Instructors

Abbie
Ali
Amanda
Amy B
Becky
Bill
Elisabeth
Hillary
Jamila
Jane
Lyn
Lynne
Maria
"Popeye"
Robin K
Robin M
Sean
Stacey

Abbie Carter

Abbie Carter

Abbie got her start in group fitness by first being a participant and got hooked on the group effect. She teaches a range of classes including BODYPUMP, BODYATTACK, and INSANITY. She attended the University of Illinois where she received both her bachelor's in English and her master's in Educational Organization and Leadership. Abbie and her husband, Weston, moved to Auburn in the fall of 2014 from Illinois to pursue Weston's job as Video Director for Auburn Athletics. They have a daughter, Savannah, and two Maltese Poodles named Gus and Bam Bam. She has been working at HealthPlus since the fall of 2014.

Ali Campbell

Ali Campbell

Ali Campbell has been teaching at Health Plus since she moved to Auburn, a little over 2 years ago. Ali competes in Triathlons on the National level, and loves to be outside training, and playing with her 5 year old dog, Max. Ali is certified to teach every class offered at Health Plus, and loves group classes because each person motivates one another. Ali's favorite class to teach is Body Attack because it is high energy and challenging.

Amanda Haralson

Amanda Haralson

Amanda has been teaching group fitness classes since she turned 18 and was legally able to teach them! She started her journey in the fitness industry teaching Spinning and Body Pump at multiple YMCAs in Birmingham, Alabama (her home town). She now holds an AFAA certification in group exercise and teaches Les Mills Body Pump, RPM and Body Attack. She also is certified to teach Insanity, Boot Camp, Abs, and any cardio/strength conditioning class.

Amanda is also Registered Nurse and works in The Surgery Center at EAMC.

In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends. She loves all types of exercise and also enjoys studying the exercises to further understand the benefits and impact they have on the body. Running and cycling are her favorite forms of exercise, as well as lifting weights.

Amanda is married to her wonderful husband, Clay, and recently just had a son, Warren. They also have 2 puppies (Rooney and Gemma) and two cats (Spud and Gus Gus).

Amy Barron

Amy Barron

Amy has been certified as a Group Exercise Instructor with AFAA and certified in Body Pump and RPM by Les Mills. She received a B.S. degree in Health Promotion from Auburn University. Amy has been actively teaching group fitness classes since 2000 and has been teaching at Health Plus since March 2007.

Amy and her husband, Scott, have lived in Auburn since 1999. They have three children: a son named Connor and two daughters named Cameron and Cierra. When Amy is not working out, she enjoys going to the beach, working in her yard and hanging out with family and friends.

Becky Anders

Becky Anders

Becky is certified as a group fitness instructor through AFAA. She has been employed with HealthPlus since August 2006. Becky also is certified in Zumba, pilates, cycling and Body Pump. She is a personal trainer in Pilates on the Pilates Reformer apparatus. Becky loves teaching and would love for you to visit her classes!

She and her husband, Ron, have been married 18 years and they have three children Joshua, 14; Patrick, 12; and Camille, 9. Becky has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Auburn University. The Anders are active members at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Auburn.

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  • I'm married to Ron Anders and we have three children: Joshua, Patrick, and Camille
  • Certified Group Fitness Instructor through AFAA. Also certified in Zumba, Pilates, Body Pump & Cycling
  • B.S. Auburn University, Elementary Education
Some things that make me "unique"
  • Former AU Cheerleader
  • Personal trainer on the Pilates Reformer
  • My other dream job would be to own a clothing boutique.
  • I love to shop!!!!
  • I grew up on a farm in South Alabama
Why I joined HP?

I have always been active and enjoyed working out. I have been a member of several gyms in town, but HP is hands down the best! I love that my kids are welcome, and we can enjoy the gym as a family. Everyone is always so kind and welcoming. The facility is top notch as well. Just a great overall atmosphere.

Why did I start teaching?

I was attending a few classes at HP several years ago and said to a few friends, "I can do this". My children were finally at an age where they were not so needy and I decided to go for it!!

I knew I would love it and would want to get certified in many things. I love all my classes in such different ways. Zumba allows me to just let go and have fun. It is so rewarding to see people working out and laughing at the same time! I have a ball watching everyone dance. What a great class! Pilates is such a science, I am not sure I will ever stop studying the method that Joseph Pilates began so many years ago. I love to help people feel better. Pilates offers so many benefits to healing the body. Body Pump is rewarding and so much fun to teach. People love this class and I am grateful to be a part of it. 50+/Low Impact was my first class to teach, and I will always have a special place for this group. They have watched me and helped me grow as a teacher.

I love my job and I am so thankful for the opportunity to be involved with such a great group of people!!

Bill Perry

Bill Perry

Bill has been teaching at HealthPlus for 5 years. He is a certified Cycling Instructor and has a BA from Auburn University and Banking School Degree from LSU. He is a partner in First Commercial Capital which is a commercial mortgage brokerage company. He is married to Jane and they have four children.

Bill's motto is "Dum vivimus, vivamus, Let us live while we live!". He has completed Ironman events, numerous triathlons, marathons, duathlons and mountain bike races. He has many plaques, trophies and medals to commemorate these events, but more importantly the fellowship and memories of the people and places. His favorite classes to teach are Cycling and Boot Camp.

Elisabeth Ingram

Elisabeth Ingram

Elisabeth has been teaching classes at Health Plus since 2015. She holds an AFAA certification in group exercise and loves teaching Body Pump, because exercising is much more fun with friends!

Elisabeth and her husband, Mark, live in Auburn and have two children, Dylan and Hannah, and three dogs. She works as a civil engineer and enjoys spending time with her family and watching her kids play sports.

Hillary Shulman

Jane Hubbard Perry

Classes: RPM and Body Pump

I am originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. I moved to Auburn in 2012 and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Physical Activity and Health in May of 2016. I am now a full time personal trainer and just started teaching at Health Plus. I have two cats, Chips and Pluto, and a dog named Lucy who I just rescued! I train my clients and live everyday with one philosophy in mind: if it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

Jamila Turner

Jamila Turner
  • Classes: Zumba Years
  • Family: 5 immediate family members and a ton of non-immediate family
  • Pets: Cocoa and Jake Turner
  • Philosophy: God 1st, everything else will find it's place
"Just keep swimming. - Dory"

Jane Perry

Jane Hubbard Perry

Jane is a certified AFAA Group Fitness instructor. She is also a Les Mills certified RPM instructor, as well as a certified Yoga instructor. She has been teaching since 1997. She has a BS degree in Finance from Auburn University and is a Mortgage Loan Originator. She and her husband, Bill have children at Auburn High School and in College at Auburn University.

When Jane is not in the gym she is mountain biking, hiking, or running outdoors. Her favorite classes to teach are RPM, Yoga, HIIT, and Bootcamp.

Lyn Causey

Lyn Causey

Lyn grew up in eastern Virginia, and moved to Auburn from the Washington, D.C. area. She has been teaching Zumba and Zumba Gold at HealthPlus since 2015. She loves to dance and enjoys the fun and relaxed atmosphere of Zumba classes.

Lynne Darden

Lynne Darden

Lynne has been teaching group fitness for 15 + years and has been at HealthPlus since the gym opened. She holds certifications in group fitness, personal training and precision cycling. Her favorite classes are cycling, water aerobics, boot camp and body toning. Lynne has a Bachelors Degree in Marketing from Auburn University.

She and her husband Greg have one son, Patrick who is 16. They live at Lake Martin.

She invites each of you to come take one of her classes.

Her Motto
It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you have some fun along the way

Maria Hooker

Maria Hooker

Maria has been a certified Aquatics Instructor for 5 years and has been teaching at HealthPlus for 1 year. She and her husband Larry have 2 children Anna and Andrew. They also have two Labrador Retrievers, Winnie and Pooh.

She has a Bachelors degree from Auburn. Her most notable accomplishment was completing all of her schooling in regular public schools even though she was born deaf. She has a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do and has taught karate classes. She and her husband traveled two times to Russia to adopt their two children.

Her favorite sport is swimming. She swam with the Auburn University swim team for two years. She also competes in many running races and has been in several triathlons. Most recently she has practiced swimming with the Auburn Masters Swim Team.

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Water Aerobics Instructor since 2007

  • Originally from Tallassee, Alabama
  • Married for 15 years to Larry
  • Adopted two children from Russia in November 2003; Anna & Andrew
  • Two other "children" are Winnie and Pooh (Labrador Retrievers)
  • Graduated from Alex City Junior College and Auburn University with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Special Education and Rehabilitation
  • Besides working at HealthPlus, she also works part-time at "Four Paws" Boutique, an animal daycare and grooming service. Began working there because of her love for dogs
Some things that make me "unique"
  • Maria was born deaf but this has never stopped her from participating in things she enjoys and reaching her goals
  • Swam on the Auburn University Swim Team for 2 years
  • Member of the American Taekwondo Association attaining a fourth degree black belt
  • Has participated in numerous runs from 5K's up to half marathons, a few triathlons and swim meets with the Masters Swim Program
Why did you get certified to teach and what keeps you motivated to continue?

Decided to become a member in 2005 at HealthPlus and later to become a water aerobics teacher because of the pool and her love for swimming.

Maria also enjoys some of the other classes at HealthPlus like spinning, Body Pump and Boot Camp. She also works out on her own running on the treadmills and swimming

Maria enjoys teaching because of the friendliness of the co-workers and members

"Popeye" Bill Jordan

"Popeye" Bill Jordan

I have been instructing at HealthPlus Fitness since September 2016.

I am married to Amanda Jordan and have two wonderful children, Brianna and Carrson. My oldest daughter is married and I have a granddaughter named Natalie. This is why I am known as “Popeye” that’s what my granddaughter calls me.

"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength"

Robin Kurtz

Robin Kurtz

Robin comes from Boston and works at HP and also as a psychologist in private practice. She is married to Gilbert and they have a bunch of cats and a dog. They are all rescued and are very special. She teaches BodyPump, step, yoga, pilates, Water in Motion, Tabata and cycling every blue moon.

Philosophy
"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference." -Elie Wiesel

Robin Marshall

Robin Marshall

Robin is a licensed Zumba, Zumba Gold, and Zumba Step instructor. She joined the Healthplus team when she moved to Auburn in 2016.

She was born in Auburn but moved away when she was 5 yrs old to Dothan, AL.

Her background in dance started at age 3 here in Auburn. She studied classical ballet, tap, and jazz for 10 years. She was a member of the Southeast Alabama Dance Company and was in numerous productions of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake in Dothan.

Her primary job has been in healthcare as a Licensed Practical Nurse for the past 25 years, specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

She is married to Bob Marshall. They have two grown children , a beautiful new granddaughter, and one very special rescue kitty to share life with.

Sean Macdonald

Sean Macdonald

Sean has been teaching at Health Plus since 2008. He is certified in Body Pump and Zumba. Sean is from Miami Florida and moved to Auburn where he met his wife Ha. He has four beautiful daughters.

Sean enjoys group fitness because he prefers to work out among friends. Teaching Body Pump offers him a chance to strength train and he finds it motivating to motivate others. He also finds the Latin music of Zumba to be energizing and it makes for the perfect cardio workout to compliment the Body Pump classes. Sean also enjoys Boot Camp and Circuits for their workouts that allow you to make the class as intense or fun as you want.

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Member since 2007. Instructor since June 2008

  • Married to wife, Ha, for 18 years and have 4 girls (ages 10 – 17)
  • Originally from South Florida (mostly Miami)
  • My "real job" is an Internet software engineer for a company based in Utah
Some things that make me "unique"

Before I came to Auburn I was a professional wedding photographer. When I was 19, I worked as a photographer on a cruise ship and I visited countries all over the world before I was 20.

My Story

I joined Health Plus in 2007 to lose some weight and build muscle. I went through the fitness exam, learned how to use the machines and got my work out assignments. I did them faithfully for a few months but the routine started to wear thin so I lost interest. I was working out by myself in a room full of other people who were also working out but everyone else was doing their own routine. The staff was friendly, but I just felt like I was trying to climb a mountain without any help. I came to the gym less and less and by the end of the year I had stopped completely.

In January 2008, I made that "familiar" New Year’s resolution to get into shape so I started coming to the gym regularly again. I decided I would try something new to see if it could hold my interest. I began attending some of the group fitness classes that fit my schedule. First, I tried SuperSculpt with Susan because that seemed the most “manly” choice at the time. I was surprised by how hard it was. I was able to challenge myself in that class and it made me want to increase my weights on the gym floor when I worked out by myself.

I started to attend Boot Camp with Torie and Laura, and Circuits with Laure and Lyndsey. These classes were incredibly fun! They challenged me to push myself to the edge of my abilities repeatedly. I felt like I had accomplished something and I would be feeling it later. The other class participants were being put through the same thing so I could talk to them about it and test myself against them. I wasn’t in it alone and that meant a lot to me. Each of these instructors are overwhelmingly friendly and positive. I wanted to go to class just to hang out with them because they were fun to spend time with. All these factors “hooked” me on to group fitness.

I started coming to group fitness classes around my weight lifting schedule. I asked someone at the front desk what Zumba was and she pointed me in the direction of the instructor, Becky Anders, who “happened “to be walking by at the time. She told me that it was like a “latin dance” class so I figured I would give it a try even though I didn’t think I could dance!

When you start a class like Zumba or Turbo Jam, you always feel self-conscious about what you look like. But, the honest truth is that no one cares. They are either watching the instructor or themselves in the mirror. Becky was great and I really enjoyed the music so much that after the hour was over I was covered in sweat and I hadn’t even realized I had been working out. For me, Zumba proved to be a fun and energetic alternative to running on the treadmill. I enjoyed it so much that I came to every single class they had. Becky and Christy were so kind and entertaining that they made the classes irresistible.

As the months went by and I became more confident I slowly moved toward the front of the class. Being one of the only men to regularly attend I was easily recognizable by the other members. Robin, the manager of the group fitness instructors, said to Becky that they should ask me to teach. I’m still not sure if it was meant to be a joke or not, but Becky was surprised when I agreed that I just might be interested. I even surprised myself!

As fate would have it, the month that I joined as an instructor the rest of the instructors were scheduled to have a three day training for Body Pump. I’d never heard of it, but I looked it up online and didn’t think it was really for me. However, they had one spot left open for training and I figured it couldn’t hurt to see what it was about. I was wrong. It did hurt. Body Pump training was grueling and it was the hardest I’d worked for any job. But when it was all over, I discovered that it really was fun. It ended up taking the place of my weight training in the gym. It combined weight lifting with group fitness and for me it was a perfect solution to feeling isolated out on the gym floor.

Now after months of trainings, fitness certifications and hospital orientations, I can say that it’s all been worth it. I can only hope that I am now inspiring others to have fun and to not take working out so seriously. I try to take something that is difficult for so many people and turn it into an experience that will be entertaining. I want people to feel good about what they’ve accomplished so they will come back again the next week and beyond. I know that all of the other instructors I had at Health Plus did that for me and I hope I can do the same for other members.

Stacey Brandon

Stacey Brandon

Stacey has a B.S. in Environmental Biology from Christopher Newport University in Virginia where she also played soccer. She moved to Auburn with her husband Duane in 2003 and since has had two children, a son, David, and a daughter, Kirby. Her most memorable accomplishment was finding her way out of the Great Dismal Swamp in the middle of the night without a flashlight...long story...

In terms of fitness, she believes that "group fitness completely changed her body and her mind". After giving birth to 2 kids in less than 15 months she was not only able to lose her baby weight but is now 15 pounds below her pre-pregnancy weight. She says she is more fit now than when she was as a student-athlete in college and gives all the credit to the group fitness programs and instructors here at Health Plus. Stacey loves group fitness so much she recently decided to become an instructor. She is now a certified Turbo Kick and Body Pump instructor and has been teaching group fitness at Health Plus since May 2008.

When she's not at the gym, Stacey loves watching sports, cooking, running with her dog Zuzu at Kiesel Park, and of course hanging out at home with her husband and kids.

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Member since 2003; HealthPlus Instructor since 2007

  • Married to Duane (also a HP member!) and we have two children: son, David; daughter, Kirby
  • Originally from southeastern Virginia, I graduated from Christopher Newport University with a degree in environmental biology
  • Worked as an aquatic toxicologist before we relocated to Auburn in 2003
  • I now "stay home" with our children when not working out or teaching at HP!
My Fitness Story

One of the first things my husband and I did when we moved to Auburn was join Health Plus. We had heard from many people that next to Auburn football, HealthPlus was one the best things Auburn had to offer, a state-of-the -art fitness facility with a truly family- oriented atmosphere.

Stacey Brandon

My passion throughout childhood was sports, particularly soccer. I can't remember a time when I didn't play as a child. I played all through high school and college, and for years after my soccer career was over I spent most of my time running to stay fit. But after college managing my weight became more of an issue and although I exercised regularly and watched my diet I could never reach my fitness and weight goals.

I gave birth to my first baby and 6 months later I was pregnant again. I stayed very active through both pregnancies (running, doing the elliptical, etc) and although I managed to loose the "baby weight" very quickly, I still couldn't seem to make a dent in the extra weight I had put on after college. I just accepted that this is what happens when you're getting older and have had children and tried to let it go. In the meantime I developed plantar fasciitis in my feet. Over the next few months I began to realize that running and or even doing the elliptical as my exclusive form of exercise was not an option for me anymore. I was devastated!

My husband dragged me into a Boot Camp class with him. I loved it. The next day I took Lori Fuller's Body Toning class and after that I was hooked. It was so motivating being in a group. It was like working out with my teammates again. Everybody was working so hard and the instructors made the classes so much fun that the time just flew by.

Why did you get certified to teach and what keeps you motivated to continue? Stacey Brandon

I finally worked up the courage to take Turbo Jam with Christy Coleman and that was "the class" that got me thinking that I'd like to try to become an instructor. Being a former soccer player I loved the kicking and punching. The intensity of the workout and the music was so much fun and Christy was amazing. It wasn't long before I approached Christy about becoming an instructor. She was thrilled to hear I was interested and since then she has been my mentor and become such a dear friend to me. And the same can be said for all of the group fitness instructors at HP! I have learned so much from all of them!

Last summer I got certified to teach Body Pump. I used to hate lifting weights. You had to drag me kicking and screaming into a weight room. Not anymore!! After spending a weekend going through the grueling Body Pump certification process with the other instructors, I realized how empowering and fun that lifting weights could be. Now I love teaching group fitness. The members are so inspiring and so much fun. Everyday they show up and work so hard and I love feeling like I play a small role in that.

While I love teaching Turbo Jam and Body Pump, I have to comment on a class I don't teach but absolutely love. Zumba is my "fitness dessert!" I am not dancer. I can dribble a soccer ball but when it comes to dancing I have 2 left feet, but I LOVE THIS CLASS!!!!!!! The instructors (Becky Anders, Sean MacDonald and Christy Coleman) are so much fun and the music and steps are challenging but hardly impossible. I say to myself after every class, "how can working that hard be so much fun?" If you haven't tried it, you should!!

My most memorable accomplishment was finding my way out of the Great Dismal Swamp in the middle of the night without a flashlight...long story... But in terms of fitness, I believe that "group fitness completely changed my body and my mind". After giving birth to 2 kids in less than 15 months I was not only able to lose my baby weight but I am now 15 pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight. I am more fit than when I was as a student-athlete in college and I give all the credit to the group fitness programs and instructors at HP

Favorite Quote
The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching