Instructor Bios

an instructor bio photo Seth-Elias DavisMajor - Exercise Science
Seth-Elias is a senior Exercise Science major with a minor in Nutrition. He is TRX certified, CPR & AED certified, in the process of receiving his CPR & AED instructor certification, and an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer. His favorite quote is, "The wolf at the top of the mountain is never as hungry as the wolf at the bottom.” One Interesting fact about him is that he aims to be the best and nothing less.
A portrait photo for the GroupX Instructor Bios Page Connor EllsweigMajor - Biology
Connor is a sophomore biology major at Montclair State University. He has 14 years of Taekwondo experience, 2 years of Taekwondo teaching experience, and is also a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. His inspiring quote is, "Be the change that you wish to see in the world" by Mahatma Ghandi.
A portrait photo for the GroupX Instructors Bios page Allison GiordanoMajor - Television and Digital Media
Allison is a freshman television and digital media major at Montclair State University with a concentration in TV Production. She is POUND certified, and CPR and AED certified. She has played field hockey for eleven years, and has played soccer, softball, lacrosse, ran track, danced, and did gymnastics. Her inspiring quote is, "If you can dream it, you can do it", by Walt Disney. Two interesting facts about Allison is that she has been in 17 musicals, and can quote Disney's Hercules word for word.
A portrait photo for the Personal Trainer Page Jonathan GormanMajor - Athletic Training
Jonathan is a sophomore Athletic Training major at Montclair State University with a minor in Nutrition who recently transferred from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, CPR/AED and FA Certified, and is currently in the process of obtaining his ACSM Certified Inclusive Trainer Specialization, as well as his AFAA Group Exercise certification. His favorite quotes are, "Don't look back, you're not going that way" - Anonymous, and, "Dreams come a size too big so we can grow into them." - Josie Bissett. Some interesting facts about Jonathan is that he won 2 gold, 2 silver, and a bronze medal in the Junior World Championships for inline speed skating, and he was also an Olympic hopeful for seven years in ice speed skating before going to school.
A portrait photo for the GroupX Instructor Bios Page Jessica GodoyMajor - Athletic Training
Jessica is a sophomore athletic training major at Montclair State University. She is Lifeguard, CPR, AED, and First Aid certified, as well as being TRX Qualified. She started to get into fitness during her freshman year of high school when she started becoming more involved in sports and being more passionate and competitive about softball and swimming. To become an instructor, she was inspired by a TRX instructor named Scott. She took his TRX class and it was fun, full of energy, and she saw the Scott was so great at getting involved with the participants. From experiencing TRX, she started to get more interested in it.  She believes that it is such a good workout, and she imagined herself teaching it, and now she is, and she loves it. Jessica can’t wait to get more involved in other classes, and be able to teach more. Her four inspiring quotes are, "If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose", "Weakness is a choice, but so is being strong," "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference," by Robert Frost, and, "If you say you can’t, then you won’t, but if you say you can, then you will".
A portrait photo for the GroupX Instructor Bios page Alexa GuidettiMajor - History
Alexa is a freshman history major at Montclair State University. She is CPR and AED certified. She began working at Crunch Fitness in Paramus during her sophomore year of high school. It was during that time when she developed a love and passion for working out and realized that a person has the ability to change their own life simply by putting their health first. Her favorite two inspiring quotes are, "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone", by Neale Donald Walsch, and, "Stength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength", by Arnold Schwarzenegger. A few interesting facts about Alexa include beginning exercising at age 12, where she would wake up every morning in the summer, and run a path along the Wildwood Beach, playing volleyball for the past 6 years, and having at one point played every position on the court, and also having participated in mud runs, color runs, and spartan races.
A portrait photo for the GX Instructor Page Ryan HickeyMajor - Exercise Science
Ryan is a junior exercise science major at Montclair State University. He is AFAA Personal Training certified, CPR/AED, and lifeguard certified. He was an Amateur Boxer from 2002 - 2005, and served in the Navy from 2006 - 2012. His inspiring quote is, "If tomorrow wasn't guaranteed what would you get out of today"? Some interesting facts about Ryan include competing in 5K's, mud races, zombie races, and Super Spartan races. He has also practiced boxing, muai thai, and jiu jitsu.
A portrait photo for the GroupX Instructor Page Jennifer OkorieMajor - Nutrition and Food Science
Jennifer is a senior nutrition and food science major at Montclair State University with a concentration in dietetics. Jennifer is currently Red Cross CPR/AED Certified and is working towards receiving more certifications. Jennifer has been dancing for about ten years, and she loves staying active. She will be teaching Pilates, and is super excited to be following her dreams of becoming a fitness instructor! She hopes to teach even more formats. Her inspiring quote is, "Don’t let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace" by Dali Lama. Jennifer is a Pretty Girls Sweat Ambassador and captain at Montclair State University. Their mission is to promote health & fitness among young girls/women! She also has a nutrition/fitness based Instagram account where she shares the healthy meals she prepares and some cool workouts! Follow her @jenno_fit :)
A portrait photo for the trainer bios page Sara PaneiMajor - Nutrition
Sara is a junior nutrition major at Montclair State University with a minor in Pyschology. She is an AFAA certified group fitness instructor, and she is American Red Cross CPR/AED certified as well. She has had experience in being a cycling instructor at the Student Recreation Center since the beginning of 2015. Her favorite inspiring quote is, "Fit comes in all shapes and sizes" - Sara Panei.
A portrait photo for the GroupX Instructor Page Samantha SayahMajor - Musical Theater
Samantha is a junior musical theather major at Montclair State University. She has an AAAI Zumba Basic 1 License, and is currently in the process of receiving her CPR Certification. She is also a dance teacher, as well as a Choreographer with the Howell PAL Theatre Company, in Howell, NJ. She teaches Musical Theatre dance classes for ages 6-18, and has choreographed two musicals since 2014. Samantha's inspiring quote is "Though she be but little, she is fierce" by Shakespeare. Also, an interesting fact about her is that she plays two instruments, the piano and the ukulele.
an instructor bio photo Brittany TierneyMajor - Exercise Science
Brittany is a junior majoring in Exercise Science teaching many formats in the Rec Center. She received her AFAA certification in primary group fitness as well as Pilates. She is also licensed to teach Zumba and Zumba Step. Brittany has been dancing since she was two years old and now shares her passion for dance through teaching fitness classes at the student recreation center. She believes these classes are a fun and motivating way to get fit. Her goal is to keep people fit and to be educated in doing so. She believes, “One hour of cardio and toning can bring someone a long way towards their goal”.
A portrait photo for the GroupX Instructor page Kendall WiedowMajor - Dance
Kendall is a sophomore dance major at Montclair State Univeristy. She is First Aid certified, and CPR/AED American Red Cross certified. Kendall has 7 years of experience in Yoga, and 13 years of experience in dance which she hopes to use in other GroupX forms later on. She has been teaching dance and choreographing for over 5 years. Her inspiring quote is, "Attract what you expect. Reflect what you desire. Become what you respect. Mirror what you admire", by an unknown author. One interesting fact about Kendall is that even though most people will never hear Kendall sing or play instruments, she writes her own music and plays the guitar, ukulele, cello, piano, and some percussion.
A new portrait photo for the GroupX Instructor bios page Stephanie WoramMajor - Family and Child Studies
Stephanie is a freshman family and child studies major at Montclair State University. She is Lifeguard certified, CPR/AED certified, and Water Safety Instructor certified. She fell in love with exercising during her freshman year of High School. She loves encouraging people to be active, to love themselves for who they are, and to be confident in their own skin. Her inspiring quote is, "If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done”, by Thomas Jefferson. Some interesting facts about Stephanie include having participated in the Jersey Girl triathlon the past 2 years, as well as planning to participate in a 1000-mile bike ride this summer to raise money for children whose parents can not afford swim lessons, to help prevent drowning.