UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Fitness

Meet the Staff

Group Fitness Instructors

Carolyn Guse
  • Carolyn group fitnessMajor: Data Science and Predictive Analytics with an emphasis in Chemistry
  • Certifications: CPR/AED 
  • Hometown: Plymouth, MN
  • Instructor for: Dance Jam
  • Favorite part about leading Group Fitness: My favorite part is just having fun. I've never been a huge "gym" fan, so group fitness is an environment that makes working out more fun.
  • Fun Fact: I am very clumsy!
Dakotah Poitra
  • Dakotah group fitnessMajor: Exercise and Sports Science, with a minor in Pre-PT
  • Certifications: Yoga, CPR, AED, and Lifeguard
  • Hometown: Belle Plaine, MN
  • Instructor for: Yoga
  • Favorite part about leading Group Fitness: Receiving positive feedback after my classes. It makes me happy to know that people are walking away feeling good!
  • Fun Fact: I can play the ukulele.
Dawn Pavelski
  • Dawn group fitnessCareer: I am a group fitness instructor at the Hastings, MN YMCA. I teach cycling, water exercise (including Arthritis water exercise), and Silver Sneakers classes. I am also the ForeverWell Coordinator at the Hastings Y. I plan and organize programming for our 65+ year old members which includes field trips and educational, serving, and social activities. 
  • Certifications: Foundations of Group Exercise (ACE); Fundamentals of Aquatic Fitness Exercise Design (ACE); Arthritis Foundation Program Leader (Aquatic Exercise Association); indoor cycling certified through Spinning, Team ICG, and Stages Cycling; and certified Silver Sneakers Classic, Circuit, and Yoga instructor 
  • Hometown: River Falls, WI
  • Instructor for: Indoor Cycling
  • Favorite part about leading Group Fitness: I love motivating and encouraging others along their fitness journey!
  • Fun Fact: I love to rollerskate and play Nerf gun wars with my family.
Erica Mainu
  • Erica group fitnessMajor: Business Administration with an emphasis in Management
  • Certifications: Group Fitness Certified - NETA (Yoga with HIIT and Zumba)
  • Hometown: Tomah, WI
  • Instructor for: Zumba and Yoga with HIIT
  • Favorite part about leading Group Fitness: I love having a fun, participative class with loud music and lots of energy.
  • Fun Fact: I was born in Germany.
Katlyn Ableidinger
  • KatelynNewGFMajor: Exercise Science
  • Certifications: ACE Group Fitness and CPR/First Aid
  • Hometown: Woodbury, MN
  • Instructor for: Total Tone and Core Work
  • Favorite part about leading Group Fitness: I enjoy experiencing the sense of group camaraderie and heightened motivation with my participants during class.
  • Fun Fact: I transferred to UWRF from Iowa State the spring of my sophomore year and have been loving it here ever since!
Ryn Keatley
  • Run group fitnessCareer: Financial advisor at The Wealth Enhancement Group in Woodbury
  • Certifications: Certified yoga instructor, personal trainer, and group fitness instructor
  • Hometown: River Falls, WI
  • Instructor for: Yoga
  • Favorite part about leading Group Fitness: My favorite part about teaching yoga at UWRF is seeing students make time for their wellness.
  • Fun Fact: My husband and I keep bees and we are cat parents to Pepper and Toes. I also teach goat yoga in the summer!
Sonja Pearson
  • Sonja group fitnessMajor: Exercise and Sports Science
  • Certifications: CPR
  • Hometown: Inver Grove Heights, MN
  • Instructor for: Power HITT
  • Favorite part about leading Group Fitness: I enjoy spreading my passion for fitness with people of all abilities and goals.
  • Fun Fact: I do Crossfit competitions.

Personal Trainers

Ricky Lopez

Ricky personal trainerMajor: Clinical Exercise Physiology, M.S.

 

Certifications:

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT), National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Sports Performance Coach (USAW-L1), USA Weightlifting

Philosophy:

Everyone deserves to feel energized, whether it’s improving athletic performance, losing some weight, or just getting off the couch to be active. My intention is to provide safe, effective, and individualized programs for everyone that walks through my door. Additionally, the rewarding experience of interacting with individuals everyday who strive to be better is what keeps me in this business!

Hobbies/Interests:

  • Basketball
  • Reading
  • Traveling
  • Wood Working
  • Homebrewing and winemaking
  • Guitar
  • History Museums
Zach Dust

Zach personal trainerMajor: Clinical Exercise Physiology, M.S.

Kinesiology, B.S. with Psychology Minor

 

Certifications:

  • Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT), American College of Sports Medicine 
  • Original Strength Level 1 Coach 
  • Corrective Exercise Certified 

Philosophy:

I decided to become a trainer to help people realize the benefits of movement. Providing workouts is easy, but making people move, feel, and function better is an art. I was a physical therapy aide for three years, so I tend to incorporate PT exercises into training programs. What motivates me every day to come to work is the change I see in my clients when they find their own path towards a healthy lifestyle and getting them back to the activities they enjoy.

Do you ever feel like your movement has regressed as you age? Do you feel weak/fragile and unable to do the things you love? Well we were meant to be strong and move pain free. There is never a bad time to start pressing RESET on your body to restore your strength. Let me help you get back to feeling better and moving the way you are supposed to move. Age does not matter. Anyone can regain their Original Strength. Ask me about the movement system Original Strength! It can change your life.

Hobbies/Interests:

  • Waterskiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Disc Golf
  • Coaching
  • Researching Mobility and Functional Movement Techniques

Contact Us

Campus Recreation

A105 Falcon Center

campusrec@uwrf.edu

(715) 425.4289

 

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