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Meet Your Instructor: Chris Freytag

Chris Freytag is a certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness instructor, and Health Coach. She is also Pilates and Yoga trained. Chris has been teaching, training, writing books, and creating DVDs for the past 25 years. Her high energy and approachable personality have helped build her reputation as a nationally known fitness expert among the viewers…

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Meet Your Instructor: Shelley Hawkins

Shelley Hawkins is South African born and has lived internationally for the past 21 years, now residing in Minnesota, her fifth US state. She is a certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer. Shelley is passionate about making fitness both fun and challenging while being accessible to all levels! Her mantra is, “this is not…

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Meet Your Instructor: Sam Cameranesi

Sam Cameranesi is a certified [solidcore] and yoga instructor who graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Business Management. During her time at the U of M, Sam was a full-time collegiate athlete, dancing on the Dance Team where she won eight National Championships and two…

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Meet Your Instructor: Sheila Chenier

Sheila Chenier has been in the fitness industry since 1989. Sheila earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Med Rehab and is a NASM certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist, as well as an ACE and NETA Personal Trainer and group fitness instructor. She is also certificated in Yoga RYT, Pilates Reformer,…

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Meet Your Instructor: JC Lippold

JC Lippold is a certified yoga teacher, mindfulness coach, runner and appreciator of #allthethings. When asked, “What do you do?”, he most often answers the question by saying that he is a homemaker. We all know the power we possess when we feel at home. Right? He has spent the last 20 years holding space for others to feel safe, welcomed and empowered. Within this space we risk to connect to one another, we venture to amplify and actualize our dreams & we begin to consider a world where we believe that: I am enough. I am always enough.

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Meet Your Instructor: Tara Putz

Tara Putz is a certified group fitness instructor who has been teaching group fitness since 2018. Her passion for group fitness started during college while dancing for the University of Minnesota. After college, Tara needed to keep the competing edge and found group fitness to fulfill both the physical and mental aspects of a healthy…

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Meet Your Instructor: Chaz Sandifer

Chaz Sandifer is a Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Certified Life and Wellness Coach specializing in trauma healing, diabetes and arthritis prevention. Chaz is also the CEO/Founder of theNEWmpls which focuses on affordable fitness, wellness and nutrition. She brings a holistic approach to teaching others how to break generational cycles, instilling that fitness is fun, quality…

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Meet Your Instructor: Valerie Fleurantin

Valerie Fleurantin is a certified Group Fitness instructor and the founder of VF Health fitness Solutions. VF Health Fitness Solutions is a relentless agent for a future where all families can live full and healthy lives. Since 2014, Valerie has been providing free and donation-based classes to marginalized communities in Minneapolis. She is the creator…

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Meet Your Instructor: Kate Laing

Kate Laing is a certified Pilates, TRX, and Yoga instructor, and a fitness addict! She has been working as a trainer and group fitness instructor for over a decade, bringing charisma, energy, and a positive attitude with her experience. Kate lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota, where she trains her private clients and small groups at Lake…

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Meet Your Instructor: Tish Watson

Tish Watson is a certified personal trainer and founder of weRow, the first indoor rowing studio located in Northeast Minneapolis. Tish believes that working out shouldn’t be reserved for the ultra-fit. Fitness should be accessible to all shapes, sizes, ages and fitness levels, and she enjoys helping people get moving and feel good about themselves.…

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