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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! 





Kat Killeen, Asst. Group Fitness Director

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!




Abbey Podliska

I grew up playing all kinds of sports and try to remain active. I enjoy running and have recently acquired a love for weight lifting (being strong is awesome!). I love good food and believe in letting yourself enjoy the good stuff in moderation. I work for a local non-profit and in my free time I love spending time with my husband and our son.


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!





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!    






Angie Hunt

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. 





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.





CArlie smith

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!





Cat Rudolph

A Dietetics and Exercise Science student at Iowa State, I have a huge passion for overall health and wellness. I love teaching and participating in group fitness classes because they are a fun and challenging way to see improvements in this area. I encourage you to take notice on how the positive eff






Cathy Christy

I’ve always had a passion for fitness. In college, I pursued a BA and MA in health and fitness related fields. It was there that I began teaching fitness classes. I can teach almost any type of class, but especially love yoga!









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)! 


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!  





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".




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!  


Inna Kuznetsova

  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 ARFC!

Jack Wilkes

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 have facilitated workshops in Des Moines such as Men`s Power Yoga, Chandra Krama, and



Jennifer Gentile

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






Jennifer Samuels

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!




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! 


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.





I am a dietetic student in my senior year at ISU. My love for a healthy lifestyle includes both nutritious food and any form of working out from running and lifting to group fitness classes and hiking. I try to push myself and have fun in everything I do and can’t wait to motivate you to do the same in class!








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

June Burns

My favorite thing about my job are the personal stories of members and how fitness classes has changed their lives. Giving them a better quality of life and movement. I love the friendships and relationships that I have at Ames Racquet and Fitness. In May 2012, I completed my RYT200I and continue my journey everyday. Whatever your fitness level, come join me in class and begin your journey. Namaste.




Kara Daly

I am a busy mom of 2 boys. While I love my sit-down hobbies, what my body needs most now is to sweat and move! I now prioritize exercise, but I work it into my schedule by multitasking my workout with things I, martial arts and yoga. I hope to share that love of movement with my classes and hope that each of you can learn something to take to your home practice. Move your body in joyful way!

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!

Kathy Vince

As a registered nurse I have always enjoyed helping others. For 19 years now I have helped participants and clients by teaching yoga, group and pole fitness as well as personal training them. I help them to reach their fitness and wellness goals in a fun and safe way.


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!




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.  

 Kris Jurik

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.


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.        


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.


Mackenzie cahill

My journey as a group fitness instructor began while I was in dental school as it was an enjoyable and rewarding escape from the stresses of school. It didn’t take long for me to realize that teaching group fitness wasn’t just a temporary hobby; it was an innate lifelong passion of mine. I love sharing my enthusiasm for health and group fitness with individuals of all fitness levels. The energy in the room is contagious. Each class is invigorating and inspiring as we bounce that energy off each person, allowing us to take fitness to levels which would be difficult to accomplish alone. 


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! 


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.

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!  

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!




Natica Boland

My bike has always been my happy place; discovering Group Ride and the cycling classes at ARF 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!



Nicki strabala

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.




Rachel Sheldon Kaiser

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!








Rebecca Harken

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!


Shanea Janes

I began a self-taught yoga practice as a means to reconnect with my body but I did not realize at the time how deeply my practice would affect my life. I truly believe a regular yoga practice can enable one to heal themselves from the inside out by creating a balance of strength and surrender as well as a








Shawne Goodman

Aqua fitness is something in my life that gives me gratification because I can share my passion for all I get by giving it away. It has changed my life.

feeling of connection. I hope to see you in class.





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.







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.  





Stacey Hensley

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.




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?  




Tracey Ihle

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 find a workout they too will love.


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