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Fitness Instructors

TAYLOR COYLE (manager) – Body Sculpt

Taylor is in her fifth year completing her Masters in Special Education. She has been an instructor for almost four years and has been managing the program for about three. Her passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle started early on in her life and grew into something that is a big part of her life. Group fitness is a great way to stay motivated and move past your comfort zone. Although she will not have recurring classes on the schedule, keep an eye out for weekend classes taught by her here and there!

 


 

EMILY ACKERMAN – PiYo

Emily is a senior, studying Elementary Education and English. She is so excited to bring PiYo back for another year. PiYo is a fusion of Pilates, yoga flow, cardio, and strength that does not require any equipment or previous experience. It involves nonstop movement using only bodyweight. Emily took PiYo at her gym near home for two years before coming to TCNJ, and wanted to continue spreading her love of group fitness. You can catch her teaching classes and sharing her love for fitness and health on her Instagram account @piyotcnj_em.

 


 

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.

 


LAURA HOWLEY – Barre

Laura is a senior Elementary Education and English major. Having done studio dance for most of her life, Laura began taking barre classes her freshman year because she loved the movements and style of ballet. She enjoys barre because of its similarity to ballet with the addition of strength training and because it allows those with no dance background to experience ballet. Laura has always had a passion for wellness and movement which she is excited to share with her students!


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!


 

DANA BAKERMAN – POP Pilates

Dana is a senior urban elementary ed and math major and is super excited to start teaching classes! She has been doing Cassey Ho’s Blogilates YouTube videos for years and is eager to bring her POP Pilates class to TCNJ. Dana found joy in group fitness classes, such as kickboxing and yoga, and she hopes she can bring that to others through her class. POP Pilates is a twist on regular Pilates, bringing in fun pop music that the Pilates moves align with. Don’t worry if you have never done any type of Pilates before as there are ways to make all the moves easier or harder. Dana looks forward to seeing you in class!

 


LEE SMITH – Cycling & Cycling + Legs and Booty

Lee is a senior currently earning a master’s degree in Special Education, along with a degree in Elementary Education and English. Lee discovered her passion for health and fitness through years of Field Hockey and taking group fitness classes, such as yoga, cycling, barre, HIIT and more. She completed her Indoor Cycling Certification after falling in love with the energy of a spin class and hopes to share that with everyone who joins her in class; Lee also wishes to get her yoga teacher certification in the future! In addition to Group Fitness, on campus, Lee is an executive board member in Colleges Against Cancer, a club that works directly with the American Cancer Society. Lee is as optimistic as she is passionate and hopes to positively influence the lives of others through teaching, whether that be through fitness or education. She looks forward to seeing you on the bike–– and if you ever see her on campus, feel free to say hi!


 

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.

 


LAUREN WEISS – 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!


SARAH ARMSTRONG – Whole Body HIIT, Abs and Booty

Sarah is a Senior Marketing major and teaches Abs & Booty and Whole Body HIIT. Her fitness journey started with doing yoga to decrease back pain, and throughout the years she has learned to embrace HIIT workouts that incorporate strength, conditioning, mobility, and stability moves.  Sarah believes in using exercise as a space to decompress and to focus on YOU, and her goal is to create a community in-class where everyone feels strengthened and encouraged by one another. She is looking forward to a fun-filled, super-fit semester where she can encourage her class to embrace the benefits of HIIT!

 


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.