Meet Your Instructors


Micaela Wiehe

Major: Global Studies
Minor: Spanish
BearFit Instructor since: Fall 2016
Classes: Hydropower, Bond BearFit at Darr Agriculture Center, and Balls O' Fun!
About Me: I first set foot in a fitness gym my sophomore year of high school and I feel like I haven't left since! As a gymnast and a swimmer, I've always been passionate about keeping our bodies healthy and strong. If you love being in the water as much as I do, join me downstairs in aquatics during Hydropower for your next water workout!


Lacey Bertram

Major: Dietetics
Year in School: Junior
Classes: The BearFit classes I teach are Chisel Up and Uppercut which both include weight lifting with endurance. It is a great time that gets your heart rate up!
About Me: I have taught BearFit classes for a year now and just began personal training after acquiring my personal training certification. My ultimate goal is to have a career as  a sports dietitian.


Noriko Makoski

Non-student; Nondegree-seeking
BearFit Instructor since Spring 2016
Classes: Zumba®; Piloxing®, STRONG by Zumba(R) 
I am ZIN® (Zumba Professional Instructor Network) certified since July 2013, licensed to teach Zumba basic, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Toning and Zumba Gold.  I am also a member of PIA® (Piloxing Instructors Association) since September 2015 and BeachBody certified (PiYo & TurboKick) 2016.
 

Anna McAlister

Year in school: Junior
Major: Middle School Education
BearFit instructor since Fall 2015
Classes: Dance Fitness, DanceBox, Kickboxing, Boot Gainz, Absolution & Guided Meditation
About Me: I really love my job as a BearFit instructor and I hope people enjoy my new classes this semester! Outside of school and work, I enjoy knitting, playing Pokemon Go, and playing Animal Crossing.
 

Collin Portz

Year in school: Sophomore
Major: Biology
BearFit Instructor since Spring 2016
Classes: Power Cycle & Core Flex
About Me: I was born and raised in the Kansas City burbs. I came to MSU to pursue a degree in Biology on the Pre-Physical Therapy track with the aspirations of one day becoming a sports physical therapist. I'm currently studying anatomy which has been incredibly helpful in developing a comprehensive knowledge of muscle movement and mechanics. I emphasize flexibility, core and hip stabilization, and cardio. My motto: Lean muscles are the dream muscles.
 

Kylie Wheeler

Year in school: Sophomore
Major: Theatre
Minor: Spanish
BearFit Instructor since Spring 2016
Classes: Mile High, Cycle Pump, & FlexFit
About Me: I ran varsity cross country/track and a half marathon in high school, so I would love to help you reach your running goals in my Treading class. Along with teaching classes, I am the BearFit Supervisor at the FRC. One of my favorite quotes, "Fitness is 100% mental. Your body will not go where your mind doesn't push it."
 

Bailee Finn

Year In School: 3rd year, Junior                                                                                                                                         Major: English, Communications                                                                                                                                         How long have you been teaching BearFit: Summer 2017                                                                                         Classes you are teaching: Hatha Yoga                                                                                                                                 About You: I've been doing yoga for years and love it! I love teaching yoga even more and seeing everyone relax and improve their flexibility, while still getting a low intensity workout. I also enjoy playing tennis, reading, and eating pizza outside of work.


Cindy Her

Year in School: 4th                                                                                                                                                               Major: Middle School Education: Social Science & Language Arts                                                                                 How long have you been teaching BearFit: Fall 2017                                                                                                 Classes you are teaching: Zumba                                                                                                                                     About you:  I have been doing Zumba for 6 years, and teaching for a couple months.  I am obsessed with dancing and music!  My number one goal for fitness is that everyone is enjoying their time working out.


Kayla Howard

Year In School: Junior                                                                                                                                                        Major: Recreation with an emphasis in Health and Wellness Promotion                                                                    Minor: Psychology                                                                                                                                                                    How long have you been teaching BearFit: Fall 2017                                                                                                        Classes you are teaching: The Burn (a circuit based class that involves both strength training and cardio intervals)                                                                                                                                                                            About You: I am from Overland Park, Kansas and this is my third year at Missouri State. I am a very involved student on campus and have been a part of the Emerging Leaders program, Phi Sigma Upsilon, Sigma Kappa, Relay for Life committee, Psychology Club and the Recreation Advisory Board in addition to teaching BearFit classes. In my free time, I love to run outdoors, train for races, write and volunteer at The Arc of the Ozarks and Convoy of Hope. 


Zuzanna Fraczak

Year in school: Sophomore                                                                                                                                                Major: Cell and Molecular Biology                                                                                                                                    Minor: Chemistry                                                                                                                                                                    How long have you been teaching BearFit: Summer 2017                                                                                            Classes you are teaching: Salsa Fitness                                                                                                                          About You: I am originally from Poland, but I have fallen in love with Latin dancing! I have done Latin and country dance competitions, and I am hoping to extend my passion for dancing into the world of fitness. My ultimate goal is to make people comfortable with simple salsa concepts, while getting fit at the same time!

 

Teresa Brandenburg, Assistant Director of Fitness & Wellness

M.S. Health Promotion & Wellness Managment, 2007
Certified AFAA (Aerobics & Fitness Association of America) Primary Group Exercise Instructor, Kickboxing Instructor and Personal Trainer; Certified Pound(R) Instructor.
I joined the Campus Recreation professional team December 2015. 
Classes: Pound(R), Mix-It-Up, Rotation (Indoor Cycling) & 20/15/15

 


Joe Arledge, Graduate Assistant of Fitness & Wellness

B.A. Psychology, Minor in Organizational Leadership, 2016                                                                                              Certified SCW Primary Group Exercise Instructor, Certified Mad Dogg Spinning(R) Instructor.                                Taught at the University of Cincinnati for 2 years, brand new at MSU.                                                                 Classes: Cycling, Strength-based classes                                                                                                                     About Me: Multi-sport athlete in high school and never lost the passion for fitness in general. I did my undergrad at the University of Cincinnati were I held multiple positions in the Fitness & Wellness department, including teaching Group Fitness. Now I am pursuing my Master's degree in Health Promotion and Wellness Management. My favorite quote: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." -Wayne Gretzky