Meet Our Trusted Gym Instructors
I have been instructing fitness classes for over 35 years and have held many certifications. Most recently, I have become certified in Body Pump and RPM. I have a broad background in kinesthetic and firmly believe in the importance of mastering the basics of form and movement technique. Over my last 9 years at the Redmond Athletic Club, I have further developed my enthusiasm for wellness and helping others improve their lives through exercise and lifestyle changes. I believe in cultivating a motivational environment to afford people an opportune climate in which to excel and meet their fitness goals.
My passion for fitness and coaching originally began at a young age and was further compounded when I enlisted in the Air Force. After serving 20 years in the Air Force I retired at the rank of Master Sergeant. In addition to the Air Force, I had a career with U.S. Bank for 25 years. I have since been able to focus on my true passions which include: boating, surfing, skiing, bike riding, and spending time with my grandchildren.
I’ve been a die-hard Zumba student at the RAC since 2010. In 2014 I took the leap and became a licensed Zumba instructor and discovered that I love teaching!
My passions are motivating and encouraging students, both new and seasoned, and inciting class shenanigans when at all possible (c’mon, fitness should be fun!). In my spare time I also enjoy hiking, a little traveling, girls’ nights out and experimental vegan cooking (yes, really!).
Favorite quote: “If it’s both terrifying and amazing then you should definitely pursue it”
~ Erada Svetlana
I have been teaching Body Combat at the RAC for a little over a year now and truly enjoy having the ability to reach our members on a personal level as well as helping them reach their fitness goals.
My passion for fitness classes started at a young age of 3 when I would watch my mom teach aerobics and I would participate "in my own way." Having always been involved in athletics and team sports growing up, being passionate about group fitness, as well as attending classes regularly, becoming an instructor was natural next step. Since making that decision, it has become so much more! My class participants inspire ME to be better each and every time we share the studio. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom of 4 young warriors. My job is to inspire them each and every day and to make them into the best versions of themselves they can be. I feel like this transcends to my class as well.... to challenge, to motivate, but also have a blast along the way! Life is a bit chaotic at times and it makes those moments spent away from it all, in class, all the more enjoyable! When we step in to "the ring" it allows us to put aside the crazy for just a little while and crush our goals together in a fierce and fun way!
"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another" -Proverbs 27:17
Hi! My name is Marissa, and I have a hard time sitting still. Growing up I channeled all my energy into playing competitive soccer and softball. Today I love to push myself by running obstacle races, backpacking, and playing adult soccer. My belief in the importance of health and well-being has led me to degrees in Exercise Science and Community Health, and I currently work with Head Start on promoting health in early childhood.
Despite being a life-long wiggly worm, I have only been an active gym member for three years and an instructor for one. Being a gym member has felt like coming home. I have met so many amazing and inspiring individuals who have truly become my gym family. The decision to become a Grit coach is a natural outgrowth of my love to challenge myself and all of the wonderful support that I have received along with my journey. I am who I am today because of the amazing teachers, coaches, and mentors who have passed through my life and it is my hope that I too can use my position to support and encourage others on their way to health and well-being.
I wanted to share with you my journey into fitness.
I started in a small all woman facility in Grover Beach, California. My passion for fitness became so strong and the transformation within me was so uplifting that I wanted to help others reach their personal goals. I decided to take the Johnny G spin cert and become an instructor in 1997 at the Pismo Beach Athletic Club; I also became a personal trainer in 2000, from there I found the strength and passion for Body Building and then up on stage.
My advice to anyone, “Challenge yourself and believe in yourself anything and everything is possible”.
There’s no greater feeling than coaching and training an individual and watch their transformation blossom into exactly what they envisioned it would be.
I have been an instructor at the Rac since 2002 and I have to say the relationships we have built with one another are inspiring to the community and to all of us. The overwhelming trust and love we have with our members are extremely powerful.
I have been a group fitness instructor at the Redmond Athletic Club for about 10yrs, and a member even longer! I truly love the friends I have made and the people I have met working here.
My certifications are in Group Kick, Step, and GRIT. Among those classes, I have also coached Bootcamp, jump rope, and CrossFit. I have always loved being active and playing sports growing up. I am very competitive and working up a good sweat is one of my favorite things! I have a wonderful family and 3 amazing daughters that are my motivation. I strive to lead them by being an example of making physical fitness and wellness a way of life.
I am a proud wife, and mother of four beautiful children. I have always been into sports and fitness all my life. I love to coach youth soccer and be involved in community youth sports programs. I started instructing Zumba fitness classes in 2012. I love to dance and find such delight and excitement in teaching! I enjoy instructing all age groups and have worked with students ages six through seventy years young! I have instructed Zumba classes at elementary and high school P.E. class.
I love to inspire and motivate people to reach their goals while having a fun time doing it.