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Fitness Instructors

Click on the names below to meet the members of our Fitness team!

All of our instructors hold national certifications in their area of expertise. 

Interested in teaching a fitness class for Campus Recreation? Email fitness@scu.edu for more information or students, see our employment page.

 

Anja is a group exercise instructor and has moved from Slovenia almost a year ago. She started her sports career first as a dancer in dance school, where she was competing in show dance. Later she joined dance group and started performing at different dance shows and events and also discovered world of group exercise. She studied at the Faculty of Arts and graduated from the University of Ljubljana. She also owns a Master’s degree from Counseling Psychology from the same University. During her studying years, she worked as a dance teacher in various kindergartens and dance schools. She was a Camp Coordinator and Leader for many years and for different organizations. She was also a Leader and Coordinator of camp for the people with special needs.  She is trying to connect her professional knowledge with sports education and lifestyle. She is certified Les Mills Instructor for Body Step, Body Flow (yoga, pilates, thai chi), and Sh’bam dance workout. When you ask her about teaching her classes, she would say, "I love and simply enjoy working with people, helping them live healthier lifestyle and achieving their goals. Educating them through my classes and everything that happens during that process is my purpose of life. Every single generation can give you a lot. We learn from one another."

Brandy is a Marketing Professional by day and a certified Group Fitness Instructor by night (and sometimes early morning). She has been leading Group Fitness classes for 16 years. Class formats include Pound®, Body Pump, GRIT, CXWORX, Cardio Kickboxing, Bootcamp. An athlete, she has competed at the collegiate level in women's volleyball and track & field. Her philosophy is for participants to try new things and have fun during class. In her spare time, Brandy enjoys playing golf with her husband and snuggling with her four-legged fur baby, Bogey.

 

Diane has a B.A. in Exercise Science from Cal. State Northridge. She has been teaching group exercise for 30 years. Diane has worked with special populations including seniors and weight loss. Her formats are: step, sculpting, spinning, and boot camp.  For fun she likes to play tennis.

Eversley has a degree in Electrical Engineering and is certified by ACSM, ACE, and AFAA. Since 2001, he has been leading energetic and motivating fitness classes here at SCU. His coaching approach to group exercise allows him to challenge all fitness levels. Eversley is also the Executive Producer and Director of the Cardio Athletic Kickbox video and DVD series. He has been a martial artist, actor, and stunt performer on commercials and films for over 13 years.

Grace is an undergrad who fell in love with yoga the summer before her first year after tagging along with her parents to classes in her hometown of Chicago.   Her practice gave her reprieve from her hectic schedule of classes and extracurricular activities, and she began to crave the peace that yoga created in her mind.  Yoga also gave her a counter balance to the strenuous workouts of the Women's Club Rugby team.  She completed her 200hour training with CorePower Yoga the summer following her first year, and cannot begin to describe how much she is thankful for her practice and the people who have helped her develop it.  Her "omies," have inspired her to grow as a teacher and as a person, and she is thrilled to be able to share all that she has learned with her fellow broncos.

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Hannah was a ballet dancer for 15 years before injuries and a desire to improve her health led her to discover yoga. She took her very first class as a sophomore in high school, and just two years later she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training for her senior project. She is now a current sophomore at SCU who loves art, music, and feeling good. Her favorite thing about yoga is that there is no need to focus on anything besides oneself and their yoga mat. Her philosophy is to encourage, inspire, and empower others by discouraging competition in class and replacing self-consciousness with self-study (and a killer playlist.) 

 

Kiran is a graduate of Santa Clara University's law school and is currently practicing as a patent attorney. She was also working as a computer engineer for several years before and throughout her law school studies here at SCU. Kiran is certified to teach indoor cycling through Spinning(R), and has been a student of several styles of indoor cycling classes for nearly a decade. She incorporates her love of science into her routines by targeting specific muscles in every component of a ride. She's had a passion for team and individual sports for her whole life, and there's hardly a sport she hasn't tried at least once. When she isn't teaching indoor cycling or working as an attorney, Kiran is avidly rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, swimming or cycling outdoors.

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Originally from the East Coast, sports have always been a big part of my life.  Rich played 4 years of NCAA College Basketball and moved to California about 18 years ago. He has been teaching classes for about 12 years and now enjoys watching his daughter run around fields and courts around the state. 

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Sylvia has over 30 years of experience as an aerobic and fitness instructor. She holds several aerobic and fitness certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), ACE, AFAA, and Hayward State University. She also completed course certifications in Johnny G Spin, Les Mills (Body Pump, Body Flow, RPM, and CxWorx,) Zone Cycling (trainer), and the YMCA (fitness specialist). In addition, she has directed several YMCA programs and has managed and trained instructors both locally and abroad in Mexico and Japan. She is a former USCAF competitor, and placed as an Elite competitor. 

In addition to her teaching experience, she has a B.S. degree in Business Administration & Economics and Health Science from Saint Mary’s College, as well as graduate certificates in Public Relations and Human Resource Management from Golden Gate University and the University of California Santa Cruz, respectively.

When she’s not working as licensed Agent/Broker at Be Well Insurance Solutions, Sylvia loves to hike, bike and water ski in the Spring, Summer and Fall; and Loves to hit the slopes for downhill skiing in the winter months!