Meet our Instructors


Jessica Young, Director
Originally from Denver, CO, Jessica's background in dance and dance instruction paved the way for her interest and eventual career in fitness. Jessica is an AFAA Certified Group Exercise professional and an ACE Certified Health Coach. She has many years experience leading a wide variety of formats, and currently teaches classes that highlight her experience in dance, including Zumba®, Zumba Toning®, Zumba Kids®, and Aqua Zumba®. She is a Gold level certified Turbo Kick® and Hip Hop Hustle® instructor, and with Lauri Carlson, became one of the first INSANITY® certified instructors in the world.




Lynette Sprague, Yoga Instructor
Lynette has extensive experience in the yoga field, and has instructed various forms of yoga and informative workshops. In 2010, Lynette became a certified Yoga Fit instructor, which combines elements of modern group fitness with the traditional relaxation and benefits of hatha yoga.




Lauri Carlson, Step Aerobics, INSANITY®
A passionate athlete from a young age, fitness was a perfect match for Lauri. She began teaching Step Aerobics and Toning classes in 2011, and has been a fearless fitness leader at the Life Center ever since. She became one of the first INSANITY® certified instructors in the world in the spring of 2013, making CGLC one of the first fitness facilities to offer the class. Lauri is very involved in local school and city sports, so you can be sure to see her out at games, cheering on her daughters and friends!


Kendra Elsen, Running Coach
Kendra has been involved in sports since the age of three. After having kids, she knew she needed to get back into shape, so she ran several 5K races and knew "this is my thing". Studying the body mechanics of running and the formatting of training programs, Kendra decided to pass her knowledge on to others. "Running is best in pairs/groups so getting involved with runners and future runners in our community was calling my name." She is currently in the process of becoming a certified Group Fitness professional.

Shirley Stiver, Water Aerobics

Dennis DeLay, Silver Sneakers®

Julie Hower, A. M. Aerobics & A. M. Weights

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