Jessica Barakat - Group Fitness Instructor
Certified Yoga Instructor
Jess has been teaching yoga since 2007, and utilizes her knowledge of Ayurveda, Yin, Restorative and Gentle Hatha techniques to create a deeply sacred and healing practice. She is certified in Reiki and Vinyasa and works both privately and in studios. In her classes, movements are flowing and easy to grasp, but deeply healing and restorative.
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.
Kathryn Thompson - Group Fitness Instructor
Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Yoga Instructor
Kathryn Thompson is a Yoga instructor and Licensed Massage Therapist who specializes in Swedish and Therapeutic Massage. For a massage contact Kathryn at 914-552-3684 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
Nicole Morris - Member Services
Certified Personal Trainer
Nicole grew up in Salisbury VT and graduated from Colby-Sawyer College in 2017 with a B.S. degree (pre-physical therapy). In addition to this Nicole received a coaching certificate from Colby-Sawyer College and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the ACSM. Nicole has completed multiple half marathons and loves to spend her time outdoors.
Kathleen Copeland - Group Fitness Instructor
Certified Personal Trainer
Kimberly Cobb - Group Fitness Instructor
Certified Personal Trainer & Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Kimberly has been a life long fitness enthusiast. She hold a B.S. In psychology and education from Vanderbilt University. She is a certified AFFA Personal Trainer and group fitness instructor. Kimberly and her husband Wade have three children. You'll often see her exercising at MiddFit with one of her family members! In her free time she enjoys weight training, gardening, cooking and Alabama football.
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.
Jerrod Rushton - Owner / President
Jerrod purchased Middlebury Fitness in 2012 and has dedicated over 20 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 Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for 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.
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.
Olga Pschorr - Group Fitness Instructor
Certified Yoga Instructor
Olga holds yoga certifications from Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, NM (2012) and Yoga Center Amherst (2010). Off the mat, Olga provided state leadership in service to Vermonters with disabilities for 18 years. She is a native Vermonter, mother of two and owner of New Leaf Montessori in Leicester. Olga is very happy to dedicate her time to Middlebury Fitness!
Fred Putnam - Group Fitness Instructor
Certified Personal Trainer
Fred is a Group Fitness Instructor, a Personal Trainer certified through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and a certified Silver Sneakers instructor. Fred is also a Certified Safety Specialist with training in many occupational safety subjects including ergonomics and musculoskeletal disorders from Keene State College, NH. Fred emphasizes exercise to facilitate real-life activities and especially likes to help class participants build self esteem and confidence by regularly pointing outtheir fitness progress and successes.
Jacob Miner - Member Services
Jacob grew up in Brandon, VT and recently graduated from Otter Valley High School in 2018. He will be attending Boston University as a Pre-Med major in the fall of 2018. 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.
Kathleen moved to Middlebury from Saratoga Springs, NY where she instructed classes and fitness programs in the local YMCA system. Kathleen is an ACE certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Outside of the gym life, she works in the local school district, is a mother of three, loves to snowboard, and is studying to become a Health Coach.
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
Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach (CSCS), Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
Matt is currently an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Middlebury College. He excitedly brings his vast experience and knowledge back home after spending his post-high school years learning about sports, medicine, fitness, and how they all intertwine. Matt has experience working in the NFL, NCAA division 1 and 3 levels, as well as clinical outreach and high school settings. His unique background in both sports medicine and strength and conditioning will ensure each of his clients workout safely and address fitness deficits on the way to achieving their exercise goals.
Lauren Ringey - Member Services
Lauren has lived in Middlebury her entire life and recently built a house in Cornwall with her husband Kirk and young son. Lauren is passionate about running, spinning, hiking, gardening, playing with her two dogs, Lou & Pandora and cuddling with her cat Frank.
Kristi Myers - Group Fitness Instructor
Certified Zumba® and Strong by Zumba® Instructor
Kristi moved to Vermont with her husband, Dave, in 2016. She has a degree in Exercise Science and is a Physical Therapist Assistant at Wells Physical Therapy. She enjoys lifting weights and exploring many other forms of fitness, and has been personal training and teaching group exercise for 10 years. Currently she is certified in Zumba Fitness and Strong by Zumba, and is anxious to become active in the Middlebury community.
Bob Falta - Member Services / Co-Founder
Bob co-founded Middlebury Fitness in 1997 and has worked as at Midd Fit ever since. Bob has years of fitness management experience which included owning and operating Power Flex gym before merging into Middlebury Fitness in 1997. Bob enjoys spending time with his wife Robin, working out, gardening and antiquing.
Ashley Laduke- Group Fitness Instructor
A native New Yorker, Ashley moved to Middlebury in 2014. She is a chef and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 2010. She started off as a member of Middlebury Fitness but began instructing spinning in 2016. She will soon be moving into her first home with her husband Nick, their daughter and pets in Ripton where they can enjoy their favorite hobbies of foraging, hiking and skiing.
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.
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.
Courtney Randall - Member Services
Courtney grew up in Leicester, VT and will be beginning her sophomore year at the University of New Hampshire in the fall. She is working towards getting her B.S. in Nutrition. In her spare time, Courtney enjoys kayaking, hiking, the beach, skiing, spending time with her family and friends, and her dog Clover.
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Abigail Blum - Group Fitness Instructor
Certified Raisedbarre® Instructor
Abby graduated from Middlebury College in 2008 and currently works in the College's Office of Advancement. Upon moving back to Addison County in 2013, Abby started taking group fitness classes at Middlebury Fitness, and has been an enthusiastic participant ever since. In 2017, Abby became a certified RaisedBarre® instructor. When not working or teaching RaisedBarre, Abby can be found skiing and hiking in the Adirondack and Green Mountains.
Emily Miner - Membership Director
Certified Personal Trainer, Certified TRX® and Group Fitness Instructor
Emily has been at Midd Fit since 2008 and was born and raised in Vermont. She graduated from Hawaii Pacific University and holds a degree in Visual Communications with a minor in writing. Emily is a Certified Personal Trainer, TRX® and Group Fitness instructor and enjoys fishing, hunting, skiing, cooking, dogs and anything outside.
Brye Beckwith - Group Fitness Instructor
Certified Zumba® Instructor
Brye graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2001 with Bachelors Degree in Studio Art. Brye is a member turned instructor at Middlebury Fitness. She is a licensed Zumba ® instructor and has completed Zumba® Basics 1, Zumba® Basics 2, Zumba® Toning, and Zumba® Gold trainings.
Michele Butler - Certified Personal Trainer
Michele holds a B.S. degree from Springfield College and is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. Michele has experience in cardiac stress testing & cardiac rehab. Michele enjoys sport-specific programming, working on postural, flexibility, and post-rehab issues. In addition to personal training, Michele operates REV Fitness for Women, which is located within the Middlebury Fitness building. Michele plays competitive tennis, enjoys hiking, dabbles in snowboarding & gardening.