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Group Fitness Schedule at Franklin Health & Fitness

Group X Instructors

Cathy Long

Group Exercise Director

STEP, Fitness Boot Camp, CardioTabata & PowerHouse Instructor

Born: Huntington, WV

Education: Marshall University, BS in Chemistry and Mathematics; West Virginia University, Doctor of Medicine; West Virginia University, Residency in Anesthesiology and Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesia

Fitness Certifications: ACE Group Exercise, Empower Kick Boxing, BOSU Integrated Balance Training

In the Fitness Industry: 35 years

Teaches: Step Aerobics, Boot Camp, Tabata, Powerhouse

Hobbies: flower gardening, hiking, reading, travel

Jamie O'Donoghue

Total Body & PowerHouse Instructor

Born: Knoxville, TN

Education: University of Tennessee, BS in Human Development; Masters of Art in Teaching-Physical Education

Fitness Certifications: ISSA Personal Training, Crossfit, Crossfit Kids

In the Fitness Industry: 10 years

Teaches: Total Body, Powerhouse and Zumba

Hobbies: Spending time with my family!

Lauren Villanti

Total Body Instructor

Born: Sylva, NC

Education: Western Carolina University, BS in Nutrition and Dietetics

Fitness Certifications: ISSA Personal Training, CrossFit

In the Fitness Industry: 2 years

Teaches: Total Body, CrossFit

Hobbies: anything outdoors, shopping-especially shoes

Jade Hervey

Zumba Instructor

Born: West Palm Beach, FL

Education: Southwestern Community College, Associates in Arts Fitness Certifications: Zumba, Zumba Toning

In the Fitness Industry: 7 years

Teaches: Zumba

Hobbies: Working out, traveling, going to concerts, spending time with friends and family, shopping and lots more!

Jane Brown

Yoga Instructor

Born: England

Education: England

Fitness Certifications: Lighten Up! Yoga and Healing Arts 200 hours (BKS lyengar), Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers

In the Fitness Industry: 18 years

Teaches: Yoga

Hobbies: Hiking, camping, gardening, birding and cooking

Tom Brown

Yoga Instructor

Born: Sioux Falls, SD

Education: BA in Art/Art History

Fitness Certification: Lighten Up! Yoga & Healing Arts, Teacher Training Institute 230 hours

In the Fitness Industry: 14 years

Teaches: Yoga

Hobbies: gardening, cooking, birding, taking yoga classes and drawing classes

Chris Federico

Yoga Instructor

Yoga teacher Chris Federico shares her passion for moving meditation with Gentle Flow vinyasa. Registered with Yoga Alliance, she holds a Masters Degree in Education and taught secondary language arts for 35 years in Florida. She used yoga in the classroom to inspire, motivate, and calm students, and also led faculty in yoga practice. An avid outdoor enthusiast, she teaches paddleboard yoga and leads adventure yoga hikes for Nantahala Hiking Club and Alarka Expeditions. Ten years ago, she suffered a serious back injury and believes yoga played a key role in her recovery. Today, she shares her compassion and body wisdom with her back-friendly yoga classes.

Russ Pullen

Yogalates Instructor

An Upstate-New York native and Army vet, Russ moved to South Florida to attend Florida Atlantic University where he got a Bachelor of Science in Math and married his wife, Kim. In 1994, he moved to Orlando and after five years as a high school Math teacher and tennis coach, turned to his passion—fitness—and hit the ground running with 50+ attendees flocking to his energetic Kickboxing classes. He also became a personal fitness trainer, and raced in half and full Marathons in Chicago, San Diego, Virginia Beach, and Orlando. In the early 2000’s, he was swept off his feet by Yoga and has been an avid instructor ever since.

In 2006, Russ and Kim opened Studio One Wellness, and Russ received his Florida massage license. He taught and served in numerous gyms and spas in Central Florida including the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, the Gaylord Palms, and the Orlando Hyatt Regency.

With the attitude it’s never too late to learn, in December 2018 Russ graduated with Honors from Liberty University with a master’s degree in Life Coaching. In the summer of 2019, he and his family moved to mountains of Western North Carolina and Russ joined the Franklin Health and Fitness staff.

When he’s not hanging out with his family or helping others to stay healthy and fit, you can usually find Russ trekking or riding trails in the Nantahala National Forest.

Michelle LiBasci

Fit for Life Instructor

Michelle is both a certified personal trainer and a licensed massage therapist who loves bringing relief and results to her clients both through massage therapy and by helping them achieve their fitness goals. Both of these skill sets give her a unique advantage to offer you a great workout with our Fit for Life class. She would love to help you realize and achieve your full potential!

Hobbies: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Dance, Travel, Healthy Cooking

Charlotte Weingartner

Zumba Instructor

Born: Kansas City, MO

Education: University of Missouri, Bachelor's in Physical Therapy; University of Missouri, Master's in Exercise Physiology; Arizona School of Health Science, Doctorate in Physical Therapy

Fitness Certification: ACSM Health/Fitness Specialist

Teaches: Zumba

Hobbies: hiking, dance, pottery

Cheryl Contino-Conner

Tabata Boot Camp & Powerhouse Instructor

Born: Akron, OH

Education: Western Carolina University-BS in Education; Western Carolina University-Master's in Business Administration; Western Carolina University-Masters in Education

In the Fitness Industry: 14 years

Teaches: Tabata Boot Camp, Powerhouse

Hobbies: Cheering on my kids (both are athletes, Harrison at WCU and Kennedy at FHS), going to the lake, kayaking/boating, listening to music, chopping/stacking wood, yard work, gardening, outdoor exercise and watching GLEE

Ginger England

Yoga Instructor

Born: Atlanta, GA

Education: University of Georgia, BS in Home Economics

Fitness Certification: Yoga Teacher Certification-200 hour-Peachtree Yoga Center In the Fitness Industry: 5 years

Teaches: Yoga

Hobbies: enjoying my grand kids, yoga, working out, photo editing, travel

April Ximenez

Zumba, Fit for Life & Silver Sneakers Instructor

Born in Miami, Florida

I've been teaching Zumba for 9 years in May 2019

Licensed in: Zumba, Zumbatomics, Zumba Sentao, Zumba Toning, and Strong by Zumba

My hobbies include being creative weather it be home goods, fashion, or design. I also enjoy coordinating social “outings”, fundraisers, and benefits. I also love to travel and to garden.

Kim Bourque

Yoga Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Tracy Hutchinson

Prime Time & Fitness Boot Camp Instructor

Born: Clearwater, FL

Education: Dunedin High School, Dunedin, FL

Fitness Certification: AFFA group fitness. AFFA personal training. Maddog spinning certification In the Fitness Industry: 15 years

Teaches: Prime Time

Hobbies: hiking, biking and horse back riding

Lauren Chapman

Fit for Life Instructor

Lauren's hobbies aside from fitness are hiking and horseback riding. "I just love being outdoors! I have such a passion for personal training because it allows me to personally help people transform their lives. I love that even on a bad day, people can come in for a workout with me and I can be a positive light in their day."

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