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Ambassador Cat Myklebust

Cat Myklebust is a physicist turned Fitness Professional. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physics at University of California, Santa Barbara in 2006. After completing her undergraduate studies, she went to graduate school at University of California, Irvine. While studying Physics there and working in a lab everyday, she realized that her true passion was in helping people live healthier lives. She started teaching Turbo Kick classes while in graduate school. Teaching fitness showed her that a student may come to class to lose weight, but stepping through the door into the group exercise room is just the beginning of their journey into becoming a different person. After realizing this, she decided to make the switch to becoming a full time fitness professional to... Read the profile >>

ALUMNI Amanda Barelli

CrossFit Ethos

Amanda received her Bachelor’s Degree from Seattle University where she was on a collegiate athletic scholarship for cross-country and track. After college, Amanda started her training as a spin instructor and Personal Trainer for eight years. During that time she was introduced to CrossFit by a close friend and has never turned back. Amanda is a Certified Level 1 CrossFit Instructor at Crossfit Ethos who holds additional specialty Certifications including: CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Gymnastics, and CrossFit Endurance. Amanda was part of the winning CrossFit Affiliate team at the CrossFit Games in 2009 and has competed at CrossFit Games Regionals in 2010 ,2011, and 2012. Amanda hopes to continue her pursuit of being a more competitive athlete. She has worked hard to... Read the profile >>

ALUMNI Ian Potgieter


Proud owner of the community based fitness center, The FIT CLUB, Ian Potgieter is revolutionizing fitness standards and is challenging people every day to get FIT! With small group classes of no more than 10 people, The FIT CLUB team is able to individualize its’ workouts according to the needs of each member and even more every workout at The FIT CLUB is always different. No more over-crowded and repetitive classes! Ian is an advocate of the TRX Suspension Trainer and Russian Kettlebells. He believes that with these tools one can have intense workouts using natural body movements and most importantly strengthen the CORE! Ian Potgieter is an internationally traveled fitness professional. Originally from South Africa he grew up and studied fitness. During his time in South Africa, he... Read the profile >>

ALUMNI John Loftus

Run Your Potential

From an early age, John Loftus was involved in a variety of sports and gives credit to his mother as a physical education teacher, his outdoorsman father and hyper-competitive siblings. Primarily a marathoner in the late 70's during the first running boom, a triathlete in the 80's and road/mountain biker in the 90's, John qualified for his first Boston Marathon in 1981 but was unable to participate. John re-ignited his Boston dream in 2007 by re-qualifying and ran the 2008 marathon at age 50 in 2:46 which was faster than his best time at age 21. Along the way he became a RRCA certified coach to help others run their potential through individualized plans exploiting strengths and improving weak areas. Coaching others to improve and achieve their goals has been extremely... Read the profile >>

ALUMNI Lesley Fightmaster

Pacific Ashtanga and Yoga Works

Lesley met my husband in San Francisco. She was singing in a band and the drummer invited him to come and play with them. They started dating and were married four years later. Their first son, Indiana "Indy," was born in 2004 and they decided to move to Orange County where her husband grew up. His mother lives here and they wanted their son to grow up near a grandparent. Their second son, Stone, was born in January of 2007. Lesley graduated from YogaWorks teacher training in June of 2006 (shortly after she found out she was pregnant). She began teaching right away and loved it! She teaches about 15 to 20 classes a week now and leads Teacher Trainings for YogaWorks. She also teaches at You and The Mat in Laguna Niguel and Pacific Ashtanga in Dana Point. Read the profile >>

Ambassador Anthony Chavez

Anthony’s intention for himself and the world is crystal clear: “My hope is that all beings are happy and free” It has been with his time at Freedom Personal Development that Anthony was introduced to Yoga and the transformative and life changing power of the practice. He believes Yoga to be the physical embodiment of personal and spiritual growth. Through his work as a yoga teacher and personal development instructor Anthony has been able to inspire, motivate, and give guidance to children and adults across the country all while most importantly having fun! He believes yoga, like life, should be practiced and taught from a place of abundance and not fear. “I truly believe we have everything we’ll ever need in this moment and in all future moments. If we simply remember to... Read the profile >>

Ambassador Denise Antonini - ALUMNI

You and the Mat

Lovely Denise from You and the Mat, a very dynamic, soulful, and empowering, Denise pours inspiration and creativity into her teachings, using her expertise in health psychology to elevate an ancient practice to a state-of-the-art experience. Yoga is her art of movement, mindfulness, her art of attention, and awareness, her art of intention. At Stanford University Denise studied psychology and the mind-body connection graduating with honors. At Chicago Medical School her thesis and doctoral work in clinical psychology focused on maintaining health, improving quality of life and achieving wellness. As a therapist, consultant and professor she has helped people create the life they want to be living. As a yoga instructor her invigorating, fluid yoga sequences challenge the body... Read the profile >>

Ambassador Joel Thomspon

Crossfit Tustin

Joel is a graduate of Biola University and has his degree in Theology. He spent four years playing soccer for Biola of which three were spent as a captain. He has been involved in sports his entire life and training hard is in his blood. After leaving his senior season with a broken leg, he began crutching into the gym to workout. It was during that time he learned of CrossFit and has never turned back. Joel is passionate about well being, both others and his own, and loves the opportunity he gets to help others experience greater fitness and quality of life. He has worked with senior citizens and college athletes and everyone in between. Building discipline and healthy lives requires encouragement, accountability, and direction. This is what he loves to do and is passionate about helping... Read the profile >>

Erin Nealy - ALUMNI

YogaWorks Mission Viejo

ALUMNI AMBASSADOR... Erin is a certified yoga teacher who leads Anusara-Inspired classes. Erin draws much of her philosophy and motivation from the elements of nature she experiences while running and surfing – she believes nature offers the greatest gift to our spirit. Her teaching style invites playfulness and laughter while guiding her students to connect to their innate goodness and strength. Read the profile >>

Itay Dollinger - ALUMNI

Laguna Yoga Shala

ALUMNI AMBASSADOR... Itay Dollinger has been teaching yoga for the last ten years and is currently teaching and managing the Laguna Yoga Shala in Laguna Niguel, California. Itay's teachers include Erich Schiffmann and Tim Miller and he has studied the Ashtanga system with Sri Pattabhi Jois (Guruji) in Mysore, India. “My goal as a teacher is to inspire a passion for practice. The practice itself, done accurately and consistently is the teacher.” Read the profile >>

Jessica Seabern - ALUMNI

YogaWorks Mission Viejo and UniversalYogis

ALUMNI AMBASSADOR... Jessica began teaching yoga to teens for her Mothers fitness business at the age of sixteen in Minnesota. After taking several years off and settling in San Clemente California in 1990 where she now lives with her husband and two daughters she rediscovered her early passion for yoga. As a new mom in a new community in 1990 Jessica began teaching Mommy & Me yoga under her companies name UniversalYogis. UniversalYogis blossomed into a mat and prop company and developed yoga for babies, kids, teens, and all adult levels. These classes are offered though San Clemente Parks & Recreation at the beautiful historic Ole Hanson Beach Club. For class info. call 949-361-8264. Jessica Seabern offers a vigorous yet calming class pairing the physical and the spiritual... Read the profile >>

Jill Goodwin - ALUMNI

Jill Danielle Goodwin - Jill has been in the fitness industry for over 25 years. She is a lead instructor on FIT TV's Body Waves and has appeared in numerous fitness videos and infommercials. Her video "The Solution" was rated as one of the top 7 video picks by Seventeen Magazine. Jill has written for many publications such as Teen, Jump and Seventeen. She has a strong dance background as a national competitor and brings that expertise to her teaching at The Renaissance Club Sport and The Sports Club where she has been named instructor of the year twice. She holds a BA from the University of California, Irvine and has certificaitons from ACE and AFAA. She is proud to be a part of the LULULEMON family as an ambassador for 2011! Read the profile >>

Terry Shorter - ALUMNI

ALUMNI AMBASSADOR... Before entering the fitness world, Terry Shorter took center stage in the entertainment industry. Shorter was a successful singer-songwriter/music producer and dancer, which is why it came as no surprise when this endless list of talents translated into an even more inspiring and influential master fitness instructor. His passion to be a fitness instructor happened 10 years ago, when his beautiful wife, Tina, encouraged him to take some group exercise classes with her. Soon after that, he was hooked, quickly got certified, and became a master presenter for Turbo Kick. Terry and Tina, both became cast members for Turbo Jam in 2005. In July of 2008, Terry desired something new; he knew with his talents in music and a drive for fitness, he had a good... Read the profile >>

Virginia Crowe - ALUMNI

Forever Fitt

I currently train clients, at their homes, parks or at local beaches in personal and group fitness settings. My passion for fitness has grown over the years due to several set backs and lack of confidence from doctors and people around me. I believe strongly that I can help people acheive their goals toward fitness and health in a fun, unique and exciting way. I pride myself on making all of my sessions and group classes different and fun. (never teach the same class twice) I am constantly researching new equipment, fitness trends and taking continuing education classes on everything from injury prevention to the next up and coming fad. I have a strong background in running and I have helped hundreds of people cross the finish line in their first race. I work with everyone I train... Read the profile >>