Group Fitness Instructors


Meet Your Group Fitness Instructors:



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.



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. 



Makayla is a sophomore at NMU. She is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. She competes in powerlifting for the USAPL and have been involved in health and fitness for almost 5 years!

My goal is to help others view exercising regularly as enjoyable and not an inconvenience. My classes will have a focus on fat loss, strength training, and muscle building. Hope to see you there!




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.