Kayla Burgess, CPTKayla is originally from Keyser, W.V. where she attended Potomac State College before coming to WVU to complete a major in nursing. Growing up sports had always been a part of her life, but overall fitness had never been the primary focus. Towards the end of high school, Kayla’s fitness obsession began to take over, first as a need to stay in shape with the ending of sports, but then as a way of life. After many friends and family began to come to her for workouts and fitness guidance, Kayla decided to obtain her personal training certification in the summer of 2016 through the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA).
Heather DeLauter is an undergraduate Elementary Education major here at WVU. She in love with Zumba after attending for the first time in 2013. Since then, she has been teaching friends and family and made the decision to become a certified Zumba instructor in 2014. “I love making my students smile and feel good about themselves while ensuring that they get the best workout that they can. I absolutely love Zumba and want all of my students to leave feeling the same. I hope to inspire others to be passionate about fitness and dance through my classes. I couldn’t be happier about teaching at the SRC!”
Jason Gibson, CPT
Originally from Downingtown, PA, Jason came to WVU in 2015 as a freshman to pursue his love for math and physics by studying Aerospace Engineering. As a high school athlete, Jason wrestled, played football, and rugby. Playing three diverse sports meant he had to bulk up for one season and then cut down for another. After his final high school sport season ended, he knew he had to find a better balance in maintaining a fit and healthy physique for lifestyle instead of for sport. While self-educating about healthy weight loss and maintenance, Jason found a passion and motivation for living a well lifestyle which he wanted to pass on to others; he obtained his Personal Training Certification through AFPA in July 2015.
Scott is an ex track and field athlete. After years of inactivity, he decided to take an indoor cycling class and has been an active participant ever since. With some prompting from the instructors and fellow students, Scott became a Madd Dogg certified Spinning instructor in 2015. His day job for the past 29 years is working for one of the nation’s largest food service contractors as a Senior business technical analyst. “I really enjoy having the opportunity to teach at the SRC and share my
fitness journey to help others achieve their fitness goals”.
After graduating with an Exercise Science degree from Fairmont State University, Melissa became enrolled at West Virginia University pursuing her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. This is when she began attending Spinning classes regularly at the Student Rec Center. After realizing her passion for motivating others to lead physically active lifestyles, she became a certified Mad Dogg Spinning instructor in 2013. Melissa’s classes incorporate high intensity, endurance exercise with a variety of music genres for a fun and exciting work out. When Melissa isn’t teaching Spinning, she works as a Physical Therapist at Country Roads Physical Therapy in Fairmont, WV. She enjoys helping people feel better and improving their overall health and physical fitness.
Kevin is an elementary teacher in Monongalia County and works as the student wellness advisor for his school. His journey with Zumba started a little over a year ago when he decided to make a change to a healthier lifestyle. After reluctantly attending a Zumba class, he was hooked. After several months of attending Zumba classes, the instructor saw potential in Kevin and encouraged him to become Zumba Certified. When the Strong by Zumba program was released, he knew this needed to be the next step in his fitness journey. Kevin is one of the few instructors in the area able to provide the Strong by Zumba program. Although Strong is a program developed by Zumba, it is not a dance class; it is a music synced HITT class that will push you to your limits. Get ready to make every beat count!
Kylie is an undergraduate student at here at WVU majoring in Public Health. She fell in love with BODYPUMP classes when she started attending them in the Fall of 2015; she loved how the instructors made the class so much fun. This inspired Kylie to become a certified instructor in February 2016. In addition, Kylie is currently working toward her certification in BODYFLOW. When Kylie isn’t teaching BODYPUMP, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, baking, or just sitting down with popcorn and a good movie. Kylie says: “BODYPUMP has given me results that I haven’t seen with any other program and the group atmosphere makes it so much easier to make it through a tough workout. When you hear the awesome music and see everyone around you pushing themselves, it gives you the motivation you need to challenge yourself and make it to the end.”
Zoe is an undergraduate music therapy student with a world music minor. In 2013, she began taking Zumba classes at her local gym and fell in love with the Latin beats and hip-hop choreography. She became a licensed Zumba instructor in the summer of 2015. Zoe is on the WVU Women’s Club Ultimate Frisbee team and loves hiking, dogs, and dancing. Zoe hopes to combine her knowledge of dance, world music, and exercise to help people understand that working out can be accessible and fun!
Abby Lusk was certified in Zumba during June of 2016. She is currently in the 5-Year Teacher Education Program for secondary science/biology at WVU. Her mom was the one who first introduced her to a local Zumba class in her hometown of Man, WV back in 2013. “I have struggled with being overweight my whole life, but Zumba changed the game for me. I constantly made excuses to not workout and eat healthfully. Zumba made me want to workout though because the fun, upbeat atmosphere took the feeling of exercise being like a chore away.
Jen has been devoted to fitness since her first step class in 1988. She is an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor who teaches Les Mills Body Pump and CXWORX, and BOSU. Jen believes that wellness begins with connections, and the WVU Rec Center provides opportunities for everyone to find inspiration in achieving fitness goals. Jen has her MA in Student Development and an MSED in Health Promotions. When she isn’t teaching classes, Jen can be found in her kayak discovering the beautiful state of West Virginia.
Stephanie McWilliams has been a group fitness instructor since 1998, certified in various formats, including BodyPump, CXWorx, BodyJam, Zumba, Aqua Zumba, Pilates, Kickboxing, Bokwa, Prenatal Fitness, etc. With national certifications from NASM, AFAA, and AEA, she has also served as a national fitness presenter. Stephanie grew up dancing and was part of a dance company throughout college. She still teaches dance classes at her family’s studio in Scranton, PA (open for over 40 years!).
Stephanie is a Health Behavior Counselor for the PEIA Weight Management Program and teaches in the Physical Education department at WVU. She is a mom of 3, and works hard to keep her kids active! Stephanie is a coach for the local youth basketball leagues and loves to use her background in Sport and Exercise Psychology to work on mental skills with young athletes. Stephanie’s goals in the fitness world are to make fitness fun and accessible for all, and to help people understand their WHY behind physical activity.
Jess is from Long Island, NY, and is studying Exercise Physiology at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. She is emphasizing in Aquatic Therapy while also completing a minor in Strength and Conditioning, quickly adapting to the ways of the water with creativity and science combined.
Jess holds AEA, CPO, AquaStretch and AF certifications and is passionate about learning new techniques and the multiple ways you can push your body safely to its limits. She loves to encourage anyone and everyone to try new schemes and techniques that will not only make their quality of life better, but achieve any goal they have regardless of any complications. “If there’s a will there’s a way.” Her life can be defined by always being dedicated to giving 110% effort in all things and being active and testing out her own body’s limits and transformations. She is thankful every day to be able to wake up and be active.
Rohit is a student in the WVU School of Dentistry. He started taking spinning classes at the SRC during undergrad as a way to alleviate the stresses of a vigorous course load. Rohit loved the classes so much that he became a certified Mad Dogg Spinning instructor in 2016. He strives not only to motivate people to improve their oral health, but their physical and mental health as well. When he isn’t spinning, drilling, or filling, Rohit enjoys playing tennis and video games.
Michaela Piendel, CPT
Michaela calls Erie, Pennsylvania home. She is a junior Exercise Physiology major minoring in Sport and Exercise Psychology. At age six, Michaela was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It has always been important for her and her family to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Nutrition and fitness have helped Michaela maintain this lifestyle, and through her studies atWVU, her knowledge continues to grow. Throughout high school, Michaela participated in basketball for her school team and travel teams. Within these experiences, she became more interested in improving her athletic ability. Michaela began to do her own research and found a love for exercise and proper nutrition. She earned her personal training certification through NETA in January of 2016.
Michaela became certified to teach both MoveIt and BattleFit in June 2017. On teaching MoveIt, Michaele stated "I really enjoy MoveIt because it emphasizes functional training. It also has a 'cross-fit' feel to it, which is really cool since we have nothing like that here at the SRC."
Sam Plantz, CPT
Sam is a Junior nursing student from Charleston, W.V. He first attended Concord University where he played a semester of football as starting long snapper before deciding to hang up his helmet and cleats. After transferring to WVU, his love for the medical field combined with his enjoyment of interacting with people drove him into nursing. Sam’s passion for working out began in high school with summer lifting to grow size and strength. Once his football career ended, fitness became his outlet to fuel his competitive nature. Sam earned his Personal Training Certification in July 2016 through the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA).
Sam became certified to teach both MoveIt and BattleFit in June 2017. Sam had this to say: "MoveIt is the cardio class that you have been missing. For 45 minutes, MoveIt incorporates a mixture of resistance, bodyweight and cardiovascular training to give your body the boost it needs. BattleFit, although not as scary as it may sound, provides you one of the best workouts that you can have in just 35 minutes. With a mix of individual and team-based functional fitness training, BattleFit will get your body in shape while using muscles and movements designed with every-day activity in mind. A slightly more intense workout than MoveIt, prepare your mind and body to be battle ready with BattleFit."
“My hope is for you to be the best YOU that YOU can be. My goal is to aid in your success.”
Jaclyn is a graduate student at WVU, pursing her MA in Elementary Education. She received her BA in Psychology and Criminology from WVU in 2014. Always a mountaineer, Jaclyn has been taking Les Mills classes since 2013 and fell in love with BODYPUMP, which eventually lead her to become an instructor in 2015. In her free time, you can spot Jaclyn running up the hills of Morgantown or cooking delicious recipes at home. Jaclyn says: “BODYPUMP has made me a stronger and more confident individual. I have always been motivated by the music, the challenging choreography, and the determination of my participants. I have seen many friendships develop as students take part in their fitness journey together. BODYPUMP is a huge part of my life and it is exciting that I get to share my passion for the program with others.”
Megan is an undergraduate Sport and Exercise Psychology major. After years of dancing and playing soccer she was interested in finding a new hobby, which led her to her first BODYPUMP class. She loved the combination of weightlifting to music and the results she was noticing shortly after the first few classes. Megan became part of the Les Mills Tribe, earning certifications in both BODYPUMP and BODYATTACK. When she is not running around from class to the gym or day dreaming about being on Saturday Night Live, Megan loves making people laugh, traveling, filming and editing videos, and spending time with her family. “I love the safe, social atmosphere group fitness provides, and meeting people who are driven and determined for success. I am grateful for the friendships I have made through these programs, and am eager to help people push themselves to become their best self!”
Ryan is a West Virginia native, born and raised in Buckhannon and a WVU alumni. He is currently working as a health, wellness, and physical education instructor at the middle and elementary levels for Monongalia County Schools. After a back injury put a stop to Ryan’s love of running, he began to search for physical activity that was challenging but restorative and lower-impact. It was through this search that Ryan found yoga. The combination of the physical and mental practice of yoga has relieved the stress that is placed on his mind and body each day as he works with students in a very physically active environment and has helped Ryan find the patience and center of calm that is necessary when being sneezed on by multiple small people on a regular basis. Ryan now enjoys the transition from teaching students in his schools to students in the yoga studio, where he can share his love of the mind-body connection that is provided by a consistent yoga practice.
Ryan’s yoga classes are an athletic and physical flow of breath and motion that are accessible but still challenging for participants at all levels. The nature of Ryan’s classes will encourage students to dial their thoughts and intentions into the present moment and bring their minds to a place of calm and focus.
Ryan is the Third Ward City Councilor for the City of Morgantown, a 3rd-year law student and Bloom Scholar at WVU’s College of Law, and a recent convert to the sports of running and biking. In fact, it was Ryan’s wife who convinced him to start a regular exercise regimen after watching his health decline during his first semester of legal studies. After attending Spinning classes, Ryan got certified as a Madd Dogg Spinning instructor, and encourages others to join in. “Physical activity is a lifeline to good health,” says Ryan. “I highly recommend this fun group activity to anyone who may struggle with staying motivated about exercise. Come once and you’ll feel sore. Come twice and you’ll feel better. Come three times, and you’ll be hooked!” If you’re attending one of Ryan’s Spinning classes, you’ll want to bring a water bottle, a sweat towel, and a friend. Don’t worry if you’re new to this: Ryan provides cues throughout the class to make it easy for riders to tailor the workout to any difficulty level, from beginner to expert.
Ben, as a product of a divorce, has spent the majority of his life moving back and forth between West Virginia and California. He has lived in Logan, Huntington, and Morgantown, but has spent most of his life in San Jose. Ben began his fitness journey 10 years ago with weight training, which marked the beginning of his overall positive life transformation. Eventually, the physical progress he achieved began to pour over into other facets of his life. He began training in combat sports, primarily in Muay Thai and Boxing, which further solidified his newfound strength and confidence. Eventually, he moved to Huntington, WV in an attempt to reconnect his family and to strengthen his academic life. Three years later, he graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry with minors in Mathematics, Physics, and Biological Sciences from Marshall University. After moving to Morgantown, Ben discovered Power Yoga and used it as a way to catapult himself into personal growth. He has used mindfulness and positivity - two deeply rooted principles in his classes - to restructure the foundation of his life and perspective. He maintains that his decision to practice power yoga daily was the best life decision he’s made to date.