• Meet Our Group Fitness Instructors
     
     Allie

    ALLIE
    What do you teach at Greenheck?
    I teach Bodypump which is a high repetition, low weight training class choreographed to music.

    What are your Certifications?
    I am certified to teach Bodypump which is created by the world-wide company Les Mills.

    How long have you been certified?
    I took my initial training which was a full two day weekend in March of 2016.

    How long have you been teaching at GFH?
    I started teaching right after I was certified.

    Why do you teach?
    I teach because I love to see fitness levels improve with all participants. Bodypump is adaptable for all levels and everyone can walk out the door feeling successful and challenged. I also love to see the “click” moment when someone figures out how to use better form and makes the connection with movement to muscle engagement.

    What else do you like to do? Hobbies?

    You can find me riding my bike (either my road bike or bright orange electric bike) around town when there isn't any snow on the ground. I also enjoy spending time on the water floating, waterskiing, or kayaking. I can't refuse a good book or traveleling and exploring new places either!

     

     
     Brenda

    BRENDA
    What do you teach at Greenheck?
    I teach CXWorx, Yoga, Yoga Body Bootcamp, and RPM.

    What are your Certifications?
    I am certified as a AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, ACSM Personal Trainer, Les Mills RPM Instructor, and 200-RYT Registered Yoga Teacher.

    How long have you been certified?
    I started teaching group fitness at Wausau Health & Fitness in 2001.


    Why do you teach?
    I teach to the students acknowledging their fitness needs. Live Well, Eat, Sleep, Workout, Repeat…

    What else do you like to do? Hobbies?
    I enjoy working out, teaching classes, and spending time with my husband.

    Cami

    CAMI
    What do you teach at Greenheck?  What are your certifications?

    I am certified in and teach RPM.

    How long have you been certified?
    I became certified in June 2019 and started teaching right away.

    Why do you teach?
    I decided to become certified to teach RPM when my second son was about a year old.  As a stay at home mom, I needed something to work toward, for myself…and I’m addicted to RPM.  It is, by far, my favorite form of exercise and it’s increased my fitness level immensely.  In 2018, I couldn’t run a mile.  Now I’m running 4-5 miles regularly.  I want to share that with others.  RPM is so challenging…but so rewarding.  The feeling after getting off the bike is THE BEST!

    What else do you like to do?  Hobbies?  Other information to share?
    In my free time I enjoy staying active with my husband and two boys.  As a family we like to go on runs, ski and golf.  I also really enjoy online shopping and spa days!  You might recognize me from my days on WAOW.  I moved up from Illinois in 2007 to start my broadcasting career and anchored Wake Up Wisconsin until 2014 when I stepped away to raise my first son.  I never thought my first job in TV would be my last but I’m so glad to have made Wausau my home.

     Desiree

    DESIREE
    What do you teach at Greenheck?
    Group Fitness - Bodypump, CXWorx and occasionally Pound

    What are your Certifications?
    Bodypump, CXWorx and Pound

    How long have you been certified?
    Bodypump - September 12, 2016, CX - April 19, 2018, Pound - August 18, 2018

    How long have you been teaching at GFH?
    Bodypump 98 Launch on June 20, 2016 and taught my first solo class on June 29, 2016

    Why do you teach?
    To see people improving their lives, making gains and strides forward and knowing that I helped them do that is beyond rewarding! Teaching makes my heart happy, and teaching group fitness not only makes my heart happy, but it makes my body happy as well.

    What else do you like to do? Hobbies?

    Anything music related, theater, reading, kayaking, hiking, spending time with my kids, family and friends. I trip over my own feet, every day. I’m very clumsy. So if I can do it, you can do it! You don’t have to be athletic or super coordinated. Fitness is for everyone! 
     Douglas

    DOUGLAS
    What do you teach at Greenheck?

    Hello, Friends! I teach Zumba and STRONG by Zumba®.  I started dancing at the age of 8 with focus in Jazz, Hip-hop, Musical Theater and Modern. Zumba Fitness finally came along into my life to combined my two passions.

    What are your Certifications? How long have you been certified?
    In May 2018, I became a licensed Zumba Fitness instructor and an active member of ZIN (Zumba Instructor Network). Zumba Fitness has given me the opportunity to share my love of dance and fitness with a wider range of people, and given me the freedom to introduce new and exciting dance routines.  I became licensed to teach STRONG by Zumba® in December 2019.

    Why do you teach?
    I believe exercise should be fun, and my classes are structured that way—to ensure that you have a great workout, experience abundant joy, and leave class with a boosted morale!

    What else do you like to do? Hobbies?

    In my free time I enjoy running, kayaking, camping spending time with family and friends and traveling.  
     Jamy  JAMY

    What do you teach at Greenheck?
    I teach Yoga and children’s yoga.

    What are your Certifications? How long have you been certified?
    I have my 200 hour / yoga certification and have been certified since 2017. I’m also a certified in Aromatouch.

    How long have you been teaching at GFH?
    I have been teaching at GFH since 2017 but a member for 4 almost 5 since I moved to Wausau.

    Why do you teach?
    In my classes there will always be an emphasis on this class being your practice so listen to your body and I will always tried to give you options when doing the poses.

    What else do you like to do? Hobbies?

    I love knitting, walking, kayaking, reading and spending time with my grand babies.

     Renee

    RENEE
    What do you teach at Greenheck?
    I’m the “9:00 slot” instructor.  I love teaching Bodypump, Yoga Body Bootcamp, and CXworx

    Certifications?
    Yoga Body Bootcamp -May 6, 2014

    LesMills BodyPump-October 13, 2014
    AIM 1 Certification
    Country Heat Live
    LesMills CXworx - April 20, 2018
    Currently working on Certification in Applied Functional Science from the Gray Institute, the leader in functional movement.

    How long have you been certified?
    ...Since the Facebook ALS ICE BUCKET challenge.
    Vickie Christianson coaxed me into the instructor life and I’m forever grateful! ♥️

    How long have you been teaching at GFH?
    Since 2014.

    Why do you teach?
    I love being in front of a room with a microphone, but more importantly I enjoy being a part of participants fitness journey. Watching a class challenge themselves and watching a full room doing sets of the “clean and press” in sync in the “back track” is something I look forward to weekly.  

    What else do you like to do?
    I enjoy adventure and taking risks.  I love to spend quality time with my 24 year old daughter; I love my 10pm ritual with my 15 year old son which often involves eggs.  My 13 year old daughter makes me laugh and I enjoy watching her dance.  My 1st graders, Charlie and Veronica keep me on my toes and remind me to enjoy the little things in life like lullabies and making forts.

    Hobbies?
    Skydiving, bungee jumping, driving with the windows down, going on motorcycle rides.  I love the feeling of free falling and being care free.  It doesn’t happen often, but those are my joys.

    I also love trips with my girl friends, sitting by an ocean or pool with a cocktail and music, and quality time with my hubby.

    Anything else you would like people to know about you?

    I love pizza and Diet Coke. 
     Robyn

    ROBYN

    What do you teach at Greenheck?
    I teach S.T.R.E.T.C.H.

    S.T.R.E.T.C.H. class will focus on fundamentals such as…

    S - Stop & Sit Still  At the beginning and end of each class you will learn how to consciously stop “racing thoughts”, relax an active body, and become 'in-the-moment' (meditation).

    T - Target  Every moment presents a path our bodies are to choose.  As we are physically still and mentally aware, ask yourself, what is my targeted goal/intention/declaration?  This could be a physical need (“I will”…loosen muscles, increase joint mobility, open airways for better breathing, have healthier eating lifestyle, have rejuvenating sleep, a new hobby/adventure, etc) or a mental need (“I am”…rest, peace, quiet, surrendering, learning to love myself, thankful, etc).

    R - Respire  In every class I remind you of the knowledge and wisdom of the mechanics of breathing (nostril/mouth breathing, diaphragm, lungs, intercostal muscles, rib cage, etc). Then, directing our mind and body to practice breathing techniques ( 4-4 breath, alternate nostril breathing, mouth vs. nostril breathing, etc).

    E - Elongate  Each posture is created to elongate and strengthen your muscles, fascia, tendons, and ligaments.  The process to elongate presents you the choice either to statically hold or dynamically move into your stretch. All stretching promotes muscle toning and strengthening, improves balance and flexibility, escalates blood/oxygen/fluid circulation, improves posture and range of motion, relieves tightness and pain, and reduces injury.  We encourage modifications with blocks, blankets, bolsters, a wall, or a strap that are appropriate for your body.

    T - Time  There are four 'times' to consider with your practice of S.T.R.E.T.C.H….how many times will I practice in a week (1-6 days a week…making sure to always take at least one day for complete rest), timing of your practice (morning vs. mid-day vs. evening), length of time for each practice (15 minutes, 30 minutes, 90 minutes), and the amount of time each posture is statically held or dynamically moved. 

    C - Circulation Keep in mind while stretching, the body has the ability to increase circulation (blood, lymphatic, synovial fluid, intra/extracellular, etc) to remove toxins and rebuild with healthy tissue.  Also, hydrating with water is essential for the circulation of nutrients in the body, maintenance of your body’s temperature, lubricating and cushioning joints, protecting your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues and organs, and helps get rid of wastes through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements.  

    H - Honor  To honor oneself.  We align our mind and body by being in-the-present and having a thankful heart.  Also maintaining positive ‘self talk’, knowing I create and speak my future journeys to enjoy my life, my family, and friends, and my experiences!  

    What are your Certifications?
    Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) - 2014 

    Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT) - 2016 

    AFAA Group Fitness Certificate - 2016

    Workshops Attended:  Yo-Chi, Pilates, Z-Health Performance, and Senior Fitness, RYT-500 YogaFaith (online), and Perinatal.

    How long have you been teaching at GFH? Why do you teach?
    Since 2014. I love people!  I want to teach people how to fall in love, understand, and honor their own body and mind.  

    What else do you like to do? Hobbies?  I love to travel, and yet be at home, play and compose piano/keyboard songs, communicate with people of all cultures, cook and prepare healthy meals, read, and teach Sunday School.  I love animals especially my two cats.  My time outdoors in the fresh air is priceless while hiking, skiing, gardening, tennis, and golf. Yes, cleaning my house is therapy to me! And spending time with my husband, my family, friends and God! 

     Sarah  

    SARAH
    What do you teach at Greenheck? 
    I teach Bodypump and TRX.

    What are your Certifications?
    I am a certified Les Mills Bodypump instructor and Group Fitness Instructor.

    How long have you been certified?
    I've been certified for since 2017 all at GFH. My anniversary of teaching my first class is Feb. 5th (2017)! My first class was a super full TRX class on a Sunday morning: it was exhilarating!

    Why do you teach?
    I teach because I have a passion for fitness, especially group fitness. I used to run miles and miles on a treadmill in my basement or outside and consider myself "fit", but I found group fitness 4 years ago and never turned back. I push myself harder and cross train to find a whole new level of challenging myself. Another great bonus of teaching is I get to meet a lot of amazing people at GFH! I'm a born teacher, so I love to share my passions with other people!

    What else do you like to do? Hobbies?

    I have an amazing family including husband, 1 year old son, and my dog. Being a mom is absolutely the best!  We love anything outdoors especially hiking, kayaking, and skiing. I'm a middle school band teacher, which is why I think I gravitate toward bodypump with the workout built around the music!
     Stephanie  

    STEPH
    Bio coming soon!

     Steph

    STEPHANIE
    What do you teach at Greenheck?
    I teach HIIT Bootcamp, Core de Force, and TRX on occasion.

    What are your Certifications?
    I am certified as an AAFA Group Exercise Instructor and Core de Force Live Instructor.

    How long have you been certified?
    I was certified in 2017.

    How long have you been teaching at GFH?
    I have been teaching here for 2 years.

    Why do you teach?
    I love motivating others to push their fitness and meet their fitness goals

    What else do you like to do? Hobbies?

    I enjoy hiking, downhill skiing, traveling, and enjoying time with my family.
     Tonia

    TONIA
    What do you teach at Greenheck?
    I teach Les Mills RPM.

    What are your Certifications?
    Yoga Body Boot Camp, and Les Mills RPM

    How long have you been certified?
    YBB since 2016 and RPM since 2016

    How long have you been teaching at GFH?
    Since 2016

    Why do you teach?
    I teach because I love the program and I love seeing the results and growth that members have by taking group exercise classes.  

    What else do you like to do? Hobbies?
    I have 3 boys ages 14, 11 and 5.  They keep me very busy.  I grew up showing horses and our oldest son has taken on this passion.  We show horses throughout the summer.  My Middle son plays travel soccer and we travel everywhere.  Our two oldest sons are bowlers and we also travel a lot for this sport.  They both bowl for DC Everest.  Our youngest goes with the flow, and we do everything together as a family.  We also have a permanent campsite where we spend most of the summer, boating, water skiing and wakeboarding.  I also enjoy being in the sun!

    Anything else you would like people to know about you?

    I have a passion for making connections with people.  Health and fitness is a great a great way to do this and that is why I love doing what I do! 
     Vickie  

    VICKIE
    What do you teach at Greenheck?
    I'm currently teaching Bodypump. I also sub HIIT.

    Certifications?
    Bodypump, CXWorx, AFAA Group Exercise. I was previously certified in Core de Force, Zumba, and Insanity.

    How long have you been certified?
    I've been teaching group exercise classes since 2004.

    How long have you been teaching at GFH?
    I've been teaching at GFH since 2013 when they first opened.  I started out teaching Bootcamp and Zumba. At that time only 3-4 classes were offered each week.  

    Why do you teach?
    I teach because I love the energy a group exercise class brings.  It motivates me to work out with others.  I love the challenge of creating workouts that inspire people to get healthier or maintain their health.

    What else do you like to do? Hobbies?
    I recently returned to teaching as an elementary Physical Education teacher. I love spending time with my family and friends.  You can find us skiing in winter or spending time at the lake in the summer.

    Anything else you would like people to know about you?
    I love the culture of GFH.  It is our mission to create an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome to join a class. We want to motivate and encourage a newcomer, but also challenge a regular member.