"Change happens through movement and movement heals" - Joseph Pilates

Kelley McKenzie

The owner of liv studio, Kelley, has been a teacher of movement for 18 years. She holds an NCPT in Pilates instruction and is trained through the PhysicalMind. Her passion of exercise science has taken her on trainings around the world with some of the best teachers in the Pilates and Group Fitness community. Pilates has given her the anatomical and biomechanical foundation that is the groundwork for all of her classes. It is that application that allows her clients to be functionally strong outside the studio, whether it be daily tasks or high level athleticism. As an avid athlete herself, she is drawn to the high energy classes of Les Mills group exercise and holds an Elite instructor certification through them. You can hear and feel her level of experience in all the classes she teaches, whether it’s Pilates, Body Combat or Body Pump. She is thrilled to be the owner of such an amazing space and is grateful for her students who bring energy and community and make the studio what it is.

Genevieve Speas-Hernandez

Genevieve found her love for health and fitness at an early age. She loves spending time outdoors and grew up spending most of her time camping with her family or playing sports, specially soccer. Following her love for the great outdoors she moved to Truckee in 2008 and graduated from UNR in 2013 with a BS in Community Health Sciences. In 2010 she took her first Les Mills BodyCombat class and knew she wanted to continue exploring her passion in health and fitness. She is now a Nationally Certified Pilates Trainer, an ACE Group Fitness Instructor, and is certified in Les Mills BodyPump, BodyCombat, RPM, SPRINT, CORE, The Trip and Grit. She believes that “your mind is your strongest muscle, but your secret weapon is your heart”. In every class you can feel her positive motivating energy as she encourages you to always believe in your strongest self.

Lala Scriven

Lala Scriven is a Physical Therapist, Certified Pilates and Yoga teacher, and a highly skilled Bodyworker. In 2001, she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University, in Arizona. She has been trained in a variety of manual techniques and her love of learning still continues. Searching for another career route, yet complimentary to her PT background, she completed her Pilates certification through Balanced Body University in April 2012. Lala’s vast array of education has enabled her to treat clients with a variety of injuries, as well as assist people in proper movement patterns by implementing progressive strengthening, stretching, and core stabilization programs.

Carol Hockridge

Carol started teaching fitness during college in 1985. The aerobics craze was full force and she found that teaching and motivating others was her passion. She earned a BS degree in exercise physiology and biology from California State Univ. Sacramento.

After a back injury resulting from lots of high-impact aerobics and competing in the National Aerobics Championship, she found Pilates in 1999. She was hooked. Powerhouse Pilates was the first step in learning about Joseph Pilates and his method. She then met Madeline Black of Sonoma, CA. and she became her Pilates mentor and got certified through ITT as well. In 2005, she found a space in East Sacramento and opened a Pilates and Cycling studio, ONE Pilates and Fitness.

2016 found the family moving to Truckee in order for her son to pursue his dream of ski racing in high school.

Pilates has truly been a life saving practice and has empowered her to live the life that is most important and fulfilling. Movement and the way Pilates teaches one to move is truly the essence of life. The combination of neurological challenges (“brain work”), breathing, lengthening, strengthening, control and coordination are key to maintaining a healthy body and mind. Being able to adapt and deal with stress are also benefits of fitness and developing a keen mind-body connection. Pilates is a life-long learning journey, and one that is both rewarding and amazing!

Megan Williams

Megan has been a certified body combat instructor since 2015 and has been taking or teaching body combat for over 10 years! Great music, positive energy, and lots of sweat and laughter. What more could anyone ask for?! Megan’s fitness philosophy centers on the notion that physical fitness promotes emotional and mental well-being, and vice versa.

Megan recently moved back to Tahoe area after spending 7 years living in southeast Alaska, where she earned her PhD in marine science and ocean conservation. When she’s not working as a conservation biologist or fitness instructor, Megan loves to explore the mountains, lakes, and trails with her family!

Michelle Farrell

Michelle’s love of staying active stemmed from childhood. Growing up in the Reno/Tahoe area, she enjoyed all that it had to offer! But it wasn’t until the birth of her first daughter in 2008 that she caught the group fitness bug. Searching for a way to get back in shape, she found Zumba. The transition from student to instructor came without any hesitation. Her passion to help others in their fitness journey, sparked her enthusiasm to continue her education and training in other programs, as well. Over the years, she has acquired certifications to teach Barre Above, BOSU, LES MILLS Shbam, and also became an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor. She is always looking to learn something new, and expand her ability to teach and grow. It’s all about the journey!

Gina Updegraff

Gina found her passion for health and fitness at an early age. She competed in collegiate volleyball at the University of San Diego, obtained her American Council on Exercise Group Fitness Certification in 1991 and has taught a variety of group fitness classes ever since! Her career as a firefighter was the perfect complement to her love of all things fitness since strength and cardiovascular fitness were a necessary part of the job. Now that she is retired from her career as a firefighter, she plans to delve even deeper into the fitness industry by working towards her Pilates Method Association Certification. Gina is a Certified Personal Trainer and a Les Mills BodyPump instructor. She is also passionate about spending time with family and friends, hiking, mountain biking and snowshoeing. Gina and her husband, Mike, moved to Truckee full-time in 2018 and she is thrilled to be joining the community at LIV!

Becky Jackson-Rivard

Becky grew up in St. Louis, MO and moved to the Tahoe are in 1993. She took her first body combat and body pump class 8 years ago and fell in love. A lover of all things fitness and activity related she decided to get certified in body combat and then body pump. When not at the studio she enjoys trail running and hanging with her family.

Alex Ruimerman

Alex is currently a sales rep in the ski and snowboard industry and began his journey into group fitness in early 2017. After seeing the sense of camaraderie and overall health benefits group fitness fosters, he decided to become an instructor. Upon completion of his ACE certification he became a Les Mills certified instructor in RPM, Body Pump, and CX Worx. Alex truly likes to engage with people and brings a sense of humor, inclusiveness and motivation to all of his classes. When he isn’t teaching RPM or taking a class he enjoys snowboarding, surfing, mountain biking, traveling, relaxing with his 2 dogs and cat and eating burritos.

Flannery Lawrence

flannery lawrenceFlannery Lawrence is a NASM CPT and group fitness instructor. Originally from the Washington, DC area, she got into health and fitness as a lacrosse player. After organized sports ended, a friend introduced her to a small spin studio in her hometown and a love of both spin and group fitness was sparked. A year later she started studying for her certification and learning more about strength training. Now, in both group fitness classes and 1 on 1 personal training Flannery combines cardio, body weight exercises, and strength training to build muscle and confidence! 

Ingrid Stutzman

Ingrid’s love for fitness started at an early age as a gymnast. Her gymnastic career sparked an interest in many other activities over the years, including skiing, dance, yoga and SUP. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from Drexel University in 2001, Ingrid attained professional personal fitness certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine, and TRX. She studied under Elizabetth Larkam at the San Francisco Bay Club and also became certified in Pilates Mat, and Reformer. Ingrid’s passion for health and fitness has made her committed to helping people live a more enriched life. Her emphasis is on stretching with strength and control, muscle sculpting, injury prevention, and whole body movement. As a mom of two, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and hiking with her dogs.

Leigh Collins

Leigh has had the privilege of growing up in our beautiful Truckee community. After graduating Truckee high school she moved to New York City to study ballet with the Joffery Ballet School. After 4 years of studying and touring the east coast and Europe, Leigh started her professional career with Nevada ballet in Las Vegas. While she was dancing with Nevada Ballet she was introduced to the Pilates technique and found her passion for pilates. Pilates brought a newfound body awareness and control that completely changed her body and helped gain a deeper connection to her dancing. Leigh completed her Pilates certification in 2016 and has been teaching ever since. Leigh loves being in the outdoors, skiing, hiking, camping, dancing, her dog bowie, and this amazing Liv community!

Veronica Watson

Veronica WatsonVeronica grew up in Crescent City CA, a small beach town surrounded by the redwoods. She enjoys reading, cooking, painting, music and yoga. She attended Chico State University and received a BS in Business; with an emphasis in Human Resources. After college, she worked for Specialized Bicycles where she fell in love with mountain biking and fitness. She and her husband moved to Truckee in 2015 so they could raise their kids in the mountains. Here is where she first discovered Les Mills, and after attending her first Body Combat class she has never looked back. LIV Studio has been a place where she could relieve stress and challenge herself mentally and physically. She is excited about her fitness and teaching journey, and is learning all she can along the way. In just a little over 1 year, she received her ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification, Les Mills Body Combat Certification, and Les Mills Core Certification. Veronica is passionate about health and wellness and believes strongly in continuous growth and development. She hopes to encourage others to hold space for themselves and do what they love.

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