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Tara Puritan - Triple Threat, TRX
Tara Purinton is an Incline resident who thrives on being active in the outdoors with her husband Chase and dog Hailey. Her passion for teaching began as a children's ski instructor for Alta Ski Resort. After completing her Masters in Teaching at Sierra Nevada College she became a teacher for the Carson City School District. Her love of exercise is apparent with her enthusiasm for group fitness at High Altitude Fitness where she prepares members for the endurance and strength activities Lake Tahoe has to offer. She is also an avid marathon runner and placed 1st in her age group for the Lake Tahoe Marathon. In addition to running; Tara climbs, mountain bikes, skis and enjoys camping out. Her love for exercise and high energy levels are what makes her aerobic workout classes a hit. Certified in Group Fitness Instruction AFFA, Bosu and TRX.
Katie Lazzari - Personal Trainer, Cycling, TRX, Insanity
Katie is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, specializing in TRX and Indoor Cycling. Born and raised in South Carolina Katie grew up skiing in Winter Park, Colorado where her love of the mountains and outdoors began. After graduating from the College of Charleston with a BA in Corporate Communications she headed west and landed in Lake Tahoe. Katie currently resides in Kings Beach and enjoys any activity that allows her to be in nature. After being diagnosed with a chronic disease at a young age, Katie chose to take control of her illness through exercise and healthy eating. She began promoting her passion for health and wellness and her fitness career was born. Katie is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She also holds AFFA Primary Group Fitness certification, Schwinn Cycling, Maddog Spinning, Insanity, TRX Suspension Training, and BOSU. Always encouraging new participants, Katie believes it’s never too early or too late to works towards being the healthiest you. Think positively. Exercise daily. Eat healthy. Work hard. Stay strong. Build faith. Worry less. Be happy and live grateful.
Lisa Masser - Restorative and Power Yoga
Initially drawn to yoga to help balance her athletic lifestyle and photography career, Lisa believes movement is pure, artistic expression of the deepest parts of our soul, as well as a method to find our way to a greater source within. Lisa organically blends her east coast roots of a powerful, heartfelt vinyasa flow with her west coast flare and deeper understanding of yoga. Lisa continues to be astounded by the magnitude of yoga, and feels her yoga journey has only just begun, remaining open to its continued evolution. The broad horizon of her experience infuses her classes with fun, laughter, and a sense that one can achieve anything. On the mat and paddle-board, Lisa is devoted to maintaining a playful spirit, sweet sweat, and a smile towards progression. She also delivers a soothing experience in Yin or Restorative classes. Blending the breath with meditation you will leave renewed and ready for anything. She lives by the words: “in teaching and learning, there is no perfection, only practice.”
Sandy Soli - Cycling
Sandy has a passion for life and fitness and just plain FUN! Sandy loves to motivate others and her enthusiasm for fitness is infections and what attracts people to her. Fitness is a lifestyle and can be fun every step of the way, let her show you how to attain this. Sandy enjoys being creative, developing and implementing new programs and fitness incentives. Sandy's certifications include Aqua Fitness Instructor through IFTA, Mad Dog Athletics Spinning Certification, Group Strength Specialty Certificate through SCW Fitness Education, AFAA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, Zumba and Aqua Zumba Certified, TRX Certification, CPR/First Aid, and EMT-Emergency Medical Techinican Certification 1998 through 2004
Fitness Class Specialties; Aqua Fitness, TRX Body Blast, Spin, Boot Camp, Winter Sports Conditioning
Nicole Lanvin - Cycling, Barre Burn
Nicole has been passionately immersed in the nutrition, fitness, and wellness industries for the past twenty years. She began her career as the hostess and co-producer of the vegetarian cooking show, “Cooking, Naturally”. She later worked at the Pritikin Longevity Center as an Exercise Physiologist. She has a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA, has done graduate work in Exercise Science and Health Promotion at Florida Atlantic University, and has a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health. She has been a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor for twenty two years and is certified through the American College of Sports Medicine. She also holds certifications in Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and Health Coaching. Nationally and in California, she leads workshops based on her book, Think, Act, Be Fit and Thin, Roadmap to the Body You Deserve.
Kristen Ferrall - Cycling
Kristen has been teaching Spin at High Altitude Fitness since 2005. She came to Lake Tahoe in 1992 to go to Sierra Nevada College and never looked back. She fell in love with Tahoe life the minute she put her suitcase down. Kristen is an avid trail runner and skier. She hops on her road bike and mountain bike whenever she gets a chance. To her, it’s more than a physical workout – she calls it “superfood for the soul” when she can disappear on a mountain trail run and enjoy the clear Sierra air. Kristen has a very active family who keeps her on her toes and super busy. In her words, “I’d have it no other way.” She became a television host on Lake Tahoe Television’s Tahoe Today show in 1997 and still hosts the show to this day. Kristen loves this community and feels it’s important for her family to be involved and contribute to its family feel. They are active Bear League Volunteers, she is on the Board for Pop Warner Football and helps with community events.
Kristen’s classes are more than just a physical workout. She motivates and encourages the soul in every Cycling Class she teaches.
The active Tahoe lifestyle requires being fit and having a great attitude. Kristen never wastes a day, ever.
Hank Echter - Hatha Yoga
Hank first began practicing yoga in 1993, following a series of injuries that included back and knee surgery. Yoga became a tool to regain health and function. As yoga became more of a passion, Hank began teaching in 2000.
Hank’s yoga background is multi style with an emphasis on Hatha yoga. Hank enjoys teaching all levels from first time beginners to advanced students.
Yoga Alliance registered teacher since 2004.
Abby Seplowitz - Vinyasa Yoga
Abby is an absolute lover of the outdoors. After studying communications at Arizona State University, she moved to Maui to start a career in the golf industry. Her yoga practice developed while living on the island, falling in love with the teachings and taking her practice outdoors as much as possible. She loves to hike, slack line, climb, golf, paddle, among many other activities, and apply yoga technique and learnings to everything and anything both on and off the mat. Yoga quickly went from hobby to passion and she discovered she wanted to to share this love with the world. Abby completed her 200hr RYT training on Big Island, and also holds certifications in golf specific training. She loves learning and teaching biomechanics of the body while focusing on the kinematic sequence of each sport and how that can enhance athletic performance. It is Abby’s goal to share her combined passions, while exploring everything this beautiful life has to offer.
Star Ricakrd - Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga
Star has been teaching yoga for over a decade.
She came across yoga in her teens while training for marathons and attending a gym.
While working at Trader Joe’s in her later teens she decided to pursue a career in fitness. She attended her first 200hr Teacher Training at Yoga Tropics in Encinitas Ca, in 2006.
Shortly after she began teaching at Studios, gyms, resorts, and spa’s all over the Palm Springs areas. In addition to teaching she ran a successful Cleaning business.
Star completed another 200hr Teacher training in Core Power in 2014.
She recently relocated to the Tahoe area. And is enjoying the outdoorsy mountain living.
Srdjan Soc - HIIT Cycle
Srdjan has been High Altitude member since 2014, and has just recently joined our coaching team. He has been teaching Crossfit since 2013 and also has background in Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo and Powerlifting. Teaching methodology that he utilizes, presents fitness as: constantly varied, functional and challenging way of investing in your health.
Jessica Jones - Yin Yang Yoga
Jessica started practicing Yoga back in 2008 in Washington state. Jessica struggled with obesity from childhood and after discovering at the age of 20, she was prediabetic and had prehypertension she turned to regular Yoga and exercise, eventually losing 100lbs. After moving up to the Tahoe Basin 3 years ago, her practice deepened and she decided she wanted to teach. Jessica is a Yoga Alliance registered teacher and received her 200YTT certification from Rainbowlight Yoga School in Coudures, France. Specializing in Hatha Vinyasa and Pranayama, she creates a welcoming space to challenge the self, get fit and learn yoga in a safe environment.
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