Becky Binney Woodruff (Farm Fitness Coordinator, Personal Training, Diving)
Becky is the Fitness Director at the Farm and she also manages the summer diving programs. Becky is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Health Fitness Specialist. Her background for 20 years prior to going in to fitness full-time was working in hospitals mostly in Rehabilitation, The Jaycee Burn Center and Psychiatry, so she has a good understanding of the clinical aspects of certain medical challenges that we face as we age. Becky provides personal training for all interested Farm members but feels her expertise lies in working with non-athlete youth, adults, older adults, weight loss programs, and working with youth, adults, older adults and seniors with various medical challenges. Becky also runs the summer Farm Diving Program.
Meg Pomerantz (Personal Trainer by appointment)
Meg Pomerantz is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Health Fitness Specialist and a Cancer Exercise Trainer. Meg earned her Master’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, and has over 25 years of experience in the fitness industry. She began teaching group exercise classes at NC State University, and later served as the Aquatics Director and Director of the Lifetime Fitness Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Meg has taught and coached various age groups from youth sports to adult novice running and swimming programs. Meg began swimming competitively at age 10 and later competed at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. She is an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. On a personal side, she has competed in dozens of triathlons and road races. Meg enjoys cycle touring with her husband, most recently riding through the hills of Tuscany. Her longest trip was a cross county trip from Seattle, WA to Rehoboth Beach, DE.
Sam Weissler (Personal Training by appointment)
Sam graduated from Johns Hopkins where he was a four-year member of the Johns Hopkins Men’s tennis team. Sam came on board full-time in January 2015 as an assistant tennis pro. Sam acquired his personal training certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is joining Meg and me in providing personal training and teaching group fitness & conditioning clinics in and around his busy tennis schedule! Sam’s expertise in providing youth/young adult athlete sports conditioning programs combined with my expertise in the areas of non-athlete youth fitness, adult, senior fitness, will allow us to offer more personal training and clinics to meet the needs and expectations of all of our Farm Members. One of our primary goals is to offer cross over training for our tennis players, swimmers, and other athletes which will improve sports specific performance.
Gillian Harper (Farm Yoga Program)
Gillian is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor who teaches level 1 and 2 classes. Gillian took her first Yoga class in Manhattan, NY in 2000. At that time, she became a dedicated student of yoga. Gillian received a 200-hour RYT certification with a focus on Vinyasa yoga in 2003. She then moved to Durham and was introduced to Iyengar Yoga in 2009 and has been a dedicated practitioner ever since. Gillian is currently certified at the combined Introductory I/II level and is now working towards her Junior I certification. Gillian is excited to be expanding her yoga class offerings at The Farm. She uses props such as belts, blocks, and straps as aids to help participants into poses one step at a time. The Focus is on structural alignment, development of strength, stamina, flexibility and concentration. Yoga is a good compliment to any sport and can aid with mobility, strength and focus in everyday life as well as on the tennis court! Please contact Gillian directly for more information at email@example.com. For more information please visit www.gillianyoga.com.
Katie Corley (Cardio PopUp Workout)
Exercise is an important part of Katie’s life. With three young boys and a hectic schedule, she enjoys both the physical and mental benefits she gets from a great workout. Sharing this love of exercise and the numerous positive benefits it can provide is what lead Katie to create PopUp Workout, LLC. Her goal is to make each class a challenging and unique workout that will leave you energized, motivated, and stronger to tackle the rest of your day. Katie is an ACE certified instructor and has taught numerous types of classes including barre, HITT (high intensity interval training), tabata, boot camp, and toning. For more information on PopUP please visit Katie’s Website at www.popupworkout.com.
Rayna Yvar (Water Conditioning and Aerobics)
Rayna Yvars is a rising junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Exercise & Sports Science. She has been involved in water aerobics at her hometown country club in Charleston SC, where she has been a member for 7 years. Rayna was a member of the UNC Track team with a specialty in pole vaulting. She learned the value of water through her conditioning programs and injury recuperation during her time on the UNC Track Team. After retiring this year from her pole vault career on the UNC Track & Field team, she began volunteer coaching for her high school’s track team in Cary, NC and participating in numerous aquatic exercise classes. Rayna looks forward to helping you make a big splash with your summer fitness and conditioning this summer and we hope that you join her!
James Sutton (Tai Chi)
James is an instructor with the Magic Tortoise Taijiquan School under the direction of Dr. Jay Dunbar. James began his training in 2005 and has had many experienced instructors to include “Lao Ma” Lamoureux and Wang Ming Bo. James has attended international Tai Chi Chuan Symposiums and has won medals in several state tournaments. James also practices Chen, and Wu/Hao styles of Tai Chi, Liuhebafaquan (water boxing) as well as push hands and some weapons including sword, stick, and dao.
Kit Thorburn (Kids Finding Balance After School Yoga Class)
Kit is thrilled to share her passion for yoga with children this Fall at The Farm. Her classes are especially designed for 8-12 year olds. They offer a unique blend of fun and playful practice that leaves students feeling refreshed and inspired. Kit is a certified instructor in the “Kidding Around Yoga” method, and enjoys incorporating song, dance, creative movement and art into her classes. As a classically trained ballet dancer, Kit became a dedicated follower of yoga after a life changing accident. She believes that yoga, while a physically and mentally challenging practice, offers a quiet sense of mindfulness that is particularly beneficial to children in today’s over scheduled and busy world. In addition, Kit is a veteran Public School Teacher Assistant and on many afternoons, you will find Kit teaching yoga classes to kiddos at her home studio.