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OWNER & FOUNDER

Dr. Kaaren Vargas

Owner

Dr. Kaaren Vargas was born in Lima, Peru and moved to the US at a very young age. Her whole life she has been passionate about fitness.

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CLASS INSTRUCTORS

Rachel Cole

The best part of Zumba is every aspect of the class is synced to energizing, motivating music to keep you pumped up and pushing all throughout class.

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Maddux Richardson

Bootcamp instructor

I first developed a love for lifting in high school while playing football. However, my love for lifting turned into a passion for powerlifting.

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Marsha Heldt

CPT, CDP, PIYO, Turbo Kick & W4BB Instructor

I first developed a love for lifting in high school while playing football. However, my love for lifting turned into a passion for powerlifting.

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Sarah Oxley

Yoga Instructor

Sarah is an Iowa City native and long devoted practitioner of yoga. She first discovered yoga while living in Southern California in 2001, it didn’t take long for her to become enamored with the peace and balance it brought to her life.

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Brooke Anderson

Ace Certified Trainer, Barre instructor

My entire life, I was overweight and very unhealthy. In high school, I was not athletic and I was made fun of for being the “heavy girl” in my class.

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SMALL GROUP PERSONAL TRAINERS

Brandt Varo

Brandt Varo BA in HHP/ Exercise Science from UI & ACSM Certified Trainer

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PERSONAL TRAINERS

Tina Whitney

I’m always encouraging my clients to go for those few extra repetitions or push harder through the last few seconds of a workout to beat their personal best.

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Maddux Richardson

I first developed a love for lifting in high school while playing football. However, my love for lifting turned into a passion for powerlifting.

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Brooke Anderson

Ace Certified Trainer, Barre instructor

My entire life, I was overweight and very unhealthy. In high school, I was not athletic and I was made fun of for being the “heavy girl” in my class.

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KID’S CLUB

FRONT DESK & FULL TIME STAFF

Marsha Heldt, CPT, CDP

My passion for health and wellness as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer has been a part of my life since high school.

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