Group Fitness Instructors


Meet Your Group Fitness Instructors:



 I've participated in group fitness most of my life – athletics, military training, and most recently, drop-in classes. When I maintain my physical health, my wellness 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 love helping others experience these things by teaching Zumba classes and am having more fun all the time! I’m licensed to teach Zumba and STRONG by Zumba and have a group exercise certification through the American Council on Exercise.



Mary Connor (Nirinjan Dev) is a graduate of NMU Exercise Science program 2000.  Mary is an E-RYT 500 level instructor as well as an CAHC certified Ayurveda Health counselor. Mary has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1998. An athlete that spends as much time as she can cycling and skiing and found yoga to be the best way to stay in great shape even at the age of 60. She also has her own yoga school where at teach people how to teach yoga and is on her 3rd group of students bringing this ancient science of Yoga to this modern hectic world. Yoga’s physical work has so many healing affects on the entire Mind, Body and Spirit. A true wellness program for the 21st century. 


 Amanda (E-RYT 200) is a sensitive and empathic teacher who utilizes intuition to tap into what she believes people need during a yoga class. Trained in Baron Baptise Power Yoga, with additional certifications in Yin and Yoga Body Bootcamp, her number one goal in teaching is to make her students feel emotionally and physically safe. She strives to make the room warm and inviting and enjoys using fun and engaging music to further deepen the experience of the practice. 

 Amanda enjoys teaching vinyasa sequences that focus on connecting breath to movement while also incorporating power based movements that strengthen the core, legs, and arms. For slower and cooler Yin- based classes, Amanda enjoys cultivating a space that allows for meditation and deep contemplation. In her own practice, she finds inspiration in arm balances and inversions and enjoys sharing these empowering poses with her students. She believes that yoga has the power to heal us from the inside out by offering community, connection, and balance for both the body and mind. 


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.


Charise has been on a fitness journey for, well let's say more than a decade or two.  She enjoys family, travel, adventures, fishing and the outdoors.  She is certified in Pilates, Core and Strength Training.  She has group fitness training and a special interest in HIIT programs.  Her instructional philosophy is CCC:  choices, chances, changes:  you make a CHOICE  to take a CHANCE and your life WILL CHANGE.


Kate F  has taught group fitness on and off for the past 15 years.  She started with teaching Step Aerobics at NMU in 2002 and eventually added Strength and Conditioning and Pilates classes.  Kate then went on to GVSU in 2007 for physical therapy school and is now a practicing Physical Therapist in the area. Within her field, she has worked in the areas of orthopedics, women's health, and pediatrics.  Kate has a long history of interest in wellness and movement and loves to share this with others. Kate has done many sports and enjoyed them all - the list includes skiing, biking, swimming, running, dance, soccer, tennis, and any others that pique her interest!  Currently, one of Kate's main hobbies is learning ballet and you can see her now and again appear in dance performances in town. Most of all, though, Kate is just excited to be teaching Pilates again at NMU and hopes to have a fun class that participants feel is accessible, knowledgeable, and a good work out!




Sheree is a Marquette native and graduate of NMU. In her spare time, she spends time with family and friends and enjoys all the things the U.P. has to offer like hiking, chasing waterfalls and being outdoors. 
Sheree has been a fitness instructor since 2012, and has taught many variations of group fitness like: Zumba, PIYO, Pilates, Ballet Barre, Kickboxing, Yoga, Strength, and Circuit to name a few. She became a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2014 and has worked with individuals helping them recover from injury and surgery. She has helped people reach their personal goals of weight loss and toning for special events such as a wedding day or vacations. 
Her passion is to help others feel good in their own skin, making them stronger inside and out. She has a “come as you are. Start where you are.” attitude making her classes easy to follow at any age or fitness level and comfortable to be a member of.