Group Fitness Instructor Bios
About Bethany: Bethany Larson is a certified yoga instructor who has been practicing and living the benefits of yoga for over a decade. She centers her classes around Hatha, Power and Vinyasa yoga styles, as well as incorporating a variety of meditation techniques and guides her classes through practice utilizing the ancient Sanskrit language and philosophy. In addition to yoga, Bethany is passionate about natural living and she enjoys educating others on healthier nutrition and lifestyles in order to contribute to a healthier greener world for future generations. She is the founder of the Ogden Outdoors Group and Yogis of Ogden, and recently started HippieSkin, all natural organic skin care. Bethany is passionate about life, nature, and living openly. In her Heart Flow class, Bethany will encourage students to open themselves to their true purpose through movement and philosophy centered around the heart with alignment, opening, and flow yoga to balance the emotions and rekindle vitality.
About Bree: Bree Troxell has been Practicing yoga for 4 years. She received her 200hr RTY certification through the Yoga Loft Teacher Training certifying her to teach Ashtanga, Vinyasa flow, and Yin. She has a daily practice of Ashtanga, and is very passionate with the adventures the outdoors have to offer. She feels that uniting the love of the outdoors and yoga is the ultimate way of living. Bree shares her classes with her students, as a journey to the heart, surrendering to a higher vibration, and enabling to practice to there own level of ability.
Class Types: All levels, Intro to yoga, Yin, Restore, Core, Vinyasa, Power, Slow Flow, Meditation
About Brittany: Brittany has found yoga to be a beautiful gift in her life and she feels blessed to have the opportunity to share her passion with other students. Integrating her formal education as a therapist and her yoga teacher training, Brittany strives to create a safe and inviting space for students to gather for a practice meant to benefit the mind, body and spirit. Brittany is also a practitioner of Phoenix Rising yoga therapy. Brittany hopes to help her students to heal, find wellness, discover mental clarity and find the truth that’s waiting for them from within.
About Cameron: Cameron is finishing his degree in Criminal Justice here at Weber State. After completing his degree Cameron is entering into the Navy to serve as medic, in hopes of one day becoming a Navy officer. Since Moving to Utah Cameron has embraced the Utah life participating in activities like rock climbing and snowboarding. He also enjoys teaching swim lessons for campus recreation and has moved into teaching TRX RIP in the hopes he can promote a fun way for people to challenge themselves and embrace a healthy lifestyle.
Class Types: Yoga
About Claudette: Claudette has been teaching yoga for WSU at the Ogden campus and Davis campus since 2005. She has her 200 Registerd Yoga Teacher (RYT), 500 RYT, and is currently working towards completing her 1,000 RYT. When you attend her classes she wants you to feel strong, capable and successful. It is also her hope that those who attend will feel the peace, love, and light that is shining within them.
About Cory: Colt is from Roy Utah and is a student at Weber studying human resources. He loves anything to do with water and that is where he feels most at home. He loves helping people and teaching them new ways to have fun in the water. Colt hopes to work for Disney someday.
About David: David is entering his second year at Weber State and studying to become a Physical Therapist. He loves to help people relax and realize their inner strengths. David wants people to leave his fitness classes in a better mental and physical state than in which they arrived. David is also becoming a personal trainer with aspirations to own his own company one day. David hopes that his class will empower you in the ways that it inspires him, to lead a positive life full of healing and happiness.
Class Types: Cycling
About Jake: Jacob Kap is one of our newest cycling instructors! Jake has been cycling outdoors for years and has brought his passion inside. Jake is studying to become a physical therapist and loves ensuring people are riding with good form and helping people train on the bicycle.
Jai Krishna Das
About Jai Krishna Das: Joe Perry aka (Jai Krishna Das) has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and teaching for the last 4 years. He teaches at Gold’s Gym, 3B Yoga, and is part of the amazing Sunday Funday free yoga/slacklining class in Orem. Jai has traveled and studied yoga and kirtan in India twice. He loves to perform kirtan (yoga music and chanting) and leads kirtans regularly at the Krishna Temple, as well as live music classes at various yoga studios.
Class Types: Intro Yoga, Yin, Vinyassa Flow, Restorative, Slow Flow, & Meditation
About Jan: Jan is a registered Yoga Alliance teacher and has been teaching yoga since 1999. She loves watching the transformation of her students, not only physically, but also their ability to feel more peace and balance in their lives. In Jan's classes you will tone, stretch and invigorate your whole body, all in a very safe, well rounded practice, leaving you feeling relaxed and focused.
Class Types: Aquafit
About Joy: Joy is certified with AAI and USWFA. Teaching is her passion. According to Joy, her classes are usually "Social-cising. We talk as much as we exercise." Joy has been married for 28 years and is a Mother of 6. She takes voice lessons, piano lessons. Other than that, "I sew, knit, eat, and exercise."
Class Types: Aquafit
About Julie: Julie is a Water Aerobics Instructor. She has been involved in the Health and Wellness industry for over 30 years. She has worked in a variety of different environments, from Community Centers,Rehabilitation programs to Hospital based Health and Wellness programs. She has been teaching Water Aerobics for 12 years and at Weber State for the last 6 years. She completed Water Aerobic certification from AEA and AAI.
Class Types: Boot camp, BOSU®, Cycling, Foam Rolling, Kettle Bell, Step360™, TRX® Rip, & TRX® Suspension
About Ken: Ken has been employed in the fitness industry for 10 years and holds a Master's degree in Sport Management from Washington State University. He comes to Weber after working at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point as their Health & Fitness Specialist. He has a passion for all types of fitness and loves helping others achieve their life goals.
Class Types: Cycling
About Kole: Kole is from sunny St. George, Utah. He has been taking cycling classes since 2009. Kole is an Ironman finisher who loves running and has completed 6 marathons. You can find Kole in the outdoors in his free time spending time with his wife.
Class Types: Cycle, Total Body Blast, Boot Camp, Total Strength, Step
About Lori: Lori has been a Certified Group Fitness Instructor for over 20 years and loves to teach!!! She's taught a variety of classes for a broad range of participants, to include teaching in Okinawa, Japan for several years. Lori enjoys the students, staff, and community members who participate in the Weber State University Group Fitness Program. Her motto is "Don't Make Excuses, Just Do it."
Class Types: Strength Express, Quick Cardio, Buns and Abs, Step, Bosu Blast, Step360, Total Strength, Cycling
About Marci: Marci has been certified through the AFAA since February of 2009 and graduated from Weber State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree and Secondary Teaching License in Physical Education and Health. It is her goal to help others learn how to stay active for life by educating them on specific workout routines and providing encouragement and resources to progress. Marci is married to her husband Aubrey of 5 years and has three little girls who she loves to toss around.
Class Types: Vinyasa Flow Yoga
About Michelle: Michelle Taylor holds a Bachelors of Science in Human Performance Management with a minor in Nutrition from Weber State University. She has been practicing yoga seriously for about 5 years and completed her 1000 hr RYT January 2011 and a 200 hr RYT in March 2013. Michelle is passionate about wellness and believes that yoga will positively influence the health and wellness of everyone. Michelle's classes focus on breath, strength, mind-body awareness, and having fun.
Class Types: Zumba
About Paxton: Paxton is an upbeat, high energy Zumba instructor who loves to teach a fun-packed class for all levels. Dance and music have always been a big part of her life. Paxton has taught ballet, jazz, and hip hop to teenagers while living on a military base in Japan and has also taught young children right here in Utah. After taking Zumba classes at Weber State Paxton loved it so much she became a licensed Zumba instructor herself. Come loosen up and move to the music today!
Class Types: Yoga
About Rachelle: Rachelle Krohn, E-200 RYT, was introduced to Yoga in 1997 as a teen in Gresham Oregon. She began teaching in 2008, with certifications in AFAA Primary Yoga, PowderBlueCo Pilates-Yoga, FiTour Advanced Yoga. In 2011 she completed her 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification at Infusion Yoga Studio in Bountiful Utah. She furthers her education attending workshops, master classes, and festivals. She is an active member of the yoga community. Her consistent yoga practice continues to serve her in a variety of ways. Healing. Empowering. Surrending. Finding clarity, intelligence, and ultimately a deeper joy for life. She believes that the definition and value of yoga is defined by the unique individual. Like life, it should be free to flow and evolve. She teaches classes focused on that personal freedom in the styles of Vinyasa-Flow, Power, Pilates-fusion, Yin, Restorative, Therapeutic. Rachelle also studies Thai Yoga massage, Aroma Touch Therapy with essential oils, Chi Running, Thai Chi, Qigong, Japa meditation, Kirtan, nutrition and diabetes management (her daughter is Type 1 Diabetic). Rachelle has successfully ran several marathons, relays (including captaining & coaching), and enjoys trail running, singing, piano, gardening, snow-boarding, paddle-boarding, advocating for JDRF, and managing her non-profit yoga mat bag business, Yo Bagga Bagga.
Class Types: Zumba
About Sariah: Born in Colombia, I have been dancing since I could walk and wanting to teach since I could talk. As a child I participated in talent shows and was a member of a school dance group that toured beautiful regions with our carefully choreographed traditional dance. Later, established in the USA, and after the birth of my youngest, my physical activity level was missing the "motivation factor". I went to a Zumba Event and... here I am. I am also certified as an AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, Pilates Instructor, and in CPR/First Aid to ensure a safe and proper environment. I really look forward to sharing this Awesome Workout with you. :)
Class Types: TRX® Suspension, Tabata Bootcamp
About Shelayne: Shelayne Barrett is an ACE certified personal trainer studying human performance here at Weber State. Shelayne is a Pink Gloves Boxing Pro Trainer and Running Injury Prevention Specialist. She specializes in small group and older population training but has experience training all age groups and physical fitness levels. She is passionate about fitness and loves the opportunities she has to share her enthusiasm with others. Shelayne is a proud mother, having one daughter Kaylee Mae.)
Class Types: TRX® Suspension, TRX® Rip, step, cycling, aquafit, muscle conditioning, BOSU®, boot camp, hi-lo impact, Step360™, group treadmill, stretch.
About Teri: Teri has a Master's degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University and is the Director of Campus Recreation at Weber State University. She is ACSM Health/Fitness Specialist certified and an American Council on Exercise certified personal trainer. Teri has a soft spot for "newbies" and loves helping people ease into a healthy and active lifestyle with a "Make it Fun!" attitude.
About Tessa: Tessa Diamond grew up in the beautiful Ogden Valley. As a native resident, she has spent plenty of time on Ogden's surrounding trails, lakes, and mountainsides. She and her husband use any excuse to be outside exploring the wonderful city and its backyard mountains. Tessa has jumped into the biking scene - riding, racing, and training - whenever the opportunity presents itself. She is excited to further her biking resume by teaching and riding alongside her friends.
Class Types: Cycle
About Tom: Tom has been teaching Indoor Cycling/Spin at WSU for the last 6 years. Tom is an avid mountain biker and road biker and will be found hammering the trails around Ogden every chance he gets. Tom has competed in several 24 hour MT bike Races and is a 6 time finisher of the LOTOJA (Logan to Jackson). Tom also dabbles in running and has completed a number of half marathons as well as team relay events. Tom strives to incorporate his favorite rides along with a lot of energy, not to mention the BEST music into each and every one of his classes.