Fitness Instructors


Ashley Atkins

Professional:
BS in Marketing, Auburn University

Certifications:
AFAA Primary Group Fitness
Zumba
TurboKick
Silver Sneakers
Zumbatonic

Years in the Field: 2

It doesn't take a new year to become a new you. Every day, every hour, every minute is a new opportunity.


Heather Chisholm

Professional:
BS in Marketing, Pacific Lutheran University
Baking and Pastry, Art Institute Atlanta

Certifications:
CPR/AED
ACE Certified (American Exercise Council)
Les Mills BodyPump
Les Mills BodyCombat
Les Mills BodyVive
Les Mills BodyJam
Les Mills SHBAM
Les Mills YogaFit

Years in the Field: 11

Heather grew up in the fitness industry back in the Pacific Northwest. She loves teaching all kinds of workouts and focuses on making fitness fun and accessible for everyone because going to the gym should be fun, not torture.  When not working as a baker by day, she loves spending time with her family and two crazy dogs.


Jennifer Strekas Coombs

Professional:
BA and MEd in Secondary English Education

Certifications:
AFAA Primary Group Exercise
Les Mills BodyPump
Les Mills BodyJam
Les Mills RPM
Zumba
FiTour Hatha Yoga
Coreboxx
American Heart Association CPR/AED

Years in the Field: 13

Whether teaching English at OHS or Group Fitness at the Plex, Jen loves motivating others to reach their goals and work harder than they ever thought possible. Her favorite classes to teach are dance classes because she grew up dancing and just can't stop, but she loves helping others experience the benefits of cross-training too. Jen teaches everything from cycling to yoga, and she hopes to see you in a class soon!


Lynne Darden

Professional:
BS Marketing, Auburn University

Certifications:
Les Mills BodyPump
Les Mills RPM
Zumba and Aqua Zumba
Silver Sneakers MSROM
Silver Sneakers Cardio
AFAA Group Certification
AFAA Personal Trainer Certification
BLS & First Aid Certified

Years in the Field: 21

Group Fitness and Personal Training are Lynne's passions. IT is her desire that everyone be able to achieve their fitness goals. She also enjoys any outdoor activity, especially traveling with her husband, Greg, and son, Patrick.
"We do not stop exercising because we grow old. We grow old because we stop exercising."


Andrea Fox

Professional:
Bachelor's in General Studies, Business Minor

Certifications:
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
Personal Trainer
Les Mills BodyPump
Les Mills RPM
American Heart Association, CPR

Years in the Field: 4

Specialty Areas:
Weight reduction, body sculpting, cardiovascular fitness, nutrition guidance and group fitness

Andrea may only have four years in the field professionally, but she has more than 15 years of personal experience in fitness. She has an individual weight loss story, has been a squadron fitness officer for more than 300 members in the Air Force, completed three full marathons, transformed countless bodies in her group fitness classes and has trained many people with tremendous lasting results. Andrea would love to help you chnage the shape of your body and experience a lifestyle revolution.


Lisa Gallagher

Professional:
MS from Virginia Tech
BS from The University of Massachusetts
Exchange student at Oregon State University

Certifications:
AU Motivational Interviewing Training Institute
Certified Wellness Coach, Wellcoaches Corporation
American College of Sports Medicine
Post Injury Fitness
Pilates
Indoor Cycling
Aquatic Exercise Association
US Water Fitness Association
AFAA Exer-Safety
Health Directions Exercise Leader

Years in the Field: 25

Specialty Areas:
Healthy Backs, Core Training, Weight Loss, Beginning Running, Post Injury Fitness, Prenatal Fitness

As a certified Wellness Coach as well as Personal Trainer, Lisa meets her clients where they are and assists them in achieving long term behavior change. Positive change comes from a positive mindset, so sessions are upbeat and include fitness, stress management, nutrition, weight loss and health issues.


Alicia Gethers

Professional:
BS in Finance

Certifications:
Les Mills Body Pump
Les Mills RPM
AFAA Group Fitness
American Red Cross- CPR/AED

Years in the Field: 15+

Alicia has been teaching group fitness classes since she was 17 years old, so she has A LOT of experience. She's known as the "crazy" instructor that teacher the 5:05 a.m. classes. So, if you're interested in a great early morning workout, come on in and join them!


Brooke Ginn

Certifications:
AFAA Group Exercise
AFAA Personal Training
YMCA Spin (Cycling)
YMCA Pilates
Les Mills BodyPump
CPR

Years in the Field: 4

Fitness is a passion and a tool to build lasting relationships and to see people reach their goals and fullest potential. Brooke says that she is truly blessed to be a part of something she loves, to be able to use it for personal growth and to see others grow as a result.


Heather Glaze

Professional:
BS in Nursing, Auburn University

Certifications:
AFAA Primary Group Fitness
Les Mills BodyPump
American Heart Association CPR/AED certified

Years in the Field: 3

Specialty Areas:
Cardio Intervals, Boot Camp, BodyPump

Heather has always had a passion for exercise and fitness. Starting at the age of two, she had her leg warmers on and was sweating it out to Jane Fonda with her mom. Since then, she has made it her goal to encourage and motivate others, not only to work out, but to laugh and have fun at the same time.


Traci Henry

Professional:
BS in Marketing/ Management Research

Certifications:
AFAA Group Fitness
Les Mills BodyPump
Les Mills RPM
Corebox
RIPPED
CPR/AED

Expereince: Since 2004

Traci loves teaching classes, especially her high-energy cardio classes. She feels most rewarded when the members track her down to tell her how sore they are from her classes. Traci is a high spirited person who wants to motivate and help others find their inner-strength to help achieve their goals.


Drew Hill

Professional:
BS in Business Administration (Finance and Economics)

Certifications:
Spinning

Years in the Field: 5

Specialty Areas:
Triathlon/ Cycling

Drew began cycling with Auburn Flyers Cycling Team 2006-2007, transitioned to triathlons and is currently training for his first Ironman distance triathlon in August.


Jillian Keeler

Professional:
BA in Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Currently working on MS in Kinesiology, Auburn University

Certifications:
American Heart Association CPR/AED
First Aid
NASM PES
NATABOC

Years in the Field: 1

Originally from North Caroline, Jill moved to Auburn for school. She is pursuing her Masters in Kinesiology at Auburn University and working as an Athletic Trainer at Opelika High School.


Barbara Kent

Professional:
BS in Secondary Education, Major in Biology, Auburn University

Certifications:
AFAA Group Instructor Certification
Silver Sneakers/ Healthways Cert. in MSROM
Silver Sneakers/ Healthways Cert. in Cardio Circuit
Silver Sneakers/ Healthways Cert. in Cardio Fit
Silver Sneakers/ Healthways Cert. in Yoga Stretch I, II, III
AFAA Yoga Essentials

Yoga Fit Level I
CPR/AED

Years in the Field: 20


Heather Kinzalow

Professional:
Owned and operate a full service health club for 20 years.

Certifications:
AFAA Group Fitness
Silver Sneakers
Les Mills BodyPump
Les Mills BodyCombat
Advanced Les Mills Instructor
CPR/AED

Years in the Field: 21

Specialty Areas:
Strength training, weight loss and body transformation.

Heather has been married to Carl for 18 years. They have a 16 year old son, Allen, and a 12 year old daughter, Denise. Heather has been a licensed realtor with Coldwell Banker KPDK Realtors and is a reserve deputy with the Lee County Sheriff Department,


Kathy Kyle

Professional:
BA in General Studies with emphasis in Communication, Education and Psychology

Certifications:
Yoga Fit I, II and II
YogaFit Anatomy and Alignment
YogaFit Sweat, Seniors, Props, Therapeutic Back

Years in the Field: 2

Kathy loves Yoga because almost everyone can make gains in not only flexibility, but strength and endurance through a regular practice. She has also recently rediscovered her love for lifting weights and wishes more women would find their way to the weight room. In May 2012, Kathy will begin working on a degree in Fitness, Conditioning and Performance in the Kinesiology Department at Auburn University.


Denali C. Lord

Professional:
Registered Dietitian (RD)
BS in Nutrition/Dietetics, Auburn University
Currently pursuing a Master's degree in Nutrition

Certifications:
AFAA Primary Group Fitness
Les Mills BodyPump

Years in the Field: 5

Denali became a group fitness instructor due to her devout interest in fitness and health. As she pursued her Bachelor's degree in Nutrition, she became more aware of the alarming prevalence of obesity and the diseases associated with it. To give back to the Auburn/Opelika community, Denali decided to become a fitness instructor do that she could share her knowledge of nutrition and fitness with the community.


Brandy Riddle

Professional:
BS in Elementary Education, Troy University
MA in Curriculum and Instruction, K-12

Certifications:
AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Indoor Cycling
TurboKick
American Heart Association CPR/AED

Years in the Field: 10

Specialty Areas:
Water Aerobics (Aqua), Indoor Cycling, Kickboxing, TurboKick, Funk, Body Toning

Brandy works at Opelika High School in the Language Department and she LOVES teaching, whether it be school or aerobics. They are both immediately rewarding and she couldn't ask for better jobs or people to work with. She has been married to Clint Riddle for two years and they have four fur babies.


Amy Sanderson

Professional:
Health Science Instructor, Southern Union State Community College
Registered Nurse in the Emergency Dept. at EAMC
Flight Nurse in the Air Force Reserves
BSN from UAB
MSN in Nursing

Certifications:
AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Turbo Kick
Indoor Cycling
American Heart Association CPR/AED
Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum

Years in the Field: 8

Amy has been an instructor at the Sportsplex since the very beginning. She finds great joy in working with others who reallize the need to take care of themselves.She enjoys teaching classes from Turbo Kick to Toning.
Dr. J said, "If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end."


Traci Senn

Professional:
Dental Hygienist for Dr. O'Brien Dental, Auburn, AL
(originally licensed in 1992)

Certifications:
AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Les Mills BodyPump
Les Mills RPM (SPIN)
AAFP Personal Trainer
American Heart Association CPR/AED

Years in the Field: 8

Traci's motto: "At 39 I am stronger than I was at 29, and thanks to an instructor years ago challenging ME, I now have the awesome responsibility of challenging others to find that we are ALL stronger than we think. I believe that fitness is about progress, NOT perfection, and my desire is to motivate my classes to push on through to that next level. Teaching group fitness is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the team at the Opelika Sportsplex."


Tricia Skelton

Professional:
Bachelors in Elementary Education
National Board Certified Teacher

Certifications:
Zumba
AFAA Primary Group Fitness
American Heart Association CPR/AED

Years in the Field: 1

Tricia is a 5th grade teacher at Morris Avenue School. Even though dance and fitness have been a part of her life since she was little, Tricia has recently found out her passion for leading group exercise classes.


Tyrone White

Professional:
Former police officer
Former U.S. Marine Sgt.

Certifications:
Silver Sneakers MSROM
Silver Sneakers Cardio Circuit
Silver Sneakers Cardio Fit

Years in the Field: 2

Tyrone is new to the fitness field, but not to working out. He would love to have you in hi9s class and take you to boot camp. Of course, he says he will be happy to bring you back when you are done!


Diane Yockachonis

Professional:
Bachelors in Family and Consumer Sciences
Focus: Nutrition and Food Science

Certifications:
American College of Sports Medicine, Personal Training
Silver Sneakers MSROM
Silver Sneakers Cardio Fit
Silver Sneakers Cardio Circuit
Silver Sneakers Yoga Stretch
Yoga
PiYo Turbo Kick
Hip Hop Hustle
Tai Chi
Water Aerobics
American Red Cross, CPR

Years in the Field: 4

Diane swam and practiced with the Auburn Swim Team her first year at Auburn. She has a passion to help people reach their personal goals in life whether it be weight loss goals, or mental break-throughs. Her delight is in watching the people who thought they could never exercise into complete success stories in the highest regard. She has been with the Opelika Sportsplex from the beginning.