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Hey there! I am Joshua Roberts or as most know me, JRob! I am super excited the expansion of GymFit! It has been my dream for 5 years to have a gym where everything is under one roof and its finally happening! I have been a gymnastics coach for 6 years with a speciality in bodyweight strength & conditioning. Over the last 4 years I have started teaching and training AcroYoga/Acrobatics and other Circus Arts and I'm obsessed! One thing that I have learned over the past 6 years is that anyone and everyone is capable learning something new, no matter your age or experience level! So come on out and step out of your box and try something different. You WONT regret it!
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Ninja Warrior Director/Owner
Welcome to the challenge. I am David Gabel. I was a high school gymnast. Who has a passion for challenges. Seven years ago I caught the American ninja warrior bug. Since then I have competed in 3 Seasons of american ninja warrior. I have done Warrior Dashs, Tough Mudders and a few other challenges. Now we are ready to help you achieve your physical peak performance.
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Hi there! If we haven't already met, my name is Erik Otts. I'm a passionate student and teacher of many flavors of physical movement. Though I am Baton Rouge born and raised, I would venture to say that I and my fellow colleagues aren't your typical Red Stick fitness coaches. We hope that you will join us here at GymfitBR, and that you will find your own passion in movement as we have found ours!
Hello! My name is Stephanie Lee, and movement is my PASSION! I began breakdancing at the age of 17, training, traveling, and competing at events with friends. I taught break dancing/hiphop classes at a local studio for two years and have incorporated this movement in many performances. Four years ago I was introduced to acroyoga and partner acrobatics. Throughout my years of training, teaching workshops, and working with different acroyoga communities I can tell you it not only improves balance and strength, but strengthens relationships between friends, family, and communities. This is achieved by working together through developing trust and therapeutic communication skills. So, if you are tired of running on that treadmill and want to step out of your box and try something new, I am beyond thrilled and look forward to sharing new and fun movements so YOU can be the BEST version of yourself!
Adult Tumbling/Gymnastics & Kids Trapeze
I began gymnastics nearly 20 years ago, competed for 6 years, and retired from the sport in 2006. At the age of 15 in 2007, I began teaching gymnastics and tumbling at Athletes in Motion in Prarieville, and fell in love with molding children into young athletes. I try to bring together discipline and love of performance every time I step out on the floor to coach! Gymnastics has always been my passion and I am grateful to be able to pass that on to the children and adults that I teach.
Flow Arts Director
Hello, I'm John Scott, I am a professional fire bender associated with the Baton Rouge Fire Guild. With backgrounds in acrobatics, skateboarding, parkour, and extreme climbing. Spreading the understanding and art of "Flowarts" is my passion. From physical health to mental health, these circus arts can improve quality of life through mediation, and physical ability. I can teach most props and most ages as well ^_^ looking forward to seeing you in class!
Kathy Rumfellow works as Gymfit’s Secretary Administrator and as our Music Director. She was introduced to Gymfit through her son David's involvement in gymnastics with Coach Josh. (David now teaches in our homeschool PE program and evening classes.) Kathy is excited to bring her profession as a musician and her love of all things music to our camp, homeschool, and Gymfit evening programs. She plays piano and violin and teaches private lessons on both instruments along with beginning voice lessons as well. Her experience includes: working as a music therapist with different client populations; traveling all over the world with orchestras and music ministries; leading children's choirs and youth praise and worship bands; and teaching music theory, piano class, violin class and chapel band at the Berean Homeschool Co-Op for several years. Kathy has also been involved with musical theater most of her life as well and is currently on staff as pianist for CYT(Christian Youth Theater). She is excited to incorporate music into the performing arts component of Gymfit!
David is 17 years old and a homeschooled 11th grader. He has performed in nine CYT musicals, most notably as LeFou in Beauty and the Beast. David is interested in parkour, free running, acrobatics and barbershop quartets. This summer he attended a workshop with the Broadway Theater Connection and performed in the staged reading of Legend City, A New Musical. Currently, David is assistant coach for GymFit's Homeschool PE program and has recently performed with Bayou Cirque. David would like his future to continue to include some kind of musical theater or acrobatic performance opportunities.
Hey everyone!! My name is LeeEllen Hutchinson and I caught the acroyoga bug in January of 2015. I have to warn you that it is contagious! I started dancing with Center Stage Performing Arts academy at a very young age and after many years of dance I came across acro yoga and found a new passion. I didn't just fall in love with acro, but I fell in love with Gymfit and the community it brings. Being involved with such a fun loving group of people has allowed me to make many friends and to set goals for myself that I never new I had. Now, fitness is an important part of my life. As for my life outside of Gymfit, I like to stay busy. I am a nanny, a dental assistant, and I do photography. I am a member of Fellowship Church where you can find me snuggling with the babies on Sunday mornings. I hope to see you in class soon and you will find out you don't need super powers to fly!
Christina Caraccioli has been involved in the health, Fitness and Dance industry for over 23 years. Her training begins with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Performing Arts and Dance Education and a minor in Modern Dance with Composite Dance and Kinesiology.
Also she Taught Musical Theatre dance, Ballet, Jazz dance, HipHop dance, Modern dance, Lyrical dance, Tap, Stretching class & Pilate Class in New York, Florida, and Baton Rouge area.
She is Certified Personal trainer ( AFAA & ACE), Group Exercise Instructor ( AFAA & ACE), Aqua fitness (AAFF &AEA), Pilates(The NEW YORK Pilate Studio, and AFAA), YMCA Heathly Life Style, Zumba, TBC, DanceEx, BarreEx (BEA) and Yoga (AAAI). She is currently Pilates , Dance Ex (Hiphop Dance workout), Kickboxing, Yoga, Bootcamp, and Barre Ex instructor in Baton Rouge area.
Flow Arts Director
Hi!!! My name is Erin, and I've been working with kids for most of my life. I started out baby sitting, and at the age of 14 I started working at a sports center for kids in Denham Springs called Leaps & Bounds. I've taught tumbling, arts and crafts, teamwork games, swimming lessons, and a bunch more! For the last 3 years I've been practicing something called flow arts, and for the last 2 years I've expanded that into fire bending skills! :D This is something that is rather new to Baton Rouge and I'm excited to be teaching these unique skills here at Gymfit and I can't wait to meet you!!!
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Homeschool PE Tutor/Summer Camp Director
Michelle Griswold is a Baton Rouge native. She earned an Associates degree at Oregon Bible College before attending LSU where she studied both business and fine arts. Her three children grew up attending the Berean Homeschool Co-op which she founded in 2004 and still directs. Her oldest is in his third year at LSU, her daughter is a senior and will be competing on a college gymnastics team in Missouri, and her youngest son now attends high school at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts where he studies classical piano. Michelle headed up the first CHEF Kindergarten Klub, taught at an athletic academy, and was a Classical Conversations tutor and tutor trainer for 3 years. She and her children have been active in Christian Youth Theater where she taught acting and theater tech classes and picked up the skill of stage managing. She now stage manages for other theaters as well. Michelle began working with Gymfit as the 2018 summer camp director and is looking forward to continuing on as the Gymfit homeschool program tutor.
“Hi, I’m Nicole and I’m excited to be a part of the circus arts team at GymFit! I have over 10 years of circus experience that I can’t wait to share with all of you. I was a member of the Flying High Circus at Florida State University for 5 years, where I performed in over 300 shows and taught ground and aerial circus skills during summer camps. I specialized in aerial cradle, flying trapeze, Spanish web, partner balancing, and acrobatic jump rope. For a brief period during graduate school, I toured professionally with the High Flying Pages circus family. In my day job, I am a research scientist at Pennington Biomedical Research Center here in Baton Rouge. I currently study children’s health and physical activity, and am a strong advocate for bringing fun fitness opportunities to people of all ages!”
Hey y'all! My name is Allyson, a little Cajun from Cecilia, LA! I began my aerialist career by taking aerial yoga classes at my home yoga studio. A year later, I received my aerial yoga teacher certification from Aircat Aerial Arts and joined the aerial program at LSU. I have served as the vice president and president of the LSU Physical Theatre Club, an extension of the aerial program. My favorite thing about the aerial is teaching, whether at LSU or GymFit, because my students make me proud everyday! Along with Aerial Yoga, I am also a Registered Yoga Teacher, Registered Children's Yoga Teacher, and the founder of Bethel Yogi, a Catholic Yoga blog. I am currently a student at LSU pursuing a dual degree is Public Relations and Religious Studies.