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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."

 

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.

Hailey is an undergraduate student who is passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga with others. She began practicing yoga in high school to complement her workouts for crew, but fell in love with it when she found its holistic nature to enhance all aspects of her life. After practicing regularly for five years and exploring a variety of styles, she completed 200 hours of teacher training with Synergy Yoga and Ayurveda in Seattle, which enriched her life and practice with breath work, meditation, and Ayurveda - an ancient wisdom of natural health. Hailey also enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, and just being outside, which she gets to do a lot of as an environmental science major.

 Heather fitness instructor

Heather is an undergraduate Biology major at SCU. With an extensive background of being an athlete and strong interest in living a healthy lifestyle Heather discovered yoga. Yoga has brought peace, joy and balance into her busy life of being a D1 runner. Yoga has taught Heather the importance of being in the present moment and the connection between mind, body and spirit. She is 200 HR certified through Yoga Alliance and studied yoga at the Maui Yoga Shala is Paia, HI. Heather loves to incorporate yoga philosophy, meditation and self-awareness into her practice. Heather is known for her compassion centered, non-judgmental, inclusive philosophy. You can expect her classes to be fun, inspiring and uplifting but also challenging with a focus on correct alignment. When not on the mat Heather is taking trips to the beach, running or simply just being. 

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Originally from Massachusetts, Mary graduated from Tufts University in Community Health and Biopsychology, and received her masters in Public Health from Tufts School of Medicine. By day, Mary works full time as a Program Manager at Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto. But on Mondaynights at SCU, she is teaching POUND®, a cardio and core conditioning class that uses lightly weighted drumsticks (called Ripstix) to give you a fun and intense workout. She also teaches hip hop dance choreography and POUND at several Silicon Valley YMCAs and community centers in San Jose. Mary's love for music, percussion, and group fitness drives her desire to share Pound with the world! 

Fitness instructor

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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Sonia is a California girl, and a graduate from Santa Clara University with a major in Finance, and an emphasis in Communications.  She currently heads up her own company, Starburst Consulting, which project manages client’s tenant improvement/design/remodel projects to ensure budget and timeline are kept within limits.  She is passionate about healthy living and fitness, and enjoys POUND Rockout Workout, Barre, Pilates, Dance, and Music during her free time.  

 Taylor's bio is coming- she is in the midst of finals and very busy! 

 

 

Zakia fitness instructor
 
Zakia received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Oregon and will be receiving her Masters in Counseling at SCU. Zakia was also a member of the collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling team at the University of Oregon, and has won four consecutive national titles. A native of San Jose, California, Zakia has competitively danced since she was 6, been a level 5 competitive cheerleader since she was 10 and throughout her athletic career in Oregon, Houston managed to win a couple of event national titles. Zakia is a certified U-Jam Fitness Instructor. U-Jam is an athletic urban dance fitness workout that combines dance and high energy music that is bound to make you work up a sweat while having fun!