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  • Pool Closure: December 21

    The pool will be closed 8a-5p on Thursday, December 21st for pool maintenance.

    All bags and items must be secured in lockers while in the Rec Center beginning 2018. Your safety is our #1 priority!
  • Winter Break Hours Begin this Friday

    Starting Dec. 15, Campus Rec will switch to Winter Break hours. Check the website for the complete hours of operation.
  • Rec Center Closed for University Closure: Dec. 24-Jan. 1

    The Rec Center will close at 6p (pool at 5:30p) on Sat., Dec. 23 and not re-open until 6a on Tue., Jan. 2, 2018. Have a great Winter Break!
  • Winter Break Camp 2018: Now Registering!

    Sign up children for 1 or more days at the Rec's licensed camp, Jan. 2-5. Healthy cooking, campus explorations, arts/crafts, & more!
  • Open Rec has moved to Bear Down Field

    For the rest of 2017, open rec will be available on Bear Down Field. Sitton Field is closed.
  • Beyond the Game: Stories Behind Student Athletes

    Sports has launched a new webpage that highlights the role of sports in a student's successful journey. Check out Tatum's story now.

Department staff



​Assistant Director of Fitness & Wellness


Jake Minnis

Fitness and Wellness Coordinator



Student Fitness Coordinator

Ferris is a third year undergraduate majoring in Public Health and minoring in Arabic and Environmental Science. He has also set both health and fitness as cornerstones in his life, and empowers others to do the same. He teaches Total Body Blast; while it's certainly a tough class that will challenge you, everybody is welcome, so come on out for a motivating and rewarding workout!

HAyley halkovic

Student Fitness Coordinator

Hayley is a senior at UA majoring in Public Health and minoring in Nutrition. She has been working at the Campus Recreation center since her sophomore year and is now a Fitness Supervisor. She is currently working on her certification to be a personal trainer for ACE. Although she is at the Rec Center at all hours of the day, in her spare time she combines her passion for fitness and health by hiking, running, lifting weights and is currently training for a bike trip through the Dolomites in Europe over the summer.

Abbey Roberts

Abbey is a sophomore majoring in Nutritional Sciences with a minor in Biochemistry. She is a Certified Personal Trainer through ACE and is passionate about health and fitness. Whatever your personal fitness level is, Abbey is confident and excited to work with you and help you achieve your goals. She recognizes that each individual is unique, and will provide you with all the right tools to help you succeed.

Annie mccabe

Annie is currently a Senior at The University of Arizona perusing a degree in Nutritional Sciences and Biochemistry. She is a ACE-Certified Group Fitness Instructor with a passion for nutrition, fitness, and overall well-being. Annie loves sharing her passions with those around her in hopes of helping them to reach their personal goals.

Anthony Vito

Anthony teaches the yoga that kept him sane and grounded during his years in the hustle of NYC. His motivation now is to share with others the sense of balance, ease, and harmony his practice gives him. Anthony's teaching style reflects his Hatha training infused with Vinyasa flow cued up to a dynamic playlist. His typical class could include a Warrior sequence and then resolve with longer holds in balance postures, accessible inversions, and ease you into a beautiful Savasana. Experience for yourself Anthony’s sweet authenticity and devotion to the art of yoga!


Briana Gee

Briana is a Registered Nutritionist Dietetic Technician, an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and Health Coach. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Nutritional Sciences and decided to combine her passion for fitness with her love for healthy food. Briana teaches a variety of group classes, is a LesMills Certified Instructor in BodyPump, BodyCombat, and GRIT, and is a TRX Coach. ​

Chris Beglin

Chris is a proponent of strength and condition employing dynamic, high intensity function movements. His knowledge of exercise technique and muscle physiology enables him to design and accommodate programs for a range of individuals with different capabilities and needs, promoting maximum performance while always assuring good from and avoiding injury. Chris is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer

 Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas Picture

Eric attended the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO and has been Personal Training for about 4 years. He is certified through ACSM and enjoys the struggles and success of achieving a goal. Having a personal experience playing D-1 soccer/football combined with the professional experience as a Personal Trainer and athletic skills coach, he is confident addressing and serving a wide variety of individuals to include, general health and wellness, weight loss, physique, toning, strength/conditioning, increased muscle mass, post-rehab fitness, small group and sports specific training. His overall training philosophy goes beyond merely counting reps and going through the motions of training. He takes a very specific account for each client as a unique and distinct individual while constantly striving to motivate, support and help the client achieve his/her goals. He enjoys helping those walking though their health and fitness journey.​

Jen Patterson

Jen is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. She has been in the fitness industry for 17+ years and has been teaching at UA for 9 years. In her free time, Jen enjoys road biking, mountain biking and rock climbing. Although she works full-time in academia, she still loves teaching fitness courses, especially Spinning™.  During the summer, she teaches the Tour De France Spinning classes. This is a high energy class that gets your blood pumping and heart racing until the very end. She looks forward to seeing you in class!

Jenna Kaufman

Jenna is a second-year physiology major at the University of Arizona. She is also a certified Pilates Instructor.  Jenna was first introduced to Pilates through dance when she danced pre-professionally at the Colorado Ballet. In addition to dance and exercise, Jenna enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and helping others reach their fitness goals. She looks forward to sharing the benefits and rewards of Pilates.

Joe cyphert

Joe has been a student of yoga since 2012 and enjoys sharing his passion for yoga with others.  He has a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, RYT-200.  When not working in the clinic, Joe can be found enjoying the outdoors hiking, mountain biking and practicing photography! He enjoys the many health benefits of doing yoga and the sense of community it provides when practiced with others.  Joe welcomes students of all levels and offers a positive place to learn and practice!     


Jordan recently moved to Tucson from Madison, WI after completing her degree in Child Life & Studies of Education to pursue her dream job as a Certified Child Life Specialist. When she is not at work she loves being at the gym, taking fitness classes, and being outdoors.  She began dancing at the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since. She taught Zumba for five years until she found WERQ.  WERQ is a fun cardio dance fitness class that is for all fitness levels! She can’t wait to see you in one of her classes. 

Julie frish

Julie is a certified Group Fitness Instructor through AFAA with additional certifications from Les Mills and Zumba Fitness. This summer she is teaching BodyPump, BodyCombat, and Barre. Currently, she is a 2nd year PhD student in Optical Sciences; utilizing time teaching at the Rec to take a break from the lab and give you an awesome workout!

Kate Chisholm

Kate is a graduate student at the U of A in Public Health and Latin American Studies and is an AFAA-certified Group Fitness Instructor.  She enjoys helping people of all fitness levels and backgrounds to reach their health and wellness goals.  Kate is also a Boston Marathon-qualified distance runner and loves to share her enthusiasm for running in the Couch to 5k class and beyond.

Kelsi Harris

Kelsi Harris is a devoted yogi, runner and avid cupcake eater. She has spent the last three years expanding her Hatha based practice with a Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Certification. Kelsi enjoys empowering her students to push themselves to their capacity while challenging them with a smile.

Keri Billings

Keri is a certified personal trainer through ACE. She graduated from the U of A in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Health and recently completed the Fitness Professional Program at Pima Community College. She is very passionate about fitness and helping people become the healthiest they can be. ​

Lauren Phillips

Lauren Phillips

Lauren is currently a certified Les Mills BodyPump instructor and Beach Body PiYo LIVE teacher. In addition to teaching fitness classes, Lauren is a successful distance runner. As an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, she plans to pursue a degree in the field of Nutritional Sciences. If you are looking for a challenging workout from a youthful instructor, come try one of Lauren’s BodyPump or PiYo classes this summer! 

Lindsay saavedra

Lindsay is a 200-hour RYT who has been practicing yoga since 2007. She completed her teacher training at Yoga Oasis in Tucson. Lindsay has began studying meditation under the direction of Puran and Susanna Bair, creators of Heart Rhythm Meditation, since August 2015, and became a certified Heart Rhythm Meditation instructor in July 2017. Her classes are both invigorating and accessible, with focus on alignment, mindful movements, and deep, steady breathing. Lindsay is a University of Arizona alumna who works in non-profit management.

Logan Kasper

Logan is an undergraduate student here at the U of A pursuing a degree in Physiology. He aspires to be an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports related injuries, and there stems his passion for health and fitness. This has driven him to begin his career by obtaining his NASM Personal Trainer Certification. As a Trainer, Logan focuses primarily on strength and physique training, but aims towards bettering his client's overall health and fitness by encouraging habits they can utilize the rest of their lives. Personally, he has experienced the  difficulties that come with athletic injuries and it is these experiences that have given him insight into rehabilitative training. His distinct attention to detail allows him to design the ideal program for each client that is geared towards their unique goals. He feels thankful each day to have the opportunity to aid people in their individual fitness endeavors. 

Mallory Page

Mallory is a second year undergraduate majoring in Nutritional Sciences and minor in Business Administration. She is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and she is passionate about using health and fitness as a way to make people feel their best. She enjoys watching her clients grow both mentally and physically over their training journey. 

Maria Pasamante

Maria Pasamante works as a Budget Analyst at Davis-Monthan AFB.  She was certified in Spinning in 2006 and licensed in Zumba in 2008. Zumba is a "feel-good" experience that is great for both your body and soul! Her goal is to motivate and inspire you.  She'll be right there with you, getting sweaty and working it - dancing together! Keeping Fit is not a Fad - it's a way of life!!

Melina Rodriguez

Melina has been teaching group fitness classes along with personal training for over two years at Campus Recreation. She received her certifications through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and is a Junior studying Public Health at the U of A. If you're looking for a heart pumping and efficient workout, join her for High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) this semester!

Nathan Englert

Nathan is a sophomore majoring in Math. Whenever he is not working with numbers and statistics, he shares most of his passion in sports and fitness. Nathan is currently a football coach and his hobbies include weightlifting as well as participating in sports such as football and basketball. This is currently Nathan's first year working at Campus Recreation and currently teaches Boot Camp. If you're looking for a good time and a great workout, be sure to stop by one of his classes.

Nicole LArson

Originally from Pennsylvania Nicole Larson has been teaching and training for over 17 years.   Nicole holds a M.S. in Exercise Science, along with NSCA –CSCS, ACSM-Ex Phys Specialist, Spinning, Surfset, Kettlebell, and TRX certifications.  Functional training, mobility, and alignment are big focuses in her one on one and group workouts.  She is also a certified Nutrition Specialist thru the AASDN. A former collegiate field hockey, softball, and club rugby player she has a love for sports. In addition, Nicole enjoys working with a variety of abilities and ages.  Being a military spouse she has had various opportunities and experiences over the years teaching, coaching, and training individuals from 3 to 87 year olds.  Nicole and her husband enjoy leading a healthy lifestyle thru outdoor activities, yoga, sporting events, and traveling. Aside from working out, I am passionate about helping my clients create healthy balance and help them reach their goals. 

Paula Arreola

Paula began working at Campus Recreation her freshman year as an undergraduate at the University of Arizona. She currently works in the weight room, represents Campus Rec as an ambassador, and is a cycling instructor, certified through Mad Dogg Athletics-Spinning. She can be found in the weight room or in the spin studio where she is devoted to encouraging both mental and physical growth - both inside and outside the gym. Paula is fluent in Spanish and grew up playing ice hockey in Michigan. Since moving to Tucson, she enjoys spending her time exploring outside with her dog, Lobo.


Sophie Mehrinfar

Sophie is a student at the University of Arizona, studying Public Management and Business Administration. She has been practicing yoga for six years and became a certified instructor two years ago. She loves teaching her Yoga Sculpt class that combines yoga with full body workouts and building a strong core while playing fun and upbeat music in class! 

Sophie Mitchell

Sophie is a Junior studying Marketing in the Eller College of Management.  She loves anything health and fitness and has been spinning for over five years.  She is a certified Spinning instructor who loves upbeat music and high energy rides!

Stacy Rollins 

Stacy Rollins has been loving Body Pump and Body Combat since 2005.  Group fitness makes time in the gym fun, creates relationships and keeps members committed. It's easy to skip a date with weights, but if you miss time in your group fitness class, someone's going to wonder why. If you've never tried group fitness before, come see what Body Pump is about. A basic weight training class that focuses on low weights/high repetition, Body Pump is all about you and your level, with room to build and get stronger. And if your inner warrior needs nurturing, come kick and punch in Body Combat. Stacy looks forward to meeting you, in either setting, and seeing you enjoy your experience at Campus Rec. When she's not hanging at Rec, Stacy's with her "Goofy" family!


Sephanie is a certified Zumba instructor and has been involved with the Zumba community for the past 9 years.  She also has a background in many types of dance including hip-hop and ballet.  Stephanie is a graduate student in Optical Sciences, focusing on development of photonic devices using novel materials.  When not at the gym or in the lab, she enjoys being outside hiking, running, and rock climbing.

Stephanie Reid

​Stephanie is a 200 RYT yoga teacher who studied Vinyasa style yoga at Pure Yoga West in NYC. During her training, she was exposed to teachers from around the world who showed her just how much there is to learn about the yogic philosophy. She is excited to continue to learn and grow from everyone in the yoga community- including her students. Her yoga journey began when her 15 year long career as a competitive gymnast came to a close. Her transition into yoga was a swift one and she has been practicing regularly ever since. Her dedication to yoga is rivaled only by her love of the arts. She is currently studying graphic design at the U of A. Come to her class and you'll be sure to break a sweat and relieve some stress.