Our Team2019-02-26T22:45:59+00:00

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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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Cassie McLaughlin

CPT, CDP, Pound Instructor

I am a POUND Pro and wellness enthusiast! I’ve been playing drums since middle school, in various percussion ensembles in school and competitive drumlines in Drum Corps, so this amazing workout struck a very close heart chord.

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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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Amber Stephens

Experience with personal weight loss, life struggles and hardships have given me the grit, grace and experience to truly relate to my clients.

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PERSONAL TRAINERS

Amber Stephens

Experience with personal weight loss, life struggles and hardships have given me the grit, grace and experience to truly relate to my clients.

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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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Nikolai Hill, FIFA IAAF

My ambition is to influence others positively. To bring the type of energy that will motivate others to achieve more through health & fitness.

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Andrew Prowse

I know that everyone is different, and when it comes to exercise, everyone should be treated as an individual.

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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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MASSAGE THERAPIST

Cole

Massage Therapist

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KID’S CLUB

Devon Borokoff

My passions in life are art, children, gardening, and my dog. I love to tell kids I’m a mermaid and see the look of wonder in their eyes!

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FRONT DESK & FULL TIME STAFF

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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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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