Meet our instructors

Beth – Group Fitness InstructorBeth – Group Fitness Instructor
Beth has been involved in the fitness industry for the past 23 years. She is certified in “STRONG” to teach strength classes and certified in Yogafit. She brings enthusiasm to class in a non-intimidating style with a well rounded background in strength training, yoga, and nutrition.


Erika- Group Fitness InstructorErika- Group Fitness Instructor
Erika has been in the fitness industry for past 10 years. She hails from Montreal Quebec Canada and is a former Reebok Fitness model. Erika is certified in many different fitness disciplines and is trained in Reformer Pilates.

Cindy - Group Fitness InstructorCindy – Group Fitness Instructor
Cindy has been an instructor since 1982. She is AFAA Certified along with Heart Zone Cycling Certification. Cindy is an avid runner and cyclist.


Laura - Group Fitness InstructorLaura – Group Fitness Instructor
Laura is been an AFAA certified Group Fitness Instructor since 1997. She has certifications in Kickboxing, and Strong, and is Heart Rate Monitored and Zoned Trained.Laura also is a cycle instructor with certifications in Spinning, Power Pacing and Precision Cycle. Laura is very enthusiastic about fitness and hopes to empassion her members to feel the same.

Marla - Group Fitness InstructorMarla – Group Fitness Instructor
Marla has been in the fitness industry since 1991 as a group fitness instructor certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE). She holds certifications in Step/Aerobics, Keiser Cycling, Bosu, Strong and Resist-a-ball. Her enjoyment is teaching Kickboxing, strength training, interval training, and bootcamp. Marla loves to share her passion for staying healthy and fit and hopes to encourage others to achieve their own personal goals. Marla also holds a degree in Medical Social Work where she specializes in Health Care for the Geriatric population. She lives in Frankfort with her husband and two wonderful children. In 2011, Marla competed in the NPC Continental USA Bodybuilding and Figure Championshps taking 4th Place in the Masters Figure Division and 5th Place in the Open Division.

Laurie - Group Fitness InstructorLaurie – Group Fitness Instructor
Laurie has been an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor since 1997. She instructs classes in cycling, strength training, yoga, circuit boot camp, step, and AOA.


Julie - Group Fitness InstructorJulie – Group Fitness Instructor Julie is dedicated to providing motivation, education, and encouragementfor lifelong love of fitness and health. She began teaching group fitness classes at Illinois State University in 1990, and has been passionately instructing classes including Step, Kickboxing, Pilates, Spinning, and Seniors ever since.  Julie emphasizes proper body alignment, form, and technique to ensure safe and effective workouts.  She resides in New Lenox, and has two daughters who are active in dance and music.  Julie is also a triathlete and especially enjoys cycling. Certified K-9 Elementary Teacher, Endorsement in P.E., Certified Master Fitness Specialist, The Cooper Institute, Dallas, TX, Pilates Matwork Certified Instructor, SCW-EDU,  Certified Group Instructor, SCW-EDU, Johnny G. Certified Spinning Program Instructor, Mad Dogg Athletics, Certified Black Belt in Traditional Okinawan Karate, Sho Go Tae Academy, Women in the Martial Arts Assoc. (WIMAA), Ryu Kyu JuiJitsu Assoc, American Karate Assoc (AKA), Professional Karate Commission (PKC), Certified Kickboxing Instructor, Health Kick Fitness, Heartsaver AED Certified, AHA, First Aid Certified, American Red Cross, Infant, Child, and Adult CPR/AED , ARC.Email

Elyssa - Group Fitness InstructorKatie – Group Fitness Instructor
Katie has been involved in the fitness field for 12 years and became a Zumba instructor in 2010 as part of the Body Tech Team. She believes the best way to maintain a positive self-image and optimistic attitude for life come from moving to music. A certified K-9 Elementary Teacher in Oak Forest, she continues to encourage adults and children of all ages and ability levels to experience dance as a fun way to get fit.

Griselda Espinosa - Group Fitness InstructorGriselda – Group Fitness Instructor After taken Zumba fitness classes for many years I decide to start teaching in 2010. I was inspired after losing weight by attending classes. Having a dancing background helped me decide to make it a career. I enjoy personalizing my own Zumba routines and making it fun. High cardio and dance all in one. I have always loved working out and love being at the gym. Being a stay home mother of three wonderful boys with lots of energy, I have to stay in shape.

Charity Benevelli Zaczek - PiYo InstructorCharity Benevelli-Zaczek – ACE personal training,Les Mills BodyPump and BodyAttack, TRX, PiYo, P90X 
My fitness journey began at 9 years old when I went on my first run with my father. After college I had gone into the medical field and after years in the industry, realized that instead of treating people for certain lifestyle diseases, I should be helping prevent them. I retired from the medical field 4 years ago to dive into fitness full time and have never looked back. I teach multiple group fitness classes, train many clients one-on-one, coach hundreds of people to live a healthier and happier lifestyle, I am an instructor for World Instructor Training School (W.I.T.S) for those that want to get certified as a personal trainer, and my most important role, a mom to an 18 year old boy and a newborn baby girl.
Everyone is an athlete; it’s my job to bring it out of them and teach a healthier lifestyle so they can function daily at their full potential.

Stacy Trully - Zumba instructorStacy Trully – Zumba instructor
I am a Frankfort native since 1987 and a Mom of 4. Health and wellness has been my profession since 2007. I received my Zumba certification in 2007 and AFAA in 2013. My goal in life is to help others meet their health and wellness goals not only physically but mentally as well. I work in internal medicine at Silver Cross Hospital and I find the way our bodies work absolutely fascinating. I love teaching dance fitness, zumba, and bootcamps. I have three motos in life. 1. Have fun while you are working out. Keep it positive and exciting. It helps get you through some grueling workouts. 2. Mind over matter every time. If you believe you can do it you will. 3. You only get one body in life…..Take care of it! Looking forward to meeting you and helping you all through your fitness journeys.

Heather - Yoga instructorHeather – Spin instructor
Heather is certified in indoor cycling by MADD DOG Althetics and AFAA. She has been in the health and wellness industry for over 15 years and teaching classes such as cardio kickboxing, hard body, yoga and aqua fit. Exercise has been a very large and healing part of her life. Her passion for indoor cycling caught on 5 years ago after finally over coming her own fear of this intense and intimidating class. Now she teaches with one goal…to make this class fun and successful for all. So no matter what you fitness level you will feel motivated to keep going!

Heather knows that working out isn’t the whole picture and that diet and nutrition are 80% of the work. With out good nutrition we cannot perform at our peek. Juice Plus whole food nutrition is key to her optimal nutrition. As owner of her own franchise she strives to live the mission and share it with others.

Out side the gym Heather enjoys running, hiking, skydiving and extreme sports such as the Spartan race. Since beginning the Spartan races in 2011 she has completed over 3 Trifectas and more to come.

Fitness Motto: “Growth is a choice. BE wiling to put yourself through anything; temporary pain or discomfort means nothing as long as you can see the experience will take you to a new level. Be interested in the unknown, and the only path to the unknown is through breaking barriers, an often painful process.”

Arlene SantiagoArlene Santiago
My name is Arlene Santiago and I have fun active older adult classes. My classes help them to increase endurance, strength, balance and flexibility to maintain the quality of life the participants want to enjoy. Arlene is personal trainer who specializes in senior fitness. She is a nutrition coach and teaches PIYO LIVE, INSANITY LIVE and Silver Sneakers Classic and Yoga. Arlene is A Matter of Balance and Fit & Strong Instructor and as well as a contributing columnist for The Fit column for the Frankfort Station.

Meg RinckerMeg Rincker
Meg been teaching zumba for three years. She is AFAA certified and received her zumba certification in 2015. She lives with her husband and three kids in Frankfort, IL. Meg loves helping people work together at achieving their fitness goals. She believes that teamwork and music are the best motivators for enhanced fitness.

Colleen BrunsColleen Bruns
Hi, my name is Colleen Bruns. I have been exercising for the last 35 years!

During those years, I have participated in various fitness and exercise programs. Not only have I been active, but I’ve meet a lot of people with different fitness goals.

Barre was new to me about 3 years ago. I wanted a fitness program that was unique, and different from what I was doing and focused on my core and
lower body strength.. Barre class filled those requirements and I saw overall toning definition in my body.

As a fitness instructor, I want to use my new and past workout experiences to help you progress along your fitness journey.

When I’m not exercising, my life is fulfilled with my family, my husband and 3 boys.