Ahna fell in love with group fitness while attending Syracuse University where she completed Masters' Degrees in Communication and Education. Ahna holds certifications in AFAA Group Exercise, LesMills BodyStep™, Zumba Fitness®, and is CPR/AED certified. Ahna attends many continuing education workshops and trainings each year to ensure participants get the most out of their workout. Ahna's goal for every class is that it is safe, fun, and effective! Ahna loves teaching and it shows! Each class is a memorable experience. Come and experience it for yourself!
Anne Roberts :
Anne graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. After working as an engineer she discovered that, although very profitable, left her feeling unfulfilled. Instead, she decided to pursue her love of fitness and deep desire to help people by becoming an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. Anne has been a trainer for the past 13 years across the country from Montana to Maryland. She has developed programs for a variety of people during this time, ranging from seniors to moms to kids. Aside from training, Anne has also been a group exercise instructor teaching Lite Sculpt and Aerobics, Sports and Conditioning, Core class, Youth Fitness and Teen Strength Training. She is excited to be a part of The Aerobics and Fitness Studio!
Our newest TaBOOTa instructor, Cobbie Kessie, is a native of Houston, Texas. His zest for life and passion for fitness are a welcome addition to our team. He recently completed the BODYPUMP initial training, is an AFAA certified personal trainer, and maintains CPR/AED/First Aid certification as well. Cobbie was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 7, which gives him unique insight in knowing how to balance nutrition and an active lifestyle. He enjoys going to the beach, watching documentaries, and traveling.
Kate Mercier :
Hi, I’m Kate Mercier. I live in Granby with my three
children, ages 23, 21 and 11 as well as my yellow lab, Toby and Piper the cat.
I work with Kim at HCC as an adjunct professor in the field of health and
nutrition. I also taught public school for fourteen years in the areas of
health and PE. I enjoy being outdoors
(when it’s warm!!), riding my bike, walking and reading. I am excited about
teaching classes at The Aerobics and Fitness Studio. I used to teach all kinds of fitness classes
and even dance classes. I enjoy any kind of fitness and am looking forward to
meeting new people at The Studio.
If you have yet to try and dance your way into shape, you are seriously missing out! I am a life-long athlete with years of dance instruction behind me - Zumba is the blissful marriage of those two worlds! I have been attending Zumba classes since 2009. I decided to take my passion for Zumba to the next level and trained to become an instructor. In July 2012, I trained with the stellar Kelly Bullard to become licensed in Zumba Toning as well. In November 2012, I honed my skills in new world rhythms with the amazing Tony Witt and inspiring Gina Grant. Add Zumba CORE and Zumba GLUTES to all of the above and you are in for a seriously awesome workout when you join me for a dance party! I am ecstatic to bring Zumba to a room full of folks who are ready to take care of themselves - anyone can do it and I am prepared to show you how.
Kim graduated from UCLA with a Business and Economics degree and has been actively involved in the fitness industry since 1985. She is an AFAA Certification Specialist and has taught classes and presented programs throughout the United States and also in Europe. Kim holds many Internationally recognized fitness certifications, including ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Coach, LesMills: BodyPump™, BodyStep™, and Born To Move™, AFAA: Group Fitness, Kickboxing, Personal Trainer, Step; ACE Group Fitness; Spinning®; CPR/AED and First Aid, and has completed advanced instructor training in BodyPump™ and BodyStep™. Kim has consistently directed Group Fitness programs on the West Coast, in the Mid-West, and on the East Coast. Kim also teaches CPR/AED and First Aid courses and is an Adjunct Professor and Academic Advisor at Holyoke Community College.
Natalie (aka Natie) has always been passionate about fitness and dance. She is a blend of athlete and dancer, and enjoys incorporating both into her fitness regimen. She is a competitive cross country runner who challenges herself in 5k obstacle races. Natalie's out-of-the-box approach is what she is known for because it produces results. As a licensed Zumba® instructor, she brings her unique flavor to every one of her classes and always makes them powerful and fresh experiences you will not want to miss!
Patricia has loved to move all her life. She majored in Dance and Psychology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and danced with a modern dance company in Minneapolis. She eventually chose a career in psychology while sustaining her love of movement through her involvement in yoga, qi gong, Pilates, and social dance. Currently, Patricia is a faculty member in the Psychology Department at Springfield College and has a private psychotherapy practice. She is particularly interested in the importance of exercise in supporting optimum mental health and loves the benefits of group fitness classes. A BODYPUMP aficionado for the past 7 years, she has recently completed the initial training toward becoming a certified BODYPUMP instructor.
Steve has been an outdoor enthusiast all his life, with primary passions in skiing (downhill and cross country), hiking, and kayaking. He discovered BodyPump™ six years ago and has directly experienced how valuable it has been, not just for improving performance in outdoor sports, but also for strengthening the entire body so that everyday chores are easier and less likely to provoke injury. Steve is also a professional medical writer, so he understands (and enjoys sharing) the anatomy and physiology behind the many changes that are possible with regular participation in BodyPump™. He is excited about helping others improve their strength, endurance, and overall fitness.