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).
I have been cycling to Les Mills RPM for more than 10 years. A year ago, I went to instructor training and became a certified RPM instructor. I truly love the great workout, music, and group energy provided by RPM. Outside of working out, I enjoy refinishing furniture and being a volunteer GED tutor with the Lee County Literacy Coalition.
Armon started teaching for health plus in 2017.
He was born here in Auburn and has lived here his entire life. He is currently enrolled at Auburn University, and is working on his bachelors degree in health science. Armon loves being surrounded by hard working people. He enjoys teaching Boot Camp and water aerobic classes. He has one dog named Dyson. Armon enjoys outdoor activities that he and his dog can do together such as hiking and swimming.
Bea Cornelius earned her AFAA Group Fitness Instructor Certification in 2018. She teaches yoga, bootcamp, step, and cardio barre.
She has enjoyed being active since childhood- having played softball throughout grammar, middle and high school. Bea is upbeat, optimistic and always ready for a challenge! You will often find her lifting weights, running, or practicing yoga inversions.
When she is not teaching classes or exercising, you can find her searching the internet for vegan recipes. A "semi-reformed" tomboy, Bea enjoys the rough and tumble life of raising two warrior-in-training sons alongside her amazing warrior husband. Follow her on Instagram @beaboldfitness
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.
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!!
I started teaching Les Mills RPM at HealthPlus in 2017. I’m an avid road cyclist, and a nationally ranked triathlete. I look forward to helping our members reach their fitness goals.
Greshanda Marcus is a Native of Opelika who began her journey as a yoga instructor in 2016. Since then, she has branched her practice out into the world of mental health awareness to help make people more aware of the connection between healthy body and healthy mind. Greshanda uses yoga to relax and relieve the stress of every day life. She wants to share this wonderful gift with others.
"Just keep swimming. - Dory"
Kim grew up in Decatur, Illinois and moved to Auburn in 2009 by way of Salt Lake City, Utah. Kim and her husband Rich enjoyed a life of skiing and hiking before Auburn University lured them to the south. HealthPlus was the first gym they toured and they fell in love with the family atmosphere where they could bring their son Tony and daughter Anabel to work out as a family. Kim discovered Zumba a few months later and was hooked.
She started teaching Zumba at HealthPlus in 2011 and currently teaches Zumba, Zumba Gold and Strong by Zumba. Kim loves teaching at HealthPlus, traveling with her husband, hanging with her kids, going to lunch with friends and also spending time with her 3 dogs, Daisy, Pepper & Peanut and cat, Charlie.
Liz Hartfield began working for Health Plus in the fall of 2017. She currently is a student at Auburn High School and is planning to attend Auburn University in the fall of 2018. Liz became hooked on group fitness after becoming a member at the gym and attending her first Body Pump class. She is passionate about working out with the instructors and members of health plus. Liz currently teaches Body pump and intends to add to that. Her and her family have lived in Auburn her entire life and they have a beagle, a black lab and a big fluffy cat named Sophie.
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.
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 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.
I am a Mom and a wife. I love fitness, chocolate, and Boston terriers.
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.
Member since 2007. Instructor since June 2008
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 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.
Member since 2003; HealthPlus Instructor since 2007
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.
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?
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 HPFavorite 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