Jennifer is an energetic fitness professional with a strong background in gymnastics, dance and boot camp instruction.
After spending the entirety of her childhood as a competitive gymnast, Jennifer decided to stick to what she knew best and loved, FITNESS! As a gymnastics and fitness coach, she has spent the past 18 years demonstrating her commitment to helping people of all ages reach their fitness goals. Her coaching philosophy focuses on “creating strong bodies and powerful minds”. Jennifer believes in the health at every size model.
While Jennifer is committed to fitness, she also has a degree in Cultural Anthropology and loves traveling the world and immersing herself in different cultures. She enjoys rock climbing, bike rides, long drives through the desert and most importantly, spending quality time with her son and partner.
Jim Eagle brings more than 11 years of boxing experience both in and out of the ring. He is a USA Boxing Certified Trainer. For many years, he taught in the SOMA area and then moved over to World Class Boxing Gym. He is now at Hitfitsf.com which is located in the heart of the mission in SF. Jim has taught one on one and group classes. He can teach both technique and cardio intensive. Jim will ensure you learn all aspects of boxing from hand wrapping to sparring. Jim teaches Boxing BootCamp on Tuesdays at 6pm.
Kathleen began her love for fitness programs back in 1980 with Jazzercise — which tells you right up front that this girl was not born yesterday! After retiring from her day job as the Chief Operating Officer at AC Transit, she decided to take fitness up as a part-time second career. She earned a personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and began teaching exercise classes that focus on a full-body workout. In 2013, she received a NASM Certification as a Senior Fitness Specialist, and began teaching a fitness class for active seniors. In addition to her fitness interests, she volunteers at a small elementary school in the Fruitvale District, where the kindergarteners always delight her, and has her own transportation consulting practice. Kathleen teaches 2 Senior Fitness classes on Mondays and Fridays.
Lara failed miserably at all team sports and ran a 18 minute mile in high school, which is slower than walking. It wasn’t until she discovered yoga that she found a sport she felt at home in. Since then, she’s completed her 200-hr teacher training at Black Dog Yoga in Los Angeles, and her Yoga Therapy certification at the White Lotus foundation in Santa Barbara. She completed her Spinning Instructor certification with Mad Dogg Athletics in 2015. Lara looks forward to helping you find your inner athlete, whatever that is! Lara teaches cycling classes on Wednesdays at 5:45pm and 10:15am on Saturdays.
Lauren is a spin instructor and writer in Oakland. After earning a Creative Writing degree from Hiram College, Lauren has been living an unconventional life.
As a bookish, giraffe-bodied child, Lauren played softball, took 4 dance classes, and completed half of a yoga class. Having been a terrible runner since childhood, she has always been an advocate for bikes, hence her devotion to indoor cycling. She is certified through Mad Dogg Athletics and is constantly expanding her wellness education.
The worst spin class she ever attended involved sprinting to She’s Always a Woman by Billy Joel. She promises to never do this to you. In addition to spin, Lauren takes aerial circus classes, makes paltry attempts at running, and eats a lot of vegan food. Lauren teaches cycling classes on Mondays at 9:30am and Wednesdays at 6:15am.
You can learn more about her writing at www.laureneparker.com
Libby is a very passionate dancer and licensed Zumba and Barre instructor, currently teaching and dancing in SF and the East Bay. With a background in hip hop, West African dance, Jamaican Dancehall and various other forms of dance, she LOVES being able to share her passion for movement and fitness with others through Zumba classes. The positive and inclusive aspects of Zumba make it a unique experience, and she loves to see those from different (or no!) dance backgrounds shaking it, sweating it out, and having fun! Libby teaches the Dance Party Workout on Tuesdays at 7:30pm, Barre at 7:15am on Wednesdays.
Maria hails from Washington, DC and in her former life she was an elementary school teacher and a non-IT program manager for educational not-for-profit. After working in these areas for many years, she took a long look at what made her happy and realized that working out and dancing was one of those things. She made a career change and has never looked back. Maria has always loved to dance and is happy to have found Zumba! She can now get paid to do what she loves! She hopes the people that attend her class leave happy, and sweaty, and maybe with some new moves!
In 2014, a friend suggested I take a TRX class. I have always been in love with taking gym/dance classes and thrive in group settings. I enjoy the social aspect and feel more motivated to push myself when someone else guides my workout.
After one class I could barely follow along but the instructor assured me it will get easier. Two years later I got certified so I could sub when this instructor went out of town. This workout was an important part of my weekly routine and had dedicated students.
I’ve taught at three touchstone locations (Berkeley Iron Works, Great Western Power Company and Diablo) in the last year, and now at Flex Gym. I take a lot of pride in designing a new challenging routine each week with a playlist that’s diverse and motivating.
Nikki Verhoff began her exploration into yoga in 1997, while studying dance in college. A life-long mover, Nikki’s first foray into asana practice was both a support for, and a release from, a very physically demanding lifestyle. At the same time, and for more than a decade, Nikki has trained in traditional Japanese karate, which has brought with it a commitment to seated meditation as an important instrument to understanding the Self. These days, her interest in yoga has evolved to include an ongoing study of pranayama and the subtlety and power of the breath. In class, Nikki taps into the physical and philosophical influences these experiences have brought her to create an integrated practice with a focus on alignment, breath, and mindfulness. Nikki is a recent graduate of the Piedmont Yoga Deep Yoga Undergraduate Program. Nikki teaches Hatha Yoga Sundays @ 9:30am and at 7:30pm on Thursdays.
Rachel has been practicing and refining the art of Pilates and Stability Training for the past 10 years. She is a Certified L2 Pilates Instructor through STOTT Pilates and also holds certifications in TRX Training, and Pre/Postnatal Fitness through Healthy Mom’s. Rachel specializes in working with clients on injury prevention/management and dynamic joint stability. In 2013 Rachel pioneered a new form of group exercise class called “hydro-pilates”; a low impact standing form of pilates in the pool that is targeted toward people who may experience joint discomfort in a traditional pilates mat class.
In addition to her education in fitness, Rachel holds a BFA from NC School of the Arts in Dance and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland. While she is passionate about health and fitness, she also believes strongly in the ability of human movement to heal and rehabilitate injuries and looks forward to a future full of enriching others with the power of with movement education. Rachel teaches Pilates Mat class on Saturdays at 8:30am.
With a background in theatre, dance, and movement arts, Sarah Kate believes that yoga is about connecting with the body as a way of coming back to oneself. Her classes emphasize intentional, aligned movement in order to allow greater physical and mental freedom.
A former instructor of literature and writing, Sarah Kate brings her love of language and a focus on individualized instruction to the mat in an unrushed, poetic practice. Her classes progress through a measured sequence or flow and end with deep restoration; adjustments and modifications make the practice accessible to every body. Special emphasis is placed on maintaining a practice that is both steady and easeful. Yoga is, for Sarah Kate, part of a lifelong study of embodiment that incorporates dance-based, philosophical, literary, and somatic practices. She enjoys teaching diverse styles of yoga, including hatha, vinyasa flow, yin, and meditation. When not practicing or teaching yoga, Sarah Kate can be found studying Middle Eastern dance traditions, grading for courses at Cal, and working toward certification as a Birth Doula. Sarah Kate teaches Vinyasa Yoga at 6:30pm on Monday nights and Hatha Yoga at 9:15am on Thursdays.
“Love the hills, embrace the hills, make the hills your friend” was my motto during years of running and cycling through the beautiful bay area. I believe “No” only means you have to work a little harder to reach your goal. Tori’s passion for sports started as a young gymnast and continued through many years of competitive marathon running. Her personal highlights include running in Boston, being a guide runner to a disabled athlete in New York and finally achieving a personal best of 3:21 on a flat Sacramento course. As the aches and pains grew from running, Tori turned to triathlon racing for some cross training. Her first passion might have been running, but her life’s purpose is being a mother to two children, wife, dog walker, and chef. Tori teaches cycling class on Fridays @ 10am.
I am a Brazilian guy passionate for music and dance, always been involved with arts in all different types of stages. I have been following Zumba classes as a participant since 2011 and fell in love with the different rhythms and styles of music and choreography that gets your heart rate going and your blood flowing, always surrounded by a group of high good energy all the way around. I decided to become an instructor not long ago, just in October of 2016, after listening to dozens of other Zumba followers and instructors always saying, “Wes, you should be a Zumba instructor, you would be great at it!”. After a little search for places to teach my own Zumba classes I found myself passing auditions and receiving job offers from all over the Bay area. I am currently teaching in San Rafael, San Francisco and Oakland.
I love what I do. Zumba for me is more than just a cardiovascular exercise, it’s fun, it’s community, it’s health and it’s life. I choose my own songs and try to make easy to follow choreography where everyone in my class can just relax and have fun while getting a great cardio exercise. Wes teaches Zumba on Fridays @ 9am.