Group Fitness Instructors


Meet Your Group Fitness Instructors:



Brandon is in his second year of teaching kickboxing for NMU Rec Sports. Brandon is a certified group fitness instructor through the AFAA, his favorite exercise activities include calisthenics and kickboxing, especially his class, kickboxing express.


My name is Devin and I'm a yogi! I am a 200 hour Registered Yoga Instructor. I've been practicing yoga for over ten years now, but teaching for two and a half years. Yoga is not only a hobby for me, but a lifestyle and I am so happy to be sharing it with the students and staff of the PEIF. My favorite class that I teach is Yin/Yang because I love the intense, strengthening side of Yang, and the deep stretches on Yin that work into your muscles, tendons, and joints are the best.



I’ve participated in group fitness most of my life – sports, military training, and most recently, drop-in classes. When I maintain my physical health, my health in other dimensions (social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and so on) 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. I’ve been helping make these things happen for others by teaching Zumba classes the past two years and am having more fun all the time! I’m licensed to teach Zumba and have Group Exercise Instructor and First Aid/CPR/AED certifications.




In January of 2015 I received my 200RYT on an off the grid farm in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala called the Mystical Yoga Farm through SchoolYoga Institute. I have been practicing yoga for four years and it has helped me in so many ways with my mind and body. I have a love for helping people and I love teaching yoga for that reason. Yoga came into my life at a time that I needed guidance and after learning the beauty of the stillness in breath, I just want to share that with as many people as possible. My favorite style of yoga is Vinyasa, it feels like a dance to me and I love dancing! I am currently attending Northern Michigan University studying marketing and sustainability. I live in the Marquette Climbers’ Cooperative also so when I’m not in attending school or doing yoga, I am always climbing something. My favorite mantra is “hari om tat sat” meaning “it is what it is”.



My name is Brandon T. and I am a Nursing Student at NMU.  I've worked for the Rec Sports Department teaching fitness classes and training clients for over two years, and have roughly ten years of experience in the fitness industry. I am a 2x World Champion in Powerlifting with several World records. I currently compete in Olympic Weightlifting for the US Olympic Training Site at Northern. My philosophy of fitness revolves around circuit based training. I believe that it is the best way to burn calories and develop muscular endurance.  Feel free to drop into my class and introduce yourself!



Mind Body Soul Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor Jacqueline Gutenkunst not only connects with the body but also the mind and her spirit! High Energy call her firecracker, she will make you love to train and leave you wanting more! With having over three years of experience teaching Buts and Guts & Bootcamp, she is up to date with the latest workouts and training tips. With her HIGH intensity workouts from intermediate to advance she can make any workout fun and enjoyable always leaving you laughing. Her main goal is to have you connect with your well being, and too always have confidence in yourself when entering and gaining more confidence when leaving.




Andrew is currently a sophomore at NMU pursuing a degree in Sports Science. He has been an employee within the Rec Sports Department for the last year. Andrew has acquired his ACE Personal Trainer certification and has become the newest addition to the Rec Sports fitness training staff. Andrew is also a certified Lifeguard through the American Red Cross along with certifications in CPR, First Aid, and AED. In 2015, Andrew’s 4x800m team took 5th in the MITCA D2 Team State Finals and 22nd in the MHSAA LP D2 State Finals. Andrew also received the MHSAA Scholar Athlete Award. He recently finished his second Triathlon.




I started my journey for yoga looking for an alternative workout that could help me while training for boxing. I absolutely fell in love the first time I stepped onto my mat. Then I realized I wanted to take the next step and further my learning, and finished a 200 hour teacher training. I'm certified through Sense of Samadhi yoga studio in Bikrahm yoga. During my time teaching I have ranged in teaching power, peaceful, acro and kids/teen yoga classes.I also have been trained in Reiki, therapeutic energy healing.




Lynne has been teaching aerobics and group fitness classes for over 30 years. She is able to teach a variety of classes including step, strength and resistance training, and full body workouts that encompass your mind and body.  Her favorite thing about fitness is learning new techniques to not only enhance my personal teaching experience, but yours as well. I also love meeting new people, so I’m looking forward to seeing you in my class! It’s good to have fun while you’re getting fit!



Dax is an NMU alumni, having attended for a bachelor's degree in Architecture before obtaining his master's degree in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University. Dax currently resides in Marquette and has been teaching spinning/RPM and BodyPump classes for the last year. He is excited to be joining the NMU Rec Sports fitness staff and wants to share his passion for teaching these great courses.