Instructors

 

Our team of supportive, caring, and knowledgeable instructors and trainers will help you to achieve your goals at a pace that is right for you.

 

 
 
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Karen Hempfling

Certifications

Spinning® Instructor, Mad Dogg Athletics

TRX® Certified Instructor

SilverSneakers® FLEX Instructor

Certified Personal Trainer

Certified Wellness Coach

Certified Group Fitness Instructor

CPR/AED

Being active has benefited my life in so many ways and I love encouraging others to keep moving! I enjoy teaching classes and training individuals of all ages and fitness levels, but I get the most satisfaction from seeing individuals overcome their fears and self-doubts, and discover the unlimited physical, social and emotional benefits they reap when they stay in motion.  We are all stronger than we think!  When I’m not teaching classes or training, I enjoy spending time with my family, kayaking, biking, paddle boarding, and trying out all of the great restaurants in the Lowcountry!

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Maggie Bader

Certifications
Spinning® Instructor, Mad Dogg Athletics

TRX® Qualified Instructor

CPR/AED

Exercise has always been an important part of my everyday life, and it’s also something I truly enjoy.  I began taking Spinning classes with my mom as a way to spend more time together, and we continue to do so now that I’m in college.  My favorite thing to do is lift weights, however Spinning and TRX have also become important parts of my workout routine.  I love the supportive group setting that Spinning provides, and TRX pushes me harder physically than anything else I do.  I have always enjoyed helping people, so I am extremely excited to use something I am passionate about to help others reach their fitness and life goals.

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Barbara Halpern

Certifications
Yoga E-200/500RYT

CPR/AED

You can find Barbara Halpern, E-200/500RYT, all around Charleston teaching Vinyasa Yoga, Gentle& Restorative Yoga, and Yoga for Back Pain.  She is registered through Yoga Alliance, and received her trainings through Holy Cow Yoga Center, Duke Integrative Medicine, and advanced studies with Cyndi Lee, among others.  As a long time marathon runner and coach, she has unique personal experience with athletes, overcoming injuries, and dealing with the physical limitations and emotional challenges of aging.  When she’s not on her yoga mat, you may find her Spinning, hiking, or on long walks with her dog, Diego. 

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Meredith Gabriel

Meredith Gabriel is a certified Pilates, Yoga  and Spinning instructor.  Meredith’s training includes comprehensive Pilates Apparatus and mat through Balanced Body University, registered yoga teacher (RYT) and spinning instructor through Mad Dogg Athletics with over 15 years of teaching experience. 

Her journey to become an instructor started when she was in college.  Meredith found exercise in college to manage stress and anxiety.  To balance her workouts she started taking Yoga and Pilates classes in Wilmington, NC.  Quickly she learned one of the benefits of both practices was an increased awareness of the breath and mind/body connection.   Her passion now is teaching her clients preventative and post-rehabilitation movement to maintain and improve functional mobility for a lifetime.  She has 8 years of experience working in outpatient and inpatient Physical Therapy settings with a variety of populations.

She has lived in the Charleston area for 10 years with her husband Henri, son Noah and pets French bulldog, Annabelle and German Shorthaired Pointer, Bohicket "Bo".  Meredith is originally from North Carolina and attended UNC-Wilmington where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies in 2001.  She additionally holds an Associate of Health Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant since 2008.  

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Connelly Hardaway

Certifications

Yoga RYT-200

CPR

By day Connelly is the arts editor at the Charleston City Paper. When she's not chasing down the next big arts story, you can find her practicing yoga on her porch — if her dogs allow for it — or at Urban Yoga downtown. She's an occasional runner with a knack for knowing what muscles you're gonna want to stretch after some intense cardio. When she's not working, or working out, you can find her hanging out at a local brewery with her fiance, or her partner in crime, her twin sister.

 

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Brittany Myers

Certifications

Spinning® Instructor, Mad Dogg Athletics

AFAA Primary Group Exercise Instructor

CPR

Brittany is a certified Spinning® and Group Exercise Instructor. As a lifelong athlete and fitness enthusiast, she got hooked on taking group fitness classes while training for triathlons. After several years of working in marketing and PR and fantasizing about a life in fitness, Brittany decided to turn her passion into a career. She became a certified instructor so she could share that passion with others and empower them to improve their quality of life through exercise.  When she's not working out or teaching, Brittany enjoys hiking, soaking up the sun at the beach, exploring the Charleston area, and traveling with her husband.