Meet the Group Fitness Team

At Town Place Fitness, we strive to provide the best classes in Pittsburgh! We have an awesome team that will ensure you get the workout that you need and push you towards your fitness goals. We are here to coach you safely through our workouts while motivating and educating. Let our music, moves, energy and enthusiasm keep you inspired! Here’s our team:

Gina Ann Garcia  G Bio

Gina Ann Garcia 

Certifications: NASM-AFAA Group Exercise, Les Mills BodyPump, Body Combat, GRIT, Beachbody Insanity, P90X
Class/Training Focus: HIIT Training and Cardio Kickboxing
Personal Workout Move You like to do: I love to run and do yoga
Favorite Hobby: Reading, writing, & playing video games with my kids
Kimberly (Kim) Yvanek  G Bio

Kimberly (Kim) Yvanek 

Certifications: SoulBody Barre Unhitched
Class/Training Focus: The class I currently teach is SoulBody Barre Unhitched.  I have grown to absolutely love this format because it definitely provides a full-body strength workout.  The choreography is unique and creative and it's amazing how the smallest moves affect the different muscle groups so much.  It's tough but oh so effective!
Personal Workout Move You like to do: I love any move core related.  I feel the core area is the foundation for all movements within the body - important to keep that strong!
Favorite Hobby: I love taking other workout classes like Zumba Fitness (former instructor) and Body Flow/Yoga.  I'm also President of a nonprofit board for a substance abuse treatment center in Shadyside, Alpha House Inc.
Roger D. Oedewaldt   G Bio

Roger D. Oedewaldt  

Certifications: BodyPump, BodyCombat, AFAA Group Fitness
Class/Training Focus: Strength for functional living
Personal Workout Move You like to do: Clean & Press
Favorite Hobby: Sewing
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Jessica Spradley

Jessica is a fitness enthusiast with a love for group exercise. As a former college athlete, she considers everyone in each class part of her team. Jessica has been teaching group fitness classes since 2010. With certifications in specialized group exercise, a general group exercise certification and Les Mills Sprint she is sure to connect with you at some point on your journey.
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Chrystal

Former AFAA Personal Trainer, Aqua Instructor, and Cycling Instructor.  I started teaching cycling in 2014 and then became a personal trainer.   I took a couple of years off to pursue other interests.  After taking Les Mills classes at Town Place Fitness, I realized how much I missed teaching.  I am an NPC Fitness competitor and a former endurance runner.  My Sprint classes are all about getting it done while continuing to push your personal best.  My motto in my classes is "Start hard and finish harder."  I will be there to push you, coach you and cheer you on!
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Tasha

Meet Tasha. Tasha has a very diverse background with health and wellness. She is a certified medical health coach, personal trainer rehabilitative specialist for pain management and group fitness instructor. Tasha also has an extensive background in emergency medicine for the past 22 years. Tasha is an advanced instructor with Les Mills International and has been teaching with Les Mills since 2012. Teaching formats of Body Pump, Body Combat and GRIT she is also certified in Insanity LIVE as well as U-Jam World of Dance. Tasha has recently moved to the Pittsburgh area from Sacramento, California and is delivering a different vibe to the region straight from the west coast. Working for the U.S. Navy Department of Defense in San Diego, CA, providing our men and women who serve personal training, group fitness sessions and customized programs to get them physically ready for deployments, her background is sure to help any fitness level reach the goals they are working towards.
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Evelyn

My name is Evelyn. My fitness journey started in 2009 in Richmond, VA.  A friend brought me to my first group fitness classes, Les Mills BodyStep and BodyPump.  At first I felt silly, but I then really enjoyed it, and I was hooked!   Fitness became part of my daily life. I attended every class I could.
My leap to becoming a Group Fitness Instructor started in the summer of 2017.  Going from participant to instructor wasn't easy. The training was tough and often humbling, but the friends I made were uplifting, and helped me see it through to the end.  I got certified in Les Mills BodyAttack, and added Les Mills Tone shortly after.  It was one of the best decisions I ever made because I combined 2 things I love --helping others and working out-- never once did it feel like work!  I have since become AFAA certified, and continue to enjoy learning new things about movement, myself, and my participants with each class.
I've recently returned to Pittsburgh to be closer to family.  I am enjoying learning new class formats, and looking forward to getting to know a new Gym Family, and continuing to share the power of group fitness with others.
Looking forward to seeing you in class!
Cassie E G Bio

Cassie E

I have been CXWORX certified since 2016. I push people to challenge their limits while still having fun, with the goal of lifting others around me higher. I’m currently getting my Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University and I study how physical activity improves brain development in children! I advocate for exercise at all ages and believe it’s important for both mental and physical well-being.
Kari Kifer   G Bio

Kari Kifer  

Certifications: Les Mills Sprint and Les Mills BodyFlow
Class/Training Focus: Push hard, earn the rest.
Personal Workout Move You like to do: Curtsy Lunge
Favorite Hobby: Cooking!
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Leigh Ann

Leigh Ann often says that training with Ana Forrest is the best decision she has ever made. Since then, she has completed 5 additional teacher trainings and taught more than 6,000 hours of classes. Yoga has permeated all aspects of her life, and teaching has become her passion. Leigh Ann practices and teaches yoga as a tool for building awareness and health. She is a firm believer that classes with chairs and classes with handstands are equally valuable, and that each person’s body is different. Expect precise cues, intelligent sequencing, and a lightheartedness not normally associated with yoga.
Ashlee G Bio

Ashlee

I’m 36 years old and have been a licensed Zumba instructor since 2013. I also hold my ACE Group Fitness Certification and am also licensed to teach Strong by Zumba (2016) and Zumba Toning (2016). Zumba is my passion and I’m so lucky to be able to share it with so many people across the Pittsburgh area. I love how Zumba brings people together and is an hour just to let loose, feel sexy, healthy and carefree. Strong by Zumba holds a special place in my heart because it allows you to still let loose but also be fierce and powerful! In my classes, we leave our problems and stress at the door and as soon as the music starts we are all in our ‘zone’! I truly believe Zumba has some of the best fitness formats out there and welcome EVERYONE to try a class as I’ve seen so many folks who found it difficult to stick with a fitness routine turn into a Zumba fanatic and see real results!
Caroline Nicolian G Bio

Caroline Nicolian

Certifications:ACE certified National Group Fitness Instructor, P90X, Cycle Fusion, Les Mills BodyPump, Zumba
Class/Training Focus: Although my classes vary, my main intention is to help people build confidence that they can carry into their everyday lives outside of class. I am also a stickler for good form, so I encourage quality over quantity.
Personal Workout Move You like to do: I love working my upper body in strength sessions, and I love push-ups and burpees!
Favorite Hobby: My favorite hobby is also my profession. Along with teaching, I am a professional actress/singer. I also love to watch scary movies with my hubby.
Elizabeth G Bio

Elizabeth

I have been teaching group exercise since 2015. Group exercise brings people together and I enjoy seeing connections that are made through sweating together. You can catch me teaching CX Worx and P90X, but I have been known to sub for just about anything! In my classes, expect to be challenged, but also modifications suitable for all levels. When not at the gym, I enjoy crafts and watching Hallmark Movies.
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Kamini

Kamini has been a fitness instructor since 2006. A LesMills junkie, Kamini is certified in BodyPump, BodyCombat, BodyStep and BodyJam. Kamini is a sports enthusiast. If she is not with her family and friends, you will find her watching sports or attending sporting events.
Cassie G Bio

Cassie

Certifications: Cycle Fusion Level 1
Class/Training Focus: My classes are designed to raise your heart rate, burn fat and jam out to awesome music.
Personal Workout Move You like to do: When I’m off the bike, I’m usually training for my next race. One of my favorite workout moves is squats to help strengthen my glutes.
Favorite Hobby: My favorite past time is knitting.
Lee Bernard  G Bio

Lee Bernard 

Certifications: Cycle, Les Mills Sprint
Class/Training Focus: Les Mills Sprint is HIIT training on a bike. During each class we strive to hit our maximum HR and push our bodies into the high intensity interval training zone. The result is a fantastic workout in 30 minutes
Personal Workout Move You like to do: I can’t select just one move because there are so many that I like. My top 3 are sprinting (during cycle), Tuck Jumps, and Shoulder presses
Favorite Hobby: Exercising with friends
Maria Porco  G Bio

Maria Porco 

Certifications:Les Mills Body Pump and Les Mills Sprint
Class/Training Focus: Having fun and wanting the members to come back for more
Personal Workout Move You like to do: Squats and Planks
Favorite Hobby: Running
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Bilean Purdy

Certifications: Cycling Fusion Indoor Cycling, Barre Above, G.E.A.R.: Indoor Cycling
Class/Training Focus: Teach fitness classes to improve strength, flexibility, cardiovascular conditioning, or general fitness of participants. Lead, instruct, motivate a wide range age group of cardiovascular activities, and strength train.
Personal Workout Move You like to do: The Twisting Plank
Favorite Hobby: Biking, Hiking and Shopping
Wendy G Bio

Wendy

I'm an experienced group fitness instructor since 2001 and hold certifications in: AFAA/NASM, BodyPump, BodyCombat, BodyStep, BodyFlow, BodyJam, BodyAttack, and SoulBody Barre Unhitched. Attend one of my classes, you'll experience my passion and enthusiasm while getting a fun, fulfilling workout. When not teaching, I'm an active mother of two and enjoy spending time with my family or volunteering at their school.
Lauren Runkel  G Bio

Lauren Runkel 

Certifications: AFAA Group Exercise, Les Mills BodyPump, BodyAttack, Sprint, Grit
Class/Training Focus: Varies by class, but overall to make a space where everyone feels comfortable and can focus on reaching their fitness goals.
Personal Workout Move You like to do: Running & squats
Favorite Hobby: Anything to do with water (swimming, boating, relaxing on the beach)
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Bilean

I have been a Group Fitness Instructor for more than a decade, teaching Core, Boot Camp, Barre Above and Indoor Cycling. I am CPR-AED, AFAA, Cycling Fusion, G.E.A.R Indoor Cyclingand Barre Above Certified. I believe in fitness as an integral component of a balanced life. I am committed to helping members find that balance by helping them reach their fitness goals through encouragement and positive reinforcement. My classes are strong, energetic and motivating. I love the Sunshine and enjoy outdoor activities, such as Biking and Hiking. I believe to be “Solar Powered”.
Shannon Joseph G Bio

Shannon Joseph

Certifications: Les Mills Body Pump
Class/Training Focus:Body Pump is an overall full body workout.  It is predominately based on strength, but is for beginners through advanced!
Personal Workout Move You like to do: I like to mix running with HIIT/strength exercises
Favorite Hobby: I enjoy exercising and spending time with family and friends.
Emily G Bio

Emily

My name is Emily Jeffries, and I’m so excited to be a group exercise instructor at Town Place Fitness! I am a pre-professional dancer at Point Park University, and I have been a group exercise instructor for a number of years now. I love to share my passion for fitness with the city of Pittsburgh, it’s been a dream come true! I also love making personal connections with the members; seeing familiar and new faces in my classes every week makes me smile! I’m looking forward to meeting you soon, come join in on the fun at Town Place Fitness!