Group Fitness Instructors


Meet Your Group Fitness Instructors:



Hello, my name is Brandon. I’m a certified group fitness instructor that will be teaching drop-in kickboxing at the PEIF! In early 2016, I received my certification for Primary Group Exercise through the AFAA and am excited to start putting it to use! Offering drop-in fitness classes is a great opportunity for students at NMU. The PEIF offers a wide variety of classes for any experience level, so you never have to feel intimidated. If you find some free time in your schedule, stop by my kickboxing class and see just how much fun we have! You won’t be disappointed!



My name is Devin. I am a 200 hour registered yoga instructor. I’ve been practicing yoga for about ten years now and teaching for two. I teach a variety of yoga classes, including vinyasa flow, yin, hot, and hatha inspired. Yoga is about stilling the mind, focusing on the breath, and empowering the body and spirit. Incorporating these into our daily lives is key to thriving, so let’s practice!



Mark has been participating in group fitness most of his life – sports in school, military training, and most recently, drop-in classes. When I maintain my physical health, my health in other dimensions (socially, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually) also improves. Group fitness provides the accountability, the variety of routines, the social connection, the encouragement, and the fun that I need to keep showing up, to push myself further, and to reach new goals. Currently, I’m helping make these things happen for others by teaching Zumba classes. It’s a blast! I’m licensed to teach Zumba and have Group Exercise Instructor and First Aid/CPR/AED certifications. 




Kaylyn is back for her second year with NMU Rec Sports. She brings positive energy along with experience and certification in yoga and personal training. She is an Army Veteran, and worked as a personal training manager for more than two years in the fitness industry. Kaylyn is passionate about marathon and other types of race running. She is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Exercise Science. 



Brandon is returning to NMU Rec Sports for a second year as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. Brandon is a multiple World Champion/World Record holder in Powerlifting. Brandon’s philosophy about fitness revolves around high intensity circuit training as well as strength training. It is his belief that a combination of the two is the most beneficial way to meeting fitness goals. 



Ryan is a graduate student at NMU studying exercise science with intentions to pursue a doctoral degree in the future. Ryan has experience training and educating clients ranging from middle school aged to athletes and older aged individuals or anyone wishing to be more "fit". Ryan participated in track and field as a thrower during his undergraduate career. Outside of his studies he is interested in football, tennis, strongman, powerlifting, golf, playoff basketball and baseball. His academic interests include exercise biomechanics and training periodization. Ryan's personal training philosophy is simple: "I will teach you how to reach your fitness level, how to maintain it and help you work hard so that you will reach your fitness level because I believe that everyone can reach their main goals.