ANNA


 
 
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How would you describe your class:

My class can best be described as a way to challenge your body and mind while providing both with the nourishment needed to recharge.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure (although I don't believe in associating food with guilt) would have to be dark chocolate.
How do you recharge?

I recharge by spending time with myself. Sometimes it is a hike with my dog in the silence of nature. Other times it is self reflection in a packed yoga class. After either of those activities I feel like I can take on the world!

How would others describe you?

My friends and family would describe me as a type A personality. I am the planner and organizer in my family. As much as I wish they would, none of them would describe me as funny!

Hometown:

I grew up in Middletown, but now that I live in Guilford I feel like I'm home.

 
 

Shelbye


 
 
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How would other’s describe you? 

(I asked haha and the answer is): Adventurous, loyal, fun, kind

What’s something not a lot of people know about you?

I love cliff jumping and will jump off anything into the water...even 50 feet!

What kind of student were you?

I was always busy, with sports, cheerleading, student council...events...I've always loved to keep busy!

Why do you love SHIFT?

I love the SHiFT community! Everyone is so inspiring and welcoming and that is exactly the work environment I thrive in.

 
 

MERIDETH

 “Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.” ― Roy T. Bennett


 
 
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WHAT IS YOUR PRE CLASS RITUAL? 
Hop in the car and take a ride to listen to my playlist, get in the zone and channel the energy I want to bring to my riders!

WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? 
Ashley’s chocolate peanut butter ice cream with jimmies (that’s what we call chocolate sprinkles in Boston!)

HOW CAN YOUR CLASS BE BEST DESCRIBED? 
A Heart pounding, relentless journey for the body and soul. I’ll push you to the edge and you’ll do more than you thought you could. You will leave feeling stronger, and like the best version of yourself!

HOW DO YOU RECHARGE? 
Time with my husband and kiddos or a kick a** workout!

HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY DESCRIBE YOU? 
Passionate, driven, loyal and pretty stinking funny

WHAT CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT? 
My family ❤️, close friends, strong coffee, a good mascara and JOY

HOMETOWN? 
Boston

 
 

SARAH

 “You have a choice. You can throw in the towel or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face.”


 
 
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WHAT IS YOUR PRE CLASS RITUAL?
Creating a playlist and listening to it over and over again. Constantly rearranging songs until it all fits together like a puzzle.

WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
Watching mindless reality TV shows.

HOW CAN YOUR CLASS BE BEST DESCRIBED?
Motivating.

HOW DO YOU RECHARGE?
A good rest and some time with my family

HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY DESCRIBE YOU?
Passionate, kind and patient.

WHAT CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?
Family

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO DECOMPRESS?
Going for a massage

HOMETOWN?
Dublin, Ireland

 
 

SHANNON

 “Life is like a roller coaster you just have to be brave enough to jump on.”


 
 
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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE CLASS SNACK?
Carbs! Sweet potatoes or Granny Smith apples and plenty of water.

WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
Teddy’s peanut butter, I could honestly eat a whole jar!

WHAT IS YOUR PRE CLASS RITUAL?
I like to listen to my playlist one last time and do a walk-through of the room to make sure everything looks right, and I always eat a mint…or two.

HOW CAN YOUR CLASS BE BEST DESCRIBED?
It’s a good mix I love rolling hills and a track or two of true sprints. Always have upbeat music to get riders through!

HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY DESCRIBE YOU?
The mother hen, I’m very organized and love to plan things. Big family person, I enjoy being around my people.

HOMETOWN?
Guilford, CT

 
 

NICHOLE

 ““Don’t wait for the last call to be great.”


 
 
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Dream Vacation: Visiting the top 10 beaches of the world.

Keeps you awake at night: My husband snoring.

Listening to: Beastie Boys, Van Halen, Rush

Side Hustle: LIFTING! LIFTING! LIFTING!

Super Power: I’m a damn good cook.

 
 

KEVIN

 “No time like the present.”


 
 
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What’s your guilty pleasure?
Bacon!

How can your class be best described?
Sing-a-long sweat fest!

What can’t you live without?
Music!

What’s your favorite way to decompress?
Watch a sunset!

Hometown?
Rochester, NY

 
 

Gabriela

 “Everything you are is everything you need… believe you can and you will.”


 
 
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1. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-CLASS SNACK?
A dark chocolate sea salt RXBAR… I LOVE them!

2. WHAT IS YOUR PRE-CLASS RITUAL?
Listen to the playlist, run through the class, and get pumped up for the fun!

3. HOW CAN YOUR CLASS BE BEST DESCRIBED?
A high-energy, beat-driven, motivating, and positive experience bringing out all of the best endorphins making you feel proud and unstoppable.

4. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO DECOMPRESS?
A long run by the ocean/shoreline

5. HOMETOWN?
Wallingford, CT

6. WHAT CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?
My family and friends, positivity, movement, and homemade meals!

 
 

MICHELE


 
 
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Why do you love teaching at SHiFT?

Love the sense of community and sharing my passion for fitness

What do you love most about leading a class?

I teach because I love fitness and I want to help people better their lives.

What's one thing that not that many people know about you?

I eat ice cream every night :)

What were you like in highschool?

Energetic, active and loved spending time with friends

How would your BFF describe you?

Non-stop. I’ll sleep when I’m dead kinda person

What is the craziest thing you've ever done?

Outdoor roller coaster at the top of a hotel in Las Vegas

 
 

JOANNE


 
 
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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO DECOMPRESS?
Going for a massage

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CLASS?
It’s a full body workout, engaging all muscles! You’ll see some cardio blasts, but also awesome core and stretching exercises to recover.

HOW DO YOU RECHARGE?
I recharge by reading, relaxing by the pool or beach, and going to see a movie!

WHAT CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?
My family and music!

HOMETOWN?
Nottingham, UK

 
 

SAM

 “Carpe the hell out of this diem”


 
 
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SIDE HUSTLE: Founder of Step Up, an organization that works to empower people and business through physical thinking.

BIGGEST FEAR: Letting fear get in the way

HAPPIEST: When I am traveling.  I love, love, love to travel.