Katelyn is a group fitness class junkie who was able to realize her dream of teaching

after completing Barre teacher certification through Exhale (the founders of Core Fusion Barre), as well as Schwinn Cycling. An avid runner and all-around fitness enthusiast, Katelyn has run several half-marathons. She might actually bite the bullet and run a full marathon one of these days.

She believes that physical health and mental wellness go hand in hand. The mind body connection is at the root of her passion for group fitness. She firmly believes there is a very special magic that happens when you have a group of people creating amazing energy together.


Guilty pleasure: Sugar cereal and Sauvingnon Blanc (not together of course!)

Music to run: P!nk & Beyonce




Carin has always loved sports and fitness. She began as a gymnast, competing for ten years and was a competitive sprinter for her high school track team which is where her love of running began. She has participated in several triathlons and races in the Chicagoland area.  Carin is certified in kettlebell, personal training and sports nutrition.


She enjoys a wide range of work out routines including boxing, tennis and interval training.  We are so lucky to have her, not to mention she will kick your butt on the track!




Healthy snack: Trader Joe’s Omega Trek Mix


Guilty pleasure: Trader Joe’s cookie butter


Song to run/workout: Anything by Def Leppard



RISE Bootcamp / RISE Power Circuits

Shea is a Glen Ellyn native and a graduate  of Glenbard West, where he excelled at football, basketball, and baseball. He studied education and played football at Drake University. After a brief stint playing in the Arena Football League for the Iowa Barnstormers, he moved back home to start his teaching and coaching careers at both his alma maters.

He is currently the P.E. teacher at St. Petronille School and coaching football and lacrosse at Glenbard West. Being able to give back in his hometown is something he truly takes pride in. After meeting Janelle and taking a few classes (totally outside his comfort zone), he fell in love with TRX and decided to get certified in group training. “RISE has such a family feel to it. The people and the atmosphere are unmatched in making you feel determined and comfortable no matter what your fitness level or goals are."


Guilty pleasure: Guacamole and chips (washed down with a margarita of course)

Song to run/workout: It’s a tie between two – Party Monster's Krewella and ‘Eminem's Till I Collapse



RISE ABOVE THE Barre / RISE Cardio Dance / RISE Fusion / RISE Ride

Julie started taking dance lessons at the age of five. At college, she majored in Marketing and Minored in Dance. After graduation, she utilized her Marketing degree

in a successful sales career with Xerox in New York.


After the birth of her first child, Julie decided it was time to use her dance background. She become a certified Zumba instructor because it was the perfect way to incorporate her passion for dance and fitness. Since her certification in 2007, she has taught Zumba classes at numerous health clubs and fitness studios throughout the western suburbs. Her greatest reward has been seeing the energy and excitement that her classes bring

to participants of all ages and fitness levels.

Julie was introduced by a friend to a barre class in 2008 and was immediately hooked.

She became a certified Dailey Method instructor and has taught in the Naperville and Wheaton studios for five years. Julie moved to Glen Ellyn four years ago, and is

married with three children.


Guilty pleasure: Guacamole and chips

Song to run/workout: The latest beats!




Dedicated rider turned instructor, Cara discovered the insanity of indoor cycling when the cold weather forced her back into the gym. After taking her first spin class, she was addicted! “It’s the music, the energy, the camaraderie and the SWEAT!”

Cara is thrilled to be a part of Rise Cycle and looks forward to bringing her abundant energy and enthusiasm to the ride. In addition to biking, running, Pilates, and weight training, Cara is passionate about all things chocolate! Enough said!!


Guilty pleasure: Homemade chocolate chip cookies with a sidecar of M&M’s!

Favorite Workout Music: Something with a pulse!



RISE Ride / RISE Kettlebell hiit/ RISE Yoga Sculpt

Erin knew she was placed on this earth to help people make positive lifestyle changes through exercise. She started teaching group exercise classes when she was in high school and caught group exercise fever.


Upon completion of a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois, she started a successful career in exercise. As an exercise physiologist at a hospital in

Pennsylvania, she was able to experience first-hand the medicinal benefits of exercise, and her passion for fitness grew watching people overcome great odds through exercise. She holds a national certification from the American College of Sports Medicine and is FMS (Functional Movement Screen) certified.  

In 2014, Erin and her husband made a major decision to move to the Midwest and

have her stay home with their two children. Even with this major change, she could

not stay away from the fitness industry. Erin is so thankful to have found RISE,

where she can continue to share her passion for fitness while maintaining

her most important job as a mom.



Healthy snack: Hummus and any veggie


Guilty pleasure: Too many to list!


Song to run/workout: It changes daily!



RISE Yoga Sculpt / RISE FLOW

Kristen has been practicing yoga since 2000. Her yoga journey began at a gym down the street from her office and evolved to hot yoga practices in 2011. Practicing consistently, Kristen quickly found that yoga elevated her entire exercise routine – helping her understand and engage her body in ways that she never before could.  


Kristen’s desire to strengthen her personal practice and to bring yoga to her community led her to begin a 200-hour certification program with Essencia Yoga in 2012. As a mother of a six-year-old girl and a high school teacher, Kristen sought to introduce yoga to young women, many of whom who need reminders of their inner strength to face the challenges of adolescence. At Rise, Kristen seeks to create soulful classes in which yogis test their limits in a supportive community.


Kristen is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share the inspiring gift of yoga with her fellow Risers!



Healthy snack: Homemade “creamsicle” smoothie


Guilty pleasure: Truffle fries


Song to run/workout: “The Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + the Machine




Emily's lifelong passion for fitness began in the water. She started swimming competitively at age ten, and swam and took dance lessons throughout high school.

At Northwestern University, she tried a year of synchronized swimming but decided

that water polo was more her speed and played on the team club for three years.

During college, Emily began running short distances for fun, and after graduation she tried a SPIN class and was immediately hooked. A combined love for biking and music makes indoor cycling the perfect workout for Emily, who decided to become SPINNING- and SCHWINN-certified after participating in indoor cycling classes for 15 years. Swimming, running and biking led to competing in triathlons — Emily likes to joke that she only “exercises in a straight line.” Occasionally she might lift a weight or two, of course.

When she’s not working out and getting “sweat head” as she likes to call it, Emily can be found freelance writing, trying new restaurants in Chicago with her husband, and shuttling her three children to all their extracurricular activities. Emily has taught indoor cycling for more than three years and is looking forward to seeing YOU on a bike!


Healthy snack: Bananas with natural peanut butter

Guilty pleasure: Anything chocolate from Trader Joe’s

Song to run/workout: I love it all, but there’s something about that Flo Rida I just can’t resist.




P.D., an AFAA certified group exercise instructor for over 20 years, began her career in the Jane Fonda, Let's Get Physical, 80's. While at Florida State, she trained with Margaret Richards of the Body Electric franchise. You can still see some of the old PBS shows with P.D. as a back up dancer on YouTube. "Margaret taught me that fitness is a lifestyle and should be fun". "She believed that everyone in the class should feel successful: young or old, experienced or not". 


P.D. holds certifications in barre and Balletone as well as specialities in yoga and Pilates. Over the years, P.D. has developed unique classes that incorporate high energy cardio with hip hop, sculpting with yoga, and barre with burlesque. 


Favorite healthy food- guacamole- avocados are healthy right?

Guilty pleasure-sour cream and onion dip with Ruffles

Favorite song-Anything old school funk like "Play that Funky Music" by Wild Cherry



RISE Fusion / RISE Power Circuits / RISE SWEAT + SCULPT

Nicole is a certified personal trainer as well as a certified yoga sculpt and spin instructor. She has always had a love for sports and fitness. Especially running. She ran cross country in high school and continues to run today, having completed three marathons. She currently coaches track, cross country and volleyball, giving her the opportunity to share her love of sports and keep active.

Nicole also enjoys boxing, circuit training, biking, yoga sculpt, and has just added golf to her list.


Healthy snack: Avocado with cottage cheese


Guilty pleasure: Red Vine licorice


Favorite song to work out to: Krazy by Pitbull


Favorite quote: “If your mind believes your body achieves”



RISE Fusion

Rachelle has always loved health and fitness. Her dedication to sports and fitness began early in life with swimming and cross country. She has completed a marathon, triathlons and many other races.


She majored in Exercise Science at the University of Kansas. She worked as a personal trainer throughout college and worked at four different large gyms. She found barre classes years ago and has been addicted ever since. “I love how low weights, high reps and a small range of motion fatigues the muscles and gets you that burn and shake that feels so good.”  

She has always been an early morning “riser” with her workouts because it clears her head and gets her going for the day. She loves the energy and community environment of Rise. She's been working out at Rise since the beginning and loves every minute she spends at the studio! She can’t wait to have you in her class!


Healthy snack: Morning green smoothie (after a rise workout, of course!)


Guilty pleasure: Baked goodies and wine


Favorite music: Mumford & Sons, My Morning Jacket and Vampire Weekend



RISE Pilates / RISE Core + More

Michelle began dancing at the age of four and her love for ballet and jazz continued with her studying dance throughout college and also as a dance and ballet pointe teacher. She transitioned her love for dance and her cheerleading skills to the water as a professional water skier for Sea World. Throughout her summers in college she was a member of the Sea World Ski Team and performed in the ski shows. Yes, she was on top of the pyramid!


After college she moved to Chicago and began her career in human resources and quickly got hooked on Pilates. Michelle expanded her knowledge and training through the PhysicalMind Institute certification program in 2004 in both mat and machines. She taught for years at a Pilates studio in Chicago before moving to Glen Ellyn four years ago with her family. She has loved taking classes and being part of the Rise community and always hoped to someday get back to teaching.


As a mother to three young boys and a career leading the Human Resources team at Edelman, she is excited to finally get back to the studio and share her passion of Pilates with all of you!



RISE Power Circuits / RISE Ride

Anne’s passion for fitness began as a high school athlete running track and playing volleyball.  Her love of running and fitness continues, and she has participated in area triathlons, half marathons and the Chicago Marathon.

She's enjoyed classes at RISE since its beginning, and loves how Rise fosters a community of people encouraging one another to reach their goals. Shortly after discovering Rise, Anne became certified in TRX suspension training, earned Schwinn certification, and, most recently, achieved Lifetime Fitness Group Exercise certification. 


Healthy snack:  Green Smoothies

Guilty pleasure:  Cheese & Crackers

Song to workout to:  Wow by Beck




Sue is AFAA certified and has taught group exercise for 30 years. An injury 10 years ago prompted Sue to get certified in barre, and she fell in love!  She then decided to specialize in barre and pursued 2 additional barre certifications.


Favorite Music: I like all genres of music, but in class, it has to be something with a beat that people know the words and can sing along!


Inspiration: My students at RISE inspire  me at their willingness to try anything I throw at them!


Happy Place: My happy place is hiking in Arizona with family and friends, or anywhere my 3 children are all in the same place! 




Maddie is a student at Glenbard West High School, where she participates in many clubs and sports, including tennis, student council and Interact. Maddie, like any other teenager, loves to go out with her friends and attend school events. With a friendly, outgoing personality, Maddie stands out as a leader at Glenbard West by attending national, as well as local, leadership conferences.


She started a not-for-profit organization called Strutting 4 Starvation, which holds fashion shows to help raise money for local food pantries. The oldest of four children, Maddie is great with kids and babysits often. She has also been a lifeguard and swim instructor. Maddie has been very active since she was 4 years old when she started swim team.

Since then, she gained a love of sports.


Going to RISE for over a year now, she was inspired by the new cycling studio to

become a certified spin instructor. With her experience in attending workouts and her great personality, she'll be a instructor and addition to our team.




Healthy snack: Chickpea avocado salad


Guilty pleasure: Chocolate peanut butter cups

Favorite workout accessory: hats



rise ride

Starting at a young age Sarah's love for sports and fitness began with dance and soccer culminating, her senior year at New Trier High School, with a state championship, and a ranking of number one in the country.


Sarah went on to receive her B.S. in nursing from the University of Virginia specializing as a neonatal intensive care nurse. She came back to Chicago where she accepted a job in the NICU at Children's Memorial Hospital and then Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. Throughout college and after Sarah became a group fitness junkie and avid runner. 


Sarah moved to Glen Ellyn with her husband 6 years ago and has since welcomed 3 beautiful children and a golden retriever. After struggling to get back into working out and missing group fitness after having her second child, Sarah was introduced to Rise Fitness by a neighbor and became a regular. Already being a strong indoor cycling fan, Sarah was there the day Rise Cycle opened. She fell in love with the boutique style cycling room and quickly found herself passionate about becoming an instructor. She became Schwinn Certified and is excited to kick your butt on the bike with some great music and killer rides. 


Healthy snack: multigrain toast with avocado 


Guilty pleasure: Blackberry Market brownies 




Kate's fitness journey started back in Fall of 2014. Weighing in at 265 pounds, she decided she was going to make some serious changes. After hiring herself a coach, moving back to the western suburbs, and changing careers, she began to chase her dream of becoming a figure competitor and competing in bodybuilding competitions.  


14 months and 125 pounds later, Kate competed in her first competition. Her journey, lifestyle change, and newfound love for working out solidified making fitness a permanent part of her future. 


While prepping for her second competition, Kate fell head over heels in love with indoor cycling at Rise. The natural next step in her journey was to take the plunge in becoming a cycle instructor. Whether you're a beginner or a long-time cycling enthusiast, you are guaranteed a great workout and an even better experience in one of Kate's classes. 


When she's not rocking it out on a bike at Rise, you can find Kate working at lululemon Oakbrook Center, lifting some heavy weights, or snuggling with her two dogs, Carlos & Tucker. 



RISE Power Circuits / RISE TRX Bootcamp / RISE Kettlebell hiit

Allison has lived her life playing sports.  She is an athlete who loves to train and compete.  She relocated a year ago to Illinois from Philadelphia, but will always be a Jersey girl born and bred.  She played competitive soccer and lacrosse through college and most recently ran the Boston Marathon in 2015 and 2016, qualifying for 2017.  


Allison resides in Glen Ellyn and is a married mother to three girls ages 10, 14 and 16.  She is a certified Group Fitness Instructor and a small group TRX Trainer.  She loves thinking of new ways to challenge her clients and has the most fun putting classes together.  Allison takes pride in seeing her clients become leaner and stronger but most of all, having fun during working out!




As a Glen Ellyn native now raising her own family in our amazing community, Jennifer is a newcomer to the fitness world and has happily found her home here at RISE. While it took some extra motivation to embrace and commit to the Back to School Challenge, the results have had a long-lasting impact on Jennifer’s daily exercise and nutrition regimen. She now embraces high-energy activities with her kids whether it’s biking, tubing, or just simply racing them down the street.

Jennifer attended Iowa State University with a degree in Elementary Education, Curriculum and Supervision and Administration –skills that come in handy in her current role helping to educate clients and managing the day-to- day operations at RISE. She is an avid supporter of her Cyclones–evidenced by her emphatic viewing of games and use of the fight song to accompany workouts on occasion.

When not at Rise, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and enjoying their lake house.


Healthy snack: Celery and almond butter


Guilty pleasure: Anything Mexican-- drinks included

Song to run/workout: She loves listening to Body Like a Backroad during Barre and making images out of shapes on the wall-- it gets her through the burn