If you are a member, fitness and/or water classes are free with your correlating membership as of 1/20/17
Lorrie E. Koppein
Aquatic Exercise Instructor
Undergraduate degree: UW-Whitewater----Bachelor of Education in Physical Education
Master of Science: Western Illinois University---Master of Science in Athletic Training
PhD: University of Wisconsin---Biomechanics
10 years teaching/coaching experience in Illinois public schools and administrator in Racine public schools.
10 years: Director of Instruction and Golf Professional Evergreen Golf Club--Elkhorn
20 years medical researcher with UW-Madison medical school in orthopedics.
Aquatic Work History
25+ years aquatic exercise instruction
-----specialist in aquatic exercise for arthritis and pre/post joint replacements
Volunteer assistant coach Whitewater High School Girls Swim Team
Arthritis Foundation----Aquatic exercise for arthritis
American College of Sports Medicine---Personal fitness training and aquatic therapy
Other certifications/Professional Affiliations
Ladies Professional Golf Association
Alex is a full-time student at UW-Whitewater, majoring in Physical Education, with an emphasis in Health Education and Adapted Education. She also holds a degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Health Promotion.
Alex has worked at WAFC for one year. She currently teaches cycling classes and is a personal trainer. Alex is certified as a group fitness instructor, cycling instructor and has personal trainer certification.
“I enjoy helping people stay healthy and fit,” Alex said. “Which is why I pursued an exercise science degree.” In addition to teaching at WAFC, Alex teaches land and water classes at the Burlington Pool and the Burlington Wellness Center.
Brenda has been teaching Pilates and barre and barre for cardio classes at WAFC for a year and a half. She got interested in becoming a fitness instructor when she was looking for ways to reduce her high blood pressure. Knowing that exercise would play a big role in improving her health, Brenda took fitness classes and became interested in Pilates. While obtaining certification in Mat Pilates, Brenda discovered her passion for barre classes and obtained certification in it as well. Through teaching Pilates and barre, she was not only able to work on her own health issue, but help others do the same.
Gina has been teaching at WAFC for ten years. A lifelong Whitewater resident, Gina previously taught exercise classes for the Whitewater Parks and Recreation Department. She currently teaches Water Aerobics, Cycling and Suspension classes at WAFC and is certified in Group Exercise, Cycling and has Arthritis Foundation certification for Water Instruction.
Gina works at Whitewater High School as the Attendance and Discipline Secretary and is the head coach for both the boys and girls swim teams.
Her favorite thing about working for WAFC is watching others gain confidence, strength and improve their everyday fitness. “We have a great facility and great people supporting each other while working out. I love to challenge myself and others,” she said.
When she’s not working or teaching, you’ll find Gina outside hiking, fishing or biking. “I come from a family that loves the water, sports and fitness. It’s in my blood!”
Hannah has worked at WAFC for just over two years, starting as a front desk and fitness attendant. She became interested in teaching fitness classes after her supervisor and other fitness instructors recommended that she try a few classes. The classes were such positive experiences that Hannah became NETA certified for fitness class instruction last spring. She currently teaches group cycling and occasionally fills in for other instructors’ classes.
A native of Whitewater, Hannah is in her final year at UW-Whitewater, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Music. She loves meeting all the different people in her classes. “I enjoy helping people feel comfortable and motivated along their fitness journey,” Hannah said.
Lorelei has been teaching at WAFC for over two years. She previously taught at a yoga studio in Burlington and at yoga and pilates studios in Salem and Spring Grove, IL. In addition to teaching Yoga and Senior Fitness at WAFC, Lorelei is the Fitness and Membership Coordinator.
Lorelei is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and is a certified YogaFit teacher in: Levels 1-5, Training YogaProps, Training Seniors, Training Yogafit Kids, Training Anatomy and Alignment, Training for PTSD and Training Healing Emotional and Physical Trauma.
A yoga class during her freshman year in college got Lorelei hooked and she later made a career change to pursue her passion for yoga and yoga teacher training.
Lorelei loves teaching at WAFC because it is where she has grown into her role as a yoga instructor. Her students have always been supportive of her yoga journey and she loves to share with them what she learns in teacher training. She also loves her senior fitness group. “They bring me joy,” Lorelei said. “I am privileged to call them my students and my friends.”
Lynette has been an instructor at WAFC for over two years. She currently teaches Zumba, Zumba Toning, Zumba in the Circuit and Pound Fitness. Lynette has taught Zumba for ten years and Pound Fitness for three years.
Zumba is a passion for Lynette. In 2008, when she was looking for positive, healthy activities, she tried a class that was described as “Latin dance for exercise”, not realizing at that time that it was Zumba. A year later, she completed her first Zumba Fitness Training.
Lynette currently holds 11 fitness licenses through Zumba, which includes teaching every age from babies through seniors. She is also licensed in Pound Fitness for adults and Generation Pound, which is for children. Lynette, who lives in Palmyra, also teaches Zumba Kids at the Mukwonago Community Library and Zumba Gold in Fort Atkinson.
“I love the clientele at WAFC,” Lynette said. “A lot of them have become like extended family.”
Shirley has been a fitness instructor in Whitewater for many years. She first taught classes for the Whitewater Parks and Recreation Department, then for Bodyworks, the teachers at Whitewater Unified School District and, for the past ten years, the Whitewater Aquatics and Fitness Center. Shirley currently teaches a Step Fitness Mix (weights, tubing, stability ball) two days a week. She is certified in Step, Group Fitness and Stability Ball.
Shirley got interested in wellness and fitness after taking her first aerobics class at UW-La Crosse. A resident of Whitewater, Shirley recently retired after serving as a school counselor for the Whitewater Unified School District.
“I love the people who take time out of their schedules to work out!” Shirley said. “We have a great time together!”