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Emporia Fitness: Trainers & Instructors

Ruth Miller- Ruth has been in the fitness industry since 1982.  She was certified through the American Council of Exercise (ACE ) as a group fitness instructor in 1986 which was the first year it was offered.  ACE was the first national certifying body and set the standard for those to follow.  In 1993 she was certified through ACE as a personal trainer.

She taught at Emporia State University in the PE Department through the spring of 2006. She has experience teaching aerobic dance, yoga, kickboxing, and pilates.

She specializes working with “baby boomers” and seniors but has worked with all ages.

Her mission statement whether teaching a group or working one on one is “To give quality instruction that is fun and safe yet effective workouts for participants and clients”.

She has been a personal trainer at Emporia Fitness since 1999.

Greg Bachman- Greg is actively involved in the health and fitness industry. He is a physical therapist at Emporia Physical Therapy where he specializes in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation.

Greg teaches the TRX Suspension Training class, which will resume in September. The emphasis of the class is to promote a high level of physical health through education and exercise. This class combines strength training, flexibility, and conditioning. The TRX system allows each participating member to work at an intensity appropriate to achieve their individual goal. Each class is structured to allow participation by adults of all ages.


Connie Vantuyl- Connie has been a personal trainer at Emporia Fitness since 2009. She has a bachelors degree in Health Promotion and is a certified USA Weightlifing Level 1 coach. She has worked with a variety of age groups including elderly and youth. Connie also teaches group fitness classes including Golden Gear and Summer Conditioning Programs.

Her athletic career in track and field has contibuted to a passion for the weight room. She emphasizes to her clients correct form and technique which are the keys to safety while lifting or performing any type of exercise.

Connie also coaches track and field athletes for Emporia State and is a certified Massage Therapist.

Casey Collins- Casey graduated from Emporia State University and teaches math at Emporia High School. She ran track at ESU and coached track and cross country at Emporia High School for several years. Her interest in workout out and lifting weights started in high school and has been a favorite hobby ever since. Casey has taught Spinning classes at ESU before becoming a fitness instructor at Emporia Fitness. She teaches Body Blast and TRX classes at Emporia Fitness.


Linda Turney- Linda is a graduate from Emporia State University with a degree in Business Administration.  She became an aerobic dance instructor in 1990.  She also has experience teaching group fitness classes in step, water aerobics, body sculpting and cardio kickboxing.  She became a certified Pilates instructor in 2003.  She loves the total body experience that Pilates offers to individuals of all different fitness levels.  She currently teaches Intermediate Pilates, an advanced class for those who have experience with previous Pilate’s classes.

Carrie Poersch- Carrie started teaching group fitness classes in 2003. Carrie has taught Step Aerobics, Body Sculpting and a Seniors fitness class. In 2007, she became certified in PiYo and has been teaching PiYo since 2008. She loves yoga and sharing the many benefits of it through her classes.

Carrie is also a Certified Personal Trainer through AFAA.

Amy Hayden- Amy has been active in the Fitness Industry, instructing Step Aerobics, Body Sculpting classes and a fitness class for Seniors since 2003.

In 2007 Amy discovered Zumba Fitness, giving her the opportunity to fill her passion for fitness, dance and music. She has attended two Zumba Basics Fitness Certifications and a Zumba Basics (Level 2) Certification. Also, is a member of the Zumba Instructors Network.  Amy's most recent certification is with INSANITY! Modifications are always given making this a great class for all fitness levels!

 She loves combining Fitness & Fun, taking the “work” out of working out and making it an adventure.

Amy is the mother of 3 very active boys, and wants to be an inspiration to her children to always stay active and healthy.

Marqueita Marisette - Marqueita is a graduate from Emporia State University with a Bachelor Degree in Health Promotion. She is pursuing her masters in Health. Marqueita is a former ESU Track and Field athlete and teaches our Sunrise Spin class, Bootcamp and also our BFit Summer Conditioning Program. She also does Personal Training in her spare time and has worked with all ages and fitness levels!

Kerri Zorn - Kerri is a busy wife and mother of three active boys. She became certified in Group Fitness through AFAA in 2012.She has been licensed to teach Zumba® Fitness since 2010, and received her license in Aqua Zumba®, Zumba Toning® and Zumbatomic®.  Kerri has been trained in resistance and weight training and is certified in Adult and Child CPR and First Aid. She particularly enjoys strength and resistance training and loves formatting the weigHIITed class for Emporia Fitness!


Michell Benjamin - Michell teaches Spin & Core at Emporia Fitness and will also be providing Personal Training! She is certified in Spin through Spinning and is working towards her Personal Training certification through ACE. She has taught various classes before and looks forward to bringing her knowledge and experience to Emporia Fitness!

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