Hi, thanks for stopping by! I’m Michelle and I’ve been on the mic as a Group X instructor since 2010, teaching strength, spin and step formats. When I’m not at the gym, you can find me crafting stories at my day job in content marketing.

The fuel to my fire comes from motivating others and that’s why I’m here. I built this blog to bring together fitness pros from all walks of life in order to inspire, encourage and learn from each other.

I can’t wait to get to know you and chat all things group fitness.

My Group X Background

I grew up taking Group X classes with my mom. I left every class feeling inspired and motivated, knowing I got a much better workout than I would on my own. As I was planning my extracurriculars for my freshman year, I stumbled upon the UCLA Fitness Leadership Program and I knew instantly that it was the perfect fit for me.

Each school year, the program helps aspiring group exercise instructors and personal trainers successfully enter the fitness industry, covering a wide variety of topics — anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, exercise technique, program design, special populations and motivation, etc.

After the year ended, I passed both my ACE Fitness group exercise certification test and my audition to teach my own classes. Fast forward through a few years of teaching in college, I graduated with a degree in communications and moved to the Bay Area for a marketing career, while I continued to moonlight as a fitness instructor.

Somewhere along the way, I added spin and yoga certifications to my arsenal, as well.

My gym roster (past and present) includes: 24 Hour Fitness, Active Sports Clubs, ClubSport San Jose, The Bay Club, Apple, Club One and UCLA.


Group X Fitness Tips aims to share my personal learnings and experiences in order to spark ideas and conversations. Make sure to keep all fitness certifications up-to-date and consult your handbook and program manuals before teaching.

Also, know that affiliate links and sponsored posts appear from time-to-time. This means I may receive a commission from certain links or posts. I only represent brands and organizations I’ve tried myself and would recommend to a friend — I appreciate your support.