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We believe physical activity and exercise are vital to the well-being of every person. Here in Campus Recreation, we are actively working on virtual opportunities which will allow our #ActiveILLINI to access the resources they need to thrive in the classroom and in life. We encourage you to reach out to us if you have thoughts on how to help the Campus Rec community stay connected or ideas for resources we can provide during this time.


Q: What format do you teach?

Q: How long have you been teaching?
A: 1.5 years

Q: How long have you been teaching at Campus Recreation?
A: 1.5 years – My teaching debut was at the ARC in MP2!

Q: Do you have another role at the University?
A: I’m a graduate student completing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA at the Gies College of Business.

Q: What motivated you to become a certified group fitness instructor?
A: This is a crazy story, brace yourself! I became an instructor because of a bet/dare I made with my grad school best buddy. We have both been regular and avid participants in group fitness classes at campus rec, especially BODYATTACK. We would get so energized and really have fun in there! Around Summer 2018, we made this dare that if we were still regular participants by the next year, we would become instructors. We laughed because it was ridiculous, said “hahaha, sure, deal!”, and then I just kept living my life. Then Fall 2018 hits, and I heard news that the ARC was hosting an Initial Training Module for BODYCOMBAT! This is the moment I remembered about the dare and decided I wanted to try something absolutely crazy and go through with it! Not even half a year into the timeframe, I jumped in with both feet, attended the instructor training, and next thing I knew I was teaching my first BODYCOMBAT class on a Thursday morning at 6:30am in January of 2019! In less than a year, I went from being a mild couch potato to a fitness instructor. Wild ride, right? 

So that’s great and all, but why did I stay and kept teaching? For one, I fell in love with it, and teaching has become an integral part of my life. Also, this community has empowered and energized me, and this is a great opportunity to give back to others. Last but not least, it’s such a pleasure to see my participants grow in their fitness journeys!

Q: What is your fitness philosophy?
A: Once you find an activity/program/plan that works for you, you will find yourself working for it.

Q: When you’re not regularly teaching, what are the other ways you like to stay active?
A: I ride my bike everywhere! When the gym is open, I make time for some weight training. I’m also always down some active outdoor adventures, it wakes up my childlike playfulness, and I love that!

Q: When you’re not teaching your own classes, what type(s) of group fitness class(es) could we find you in?
A: You’ll definitely find me in BODYATTACK, occasionally BODYPUMP, and I’ve been trying a little bit of yoga as well (for better stability and balance so I can kick higher 😉).

Q: What is your favorite post-workout meal/snack?
A: I teach 6:30am classes, so I have breakfast right after. My go-to meal is eggs, toast with cream cheese and jam, fruits (typically banana + berries) and with a cup of hot coffee. Simple and satisfying.

Q: Do you have a favorite source of workouts, fitness blogger, or health-related podcast that you’d recommend?
A: I have started following classes on Les Mills on Demand. On top of my regular go-to formats, I’ve been enjoying BODYFLOW and GRIT. Before I attended classes, I used to find workouts in the large collection on the FitnessBlender YouTube channel.

Q: What is your favorite way to practice mindfulness?
A: First, I try to get enough sleep at night, this goes a long way. Also, meditation (even if it’s just 2min in the shower) and journaling really help me stay grounded and present.


Being “A Place For Everyone” means we acknowledge and respect every member of our community. We strive to ensure our guests and staff are treated equally and have the resources they need to thrive. We exercise, live and learn together and in that effort to support members of our community, we would like to provide you with just a few of the resources from our campus partners to assist you during these challenging times. Remember that with challenge comes an opportunity for growth and positive change.


In order to continue to serve the Campus Recreation community, our group fitness instructors are offering live virtual group fitness classes and meet-ups throughout the week. These virtual workouts will be streamed via Zoom (click here to learn more about using Zoom) and offer a great way to add some exercise, routine, and social interaction to your day!

We want to make a special shout out to American Campus Communities for Sponsoring our Summer II virtual classes. Without their partnership, we would not be able to continue this service. Thank you so much, American Campus, for helping us provide a needed resource to our members! 

View this week's virtual class schedule: June 29 – July 3


The Mayo Clinic recommends incorporating the following five elements into your regular exercise routine: aerobic activity, strength training, core exercises, balance training, and flexibility/stretching. The workout plan included below incorporates a variety of formats that will allow you to meet these goals. Just pick the combination of workouts that work for you!

View this week’s workout plan


A growing body of evidence suggests that listening to music while exercising can improve the quality of your workout. Just as we would give our muscles a rest after an intense strength workout, it’s also important to engage in cognitive rest to promote mental health, and one great way to give your brain a rest is to head outside on a meandering walk. This weeks’ playlist is the perfect soundtrack for your next morning, lunch-hour, or evening stroll!

Walk it Out Playlist


Niçoise is most often used in the name of a salad that typically includes tomatoes, olives, and anchovies. In general Niçoise means, “in the style of Nice, France”. Try this delicious, Asparagus Niçoise Salad! Bon Appetit!


  • 1 pound small red potatoes (about 10), halved
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and halved crosswise 
  • 3 pouches (2-1/2 ounces each) albacore white tuna in water
  • 1/2 cup pitted Greek olives, halved (optional)
  • 1/2 cup zesty Italian salad dressing


  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, until tender, 10-12 minutes, adding asparagus during the last 2-4 minutes of cooking.
  3. Drain potatoes and asparagus; immediately drop into ice water.
  4. To serve, drain potatoes and asparagus; pat dry and divide among 4 plates.
  5. Add tuna and, if desired, olives. Drizzle with dressing. Enjoy!