Owner— Barre & BodyFlow Instructor
Brinn is from central California where she received her Masters in English. While writing for local magazines and teaching freshman composition, she has also been teaching a variety of group fitness formats (from yoga to kickboxing to weight lifting) for the past 7 years. When she took her first Barre class, she knew it was "the one"; she decided to change career paths and dive fully into fitness. Brinn loves the camaraderie and energy of group workout classes as well as encouraging her participants to "embrace the shake." It has been a longtime dream of hers to own a fitness studio, and she could not be more excited to bring auxofitness Fitness to Gainesville. Brinn is also an avid triathlete and loves how Barre workouts compliment her training.
Studio Manager & Barre Instructor
Alix was born and raised in Cape Coral, FL, but when her husband accepted a job in Gainesville they relocated with their daughter and two dogs. Being in a new town and deciding it was finally time to step out of her comfort zone, she tried her first Barre class after hearing a friend rave about the workouts. Alix was instantly hooked, and is now excited to share her passion with clients. She also has a love of fashion and interior styling, and currently manages a clothing boutique. However, her heart is in animal rescue, and she hopes to start a rescue of her own someday, but until she can get her husband on board with the idea, she is thankful they’re able to foster dogs. When she’s not at the boutique or the Barre, Alix loves to travel, see shows, and try new restaurants, but is just as happy baking with her daughter at home, or binge watching New Girl with her husband. Life is short, so finding new experiences and making memories with family and friends is one thing she always looks forward to. Look for Alix teaching challenging and fun classes throughout the week!
Alicia has been in the Fitness industry for over 34 years; she is certified to teach everything from Aquatics to Yoga. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer through ACSM. Additionally, she is a Licensed Massage Therapist and has her own practice here in town. Alicia loves helping people learn how to make fitness a fun and healthy part of their everyday life!
Alicia’s first experience at AUXO Fitness was actually at the instructor training, and when you meet her, you’ll know she’s the type of person who dives right in! She says it was easy to jump in because, on the morning of the training, she “was welcomed to AUXO Fitness with warm smiles, encouragement, and open arms.” Barre’s focus on form and technique go hand-in-hand with her other trainings and, since starting, AUXO Fitness has become her constant. No matter what else is going on in her day, she knows that she, and everyone at AUXO Fitness, will be encouraged and loved!
Deanna grew up in Tampa, but came to Gainesville for college. After earning her Master’s in Math from UF, she started teaching at Santa Fe College. She’s married with two young girls. After her second child, Deanna decided it was time to devote some time to herself and get fit so she could keep up with the kids. She tried a couple of different group exercise options, but really fell in love with AUXO Fitness. The combination of the welcoming and relaxed atmosphere with the encouragement to push yourself to meet your best hooked Deanna from the start. She loves the community of strong women she sees every time she’s at “the Barre.” She has attended over 250 classes and recently became a Barre instructor. She’s eager to have you in class!
Erica was born and raised in Newberry, Florida. After graduating high school in 1999, she attended cosmetology school and has been a cosmetologist for the past 18 years! She met her husband Joey in 2006, and they’ve been married for 10 years. They have 3 children: Eva, Elizabeth, and Jaxon. Erica has always been engaged in athletics, playing volleyball and basketball throughout high school, running, and taking many group exercise classes to stay fit! She knew she wanted to become some kind of fitness instructor, and–after starting Barre a little over a year ago–she realized that this was the perfect format for her! She loves the mind-body connection AUXO Fitness creates, helping women not only strengthen themselves on the outside, but the inside as well. AUXO Fitness has helped her both mentally and physically to become a more confident woman! She has done a lot of physical fitness over the years, and never received the results that she has experienced from Barre. Erica believes in the AUXO Fitness method and is very excited about helping other women achieve their goals, too!
In 2007, Erica moved to Gainesville from the Tampa Bay area where she was born and raised. In addition to teaching Barre classes at AUXO Fitness, she is a professor of special education at the University of Florida. Erica took her first class at AUXO Fitness in September 2016 and has made herself at home in the studio with all the Barre Babes!
Erica will be an empty-nester when her daughter starts at the University of Delaware in fall 2017! She is excited to see what the next chapter of her life will include and is thrilled that Barre will be a big part of it. When she’s not at the studio or on campus, she enjoys reading, traveling, eating–and preparing–good food. When you take classes with her be ready to be challenge while having a good time!
Kristy is originally from the Orlando area and moved to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology. Kristy made a home in Gainesville in 2007 when she found her career in law enforcement at the University of Florida Police Department. Having spent years cheering and dancing, Kristy instantly found her niche after her best friend and fellow Barre Instructor Mandy introduced her to AUXO Fitness – Gainesville. She loves the physical challenge, fun music, and positive atmosphere!
When not at the Barre, Kristy likes to relax by reading or spending time with her friends, sorority sisters, and family, including her husband Will, two step-sons, and all of their pets. She is also passionate about fashion and traveling, having visited Italy, France, England, Ireland, and Ukraine, but she still has a long list of destinations she hopes to experience! Get ready for a kick-butt class with Kristy!
Sarah was born and raised in Alachua, FL; she is a small town girl with a big city heart. She and her husband of 9 years, Derek, recent welcomed their first child Bryce into their home (and hearts) last year. And, in turn, Sarah tried Barre as an enjoyable way to lose her baby weight. She quickly became quickly immersed in the classes and is now a proud part of the AUXO Fitness family. Sarah is a hairstylist by day (when she’s not at theBarre), and had been cutting and styling hair for 10 years. She is extremely passionate about hair and fashion, and travels frequently with her family during her free time. While Hawaii is her favorite destination as of yet, New York City is a close second. With a love of performance, fashion and big city life, NYC is her home away from home!
AUXO Fitness has truly changed her in many ways. Increased energy improved body position while at work, and, in general “feeling great” are just a few of the benefits she has experienced from the studio. Check out our new BarreTender, Sarah – she is silly, energetic, and can’t wait to have you in her class!
Amber is originally from Wilkes-Barre, PA and left her family and friends behind to move to Gainesville in 2016. She found her love of group fitness in college, and was desperately craving that sense of community, positivity and peace when she attended her first Auxo Fitness class in 2016. Instantly, Amber fell in love with the challenging workouts, supportive environment, and fun social events.
Amber’s perfect day would include: a morning class at Auxo fitness, a dance party to Justin Timberlake songs, brunch with her pup named Penny, and watching 20/20 reruns. Amber loves sharing her passion of fitness with others, and wants you to leave her class smiling and feeling confident.
Sasha is originally from South Florida, but considers Gainesville her home. Sasha began attending barre classes in August of 2016 and instantly fell in love with barre and the AUXO Fitness community. Sasha works as a Speech-Language Pathologist, serving adult and geriatric populations, in a rehabilitation center outside of Gainesville. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., enjoys traveling, attending group fitness classes, spending time with her family, and attending Beyoncé concerts with her friends. Sasha is excited to meet you at the barre!
Barre & BodyFlow Instructor
Heather Nations was introduced to group fitness while earning her Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida in the early 90s. While always a part of her life (and a welcome stress relief), it became a passion—and an essential component of her recovery after a Stage III Synovial Sarcoma diagnosis in 2007. She holds certifications in LesMills BodyPump, BodyVibe, BodyStep, and BodyFlow.
She strongly believes that group fitness is for everyone—and her background in therapy allows her to adapt classes—especially BodyFlow—to maximize the experience for each individual. Her aim in every class is for you to leave feeling strong, calm, energized and positive.
When not teaching, Heather is a full time wife and mom of four amazing kids, and a women's health physician assistant. She couldn’t be more excited to be part of the AUXO Fitness team and have the honor of bringing BodyFlow to Northwest Gainesville.
Katie is a proud Army brat who has called Gainesville her home for the past 10 years. Katie took her first barre class at AUXO Fitness in July of 2015 and instantly fell in love. She finally found a workout that was challenging and fun! She has loved getting to know all the wonderful instructors and women that attend the classes. Katie has especially enjoyed BodyFlow, which provides a challenging yet relaxing workout. When Katie isn’t at AUXO Fitness, she is a speech language pathologist at Tacachale, a community for adults with intellectual disabilities. Katie loves her patients and helping them communicate is her dream! Katie also loves spending time with her family and friends!
Lauren is from Sarasota, FL, and moved to Gainesville in 2009 to pursue her bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting. After graduating and starting her career in banking, she decided to make Gainesville home. She and her boyfriend Michael bought their first home in 2014. In their free time, you can catch them enjoying the restaurants and bike trails throughout Gainesville!
Lauren developed a love for group fitness ten years ago when taking yoga and Pilates classes to manage the stresses of coursework. With a job that requires much travel, it was difficult to find a fitness routine that she could commit herself to. However, after taking her first few Barre and BodyFlow classes, she fell in love with AUXO Fitness. Barre challenges her with every class and BodyFlow provides the perfect balance of zen while helping her get stronger and more flexible. She loves the way the BodyFlow choreography is perfectly complemented by the music and can be modified to meet all fitness needs. Lauren can’t wait for you to join her in getting your flow on!
Sylvia is from Los Angeles, California. She has a AA degree in Travel and Tourism but chose to focus her energy in the Health and Fitness industry. She recently moved from Charlotte, NC where she owned and operated a Yoga and Pilates studio.
Sylvia has certifications in Pilates (mat/apparatus), personal training, group cycle classes, senior group fitness classes and has been teaching for 17 years. She has been featured in Charlotte Health and Fitness magazine and has had the opportunity to train with the last surviving students of Joseph Pilates.
Staying fit has been her lifetime goal and she is dedicated to helping and motivating others to build their inner strength and self confidence. She focuses on correct posture and alignment as she cues each movement. Taking Sylvia’s class is challenging and fun whether you are a beginner or an advanced student!
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Ellie was born and raised in Gainesville, and she graduated from Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL with a BS in psychology. She has worked as an event planner in Gainesville for the past 7 years. Ellie’s father, a past President of the Exercise Science department at UF, impressed a passion for fitness and health in her at an early age. She has enjoyed a wide range of team sports, exercise programs, and group fitness classes throughout life. Ellie is a registered yoga teacher through the nationally accredited Yoga Alliance. She completed her 200 hour training program locally in Alachua, FL, and she loves sharing this practice with the Gainesville community. Ellie enjoys all things in nature and her hobbies include kayaking, hiking, camping, beading bracelets, traveling, and cooking. She looks forward to meeting you on the mat.
Front Desk Staff
Asal was born and raised in Gainesville, and is currently a student seeking to get her major in Nutritional Science. She grew up competing in many sports such as volleyball, softball, and swimming. Asal was first introduced to barre when doing her "free week" at AUXO Fitness back in 2016. Instantly, she fell in love with the platform and was overwhelmed by all the kindness she received from the girls at the studio. Now that she is working the front desk, she hopes to show our clients that same kindness. She loves mountains, coffee, peonies, rainy days, and pretty pictures. Say 'hi' to Asal the next time you come to AUXO Fitness!
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Emma is a Gainesville native, raised in Gator country, and she is currently attending the University of Florida working towards her degree in Health Sciences with a specialization in Occupational Therapy. Emma started her 12-month AUXO Fitness membership in August 2017 and never looked back! She immediately fell in love with AUXO Fitness's atmosphere and positive vibe. She loves her Barre family and can’t wait to help you grow!!!
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Hannah was born in Gainesville and currently attends Santa Fe College as a dual-enrolled high school student. She began Barre classes with her sister (who’s now an instructor) Sarah to stay fit when she stopped volleyball. Hannah wants to major in forensic science and loves traveling when she can. She hopes to attend a college out of state when she graduates in 2018.
Hannah will always greet you with a smile and enjoys talking and interacting with all the lovely Barre Babes. She loves working at AUXO Fitness and seeing all of the wonderful ways the instructors support every individual on a personal level, and she aspires to always make costumers feel like they are at home when they enter the studio. Hannah looks forward to meeting and getting to know every one of YOU!
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Hannah was born in Phoenix, AZ and later moved to Orlando where she started taking group exercise classes and was introduced to BodyFlow. When she moved to Gainesville, Heather, one of our instructors and her mother, encouraged her to try barre to help condition and prepare for school lacrosse. When not taking classes or working at the front desk, she enjoys reading, watching Marvel movies, baking, and playing lacrosse. She aspires to be a Marine Biologist, pursuing bachelors degree from NCF. Hannah is very excited to be a part of the AUXO Fitness team!
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Amy is a native Floridian, raised in the small, Gulf Coast town of Yankeetown. She graduated from Florida State University and has been teaching sixth through ninth grade mathematics for the last 15 years. After meeting her husband, Jeremy, she moved to Gainesville. Amy has always been active, dedicating 14 years of her young life to competitive gymnastics and the last decade to running and triathlons. After having her first son, Amy was looking for a low-impact, muscle toning, lifelong workout format. She found what she was looking for with barre classes, and instantly fell in love with Auxo Fitness! It is the perfect compliment to her running, and she always looks forward to the positive and supportive community, as well as the challenging and fun atmosphere, at AUXO Fitness. When not teaching or at the barre, Amy loves camping, paddleboarding, kayaking, SCUBA diving, hiking, rock climbing, crafting, and playing piano. She is passionate about family, music, and travel, having most recently explored the Bahamas, Galapagos, and Peru. Amy looks forward to seeing you soon at Auxo Fitness!
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Heather, a Florida native originally from Lake City, moved to Gainesville to attend UF in 2006 and has been here ever since! She has a background in dance, starting with ballet in middle school, and moving on to Middle Eastern styles in high school and into the present. Currently, she teaches Beginning Belly Dance Fusion. Heather has a toddler at home, so he keeps her busy when she’s not at the Barre, but she also likes to read, craft, and enjoys being outside when the weather is nice. She has attended classes at AUXO Fitness for quite some time, and loves how friendly and knowledgeable the staff is. Heather is excited to be a part of the welcoming atmosphere and looks forward to helping the AUXO community continue to grow! Say hi the next time you see her at the front desk; Heather works the early morning shifts during the week!