Meet the Instructors

Amanda Smith

Amanda is a Pilates trainer and yoga teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. After receiving her Bachelors in Urban Studies and Geography at Macalester College, she decided to move to the Bay Area to pursue her love of movement and teaching. As a Pilates instructor in Oakland, she worked alongside physical therapists for over five years, helping clients regain strength after rehabilitation. Pilates developed her attention to alignment, breathing, creating range of motion in all joints, and strengthening the body from the inside out. She transitioned easily into a deep and rich yoga practice, which she quickly realized was her true calling. Completing over 500 hours with seasoned San Francisco yogis, Rusty Wells and Stephanie Snyder, she has since co-lead her first yoga and Pilates retreat in Chacala, Mexico. Her passion is to create safe, challenging, and fulfilling yoga sessions that uplift, empower, and reconnect each person to his or her divine nature. She is so grateful to be teaching at Flex and to be able to share her love of Yoga and Pilates with you.

Mixed Mat
every Tuesday and Thursday @ 8am

Birgitte Juhl Rohrbach

Birgitte has been teaching group exercise classes and worked with individual clients in the Bay Area for the past 20 years! Her enthusiasm and passion is what keeps people motivated and with a background in Gymnastic and Ballet in her native country Denmark she now incorporates knowledge and experience into an inspiring workout.

She is certified in Group training, Personal training, Indoor cycling, Mat and Reformer Pilates, and enjoys all areas of fitness that will help you feel good and promote good health.

FLEX Power Cycle
every Wednesday @ 5:30pm

Candace Evanofsky

Candace E. is now local to the bay area, and has been practicing yoga for the better part of 16 years. She has found passion in the art of knowing ones self. Through the arts of Yoga, Thai yoga, and even Bellydance, Candace strives to find connection with Self and to explore the full potential of our instruments (physical bodies).

Since reaching her yoga teacher certification during the spring of 2011 and attending the 8 Elements Initiation program in Portland OR 2014, Candace has been inspired to lead a practice that will help others to grow safely in their personal practice. She is thrilled to be helping individuals explore their physical potential with this ancient exercise. Through a variety of classes she is reaching out to all body types and experience levels, so come explore what yoga has to offer.

Yin/Yang Yoga
every Friday @ 5:30pm

Carah Herring

Carah has taught Group Exercise classes for over a decade. Her love of fitness stems from her extensive dance background, which includes years of classical ballet, modern, African, tap, jazz and liturgical dance training. Carah also served as the Group Exercise Coordinator at UC Berkeley’s Recreational Sports Facility for nearly 5 years.

Before becoming a bona fide gym rat, Carah earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication from Bennett College for Women (Greensboro, NC). She also completed her master’s degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley. She enjoys traveling, watching documentaries and reading/contributing to personal finance blogs.

Body Performance
every Monday @ 6:15am

Chris Groves

Chris has been teaching cycling for years, ever since his favorite instructor left his gym and he saw an opportunity to play DJ for 45 minutes. Since then, he’s achieved lifetime status as a Spinning® instructor, emphasizing functional training that translates into improved performance on the road. But truth be told, making playlists is still his favorite part.

In addition to his cycling certification, Chris is also a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM. And though he hopes you never need it, he is also trained in CPR/AED/first aid.

When not exercising indoors, Chris loves running trails with his dog Petey, and rowing on Lake Merritt.

FLEX Classic Cycle
every Saturday @ 10:15am

Clarice Cummings

Clarice is a wicked fun-loving physical therapist passionate about working with clients to reach their full potential. She chose physical therapy and sports training because it focuses on helping people to get well and stay well through education. She believes that when patients can visualize and understand how their bodies work they will reach their goals for rehab, sport and beyond.

Clarice’s 20+ years experience as a physical therapist includes running her own physical therapy practice for six years, with lots of related coursework to maintain a strong knowledge base in the field and has received many accreditations.

Recently she began teaching fitness classes that focus on flexibility, core strength, balance and coordination which she believes are the building blocks for improvement in sport and prevention of injury.

Clarice loves keeping fit and challenging her body with spin classes, hiking with her golden retriever, doing gym workouts with friends, traveling with her husband and kids, cooking, and wine tasting.

Know Your Core – Work Your Core
every Wednesday @ 8:30am

Dianna Rowley

Dianna is a classically trained dancer. Her professional career includes dance companies, concerts, networks and sports entertainment. Her resume ranges from the NBA to ESPN to MTV to the Olympics. In 2000 she opened a dance and movement center that she owned for almost 15 years. During that time she also directed a program at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC.

Beyond Dance, Dianna has a business degree and an extensive fitness resume including many certifications/trainings such as TRX, ACE, AFFA, Rock Steady Boxing, Silver Sneakers, and more. She has also been the choreographer for several fitness competitors, including Jenny Lynn, former Ms. Olympia and Arnold Classic Champion.

In 2008 she began to experience progressive physical pain. After several misdiagnoses, in 2015 Dianna had emergency spinal cord fusion surgery. An old injury resulted in long term stress on her body impacting her balance and her vision among other things. Dianna began to explore a holistic habit modification practice designed by the Karolinska Institute out of Sweden. As she studied the brain and habits, this practice quickly became her new career. Dianna then created a non-impact practice to heal, strengthen and realign her body. What started out as a personal practice to reduce physical pain is now her “MOVE” class. This class is a physical and mental workout designed for all. Outside of teaching this class, Dianna works as a Health Coach and offers her Adagio Wellness™ Talks on topics around habits, the metabolism, optimism and metaphysics.

Brain/Body Fitness
every Tuesday @ 11:15am

Jennifer Piccolo

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.

Senior Fitness
every Wednesday @ 9:45am and 11:00am

Total Body Conditioning
every Thursday @ 6:00pm

Jim Eagle

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.

Boxing BootCamp
every Tuesday @ 6:00pm

Jordana De Lory

I am a seasoned wellness and fitness coach with over a decade of experience. I have have been a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor in New York, and am thrilled to return to my hometown (the Bay Area!) to bring my expertise back to the community I love.

I have a multi-faceted background ranging from performing arts, dance, pilates, yoga, TRX, stability ball, kettlebell, and cross-training. My philosophy is to holistically inspire clients to integrate mind, body, and spirit to meet personal wellness and fitness goals.

I am an ISSA certified trainer, TRX Group Instructor Certified, and have a BA in Theatre from UCSC, a Certification in Creative Arts and Health from the New School University in NYC, and am currently in a graduate program at California Institute of Integral Studies.

TRX Circuit
every Saturday @ 10:30am

Kathleen Kelly

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.

Senior Fitness
every Monday @ 9:10am, 10:10am, and 11:10am
every Friday @ 9:10am, 10:10am and 11:10am

Laura Geduldig

As a seasoned Nia teacher for 10 years, I create a welcoming environment where we focus on the joy of movement, energetic athletic Nia, clarity of the 52 moves, free-dance, floor-play and a constant flow of new music to keep it fresh. As Master Certified Life & Well-Being Coach in my 19th year of private practice, the theme of my life’s work has been inspiring others to transform their lives through a deep connection to their bodies. Come dance with me…

Nia Dance
every Thursday @ 11:30am

Laurie Kramer

Growing up playing soccer, Laurie learned the benefits of physical activity and teamwork at a young age. Through knee injuries in high school and college, she found her way onto the bicycle and cycling has been a major part of her life ever since. By week she is a Physical Therapist, by weekend she is an adventurer- exploring the greater bay area on bicycle or foot. She has completed numerous centuries and double centuries and in 2016 spent 6 months hiking from Mexico to Canada.

Laurie is a firm believer that movement is the secret to healthy aging and enjoys helping others find ways to be active. She is a SPINNING certified instructor and has taught spin for over 3 years. Her classes will challenge you while listening to a variety of music that will help you forget you are working.

Power Cycle
every Tuesday and Thursday @ 6:15am

Nikki Verhoff

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.

Hatha Yoga
every Sunday @ 9:30am and Thursday @ 7:30pm

Polly Bates

As a traveling dancer, stilt walker, and acrobat Polly had to learn on her own how to keep her body strong enough to prevent injuries. When she tore her ACL she realized she needed outside help and she began working with a trainer to see if she could avoid surgery. She was inspired by what she accomplished with a personalized approach to healing and her journey led her into personal training (through NASM) so she could help more people understand and manage their health and feel good in their bodies.

Polly is the founder and curator of an arts collective called Daring Arts Movement that performs and teaches dance and stilts all over the Bay Area, and she is excited to now include fitness under that umbrella. Her years of teaching experience are a huge asset to her work as a personal trainer and she loves figuring out how to work with different types of clients and their physical challenges and make exercising functional and fun. She believes our bodies have so much to teach us if we can learn to really listen!

HIIT Challenge
every Monday @ 5:30pm

Rachel Sutter-Leve

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.

Pilates Mat
every Saturday @ 8:30am

Barre
every Saturday @ 9:15am

Pilates Barre Fusion
every Wednesday @ 7:15pm

Core Barre
every Friday @ 6:15am

Shannon Cosgrove

Shannon has been teaching cycling for 10 years in 4 different cities. She recently moved to the Bay Area from Baltimore and is excited to be back in the saddle. Her classes are designed to be challenging, fast paced and fun – set to a themed playlist that usually includes 90s hip hop and always ends with Man in the Mirror so everyone leaves prepared to make the world a better place.

Shannon works for Cure Violence on policy and systems change to prevent violence using a health lens and as a consultant on equity, diversity and inclusion. She has her Master’s degree in Health Policy from Penn State. She tries to spend as much time enjoying the CA weather as possible and loves cycling outdoors while exploring the Bay Area trail system.

FLEX Classic Cycle
every Sunday @ 8:30am

Shanti Jourdan

Shanti Jourdan began her yoga journey at age 10 when family friends opened Yoga Desa in LA’s Topanga Canyon. Yoga has been a continual source of healing and transformation ever since.
Her teaching style is warm and dedicated with emphasis on alignment, breath, and rejuvenation. Chanting, visualization, and yoga philosophy are signature features of her classes.

Shanti is also a bellydancer, astrologer, and avid Parks and Recreation watcher.

Hatha Yoga
every Wednesday @ 9:15am

Restorative Yoga every Sunday @ 5pm

Tori Sovocool-Engel

“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.

Cycling
every Monday and Friday @ 9:30am