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SONOMA FIT INSTRUCTORS

Adam and Jennifer Kovacs are long time residents of Sonoma and the owners of Sonoma Fit. Together they opened their first venture Sonoma Cycle Fit in 2014. This small studio, focusing primarily on indoor cycling and TRX was so successful they quickly outgrew their 2000 sq.ft. space and began the search for something larger. By the close of 2015 they found the new location for Sonoma Fit. This new “hybrid” style gym combines all of the intimacy and quality instruction of a boutique fitness studio with the expansive fitness floor (cardio machines, free weights etc.) of a big box gym. This combination of modalities is what sets Sonoma Fit apart from any gym you’ve ever seen. Aside from ownership, both Jenny and Adam instruct classes as well. “We aren’t mere architects of this project, we are in the trenches every day with both our employees and members alike. Fitness and health are a vital part of our every day lives, and we are passionate about imparting those values to the rest of our community.”

When the Kovacs aren’t spending time at Sonoma Fit, they can be found spending time with their 5 children. “Above all, we want to set an example for our kids. Not only about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but the ability to build success out of passion. Sonoma Fit is a true labor of love and we want our children to see that with enough hard work and determination, anything is possible."
I have been a Sonoma Valley resident since 2008 and am currently studying business and hospitality at Napa Valley College. I developed my passion for health and fitness after graduating high school, and found inspiration at our original fitness studio Sonoma Cycle Fit. I love the energy of indoor cycling in particular and became a certified Schwinn Cycling instructor. I look forward to increasing my knowledge of the fitness industry and plan on continuing my education through obtaining more certifications in other areas. The positive energy of group fitness is contagious and I hope to inspire you in the same way I was inspired a few short years ago. I can't wait to see you in my classes and help you achieve your goals!
As a teenager, I was an awkward lank that literally ate everything in sight. To my astonishment, that workhorse of a metabolism I had taken for granted had slowed down to a faint idle in my early 20’s. I decided to take action and got a membership to a gym where I took my first spin class and was immediately hooked. As I began to resemble the “real” me again, I quickly learned that fitness isn’t necessarily about losing weight or gaining muscle; it’s about the way you feel, your strength, power, determination and accomplishments. I started looking forward to my group fitness classes and my mentality shifted from “I have to take that class so I get in shape” to “I can’t wait to have fun in that class and feel great”.

Grateful to now be able to pay it forward as a fitness instructor, I’m excited to pass all that I have gained during my fitness journey on. Whether you’re just starting out or improving what you have already accomplished, remember that there is no set starting point and that you can always dig deeper! Take the step, break a sweat and the rest will follow. You’ll feel great – looking great is just a side effect. Can’t wait to see you at Sonoma Fit!
Schwinn Cycling Certified

Tyler is a returning Sonoman, raised in the community and went to school K-12.  He is a very enthusiastic, athletic individual with a charismatic work ethic.  He is a graduate of CSU Chico with a BS in Kinesiology, specialized in exercise physiology with a few masters related courses in bio mechanics. He's played college basketball, semi-pro football, and almost any sport you could imagine.  His training adapts to any individual; by use of circuit, cross fitness, power movements, meditation, breathing and much more! His interests outside the gym include biking, tennis, golf and basketball.  Big warriors fan, and a supporter of the giants!

As a young girl being raised by a single mom in a small town, sports were life. It kept me safe, sane and happy with a body honored for strength and speed over size and stats. In college I played intramural sports to feed my competitive spirit and was lucky enough to land a husband for a softball coach. Fast forward twelve years to a job I love and 2 little girls that constantly move with me. For me movement and fitness provides an outlet, mental and physical strength, and honors the time I have gifted myself as life gets crazy. This love of fitness translates into all my classes; get in and make each moment count! Every rep, each gear added on that uphill battle in spin and that shake you get while holding plank in a TRX strap means you're getting stronger. I like to incorporate a variety of techniques and tools into my fast paced and driving classes; crossfit, barre, boxing, anything that keeps you moving to good music, (preferably EDM and club style, but request line is always open!).
Schwinn Cycling Certified and TRX qualified.

Kyle has always been passionate about health and fitness. He graduated from CSU Chico with a degree in Nutrition and Food Science and a minor in Health and Wellness. Kyle was a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer for 5 years and has been a personal trainer for the past 2 years. He embraces nature, and enjoys hiking, meditating, traveling, and occasionally binge watching Netflix. He is committed to helping individuals and small groups. Kyle enjoys working with people at various levels of fitness, and appreciates the challenge of breaking through barriers and plateaus. His goal is to help you become the best version of yourself!

Special Interests: Aesthetic Lifting, Healthy Weight Loss, Functional Training, Strength and Conditioning. Mobility, Stability, Balance

 

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Dawn Theilen has been a trainer/instructor for over 20 years. She specializes in personal training, Pilates and TRX Pilates. She moved to Sonoma from Marin 10 yrs ago where she owned Form Body Studio and taught at Kaiser, Club One, and Mill Valley Personal Fitness. She currently teaches/trains throughout Sonoma and is the personal trainer at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa.

Never having played sports as a kid, I was a late arrival to the world of fitness.  I started to exercise a bit in my twenties, doing some sporadic running and weight training.  Then, I took a kickboxing class at a local martial arts school and fell in love.  A few months after starting kickboxing, I began their Taekwondo program and earned my first-degree black belt in 2000 and my second-degree black belt in 2008.  I feel that to have true success, and fun, in exercise and fitness, you need to find at least one workout you really love, or at least like a lot.  Thankfully, kickboxing ignited a passion in me for fitness in general and a broad range of exercise. I’ve now been teaching for almost 20 years.  For me, being an instructor is a very rewarding experience.  I enjoy watching people’s skill, power and confidence improve with each class they attend.  I hope to see you in class!

 

As a professional dancer, turned actress who was convinced for awhile those were my deep loves to focus on, in my late twenties, my discovery and quick addiction to yoga proved otherwise. The importance of maintaining a nutritional, active lifestyle & balancing the roller coaster of life is what led me to get certified in 2012. I’m a Missouri native with a enthusiasm for propelling myself and anyone who wants to join me, into a healthier, happier, more balanced place. I’ve found immense healing as I learn more about how food, mindful practices and awareness of the self is reflective of how I feel. After having spent time in India, soaking up the essence of the mind, body, spirit connection, I’m continuously inspired to share insightful stories and experiences with others. Vulnerable and humorous, I’m an open book always yearning for more ways to grow and engage with community on how we can do our part. I passionately lead yoga events, classes and private sessions and truly feel inspired by everyone I get to share space with. Uplifting, empowering and fun flowing, I thrive on creating a mindful yoga flow that’s challenging and safe, with a great playlist or musician guaranteed to accompany. I’ve joyously guided yogi’s of all levels for the past six years with events like Yoga Day at Dodger Stadium, ALO Yoga Youtube, Beauty by Target, Andaz Hotel, Malibu Yoga Shala, Lululemon, Cornerstone Sonoma, Camp Mars and Volunteer with Various Charitable Causes.

Yoga became an integral part of Divina's life during her pregnancies and continued after the birth of her children. A daily yoga practice cultivated a deep sense of overall health and well-being unlike anything she'd ever experienced before. 

Divina is a graduate of Yoga Community's Advanced Studies and Teacher Training Program and holds a 200-Hour RYT certification with the internationally recognized Yoga Alliance. She garners a special interest in yoga for athletes and yoga for sports injury and prevention and plans to continue her education in this arena this coming Fall.

 In addition to practicing yoga, Divina enjoys hiking, time spent by the ocean, and cooking healthy (yet practical) meals for her family

I have always had a heavy passion for fitness.  I was a competitive gymnast which inspired my high intensity workout style.  Throughout my gymnastics career I also participated in soccer, track, and all-star cheerleading. 

 

Today I enjoy wakeboarding, snowboarding, running, anything active I’m into!  I love sharing my love for exercise with others and find it important to challenge people while also providing a fun atmosphere.

 

Maddy is a bay area native, where her passion for fitness developed through athletics. She played basketball at San Francisco State University while obtaining her degree in Kinesiology. Maddy has a background that focuses on corrective exercise, injury prevention, weight loss, and has worked with a wide range of clientele. She is a NASM certified personal trainer as well as a NASM certified fitness nutrition specialist. When not in the gym, you can find Maddy hiking, cheering for the Giants and Warriors, and traveling to new places.

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Nicole’s goal in life is to spread love and happiness to as many people as possible. She is dedicated to connecting others to the truth of their being and has found that one of the best ways to do this is by bringing people together to flow through a fun moving meditation of self­love. Nicole believes that yoga is for everyone and empowers her students to find strength and ease in their body and soul. Her light hearted energy brings joy to her students and creates connection throughout the community. She loves to spend time in nature and enjoys gathering people to practice anywhere outside, especially at the beach. Nicole Pryke is currently registered with Yoga Alliance as a 200 RYT and is excited to share with others the amazing benefits of a vinyasa yoga practice.

“The more in harmony you are with the flow of your own existence, the more magical life becomes.” ­- Adyashanti

Sarah is certified through NASM.  Her main focus is on corrective exercise.  She has certifications in Scientific Back Training, Program Design, and Scientific Core Conditioning through CHEK Institute, and is working her way towards becoming a certified CHEK Practitioner.  She's taken multiple sports medicine classes at Santa Rosa Junior College. She's worked with clients with multiple types of injuries to help improve their alignment, which has also helped with their chronic pain.  She has experience working with golfers to help improve their drives, and her clients drives have increased up to 30 yards.

Sarah is certified through NASM.  Her main focus is on corrective exercise.  She has certifications in Scientific Back Training, Program Design, and Scientific Core Conditioning through CHEK Institute, and is working her way towards becoming a certified CHEK Practitioner.  She's taken multiple sports medicine classes at Santa Rosa Junior College. She's worked with clients with multiple types of injuries to help improve their alignment, which has also helped with their chronic pain.  She has experience working with golfers to help improve their drives, and her clients drives have increased up to 30 yards.

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Danielly originally studied Biology in Brazil. She has been drawn to competitor physical fitness since the age  of 4, this included swimming, volleyball and  long board surfing, but when she came to USA in 2009, her life style changed.  With a sedentary life style, she gained 40lbs and health problems.  “I was tired of looking at  the mirror and not being happy with what I was looking at, so one day I put it in my mind that if I didn’t change now that  I would never change, so I made it a mission to study a lot about nutrition, and exercise and I started  applying it on myself”. After 2 years of self-training and losing more than 40lbs (7 months weight loss), Danielly sought and achieved her certification through NASM, and she specializes in weight loss, strength, balance, and overall well-being. “I really understand the struggles that my clients go through with weight loss because it happened to me, so I am able to help them on this journey”. 

Danielly enjoys training people of all levels to inspire them to maximize their fitness, health and wellness goals. She is currently studying a specialization in fitness nutrition.

I've been involved in sports and fitness for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Rhode Island, I played soccer, softball, volleyball, and swimming. After I graduated high school, I moved to Arizona for college where I started indoor cycling, running, and became a hiking guide. I moved to Sonoma and began studying for my master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling at SF State. I now have two children (9 & 11), who are growing up just as active as I did- both are in sports and as a family, we enjoy hiking, biking, and running together. I look forward to helping you meet your fitness goals, whatever they are!

Four years ago fitness became a passion of mine when I decided to compete for a crown, and since then it has become an outlet, an adventure, and a lifestyle.  In 2013, I completed my UC Davis undergraduate degree, and returned to Sonoma in 2017 after graduating from the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law.  Throughout law school I competed in Miss Kansas USA and placed in the Top 5 four consecutive years. During competition preparation and law school, my personal exercise routine ranges from group fitness to olympic lifting, but cycling and water-rowing became two primary sources of exercise enjoyment.  There is a huge difference between forcing your workout and enjoying your workout - that is the difference I want to make for people who come to my classes!  I became Schwinn Cycling Instructor certified in July 2017, and look forward to making indoor cycling a permanent part of my fitness journey throughout the course of my legal career.

Liza Gibbons has a BS Degree in Public and Community Health Sciences and is currently working on her masters in Public Health with a focus on Health Promotions.  Liza is a native of New Jersey but has lived all over the country with her (Military Officer) husband and two kids.  She has been a Dance Fitness Instructor since 2009 and has owned and operated her own dance fitness studio…Raqad Fitness in Gearhart, OR from 2012-2015.

Liza has been a pioneer in Health promotion and education since 1999, working with organizations such as the March of Dimes, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, WIC, PP and many more.  She has educated members of the local communities that she has worked in. She has coordinated a variety of events such as community action programs, health fairs and fundraisers to name a few.  Liza currently works Per Diem as a Health Coach focusing on Corporate Health and Wellness.  She is very excited to bring her fun, upbeat, and unique style of Dance fitness to Sonoma Fit and looks forward to being a part of an awesome fitness family again.

 

Elizabeth is a beacon of light and truly embodies Namaste.  Namaste means, the light within me honors the light within you, and Elizabeth’s inner light invites her students to discover their own light within.  Elizabeth has a deep love and passion for teaching others. She is a credentialed teacher, tutor and educator.  After 10 years of teaching elementary school, she is inspired to take her teaching experience from the classroom to the mat and beyond.  Through her classes, her students experience pure presence, patience, and inner peace.  Elizabeth, a lover of nature, truly appreciates the grounding forces and wisdom of Mother Earth.  As a world traveler, she has lived and traveled in numerous different countries and is grateful for the new perspectives, experiences and connections she gains while immersing herself in other cultures.  Elizabeth’s warmth radiates as she sees the light within each one of her students.  Come shine bright on your mat!