The Facts: Ariel Hilsinger currently teaches cycling and combo classes, tabatas express classes and TRX classes here at H2L studio. She’s certified as an ACE group exercise instructor, Schwinn cycling instructor, and TRX suspension training instructor.
Her History: Her passion for fitness began in childhood with a love for soccer and basketball, which she played throughout school. She moved on to get her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from High Point University in 2014 and her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Elon University in 2017. She started taking various group exercise classes while living in North Carolina. After returning home to Pennsylvania, she began attending barre, HIT, and cycling classes at H2L and found a new passion. She loves the combination of intensity and fun that the classes offer, and wishes to share that with all of the clients at H2L. When she isn’t working as a Physician Assistant, running her own skincare business with Rodan and Fields, or teaching at H2L, you can find her spending time with friends and family, having game nights, traveling the world with her husband, Mackenzie, or spending time with her 3 cats: Aria, Luna, and Nala.
What to Expect: During a class with Ariel, you can expect to push yourself to the next level while jamming to a variety of today’s and yesterday’s hits, remixes, and new songs that will pump you up.
Favorite Quote: Believe you can and you’re halfway there. — Theodore Roosevelt
Guilty Pleasure: Ice cream, pickles, and bacon 🙂
The Facts: Brittany Lauffer teaches TRX classes at H2L Studio and has certifications in TRX Suspension Training and the Pilates Suspension Method.
Her History: Originally from the Pittsburgh region, Brittany studied broadcast reporting and production at Point Park University before beginning her career as a news reporter in Erie. She moved to Mechanicsburg with her fiancé in 2018 and switched to a career in public relations working for state government. After completing her master’s from West Virginia University this spring, she decided to dedicate her time to achieving her fitness goals. Brittany grew up an athlete, and enjoyed playing softball and basketball, and participating in track and field and dance. In college, she became active in hot yoga and began trying other group classes, such as barre and TRX. Her current workouts include weight lifting and mixing in various group classes to change things up and push herself to her max. What she loves about TRX is how different each workout can be. She especially enjoys combo TRX classes with cycling, barre, strength and yoga. When Brittany isn’t working in communications or teaching here, you can find her and her fiancé, Andrew, spending time with family and friends, hiking the Appalachian Trail with their corgi, traveling and visiting local breweries.
What to Expect: During Brittany’s classes you can expect to experiment with different moves and workouts to avoid falling into a workout slump and enjoying a variety of music from different eras and genres.
Favorite Quote: “Choose a job that you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Guilty Pleasure: Craft beers, cheesecake and sweet potato fries
The Facts: Emma Farinelli teaches Cycling, TRX, and Barre here at H2L Studio. She is certified in Schwinn cycling, TRX, and Barre Intensity.
Her History: She currently goes to Penn State and will graduate in 2021 with a business degree. Emma is very excited to take the training to become a Penn State fitness instructor this year. She has grown up going to group fitness classes and loves the energy, motivation, and variety that each class brings. There is always something new to try. She loves being on the “other side” and getting to teach the class and motivate others to get a good workout in.
What to Expect: During Emma’s classes you can expect to hear a variety of music.. maybe even a couple country songs. She will motivate you to give it your all and leave with a good sweat.
Favorite Quote: Life Unfolds.
Guilty Pleasure: Ice cream
The Facts: Christina Stada teaches Cycling, Cycling/Sculpt, Cycle/Core and Barre classes at H2L. She is a certified Schwinn indoor cycling instructor, TRX and a Barre Above certified Barre Instructor.
Her History: Christina’s love of exercise and overall fitness started at a very young age. Soccer was her passion early on, and she played up until attending college at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Psychology. While attending college she enjoyed playing intramural sports and became an avid runner. She was always looking for the next high-intensity workout! She started cycling over 12 years ago as a way to enhance her running abilities and give her knees and joints a break. She was instantly addicted! She fell in love with Barre after taking her first class here at H2L the first year we opened! Utilizing light weights to perform small range of motion movements, combined with high reps helps you to tone in areas you didn’t know existed! An incredible workout! She is excited to share her love of cycling and barre with all of you, and assist each of you in meeting your individual fitness goals! When she isn’t at the studio or working out she is most definitely spending time with her husband Scott, and two children, Jackson and Taylor.
What to Expect: Christina loves to keep things fresh and experiment with new exercises whenever she can! Her quick transitions between exercises will keep you moving for the full class! You can expect a mix of pop, hip-hop and dance music to keep you energized and motivated while you are pulsing and planking away
Favorite Quote: If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you!
Guilty Pleasure: Brownies, DQ blizzards, and red wine!!
Meet Heather E.
The Facts: Heather Empson teaches Barre and Cycle classes here at H2L Studio. She’s certified in the Barre Above Method, Schwinn Indoor Cycling, NCCPT (National Council for Certified Personal Trainers) and SCW Sports Nutrition.
Her History: Heather has played sports her entire life and after playing basketball in College at West Chester she needed to do something to stay active. Heather had avidly practiced yoga since she was a Junior in High School and she fell in love with weight training during college. In 2012 she became a personal trainer while living in DC and always preached to her clients and herself that you have to switch it up! She encouraged them to try different classes, different types of cardio and not just stick with the same methods of exercise over and over again. Heather came to H2L when it first opened and took a Barre class with Courtney and fell in love. About a two years later she decided to get certified and wanted to be part of the studio she fell in love with. As part of “switching it up” about a year after getting certified in Barre she got certified in Cycling. She is also one of our TRX certified trainers. When Heather isn’t working in Sales or teaching here, she is spending time with family and friends, hiking, going to concerts, always trying new food and traveling whenever she can!
What to Expect: During Heather’s class, you can expect to hear a variety of music from classic rock to rap music while incorporating more yoga and weight training.
Words to Live by: Own who you are.
Guilty Pleasure: Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, and Red wine.
Meet Heather M.
The Facts: Heather Martin teaches TRX classes at H2L Studio. She grew up here in Central PA and after many years in other states, she and her husband Bob moved back to raise their family in Mechanicsburg.
Her History: Fitness has always been a big part of Heather’s life. In college, she played Field Hockey for the James Madison University Dukes where she was named an All-American her senior year. After graduating with a degree in International Business and Spanish she worked as a management consultant for Accenture in Washington DC but never left her fitness roots behind. She started coaching part time in 1994 and has been involved in some way with sharing her love of the game since that time. She has coached and trained athletes at the college, high school, and club level and recently took over the youth program for Mechanicsburg. Fitness is a part of her family life as well, and most vacations involve some sort of active adventure! Her three kids are all involved in sports; Abby runs Cross Country and Track for Washington University in St. Louis, Alec plays lacrosse at Kings College, and Isabelle plays soccer and runs track for Mechanicsburg High School. Her husband Bob played tight end at Washington & Lee and her brother Bryan played wide receiver for the Virginia Cavaliers.
Throughout her playing and coaching career, Heather has embraced the importance of functional training for injury prevention and reaching your overall fitness goals. She is excited to share her love of all things fitness with the clients at H2L!
What to Expect: During Heather’s class, you can expect to be pushed and encouraged to find your limit and go past it!
Words to Live by: “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the power to triumph over it” – Nelson Mandela
Guilty Pleasure: Kit Kats and Sauvignon Blanc!
Her History: Megan is a speech therapist by background, but has always loved fitness and playing sports. She enjoys strength training and HIIT workouts and is also certified in P90X live. She began taking barre and pilates to help her recover from an injury and stuck with it in order to avoid getting hurt again. Megan also runs, takes cycling classes, or does quick HIIT workouts for cross training when she isn’t taking barre or reformer. Megan is married with 2 girls and runs her own early intervention business. She recently started blogging with a group of friends for a little escape.
What to Expect: A good mix of music and exercises that will challenge you, regardless of fitness level.
Guilty Pleasure: Dark chocolate anything.
Meet Myka Mills
The Facts: Myka is certified as an ACE group fitness instructor and teaches our strength training classes at H2L.
Her History: Myka started lifting with her mother, who was a professional bodybuilder when she was 17 years old. She developed a passion for weight training and decided to take it to the next level. Myka started competing in strongman competitions and was 2009 PAs strongest woman. She worked as an ACSM certified personal trainer until she had her 3 youngest children. Myka has used her knowledge of strength training to connect with other moms and fell in love with group fitness. She came to us and has brought her love of lifting with her!
What to Expect: Mykas TRX classes are built around those large full body movements with those smaller muscle groups snuck in! You will work at your pace but will always be encouraged to push and grow in your own strength and flexibility. Sometimes those dumbbell moves are worked in so always expect a variety! As always Mykas music will jump from one genre to another but it will keep you motivated and moving!
Favorite Quote: “Why fit in, when you were born to stand out?! – Dr. Seuss
Guilty Pleasure: Coffee Creamer. Peanut butter ANYTHING.
The Facts: Lindsey Wirth teaches Barre, Cycling, and Cycle/Sculpt and is certified through Inline Barre, TRX Suspension Training and Schwinn Cycling.
Her History: Lindsey graduated from Messiah College in December 2017 with a degree in Music and Worship and a minor in Human Development and Family Science. Her love for fitness began in her junior year of high school where she developed a love for running and yoga. Although her days of running became less frequent as she experienced knee problems, she began attending H2L shortly after the studio opened and quickly fell in love with Barre, Barefoot, Cycling and Pilates. While she never thought she would become a fitness instructor, she is excited to share her passion for exercise and wellness with others. Each time she practices Barre or attends a cycling class she believes it is another opportunity to push herself, mind and body, more than the class before, and she hopes to empower others to do the same. She is also passionate about empowering others to feel confident and strong in the skin they are in.
When she is not teaching at H2L, she enjoys making music, practicing calligraphy, baking/cooking, and spending time with her husband, Mitch, and friends and family.
What to Expect: During Lindsey’s class, you can expect to work in longer intervals while being encouraged to work at your own pace and fitness level. By combining classic fitness movements and incorporating unique movements that the TRX allows for, she hopes the TRX classes will add a great variety to your fitness regime. Ultimately, she hopes you will feel encouraged to grow in your mental and physical strength, and leave feeling stronger and energized.
Words to Live by: Take time to do what fills your soul with joy.
Guilty Pleasure: Chick-Fil-A milkshakes and binging a good show on Netflix (preferably Grey’s Anatomy, Friends, or This is Us)
The Facts: Sarah Arnold teaches Cycling classes here at H2L Studio. She’s certified in Schwinn Indoor Cycling, TRX Suspension Training and has her ACE Group Fitness Certification.
Her History: Sarah has been passionate about running for most of her life. Track&Field, Cross Country, 5Ks, half marathon training, you name it – she’s done it, or at least tried it. After experiencing her first couple of cycle classes a new passion was formed, and the links between cycling and running inspired her to become a certified instructor. Outside of teaching cycling classes, Sarah loves to do DIY projects, outdoor activities, and is a stay at home mother of her two children – Owen and Thea.
What to Expect: During Sarah’s classes, you can look forward to jamming out to the latest hits, yesterday’s classics, and remixes in between. Expect a relaxed yet challenging atmosphere, as she encourages you to dig deep and rise to your next level of fitness!
Favorite Quote:“Do or do not, there is no try” – Yoda
Guilty Pleasure: Brownies-no doubt