welcoming fitness environment.

 


JULIA YOON – Zenergy

Julia is a junior Nursing major, who loves to dance and is always open to a fun workout experience! In addition to her passion for dance and exercise, she is also part of the women’s tennis team. Health and fitness has always been a major part of her life growing up as a student-athlete and it has helped her stay physically fit and active. She was inspired to become a group fitness instructor after attending various classes at TCNJ and her local gym. Through her love for dance and fitness, she was able to discover a class that combined the two elements together which sparked her interest to teach a dance-based cardio fitness class, Zenergy! As an instructor, she hopes to provide a fun and stress-free workout environment that everyone can enjoy anywhere!


 

ELLEN REBBECK – Yoga, Hula Hoop Dance

Ellen is a Psychology department graduate. She is passionate about mental and physical health. She began practicing yoga as a freshman at TCNJ and fell in love with it. She carried out her 200 hours at Honor Yoga Princeton with an amazing group of yogis. She loves holistic health and hopes to spread yoga and other holistic health practices to as many people as possible. Beyond the physical practice, she is passionate about meditation and the spiritual aspects of yoga as well. Ellen teaches classes accessible to those at every stage of their yoga journey and hopes to inspire others while providing a safe and stress free atmosphere. She also hopes to help build TCNJ’s yoga community.

 


HANNAH HOPSON – Cycling

Hannah is a junior nursing major. Cycling is something she is passionate about! She incorporates all kinds of music and different techniques into her classes. All kinds of levels are welcome. Working out is something she began to find fun with her love of spin. She can’t wait to share that with all of you while getting in a great workout.


CARLY BAKER – Body Sculpt

Carly is a sophomore Nursing major and is really excited to start teaching Body Sculpt classes! Her passion for staying active began in high school as a field hockey and track athlete and has grown ever since. As a freshman looking to meet new people, group fitness classes introduced Carly to a great community while allowing her to continue achieving her fitness goals. By incorporating cardio and full body strength exercises into her classes, Carly hopes to help others meet their goals and discover their love for staying fit.


EMILY PRENDERGAST – Yoga Flow

Emily Prendergast is a senior English and philosophy major, who also competes on the track and cross country team. She practices yoga and recently received her yoga teacher (RYT 200) certification. In her classes she promotes an inclusive and safe environment to practice yoga. Feel free to try any of her classes regardless of previous experience as she offers modifications to ensure her classes are accessible!