Samantha F.

Notre Dame Fitness Instructor Samantha F


  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science - Fitness at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse
  • Master of Arts in Sport Management at Western Michigan University


  • Zumba® - 2011
  • Zumba® Gold - 2012
  • INSANITY (Beachbody) - 2013
  • Group Cycling (AAAI-ISMA) - 2015
  • Pilates Mat I (AAAI-ISMA) - 2016
  • 200 Hour Yoga Instructor (Yoga Alliance) - 2017
  • Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA) - 2017Start date with RecSports

What semester & year did you begin employment as a fitness instructor at RecSports?

Spring 2018

When did you you begin teaching group fitness in general?

Spring 2012

Fitness philosophy

Train for life.

Fitness interests & other hobbies

Barbell training, dancing

Why my class?

My teaching philosophy is that participants come to class to have fun, be motivated by the group and the instructor, and for a workout they cannot give themselves. I always aim to deliver a class that participants enjoy and challenge them throughout the semester while making in a motivating environment.

How do you motivate participants?

I believe that one of the biggest motivators in a group fitness class is good music that you connect with and can help push you harder. I also like to remind participants that they can always push through for a few more repetitions or seconds, and if they fail on a repetition that's awesome because they know they pushed themselves as hard as they could!

What certifications have you held in the past?

TurboKick (Beachbody) - 2013

What is your favorite style of music to play in class?

Depends on the class and what we're doing! I always find when doing something really hard (like climbing hills in cycle or heavy strength training) classic rock always pumps me up, but in general I like playing top 40 or EDM music with a strong beat.

What is your affiliation to the University?

Notre Dame Faculty/Staff

What types of classes can you teach?

Cardio, Dance, Strength, HIIT, Pilates & Yoga