Meet Our Staff
Alex is a bicoastal girl, born in New York City and raised in sunny Santa Monica, California, and now she’s back to her roots in the city of dreams. A dancer from a young age, Alex has always had a passion for movement and music, but it was not until she found spin that her passion for fitness flourished. Alex believes in the transformation power of intense cardio and takes the strength of an athlete, the spirit of a yogi and the rhythm and fun of a dance club to push you towards the best, strongest version of you! She currently lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and is a Columbia University MFA candidate in Acting and a certified Heath Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
As a marathoner and triathlete, Aliyah initially turned to spin as a way to cross train during the winter. She quickly fell in love with the energy and camaraderie, and felt rejuvenated by the feeling of coming out of class drenched in sweat, knowing that she pushed herself to the absolute limit. Now, Aliyah is driven by that passion and desire to push other people to be and feel their absolute best. She motivates others by being positive, having high-energy and playing great music– everything from pop, R&B and rock and roll. Aliyah loves to take her cyclists to another level — while having a great time! She is a certified SPIN instructor from Mad Dogg Athletics and has a group fitness certification from AFAA.
At the young age of two, Brittani’s parents could see her love for movement and music and decided to leverage her energetic personality into dance, gymnastics, cheerleading, ice-skating, you name it! Dance was her passion for years, but after graduating college it became less available to her. The lack of dance inspired Brittani to branch out into the fitness world; and after finding her groove on the bike, her passion truly flourished. She achieved her Mad Dogg Spinning certification and developed a strong desire to teach! She works a 9-5 job and gets motivated knowing she will be on the bike at the end of her day. Brittani’s hope is that her motivational tactics and disciplined nature will get you to reach your goals while letting your day go and staying 100% in the moment!
Caitlin De Leonardis
Caitlin’s passion for dance, health and fitness dates back to her kindergarten days. Training in ballet, jazz, tap, modern & contemporary through high school, Caitlin took her love of dance with her to college. Throughout her four years at the University of Richmond, she was a member of their dance company and graduated with a minor in dance.
It was only natural Caitlin fell in love with barre classes, which led her to get her certification in the Booty Barre technique. When not at the barre, you’ll find Caitlin around the studio, planning WiO events and writing her blog, Tulle Wedding Skirts (a nod to her love of ballet & weddings!). You, too, can find your inner ballerina during her Candybarre classes!
Carrie has been teaching and training within the fitness industry for almost 20 years, specializing in Pilates, Barre Work, and Cardio Dance formats. She has taught various group exercise classes in both commercial and corporate facilities throughout her extensive career in Hoboken, Jersey City, Weehawken, and NYC; including NBC and American Express. Carrie is also training to compete in her fifth triathlon, and credits her background in Pilates for keeping her strong and injury-free during the racing off-season. Carrie has her Mad Dogg Spin certification. Be sure to stop in for one of Carrie’s Blended Ride , CandyBarre or Hottie Pilates classes!
Cassie holds an Ed.M. in Dance Education from Rutgers University and a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Arizona State University. She currently teaches dance full time at a high school. Cassie dances with a contemporary ballet company in New York City and can also be found doing various other dance projects in the area. She is so happy to be teaching fitness at WiO and spreading her love for dance and exercise, so come and meet her at the “barre” for her CandyBarre workout!
Cebo hasn’t stopped dancing since the age of 5 when he won his first dance competition. He has gone on to win some of the world’s largest dance battles such as Juste Debout, and House Dance International. Cebo has also choreographed for recording artists and collaborated with all of the top street dancers in the world today.
Gina, our WiO Client Service Coordinator, is your one-stop for any and all questions you might have on a class, package, membership, or product. She has been an integral part to the WiO team since the doors opened. Gina’s prior career in fashion merchandising has made her a knowledgeable contributor to the WiO blog’s fashion and beauty content. Stop by and chat with her, you will certainly learn something about WiO and much more!
Full-time fitness professional, Heather has been Spin certified since 2006. She taught part-time for a few years, then in 2008 left her job in advertising to pursue her passion for Personal Training through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Since then she has been instructing ride and group fitness classes, as well as private clients. Heather puts her knowledge and love for fitness to work in all of her WiO classes including Riding High, Ride Mixer and Next Stop: Skinny. She will keep you motivated and energized the entire time!
Jamie’s love for fitness began at a young age with ballet, tap, jazz, and cheerleading. As she became more committed, she started dancing for Anheuser-Busch’s Sesame Place theme park. She performed shows in costume as Ernie, Grover and other Sesame characters. She also started competing in cheerleading and went to Nationals in Tampa, Florida in 2001. Eventually, she channeled her endless energy into running and biking. Now, she is a marathon runner and Mad Dogg certified spinning instructor. She has taught indoor cycling for over 2 years and run over 30 half marathons. She loves to travel and compete in races around the country. Some of her favorites include the Disney Princess, New Orleans Rock & Roll, and Maui Half Marathons. Her next event on the horizon is the 2013 NYC Marathon on November 3rd!
Julia has been a lifelong athlete, competing at the collegiate level. Her passion for sports and fitness continued after college, she coached part-time and went on to achieve certifications in personal training (NASM), spinning, pilates (All-American), and sports-based training. The combination of Julia’s certifications, passion and past history as an athlete, makes her an amazing addition to the WiO studio. She believes creating a balance of barre and sports-based classes can bring a solid fitness routine. Be sure to check out her CandyBarre and Ride classes!
A recent graduate of Marist College, Kaley recently relocated to Hoboken to work for a tech consulting firm in the city. Her fitness career started during her college years when she taught at both private gyms and on campus. With four years experience as a fitness instructor under her belt, Kaley is excited and ready to bring her love of fitness and dance to WiO! You can find Kaley making it hot in a WiO Zumba class every Wednesday night at 8:20pm!
Kelly Anne Wadler
Kristen has 5+ years of experience teaching Dance and has won numerous awards for her choreography. Working with dancers of all ages inspired her to branch out into the fitness industry to continue exploring her passion for movement. Being a dancer her whole life has fueled a healthy relationship with exercise and food and Kristen hopes to share her knowledge with all of her clients. She uses music as a main source of inspiration and believes her classes facilitate an opportunity to learn something new about yourself. She found her love for Spinning when she moved to New Jersey and is Mad Dogg certified.
Krystal began her gymnastics training at the age of 6 on Long Island, New York. Over the years she became an All-County Varsity gymnast and a Level 9 Junior Olympic Competitor. With over 13 years of coaching, recreational and USAG competitive levels, she still loves seeing the smile on a student’s face when they learn a new skill for the first time. One of her favorite memories will always be watching Kerri Strug stick her vault on one leg to secure the 1996 Olympic Gold for the Magnificent Seven. When Krystal is not coaching gymnastics, she works with her other love, music, as the Manager of Licensing and Digital Music Operations at TouchTunes.
Michelle has been a fitness and health enthusiast since her college days at the University of Delaware. In her post college life, she has developed a slight obsession with busting a move on her spin bike. Being a Hoboken resident for over three years now, she has gained much love and respect for Work It Out. This love spurred her to get certified! After being a part of the team at Work It Out for a little less than one year, Michelle became committed to merging her passion for fitness with her day time career in efforts to create a holistic, balanced lifestyle. When she is not teaching at Work It Out, Michelle is supporting lululemon’s Northeast region as the People Potential Partner. She is all about developing people to their fullest potential whether it is on the spin bike or in their jobs!
With over twenty years of experience in the fitness industry, Monica can be found teaching a variety of classes including Sweata Weatha (her personal fav), Core Disc-o, and of course a variety of Ride classes including Blended Ride. Monica juggles her love for fitness while being a mother and wife to a wonderful family! She is a certified spin instructor from Mad Dogg Athletics.
Sheillah is one busy mama, literally! She is a mother to two young children, Mad Dogg Spin certified, an accomplished athlete including collegiate level crew, a cyclist and marathon runner, and now a fiesty Work it Out Ride Instructor! Sheillah has been a committed rider at the Work it Out Studios since the doors opened in 2010 and now she is bringing her passion out as an instructor. You’ll be sure to rock and ride with Sheillah as she blasts a wide range of music and pushes you through all her classes.
Sherri has been an avid fitness enthusiast for as long as she can remember. She has been involved in the fitness industry for seven years teaching various fitness classes including, Total Body, Abs, TRX and Spinning. Sherri took her passion for spinning a bit further, incorporated swimming and running and started doing triathlons. She has completed all distances recently conquering the Lake Placid Ironman.
Stephanie discovered her passion for indoor cycling after a running injury led her to try new low-impact workouts. She fell in love with the energy, emphasis on setting personal challenges, and sweat factor! She brings an eclectic mix of music to her classes including hip hop, reggae, dance, rock and roll, and some international flare inspired by her dual French-American nationality. Along with being a certified SPINNING® instructor from Mad Dogg Athletics, Steph is also a Certified Health Coach who believes there is always time to prioritize health despite our hectic schedules. Having worked for 7+ Years in Corporate America, she understands the meaning of busy schedules! Her energy and positive attitude will push you to challenge yourself to the fullest!
Taylor graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication. While at Towson, she worked closely with Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, former principal with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Runqiao Du, former principal with the Washington Ballet and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.
Over the years, Taylor has also trained with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet School and at the University of the Arts. In addition to her years of performing dance, she also has taught extensively in Towson, Maryland and in her hometown of Bayonne. Taylor is both Booty Barre and Mad Dogg Spinning certified and has loved transitioning into the world of fitness.
Taryn’s love for fitness began as a teenager, and by the time she was a young adult she started her quest to better understand the human body. Now her passion to help others has brought her into a career of fitness.
She holds a variety of certifications including spinning from Mad Dogg Spinning, along with Pilates-Core, and most recently AAAI Bootcamp certified. When Taryn isn’t instructing, she is spending time with her three daughters.
Tirrell has two passions, hair and fitness. Fitness is something that has always seemed to be around; from competitive swimming at age 8, to multiple biathlon races before the age of 13, and dance as a teen. It wasn’t until college that he realized his love of hair styling and how well it worked together with fitness. He started teaching body sculpt classes in Atlanta and loved the energy of the music coupled with continuos movement of the body. He enjoys motivating people to take control of their lives whether it be through a dedicated exercise regimen or trying something new with your hair.
Currently, Tirrell lives in Brooklyn and works at a salon in the East Village. Taking full advantage of the land of opportunity, he is on his way to becoming the fitness/hair guru he’s destined to be. Tirrell is the guy who will get you to do that one last rep or push your resistance up just a bit more. With eclectic music and high energy you’ll definitely have the best time working out you never knew you could have.
Virginia developed a real passion for group fitness after coming to WiO in ’12. Hooked on Ride classes from day one she has never looked back. After receiving her Mad Dogg Spin Certification she is ready to bring her unique style to WiO. Raised in the birthplace of bluegrass, cutting her musical teeth on early hip-hop, and having attended concerts from Van Halen & Metallica to Eminem & Jay Z (plus EVERYTHING in between) you never know what song might pop up next on her playlist. Virginia and her husband have lived in Hoboken since ’98, adding a daughter to the mix in ’05. When she is not at WiO you will surely find her out and about in the Mile Square City….make sure you stop her to say hello!
Sitting still was never one of Vanessa’s favorite things to do from a young age. All throughout growing up she was an athlete, but it wasn’t until college that she found her real passion for health and fitness. Vanessa began teaching boot camp, kick boxing, step, and conditioning classes at the fitness center throughout her 4 years at East Stroudsburg. Then when she graduated in 2010, she decided to combine her love of fitness and dancing and become Zumba certified. Since then, Vanessa has been teaching classes throughout the tri-state area and spreading her love of health and fitness as wide as possible.