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Jeanette Brush - Group Fitness Instructor
Certified Body Pump®, Certified PiYO®
Jeanette teaches Cardio Dance and Body Pump at Middlebury Fitness and takes great pride in encouraging members to maintain healthy, active lifestyles in a fun and energetic environment. Jeanette lives on Lake Dunmore and enjoys cycling and numerous other outdoor activities.
Kate Ripley - Assistant Manager
Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Body Pump®
Kate joined the team in May of 2019 after being a member for several years. She is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Body Pump Instructor and holds a Degree in Business from Castleton State University. Kate has a real passion for health and fitness, a super friendly personality and enjoys interacting with members.
Karina Tarte - Member Services
Karina was born and raised in Vermont. She currently works full-time as a Veterinary Technician at a local animal hospital. When not working at the hospital or here at Midd Fit you will often find Karina working out in the gym!
Adela Langrock - Group Fitness Instructor
Group Fitness Instructor
Adela teaches a popular RaisedBARRE class at Middlebury Fitness and currently works full-time for Middlebury College. When not teaching her own class you will often find Adela in a Body Pump or Spin class!
Carolee Ploof - Group Fitness Instructor
Carolee is the owner of Middlebury Floral & Gifts, native Addison County resident and mother of three. Carolee lives in Salisbury with husband Jim, she enjoys all outside activities, weight training, obstacle racing, camping & reading.
Allison Martin - Member Services
Alison was born and raised in Vermont. She has three children and is currently going back to school to get a degree in Human Services while also working full-time at Porter Hospital. In her spare time Alison enjoys kayaking, hiking, cooking and spending time with family!
Tom McQuade - Certified Personal Trainer
ACE Certified Trainer
Tom’s fitness journey started at SUNY Cortland, where he went to college and focused on Sports Medicine. He was an athletic trainer for both the Men’s Rugby Team and the Women’s Gymnastics Team. From there, he joined the United States Navy as a Navy Medical Corpsman and was stationed at the Naval Hospital in Camp Pendleton, CA as an EMT. Tom’s career interests have been diverse and he has always incorporated fitness into his life. An avid long-distance hiker, he completed the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Colorado Trail, Long Trail, and Northville Placid Trail. He built a kayak with a buddy and they kayaked 450 miles down the Yukon River. With another friend, he biked from Washington, DC to Florida. He has competed in a few Xterra (off-road) triathlons for fun. Visit our Personal Trainer page to contact Tom for training!
Lily Hunt - Group Fitness Instructor
Certified Raisedbarre® Instructor
Lily grew up in Middlebury and graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2005. After college Lily lived in San Francisco for 9 years where she became an avid fan of bar fitness classes and practiced The Bar Method for 6 years. Lily returned to Vermont to raise her children in her hometown. She teaches Raisedbarre®, works for Middlebury College and when she is not working or teaching Barre she enjoys running, hiking and spending time with her family.
Gail Isenberg - Group Fitness Instructor
Gail has been a fitness instructor at Middlebury Fitness for 10 years. She currently leads a Senior Fitness class. Gail has a BS in music education, MS in counseling and a Ph.D. in psychology. Interests include aviation, women's barbershop, learning Chinese, theater, biking and running. A mother of two adult sons, Gail just completed her first half-marathon.
Janice Rushton - Member Services
Janice graduated in 1998 from the University of Maine- Presque Isle with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. In 2008 she became a Spinning Instructor and obtained a certificate in Swedish massage. Currently she teaches Spinning at Midd Fit and enjoys running, nordic skiing, photography and spending quality time with her husband Jerrod and their two beautiful daughters.
Jimmy Wells - Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Certified Trainer
Jimmy is a highly accomplished, nationally ranked Powerlifter who holds his pro card. Jimmy has been committed to his craft since he was a young teen and is ready to help you achieve your personal fitness goals. While capable of lifting a super human amount of weight we promise you will not meet a nicer, more humble guy.
Jerrod Rushton - Owner / President
Jerrod purchased Middlebury Fitness in 2012 and has over 23 years in fitness management. Jerrod graduated from the University of Maine - Presque Isle in 1997 and holds a B.S. degree in Recreation Management with a concentration in Business. Jerrod currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Addison County and lives in Cornwall with his wife Janice and two daughters. Hobbies include include cycling, hiking, running, kayaking, skiing & soccer.
Megan Sears - Member Services
Certified Body Pump® Instructor,Group Fitness Instructor
Megan is a native of Addison County and is a Certified Body Pump and Spinning instructor. Megan grew up in Cornwall, attended MUHS and graduated from UVM in 2011 with a degree in English and History. Megan is an avid sports enthusiast and enjoys mostly every outdoor activity. Megan hopes to empower the members of Midd Fit through her effective coaching and motivation of her clients and members in group fitness classes and through her member services role.
Mikayla Farnsworth - Member Services
Mikayla was born and raised in Vermont. She has been a long time Midd Fit member and is currently pursuing a degree as a Dental Hygenist.
Lynne Peck - Group Fitness Instructor
Lynne has been a group fitness instructor at Middlebury Fitness since inception in 1997. She teaches Spinning, Step and Strength classes and enjoys a variety of activities including water skiing, hiking and biking. Lynne and her husband Glen own and operate Peck Electric and have two children, Nathan and Lauren.
Jacob Miner - Member Services
Jacob grew up in Brandon, VT and recently graduated from Otter Valley High School in 2018. During the school year, Jacob attends Boston University as a Pre-Med major. Away from work, Jacob enjoys spending time with family and friends and has participated in (and directed) many theatre performances in his time at OVHS.
Kristen Ginsburg - Certified Personal Trainer
Group Fitness Instructor
Kristen holds a M.A. in Education, B.S. in Psychology and is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. After a thorough assessment, Kristen offers a personalized and holistic program to help her clients achieve their fitness goals. Kristen also teaches spinning, strength training and weight management classes. She enjoys skiing, biking, yoga, gardening and cooking. For more info visit vermontcustomfitness.com
Courtney Randall - Member Services
Courtney grew up in Leicester, VT and currently attends the University of New Hampshire. When not in school Courtney enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Kristi Myers - Group Fitness Instructor
Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Zumba® and Strong by Zumba® Instructor, Certified RaisedBarre Instructor ®
Kristi has a degree in Exercise Science and is a Physical Therapist Assistant. She enjoys lifting weights and exploring many other forms of fitness, and has been personal training and teaching group exercise for 14 years. Currently she is certified as a Personal Trainer, Zumba Fitness, Strong by Zumba, and Raised Barre. Kristi teaches virtual classes for Midd FIt and currently resides in Utah with her husband, Dave, and son Jackson.
Esther Palmer - Group Fitness Instructor
Esther moved to Middlebury from New York City, currently instructs a popular Yoga class at Midd Fit and is the owner of mov/ed. Esther spent years teaching a "strong vinyasa flow," while also adding new healing tools to her teaching toolbox: resources for healing injuries to the physical body, affronts to identity, and complex pain from trauma. She says she always been drawn to the healing side of movement, yoga, and meditation, and this is present in all of my teaching (even when I'm leading "movement as exercise"!).
Tamara Chase - Program Director
Certified Body Pump®, Spinning and Raisedbarre® Instructor
Tamara is an attorney and fitness instructor who has been leading group fitness in our community since 1984. Tamara currently instructs Spinning® , Body Pump® and Raisedbarre®. Tamara graduated from the University of Vermont and Northeastern University School of Law and takes great pleasure in sharing her love of fitness with all the wonderful people she has the pleasure of teaching.