LAURA FONZI, CO-OWNER
Laura has been a fitness instructor and yoga teacher since 2002. She earned a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh and has been a faculty member teaching in the Department of Health and Physical Activity since 2007. She’s certified through prestigious fitness organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine and the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America. Laura has extensive knowledge of exercise and the human body and years of experience working with people of all ages and fitness abilities. She has a passion for helping people to make healthy, and most importantly, sustainable lifestyle changes.
Laura’s hobbies are mostly comprised of being a boss while running after her 4 children with her husband, Mark.
DAN KELLY, CO-OWNER
Dan is an avid yogi and cycling enthusiast. He grew up in the 15120 and after several stops living elsewhere, returned to his native neighborhood hell bent on making positive changes. His full time employment is in orthopedic surgery sales. Dan has a degree in Economics from Tulane University, a degree worthy interest in community development, and a self proclaimed doctorate in getting weird.
When he isn't at Local Motion studio working on his fitness vocabulary, Dan can be found on the Gaelic football field or planning another huge party at his haunted house.
KRISTY BESWICK, LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Kristy has been teaching group fitness and indoor cycling as well as personal training since 2010. Kristy has a B.S. and M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Slippery Rock University and the University of Pittsburgh, respectively. Helping others achieve their health and fitness goals has been the most rewarding way that she has used her knowledge and skills. She believes that keeping the mind and body fit and healthy will lead to self fulfillment and happiness.
One of her strengths as a fitness instructor is that she can keep a session light and fun while also kicking your butt and making you sweat. After all, STRONG is the new SEXY! She is thrilled to be working as the lead instructor at the coolest studio in town!
Heather is a free-spirited wellness enthusiast who was voted "Most likely to join the Peace Corps" by her undergraduate classmates at The University of Pittsburgh. She received her BS in Sports Medicine/Movement Science and, years later, went on to study through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach. Heather believes strongly in keeping both the mind and body well through Movement, Meditation and Whole Food Nutrition! Peace, love, puppies and manbuns!
Christine is a graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Exercise Science and MS in Health, Physical Activity, and Chronic Disease. She currently works for UPMC as an on-site health coach. During graduate school she worked as a graduate assistant and taught a variety of fitness classes including cycling, bootcamp, and swimming. Christine is an ACSM certified exercise physiologist and loves using her background to help others work towards their personal health and wellness goals. She is excited to be a part of the team at Local Motion and looks forward to working with people in the community.
Karyna decided to become an instructor to spread the joy of yoga practice to others and completed a 200-hour teacher training. She aims to bring the transformative and uplifting elements she found in yoga to her students. She became a certified Spinning instructor as she found indoor cycling to be a great compliment to yoga practice, as well as a way to continue road cycling training in the winter months. When she’s not in the studio, in the office at her day job, or on the mountain, you can find her hanging out with her dog, Bentley, reading, and enjoying time with family and friends. Karyna is grateful for the teachers that continue to inspire her in and out of the studio and is so excited to be a part of the Local Motion community!
Taylor earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in Exercise Science and Health, Physical Activity, and Chronic Disease. While working as a graduate student, she taught various fitness classes, including cycling, body sculpting, yoga, Pilates, and HIIT. Taylor has always had a passion for fitness and is fantastic at motivating others. She believes that fitness isn’t a trend, but a lifestyle. If she’s not at the studio or working for Innovative Wellness Solutions, she is running a half marathon with her sister.
Erin Pace began her yoga journey with DVD’s in college, but after stepping into a studio soon realized the power of a physical teacher. In 2006 she completed her 200 hour training with the Amazing Yoga team. She has taught at Amazing Yoga, University of Pittsburgh, Stray Dog Yoga and studied with Bryan Kest, Kathryn Budig, Gregor Singleton to name a few. Yoga taught Erin that breath can calm the mind and practicing is not about perfection, but about letting go the need to be perfect. Bring yourself to your mat and let the flow do the rest.
As a native of Pittsburgh, Tori grew up playing sports and has been an athlete all her life. She has a degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services from Pennsylvania State University, where she was very active in intramural sports and working out. Being a part of a team and helping motivate her teammates was something that always inspired her. As a certified cycling instructor, she makes the class fun but challenging at the same time. Tori is enthusiastic about teaching cycling to people of all ages. No matter your fitness level, she keeps the class fun and rewarding.
Marco has been teaching group exercise classes and yoga as well as indoor cycling since 2013. Marco received both his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Pittsburgh in Exercise Physiology where he had the opportunity to teach students, faculty and staff. A passion for helping individuals become active and stay healthy at any level, beginner to advanced, is what drives him to teach. One of his strengths is being able to win over new-comers to the fitness world while balancing a challenging class pace with modifications if needed. He is excited to continue instructing yoga and cycling at Local Motion!
Becky has been practicing yoga since 2008, and received her 200-hour teaching certification in Baptiste Style Power yoga from Amazing Yoga in March 2009. She became a certified Spinning instructor in October 2015. Yoga has allowed Becky to heal and stay healthy both physically and mentally. Becky’s own injuries have lead her to yoga and cycling because they are both physically challenging and sustainable. Both are complementary; cultivating flexibility and strength. She is happy to share her love of yoga and cycling with others in the hope they find some happiness too.
Jenna earned her BS and MS from the University of Pittsburgh in Exercise Science and Health, Physical Activity, and Chronic Disease, respectively. She currently works at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, as the Research Health and Fitness Coordinator, helping adolescents live a healthier life through exercise. Jenna started instructing cycling classes in college and it quickly became one of her favorite classes to teach. Jenna has a passion for health and fitness, and wants to share that passion with the community around her.
Julie began practicing yoga in 1999 as an alternative form of exercise. Practicing yoga has not only improved her strength and flexibility, but has also brought balance to many aspects of her life. For Julie, yoga is a great physical and mental practice that allows her to release the stresses of everyday life and "just be." Once Julie started to see the many positive changes that yoga brought to her own life she was inspired to share this practice with others. She looks forward to sharing what she has learned through her studies in public health and yoga and hopes to continue to grow on this journey with others. Julie draws from several different traditions of yoga including Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow.
Yoga has changed Clayton’s life, and given him new hope in healing from a severe back injury. His back pain resulted from an old injury from 10 years ago, which had worsened by working a desk job for 4 years. Sitting at a desk all day resulted in more limited mobility, and sciatic nerve pain – surgery was even discussed. Enter the practice of yoga – Clayton has learned more about his body and mind, and how to modify his practice in order to help heal and become stronger. Through years of practice, Clayton now enjoys being very active with rock climbing and playing bass guitar in a band. Clayton has his Masters in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh, and has a deep understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Preferred teaching style entails a slow/mindful practice that helps students learn body control and functional movement patterns. Check out more of his personal practice on Instagram ( @zen.punk ).