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Samara VanDerLinden, Group Fitness Director

Samara has been teaching yoga for over 15 years and loves share her passion with others. She was born into a family of yogis. Her father and mother taught her to live with the yogic teachings from birth. She has traveled the world learning the yogic traditions in "Siddha Yoga Ashrams" and fully immerse herself in the teachings. She is certified through "Yogafit" as well as "Instituto de Salud Integral" of Sonora, Mexico. In her class you will find you are challenged both physically and mentally to your highest potential.

She first heard about Zumba in January 2010. She could not believe that the parties she grew up with had become a fitness class. Zumba is now one of her joys because it brings back memories of her childhood and it creates a party on a weekly basis! Zumba includes samba, salsa, merengue, reggaeton, bali, arabic, hip hop, and so many other fun rhythms. What better way to burn calories? So, let go of your inhibitions, step onto the floor and enjoy what dancing brings into our life!

Jacqueline Stafford

Jacqueline has been in the fitness industry for more than 20 years. She has certifications with AFAA, NASM and The Pilates Coach. Group Fitness has been a main focus of hers since she was 20. At first she just started taking classes,but before long, she was leading them.

The benefits of taking a Group Fitness class seem obvious, consistency (same time and place every week), socialization (making friends make it fun and increases accountability), variety (you can take different types of classes throughout the week to cross train), you don't have to think-just do (my job is to lead, you only need to follow creating less stress and more fun).

"I believe everyone can be successful no matter what your current fitness level. I teach multilevel classes allowing each person to exercise at his or her own pace. This also allows for progression. You may start as a beginner and then build to intermediate or advanced. I love what I do and it's an integral part of my life. So join me in one of my classes and let's have fun!"

Susan Alexander

Growing up in Davis, CA Susan rode her bike everywhere. She went to Chico State University, graduating in 1994 witth a degree in Fashion Merchandising. After graduation Susan lived in San Francisco, traveled to Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, and then moved back to the Sacramento area.

After working in property management Susan pursued a career in Education. This is also when she started her running program, completing 10Ks and half marathons. After moving to Grass Valley in 1997, she began swimming daily. In 2001, she completed her teaching credential and began teaching 4th grade. After her first child was born she needed to shed some extra weight so she began spinning and lifting weights. Soon after, she got certified to teach spin and she's loved it ever since.

Susan began teaching at Auburn Racquet Club in 2011. In 2013, she went back to work as a 4th/5th grade teacher. "Working with people and fitness has been a great blend of two of the things I love most".

Donna Mattson

Donna has lived in Auburn since she was six years old. She is a sports enthusiast and played basketball and soccer from a young age.

She attended Placer High School and Sierra College and was a member of the Placer High Girls State Champion basketball team in 1990. Donna has played softball, soccer and volleyball with the local recreation department and enjoys a good competitive game.

Donna has been teaching dance aerobics for over 15 years at ARFC and is certified by Aerobic Pipeline International. When not teaching her classes, Donna works at the local CVS as a Pharmacy Technician.

"I not only teach classe, I attend a lot of the classes at ARFC. I love working out and enjoy the friendships that have come about from working at the club."

Bonnie Zanin

Bonnie has been fitness professional for over twenty six years and holds certifications as a group fitness instructor through American Council on Exercise as well as a group fitness kickboxing instructor. Bonnie currently teaches a variety of classes, including Abs & Back, Cycle and Weight Interval, Cardio Fusion, and the ever popular Butts and Guts.

Bonnie is also a personal trainer. She enjoys the many friendships she has made during the 22 years she has been teaching and training at the club. "Helping people reach their goals and seeing our clients and students live healthier, happier lives is tremendously rewarding."

In her spare time Bonnie enjoys hiking, biking and running. Bonnie holds a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is an avid tap dancer. Bonnie brings high energy, enthusiasm and fun to all her classes, so come join her in class and prepare to sweat, get fit, have fun, and be entertained.

Ashley Cook

Ashley is a young energetic individual who has been an employee at the racquet club since May 2010. During that time she has gone from babysitting, to front desk, to accountability, to sales, group fitness instructor, and now personal trainer.

Ashley is Zumba, RIPPED, Group, Cycle and p-ersonal training certified. She is constantly continuing her education and finding new exercises to share with ARFC members. She is carrying on her love for teaching and helping others find their personal fitness story. "I like to push people to the limit, to a place they thought they could never reach."

Judy Benney

Judy has been employed for over four years at ARFC as a Yoga instructor. She has over eleven years experience in the practice of Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Yin Yoga.

Judy is certified through the Mt. Madonna Center Ashtanga Yoga Institute after completion of over two hundred hours of Yoga training.

Wendy Knapp

Wendy has been teaching water aerobics at AR-FC for over 5 years. She holds certifications from AEA and Aerobics Pipeline International.

Currently, Wendy is obtaining an additional certification on Aquatic Fitness through Exercise Science Alliance. Wendy has been an elementary teacher for over twenty years with the Placer Hills Union School District.

Patricia Kauffman

Patricia has been a Yoga instructor for over 35 years. She has studied the art of Yoga, meditation, and philosophy, in the Siddha Yoga Meditation Ashrams in India, Mexico City, and the United States. She has certifications in Anusara inspired Yoga, Iyengar Classical, and Ashtanga power Yoga. For her, HathaYoga has proven to be without a doubt a mind, body, and spiritual transformation and a journey to the heart.

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