My journey into teaching group fitness:
I’ve always had a passion for teaching and being physically active (which is a good thing because my boys - 3 boys, Luke, 6, Mason, 4, and Brady, 10 months keep me very active and always thinking! 😊). Growing up in Northbrook, I was involved in various sports and before I had kids, I was a teacher in Chicago Pubic Schools. I knew I wanted to combine my passions, but also continue to grow as a student. Group fitness was a perfect fit for me! I am going into my 5th year of teaching Barre and 2nd year of teaching yoga.
The word “Barre” seems scary to some people, but it is one of the best workouts out there. It is a combination of so many different classes and can be beneficial to EVERY person. Teaching good form and alignment is my #1 priority and I emphasize that in every class I teach no matter what format it may be.
I’m so excited about my new WARM Barre & Stretch class on Mondays at 5:30pm! This class is meant for you to feel “good burn” all while finding length in your muscles. It’s a perfect mixture of stretch and strength!
The song or quote that motivates me when I need a lift or that makes me want to ‘crush it’:
Any remix with a good beat will always make me work harder, but if you have taken my class lately, you can always count on hearing “Happy Now” by Kygo.
My pre- or post-workout go-to food is:
I tend to eat after I work out. For me, I feel better that way. It is usually something easy and on-the-go like a protein bar or fruit or green smoothie.
My splurge/ guilty pleasure is:
PIZZA! I love a good Lou Malnati’s pizza with ranch dressing!
My favorite movie is:
The original Batman!
Favorite workout besides barre:
Tabata and Kickboxing
One thing I want to learn how to do someday:
Heather is a lawyer-turned-fitness studio owner. She is a Platinum member of the Todd Durkin Mastermind Group and she is on the Board of Directors for MainStreet Libertyville.
Heather found her true purpose: motivating her community to find balanced fitness and feel great! She is ACE Certified, Yoga Alliance certified, among numerous other certifications, and a former endurance athlete.
FUSION is her sweet spot! Check out the way she blends disciplines in every class.
Jen was an endurance athlete and she is ACE Certified, Yoga Alliance certified, among numerous other certifications. Jen's calm, confident coaching style make PiYo Power, YogaSHRED, Strength & Power, and her cycling classes workouts you don't want to miss!
Lindsey is ACE Certified, Yoga Alliance certified, World of Dance U-Jam Coach, among numerous other certifications. She has show-stopping energy and a wicked body roll ... come get your goove on with her in U-Jam, POWERride, Cycle & Strength, and HOT POWERflow.
Kristin is ACE Certified and she was a collegiate basketball player. She loves an athletic-style workout! Kristin will inspire you to push out of your comfort zone every time in Circuit Training, Peak Performance, and Kettlebell Strength.
Sarah is AFAA and Schwinn Cycle Certified and she brings her BIG energy and love of fitness to every class! Check out her CycleCORE, Cycle & Strength, POWERride, and HIIT Chaos classes!
Bailey is AFAA Certified and Yoga Alliance certified and she is lovingly referred to as the "Barre Ninja" for her subtle yet effective method of making every muscle burn and shake! Check out Monday night and Wednesday morning barre.
Marilyn is AFAA and Schwinn Cycle Certified and she has the most welcoming smile and a fabulous playlist for every class! Look for her in Barre FIGHT and BarreBLAST!
Vanessa Reakes is ACE certified and working toward her Yoga Alliance certification. She has a love of moving to the beat both at the barre and on the bike! Check out CycleCORE, BarreBEAT and Bootcamp!
Tina is an endurance athlete, a certified SCW Group Exercise Instructor, and a certified Schwinn Indoor Cycling Instructor. Tina's true LOVE of cycling shows in every class - join her in CycleCORE and POWERride.
Rachel is ACE Certified and a Doctor of Physical Therapy and certified Pilates instructor - she is 'The Pilates PT.' Rachel loves promoting balance and wellness.
Don't miss her fabulous Pilates Mix.
Cassie is Yoga Alliance certified. Her welcoming vibe and fun playlists make all of her classes feel so good … try her HOT yogaFLOW on Tuesdays, POWERflow on Fridays, and STRETCH! on Sundays.
Stephanie is Yoga Alliance certified and she brings her warmth and gentle touch to HOT Slow Flow on Thursdays and WARM Restorative Yoga on Fridays. Her classes will leave you feeling centered, restored and connected.
Kristen is AFAA Certified and a former professional dancer who brings her infectious enthusiasm to every class - you'll always get a high energy workout.
Check out Warm Barre on Mondays and Strength & Power on Thursdays.
Katie is an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor and she believes every workout should be empowering AND good, sweaty fun! Look for her "Intro to HG Classes" - it's the perfect class for every NEW member and anyone wanting to focus on form. Book one or both classes each month.
Kim is a former endurance athlete, AFAA Certified, Yoga Alliance certified, among numerous other certifications.
Look for Kim to return this Summer!
Marsha is ACE Certified, Yoga Alliance certified, among numerous other certifications. Marsha is a guest instructor who will delight you with her Yin Yoga this Spring!