The Better Me Team
Michael is a NASM nationally certified personal trainer. Mike’s passion in training is helping others, specifically those looking to lose weight and feel better. Being overweight as a child, Mike knows what it takes to live a healthier lifestyle and can help guide a beginner or more advanced trainee to be the best they can be. He firmly believes that the littlest changes easily add up to big differences!
Cindy’s passion for living a healthy lifestyle started in her late twenties. She started her fitness teaching career over 20+ years ago as an AAFA certified group exercise instructor and added other certifications in Cardio Kickboxing, Spinning, and PiYo before making a shift into yoga. After being introduced to yoga in 1998, Cindy started on a journey to integrate yoga principles into her life and her fitness classes. She was one of the first to bring yoga into the mainstream in Rochester teaching vinyasa, power flow and the first spinyasa classes. After receiving her 200 hour certification in yoga and experiencing a shoulder injury, she moved towards the therapeutic and healing side of yoga. She continues her yoga journey today as a certified yoga therapist through the Internal Association of Yoga Therapists and is an eRYT 500 and YACEP through Yoga Alliance.
Kathy teaches many different aquatics classes for RIT. She enjoys helping people enjoy fitness no matter what their ability level is. Kathy teaches at several other locations in the Rochester area and has a great time meeting different people in the community. She strives to help everyone achieve their fitness goals using aquatics as a fun exercise option.
Michelle’s passion for fitness and living a healthy lifestyle began in high school where she ran track for four seasons. Throughout college she continued running and began incorporating other activities and group exercise classes that were fun and motivated her to stay healthy. She has completed road and trail races of varying distances, including 5K, 10K and half marathon distance, and she loves group cycling and became a certified Spinning instructor in 2012. Interested in expanding her knowledge and doing more to motivate others and encourage them to fulfill healthy lifestyles, Michelle completed the RIT Fitness Specialist Workshop and became a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) in 2013. She is a personal trainer and teaches a variety of classes at RIT including Spinning, Spin & Sculpt, Boot Camp, Total Body Strength and Circuit Training and she enjoys helping people reach their fitness goals.
Shawna has always led an active lifestyle. Hiking, biking, Pilates, strength training and swimming are some of her favorite activities. In 2011, she became a certified Spinning instructor through Mad Dogg Athletics. She creates a safe, non-competitive ride with motivating music that is designed to challenge all levels of cyclists. She believes that students benefit when they are allowed to work at their own level and do not feel as though they must compete with the instructor or the other riders.
Shawna moved to Rochester in 2014 to be closer to her family and enjoys spending time with her 2 nephews, 10 year old pup named Stanley and traveling. Her favorite destination so far has been Baru, Colombia.
Denise spent her early years doing aerobics and running 5Ks. However, as an interpreter, she held lots of shoulder, neck and arm tension which lead to tendonitis and a change of careers. That change slowly sparked health changes which eventually lead her to discover the benefits of yoga. However, it wasn’t until she became certified to teach yoga (RYT200) and then certified as a personal trainer (RES-CPT) with studies under Katy Bowman of Nutritious Movement, that she really adapted her whole life to wellness. Denise enjoys balancing on one leg while waiting in lines, setting her phone alarm to take stretch breaks, removing her shoes for a tennis ball massage while typing at her standing desk, and using her squatty potty and floor seating (she doesn’t own a couch) to get more squats in throughout her day. You can count on her yoga classes to include a mix of traditional yoga postures plus functional movement exercises to practice ‘in the lab’ the moves our body is missing in daily life. She teaches Yoga and special workshops for Better Me, and Sunrise and Functional Yoga in the RIT Student Wellness courses. Denise is fluent in ASL and works at RIT/NTID Institutional Research.