Meet the Pros ...

Meet the fitness professionals that have graciously contributed to this site with their choreography, articles, suggestions and ideas!  Thank you so much for your support.  

Pam Archer


Pam is the owner of Archer Fitness Consultants, Inc. in Kingsport, Tennessee. She is Co-Host of the “Jenny’s Fit In 15” TV show on The Health Network. She has produced six exercise videos and starred in seven.  Pam is also an International Fitness Presenter who has presented at World Fitness IDEA!

Read Pam's fitness article:  So you want to make a video?

Sonya Beaudoin  

Sonya Beaudoin has been working in the field of exercise for over five years. She has a degree in exercise science from Concordia University and is a member of several fitness associations such as The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Idea Fitness and The Canadian Fitness Professionals (Can-Fit-Pro). She is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist and personal trainer with the NSCA, and is also certified as an individual conditioning trainer and group exercise instructor with Can-Fit-Pro and the YMCA. She has worked as an athletic therapist for several sports teams, but she continues to work in her specialty field as a personal trainer and aerobic instructor.

La Rue Briggs  

As a nationally certified fitness instructor, La Rue Briggs has conducted exercise and bodybuilding classes for the YMCA and other organizations and was an instructor/trainer for the Michigan Heart Association, a board member of the Metropolitan Detroit Health Education Council, and a member of the YMCA Physical Education Committee. He is a long distance runner, swimmer, bicyclist, and former physique competitor. La Rue spent more than a decade in media as a radio talk show host, television moderator, freelance writer, and model and has written on modeling, fitness, and health. He is a Detroit native with a BA in English from Wayne State University.

Luciano Caputo 

Luciano Caputo, was born in Napoli (Italy) 30 years ago.   He is currently involved as "creative computer commander" for an  I.T.  Distribution company.  Luciano also manages his own bicycle shop.  He has been  an indoor cycling instructor since 1998.   He teaches indoor cycling for the Palestra Colosseum.   He is certified through the  Italian Cycling Federation as a mountain bike instructor.  He is currently studying to be a personal cycling trainer.  He is an enthusiast of cross-training techniques and multisport training.  He teaches at least 3 class a week of Indoor Cycling and outdoor cycles about 8000 Km a year.

Chris J. Dunn 

Chris J. Dunn, a.k.a. the Exercise Guy,is a  Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire, as well as a Masters of Science in Health and Sport Science from Wake Forest University.  Owner of the Exercise Guy website, offering fitness information and e-training services, Chris has also worked as a cardiac rehabilitation specialist at numerous medical centers in the United States.

Andrea Dalla Zanna

Andrea Dalla Zanna is a certified fitness trainer and aerobic instructor through the BCRPA (British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association) fitness leadership program. She teaches 3 classes a week which include, Tae-Box, and Cardio Plus classes. She has always loved fitness ever since she was younger. Andrea is currently a student at Dominelli College of esthetics in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada and plans on becoming a licensed esthetician.

Andrea's goals in life are to become the best group fitness leader, get everyone to become active individuals and achieve their goals, and to eventually open her own spa. Andrea is also planning to volunteer at ANAD (National Association Of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders), to help people who are struggling through an eating disorder, hoping to make a great change in someone's life.

Please check out Andrea's website at:

Mark Grevelding

Mark Grevelding is a Personal Trainer, Group fitness instructor and free-lance writer in Rochester, NY.  Certified by AFAA, AEA and FITOUR, he trains and teaches on land and in water, and presents motivational nutrition courses for a local health organization.  He is a columnist for the the Aquatic Exercise Association's website, and is also writing for other fitness websites.

Visit Mark's website at or email him at

Read Mark's latest article Small Class Phobia!

Rachel Keller 

An active home schooling mother of three young sons, Rachel enjoys running, various aerobic routines, strength training, and flexibility exercises. She has participated in various sports, rope jumping, cycling, and skating. Exercise gives her the energy to keep up with her growing family and busy schedule.

Rachel belongs to her local running group and has competed in many races, including a mile sprint, many 5Ks and 10Ks, and a biathlon, placing in the top three for her age category in nearly all the races. She is currently training for her first half marathon.

A freelance author, Rachel has published over 200 articles on her web site as well as on many other web sites and ezines. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She also studied both piano and voice in college and plays the organ.

Deborah N. Larsen

I live in the Chicagoland area and have been a group fitness instructor since the end of 1988.  I have been certified by ACE since 1990 for group fitness instruction and Kaiser certified for power pacing since 1998.  I have taught at numerous local health clubs and park districts and am presently employed by my local park district and YMCA, having worked for 9 years at the park district and the Y for 4.  I am also a brown belt in tae kwon do.  Over the years I have taught aerobics, step, weight training and toning, boot camp classes, a cardio tae kwon do class at my school and power pacing.  I am married and have three teenage children and one child who is 12. 

Read some of Deborah's great Indoor Cycling Tips!


Melanie Troppy

I am 33 years old and have been teaching for 14 years.  I am an ACE certified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer and a Keiser Certified Spin Instructor. I have been teaching Spin for 4 years.  For the past 8 years I have been the Fitness Director at Fitness World in Lewisville, TX (near Dallas).  I have competed in the Crystal Lite Aerobics Competitions and really just love what I do.  On a personal note, I just got back from Vancouver, BC, and loved it so much that I am considered relocating to that area.  I hope they have a lot to offer in the way of fitness.

Indoor Cycling Tips from Melanie....

Mike Urbanek  

I'm 25 years old from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. I have a BS in Psychology and a BA in Criminal Justice and work primarily as a psychiatric social worker for a community mental health center. I've been into fitness for the past five years and have lost about 120 pounds in the past three years through regular exercise. II'm a certified spinning instructor and teach classes regularly at my local fitness center. 

Nancy Hoffman Vanyek


Nancy is new to the group exercise instructor scene, only teaching since May 2002.  She became involved in Indoor Cycling in September 2001 when she was looking for a non-impact cardio exercise to combat stress after recovering from major surgery.  She quickly became hooked and began training and studying to be an instructor shortly after.  Nancy finds that group exercise is a great way to stay motivated, as the team spirit spurs everyone on.  Cycling has helped Nancy lose weight and relieve stress.  Her new motto is “eat to live, live to Spin.”

By day Nancy runs a chamber of commerce in Southern California, is married and has four dogs.



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