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Mandy McGuire, Group Fitness Director

Sports and fitness has been a huge part of my life as long as I can remember. I have always had some great role models to follow, and I hope I can be that person for others through teaching classes. We are given one body to work with for an entire lifetime – shouldn’t we treat it well? Now stop reading and get into class! Group Power


Aaron Rosales

Hola, I'm Aaron Rosales!  I have been dancing to Zumba since 2002 and I haven't stopped.  Ole!  Come join my party for a fun, calorie burning extravaganza!  *MUAH*


Abbey Podliska

Growing up I was always very active and involved in sports all year round.  Once I went off to college health and fitness took a back burner and I paid for it dearly.  Over the past couple years I have taken back control over my life and I am proud to say I am the healthiest I have ever been in my entire life!  I have learned so much through my journey and can’t wait to share.  
Aqua Fitness

Alecia Johnson

I am a stay at home mom of 3.  I enjoy working out, and I love group fitness.  Group Fitness keeps my workouts interesting, and it motivates me to push myself harder! I hope to do the same for you!
Cardio Drill



Alicia Murphy

I am a full time nurse,  and I fell in love with group fitness as a way to relax and de-stress while still getting a great getting a great workout.  Every time I teach,  my goal is to help provide those same things to my class. Nothing is better than a motivating,  inspiring,  sweaty workout that leaves you grinning from ear to ear when you're done!    Cardio Dance





Allison Diblasi

I run the race in such a way as to get the prize. The prize that God offers because of what Jesus did for us. Philipians 3:14
Group Ride





Buffy Clatt

Fitness for me is like the air mask on an airplane. It's the first thing I do for myself each day that helps me to do, feel and be better in all aspects of my life. I enjoy teaching group fitness for the accountability and fun it offers. I love helping people embrace a healthy lifestyle and seeing them feel good about themselves. Sweat now, shine later!


Carla Aubry

The quickest way to acquire self-confidence is to do exactly what you are afraid to do.

Cathy Slade

No one can work out for you, but it is nice to be able to take a group fitness class and have the instructor make sure you get a workout.  That is what I hope to do as a fitness instructor, make sure you get a good workout!  I enjoy being active and pushing myself to reach new fitness goals.  Come check out the energy and comradeship of group fitness classes, it is a great way to meet new people (while you get a great workout)! 
Group Ride, Insanity


Corinne Mattson

My name is Corinne Mattson. I teach cardio drill. My number one job is being a mom to my 5 children. Upon moving to Ames, joining ARFC was one of the first things my husband and I did. I found participating in group fitness to be fun, rewarding and a great form of stress relief. I was excited to become a member of the staff and hope to share my passion for fitness with others.I have a BS in psychology from Iowa State and BS in nursing from the University of Iowa.  I hope to see you in class!  Cardio Drill





Diny Patterson



I used to be so out of shape until 5 years ago when I found Zumba®. It was my introduction to a group fitness and after about a year, I felt stronger and became a Zumba® instructor. I gradually tried other exercise formats; from kickboxing, resistance training, running, to Pilates and yoga. I look forward to seeing you in my class! "Fitness is not about being better than someone else... it's about being better than you used to be".  Zumba, Group Active




Ed Moran

Wow, what a difference a couple years makes! I remember just being that scared, overweight guy who had heard of spin classes and had visions of a bike being used as a torture device but still decided to give Group Ride a try and before long I was hooked! The combination of fantastic instructors, powerful and varying workouts, driving music, and yes, buckets of sweat (and don't forget calories) made me a believer in the results that Group Ride can deliver to anyone. Be warned however, before long you may have cycling shoes, new pedals on your bike and the urge to go somewhere outdoors! Regardless of you fitness level, if your looking for results with a fast and fun workout come give Group Ride a try, I bet you'll be happy you did!  Group Ride


Inna Kuznetsova

My name is Inna and I am a Zumba and Belly dance instructor. I think ARFC is the best club ever and I love teaching my class. The members think it is very fun. I make the Zumba part of the class very cardio and the belly dance part of the class targets core muscles and emphasizes strength. I find it a very successful combination.  It is a great workout in a party atmosphere to fun music - a win - win situation! I keep the class fairly simple and all new comers are very welcome.

Jennifer Thompson

Group fitness is my passion.  Nothing is more rewarding than watching others learn and share your passion. AFAA, AHA BCLS,
Group Blast, Group Active

Jenn Rigby

As a competitive swimmer from grade school to competing for the University of Iowa, exercise has always been natural for me. After college I discovered group fitness classes and got hooked by the motivating, inspiring, and high-energy instructors. The energy and camaraderie I experienced as a participant motivated me to become an instructor, and I try to emulate my former mentors. I've been teaching at ARFC for over 10 years, and I LOVE being able to give my participants fun and challenging workouts. I have taught all types of classes over the years, but Power and Blast are my favorites because of the variety and challenge they both provide in different ways. Group fitness isn't just a workout – it’s a party
Group Power, Group Blast


Jody Gatewood

Physical wellbeing is an important part of overall personal wellbeing. When you make your physical health a priority, you are making yourself a priority, and that is important. As a group fitness instructor, I look forward to being part of your journey to making you your best self! Cardio Drill


Joel Geske

Yoga has transformed my life! It brings mind and body together to provide calm relaxation with flexibility and fitness. I love teaching and sharing my yoga experience.

John Taylor

Hello! My name is John and I am excited to teach anyone willing to take my yoga classes. I teach Power Yoga, which many sound intimidating, but it really is just matching breath to movement. Although it is a little faster pace than other yoga classes, it is still open to people of all levels. I always like to help people find a way to really express themselves through their practice and I will do all that I can to help you find an expression of a pose that serves you the best Thank you all for taking time to understand my practice and my teaching. Yoga


Julie Schuster

My goal is to encourage each participant to improve their level of fitness, push their limits, and enjoy themselves during their exercise journey
Group Ride, Cycling

June Burns

Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Student, Seeker, Teacher.  We all wear many hats in our lifetime.  My favorite part of studying and teaching Yoga is the daily journey finding that balanced Self to live with love, compassion, and clear understanding.  I enjoy the philosophy that “There is no perfect yoga body, however, yoga is perfect for EVERY BODY”.  Come experience a balanced physical sequence that begins to balance your Body, Mind, and Spirit. 
RYT200 since 2012 from Balanced, Breath School of Yoga

Karen Paxton

I believe our bodies are a gift and I know that everything in my life goes better when I take good care of mine. I want everyone who comes to ARFC to feel like they belong and that they can find what they need.  I love teaching Aqua Fitness and Zumba Fitness because the classes are filled with variety; give safe full-body workouts and the moves can be adapted for any fitness level.  Whether you areexperienced or a complete beginner you are welcome. Come join me and I will do whatever I can to help you have fun while getting a great workout!
Zumba, Aqua Fitness

Kat Simpson

I grew up as a track coaches daughter and was part of a national competitive dance company, so being fit has always been a huge part of my life. I had to learn how to balance being a powerful sprinter while also being a graceful dancer. I'm so excited for the opportunity to learn more while working at Ames Racquet and Fitness while also helping others become fit in whatever way they want!
Aqua Fitness



Kelli Rose Brown

Fitness is a key ingredient to a healthy lifestyle; group fitness is a great way to incorporate fitness into a schedule and enjoy the energy level and motivation it brings!
Group Power, Group Blast



Kirstin Fett

I consider myself a late comer to the fitness world, but once I started I was infected for life.   Fitness is my addiction.  My form of therapy.   I’ve relied on fitness to get me through the character building moments in life.  After two major injuries, I came back stronger than ever using the trust of my surgeon and Group Power as my main form of physical therapy.  Now, I get the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for the program with others.  Group Power

 Kris Jurik

I think it is a wonderful exercise for any age and for all abilities.  Aqua classes can encompass a well balanced work out that includes aerobics, strength, endurance, balance, ,and flexibility.  The social aspect is also a big plus. I have always loved being in the water and it is fun to have classes in the water.
Aqua Fitness

Kristine Snyder 

Fitness is not something that people have to be great at; it is something everyone can work towards. I love the fact that group fitness classes may have a tri athlete participating next to someone that is a beginner.  My goal as an instructor is to help those at all fitness levels reach their goals. Being fit is a way of life and by sharing my knowledge and passion with others I can help them feel stronger both mentally and physically which is such a rewarding feeling.        
Group Ride

Leigh Elsberry

I have participated in sports most of my life and was used to being in a gym.  But after having 3 kids it became more of a challenge to get to the gym.  I found that I need to keep it in my schedule to make sure I save that time for myself.  I enjoy weight lifting in Group Power, spinning in Group Ride and now teaching Group Active.  The group atmosphere promotes accountability, building friendships, steady improvement and goal setting. I like the fact that I can now help others to achieve their fitness goals as well as having fun while doing it.
Group Active

Megan Myers 

I find group fitness classes to not only be a great workout, but a great way to connect to a community and to empower oneself. I am so excited to help introduce War - a cardio kickboxing class - to ARFC! After playing basketball in college, I found group fitness to be a great outlet and I am passionate as an instructor about keeping the energy level high and helping participants to meet, and push beyond, their fitness goals. When I'm not at the gym or outside running, I am teaching language classes or playing with my two-year old! WAR


Megan Woodbeck

Exercise has always been very important to me, every since high school athletics. I am a Registered Nurse who loves to teach the benefits of exercise and health on the body.
Group Power, TBC, Group Active

Michelle Flattery

I feel so blessed to help people with exercise. There are so many different ways to get exercise as a part of your routine.  I would love to have you in my spinning, Centergy, or Pilates classes.  If you try my class and don't care for that type of exercise....lucky you have SO MANY classes to choose from!  You should be able to find one that fits you!.  Having cancer this pass year made me realize what exercise is all about.....staying healthy and having your body ready to fight if something should come your way.  Luckily I exercised regularly before and it helped me with my battle and I WON! You can do it...never give up!  Group Ride

Monic Behnken

After decades of living with back pain I decided that I didn't want to spend one more day of my life in pain, so I started working out.  I was invited to a Cardio Dance class and was instantly hooked. Sometimes people say they can't come to Cardio Dance because they can't dance.  I respond, "All you need to do is come to have fun.  I'll do the rest."  See you on the dance floor!  Cardio Dance



Rachel Britten

I have always had a huge passion for sports and fitness.  I love working out with others because it's extremely motivating and challenging.  Now I can be your instructor and help you bring out a new passion, a new challenge or a new motivation deep inside you.  It's time for you to feel lots of freedom and fun from fitness! TBC, Cardio Drill



Rachel Sheldon

I am so excited to be teaching Group Power!  Fitness and physical health has been a huge part of my life since being a little kid that I am so honored I get to share this part with others through teaching classes.  Ever since I can remember I have always wanted to be a group fitness teacher, to be able to share the amazing benefits I feel group fitness has on one's mind and body  so I am so happy to get start my group fitness teaching journey here! Group Power



Renee Hynes

We all have a million things to accomplish in this lifetime!  It is important to make the most out of the time we commit to our physical well-being.  I am committed to providing an efficient, effective and safe workout to all participants.
Group Ride




Simone Peterson

I was raised by parents who were movers.  They steadily did things as they needed to get done.  As I've gotten older, I've realized that has also kept them healthy.  So, for me movement is good and necessary, and my favorite is dance.  I've been dancing, according to my mom, since I could sit up in a high-chair, and I plan to do it forever.   Cardio Dance




Tess Taintor 

I'm SO thankful to be able to MOVE my body! I've had seasons of life, due to injury, of very limited physical activity. Lesson learned: life is lived SO MUCH better when I am moving.  And: I can't do this life without people.  So, how about we workout together?  TBC



Wendy Herrick

My name is Wendy Herrick and I became a yoga teacher 4 years ago, at the age of 60.  I've been practicing yoga for about 15 years, and my passion grows deeper with every practice.  My goal is to inspire you to practice yoga in order to gain flexibility, strength, and to learn to reduce the effects of stress on the body and mind.  I believe that if we take care of ourselves, age can often be just a number! Yoga

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