Fitness Staff

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    Mary Piper, CHC, Director of Fitness, Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor

    Mary was born and raised in New Orleans. She moved to Mandeville in 1984 and has been on the Northshore ever since. The owner and publisher Louisiana’s Health & Fitness Magazine for 18 years, Mary has always been obsessed with health and fitness. After selling the magazine in 2016, she decided to pursue certifications as a health coach and personal trainer, as well as certification in TRX.  Mary loves motivating and educating people on living a healthy lifestyle through eating whole foods and exercising, and offers one-on–one personal training and small group training. She teaches all levels of fitness, from the novice to the experienced. In addition to teaching Circuit, Sculpt, and TRX throughout the week, she is the administrator for the Beau Chêne Fitness Facebook group, sharing healthy recipes, tips, challenges, and general health and fitness facts.  If you would like daily health and fitness inspiration, be sure to “like” the Beau Chêne Fitness group on Facebook.  For group class schedules and reservations, information or to schedule a personal training session, download the MINDBODY app or call the Beau Chêne Fitness Desk at 985-845-3504.

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    Tara Condon, Yoga Instructor

    Tara Condon fell in love with yoga in 2013 when she began practicing regularly and experienced the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of the yoga practice.  She completed a 225 hour instructor training in the spring of 2016, becoming a Registered Holy Yoga Instructor.  In July, 2017 Tara completed 300 more hours of training to become Masters Level Holy Yoga Instructor. Tara considers herself a lifelong student of yoga, and is passionate about bringing yoga to people of all ages and levels of physical fitness. Tara teaches a Slow Flow Yoga and a Gentle Stretch Yoga throughout the week at Beau Chêne Fitness Center. Reserve online in Mind/Body or Call the fitness desk at 985-845-3504.

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    Lorraine Beaver, Group Fitness Instructor

    Lorraine's fitness career began in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she met her husband of 34 years, Don.  Once she started teaching "hardcore" aerobics, she was hooked and has continued to expand her knowledge, growth and experience into many forms of exercise.  She strives to share her enthusiasm with others and make each class challenging and fun for beginners to advanced fitness members.  Lorraine teaches Tabata, Yoga / Pilates "Fusion," Stretching, and Kettlebell classes. Call the Beau Chêne Fitness Center at 985-845-3504 for more information.

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    Julie Plaisance, Group Fitness Instructor

    Julie Plaisance has been certified in Les Mills programs since 2009, instructing BodyCombat, Cxworx, BodyPump classes in addition to  Kettlebell classes.  She is also an ISSA certified Personal Trainer.  She loves to share her passion of health and fitness with others. 

    Julie teaches Combat on Tuesday mornings at 8am and Tabata on Thursday mornings at 8am. Reserve on Mind/Body or call  985-845-3504. 

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    Katie Lee Hughes, Zumba and Aqua Instructor

    Katie began practicing Yoga at the age of 13 and Zumba at the age of 14. At 17, Katie was licensed to teach Zumba.  Since then she has earned AFFA Certification  (Group Exercise) and USWFA Certification (Water Aerobics). She has also completed AFAA trainings in Yoga and Pilates. She enjoys teaching Zumba Gold, a low impact, dance-style class and Aqua Fitness. Students always enjoy great music in Katie’s classes. Katie teaches our Zumba Gold classes on Wednesdays at 9:15am.

    Katie also teaches our Aqua Classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8am in the summer. Reserve on Mind/Body or call 985-845-3504.

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    Tammi Cole, Zumba Instructor

    Tammi has been teaching Zumba for a couple of years. She is married with four boys and lives in Abita Springs. She enjoys teaching Zumba because the music is energizing and makes exercising FUN. Zumba is the perfect combination of fun and fitness. Tammi teaches Zumba Express (30 min) on Mondays and Thursdays at 4:30pm. Reserve on Mind/Body or call 985-845-3504.
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    Melissa Barkemeyer, Barre Instructor 

    Melissa s a certified barre instructor through the International Ballet Barre Fitness Association and has studied yoga through the Athletics and Fitness Association of America.  She is an Integrative Health Coach trained through Duke Integrative Medicine and holds a Nutrition certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.  Melissa also earned her Master of Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.  She hopes to share her passion for health and wellness with all of the members coming to her barre class.  Melissa teaches Barre Classes on Wednesdays at 5:00pm and Barre Slim (Barre Cardio) on Saturdays at 9:15am.  Reserve on Mind/Body or call 985-845-3504.

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    Marie Jaz, Yoga Instructor

    Marie has always been into fitness. This married, mother of two, grandmother of 5, was a New Orleans Saints cheerleader after High School. After staying home for 10 years with her children,  Marie taught pre-kindergarten for 20 years.

    In 2006, Marie began taking Hatha Yoga classes and found her passion in life.  Marie has her 200 hour RYT with Annie Carpenter's SmartFLOW Program, is certified in Group Fitness and Kids Yoga.  When she isn't teaching, she loves to practice Yoga.

    "Just take a deep breath and enjoy your life!"