At Fit For Life Jenkintown, we want our clients to try and learn new things. We offer a safe and all-inclusive environment here. Our top priority is to offer support and to challenge ourselves mentally and physically. We want to have fun with others looking to do the same. We believe that If you love what you do, you will keep doing it, even when things get tough, find your love. YOU CAN DO IT!
Our top priority is to hire trainers that we know will take care of our clients. All of our instructors are well-trained professionals. But most importantly, they are good and authentic people. We really care about your overall health and happiness. We don’t have membership fees because we only want you to pay for classes that you want to take. Whether you’re a dancer or fitness enthusiast you will find an instructor that suits your interests. We are here to help you on your fitness journey. We offer many classes to help you with your goals. We look forward to helping you on your journey in life.
Meet Our Instructors
Elizabeth is a certified professional coach and yoga therapist has had years of counseling experience. She is a Level 1 IIQTC (Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi) senior trainer, Tai Chi Easy 5 practice leader, and Level 2 certified ( November 2023). She is also Taijifit, Bamboo Fusion certified and practices and teaches other Tai chi chuan formats. She is 500 RYT (registered yoga teacher). She is a certified Ayurvedic nutritionist. Elizabeth is a Reiki Master Teacher in Karuna and Holy Fire Reiki.
She is also a Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist, Certified Professional Coach, an AFPA Certified Nutrition Consultant Master Level (APFA Nutrition and Wellness consultant, Holistic Nutrition consultant and Sports Nutrition Consultant, Certified Weight Management Specialist) and ACE Group Fitness and ACE Mind and Body Certified, Barre certified and an UrbanKick instructor. She is here to help you find that healthy balance in your life.
Elizabeth’s experience in various areas including nutrition, personal training, mind-body (yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi), and life coaching are invaluable. All these areas, in addition to her career as a researcher have provided her with experience and knowledge that she is happy to share with you.
Elizabeth has made dance a major part of her life. She has studied jazz, modern, tap and hip hop, along with her major focus of ballet. She is here to share her knowledge with you so you can become more active and healthy in your life.
Kandace has been teaching dance for 15 years. Her first dance moves began in her mother’s womb, from there she danced in front of the mirror in her room. After performing in her high school talent show, she knew dance was her passion.
At 17, she taught her first hip hop dance class at the Philly Movements Dance company. She went on to pursue choreographing dances for singing artists. In 2018, she became a certified Zumba instructor. In 2019, she made and reached the goal of losing 40 lbs. by doing Zumba, Hip Hop, Afro dance, HIIT, Tabata, and Boot camp. This inspired her to develop a dance format for females called G.G.I ( Go Get It ) DANCE FITNESS, it includes her passions of Hip Hop/Afrobeat dancing and exercises she enjoys. She feels there is always room to grow in life. She says, “ I’m always a student, I’m forever learning.” She is also interested in becoming a certified personal trainer one day! When people ask Kandace if she is still dancing, she says, “even when I’m 80 with a cane, I will still be dancing.”
Jileesa Alston is a dancer, teacher and choreographer in Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs. From a young child Jileesa was very shy and sheltered. Through fate and necessity she discovered her
love for movement while listening to music. Formally Jileesa began her dance training at the age of seven at Bodies in Motion, located in Southwest Philadelphia, where her first love was ballet. She continued her studies in high school at Progressive Center for Dance, which is now Carol’s Center for Dance (CCD), home of Grace Dance Theater located in West Philadelphia.
After graduating high school and continuing her education at Widener University for biology she quickly realized all she wanted to do was dance. The following year Jileesa returned to CCD for training along with their annual adult classes as well as Pop-Up classes throughout the city. Shortly after, she began her teaching journey.
She has been teaching for six years. She is super excited to be a part of the Fit For Life Jenkintown
Sandra has been a ZIN™ Member since Sep 2011 ans she loves teaching Zumba classes. Since she was a child, she danced in a folkloric Colombian group, specializing in Cumbia. From 2003-2009, she performed on dance teams for the Atrium Dance Studio in Pennsauken, NJ. Then, she joined Top Hat Dance Studio and became part of their ladies styling Cuban salsa team, Ahi Na Ma. In October of 2011, she decided to get her Zumba license and has been teaching ever since. She feels that teaching zumba is natural for her with her salsa background and Colombian roots. She is now licensed to teach Zumba, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold, Zumba Kids & Kids Jr., Zumba Step. You will see salsa and cumbia in her Zumba choreography.
Mary has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Temple University. She also received her Paralegal Certificate from Manor College. She has certifications in Barre, Spin, Primary Aerobics, Personal Training, Pilates, and CPR. Ballet led her to fitness.
She currently studies at the Metropolitan Ballet Academy, Adult Division. She’s been certified since 1995 and initially taught at various clubs. Now, she teaches at the Northeast Racquet Club, Crunch Huntingdon Valley, Edge Somerton, and Fit for Life Jenkintown.
Her favorite class to teach is Total Body Conditioning because she focuses on form, posture, and body alignment.
She performs with En Pointe in Philadelphia in their Nutcracker and spring ballets, and she’s happy to have the opportunity to teach an adult ballet class at Fit for Life.
She is also a Mom to two teen daughters, Marissa and Emily, who both study dance and attend Abington High School.
Meghan has been tap dancing for almost 40 years. As a young student, she fell in love with it instantly! She took classes at STEPS on Broadway and Koresh Dance Center. After running a successful dance program of 20+ years with the Philadelphia Department of Recreation, Meghan finally opened her dance studio in 2016. Meghan has attended the Rhee Gold DanceLife Teachers Conference and was able to study under Diane Gudat, Drew Burgess, and Thelma Goldberg. Meghan looks forward to sharing her love of all things TAP with you!
Linda was born and raised in Philadelphia. Her credentials include: Basic, Kids, and Zumba Step. Now she resides in the Elkins Park area. Fitness has been a vital part of her life for 20+ years. Linda taught Basic Zumba and Kids Zumba at Jardel Recreation Center. Now she teaches Basic Zumba at Second Macedonia Church in the Logan section of Philadelphia. She also teaches Zumba demonstrations at block parties.
Her style of Zumba includes a mixture of high impact, free weights, and low impact for a great cool down. She is here to encourage long-term fitness goals.
Alin Betsalel Blank, a dedicated yoga instructor with a passion for a healthy life, embarked on her teaching journey after 4 years of practicing yoga and pilates. During her leisure hours, Alin delights in venturing into the embrace of nature and uncovering far-flung corners of the globe, often in the company of her friends and her husband, who also holds the cherished title of her closest friend.
In addition, she finds profound joy in her culinary pursuits, joyously experimenting with recipes that not only satiate the body but also nurture the soul.
Alin’s overarching aspiration rests in aiding individuals to unearth their balance in life, fostering a state of heightened happiness and well-being.
Liz Carson is a powerhouse mom of 6, wife, and hardworking business owner. Liz is passionate about helping others bring out their happiest, healthiest, best self through nutrition and fitness. Liz is an inaugural WARRIOR Rhythm™ and WARRIOR Strength™ Master Trainer, contributing to the worldwide reach of these unique new formats.
Liz has a passion for teaching people how to fuel their bodies for the work, finding the growth mindset for positive habit change and spiritual connection for total wellness; movement to music is a restorative and healing form of self-expression as well as self-care. Liz specializes in weight loss transformation coaching for moms and finding family friendly solutions to support client needs. She enjoys training for special events including the OCB & NPC Natural Competitions, Women’s Bikini Division. A natural coach at heart, Liz is also a music teacher, so pumping the music with high-quality audio is a must. Come move to the music, have fun and bring your energy to find your strength!
Tiffany is a psychotherapist in private practice and fitness enthusiast. She began taking dance classes at the age of 7 and continued taking dance for much of her life. She has experience in ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, pole dance, and more. She has taught dance fitness in the past. She also practices Yoga, receiving a certification in Trauma Conscious Yoga Therapy in 2023. Tiffany enjoys the freedom of creativity of movement, and encourages her students to do what feels natural for their bodies.