Ames Fitness Center



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!


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!


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.


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!


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)!


Until I tried Group Blast, my workouts were always solo missions that generally involved running. I never thought group fitness was for me. I was wrong. I love the variety, the energy, the group atmosphere and having a blast while getting a great workout. Now as an instructor, I want to help others have that same positive experience.


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!


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


Group fitness is one of my passions. I love motivating people to give their best at every workout and see real results! Not only physically, but mentally as well. I thank God for the gift of fitness, and the joy that comes from keeping your body healthy at every stage of life!!


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 AFC 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!


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.”


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!


I can't imagine my life without dancing. I have danced since I was 5. I had 8 years of ballet, 3 years of ballroom and Latina, and 3 years of jazz. However, my biggest passion is Middle Eastern Dancing (Belly dancing). I studied belly dancing in Egypt, Russia and Turkey. There is nothing more exciting for me than dancing to Arabic beat. My students are a lot of fun and I enjoy teaching at AFC!


I came to yoga from injury and soon realized the benefits keep me centered in mind, body, and beyond in daily life. Sharing the attributes of a practice has been a natural fulfillment over the last decade of teaching. I have 500 RYT in Freestyle yoga with more than 1000 hours toward my EYT certification with Yoga Alliance, and an additional 160 hours in Yoga Wellness. I have taught for several years in a hot yoga studio incorporating Bikram, Barkan, and Ashtanga methods of Yoga.


I earned my RYT200 in 2015, and became certified in Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy in 2018. I like to keep my classes lighthearted, relaxing, and encouraging for everyone. If you can breathe, you can do yoga.


Being active has always been a big part of my life and I love sharing my passion of fitness with others to help them live their healthiest lives. Group fitness is one of my favorite ways to work out - the group atmosphere not only motivates but creates camaraderie as well! Staying active is not only a great endorphins boost, but helps me keep up with my two kids!


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 triathlete 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.


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.


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.


I teach aqua fitness classes. 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.


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


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 are experienced 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!


I am passionate about empowering people to take control of their health and to help them learn to love the process. Teaching group fitness is one of my favorite ways to do that. No matter how I feel before teaching a class, I always come out feeling better than when I started. I have experience teaching a variety of classes, including Pilates, cycling, and strength, and I love them all. After seeing the positive changes that taking care of my body has made in my life, I am excited to share my passion with others to help them find ways to move their body that they enjoy and that make them feel good!


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.





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.


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 yoga 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!


My husband Doug and I have two girls and recently relocated to Nevada, Iowa from Illinois. I love group fitness and have been teaching almost 10 years. I really enjoy getting to know others in class and working out with them.


Fitness has taught me that my only limitations are ones that I assign. Throughout my fitness journey, I have strived for experiences that pushed these boundaries. Going from a quiet Insanity attendee to an Insanity instructor only further solidifies that I am capable of whatever I put my mind to. I am grateful for every experience that led me to becoming a group fitness instructor, and I look forward to helping others find their passion for fitness!


Fitness is my fuel for the energy I need to be the best wife, mom of 4, and friend I can be! Helping others look and feel their best has always been a passion of mine. Group fitness is a way for me to share this passion and an opportunity to help others to be healthy too! All while keeping myself motivated along the way


 I live in Ames with my boyfriend Robert and our chocolate lab pup Memphis. The three of us enjoy being active and exploring the area. I started dancing when I was 3 and never stopped. My years of experience led me to Grand View University where I received a scholarship for the dance team. Over the years I have studied a wide variety of dance styles and genres. Getting to choreograph and share what I have learned in a fun and active environment is the most thrilling and fulfilling experience for me.


My bike has always been my happy place; discovering Group Ride and the cycling classes at AFC helped fulfill my everyday need of adding more saddle time. Every day I train makes the rest of the day so much brighter and more fulfilled. Being able to share my passion as an instructor makes cycling all the more sweet and fulfilling. Hope to see you all in a class or two!


I have a background in teaching martial arts and related fitness classes. I joined AFC to get back in shape after kids and becoming inactive. I never wanted to miss the fun classes and the chance to hang out with great people! That consistency helped me reach my fitness goals. I became certified to teach Zumba because I enjoy it so much. Anyone can do Zumba, the coordination will come if you just move and have fun!


I began practicing yoga as a means to stretch and diversify my workouts. I soon felt the beneficial aspects of the physical, mental and spiritual connections. Yoga has been and continues to be an important centering part of my life. In 2018, I completed my 200 RYT at Tapas Yoga Shala. I am grateful to guide you in your yoga practice.


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.


Everybody needs yoga and yoga is for everyone. It helps you grow and become in one or more aspects of your life, be it the physical, mental or spiritual side of you. You can become a better athlete, a better human being, or a more authentic version of yourself. Try a class and see what changes in you. It is an amazing journey of growing upward and inward. I believe it is magic. See if you agree.


The very first barre class I took I fell in love and was hooked. It was the workout I'd been looking for. I decided to get certified in hoping to help others meet their fitness goals and fina workout they too will love.





Namaste. ॐ