Fitness Class Descriptions can be found by browsing our course offerings here.
Fitness Instructor Bios (Summer 2014)
Kristina, Strength Instructor
Kristina is a multi-tasking machine and is excited to add IMA Fitness Instructor to the various roles she plays at UW. She began working in the Psychology Department in 2009 and graduated with her Master of Public Administration degree in 2014. Her interest in health and wellness began in high school when she joined the school dance team during her Sophomore year. Since then, Kristina has dabbled in all sorts of fitness activities like running, rock climbing, yoga, and hiking (not to mention the occasional home workout DVD). She loves anything that keeps her moving and enjoys new challenges, so her classes will get your blood pumping and keep you on your toes!
Jessica, Cardio Instructor
Jessica graduated from the F.I.T. program in 2014 and is thrilled to join the IMA team! She loves working with all fitness backgrounds and leading fellow Huskies towards happier, healthier, and fitter lives. Jessica is majoring in cellular and molecular biology at the UW and hopes to study to become a pediatrician. Her passion for fitness began with her journey as a competitive figure skater for 10+ years. She has also practiced ballet, pilates, yoga, and strength training. Following her departure from competitive skating, Jessica discovered an amazing community in group fitness that inspired her to become an instructor. She also enjoys trying out new restaurants, playing Just Dance, and [trying] to sing.
Kristana, Cardio and Strength Instructor
Kristana graduated from the Fitness Instructor Training program in Spring 2013. Prior, she was an All-American Cheerleader and a regular in group fitness classes. She teaches cardio, cycling, and strength classes at the IMA. She is a Public Health major and is also active in Greek Life on the UW campus. Kristana is from the Greater Seattle area.
Ray, Pilates Instructor
As a dancer/choreographer/teacher, Ray discovered Pilates while dancing in NYC on Broadway. He was certified as a Pilates Instructor in 2003 and continues to work at the Pilates Seattle International, a training center, as well as other locations in the area. Along with Pilates, Ray has worked for the past 20 years as a research assistant at the UW for studies relating to exercise with a wide variety of populations.He was one of the founding members in 1996 of the production team that produced The Festival of Men in Dance, a non profit group. In 2013, Ray completed his studies and is now a Spiritual counselor. He likes to camp, eat good food, garden, hang with his friends, read, travel and see good theater.
Andrea, Cardio Dance Instructor
Andrea has been a Cardio Dance instructor at the IMA for over two years. She has six years professional dance experience with both the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks Sea Gals (five years) and the National Lacrosse League’s Washington Stealth Bombshells (one year). With 20+ years experience in various dance styles, Andrea enjoys combining jazz and hip hop styles with good old aerobics in her classes. Andrea received her BA in Psychology from the University of Washington, and in her spare time, enjoys cooking anything and everything under the sun, keeping up with social media, and watching all Seattle sports teams (especially Seahawks and Husky football!). When it comes to dance and teaching classes, she believes it’s all about giving it your 110%…go big or go home. Expect FUN, high-energy cardio routines to a variety of upbeat music styles in Andrea’s classes.
Stephanie, Cardio Instructor
Stephanie is excited to launch the Step Interval class at the IMA this summer! She has over 13 years of group fitness experience as a participant in classes ranging from yoga to bootcamp and has been a qualifying member of a trail racing team based out of Sierra Madre, California. Stephanie loves sharing her passion for fitness and the outdoors with others and is pumped to realize her long-time goal of teaching as a fitness instructor. Currently, Stephanie is completing her Masters in Social Work at UW and has a great appreciation for the therapeutic power of exercise in self care and resilience. Stephanie encourages all participants to try something new and hopes to see you in her class!
Jacque, Cardio Instructor
Jacque is going to be a sophomore at the University of Washington this coming autumn, and she is hoping to major in Informatics. She has been taking cardio kickboxing classes for the past 2-3 years, and she really likes jumping around and dancing. Her hobbies include boxing with the Husky Boxing team, running on random trails with her friends, and eating ice cream. She likes to make really bad jokes during class, so don’t mind her. Jacque is extremely excited to teach classes in the future, and to meet other people as passionate about fitness as her!
Annie, Cardio Instructor
Annie is a junior at the University of Washington majoring in Public Health. She is a cardio kickboxing instructor and an assistant self defense instructor with the IMA. She has been involved in martial arts for the past four years of her life and is also an active participant in Crossfit. She loves all things outdoors, fitness, athletics, and all things that are covered in chocolatey goodness.
Katherine, Strength Instructor
Katherine started out teaching high/low aerobics in the 90’s. She has recently taken FIT training and now teaches circuit training. Her passion for fitness was fueled by the awareness of cardiovascular disease in her family. Her aim in class is a balanced and safe workout that progresses throughout the quarter. She asks you to come join the fun. When not teaching, Katherine maintains a busy schedule with three active dogs and a research career in pharmacology.
Jamie, Dance Fitness Instructor
Jamie teaches Cardio Latin Dance at the IMA. Growing up in Provo, Utah, Jamie began dancing at a very young age and is experienced in various forms of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Hip-hop, Tap, and Contemporary. In high school, Jamie was apart of the Center Stage Performing Arts Studio: Senior Dance Company, which competes in conventions nationally. She is a senior at UW in the Foster School of Business and is pursuing a career in public accounting. In her spare time she enjoys curating the TEDxUofW Conference, and working with the Alpha Kappa Psi Rho Chapter business fraternity. She also loves green tea ice cream, the composer Chopin, and enjoying time with friends and family.
Lauren, Strength and Dance Fitness Instructor
Lauren has been working as a fitness instructor for about 3 years and has taught a variety of classes. She received her B.S. in Exercise Science from Ithaca College. She is an ACSM Health Fitness Specialist and ACSM Group Exercise Instructor. She also recently graduated from the University of Washington with her M.Ed. in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership. Her love for fitness and sport has motivated her to help others reach their goals in a group exercise and personal training setting. She was also a former collegiate gymnast and has been involved with gymnastics for over 20 years. Lauren is originally from NJ.
Rina, Hip Hop Instructor
Rina is a Hip Hop Instructor at the IMA and a full-time student at the University of Washington as an intended business major and dance minor. She has danced for 15 years in all styles of dance. Her main focus was ballet, but for the past five years, she has dedicated most of her time with Hip Hop. Rina has danced through studios, movements, dance teams/competitive teams. She has been choreographing since she was 15 years old, and recently choreographed for competitive teams in Bellingham in Hip Hop and Pom. Rina’s goal for her students is to understand the movements and musicality of each dance piece while creating their own style. Ultimately, Rina wants each student to have fun and still gain a workout all at once.
Paige, Strength Instructor
Paige has been active with sports and fitness all of her life. She played volleyball, basketball, tennis, and golf in high school and went on to play volleyball in college. She coached volleyball as well. Since college, she has been an avid runner and participated in dozens of exercise classes, including boxing, interval training, circuit training, cardio kickboxing, capoeira, and yoga. She completed the UW FIT program in 2014 and is excited to share her passion for exercise and fitness with others.
Bailey, Strength Instructor
Bailey is a passionate instructor who has taught ABSolute Conditioning, Total Toning, Circuit Training, and High Intensity Training (H.I.T.). Bailey has always found exercise to be the perfect outlet in her demanding schedule. She has been so inspired by the support and dedication of her students that she has decided to pursue education upon graduation. With majors in Psych and Spanish, she strives to teach Spanish and ELL, and work toward a position in educational leadership promoting equity and achievement. She hopes to instill hunger in her students; the hunger to grow and live happily, whether in the gym, the classroom or beyond. In her spare time, Bailey enjoys weightlifting, cooking, traveling, and most of all spending time with her loved ones.
Alexa, Dance Fitness Instructor
Alexa is excited to be in her 4th year teaching cardio dance at the IMA. She spent 3 years dancing professionally for the Seattle Seahawks. As a Sea Gal, Alexa got to dance in the loud, fun atmosphere of the Seahawks stadium as well as participate in hundreds of community-wide events such as hospital visits, charity auctions, and military appreciation events. Before becoming a Sea Gal, Alexa competed nation-wide in gymnastics for over 10 years. She also studied Pointe at Pacific Northwest Ballet and other types of dance such as jazz and hip hop. Alexa is also a recent grad of the UW with a BA in accounting and a master’s in professional accounting & taxation. In her spare time, Alexa spends time with family and enjoys cooking and gardening. In her cardio dance class you’ll find a nice mix of Sea Gal-inspired dancing and aerobic exercises that will have you sweating and feeling great after a challenging but fun hour of cardio.
Nikki, a Seattle native, developed a passion for group exercise classes in high school and has been teaching group exercise for about 3 years now. An Informatics major, Nikki gets a break from the computer screen when she teaches, letting her release all her built up energy! She believes that exercise has healing powers beyond comparison and is the best medicine for the mind, body, and soul. Nikki feeds off the energy of her students and loves when she can see them smiling during a workout. You can find her in cardio kickboxing and AbLab classes
Alicia is a sophomore at the University of Washington this year, majoring in biology. She is from Tacoma, Washington where she played soccer throughout middle school and high school and started doing workout videos as a New Years resolution in 2013. Interested in the FIT program at the IMA, she took classes at the beginning of her freshman year and then tried out for the program. She is now an instructor at the IMA, here to share her interest in fitness with others while having fun doing it!