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," 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, Circuit and a HIIT class throughout the week. Check Mind/Body to reserve and for details 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. 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. As a certified Barre instructor she teaches Barre in the studio througout the month.  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!"
     
    Marie teaches our Vinyasa Yoga classes. Reserve on Mind/Body.
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    Victoria Richardson,Yoga Instructor

    Victoria has been living in Mandeville for over 25 years. She is a wife and mother of 20 year old triplets and 3 adult stepchildren. She is a graduate of LSU and a licensed Physical Therapist for 29 years. She is also a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She has been a triathlete for almost 20 years and has completed many marathons, triathlons including a full Ironman.

    When her triplets left for college she decided it was time to deepen her knowledge of yoga and pursue her 200 hour RYT certification. She was initially drawn to power yoga and the philosophy of Brian Kest because of its incorporation of strength, balance, and stretch components holding poses for longer durations. As her yoga knowledge deepened she has realized the importance of meditation and the calming effects on and off the mat. Her intent is to encourage and inspire others and share her passion for yoga and fitness with everyone she meets. 


    Victoria teaches our Power Yoga classes in the evening. Reserve on Mind/Body
     
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    Michelle M. Woodle, M.Ed., CHES, NASM CNC, Group Fitness Instructor

    Michelle has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of New Orleans, and over 28 years of experience in both corporate and community wellness programs. She managed the Health Promotion Program for the Lower 8th Coast Guard District for 14 years. Michelle designed and led nutrition, weight management, and fitness workshops throughout the United States, and personally helped service members successfully improve their fitness levels, and develop healthier eating habits. Her passion for teaching extends to her work as a Lecturer in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Department at the University of Southeastern Louisiana, where she instructs a course that focuses on health screenings, chronic disease risk prevention, and health risk assessment. In addition to her work as a health and fitness educator, she cycles, swims, strength trains, and is a competitive triathlete.

    Michelle teaches our Ultimate X classes. Ultimate X combines TRX suspension training with a various other equipment in a circuit format to give you an effective full-body workout. Sign up on Mind/Body to schedule.