Meet the Instructors
Checka is from Dracut, MA . She attended Georgetown University. Checka has completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certification (200-RYT) through Frog Lotus Yoga as well as Levels I and II of the Radiant Child Yoga Program training (RCYP-I and II).
Checka's future fitness goals are to do a perfect handstand and learn how to snowboard!
"I believe that exercise and fitness are crucial to each and every individual's physical, psychological and emotional health. Focusing on the mind-body connection, I strive to offer my students a positive yoga experience that will be challenging but accessible and leave them feeling energized and focused. I feel that it is important to develop good fitness habits early in life and love to work with all age levels ? from toddlers on up!" - Checka
Checka instructs: Sunrise Yoga, Power Yoga, and P.E. Yoga. I teach an upbeat, energetic Vinyasa Flow class with a dynamic balance between strengthening and stretching. Uplifting music accompanies the flow, and all levels are welcome!
Jim Costa's hometown is West Newton. He attended Boston College where he received his BS and MBA. Jim has 12 years experience teaching. He is certified by C.S.C.S. /ACSM/AFPA/AEA. Jim specializes in water aerobics/hydrorider, strength and conditioning and is in the process of getting his ATRI certification (Aqua Therapy). Jim's hobbies and interests are; water sports and competing in triathlons.
His training philosophy is having a positive attitude and reaching out to those who need him. A sensible and moderate approach to exercise continues to be my watchwords in fitness, especially when you are working with individuals new to exercise. Breathing and movement continue to be my mantra. My focus is to encourage smarter, kinder, more diverse workouts. It is my hope that this type of approach will motivate a larger segment of the nonexercising population. The one size fits all approach is out. Jim also says, "As the fitness revolution continues the no pain, no gain approach can beboth injurious and intimidating. It is my belief that a more moderate, more enjoyable brand of exercise that brings fitness within everyone's grasp can create an experience that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
Education combined with hands on experience dominates my training regiment.
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You probably see Fern teaching all different forms of yoga including Vinyasa yoga, power yoga, hatha yoga and even a new fusion class combining yoga and pilates. Her personal fitness interests and goals include rowing, dance, pilates, hiking, swimming, tennis and to Row the Head of the Charles Regatta. Fern has had yoga training through Yoga Alliance, Core Yoga and recently earned a PiYo certification, which she will use to hold our first session of PiYo in January.
Anna is from Lumberton, NJ and currently resides in Cambridge, MA. Anna is a Certified Pilates Mat Instructor beginner through advanced. She completed her Yoga Alliance 200 hr certification Anna has been studying yoga for 13 years, Pilates for 8 and teaching both for 5 years. Anna has BA in Neuroscience & Math Magna Cum Laude from Franklin & Marshall College. Anna's future fitness goals are to become pro belly dancer and to go for an extended hike such as the Appalachian trail. Anna's fitness interests are hiking, yoga, Pilates, ballet, belly dancing, mountain climbing and walking. Anna teaches Pilates - Monday & Wednesday mornings.
Liz is a Massachusetts native and absolutely loves being involved in the fitness industry! She has exercise physiology background as well as a Masters in Health Promotion. She teaches just about everything including spinning, step, bootcamp, aqua, pilates and muscle conditioning. Personally, she would love to complete another half iron triathlon and train for a marathon. Jump in to one of Liz’s classes for a full hour of positive, engaging energy!
Lauren Hanley is from Westbury, New York. She moved to Boston as the Assistant Director of Fitness for MIT Recreational Sports. Lauren has her Masters in Health Promotion from Virginia Tech and her Bachelors in Health and Exercise Science from Rowan University, She is a certified AFAA Group Exercise instructor as well as an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. Lauren enjoys running, group exercise and playing sports. She teaches: Cycling, Body Sculpt, Step Aerobics, Kickboxing, Stability Ball Training and Water Aerobics
David has been teaching group exercise classes for over 3 years. He enjoys teaching cardio kickboxing, and strength training classes. David has been a martial artist and runner for most of his life. He has participated in 6 marathons including the Boston Marathon. In addition to teaching classes, David also does personal training. In his spare time, David likes to spend time with his beautiful wife Fen Tung, who is also a group exercise instructor and personal trainer at MIT.
Bruce R. Mendelsohn
Bruce Mendelsohn is a life-long fitness devotee whose accomplishments include:
* Completing 17 marathons (PR 2:58) and countless road races at various distances
* Award-winning triathlete (1st Place, Seoul, Korea International Olympic Distance and 3rd Place, Vermont Sun Half-Ironman)
* Former Professional Ski Instructor Association Member and Instructor
* Certified Madd Dogg Spinning Instructor
Originally from Washington, D.C., and now living in Auburn, MA, Bruce earned a B.A. from Vassa r College and was a Distinguished Military Graduate from the Fordham University ROTC Program. Bruce is a Parachutist who served as a Second Lieutenant in South Korea and Germany. He earned a Master's in Systems Management from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. Bruce's future fitness goals are to complete an Ironman, Ultramarathon and Multi-day Adventure Race. Bruce teaches cycling classes for MIT Rec Sports.
Whitney began her yoga practice in 2001 and completed her Level 200 Certification through the White Lotus Foundation, Ashtanga-based method in 2006. Whitney’s teachings are playful yet instructive and she strives to reintroduce students to their minds and bodies through an approachable fusion of styles.Her classes are challenging but accessible to all levels. Whitney’s certifications include: RYT 200 and American Red Cross CPR, and First Aid.
Yoga, pilates and running are among Patrycja’s personal interests. When not training for a marathon or practicing yoga, she is probably studying. She is currently a graduate student in Computer Science focus in Bioformatics and communication methods to predict genetic interactions in C. elegans, working at CSAIL and Whitehead. Her ability to balance school and an active lifestyle make her a helpful, well- rounded instructor. Catch Patrycja rounding out the weekday schedule with a relaxing, yet challenging yoga class at Wang Friday evenings at 5pm.
Kristen Naegle is from Boise, Idaho. Kristen teaches indoor cycling and is certified through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She has raced competitively for MIT cycling for the last three years and focuses on adapting road-specific training philosophies to her indoor cycling classes. Specifically those philosophies are: 1) Focusing on positions that most mimic road riding conditions and muscle formation and 2) Maximizing variability in a short workout form to focus on various aspects of fitness (e.g.slow-twitch/fast-twitch muscle development, extending VO2max and lactate threshold). Kristen's future fitness goals are to recover from having her first child!
(Expected March 2009). She also hopes to race in the Cranberry Country Triathlon by September. Kristen's Fitness interests include:
Cycling (road, mountain, track and cyclocross), triathlons (occasionally), snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, hiking (pretty much anything that involves the outdoors).
Nancy Oliveira grew up in Rhode Island but has lived in Boston for 13 years. She is a registered dietitian and medical writer/editor as well as an AFAA certification group exercise instructor. Nancy is also a Zumba instructor. Nancy says “Exercise has been healing in my life in so many different ways. When I was pregnant, I took my favorite step class until the day before my delivery (which was super-fast!). I hope to share with others what I’ve experienced—by teaching classes that people actually look forward to coming to, and leave feeling completely refreshed mentally and physically so that they can deal with the rest of life” Nancy enjoys yoga and Pilates as much as step and kickboxing and her fitness routine is pretty holistic.“I also try to catch a hip hop class wherever and whenever I can, even if on vacation overseas!”
Nancy teaches Advanced Step.
Kim Ryan Raubenheimer-
Kim has been a fitness junkie all her life. Kim got into spinning in 1997 and became a Mad Dogg Spin instructor in 2001. Kim has taught spinning as well as core at Cambridge Athletic Club, Body Access and various Fitcorp locations. She taught throughout both pregnancies and up until the day before the birth of her second son. She is certified in pre and post natal fitness. She is currently pursuing a Nutrition Consultant certification. Kim is also pursuing her personal training certification. She has run 4 marathons, New York once and Boston 3 times.
You have probably seen Fen all over the A and Z centers. She not only teaches group ex, but also is one of our busiest personal trainers. Her personal fitness interests include running, pilates and playing some volleyball. She hopes to make exercise part of her lifestyle until she’s 100! Catch one of Fen’s many classes including bootcamp, pilates, kickboxing or any of the sculpting classes.
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