The Better Me Team

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Jamie Carr
Cycling Instructor
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Cindy Edington
Yoga Instructor

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. 

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Kathy Hermann
Aqua fit, Water Walking, and Aqua Pilates

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.

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Michelle Lezette
Spin, Spin & Sculpt, Boot camp, and personal trainer

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.  

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Olivia Rotondo
Yoga Instructor
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Denise Wellin
Yoga Instructor

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. 

 

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James Whelan
BOOT CAMP, MOBILITY, KETTLE BELL, PERSONAL TRAINER