Meet YWCA’s Certified Fitness Instructors
Every fitness instructor at Charlotte’s YWCA is certified in CPR, First Aid and AED (using an external defibrillator) as well as the specific certifications required for their specialty. (A list of organizations referred to in the credentials of each instructor are at the bottom of the page for your easy reference.)
Certifications: RYT 200
Mary Casey is a longstanding, devoted member of the YWCA, where she loves to swim laps. She is also a committed yoga practitioner. Mary is excited to guide you in an engaging yoga practice where she intends to impart her learnings on yoga philosophy, postures, breathing, and mindfulness.
Hank Talmadge YWCA’s Fitness Coordinator
Hank has had a passion for fitness over the last 10 years and serves as the Fitness Coordinator at the YWCA. HIs background is mainly in strength training and yoga, but believes any activity that gets you engaged and active is healthy! Hank especially loves water training for all of the wonderful benefits it provides.
Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Bryan has been a certified personal trainer and metabolic specialist for over 5 years.
His major focuses are core strengthening, balance, flexibility and range of motion to help prevent/limit pain. He is a certified metabolic technician and incorporate specific cardiovascular zone training with heart rate monitors. As a met tech, he strives to help maximize cardiovascular health and fat burning for any fitness level. Overall, he likes to help people push themselves past their “perceived” limits and improve mentally and physically…inside out!
Certifications: ASFA Cycling Instruction Certification
Seventeen years ago, Jim and his son joined a cycling group through church. His son only lasted a season but Jim kept at it, riding regularly from March to November. Then in 2019, Jim was introduced to YWCA and loved it! Cycling classes here have improved Jim’s endurance, and other workouts have improved overall fitness – and he’s made some new friends with similar values.
Jim looks forward to leading both aerobic and fun cycling classes – join him!
Certifications/Training: Red Cross Lifeguarding, AED/CPR/First Aid, YWCA Orange Method Swim Lesson Instructor
Lina has been teaching swim lessons/coaching since 2021 and has been swimming competitively since 2011. Lina likes to make swim lessons fun while encouraging swimmers to better themselves.
Sarah is a yoga instructor at YWCA Central Carolinas. She typically leads the Monday night Vinyasa II/III class.
Rose is an aquatics instructor at YWCA Central Carolinas, leading the weekly Aqua Yoga class.
Certifications: Red Cross AED/CPR/First Aid, YWCA Orange Method Swim Lesson Instructor
Certifications: PhysicalMind Institute of New York in Pilates; Kripalu Yoga
Kay began teaching Pilates in 1999 before moving around the country. Returning to Charlotte, she now enjoys sharing her broad knowledge of exercise and movement through her ongoing teaching.
Certifications: Pilates Mat; Pilates Anatomy; Biomechanics; Posture Analysis
While certified in Pilates Mat, Anne continued her education on the Pilates Apparatus. She has a Masters in Music Theatre, Dance, Anthropology and Education; and a Dance Diploma in Modern Dance and Contemporary Dance.
Certifications: Red Cross Lifeguarding, AED/CPR/First Aid, YWCA Orange Method Swim Lesson Instructor
Sam has been working for YWCA since 2021 and teaching swim lessons since 2023. He wears many hats here at YWCA and can be found working as a Swim Instructor, Lifeguard, Childcare Representative, and Front Desk Specialist. Sam specializes in beginner Swim Lessons and loves to teach those valuable water safety skills to children.
Yael leads YWCA’s HIIT, LIIT, Pure Body Strength, Cycle and Move & Groove classes and she specializes in Yoga.
Certifications: Spin, Les Mills CORE
Kacy fell in love with group fitness classes quickly after she moved to Chicago in 2016. She was a collegiate swimmer and had always been passionate about everything related to sports and fitness! In 2018, Kacy began her instructor journey and has loved every minute of it. She’s seen the power that community has in reaching health and fitness goals, and having fun along the way! Kacy has taught many formats including Studio Cycle, HIIT, Les Mills CORE and Les Mills BODYPUMP, in addition to coaching swim practices and lessons.
Certifications: RYT 500; Kripalu Yoga
Hampton, a 500-hour Professional Kripalu Yoga Teacher, guides students with a detailed and fluid approach that has emerged from his own search for healing. He began teaching classes in 1997. Dedicated to supporting students with special needs, he became Yoga of the Heart certified.
Certifications: USAT; Spin: Red Cross Lifeguard; Pre/Post Natal Fitness
Jody has been teaching fitness classes and doing personal training for over a decade. She also serves as Head Coach for the YDub Tri Club (Triathlon training club).
Certifications: AEA Aquatic Fitness Professional Certification
Shelley’s number one passion is the water, and she combines that passion with her love of instructing each week at YWCA’s heated indoor pool. She has taught both shallow and deep water aerobics at YWCA since the 1990s.
Certifications: Les Mills BODYPUMP and BODYCOMBAT
Emily moved to Charlotte from Buffalo, NY in 2019 and is a proud Bills fan these last few years. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in National Parks, playing sports, going to sporting events, and finding new things to do around Charlotte.
Certifications: IFTA Aqua Certification, AFFA Group Fitness Certification
Latrisha has been a part of the fitness community for 10 years. She loves group fitness and helping people reach their fitness goals while having a good time doing it. – Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.
Certifications: Les Mills Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, Red Cross WSI Instructor
Brian has been working in the Aquatics Industry since 1992. He has been teaching swim lessons and/or coaching since 1995 and has been the Orange Crush Head Swim Coach since 2016. He also teaches CPR, First Aid, Lifeguard Training and Water Safety Instructor Training.
The table below lists the organization represented by the initials found in the certification citations:
|ACE||American Council on Exercise Certification|
|ACSM||American College of Sports Medicine Certification|
|AEA||Aquatic Exercise Association|
|AFFA||Aerobic and Fitness Association of America
|AFWWE||Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease|
|ASFA||American Sports and Fitness Association|
|CPO||Certified Pool/Spa Operator by National Swimming Pool Foundation|
|E-RYT||Yoga Alliance Certification: Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher|
|IFTA||Interactive Fitness Trainers of America Certification|
|NASM||National Academy of Sports Medicine Certification|
|RYT 200||Yoga Alliance Certification: Registered Yoga Teacher with 200 hrs of training|
|RYT 500||Yoga Alliance Certification: Registered Yoga Teacher with 500 hrs of training|
|USAT||USA Triathlon Certification|
|WSI||Red Cross Water Safety Instruction Certification|
|YMCA||Partnered with American Council on Exercise to create YMCA Foundation Certification Courses|