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Hi there! My name is Katie Ryan. I graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Counseling. My love for fitness began at a very young age while running with my dad, playing with two older brothers who made competition fun, exploring outdoors, and playing on various sport teams. In high school, I started focusing on lacrosse and continued playing in college. Being part of a team was one of my most valuable life experiences growing up and in my adult years I have sought out ways to continue exercising in group and team environments. Over the past 5 years I have completed a marathon, several half marathons, a few triathlons, CrossFit competitions, along with other races both individually and on teams. Fitness and sports have always been a positive asset in my life and now that I am a mom, I get to help my daughter, Caroline, develop the same passion for fitness!

Fit Mommy Charleston has been such a wonderful blessing in my life that incorporates two of my greatest passions – my children and fitness. It is the perfect environment to expose and teach your children about the fun and healthful benefits of exercise. In addition to benefiting Caroline – it provides me a wonderful team of moms to help me stay accountable to reaching my goals. This group came alongside of me as I navigated motherhood for the first time and there is truly endless value in that. Sharing my love for fitness by motivating and encouraging fellow moms and moms-to-be has been such a joy and privilege! I would love to help you reach your health and fitness goals at Fit Mommy Charleston!

Katie Guffey

Grew up several cities but she spent a lot of time in “The Dogwood City,” Atlanta, GA and calls that home. She is a Navy spouse now and continues to thrive where she is planted. She lived in Charleston from 2011-2013 before moving to Hawaii, then returned to Charleston December of 2016. She holds a CPR/AED certification through American Heart Association and has been an ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor since 2017. You will see her two darling boys in tow, cheering her on. Will is 3.5 and Calvin is 2. Katie received her BS in Early Childhood Education at Kennesaw State University then worked as a preschool teacher at Providence Baptist School on Daniel Island, SC. She loves crafting and playing with children! Now with children of her own, she is passionate about leading moms in exercise that not only strengthens their bodies but also brings out their inner child through fun and unique workouts. Her favorite way to sweat is running, barre and HIIT workouts, in the outdoors, with other moms. Fun fact – Katie grows very large babies (we are talking over 10lbs!!) and she is currently growing baby #3, due in June 2018! Hooray!

Katie Guffey

Tara McDonald

Originally this mama is from the ‘Big Apple’, NYC. Now she a military wife which brought her to Charleston, SC in the Summer of 2016. She holds a CPR/AED certification through American Heart Association and she is trained as a Group Fitness Instructor through ACE.  In her stroller, you will find Bradley, a joyful toddler and Ryan a rambunctious almost one year old. Tara’s fitness journey began as a child through various sports but her passion was dancing. She did everything from Ballet to Hip Hop but loved Jazz the most. Don’t be surprised if she breaks out some dancing moves at workout! She received her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice through John Jay College. After that she enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. It was during this time she realized how wonderful and rewarding fitness can be in a group setting. Now as a mom, she loves being in community with fellow fit mommies. Her main goal as a fitness instructor is to encourage and support other women in their mom and fitness journey. Her favorite way to sweat is through cardio games and HIIT workouts. Fun fact – if you ever need an idea for an activity to do with your kiddos or spouse or for a new workout ask Tara. She is a bottomless pit of great ideas!!

Tara McDonald

Stephanie Kaufhold

Grew up living in Kleinenbroich, Germany – not far from Düsseldorf. In 2011, she and her husband moved to Summit, NJ where her yoga passion grew. Their hope in moving to the U.S. was to eventually land in Charleston and in 2017 that dream came true! She holds a 200 Hours Yoga Teacher Certificate since May 2014 (Bhakti Barn, Millburn, NJ), 14.5 Hours Kids Yoga Teacher Certificate since August 2017(Holy Cow, Charleston), and she has put 50 hours towards her 300 Hours Yoga Teacher Certificate with Gaea Grounded Teacher Training (Gaea Yoga, Mount Pleasant). Additionally, she received her Reiki Level 1 certification in September 2017 (Bodhi Tree, Charleston). Stephanie’s favorite way to sweat is in her yoga practice (though if you asked her back in her college days she would have said “Bodypump” by Les Mills!) She also runs but she will be the first to tell you she does it for her love of pasta J She has a 3-year-old daughter, Lina who you will be lucky to meet but she is normally in school. Stephanie cares deeply about moms pre-and-postnatal, strengthening their core properly and will work hard to help moms achieve that. Fun fact – Stephanie has never been to Oktoberfest in Munich even though she is German! She is more of a relax on a beach vacationer.

Stephanie Kaufhold

Brandy Blaha

If you find yourself at this mamas class, just know your muscles will be shaking!

Bio coming soon!

Brandy Blaha

Brianna Robinson

Affectionately known as “Beast-Mode-Bri”

Bio coming soon!!

Brianna Robinson
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